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State Of Affairs: Waxman's seat, Garcetti, worker's comp and more




Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti listens to Steve Nash address the media during the press conference in response to the NBA decision on Donald Sterling ownership at Los Angeles City Hall on April 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Silver announced that Sterling will be banned from the NBA for life and will be fined $2.5 million for racist comments released in audio recordings.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti listens to Steve Nash address the media during the press conference in response to the NBA decision on Donald Sterling ownership at Los Angeles City Hall on April 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Silver announced that Sterling will be banned from the NBA for life and will be fined $2.5 million for racist comments released in audio recordings.
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It's Thursday and that means it's time for State of Affairs, our weekly roundup of politics and government news in the golden state. To give us a rundown of the latest, we're joined by KPCC's political reporter Alice Walton and politics editor Oscar Garza.

We start with the race for Congress for Henry Waxman's vacated seat. An endorsement out today from the LA Times for radio host Matt Miller

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Seventeen candidates running for Waxman's seat participated in a forum over the weekend at the University Synagogue. It was an unwieldy affair by most accounts.

Continuing with endorsements, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti waded into the red hot race for mayor in Long Beach this week. Garcetti also announced endorsements of seven other mayors in L.A. County. Clearly, he intends to use his office to elect people he likes. This is a new power for Garcetti, and he appears comfortable wielding it. 

The Public Policy Institute of California has released new poll results about how then state's new "top-two" primary system has affected voter turnout. What did we learn?

We've talked a lot this week about the firestorm surrounding Clippers owner Donald Sterling. After the NBA commissioner announced Sterling's punishment Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti held a news conference with some very famous basketball players. What was the mayor's role in this story?

The city's Budget and Finance Committee started hearings this week on Mayor Eric Garcetti's 8.1 billion budget for Los Angeles. What can we expect from these hearings over the next two weeks?

Supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver picked up an endorsement this week from a famous family member, cousin Bobby Kennedy Jr. Does the Kennedy name mean much to L.A. County voters?

L.A. County supervisors were in Washington, DC this week. Among the topics they were talking about was sex trafficking. Why is this such an important issue to the county?

Republican gubernatorial candidates may debate next month in Anaheim. What can we expect from a Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari match up?

The Sacramento Bee reported this week that California has some of the lowest workers compensation benefits in the country. Will this lead to a political fight over benefits?



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