With two candidates spending a total of $90 million in this year's Republican race for Governor, California voters will get another chance to approve public funding of political campaigns. Prop 15 on the June ballot provides for a pilot program. We hear about that and get the latest on the latest on billboards, supergraphics and signs that face freeways. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the White House is pushing a compromise on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." But it would not end the ban on gays in the military, so what's the rush?
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The 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals says restrictions on what some neighborhood activists call "visual blight" are not violations of free speech. Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is declaring victory in his battle against a very lucrative industry. David Zahniser's been following the story for the LA Times.
California voters prohibited the public financing of political campaigns in 1988. In 2000 and again in 2006, they refused to lift the ban by margins of 65 and 74 percent. But, in less that two weeks, they'll be asked to vote again, this time on a pilot program for just one statewide office. We get the details of Proposition 15 and hear a debate on the California Fair Elections Act.
The law forbids gays and lesbians from the US military, but it's widely acknowledged that many serve their country anyway. In 1993, President Clinton signed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which allows them to stay as long as they don't reveal their sexual orientation. As a candidate, President Obama promised repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," but it hasn't happened. Now, the White House has worked out a compromise.
Josh Gerstein, Politico.com (@joshgerstein)
Craig Roberts, Media Relations Manager, American Legion
Chris Neff, Deputy Executive Director of the Palm Center, UC Santa Barbara
David Hall, former Air Force Staff Sergeant