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Starting this weekend, 20 members of California's Assembly and Senate are getting five days at a five-star resort in Hawaii — paid for by special interests with legislative business. It's an annual junket. As always, the agenda is secret, but Democrats as well as Republicans are invited, so it's called "bipartisan." public disclosure's required until March of next year. What's going on?

Later on the program, Sea World in San Diego says the show with Shamu and the rest of the killer whales is going to be phased out.  

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Charlotte Duren

Lawmakers' Five-Day Vacation to Maui -- All Expenses Paid 19 MIN, 11 SEC

This coming weekend, members of California's Assembly and Senate will be taking off for a five-day vacation at a five-star resort on the Island of Maui. It's all paid for by corporations and unions that try to influence the law-making process in Sacramento. They support a nonprofit called, the Independent Voter Project, which organizes the event. Every year, Patrick McGreevy of the LA Times tries to find out who's going and what they're going to be talking about.

Guests:
Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times (@mcgreevy99)
Dan Howle, Independent Voter Project (@ivn)
Kathay Feng, California Common Cause (@KathayCCC)

More:
Independent Voter Project's IVN
SB 21: Gifts of Travel

Sea World Kills Its Killer Whale Shows 6 MIN, 16 SEC

First it was the documentary Blackfish, aired repeatedly by CNN. Then it was a California Coastal Commission ruling that Sea World could no longer engage in the breeding of captive killer whales. Now, Sea World says, there are going to be changes. Sara Libby is managing editor of Voice of San Diego.

Guests:
Sara Libby, Voice of San Diego (@saralibby)

More:
Schiff's Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement (ORCA) Act to phase out display of captive killer whales

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