FROM Bill Carrick
Who's to blame for the government shutdown? In Washington DC, the blame game from the weekend shutdown continues. We ask a Democratic strategist if his party caved and why it happened so quickly -- plus what the fallout for DACA negotiations may be.
Kevin de Leon v. Dianne Feinstein: David and Goliath? California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon announced his challenge to Senator Dianne Feinstein. De Leon is termed out as state senator. He admits his quest for the U.S. Senate is an uphill battle. He doesn’t have as much money or the name recognition Feinstein has. But he is capitalizing on a fury in California against the president, and painting Feinstein as too accommodating of Trump.
How Much Is Your Signature Worth? You've seen them outside stores collecting signatures to help qualify measures for the ballot. This election year has been a lucrative one for signature gathering, but you might be surprised by just how much your signature is worth.
The Campaign for Mayor of Los Angeles, from the Inside Despite predictions of a race so tight the results might be delayed, the election was over by early on Wednesday morning. Councilman Eric Garcetti will be the next Mayor of Los Angeles. Controller Wendy Greuel will be out of a job. We speak with the men who headed the winning and losing campaigns, Bill Carrick, senior strategist for Garcetti, and John Shallman, who played the same role for Greuel.
Villaraigosa to Chair Democratic National Convention Antonio Villaraigosa supported Hillary Clinton in 2008, until the handwriting was on the wall. By last September, during a presidential address to a joint session of Congress, he was sitting up in the gallery near Michelle Obama. Now he's not just head of the US Conference of Mayors, he's been picked as chair of the Democratic National Convention next September in Charlotte, North Carolina. He's already released a video calling on people to "speak out," and might attend a series of fundraisers the President is holding tonight in LA and tomorrow in Orange County. Tonight's fundraiser is all about Hollywood, where the President has some fence mending to do over the anti-piracy bills the White House helped kill in the Senate and Congress.
Midterm Elections: California Goes in a Different Direction All California’s statewide elected offices will be in the hands of Democrats starting next year, with only the race for Attorney General still undecided. Despite having spent at least $140 of her own money as the Republican candidate for Governor, Meg Whitman lost by 13 percentage points — almost a million votes. Governor-elect Jerry Brown said nothing more about how he plans to govern than he did during his campaign. We join a panel of politicos to discuss yesterday's results and what they mean for the future.
Meg Whitman Shatters Spending Records The latest polls show that, without a day of political experience, former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman has built an enormous lead over fellow Republican Steve Poizner , and a small one over veteran Democrat Jerry Brown . What is it costing her? Today's Los Angeles Times says $358,500 a day . That's $15,000 an hour or $249 a minute.
Confusion over California Ballot Measures Mail-in ballots for next month’s statewide election were sent to voters today with a lot at stake for Governor Schwarzenegger and legislators of both parties, not to mention taxpayers and recipients of state services. Election Day is May 19. Prop 1A : Limits State Spending, Increases "Rainy Day" Stabilization Fund Prop 1B : Education Funding, Payment Plan Prop 1C : Lottery Modernization Act Prop 1D : Children's Services Funding Prop 1E : Mental Health Services Funding Prop 1F : Elected Officials' Salaries
The Day After: Post-Primary Analysis of Super Tuesday Hour 1: NPR News analyzes the results of one of the most anticipated Super Tuesdays in years. Host Neal Conan talks with callers and guests about who won where and why. What were the surprises? How did voting break down along age, ethnicity and gender lines? Hour 2: Presidential candidates are already looking ahead to the next round of primaries that will bring the nation closer to its final line up of presidential contenders. Neal Conan will take calls from the battleground states and talk with endorsers and strategists for the various campaigns about their strategies for moving ahead.
The Rise of California’s Independent Voters The presidential primaries are about to reach California, where Democrats and Republicans are more divided than ever. But the fastest growing group is the Independents . The Democrats allow Independents to take part in choosing their nominee, but the Republicans don’t.
State Prisons and the Race for California Governor Two of Arnold Schwarzenegger's directors of prisons resigned this year charging that the prison guards' union had too much influence in the Governor's office. John Hagar, a court-appointed federal watchdog accursed Schwarzenegger of reneging on promised prison reforms, also because of the union. But now the 31,000-member California Correctional Peace Officers Association--one of Sacramento's most powerful players--has endorsed rival gubernatorial candidate, Democrat Phil Angelides . Will prison reform become an issue in this year's campaign?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.