More Primary Politics and Proposition 14
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Will Proposition 14 on next Tuesday's ballot open up state politics or make it even harder to challenge Republicans and Democrats? Do a couple of long-shot candidates have a chance to buck their own party in campaigns against Congresswoman Jane Harman and US Senator Barbara Boxer? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, President Karzai's effort at reaching out to the Taliban may have failed before it began. We update this week's "peace jirga" with 1600 tribal leaders and politicians. Is it building support for Karzai's government? Will it make any difference for US soldiers?
Prop 14: Increased Right to Participate in Primaries ()
A radio spot for Proposition 14 on the ballot claims the measure would reduce "the influence of the major parties which are now under the control of special interests." Sure enough, Republican and Democratic leaders — who disagree on everything else — have jointly raised $200,000 to defeat it. Bob Stern is President of the nonprofit Center for Governmental Studies.
- Bob Stern: President, Center for Governmental Studies
Primary Politics Five Days before a Statewide Election ()
Four years ago, high school teacher Marcy Winograd moved from Pacific Palisades to Marina del Rey to challenge eight-term Congresswoman Jane Harman in the Democratic Primary. Winograd got 38% of the vote, and this year she's back again. Harmon has taken her seriously enough to run an attack ad on local TV. Although Congresswoman Harman declined our invitation to appear, challenger Winograd joins us.
- Marcy Winograd: Democratic Candidate for Congress
Senate Candidate Mickey Kaus, Tilting at Windmills? ()
For dinner with President Obama and California's US Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrats spent $35,000 a couple. That's just about the total amount Mickey Kaus has raised for his primary campaign against Boxer, plus $7,000 of his own money. It's not much, but enough to produce one TV commercial. Senator Boxer declined our invitation to appear, but Mickey Kaus, best known for his blog Kausfiles on Slate.com, joins us.
Karzai Convenes Peace Jirga, Reaches Out to the Taliban ()
Yesterday, as he opened his "peace jirga," Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke to 1600 handpicked tribal leaders and politicians. He addressed the Taliban directly, "Make peace with me and there will be no need for foreigners here." Before Karzai finished speaking, a rocket exploded nearby, and security forces fought off two attempted suicide bombers.
- Alissa Johannsen Rubin: Kabul Bureau Chief, New York Times, @alissanyt
- Peter Galbraith: former Deputy Special Representative in Afghanistan for the UN Secretary General
- Michael O'Hanlon: recent member, Secretary of State's Advisory Board
- Hasan-Askari Rizvi: Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Punjab
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