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Recall 101: Former California Governor Gray Davis On 2003 And Recall Reforms

Published September 8, 2021 at 9:18 AM PDT
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California Gov. Gray Davis speaks as members of the Sikh community display a "no recall" sign during a campaign stop at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for an anti-recall labor union rally October 5, 2003 in San Jose, California.

DOC AMA: High Case Counts in Central Valley, New Study Finds Severe Breakthrough Infections In Older People And More

Covid Update 9.8.21

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Dean Blumberg from UC Davis.

Topics today include:

  • Central Valley overwhelmed by Delta
  • New Yale study finds severe breakthrough infections tend to be older, sicker people
  • Has Delta peaked?
  • Some European countries imposing travel restrictions on U.S. visitors
  • WaPo: As experts debate boosters, vaccinated people are calling their own shots

Millions Of Californians Are Losing Federal Unemployment Benefits

Federal Unemployment Benefits 9.8.21

Last week, millions of Californians saw their unemployment benefits disappear as the federal government rolled back key relief programs that have kept many afloat during the pandemic. Yet another federal program will end Saturday, September 11th leaving many Californians to grapple with sudden cutoffs to their income. Who is most impacted by these changes? And how likely is an extension?

Today on AirTalk we’re speaking with Daniela Urban from the Center for Workers’ Rights, H.D. Palmer from the California Department of Finance, and Emily Hoeven, Editor of the daily newsletter WhatMatters from CalMatters. Do you have a question about unemployment benefits or decisions made by California’s Employment Development Department? Click here. Call us at 866-892-5722.

Recall 101: Former California Governor Gray Davis On 2003 And Recall Reforms

Recall 101 Gray Davis 9.8.21

In 2003, Gray Davis became the first - and so far, only - governor to be recalled in California. Back then, just 45% of voters voted to keep Davis in office in the first question on the recall ballot, while 49% voted to elect his replacement - Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger - in the second question. This time, the issue of the two questions on a California recall ballot have some questioning whether California’s way is the right way. There’s a chance that Governor Gavin Newsom could be recalled and replaced by a candidate who receives less support on question two than Newsom did on question one. Today on AirTalk, Larry speaks with former California Governor Gray Davis about the 2003 recall and why he thinks California’s recall process needs to be reformed, regardless of what happens on September 14th.

Impact Of Afghanistan Withdrawal On Veterans' Mental Health

Veterans Mental Health 9.8.21

Psychological injury has always been a major concern for young veterans; in the twenty years since 9/11, suicide accounted for four times as many deaths as war operations among those who served. Now the recent withdrawal from Afghanistan is putting renewed attention on veterans’ mental health. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ reported an increase in calls to their crisis hotline since mid-August, and civilians, veterans and lawmakers alike are trying to bring awareness to this issue. Today on AirTalk, we’re talking with Dr. Walter S. Dunn, a former marine and associate director of psychiatry for Operation Mend, and Dr. Giovanna Sobrinho, a psychiatrist with the Los Angeles VA. If you or a loved one is a veteran and would like to share your experiences or ask questions about veterans’ mental health, call us at 866-892-5722.

If you or a loved one is in crisis, or if you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call 800-273-8255, or text 838255.

How Did The Events Of 9/11 Change Immigration And National Security In The United States? We Look Back At Twenty Years Of Policy

9.11 Immigration 9.8.21

Ahead of the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, the United States under then-President George W. Bush was on the brink of passing immigration reforms. After the attacks, that drastically changed.

In both policy and public opinion, immigration became conflated with national security. The country saw the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which greatly shifted enforcement and public attitudes around immigrants.

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more with Greg Myre, national security correspondent for NPR, Bill Hing, professor of law and migration studies at the University of San Francisco and director of the Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic and Ahilan Arulanantham, professor and co-director of the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law.

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