June 5, 2016

Program Notes
  • Segment 1:

    Sanders and Clinton Fight For the Key Latino Vote in California

    We begin with an update on the Bernie Sanders campaign in California ahead of Tuesday’s vote and speak with Bill Velasquez, National Director of Latino Outreach for the Bernie Sanders campaign. We discuss who is likely to win the Latino vote in the delegate-rich Golden State which is key to winning the state and what a victory for Senator Sanders in California will mean for the campaign given the likelihood that Hillary Clinton will pick up enough delegates to win the nomination in the other primarieson Tuesday in New Jersey, New Mexico, North and South Dakota and Montana.

  • Segment 2:

    Trump as the Dog Who Caught the Fire Truck

    Then we speak with Sidney Blumenthal , the former assistant and senior advisor to President Bill Clinton and senior advisor to Hillary Clinton. He joins us to discuss his new book just out, “A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Volume 1, 1809 –1849” and the parallels of the crash of 1837 to today’s post-2008 economy and the current heated political environment of mob rule, or “mobocracy” as Lincoln called it following the mob killing of an abolishionist newspaper publisher in an attack on the press incited by the “exploitation of celebrity and fame”. We also discuss the extent to which the Donald Trump’s campaign in a “Potemkin” campaign and that the candidate is, a Sidney Blumenthal has commented, “the dog that caught the fire truck” and will have less and less to offer as more and more he says the same insulting and demeaning lines over and over again.

  • Segment 3:

    Do We Have Too Much Democracy in California?

    Then finally we discuss whether we have too much democracy on the California primary ballot with Jessica Levinson who is a professor at Loyola Law School and the President of the Los Angeles Ethic Commission. We discuss her article in the Sacramento Bee “Packed primary ballots show we have too much democracy” and examine California’s direct democracy experiment and assess the level of voter fatigue and confusion ahead of Tuesday’s vote.