With Election Day less than three weeks away, the presidential race is neck and neck. Ditto for a number of controversial measures on the California ballot and local legislative races. Join Kevin Eckery, KCRA’s Republican political analyst and former press secretary to Gov. Pete Wilson, and Steve Maviglio, CBS13 Democratic political analyst and former press secretary to Gov. Gray Davis, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, as they talk about the state of the election, political ads, the candidates and ballot initiatives.
Live stream starts at 7:30(ish):
A few of the ballot initiatives that will be part of the discussion:
Propositions 30 and 38
Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal for a temporary increase in income and sales taxes to balance the state budget has a narrow lead in the polls, while Prop. 38, an alternative measure backed by civil-rights attorney Molly Munger to hike the income tax and direct the money to schools, is struggling. Is Prop. 30 a good idea, and why has Prop. 38 so far failed to catch on? Discuss.
The proposal to restrict organized labor’s ability to raise political money is (surprise) supported by Republican but not Democrats. An argument will ensue.
[Update: One of our more conservative readers has commented (see below) that my summary ist too close to the Democratic position and offered this as a more neutral option:
Prop 32 – The proposal to stop employees forced payment to political campaigns as a condition of their employment…"
I tend to agree with the reader’s criticism of my summary, but his attempt strikes me as going too far the other way. We’ll ask Maviglio and Eckery for their take.]
This proposal to change the state’s budget process has received little media attention, but its impact could be far-reaching.
Among other things, it would create a two-year state budget cycle as opposed to the current one-year spending plan, and prevent lawmakers from either substantially increasing new spending or tax cuts without offsetting the impact on the budget.
Republicans tend to support it, Democrats do not.
Have a question you want to ask Maviglio or Eckery, or do you want to make a point on any of these issues? Post below – we’ll read as many on topic and reasonably civil questions and comments as time allows.
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