California's presidential primary won't mean a thing, but tomorrow's election could shake up state politics for years to come. It could change things in Washington, as well as in Sacramento. We'll hear why the LA Times told readers, "Don't sit this one out." Also, Mitt Romney has the GOP nomination sewed up, but there's still an active opponent in California. We talk with Fred Karger, the openly gay candidate who worked for Gerald Ford, George HW Bush, and Ronald Reagan. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Florida election laws: shades of the Bush-Gore debacle 12 years ago.
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California voters will make history tomorrow with the first so-called "Top Two" primary election in state history. As a result, there won't necessarily be both a Republican and a Democrat in the November runoff. In many cases, two candidates from the same party will be running against each other.
Recent WWLA discussions of election issues/candidates:
Carmen Trutanich and race for the District Attorney
The other candidates in the DA's race
June 5 election as a 'jungle primary'
Prop 28: Term limits
Prop 29: Cigarette tax and cancer research
For most of his 62 years, Fred Karger has been involved in politics as a consultant to Republican politicians, first here in California, then nationwide. He advised Presidents Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. Two years ago he retired and formally became the first openly gay candidate for the White House. He's the only Republican opponent to Mitt Romney on tomorrow's California ballot who is still campaigning.
Fred Karger, Candate for Republican presidential nomination
Remember the year 2000? Florida is at it again. Republican Governor Rick Scott and his Secretary of State Ken Detzner have set out to purge the voting rolls of thousands of suspected non-citizens. Two newspapers have concluded that Hispanics, blacks, Democrats and Independents are being targeted at a much higher rate than white Republicans. Are Republicans trying to disenfranchise Democrats and Independents? What's the potential impact in November?