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If you've never heard of Haggen Grocery stores, it could be the lack of advertising, which combined with increased prices to force Haggen into bankruptcy right after it bought up 83 supermarkets in California early this year. The bungled expansion plan means big trouble for thousands workers in a hyper-competitive market.

Also, when House Speaker John Boehner steps down next month, the likely successor is Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, who said today that he wants the job. Are his positions on climate change, high-speed rail and immigration conservative enough for the GOP caucus?

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Paul von Zielbauer

What a "Speaker" McCarthy Would Mean for California 7 MIN, 9 SEC

Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield made it official today. He wants the Speakership, when John Boehner gives up the job at the end of next month. McCarthy said today he wants to "lead the fight" for conservatism and heal the deep divisions in the Republican caucus. Noah Bierman covers Capitol Hill for the LA Times.

Guests:
Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times (@Noahbierman)

The Final Check-Out for an Ambitious Grocery Chain 16 MIN, 28 SEC

Early this year, a grocery chain with just 18 stores in Washington and Oregon bought up 146 supermarkets in five other states, including 83 in California. Just nine months later, Haggen has declared bankruptcy, and announced plans to close all its California stores, and laid off 2000 workers -- with another 6000 jobs on the line. (We invited Haggen and Comvest Partners to participate in this discussion, but they both declined.)

Guests:
Kevin Smith, Los Angeles News Group (@sgvnbiz)
Greg Conger, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 324 (@UFCW324)
David Livingston, DJL Research

More:
Haggen on its lawsuit against Albertsons
Daily News on FTC allowing Albertsons to rehire employees who transfered to Haggen
Daily News on Whole Foods cutting 1500 jobs in next two months

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