Los Angeles recorded a record high of 113 degrees today. Long Beach hit 107. How long will it last? What does it mean for public health, brush fires and energy use? Tomorrow night, Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown will debate for the first time in their contest for Governor with polls showing one of the closest races anywhere the country. We preview tomorrow's confrontation, which will air live on KCRW at 6 pm. What about Fiorina and Boxer? How accurate are the samples of a growing bloc of voters: Hispanics? On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, President Obama has achieved a lot, but even White House advisors concede that he’s losing the middle class vote. We hear about the stimulus, healthcare, Bush-era tax cuts and the November elections.
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Los Angeles today recorded its highest temperature since record-keeping began back in 1877. It was 113 degrees downtown — two degrees lower than Death Valley — and more than 105 at the beaches. The good news is there is not much wind, but firefighters and equipment have been installed where fire danger is greatest. It's expected to cool down tomorrow, but it'll still be unseasonably warm for the rest of this week. (For more information about LA County services, dial 211; for info on LA City services dial 311.)
The New York Times says today that California is one place in the country where the news for Democrats may be slightly improving, rather than getting worse. The latest poll commissioned by the LA Times shows Jerry Brown with a five-point league over Meg Whitman one day before their first debate. ( KCRW will carry the debate live tomorrow from 6-7pm, followed by analysis on WWLA.)
For this November's elections, the Democrats have portrayed themselves as the party of the middle class. With the Bush-era tax cuts scheduled to expire on December 31, the key was to extend them for incomes under $250,000, while allowing taxes to rise for the richest Americans. But last week that strategy came to an end, when Democratic leaders said they'd postpone a Congressional vote until the elections were over.
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