FROM Eric Bailey
Family Feud Breaks Out in Speaker's Race The Latino caucus in Sacramento is growing fast, but it's losing its solidarity. Instead of settling their differences in private, three Latino Democrats from Los Angeles are conducting a very public fight with leadership of the State Assembly at stake. A veteran Latino politician says his colleagues are airing their "dirty laundry" in the fight. Can Republicans take advantage?
Start the Presses for the State IOU's The State of California is printing up 28,742 IOU's for $53.3 million. If the state has the money on October 2, they can be redeemed with interest at 3.75%. In the meantime, the California Bankers Association says banks “ may be hesitant ” to accept them. Eric Bailey is in Sacramento for the Los Angeles Times .
Draconian Cuts Necessary to Balance California's Budget Faced with a $21 billion deficit that appears to be rising, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed to transform California. Instead of one of the nation's most generous states to the poor, it would be one of the stingiest. Eric Bailey reports from Sacramento for the Los Angeles Times .
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?