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State of Affairs: Sen. Leland Yee, LA Sheriff's race, food worker gloves and more

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California State senator and candidate for San Francisco mayor Leland Yee (R) and his wife Maxine Yee (L) wait in line to cast their ballots at a polling station inside San Francisco City Hall on November 7, 2011 in San Francisco, California. With one day to go until election day, candidates for mayor of San Francisco are stumping throughout the city. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

It's Thursday, which 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 reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

The big political news this week was the arrest yesterday of Democratic state Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco. Yee is not just an elected official, he's also a candidate for secretary of state. What has Yee been accused of and what does this mean for the Democrats in the state Senate? What's this mean for the Secretary of State race?

The FBI affidavit reads like a Hollywood script: brokering illegal arms sales in exchange for campaign contributions, money laundering, murder for hire. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says Yee should leave now. Will he?

The Yee arrest is following on the heels of two other recent scandals for California State Senate Democrats: Montebello's Ron Calderone and Inglewood's Roderick Wright. What kind of ripple effect will this have on the Democrat's control in the State Senate?

We've got more evidence that the race to represent West L.A. and the San Fernando Valley on the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is going to be an expensive one. What are the two independent committees working on behalf of one of the candidates?

There are some other interesting campaign numbers out this week. What are they?

Fill us in on the numbers in one of the hottest races, like the one for L.A. County Sheriff.

Earlier this week, a Los Angeles judge decided L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin does have the right to audit public funds that were given to two nonprofits. These nonprofits are jointly run by the Department of Water and Power, and its union and together they've received more than $40 million over the past decade. What does Tuesday's decision mean for the city? And the DWP's union?

L.A. city labor unions introduced an interesting campaign against Wall Street this week. 

The new California law that requires food workers to wear gloves is another step closer to being repealed.  

There were fireworks this week over...fireworks. L.A. City Councilmen Bernard Parks and Curren Price are fighting over the annual fireworks show at the L.A. Coliseum. What is this battle really about?

Governor Jerry Brown made news this week when he appointed a journalist as the state librarian. Who is Greg Lucas and how did he get this gig? 

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