Free Speech for Corporations; Political Competition for California
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Republicans and Democrats in state legislature disagree about almost everything else, but they have protected themselves and each other from being thrown out on election day. We hear what’s happening to Proposition 11, passed by the voters to make the Assembly and Senate politically competitive once again. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, has the US Supreme Court scored a victory for free speech or increased the influence of money in politics? We hear about last week's 5-4 ruling removing campaign spending limits for corporations.
The US Supreme Court and Partisan Politics ()
Last week, by a vote of five to four, the US Supreme Court overturned two of its own precedents and a 63-year-old limit on corporate spending in political campaigns. The majority said it was lifting the burden of "censorship." The dissenters said it was opening the door wider than ever to corporate corruption.
- Tom Hamburger: Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
- Fred Wertheimer: Founder and President, Democracy 21
- Bradley Smith: former Chairman, Federal Election Commission
- Heather Gerken: Professor of Elections Law, Yale Law School
Will Minorities Be Left Out of Voters' Redistricting Commission? ()
Sacramento has been paralyzed by partisanship, and Republicans and Democrats have kept it that way. In 2003, they drew up their own district boundaries, to make sure that elections made no change from Democrat to Republican or vice versa. It worked almost perfectly. But two years ago, voters said they'd had enough and passed Proposition 11, giving the re-districting power to an independent commission. Now it's time for that commission to be selected so it can draw new districts based on this year's census.
- Tony Quinn: former Republican political consultant
- Elaine Howle: California State Auditor
- Arturo Vargas: Executive Director, National Organization of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, @ArturoNALEO
- John Marelius: Political Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune
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