Every week, Take Two breaks down the biggest stories in California politics in the weekly segment, State of Affairs. This week:
- Republicans assemble! The California GOP will converge on San Diego this weekend for their annual convention. On the docket: Oh, you know, just the future of the party. Political analyst Raphael Sonenshein says the future of the party in the state could hinge on whether or not the party endorses a gubernatorial candidate. New rules dictate that a candidate will need 60 percent support. If they can get it, however, Sonenshein says it would be a big deal:
If one candidate pulls ahead of the other, it's possible they could knock Antonio Villaraigosa out of the run-off in our bizarre top-two system. If they come out evenly matched, then I think that improves Villaraigosa's chance of edging them out to get into that spot.
- Pot politics? Big green is becoming an increasingly powerful force in California politics
- Legal marijuana is OK by Sen. Dianne Feinstein — now, anyway. What's behind the about-face?
- Scott Shafer, co-host for KQED's Political Breakdown
- Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA