The budget battle between Democrats and Republicans won't be resolved tonight, but there's a possible stop-gap to avoid the need for IOU's. We hear from State Controller John Chiang and from Tom Campbell, former finance director and possible candidate for Governor. Also, a public hearing on new rules for capital punishment. Has it become too expensive? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, gays and lesbians who supported Barack Obama are demanding action from the Obama White House. Is he keeping his campaign promises to change "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the Defense of Marriage Act and other federal policies?
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In 1969, even civil rights activists were barely aware of the so-called Stonewall Rebellion that began the movement for equal treatment of gays and lesbians in the United States. But yesterday, President Obama comemorated that event in the White House with 250 movement leaders. He acknowledged that, despite extraordinary progress in the past 40 years, many are very impatient.
Tobias B. Wolff, University of Pennsylvania
Richard Socarides, attorney and Democratic political strategist (@socarides)
Rich Galen, Mullings.com (@richgalen)
Richard Tafel, Founder, Log Cabin Republicans
There are 680 condemned inmates on San Quentin’s Death Row, but legal challenges have prevented any executions for three years. A federal judge ruled that new regulations were needed to avoid cruel and unusual punishment. A state judge ordered that the regulations be subject to 45 days of public comment. Today, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation held a hearing, and Sam Stanton was there for the Sacramento Bee.
Sam Stanton, Reporter, Sacramento Bee
If California runs out of money at midnight tonight, State Controller John Chiang says he’ll have to pay the state’s bills with IOU’s starting on Thursday. As we record this program, it appears that Republicans and Democrats may come up with a stop-gap measure. In the meantime, we get an update and speak with Chiang.