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.
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.
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 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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?