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Senate Committee prepares for Kavanaugh vote, meet the judges running for office 60, how to handle tough conversation on sexual assault

Published September 28, 2018 at 8:05 AM PDT
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State of Affairs

A nominee, his accuser, and HOURS of emotional testimony. It was a long and exhausting Thursday in Washington. We’re going to analyze it all in State of Affairs, our weekly peek at politics in the Golden State.


  • Carla Marinucci, senior editor for Politico’s California Playbook,
  • Marisa Lagos, KQED political reporter
  • Raphe Sonenshein, director of Cal State LA's Pat Brown Institute.

CD 48

We roll out the first of our key congressional district profiles with a look at Dana Rohrabacher's fight for re-election. He's gotten a lot of headlines, but for many of his constituents, the issue they care most about is not Russia but the environment. KPCC's Jill Replogle has that story.

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Meet the Judges

A lot of important stuff will show up on voter ballots this November. But it seems like one of the most important races to in LA County also happens to be one that we hear about the least. That's the race for L.A. Superior Court Judge. This November, eight candidates will vie for just four open spots on the bench. The winners will serve six-year terms, and preside over matters both civil and criminal. From family law to felonies. KPCC has spoken to all candidates, asking each the same questions. Every day this week we'll hear from two. Today, we speak with the candidates for office 60, first up, Holly Hancock.

And we hear from the second candidate running for office number 60, Tony Cho.

How to have tough conversations about sexual assault

Last night many of went home and reflected on yesterday's emotional testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and the man she's accused of assaulting her in high school, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. It was raw on both sides - and hard to listen to at times. And it has stirred up painful memories for a lot of people. Kimberly Resnick Anderson is a therapist and Cristina Jimenez is with Project Sister Family Services, a nonprofit that works with victims of sexual assault. Both of them shared their thoughts about how to handle the tough conversations that may have come up because of recent events. 


  • Kimberly Resnick Anderson, therapist
  • Cristina Jimenez is with Project Sister Family Services, a nonprofit that works with victims of sexual assault

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These Alhambra students took their assignment from the classroom to Congress

Not many school assignments go onto become resolutions in front of Congress. But that was the case for Jose Sanchez's class at Alhambra High School. It all started earlier this year when their local Congresswoman Judy Chu visited campus. Sanchez's students had to write gun control legislation in their government class in response to the shooting that had happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. They presented it to Representative Chu and she would go on to introduce their work as House Resolution 1076. 


  • Jose Sanchez, Alhambra High School Government teacher

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Alhambra High School Government teacher Jose Sanchez and his class with Congresswoman Judy Chu.
Jose Sanchez
Alhambra High School Government teacher Jose Sanchez and his class with Congresswoman Judy Chu.

The Ride: Child Seats

Carrying children in cars requires a lot of special equipment, starting with child seats, then boosters, before transitioning to the seats that are built into vehicles. But what kind of seats should parents be using, and when? It's National Child Passenger Safety Week so Motor critic Sue Carpenter gives us some answers. 

25 Awesome things to do in Southern California this weekend

Dust off those steins and pull out the lederhosen. Fall is officially here and that means it's time for Oktoberfest(s). You've also got plenty of street festivals including a massive CicLAvia stretching from DTLA to Hollywood. For the bookish, there's Lambda LitFest, a Black List Live! reading and the fall edition of Pop-up Magazine. If you like to get scared, the Haunted Hayride and Queen Mary's Dark Harbor return.

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