Attack ads on TV may decide who wins next week's Republican primary campaigns for Governor and US Senator. Will there be a high price to pay? Is the state's largest private utility pushing its own interests with Proposition 16? What's the role of teachers in the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, even some Israelis say their leaders fell into a trap, telling commandos to slide down ropes from hovering helicopters into an angry crowd. We update the Gaza-Strip aid-ship incident from Jerusalem, Istanbul, Washington and the UN.
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The latest poll on next week's elections shows Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina gaining ground in Republican primaries for Governor and US Senator. As far as November's general elections are concerned, the results are mixed. The survey was conducted for the Los Angeles Times and University of Southern California by both Democratic and Republican pollsters. Dan Schnur is a former Republican consultant, now director of USC's Unruh Institute of Politics.
The state's largest private utility, Pacific Gas and Electric, has spent more than $46 million on Proposition 16. Opponents call it an effort to stamp out public power. PG&E says it's about fair elections. Prop 16 would require a 2/3 vote of the people whenever a city or county wants to start or expand a publicly run utility. We hear from both sides.
Twelve people are running for Superintendent of Public Instruction, a nonpartisan office. If nobody wins outright next week, the top two will be in a run-off in November. Three Democrats have emerged as front-runners, as we hear from Jill Tucker, education reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Frontrunners for Superintendent of Public Instruction
Complete list of candidates
Jill Tucker, Education Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
Turkey is Israel's closest ally in the Muslim world, but Prime Minister Recep Erdogan called yesterday's attack "a bloody massacre." In Washington, Turkey's foreign minister told CNN that Turkey wants an independent investigation…an apology from Israel…and compensation for Turks who lost their lives. We get updates from the Middle East, the UN and Washington, where the Obama Administration faces another awkward reality.
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