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Supporters of Prop 8 to make same-sex marriage illegal say a big turnout of African Americans will help their cause. We hear a debate tonight about homophobia, religion and civil rights. Also, early voters, beware, and the race for one of California’s most powerful jobs: Supervisor of LA County.


Banner image: Eddie Hager, LeimertParkBeat.com

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Gary Scott

Reporter's Notebook Supervisor's Race Goes Unnoticed 4 MIN, 16 SEC

There are more than 10 million people in Los Angeles County but just five elected Supervisors. With both legislative and executive responsibilities, they're some of California's most powerful elected officials. It's so difficult and expensive to run countywide that election is almost a lifetime job. Now 2nd District Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke is stepping down, and two political veterans -- LA City Councilman Bernard Parks and State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas -- are in a tight race to replace her.  We get an update on the race from Eddie Hager, creator of LeimertParkBeat.com.

Guests:
Eddie North-Hager, LeimertParkBeat.com

Making News Voters by Mail, Beware! 3 MIN, 25 SEC

If you're planning to vote by mail in Los Angeles County, be careful. Dean Logan is Register-Recorder in charge of elections.

Guests:
Dean Logan, Los Angeles County (@lacountyrrcc)

Main Topic Proposition 8 and the Black Community 15 MIN, 40 SEC

Barack Obama's expected to produce a record turnout of African American voters in California, and that could have an impact beyond the presidential election. Also on the state ballot is Proposition 8, which would overturn the State Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. Prop 8 supporters say Obama's big turn-out will favor a yes vote, because blacks are opposed to same-sex marriage. But they're also supporters of civil rights. Obama himself is opposed to same sex marriage, but he's also against Prop 8, which he calls divisive and discriminatory.  We hear several voices on what's being called the "Obama Effect."

Guests:
Roland Stringfellow, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Coordinator, Pacific School of Religion
Ron Buckmire, President, Barbara Jordan/Bayard Rustin Coalition
Jasmyne Cannick, social and political commentator (@jasmyne)

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