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State Of Affairs: Election year, Sheriff Lee Baca and more

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On Monday Dec. 9 Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca held a press conference to respond to the F.B.I. arrests of 17 Los Angeles sheriff's deputies.

It's Thursday and that means it's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. To help us with that we're joined in studio by KPCC political reporter Alice Walton and KPCC political editor Oscar Garza.

Last week we looked back at the top 13 political stories in California for 2013, so this week we're going to look ahead at what you predict will be the biggest stories of 2014.

First up, 2014 is an election year. Starting at the top of the ticket, there will be races for governor, attorney general and controller, just to name a few. What can we expect from these races?

Any guesses on how Governor Jerry Brown will officially announce his reelection campaign? He’s already raising money, he’s ahead in the polls so an announcement can’t be that far off.

The state Assembly and even-numbered state Senate districts will also be up for reelection. What should we be looking for in these legislative races?

Before we leave the world of elections, our State of Affairs counterpart Frank Stoltze reported the other week that the head of the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics at USC is considering a run for secretary of state. He was once a Republican consultant but now he’s no longer affiliated with a party. What does that mean as far as his chances in the election?

Back here in LA County, 2014 will be a big year for the Board of Supervisors. There will be two open seats.  Sheriff Lee Baca is up for reelection. What impact will his challengers have this time around? 

Finally, 2013 saw the election of Mayor Eric Garcetti and the better part of the Los Angeles City Council. How long will this honeymoon last? And what do you think will be the dynamics of that relationship in 2014?


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