We start with two election day stories: First, why is the race for the relatively obscure post of state superintendent of public instruction so heated? Then, how has big money affected judicial elections? Next, we hear from a Politico writer who says Border Control has gotten out of control, plagued by problems and lax oversight. Then, KCRW host and former congressional candidate Matt Miller talks about his failed run for Henry Waxman’s seat in California’s 33rd District. Finally, what does the Wisconsin gubernatorial race, pitting embattled incumbent Scott Walker against a Democratic challenger, mean for the national political landscape?
California’s Most Expensive Political Race and Out-of-Control Border Control
From this Episode:
Big Money Flows to Obscure Education Race
It’s election day, and voters all over the country will cast ballots in high-stakes gubernatorial and congressional races. But here in California, the most fiercely fought...
7 min, 54 sec
The Power of Attack Ads in Judicial Races
In nearly every country in the world, judges are appointed rather than elected. But in 39 states, including California, judges have to win elections to get on the bench....
7 min, 54 sec
Is the Border Patrol Out of Control?
In March, a Honduran woman, her 14-year-old daughter and another teenage girl crossed the border in Texas. When they turned themselves into border patrol agent Esteban...
9 min, 42 sec
Tales from the Campaign Trail
Matt Miller, host of KCRW’s “Left, Right and Center” and a former congressional candidate, talks about his failed run to replace Henry Waxman in California’s 33rd district.
13 min, 20 sec