FROM Garry South
Republicans Roll Out Campaign to Court Latino Voter The Republican National Party is spending 10 million dollars to reach out to Latinos, and the blue state of California presents an especially tough challenge. Pete Wilson was re-elected Governor by trashing illegal immigration in 1994 and that’s political history that has not been forgotten.
Can LA Get a Handle on Medical Marijuana? Measures D , E and F on this month’s Los Angeles City ballot all deal with medical marijuana dispensaries. None of them is a ban, although the City Council tried that once and then back away due to public opposition. Instead, they all provide different arrangements for regulation. Saul Gonzalez, who has been out visiting dispensaries and/or clinics, has some history about medical marijuana.
Will California's Proposition 8 Survive the US Supreme Court? Much has changed since Proposition 8 passed in 2008 and polls show that if it were on the California ballot now, it would be likely to fail. Today, at the US Supreme Court , Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the decider between his four liberal and four conservative colleagues, acknowledged that Prop 8 has taken the court into "uncharted waters." Liberal Justice Sonya Sotomayor posed the question, "If the issue is letting the States experiment and letting the society have more time to figure out its direction, why is taking a case now the answer?" We search for answers to that and other questions.
What's Next for California's Republican Party? The political website Calbuzz calls "reapportionment" the " most hated word " in politics and says reports about it amount to "eat your spinach journalism." But when you put familiar names on the maps of new districts, and look at which party wins and which one loses, it gets very interesting. Political insiders agree that the Citizens Commission created by voters did its job, by avoiding both partisanship and incumbency. And even Republicans agree that spells trouble for the GOP.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?