Redrawing Congressional Districts in California
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California voters demanded that an independent commission re-draw the boundaries for Assembly, Senate and Congressional districts. New maps will be released on Friday. Will Democrats increase their majorities? Will moderates of both parties have a better chance? We get a preview. Also, Blue Cross will give money back to some policyholders, and circumcision has become a political issue. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, an update on AIDS 30 years after it was discovered in Los Angeles.
Banner image, L-R: Gary Miller (R-San Bernardino), Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach/Compton) and David Dreier (R-San Gabriel Valley) are just three representatives whose districts appear to be impacted as Congressional boundaries are redrawn.
Blue Shield of California Hands Back Some Profits ()
There's stunning news for individual policyholders with Blue Shield. California's largest nonprofit health insurer is making so much money — and paying so much to its CEO — that it's giving some back. Duke Helfand is writing the story for the Los Angeles Times.
- Duke Helfand: Los Angeles Times
Redrawing Congressional Districts in California ()
On Friday, California's Citizens Redistricting Commission, created by voters, will make public 153 maps for new Assembly, Senate and Congressional districts. Preliminary drafts will be displayed on the group's website on Friday, June 10. What kind of changes are in store for LA?
Proposed Santa Monica Circumcision Ban Dropped ()
Circumcision goes back to Abraham in the Book of Genesis, and it's a requirement of Jewish law. In the US, between 30- and 50 percent of male infants are circumcised. But in San Francisco, 12,000 voters signed up to get a circumcision ban on the November ballot. In Santa Monica, a similar effort has been dropped. Jonah Lowenfeld writes for the Jewish Journal.
Can AIDS Ever Be Cured? ()
Since its discovery 30 years ago Sunday, HIV/AIDS has killed 30 million people worldwide. Thirty-three million have the disease now, one million here in the US. There's been progress in getting the pandemic under control -- and one case has been cured. We talk with Nobel laureate David Baltimore and others.
- Tina Rosenberg: freelance journalist
- David Baltimore: California Institute of Technology
- Eric Goosby: US State Department
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