Governor Wants to Pay State Workers Federal Minimum Wage
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If you've still got a job, how would you like your pay cut to the federal minimum wage? That's what the Governor wants for state workers, but State Controller John Chiang says, "no way." It's all about the legislature's failure to pass next year's budget. We hear about the law and the politics. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Petraeus will replace McChrystal as US commander in Afghanistan, but counterinsurgency is still the strategy favored by the Commander in Chief. Is that a recipe for success or failure? Also, the longest tennis match in recorded history, reported by a British reporter with a sense of humor.
Supreme Court Rules Petition Signers Have No Right to Privacy ()
The US Supreme Court has given a victory to advocates of gay rights. Late today, it ruled 8 to 1 that people who sign initiative petitions have no expectation of privacy. The case arose in Washington State, but applies to people who signed up to put Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage, on California's 2008 ballot. Lawrence Hurley reports for the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
- Lawrence Hurley: Supreme Court Reporter, Los Angeles Daily Journal
Governor Tries to Impose Minimum Wage on State Workers ()
For the past 20 years, the state legislature has met the June 15 constitutional deadline for passing a budget just once. But this time, Governor Schwarzenegger says 200,000 state workers will have to pay a high price. He insists that, starting on August 1, they'll all be paid the federal minimum wage, $7.25. We hear from a reporter following the budget, the Governor's Deputy Finance Director and the State Controller.
- Judy Lin: Reporter, Associated Press
- John Chiang: State Controller, State of California
- H.D. Palmer: Deputy Finance Director, State of California, @cccbudgetnews
The Longest Tennis Match in History ()
The longest match in the recorded history of tennis was like a marriage. American John Isner outlasted Nicolas Mahut of France after a match that took 11 hours and 5 minutes over three days at Wimbledon. The final score: 70 games to 68. Xan Brooks, with the Guardian, called it "a bizarre mix of the gripping and the deadly dull…"
- Xan Brooks: Writer and Editor, Guardian newspaper
Petraeus to the Rescue ()
After President Obama read the first few paragraphs of Rolling Stone magazine's profile of General Stanley McChrystal, it was less than 48 hours before David Petraeus accepted command of US troops in Afghanistan. The President says he wasn't personally offended, but he told his War Council that the military code of conduct "applies equally to newly enlisted privates and to the general officer who commands them."
- Jonathan Weisman: Reporter, Wall Street Journal, @jonathanweisman
- Alissa Johannsen Rubin: Kabul Bureau Chief, New York Times, @alissanyt
- Robert Killebrew: Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
- Brian Katulis: Senior Fellow, Center for America Progress, @Katulis
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