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California Governor Race Kashkari

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Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official, announced that he would run for governor of California during an appearance at the Sacramento Business Review at California State University, Sacramento, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif.

It's Thursday, and that means it's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. This week we have a special treat, KPCC Washington D.C. Correspondent Kitty Felde is here, and of course we're joined as we are almost every week by KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze.

Frank Stoltze recently produced a piece about Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell running for Los Angeles County Sheriff, but now another person has thrown his hat into the red-hot race.   

This week, we got the news that a new candidate is jumping into the governor's race. Now Governor Jerry Brown still hasn't said whether he's running for mayor but Republican Neel Kashkari threw in his hat. What do we know about this guy?

This week, the Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was in Los Angeles with his first stop being the groundbreaking of yet another rail line in L.A. Why would the federal transportation secretary show up for that?

The Metropolitan Transportation Board today takes up the issue of whether to run the Crenshaw line all the way to LAX. As of now, MTA staff says it would be too expensive. At lease one MTA Board member is raising a stink about this. 

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has been back schmoozing his buddy President Obama a lot over the past few months. But what’s he really getting out of the president?

One of the big stories unfolding in California is the drought.  It’s an environmental story, but it’s also a political story. How is the drought likely to play out in Congress particularly among the California delegation?

Tonight’s "Tonight Show" is a must watch. House Speaker John Boehner coming to Burbank to appear on the show with Jay Leno. 


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