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Next week California will see presidential candidates by the handful, including John McCain and Barack Obama, trolling for votes in addition to just raising money.  Is that already giving the state more clout than it’s had in decades? Also, should insurance companies or the state pay for healthcare?

Main Topic California's Voice in the 2008 Presidential Campaigns? 18 MIN, 51 SEC

The Governor and the Legislature are likely to move California's presidential primary up to February 5 of next year. The idea is to force Republican and Democratic candidates to actually campaign here, rather than just raising money. Just talking about it brought Rudy Giuliani in for a four-day tour.  John McCain and Barack Obama will be here next week.  Still, there's debate about whether an extra election is really a good idea. Would it mean real clout for the biggest state in the Union? Would it really work?  What does it have to do with term limits?  We hear a journalist following the story and advocates on both sides.

Guests:
Bob Salladay, Capitol Reporter for the Los Angeles Times
Carmen Balber, Consumer advocate with the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights
Rick Jacobs, Courage Campaign (@rickjacobs)

Making News Governor's Health Plan Gets First Formal Scrutiny 5 MIN, 56 SEC

In Sacramento today, the Senate Health Committee took the first legislative look at the Governor's healthcare reform plan. The Committee is chaired by Santa Monica Democrat Sheila Kuehl, who favors a very different approachClea Benson was there for the Sacramento Bee.

Guests:
Clea Benson, Bloomberg News

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