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Republicans may be looking good nationwide, but not in California. As the party begins its semi-annual convention in downtown LA, GOP registration has dropped like a stone.  At a time of outreach for the growing Latino vote, Michele Bachmann will be tomorrow night's keynote speaker, just after she tries for the endorsement of America's most anti-immigration Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. We look at Republican prospects in the Golden State. Also, skyrocketing tuition at the University of California.  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, America and the ravages of poverty.

Making News UC Regents Consider Years of Tuition Increases 5 MIN, 15 SEC

The University of California once was the nation's leading public institution of higher education, available at a cost any citizen could afford. This year, for the first time, UC gets more money from student tuition than it does from the state; and the Board of Regents is being asked to increase tuition by at least 8- and as much as 16 percent every year until 2016. Nanette Asimov writes about education for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle (@NanetteAsimov)

Main Topic Endangered Elephants? California Republicans Meet in LA 19 MIN, 42 SEC

latinos.jpgCalifornia Republicans are about to begin their semi-annual convention in downtown Los Angeles, at a time when GOP prospects are looking up nationwide. In California, it's a different story. The latest Field Poll shows President Obama with 13- and 19-point majorities over Mitt Romney and Rick Perry respectively and sharp declines in party registration statewide.

Segment image: Latino activists in California launch voter registration Drive. Photo by Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

Tom Del Beccaro, California Republican Party
Mark DiCamillo, Field Poll (@markdicamillo)
Mike Madrid, GOP strategist (@madrid_mike)

Main Topic America and Poverty: What the Numbers Mean for Gen-Y 26 MIN, 15 SEC

America and the Ravages of PovertyRecovery from the Great Recession is sluggish at best, and the Census Bureau has provided the latest evidence of ongoing decline. Last year, poverty in America rose to its highest level since 1993, with the number of poor people now approaching 50 million. We look at the impact on different age groups, ethnicities and levels of education.

Segment image: A man looks through a trash dumpster on September 14, 2011 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Elise Gould, Economic Policy Institute
Derek Thompson, The Atlantic (@DKThomp)
Alexis Jennings, Alternatives, Inc.
Verrall Fowler, Jewish Vocational Service
Kisha Bird, Center for Law and Social Policy

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