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Everybody knows that Meg Whitman is spending upwards of $160 million of her own money in the race for Governor. On the night before state elections, many voters find they’re behind the curve when it comes to ballot propositions. We not only explain what they mean but, what is just as important, talk about where the money’s coming from. We wrap up with the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, the judges and talk about the slate cards that are filling your mailbox.  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the latest on the cargo plane bomb plot.

Banner image: Candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction (L to R), Tom Torlakson and Larry Aceves

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Gary Scott

Main Topic In Tomorrow's Elections, Follow the Money 40 MIN, 44 SEC

About $120 million has been spent on nine ballot propositions collectively, with most of the money often coming from just one side. They're all initiatives, which means that special interests put them on the ballot. Kim Alexander and Bob Stern remind us what the measures would do and where the money's coming from.

The Superintendent of Public Instruction is a statewide office that gets little attention in a year when the races for Governor and US Senator crowd out almost everything else in the room. In an odd arrangement, the elected Superintendent carries out policies set by the Governor's appointed Board of Education. Jack O'Connell is termed out after eight years, and the candidates for this nonpartisan office are both Democrats,  Assemblyman Tom Torlakson and former school superintendent Larry Aceves. Howard Blume has covered the race for the LA Times.

Ken Ofgang if Metropolitan News-Enterprise updates us on the judgeships on the ballot, which hardly see any campaign spending at all. And it just wouldn't be WWLA? on election eve if we didn't talk slate slate mailers with Allan Hoffenblum, who co-edits the most authoritative running account of legislative and Congressional elections, the California Target Book.

Guests:
Kim Alexander, California Voter Foundation (@kimalex3)
Bob Stern, Center for Governmental Studies (formerly)
Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times (@howardblume )
Ken Ofgang, Metropolitan News-Enterprise
Allan Hoffenblum, Hoffenblum & Associates (@WeHoGOP)

Main Topic Update on the Cargo Plane Bomb Plot 12 MIN, 17 SEC

Officials in the United States and Britain are saying two highly sophisticated package-bombs were headed to the US from Yemen. The bombs traveled on four planes, two carrying passengers, until they were intercepted in Britain and Dubai. But how did a Saudi informant know enough to tip-off intelligence agencies? We hear about the bombs, airport security and the politics of Yemen.

Guests:
Scott Shane, New York Times (@ScottShaneNYT)
Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
Peter Bergen, CNN (@peterbergencnn)

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