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Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are in California this week for the same reason every other candidate comes to the Golden State: it's the money, stupid. In addition, California might actually play a role in the GOP nomination. We hear about some scheduled fundraisers and Republican prospects in the primary, as opposed to the general, election. Also, a tax measure to compete with Governor Brown's and a ride on the Expo Line. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Affordable Care Act and America's uninsured.

Banner image: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally NuVasive, Inc. on March 26, 2012 in San Diego, California.Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Anna Scott
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Molly Munger's Rival Education Initiative 6 MIN, 11 SEC

Dan Schnur's USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll found that Molly Munger's tax measure is losing by a wide margin, 32 percent "yes" to 64 percent "no." But that's not the only poll showing bad news for "Our Children, Our Future." The Field Poll and the Public Policy Institute of California also show a lack of support. Ms. Munger declined our invitation to appear tonight. Carol Kocivar is President of the California State Parent-Teacher Association, the PTA.

 

Guests:
Carol Kocivar, California State Parent-Teacher Association

Reporter's Notebook A First Ride on the Expo Line 6 MIN, 59 SEC

LA's latest light rail line has left the station — not with the travelling public on board yet, but a crowd of reporters. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez rode the Expo Line along with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavasky. Gonzalez survived the ride and joins us in the studio.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, Morning News Producer (@SaulKCRW)

Making News What Californians Think about the Republican Candidates 13 MIN, 6 SEC

Mitt Romney's in California today and tomorrow. He has a home in La Jolla, but his principal mission is raising money. Rick Santorum will be here for the same reason on Thursday. And California may be more than just a political bank for both candidates. 
Yesterday the USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll released results of a survey on how President Obama and his challengers look to Republicans, Democrats and Independents in California. We hear more from Carla Mariucci, senior political writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, and Dan Schnur, Poll Director and Director of USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.

Guests:
Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle (@cmarinucci)
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics (@danschnur)

Main Topic The Affordable Care Act and America's Uninsured 25 MIN, 37 SEC

The Affordable Care Act and America's UninsuredIn the first of three days of arguments, the US Supreme Court made pretty clear today that it will rule on the constitutionality of President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Tomorrow, it will hear arguments on the so-called "Mandate" to buy insurance. In the meantime, we hear what it's like to go without health insurance, and arguments about the potential impact of what Republicans call "Obamacare."

Guests:
David Savage, Los Angeles Times (@latimes)
Stan Brock, Remote Area Medical
Chapin White, Center for Studying Health System Change
Jonathan Cohn, New Republic (@CitizenCohn)
Doug Holtz-Eakin, American Action Forum (@djheakin)

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