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California lawmakers propose moving primary up, gaining clout




Voters go to the polls for Super Tuesday primaries in the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights on February 5, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
Voters go to the polls for Super Tuesday primaries in the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights on February 5, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
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In the age of Trump, California Democrats are tired of their state's votes being an afterthought.

Democratic State Senator Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens is the second legislator to propose moving the next CA Presidential primary up to March. Supporters say it would make CA more relevant in the primary process. The new date would follow the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.

CA went down this road as recently as 2008, when the primary was held in February. Despite strong turnout, the primary was moved back to its historic June date. What are the pros and cons of an early Presidential primary?

Guests:

Carla Marinucci, senior writer for POLITICO’s California Playbook

Jessica Levinson, professor at Loyola Law School and president of the LA Ethics Commission