Assistant Professor of Law, University of Southern CaliforniaAssistant Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California, specializing on issues related to the intersection of law, politics, and race
FROM Kareem Crayton
State and Local Election Results Proposition 8 appears to have passed, but same-sex marriage is already making its way back to the courts. Governor Schwarzenegger says Prop 11 passed, too, but others insist it's still too close to call. Statewide bond issues passed, too, but it may be a long time before anyone sees any money. On the local ballots, bond measures also did fine, despite economic troubles for city and county governments. We review the election results and talk with Los Angeles County's newest elected supervisor. Former Police Chief Bernard Parks is still on the LA City Council, but State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas has a new job.
An Electoral Nightmare and Ethnic Politics in the OC Orange County is no longer a bastion of white Republicanism; it has its own brand of political diversity. Three weeks ago, two Vietnamese Americans upset the establishment favorites in a special election for County Supervisor. The margin of victory was seven votes. After a recount, the margin is still seven vote, but the winners and losers have changed places. Adding to the confusion, both candidates have the same last name. Janet Nguyen is the current winner. Trung Nguyen has gone from winner to loser. We hear more about an electoral nightmare in a county that no longer fits its white Republican stereotype.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.