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This year’s legislative session is about to come to an end, and lobbyists are packing state capitol hallways. Frantic legislators are amending old bills with new language, which will be voted on even though it’s never been read.  Meantime, the State Budget has not been passed, and it may not be until after Governor Schwarzenegger leaves office next year. Also, the parking lots of the future. On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, even in what's called this "summer of discontent," yesterday's primaries in Arizona, Florida and Alaska were especially nasty. We ask what the results could mean for November. 

Banner image: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger discusses the budget, August 24, 2010.

Producers:
Darrell Satzman
Julia Flucht
Frances Anderton

Reporter's Notebook High-Tech Parking Meters Heading to Downtown LA 7 MIN, 17 SEC

Drivers cruising for parking spaces make up 30% of urban traffic and a lot of pollution. The City of LA wants to take the hassle out, with sensors laid in the pavement as part of an electronic system that guides drivers to open spaces. Amir Sadadi is Assistant General Manager for the Department of Transportation.

Guests:
Amir Sedadi, Assistant General Manager, LA Department of Transportation

Main Topic Election Results: Did Insurgents Upend the Establishment? 25 MIN, 55 SEC

Every state has its own political dynamic, but yesterday's primaries in Arizona, Alaska and Florida were billed "as a test to see whether the political establishment of either party could hold its own in this summer of America's discontent."  That's according to Carl Cannon, executive editor of PoliticsDaily.com. We hear from Cannon, journalists and other political observers.

Guests:
Carl Cannon, Real Clear Politics
Beth Reinhard, National Journal (@bethreinhard)
Jim Nintzel, Tucson Weekly (@Nintzel)
Michael Carey, Host, 'Anchorage Edition'
Bradley Blakeman, Georgetown University

Main Topic Will California Ever Get a Budget? 18 MIN, 56 SEC

This year's legislative session is about to come to an end, with the state budget two months overdue and likely to remain so. Governor Schwarzenegger has already said it may have to wait until his successor is sworn in next year.

Guests:
Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee (@WaltersBee)
Darrell Steinberg, California State Senate (@proTemSteinberg)
Diane Harkey, Assemblywoman, R-Dana Point

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