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State Of Affairs: State controller race, Neel Kashkari and more




Republican Neel Kashkari received enough votes in California's 2014 primary election to face-off with Democratic incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown in the California gubernatorial race in November.
Republican Neel Kashkari received enough votes in California's 2014 primary election to face-off with Democratic incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown in the California gubernatorial race in November.
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How Super Pacs could play a key role in an upcoming local election, who will be on the ballot on the race for state controller and there just may be some resolution in sight in the race for state controller. 

Plus, a new poll drills down on how Californians feel about income inequality. All this news means it's time for State of Affairs with KPCC political reporters Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton.

We start with the race for state controller. After the primary election, Republican Ashley Swearingen, the mayor of Fresno, took first place. it's been a really heated battle for second place between two democrats,  Assemblyman John Perez and Betty Yee, a member of the Board of Equalization. Where does this stand?

We're talking about a difference of 481 votes in a contest with 4 million ballots cast. How rare is this in politics today?  

What might Betty Yee's candidacy mean for the state? And what becomes of John Perez?

Let's move over to a local race. L.A. County supervisor candidate Bobby Shriver announced he will not self-finance his runoff against Sheila Kuehl. He will be getting help from a number of Super Pacs. What't the role of money in this race.

Now to the capitol where earlier this week, state Assembly Republicans have elected a new leader.  

One issue that Californians seem to care a lot about is income inequality. A new field poll out this week found that 54 percent of California adults said they were dissatisfied with the wage and income gap. This opinion was shared by both Democrats and Republicans in almost all ages, incomes and genders. Is this surprising?

As we mentioned both Republicans and Democrats were polled and felt dissatisfied with income disparity, but the poll found differences in how the two parties want to solve the problem. What were the different outlooks here?

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari has sought to highlight California's status as having the highest poverty rate in the nation. How big of an issue do you see this being as we head toward the election?

It was announced this week that the city of Los Angeles reached a new labor agreement with the union that represents rank and file members of the LAPD. What does this contract mean for police officers? How will residents be effected?  

Sticking with pensions for a moment, there was a major decision this week regarding the city of L.A.'s pension plan for future employees. This decision could cost the city billions of dollars. What's happening here?

This week marks Eric Garcetti's first year in office. The mayor himself celebrated by asking Angelenos to tweet what they love about the city with the hashtag #OneLA. What did folks have to say?