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An Orange County Republican resigned today from the State Assembly after being caught on tape bragging about sex with a lobbyist. The Governor's vetoes have shut down domestic violence centers statewide. And there will be fireworks tonight in Santa Monica. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, an attack film called Hillary: The Movie is at the heart of a case that could change the way political campaigns have been financed for more than 100 years. We hear about today's extraordinary session of the US Supreme Court. 

Banner image: Assemblyman Duvall engaging in discussion at a Public Policy Institute of California discussion on California's workforce.

Main Topic Big Money, Political Influence and the Right to Free Speech 27 MIN, 4 SEC

Three weeks before its next session is scheduled to open -- with Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the bench for the first time, the US Supreme Court today heard a case that could change 100 years of campaign finance laws. Last year, the Federal Elections Commission banned the broadcast of Hillary: The Movie, because it was funded by a corporation. Today's unusual hearing was called for arguments on whether the ban on corporate contributions violates the constitutional right to free speech.

Joan Biskupic, Reuters (@JoanBiskupic)
Bradley Smith, Center for Competitive Politics (@CommishSmith)
Rick Hasen, University of California, Irvine (@rickhasen)
Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity (@davelevinthal)

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Joan Bisukip

Making News Domestic Violence Shelters Closing in Budget Crisis 5 MIN, 51 SEC

From a spending program that approaches $100 billion, the Governor cut a $20 million program begun after the death of OJ Simpson's wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. As a result, six domestic violence shelters have been forced to close and dozens more are scaling back. That's according to Juliet Williams of the Associated Press.

Juliet Williams, Professor, UCLA (@UCLA)

Main Topic Sex Scandal Hits Sacramento while Other Issues Fester 12 MIN, 34 SEC

Republican Assemblyman Mike Duvall of Yorba Linda resigned today, apologizing for becoming “a major distraction” in the last week of the legislative session.  During a committee hearing in July, the married father of two adult children bragged to a colleague about sex with two women, one a lobbyist.  He was unaware that a microphone was recording his conversation.

Dave Lopez, KCAL 9 News
Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times (@evanhalper)

Reporter's Notebook Santa Monica Pier Celebrates Its 100th Year 5 MIN, 21 SEC

Major fireworks are on the agenda tonight as the Santa Monica Pier turns 100 years oldBob Holbrook doesn’t go back to the beginning, but he’s a native who’s been on the City Council for 20 years.

Bob Holbrook, Veteran Santa Monica City Councilman

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