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Debra Bowen is a Democrat with an 18-year career in politics running for re-election as Secretary of State. Her Republican opponent, Damon Dunn, is a businessman and former football player who never registered to vote until last year. We hear them debate their own and each other's qualifications to be California's chief elections officer. Also, the LA Times reports an increase in the deaths from neglect and abuse of children known to LA County officials.   We talk with Trish Ploehn, Director of the Department of Children and Family Services. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, China's economy is growing faster than the US, but China is wrestling with major problems that threaten internal stability. We hear what new leadership and the latest five-year plan could mean for China itself and its relations with the rest of the world.

Banner image: (L to R) Debra Bowen and Damon Dunn

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Christian Bordal
Frances Anderton

Main Topic Another Politician Challenged by Another Business Executive 16 MIN, 36 SEC

California's Secretary of State is the chief elections officer, who also maintains the state archives and the filings that businesses are required to submit. The incumbent is Democrat Debra Bowen, who served 14 years in the Legislature before winning her first term. Her Republican challenger is Damon Dunn, who's never held public office. He attended Stanford on a football scholarship, played a few years of pro ball, and then went into the real estate business in Orange County. We hear them debate.

Guests:
Debra Bowen, California Secretary of State
Damon Dunn, Republican candidate, California Secretary of State

Main Topic China: New Leaders, New Plans and Potential Troubles 27 MIN, 7 SEC

China stunned economists and rattled stock markets worldwide by raising interest rates today for the first time in three years, after four days of secret meetings by 300 or so top Communist Party leaders which ended yesterday. China watchers are trying to analyze the leadership choices and new five-year plan. What’s next for economic growth, the environment and housing prices? Will censorship give way to greater openness? What about competition with the US?

Guests:
Adam Minter, Bloomberg World View (@AdamMinter)
Elizabeth Economy, Council on Foreign Relations (@LizEconomy)
Pieter Bottelier, former International Economist, World Bank

The River Runs Black

Elizabeth C. Economy

Making News Controversy over Child Fatalities at County Agency 8 MIN, 11 SEC

Today’s Los Angeles Times reports an increase in the deaths of children under the eye of LA County from 2008 to 2009, and from 2009 to 2010. Trish Ploehn is Director of the Department of Children and Family Services.

Guests:
Trish Ploehn, Director, LA County Department of Children and Family Services

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