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Because of newly drawn boundaries, two Democrats with similar names got stuck in the same Congressional District. But Brad Sherman and Howard Berman are not alone. California's new rules have created a web of confusion as candidates of different parties now run in the same primary. So, along with the Democrats, we also hear from Republicans Mark Reed and Susan Shelley. The top two vote-getters in the June primary will be in the November election, even if they're from the same party. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the fading of trust in American government.

Banner image: (L-R) Brad Sherman, Howard Berman, Mark Reed and Susan Shelley

Main Topic A Race for Congress with a New and Different Look 29 MIN, 41 SEC

In the race for the 30th Congressional District, registration is 49 percent Democratic, 25 percent Republican and 21 percent Independent. Under new state rules, two Democrats and two Republicans are running in same June primary. The top two vote-getters will be in the November runoff — even if they’re in the same party. The Democrats are two veterans of Congress now in the same district because of new district boundaries: A tax lawyer and accountant, Brad Sherman, first elected in 1997, is a member of the Foreign Affairs and Financial Services Committees. Attorney Howard Berman, first elected in 1982, is a former chair, now ranking-member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Republicans Susan Shelley, former associate producer of the game show Jeopardy, is the author of The 37th Amendment, a novel about due process. Republican Mark Reed is an actor, small businessman and rancher.

Brad Sherman, US House of Representatives (D-CA) (@BradSherman)
Howard Berman, Democratic Congressman (@HowardBerman)
Mark Reed, Republican candidate for Congress
Susan Shelley, Republican candidate for Congress

Main Topic Fading Trust in American Institutions 20 MIN, 59 SEC

Fading Trust in American InstitutionsThe presidential race is beginning to find its focus, but there’s widespread mistrust of all three branches of government. That mistrust is explored in "Can Americans Trust Their Government Again?," an article in the latest Nation magazine. We look at a challenge that could impact candidates of both parties.

Jeffrey Madrick, New School (@JeffMadrick)
Elizabeth Price Foley, Florida International University College of Law
William Galston, Brookings Institution
Douglas Kmiec, Pepperdine University (@dougkmiec)

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Elizabeth Price Foley

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