Proposition 28: Another Flap over Term Limits
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Term limits prevent state legislators from learning their jobs, giving the real power in Sacramento to lobbyists and bureaucrats. That's according to supporters of Proposition 28 on next month's ballot. But how does it make things better by giving lawmakers less total time in the Capitol rather than more? We solve that riddle and hear the pros and cons. Also, a mountain lion in downtown Santa Monica. Did the animals get there first? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, is Iran ready to make a deal?
Mountain Lion Killed in Downtown Santa Monica ()
In the courtyard of an office building in downtown Santa Monica, a janitor discovered a mountain lion today. It was at 2nd and Arizona, near the Third Street Promenade. It was not far from a preschool, a church and many businesses – and a long way from the wilderness.
- Andrew Hughan: California Department of Fish and Game
- Damon Nagami: National Resources Defense Council, @NRDC
Proposition 28: Another Flap over Term Limits ()
California became the first state to enact term limits for state legislators 22 years ago. Politicians can serve three two-year terms in the state Assembly and two four-year terms in the Senate for a total of 14 years. Proposition 28 on next month's ballot would reduce the total to 12 years, but it could all be served in one house or the other.
- Torey Van Oot: Sacramento Bee, @CapitolAlert
- Jon Fleischman: California Republican Party, @FlashReport
- Dan Schnur: University of Southern California, @danschnur
Hopeful Signs Ahead of Talks with Iran ()
The five members of the UN Security Council members and Germany will be in Baghdad tomorrow for talks with Iran. Just yesterday, the new director general (seen at right) of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency told reporters of a possible breakthrough after his first visit to Iran. After sanctions, a threatened oil boycott and possible outright war, Tehran may be ready to make concessions about its nuclear program. We update what diplomats call the "atmospherics" as long-delayed negotiations are about to begin in Baghdad.
- Laura Rozen: Yahoo News, @lrozen
- Scott Peterson: Christian Science Monitor, @peterson__scott
- Kaveh Afrasiabi: political scientist and author
- Gerald Steinberg: Bar Ilan University, @GeraldNGOM
- Terri Lodge: American Security Project, @amsecproject
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