AZ Doesn't Like Immigrants; Does CA Still Like Democrats?
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Jerry Brown, now a candidate for his old job as Governor, says, "Yesterday's victory does not guarantee victory today." We hear about the challenges facing California Democrats. Plus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who knew Daryl Gates all too well remembers the spying operation run by the late former Chief of the LAPD. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, like George W. Bush before him, Barack Obama wants immigration reform, but that's a third rail on the track to November's elections. Arizona's increasingly violent traffic in guns drugs and people has led Republicans to pass the nation's toughest crackdown. Will it do any good?
Banner image: Senator Barbara Boxer at the California Democrats Convention, April 17, 2010.
Arizona Gets Tough on Immigration in Absence of Federal Reform ()
On party-line votes, majorities in Arizona’s House and Senate have passed the toughest anti-immigration bill in the country. Republican Governor Jan Brewer says she is “considering” whether to sign it.
- Leo Banks: Reporter, Tucson Weekly
- Steven Camarota: Director of Research, Center for Immigration Studies, @wwwCISorg
- Glenn Jenks: Episcopal Priest, Arizona Interfaith Network
- Luis Gutierrez: Congressman (D-IL)
- Doris Meissner: former Commissioner, US Immigration and Naturalization Service, @MigrationPolicy
Democrats Try to Shake Things Up in a Tough Election Year ()
At this weekend's party convention in downtown Los Angeles, California Democrats tried to frame this year's elections as a battle of wills between Wall Street and Main Street, with Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown urging party activists to generate Tea Party-style passion. That's according to Carla Marinucci, political reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. We speak with her and with veteran Democratic political consultant Darry Sragow.
LAPD's Daryl Gates Remembered, Warts and All ()
Daryl Gates died last week. The former LA Police Chief is being remembered as being devoted to law enforcement and the LAPD, but out of step with history. Current Chief Charlie Beck, whose father was also in the LAPD, says “there has to be a way to be an effective police officer without alienating the people you were policing.” Before he won a Pulitzer Prize with the New York Times, David Cay Johnston covered Gates for the Los Angeles Times.
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