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We've just broadcast the first face-to-face confrontation between this year's candidates for Governor, Attorney General Jerry Brown and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.  We get reactions from Republicans and Democrats. Did Brown explain how 45 years in politics qualify him to be Governor all over again? Did Whitman demonstrate how her business experience prepared her to start at the top in politics? In what could be a low turnout election, did they reach their parties' most likely voters?  What about Independents?  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, it's another record year for campaign spending, with special interests unleashed as never before. We talk about the influence of campaign spending on Capitol Hill.

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman: The First Debate 42 MIN, 26 SEC

Warren joins a panel of Democrats and Republicans to get their reaction to tonight’s debate between Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown

Guests:
Darry Sragow, Democratic political consultant
Joel Fox, Californians for Reforms and Jobs, Not Taxes
Matthew Wheeler, Republican Gen Xer
Brendan Joyce, Founding member, Generation for Change
Rod Pacheco, District Attorney, County of Riverside
Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University (@LMU_CSLA)

Main Topic Money and Influence on Capitol Hill 19 MIN, 37 SEC

Two court rulings mean that corporations, unions and other special interests can now spend unlimited amounts of money for and against candidates for the Senate and Congress. If they organize as non-profits, donors don’t have to reveal their names. 

Guests:
Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity (@davelevinthal)
Lawrence Lessig, Director, Harvard University's Safra Foundation Center for Ethics
David Keating, Club for Growth (@campaignfreedom)
Stephen Ansolabehere, Professor of Government, Harvard University

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