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Mail-in voting for next month’s election is about to begin with the Schwarzenegger legacy in the balance "Shared sacrifice" gets a number with Mayor Villagraigosa’s pared-down budget. A local Congresswoman was the subject of NSA surveillance. On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, only four states have legalized same-sex marriage, while 40 states limit marriage to a man and a woman.  Which way is the momentum going?  Do constitutional guarantees conflict with each other?  


Main Topic Same-Sex Marriage: The Law, Religion and Politics 26 MIN, 6 SEC

Only four states have legalized same-sex marriage, and it's pending in just a handful of others. Forty states limit marriage to a man and a woman. But public opinion supports civil unions for gays and lesbians, and voters aged 18 to 45 are favorably inclined toward homosexual rights. Does the Constitutional guarantee of equal treatment include same-sex marriage? Are religions free to discriminate as they choose? How does the issue work for — and against — Democrats and Republicans?

Jennifer Pizer, UCLA
Peter Sprigg, Vice President for Policy, Family Research Council
Jonathan Rauch, Brookings Institution (@jon_rauch)
David Blankenhorn, Founder and President, Institute for American Values

Gay Marriage

Jonathan Rauch

Making News Villaraigosa Proposes 10% Salary Cuts Citywide 6 MIN, 25 SEC

With every source of revenue down, Mayor Villaraigosa released his plan for “shared sacrifice” today.  His budget is one percent smaller than last year’s, and it features cuts in services as well as hard choices for unionized city workers. Reporter Phil Willon of the Los Angeles Times has more.

Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times (@LATimesWillon)

Main Topic Confusion over California Ballot Measures 11 MIN, 4 SEC

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

Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee (@WaltersBee)
Bill Carrick, Democratic strategist

Party of One

Daniel Weintraub

Reporter's Notebook Congresswomen Harman Caught on Wiretap 7 MIN, 53 SEC

New developments have resurrected a three-year-old story about LA Democratic Congresswoman Jane Harman. In 2006, it was reported that the FBI was investigating whether she and AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, violated the law in a scheme to get Harman appointed top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Subsequently, the case was dropped. Yesterday, Congressional Quarterly reported that Harman was overheard on an National Security Agency wiretap. Jeff Stein, who writes the CQ column “Spy Talk,” broke the story.


Warren Olney

Christian Bordal

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