Another survey shows Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman dead even in the race for Governor, but here's a switch. California voters like Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina as their choices for the US Senate. How do the candidates stand? What about some of those controversial propositions? Will illegal immigration — a federal issue — play a role this year, especially after revelations about Whitman and an undocumented housekeeper? Also, California hasn't conducted an execution for five years. There won't be one tomorrow night, either. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is expected to leave the White House tomorrow to campaign for Mayor of Chicago. Other key aides are departing as well. What does that mean for the Obama Administration, relations with Congress and public perception?
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In this year's race for Governor, "California voters are looking for a game-changer [and] they don't see one." They like the candidates for the US Senate, but not the most controversial measures on the November ballot. Those are among the findings of the latest survey of voters by the California Public Policy Institute.
In their first debate, Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman disagreed strongly on the issue of a path to citizenship for the 12 million illegal aliens who live and work in this country. Today, Whitman said she'd be willing to take a polygraph on charges that she knowingly employed an undocumented housekeeper for nine years and then fired her when the housekeeper asked for help in changing her status. Yesterday, Nicky Diaz Santillan appeared at a news conference with LA attorney Gloria Allred. Whitman claims the news conference was a smear orchestrated by the Brown campaign, which denies any involvement.
For five years, California has spent $137 million a year to maintain death row, without executing a single inmate. Death Row now has more than 700 inmates. Yesterday, the Schwarzenegger Administration gave up on executing condemned rapist and killer Albert Greenwood Brown, Jr. tonight, saying there was no time to deal with legal issues before a drug loses its potency on Friday. Henry Weinstein is former LA Times reporter who now teaches law and journalism at the University of California-Irvine.
Henry Weinstein, Professor of Law and Journalism, UC Irvine
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters today that the President will have an announcement tomorrow. Nobody now doubts the announcement will be that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is leaving the White House to run for Mayor of Chicago.
Lynn Sweet, Washington Bureau Chief, Chicago Sun-Times
Peter Baker, New York Times (@peterbakernyt)
Ari Berman, Nation magazine (@AriBerman)
Dana Milbank, Washington Post (@Milbank)
Dick Simpson, former Chicago Alderman