FROM Alex Padilla
New bill aims to move California's primary to just after Iowa and New Hampshire Democratic lawmakers are pushing to move California’s primary up to make it more relevant in 2020, but will it make a difference if they succeed?
The Latino Vote America's Hispanic population is growing so fast that 66,000 Latino Americans turn 18 every month according to the Pew Research Center. Warren Olney looks at the Latino vote and efforts to increase registration in the community.
Looking for Ways to Rock the Vote In parts of California, this is Election Day, but not in the City of Los Angeles. Even if it were, you'd hardly notice, because fewer and fewer people bother to vote. Last time out, just 9% of those registered turned up at the polls. It turns out that a mistrust of political power has created a tiny electorate that's making all the decisions for everyone else. That's according to Jessica Levinson, professor of election law at Loyola Law School and president of the LA Ethics Commission.
Brown Signs Bill Expediting Environmental Review of Farmers' Field Governor Brown has signed a last-minute Senate bill to accelerate construction of AEG's Farmers' Field. It would be the largest construction project in the US, and AEG claims various environmental requirements would make it "carbon neutral." Senate Bill 292 was itself accelerated in the last few days of the legislative session. Democrat Alex Padilla of Pacoima was the author.
Can a Football Stadium Be 'Environmentally Friendly?' The developer AEG is demanding special relief from state environmental procedures as a condition for building an NFL stadium in downtown LA. It would still have to complete an environmental impact report, and challenges could still be filed in court. But AEG wants to speed up the procedure. The stadium hasn’t been fully approved, but AEG wants action now, before this year’s legislative session ends on Friday.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.