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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver today banned LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life in response to racist comments he made in a recorded conversation. Guest host Barbara Bogaev considers how LA's newest darling team will fare, with a banned owner balking at selling the franchise. Will sponsors return anytime soon? How tarnished are the league and the Clipper's name? Also, the battle for the heart and soul of the GOP in California. Banker Neel Kashkari now has some political heavyweights backing him but Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is crushing him in early polls.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgLater, on To the Point, farm workers in Florida have joined with retail giant Walmart to pressure growers to improve conditions in the fields. Is it just PR or can it change the way farm workers are treated across the country?

 

Banner image: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver at today's press conference on Donald Sterling

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Jenny Hamel
Gideon Brower

Kashkari, Donnelly Battle for Heart and Soul of CA GOP

Some powerful members of California's Republican Party are throwing their weight behind a relatively unknown candidate for governor, former Assistant Treasury Secretary Neel Kashkari. They hope this pro-choice, pro-gay marriage Obama-supporting candidate can give them a fighting chance in a state where Republicans are increasingly seen as irrelevant. But the most recent polls put Tea Party candidate, firebrand Tim Donnelly ahead of Kashkari by double digits, and both of them lag far behind Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown.

Guests:
Jon Fleischman, Breitbart California (@FlashReport)
John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle (@jfwildermuth)

More:
Fleischman on Jeb Bush's endorsement of Kashkari
PPIC on Californians and their government
Wildermuth on what Kashkari endorsements say about Donnelly

NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life, Calls for Sale of Team

The National Basketball Association has thrown Donald Sterling out of the game – for life. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has given Sterling the league's harshest penalty and highest fine for racist comments he made in a recorded conversation. At today's press conference, Silver said the league has confirmed that the voice on the recording is, indeed, Sterling. He called Sterling's views "deeply offensive and harmful; that they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage." In addition to the life-time ban, Silver imposed a $2.5 million ban, the maximum allowed under the NBA constitution.

Guests:
Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN (@kevinarnovitz)
Isadore Hall, California State Assembly (@isadorehall)

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