FROM Debra Bowen
Candidates Vie for Harman's 36th District Congressional Seat The 36th Congressional District runs from Venice to San Pedro. Veteran Democrat Jane Harman has resigned, and 16 candidates are on the ballot for the primary next Tuesday. If nobody wins a majority, the runoff will be on July 12, between the top two vote-getters, regardless of party. Given our time limits, we've chosen the four with the most name recognition and the most resources. They are California Secretary of State Debra Bowen , Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn , former candidate and high school teacher Marcy Winograd — all Democrats -- along with Republican Mike Gin , who is the Mayor of Redondo Beach.
Another Politician Challenged by Another Business Executive California's Secretary of State is the chief elections officer, who also maintains the state archives and the filings that businesses are required to submit. The incumbent is Democrat Debra Bowen , who served 14 years in the Legislature before winning her first term. Her Republican challenger is Damon Dunn , who's never held public office. He attended Stanford on a football scholarship, played a few years of pro ball, and then went into the real estate business in Orange County. We hear them debate.
Standing in Line to Cast a Ballot Record numbers of voters are turning out in California, just as they are in the rest of the country. In Los Angeles County, several polling places were able to open up even after power outages caused by early-morning rain. Barack Obama 's expected to win big here. He's expected to turn out record numbers of African American voters and, in his so-called "western strategy," is counting on the votes of Latinos. But there's uncertainty about Proposition 8 , about other ballot measures, and even about the Legislature and Congress. We talk with the top state and local election officials about what's happened so far, and them and others about what to expect from an electorate that's bigger, younger and more diverse than ever before.
California's Next Secretary of State Florida and Ohio aren't the only states where the conduct of elections has been controversial. Democrat Kevin Shelly resigned as California's Secretary of State last year amid investigations into his own campaign fundraising and the way he was using federal money. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Republican State Senator Bruce McPherson to take his place. Now McPherson's running for re-election and he's being challenged by Democratic State Senator Debra Bowen . They're both so well regarded that editorial writers say it's too bad one of them has to lose. It may all come down to confidence in electronic voting machines.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.