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California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks to reporters after California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Homeowner Bill of Rights (AB 278 and SB 900) on July 11, 2012 in San Francisco, California.

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 today, we're joined in studio by KPCC political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush delivered the Distinguished Speakers Series talk at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium last night. What did he have to say about running for president?

Three former governors are announcing a new ballot initiative today that would speed death penalty appeals, and potentially executions in California. What's the initiative all about?

This week, a Sacramento lobbyist got hit with the largest fine ever for violating California's lobbying laws. Kevin Sloat will pay more than $133,000. What happened here?

Staying in Sacramento for a moment, state Attorney General Kamala Harris officially announced her reelection campaign Wednesday. That wasn't a surprise, but what can we expect from this campaign?

California's longest-serving member of the state Supreme Court is stepping down. Justice Joyce Kennard will retire in April after 25-years on the high court. How big of an opportunity is this for Governor Jerry Brown to name his second appointment to the court?

While we're on retirements, San Bernardino Republican Congressman Gary Miller announced yesterday that he won't seek reelection. What's the future look like for this district?

We talked a few weeks ago about Congressman Henry Waxman retiring. Former L.A. mayoral candidate and Democrat Wendy Greuel has stepped in to run, as well as spiritual guru Marianne Williamson. Now a Republican, Elan Carr, has jumped in the race. What do we know about him?

Last week, Alice broke the story that the city of L.A. spends a million dollars a year for nine police officers to work full time for their union. What's been the reaction down at City Hall?

It's not just for LAUSD kids anymore -- Los Angeles fire fighters are using iPads! They're supposed to replace old paper maps that firefighters used to find their way to disaster sites. How is this working?

Speaking of fires, Frank reported this week that 60 old high rise apartment and condo buildings in L.A. are exempt from having to have fire sprinklers, thanks to a legal loophole. Are there plans to change that?

Finally, the topic that will bring us to our clip of the week: The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to support urban beekeeping. Why did the council take up this issue?


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