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The State Legislature supposedly is in session on what could be a $24 billion shortfall, but many members are not in Sacramento. They're traveling the world. Also, the State Supreme Court could be taking a risk. Supporters are talking recall if it overturns Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage. On Reporter's Notebook, the Museum of Contemporary Art helps keep LA on the map of world culture.  But does MOCA still have a future?


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Producers:
Karen Radziner
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook In Fiscal Crisis, MOCA Courts LACMA for Merger 7 MIN, 29 SEC

Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art has a world-class collection of 6000 works by artists including Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenbeg and Mark Rothko.  But MOCA's in big financial trouble—so much trouble it might even merge with another institution.  Mike Boehm broke the story in the LA Times.

Guests:
Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times

Making News Waxman Outs Head of Key House Committee 6 MIN, 18 SEC

Michigan Congressman John Dingell's been the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee for 28 years.  Not any more. LA's Henry Waxman has staged a coup on Capitol Hill. Harold Meyerson is editor-at-large of the American Prospect and Columnist at the Washington Post.

Guests:
Harold Meyerson, Washington Post (@haroldmeyerson)

Main Topic Politics and Same-Sex Marriage 10 MIN, 10 SEC

The State Legislature's latest approval rating is 15% in the Field Poll, the lowest ever. For two weeks, the Assembly and Senate officially have been in session to fix what could be a $24 billion shortfall. But during Budget Committee hearings in Sacramento, a lot of the chairs are empty. Assembly and Senate members are traveling to Hawaii, India and China.

If the Legislature is unpopular now, consider what happened 22 years ago to the State Supreme Court. Voters recalled three justices, including Chief Justice Rose Bird, for overturning too many death penalties. The current court has accepted three challenges to Proposition 8 which passed in this month's election with 52% of the vote. It's the measure declaring that marriage can only occur between a man and a woman. Are they risking their jobs?   

Guests:
Barbara O'Connor, Cal State Sacramento's Institute for the Study of Politics and Media
Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California Irvine (@UCILaw )

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