With only a day left until California starts issuing IOU's, we'll hear what that could mean for the old, the poor and for public health as Governor Schwarzenegger accuses the Democrats of fiddling while Rome burns. Also, President Obama reaches out to gay rights activists on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the US Supreme Court has ruled that white firefighters were victims of racial discrimination. Will the decision clarify the rules on race and employment or lead to future confusion? What will it mean for the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor?
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In 2003, New Haven, Connecticut said it would promote firefighters based on a written and oral exam. But when the results were in, no blacks and only two Hispanics scored well enough to become lieutenants or captains. New Haven then scrapped the promotion exam. White firefighter Frank Ricci, who did well on the test, sued for reverse discrimination. Today, the US Supreme Court ruled in his favor.
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With only a day left until the State of California starts issuing IOU's, Governor Schwarzenegger is accusing Democrats in the Assembly and Senate of wasting their time. Both houses passed bills avoiding some of the cuts Schwarzenegger has proposed by raising the tobacco tax, imposing a severance tax on oil drilled in California and raising the vehicle license fee to keep state parks open. They acted even though the Governor promised to veto the bills.
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Louise McCarthy, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (@CCALAC)
Tony Quinn, Republican political consultant
President Obama has declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. Today in the White House, he met with 250 movement leaders to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots in New York City, considered the start of the gay rights movement. West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran is a civil rights attorney, who has been active in the movement for 30 years.
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