Public Unions and Democrats: A Rift between Friends?

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Last week's failed recall of Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker was bad news for public employee unions in a crucial swing state. The news from blue-state California may be worse. In Republican stronghold San Diego, 67 percent of voters approved limitations on the pensions of public workers.  No big surprise. But Democrats who run the City of San Jose persuaded 70 percent of the voters to roll back retirement benefits for public workers. More and more Democrats agree that union benefits are so high they threaten major cuts in basic services, including public safety. If Democrats don't support unions, will union members support them?  What are the consequences for this year's elections?

This story was informed in part from sources in the Public Insight Network, find out more: www.KCRW.com/insight

Credits

Guests:
Sam Liccardo - Mayor of San Jose - @sliccardo, Barbara Maynard - Californians for Retirement Security, Harold Meyerson - Editor, The American Prospect; and Columnist - @haroldmeyerson, Mickey Kaus - Political Commentator and Author - @kausmickey

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Lata Pandya, Christian Bordal