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Ongoing corruption, gruesome brutality and a death toll of 5000 this year alone. How long will Mexicans tolerate a climate of fear? Will the violence cross the border? We explore these issues in a rebroadcast of today's To the Point. Then, freshman legislators face partisan gridlock on a budget deficit that's growing by the day. Will new members make any difference? Is it time to amend the state constitution?

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Karen Radziner
Gary Scott

Main Topic Freshman Legislators Meet Gridlock in Sacramento 25 MIN, 59 SEC

In Sacramento yesterday, California's top four finance officials — appointed and elected — addressed a special session of the Assembly and Senate. They were unanimous: act now or the state will run out of money. Legislators listened, but did they get the message? We hear from Sacramento Bee syndicated columnist Dan Walters and ask freshman legislators from both parties what they'll do to end the gridlock. 

Guests:
Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee (@WaltersBee)
Nathan Fletcher, State Assemblyman (R-San Diego)
Bonnie Lowenthal, State Assemblywoman (D-Long Beach)
Sam Blakeslee, California State Assembly (@samblakeslee)

Main Topic Is Mexico Losing Its War against Drugs? 25 MIN, 11 SEC

Five thousand people have been killed this year in Mexico's drug wars, twice the number of last year. The Mexican government has reports that 5000 people have been killed this year in that country's drug wars, almost 1000 in November alone, a monthly record. The violence is increasingly brutal, from Baja to Chihuahua, near the US border, and there's growing concern that it will cross over. In this rebroadcast from today's To the Point, how long will the Mexican public tolerate a climate of fear? Will the violence cross the border?

Guests:
Arian Campo-Flores, Miami Bureau Chief, Newsweek
Ricardo Blazquez, Executive Director, University of Texas' Center for Inter-American and Border Studies
Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Jorge Chabat, Professor of International Studies, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics

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