FROM Mike Madrid
When is a policy not a policy? Donald Trump's waffling on immigration — which seemed at the root of his presidential campaign — has even his own campaign staff sounding confused. After months of pledging to round up and deport some 10 million people, last week he proposed what sounded like "amnesty" to some long-time supporters. Or did he? He still wants "the wall," and he might or might not make an immigration speech Wednesday — in the interests of "clarification." If he does, how much will it matter to his base or to the rapidly diminishing number of undecided voters?
After Indiana, California Primary ‘Irrelevant’ Once Again Political pundits, the media, and perhaps Ted Cruz and John Kasich thought there would be a real fight for California’s Republican delegates, and that the state’s primary would matter for the first time in decades. However, after winning in Indiana Tuesday, Donald Trump is the last Republican standing; that means the golden state is back to being irrelevant in the GOP race for the White House. How does the California Republican party move forward? What does Trump at the top of the ticket mean for the down-ballot races?
The GOP Circus Comes to California The last time California’s June primary election mattered in a presidential year, it was 1972, when Democrat George McGovern defeated Vice President Hubert Humphrey. This year, the state with the largest number of delegates could make a difference to the GOP. Mike Madrid is a Republican political consultant at the firm Grassroots Labs and a student of Latino voting trends.
Who's Afraid of Free Trade? Free trade is one issue responsible for the success of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders — in their campaigns against the centrist establishments of both major political parties. Nobody is more directly involved in the consequences of international agreements and the business of free trade than the truckers who pick up goods at America's two busiest ports and deliver them across the country. But even they are divided about the merits of free trade. And as the presidential campaign moves West, we hear that even California voters are ambivalent about the future of free trade. Special thanks to Saul Gonzalez, JC Swiatek, Caitlin Shamberg for production assistance. This episode was developed in part from sources in the Public Insight Network. To find more, visit KCRW.com/insight .
Who is the California Trump Voter? A new Survey USA poll out this week reveals that Donald Trump’s numbers are strongest in Southern California. Nearly half of GOP voters in Southern California are Trump fans and a third support Ted Cruz. Statewide, the gap narrows. So what is it about Donald Trump that appeals to Southern California’s GOP voters?
Endangered Elephants? California Republicans Meet in LA California Republicans are about to begin their semi-annual convention in downtown Los Angeles, at a time when GOP prospects are looking up nationwide. In California, it's a different story. The latest Field Poll shows President Obama with 13- and 19-point majorities over Mitt Romney and Rick Perry respectively and sharp declines in party registration statewide. Segment image: Latino activists in California launch voter registration Drive. Photo by Photo by David McNew/Getty Images
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.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."