AirTalk for November 5, 2012

OC election roundtable

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The GOP has long held the lion’s share of registered voters in Orange County, but, as in all of California, that number is declining.  The OC is now 41% red, 31% blue, with the number of unaffiliated voters rising to just over 22%. There are a number of key issues and races for Orange County voters on this year’s ballot.

The highly contested Anaheim City Council race has racked up nearly $1 million in campaign expenditures, much of it funded by political action committees representing labor and business interests.  Disney alone has reportedly funneled nearly $190,000 to PACs supporting their favored candidates, Steve Chavez Lodge and Jordan Brandman.  

Tomorrow will bring to a finish hotly contested races in Anaheim, Costa Mesa and Irvine as well.  We’ll take a peek behind the Orange polling booth curtain with our OC roundtable journalists.

Guests:

Norberto Santana, Editor-in-Chief of the Voice of OC, a non-profit investigative news agency that covers Orange County government and politics

Julie Gallego,  government & politics editor, Orange County Register


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