Virginia's former Governor Mark Warner has shaken up the Democratic race for President--by withdrawing. That demonstrates the importance of governorships in the race for the White House. We find out why governors matter even if they're not running nationwide and look at some of this year's most interesting contests. Also, LAUSD picks a new superintendent.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Virginia's former Governor Mark Warner won't be challenging Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Now other governors will be running harder than ever. Despite all the attention given to US senators, governors' mansions have become the "training grounds of future presidents." Four of the last five presidents started out as governors of their states, and even when they aren't planning to run nationwide, governors can have a major impact on national policy. Democrats are poised to take a majority of governorships this year for the first time since 1994. We look at some key states and find out why governors matter even if they're not running for president. (An extended version of this discussion was originally broadcast earlier today on To the Point.)
Mark Barabak, Los Angeles Times (@markzbarabak)
Steve Hoffman, Editorial writer for the Beacon Journal
Tom Beaumont, Associated Press (@TomBeaumont)
Brian Mooney, Political reporter for the Boston Globe
The Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District has named retired Vice Admiral David Brewer, III to be the next Superintendent. Mayor Villaraigosa, who's on a trip to Asia, says he's "disappointed" he wasn't involved. One of his allies, Democratic Senator Gloria Romero, calls it "a complete mockery" of the Mayor and the legislature, which passed a law to give him a voice in the process. But another Villagraigosa ally, the most recently elected board member, made the board's vote unanimous.
Monica Garcia, President of the Board of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District
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