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California's Democratic Party is led by an old guard. Both US Senators have served for 21 years. The Governor's running for his fourth term. There is not a rift over issues, but young Democrats are wondering, "When are these people going to leave?" With this year's party convention about to begin in Los Angeles, we talk about pent up ambition, the super-majority in Sacramento and the rise of the Independent voter. Also, new mortgage misery for California homeowners. 

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater on To the Point, last year's rare, bi-partisan deals on spending limits and extending the debt ceiling eliminated threats of pushing the country over a "fiscal cliff." But this year's budget debate will be more interesting, rather than less.  Both parties will have to reveal their priorities, at the risk of revealing internal divisions in the run-up to primary contests and November's general election.

 
Banner image: (L-R) Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris

Producers:
Evan George
Caitlin Shamberg
Jenny Hamel

Mortgage Complaints on the Rise — Again 7 MIN, 9 SEC

So-called "troubled mortgages" helped cause the Great Recession, and the biggest banks were forced into a $26 billion settlement with 49 state attorneys. The banks then sold billions of dollars worth of home mortgages to servicing companies. That's become a booming business, but Katherine Porter says it has "overpromised and under-delivered." She is a professor at UC Irvine's School of Law, appointed by Attorney General Kamala Harris to oversee the mortgage settlement.

Guests:
Katherine Porter, California Monitor

More:
California Monitor Program
National Mortgage Settlement

Is California's Democratic Party Keeping Up with Voters? 16 MIN, 25 SEC

California's Democratic Party will convene tomorrow night in Los Angeles to hear speeches and endorse candidates in this year's elections. A majority of the party is black, Latino or Asian and under 54. But their leaders are old, white people. US Senator Dianne Feinstein is 80; Barbara Boxer is 73; Governor Brown is 75; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is 73 and Party Chairman John Burton is 81. We talk about pent up ambition, the super-majority in Sacramento and the rise of the Independent voter.

Guests:
Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times (@cathleendecker)
Eric McGhee, Public Policy Institute of California (@PPICNotes)
Daniel Lopez, Los Angeles County Young Democrats (@LAYoungDems)

More:
Decker on the cracking of the California Democratic political logjam
McGhee on the future of the California political landscape

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