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Three years ago, Governor Schwarzenegger told the state Republican Party, "We're dying at the box office." Since then, registration in California is down to 31 percent. Republican Party leaders are now bashing not just the unpopular Governor but some of their own candidates on next week's ballot.  Even if there's a sweep nationwide, can the Party survive in California? Also, California's not so bad for business after all. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, will California be the first state to legalize pot?  Will the Obama Administration reverse the will of the voters?  How do pot farmers in Humboldt County feel about Proposition 19?

Banner image: (L to R) Carly Fiorina, Republican candidate for US Senate, and Meg Whitman GOP candidate for Governor

Gary Scott
Sonya Geis

Main Topic What's Wrong with California's Republican Party? 17 MIN, 40 SEC

California's newest Republican state senator is Sam Blakeslee, who represents Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo. But he says his own party's insiders require "litmus tests" and "fear the rise of strong independent Republicans who don't kiss their ring." Dan Morain, senior opinion editor for the Sacramento Bee, says, "The big tent envisioned by Ronald Reagan has become a pup tent."

Dan Morain, Sacramento Bee (@DanielMorain)
Mike Schroeder, California Republican Party
Doug Elmets, President, Elmets Communications

Reporter's Notebook California's 'Crippling' Business Taxes Are Not That High 7 MIN, 36 SEC

When California business people meet, the talk often turns to how tough the state is on business. That's also a favorite theme of politicians, Democrats as well as Republicans. Now comes the Council on State Taxation — or COST -- a business-friendly group led by senior executives of Chevron and General Electric. It concludes that the biggest state in the union is right in the middle when it comes to taxes. Joseph Crosby is the senior director of policy.

Joseph Crosby, COO and Senior Director of Policy, Council on State Taxation

Main Topic Will California Legalize Marijuana? 26 MIN, 36 SEC

As most California voters may already know, Proposition 19 on next week's ballot says it "legalizes marijuana under California but not federal law."  Beyond that, it would allow "local governments to regulate and tax the commercial production, distribution and sale of marijuana," and anyone over 21 could possess, cultivate or transport it — but not across state lines. What's the potential impact?

Beau Kilmer, RAND Drug Policy Research Center, co-author “Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know” (@beaukilmer)
Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director, NORML
Asa Hutchinson, Former Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration
Peter Wallsten, Washington Post (@peterwallsten)
Mikal Jakubal, Filmmaker, 'One Good Year'


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