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CA Congressional races to watch Tuesday night

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The bitter intra-party contest between Democrats Howard Berman, left, and Brad Sherman is just one of many California Congressional races to watch on election night.

California's citizen-drawn redistricing plan has done its job, shaking up the political establishment in the state's 53 Congressional districts. The state's top-two rule has created half-a-dozen races with candidates from the same party facing off Tuesday.

RACES TO WATCH IN OUR AREA:

36th Congressional District — Coachella Valley:

Republican incumbent Mary Bono Mack faces emergency room physician, Democrat Raul Ruiz. The Democrats' Congressional PAC has targeted this race. The GOP is pouring money in as well. As of mid-October, the two sides had raised more than $2.5 million, outside of PAC money. The redrawn district has a slight majority of Republicans, but a lot of independent voters as well, and a large Latino population. The race has turned nasty, with accusations of tax evasion on one side and radical politics on the other. The Cook Political Report says the race is too close to call.

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Last-minute mailer lists Democrat Rep. Laura Richardson as Republican; campaign calls it 'dirty politics'

Reps. Laura Richardson, left, and Janice Hahn, right, face each other in the race for Congress' 44th District.

Just days before Tuesday's election, a California congresswoman has changed political parties — or at least that's what mail from a former councilman landing at voters' homes says.

Rep. Laura Richardson's campaign was outraged Monday after residents in her Los Angeles-area district received mail labeling her a Republican in her race against fellow Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn.

Richardson is — and has been — a Democrat.

Spokeswoman Jasmyne Cannick tells the Los Angeles Times the mailers amount to "dirty politics."

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The mailer lists several offices with recommendations.

Under the section labeled "44th District," it lists Hahn as a Democrat and Richardson as a Republican.

The ads were sent by a former Los Angeles councilman who once worked for Hahn's late father. Nate Holden tells the newspaper the error was unintentional and he regrets it.

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UPDATE: Groups behind anti-Prop 30 donation revealed

Gov. Jerry Brown

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California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks in support of Prop. 30 at a rally of UCLA students on campus, Oct. 16, 2012

UPDATE 5:43 p.m.: After giving up an intense legal battle, the Arizona-based group Americans for Responsible Leadership has revealed the sources behind an $11 million donation it made to a campaign involved with two hot-button propositions on Tuesday's ballot.

California's Fair Political Practices Commission, which has been seeking the identity of the donors, says the money came from Virginia-based Americans for Job Security, through a second intermediary, the Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights.

The FPPC is characterizing the tangled donation as a form of money laundering.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris says further investigation is “absolutely necessary”  to unearth any possible violations of civil or criminal laws.   

"It’s a bit outrageous for folks who are out of state to pour $11 million into California with the intent of manipulating the outcome," Harris said.

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Ads for Palm Springs Congressional race flood LA airwaves

Raul Ruiz and Mary Bono-Mack

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Republican incumbent Mary Bono-Mack and her Democratic opponent, Raul Ruiz, have been buying ad time in both the Palm Springs and L.A. TV markets.

Seen enough political ads? The glut has been added to by a Congressional candidate who is running TV spots in L.A. — far away from her Coachella Valley district. 

You’d expect ads from Republican incumbent Mary Bono Mack to show up on TV stations in Palm Springs — the heart of her district. But they’re also showing up on L.A. stations, where the cost of a commercial is anywhere from five to ten times as expensive.

Alison Hendrix, general sales manager at Palm Springs station KMIR, says this has been the busiest — and most expensive — political ad season in her memory.  But she says her station didn't sell all its available airtime. TV stations, Hendrix says, are "like the airline industry" —  there's always a spot available for someone willing to pay the price.

But the Bono Mack campaign decided to spend their extra money on TV ads in L.A.

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That's My Issue: Immigration

TMI Adam Edgerly

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Adam Edgerly talks to KPCC about his thoughts on immigration. He is concerned about justice, respect and dignity regarding the issue.

This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 


There is this ignoring of the immigration problem and barking back and forth at each other without coming up with compromised solutions that actually allow people to be here legally and yet don’t put undue burdens on our education system, on our hospitals. 

The Federal government controls the border and who gets to come in, but local governments have to bear the burden of the expense, and corporate interests gain from having cheap labor, but they don’t have to provide the healthcare and the education.

I think you have to treat people with respect and dignity. That means they need to be able to be here legally.

I have a lot of friends who are here from a wide variety of countries. I pastor a church of fifteen to sixteen ethnic groups alone in our congregation. Not to mention, anybody living in Los Angeles or in California, you’re affected by the wave of immigration because you are in relationship with people who are documented as well as undocumented.

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