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June 1, 2012

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News Panel: California Primary

The California primary could be one of the most dramatic in recent years thanks to two landmark voter approved measures now in play. How will a new top-two primary system and newly drawn political district lines affect legislative and congressional races -- and what impact could that have on the national political landscape? Voters will also decide whether to modify term limits for state lawmakers, raise taxes on cigarettes and enact pension reform.

Guests:

  • Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee
  • Jerry Roberts, CalBuzz
  • Richard Gonzales, NPR
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Asian American Political Power on the Rise

According to the 2010 census, Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States. While California has the largest population, the ranks of Asian American and Pacific Islanders have also swelled in key battleground states, a factor which could play a role in the upcoming election. We'll hear from DNC vice-chair Congressman Mike Honda about his efforts to engage Asian Americans in the political process and and we'll profile Republican "Young Gun" Ricky Gill, one of a record number of Asian American candidates running for Congress this year.

 

Also on KQED.org this week ...

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Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack

The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).

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"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area

KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.

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