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Three days of insults from Rush Limbaugh made Sandra Fluke a household name two years ago. Now she’s running for the California State Senate. Both she and her opponent Ben Allen call themselves “progressive” Democrats. We’ll hear where the money’s coming from.

Banner Image: Ben Allen (left) and Sandra Fluke (right) are both running for the California State Senate in next month's election.

Producers:
Evan George

Local Experience Versus National Recognition in State Senate Races 10 MIN, 24 SEC

Two Democrats topped the primary vote for the 26th State Senate seat now held by Ted Lieu, who’s running for Congress. Ben Allen is a West-Side establishment figure now serving on the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board. Sandra Fluke might not be running at all if it weren’t for Rush Limbaugh—who made her a national figure.

**Clarification: Businessman and philanthropist Bill Bloomfield, who has donated to an independent expenditure committee supporting Ben Allen, did not previously run as a Republican in 2012. He dropped his party affiliation before the 2012 campaign.

Gene Maddaus is covering the November run-off for the LA Weekly.

Guests:
Gene Maddaus, Variety (@GeneMaddaus)

More:
Sandra Fluke Endured Rush Limbaugh's Attacks. Now She Wants a Seat in the California Senate.

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