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.
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.