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How to Fix a Broken State

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Aired 5/18/09

Why are voters not interested in Tuesday's Special Election? We'll explore the politics behind ballot-box budgeting and what the outcome of the election means for the state.

Maureen Cavanaugh: We just head from the San Diego County Registrar's Office that turnout is expected to be low for the special election tomorrow. And we've seen polls indicate that the people who do plan to vote may very well vote against most of the initiatives on the ballot.

At the same time, the governor, many elected officials, leaders in education, as well as heads of fire and police departments say it's desperately important to vote, and to vote yes on these initiatives to keep vital services going in California.

There's obviously a disconnect between official pronouncements on this election and what many Californians are actually thinking and feeling as they prepare to cast their votes.

Guests

Joe Mathews, Irvine Senior Fellow with the New America Foundation and author of The People's Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy.

Thad Kousser, professor of political science at UCSD, and co-editor of The New Political Geography of California.

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Brittanicus | May 18, 2009 at 3:02 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

City councilor Andronovich stated that $ 11. billion can be attributed to every illegal alien, who breaks into America, get a free lunch on the taxpayers in Los Angeles county. That's just Los Angeles? What about the rest of the state? How about the taxes extracted from every American, throughout AMERICA? Give a resounding--- NO--- to all propositions. Recall that Proposition 187 was killed, so now Sacramento Democrats must be held accountable. Every year trillions of dollars go silently to supporting the illegal immigration invasion, plus a new AMNESTY will keep extracting money from your taxes to pay for those who keep coming across our border. Join NUMBERSUSA JUDICIALWATCH to stop 2nd AMNESTY? NO MORE TAXES TO PAY ILLEGAL ALIENS & FAMILIES! IMMIGRATION LAWS ARE NOT BROKEN, JUST NOT ENFORCED! So enforce the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli bill, the Immigration Reform & Control Act as enacted. Offer your support to Rep.Shuler (D-NC) on his gov website. Phone: 828-252-1651 and Senator Sessions (R-AL) (256) 533-0979

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