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State Of Affairs: Henry Waxman, June primary, LA Sheriff and more

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U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) speaks during a hearing before the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee May 31, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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 reporters Alice Walton and Politics editor Oscar Garza.

Let's start with the race to replace retiring Congressman Henry Waxman. There have been endorsements, debates, TV ads and even a surprise exit from the campaign. Which candidates stand out, so far?

We mentioned endorsements. This week there were two that grabbed headlines, one for Wendy Greuel and one for Marianne Williamson. Who is getting big name support?

With just a few weeks until Election Day, candidates have taken to the airwaves. Whose television ads should we keep an eye on?

Candidates in the race for L.A. Sheriff have started placing mailers in the Los Angeles Times. These come as debates between the candidates continue. What's the latest?​

Over in the campaign for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, Bobby Shriver has hit the television airwaves. He's doing this as some of his opponents, like Sheila Kuehl and John Duran, are flooding voters' mailboxes. What are the candidates saying about themselves?

Bobby Shriver's cousin Patrick Kennedy is campaigning for him this weekend at the Pasadena home of John J. Kennedy. Who is this mysterious Kennedy?

The Los Angeles Times has made its endorsement in the race for secretary of state and its pick might not be what voters were expecting. 

Is this June's primary especially busy? Just in L.A. County we have: sheriff, accessor, two board of supervisor seats, an LAUSD seat, a few Superior Court judges, a Long Beach mayor runoff...

With all of this election talk, it's probably a good time talk about an important bill Governor Jerry Brown signed Wednesday. Senate Bill 27 will require nonprofit organizations to disclose more information when they make political contributions. What kind of information are we talking about here?


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