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California's State Treasurer manages the state's $70 billion investment fund and markets billions more in bonds for the state and local governments. The incumbent is Bill Lockyer, a Democrat who's been in elected office for 37 straight years. Challenging his re-election is Mimi Walters, a former investment banker termed out after 12 years in the state senate. We hear them debate. What does the environment have to do with it? Also, the Rose Parade and southern cooking. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Tea Partiers and the Congress.

Banner image: Candidates for State Treasurer, (L to R) Democrat Bill Lockyer and Republican Mimi Walters

Main Topic Candidates for State Treasurer Debate 17 MIN, 34 SEC

California's State Treasurer is a little-known officer who deals with a lot of money. He or she oversees a $70 billion investment account, issues billions bonds for public works projects and sits on governing boards and commissions.  The incumbent is Democrat Bill Lockyer, who's been in the Assembly, led the State Senate and was Attorney General for eight years. He's running for re-election. His Republican challenger is State Senator Mimi Walters, who was an investment banker before serving the maximum three terms in the upper house in Sacramento.

Mimi Walters, California State Senate
Bill Lockyer, California State Treasurer

Reporter's Notebook Jonathan Gold on Rose Parade Grand Marshal Paula Deen 8 MIN, 10 SEC

On Tuesday, Pasadena's Tournament of Roses announced Paula Deen as the Grand Marshal of the 2011 Rose Parade. The Tournament calls the southern restaurateur with two shows on the Food Network the embodiment of this year's theme, "Building Dreams, Friendships and Memories." But the LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold told the Pasadena Star News the Deen "exploits and despoils the culinary movement [Julia] Child did so much to prod into being." Now he's written an open apology.

Jonathan Gold (1960-2018), Good Food on the Road (@thejgold)

Main Topic The Tea Parties and the Consequences in Congress 26 MIN, 47 SEC

A recent study by the New York Times estimates that about 30 Tea Party candidates have a chance of getting to Congress and eight or so to the Senate. We talk with Tea Partiers and others about where they're coming from and how even a small contingent could have a big influence on Capitol Hill.

Kate Zernike, New York Times (@kzernike)
Chris Littleton, Littleton and Associates (@clittleton)
Mark Herr, Organizer, Mid-South Tea Party
Jill Lepore, Harvard University / New Yorker magazine (@NewYorker)
Larry Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball. He’s author of “The Kennedy Half Century; The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy.” (@larrysabato)
Jonathan Alter, MSNBC (@jonathanalter)


Warren Olney

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