FROM Bob Salladay
Barack Obama in Los Angeles Nobody's surprised when a presidential candidate comes to California almost a year before the primary voting begins--looking for money. What's rare is the candidate who's also looking for votes. But this year is different. California's about to move its own primary up from June to February, which means that Golden State voters will be important for the first time in decades. Tonight, Illinois' Democratic Senator Barack Obama will be at a Hollywood fundraiser in Beverly Hills. This afternoon, presidential candidate Obama was scheduled to speak at the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex in the West Adams District of Los Angeles.
California's Voice in the 2008 Presidential Campaigns? The Governor and the Legislature are likely to move California's presidential primary up to February 5 of next year. The idea is to force Republican and Democratic candidates to actually campaign here, rather than just raising money. Just talking about it brought Rudy Giuliani in for a four-day tour. John McCain and Barack Obama will be here next week. Still, there's debate about whether an extra election is really a good idea. Would it mean real clout for the biggest state in the Union? Would it really work? What does it have to do with term limits? We hear a journalist following the story and advocates on both sides.
Is Phil Angelides Ready for Late-Night TV? Action-movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy on Jay Leno's Tonight Show , and tonight he'll be back to share a few jokes--at a crucial moment in his campaign for re-election. His Democratic opponent, Phil Angelides , wants equal time, but NBC claims he's not entitled. Just a month before the election, the incident dramatizes how crucial television can be in a modern election. In California, the biggest media state of all, most candidates can't even afford it.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.