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LA City workers are bracing for proposed layoffs when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa introduces his budget tomorrow. Meantime, he and County Supervisor Mike Antonovich exchanged harsh words today over the Mayor's plans for extending the sales tax to speed construction of public transit. We talk with the Mayor. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, "Stand your ground" and Voter ID laws have been spread to states all over the country by the American Legislative Exchange Council. We hear the pros and cons. Plus, with the book business in big trouble why was there no Pulitzer Prize for fiction this year?

Banner image: Los Angeles City employees, including LAPD Chief Charlie Beck (C) listen as Mayor Villaraigosa presents his 2012 State of the City address

Making News Public Workers, Public Transit and the Mayor of Los Angeles 7 MIN, 32 SEC

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa delivered an upbeat State of the City speech last night, emphasizing pubic transportation and his plan to speed up construction projects by extending a one-half cent sales tax rather than letting it sunset as Measure R now provides. Today, he reportedly stormed out of a Metro board meeting when County Supervisor Mike Antonovich called that a "gang rape" of communities that are not being consulted as they were leading up to the passage of Measure R.


Antonio Villaraigosa, former Los Angeles mayor running for governor (@antonio4ca)

Main Topic The American Legislative Exchange Council: Who Is ALEC? 34 MIN, 36 SEC

The American Legislative Exchange Council: Who Is ALEC?When George Zimmerman admitted killing Trayvon Martin but he was not arrested, Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law became a household word. Then it turned out that 24 other states had similar laws. How did that happen? The answer is the American Legislative Exchange Council. We hear the pros and cons of the group called ALEC.

Lisa Graves, Center for Media and Democracy (@thelisagraves)
Stephen Moore, Heritage Foundation (@StephenMoore)
Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org (@rashadrobinson)
Sheila Krumholz, Center for Responsive Politics (@skrmhlz)

Reporter's Notebook Pulitzer Board Snubs Fiction 7 MIN, 20 SEC

Nothing sells fiction like the Pulitzer Prize, but this year — for the first time since 1977 — no fiction prize was awarded. Every year a jury of over-worked readers struggles through hundreds of novels to come up with three books to recommend to the Pulitzer board. This year, they chose Swamplandia by Karen Russell, Train Dreams by Denis Johnson and The Pale King by the late David Foster Wallace. The board turned them all down. Maureen Corrigan, Critic in Residence at Georgetown University and a columnist and book critic for NPR's Fresh Air, was a member of the Pulitzer jury.

Maureen Corrigan, Georgetown University


Warren Olney

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