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State Of Affairs: Sheriff's race, Eric Garcetti, city pension system and more

Los Angeles County Sheriff candidates gather at the Van Nuys Civic Center in Van Nuys for a debate on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
Los Angeles County Sheriff candidates gather at the Van Nuys Civic Center in Van Nuys for a debate on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. .
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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, not by drones, but by KPCC political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

Last night there was a debate between the candidates running for sheriff. It's a crowded field. How did they distinguish themselves?

More than half of the Los Angeles City Council has been D.C. this week for the National League of Cities conference. What have they been up to?

A candidate for L.A. County supervisor made news this week when he said he would not follow campaign spending limits in his race. That means spending caps are lifted for all candidates. What's behind Bobby Shriver's decision? 

It's the season for political conventions here in California. Let's start with the Democrats. Last weekend, the party met in downtown Los Angeles to make endorsements and approve a party platform. What was the takeaway from that?

The Republicans will be in San Francisco this weekend. That party has two candidates running for governor. What can we expect from Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari this weekend?

Tim Donnelly's campaign made some news this week when his campaign manager quit. What happened there?

Mayor Eric Garcetti visited KPCC this week for a sit-down with our political team. What did he have to say?

Finally today, voters might not pay a whole lot of attention to a candidate's ballot title but political reporters do.Our political reporters noticed something a little funny about Wendy Greuel's title in the Westside congressional race. 

L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin released audit reports that show that during the pension system for public employees remains in trouble. What the his reports say?

Correction: In a conversation about candidates for the California governor's race, our political correspondent mentioned how voters might lean in the Republican primary. However, under California's nonpartisan blanket primary law, all candidates now appear on the same ballot, regardless of party - there is no Republican gubernatorial primary.