Political junkies, mark your calendars: Capitol Alert is conducting two live online chats on election issues before Tuesday's presidential primary.
Today, Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, and Jon Fleischman, conservative FlashReport blogger and co-chairman of Californians for Term Limits, mix it up on a ballot proposal to change legislative term limits.
Proposition 28 would shorten the amount of time legislators could serve from 14 years to 12 years but allow them to serve all of them in one house.
Schnur, who campaigned in 1990 for the original measure setting term limits, argues that this would allow legislators to gain the knowledge necessary to be effective leaders.
Fleischman counters that the measure is the latest effort designed to trick voters into gutting the term limits that ensure that elected officials go back to the private sector.
Monday, Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, will be on hand to answer questions about the latest election-related polls, which Field will start to roll out on Thursday.
Both live online chats start at noon and run until 1 p.m. Find them at sacbee.com/live. Bring your questions.
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The war among California's judges took another turn last week when a special commission investigating the Administrative Office of the Courts delivered a scathing report that, in effect, agreed with the Alliance of California Judges. The rebel group is pushing legislation, now stalled in the Senate, to reduce the powers of both the AOC and the Judicial Council.
"Given CA's $16B deficit, what is policy rationale for locking in tobacco tax revenue for research, rather than other priorities?"
SEN. TED LIEU, D-Torrance, commenting Tuesday via Twitter on Proposition 29, the tobacco tax proposal on next week's ballot
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