Home to nearly a quarter of the nation’s death row population and in a state coping with budget crisis, independent analysts estimate that getting rid of the death penalty could save California taxpayers $130 million annually. The latest polls show a narrow margin of Californians oppose Prop 34, and that significant percentages are still undecided.Read more »
Under California’s three strikes, a person convicted of a felony who has two or more prior convictions for certain offenses must be sentenced to at least 25 years to life in state prison, even if the third offense is nonviolent. Critics have argued it is the harshest sentencing law in the United States. Life sentences have been handed down for stealing a pair of pants, shoplifting, forging a check and breaking into a soup kitchen.Read more »
As Obama and Romney faced off for the last time before the general election, we once again broke the sound barrier by inserting Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party into the discussion. Before a live audience in San Rafael, California, we aired the Obama-Romney debate and paused the tape to give Stein and Anderson a chance to respond in real time to the same questions put to the major-party candidates.Read more »
Amidst a series of recent scandals that have rocked the global banking system, journalist Chris Hayes joins us to discuss his new book, "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy." The book examines how Wall Street and other major institutions, from Congress to the Catholic Church to Major League Baseball, have been crippled by corruption and incompetence. Hayes is host of the MSNBC weekend show, "Up with Chris Hayes," and is editor-at-large of The Nation magazine.Read more »
Facing renewed criticism from the Obama campaign and new questions about his offshore investments in recent reports, Mitt Romney said on Monday that his offshore investments were managed by a blind trust and he had no knowledge of their whereabouts. "I don’t manage them," he said in an interview with Radio Iowa's O. Kay Henderson. "I don’t even know where they are. That trustee follows all U.S. laws. All the taxes are paid, as appropriate. All of them have been reported to the government. There’s nothing hidden there.Read more »
David Axelrod, communications director for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign, held a press conference today on the steps of the Massachusetts Statehouse to highlight some of the more controversial aspects of Mitt Romney's record as governor. But before he could get started, the event was sabotaged by a group of Romney supporters and aides who jeered, booed and even blew bubbles into the crowd.Read more »
The Libertarian Party nominated former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson for President of the United States.
Johnson briefly ran for the Republican Party nomination late last year, but decided to seek the LP nomination by Dec. The nominee’s biography can be found at garyjohnson2012.com/about
I co-founded the website iSideWith.com and would be honored to appear on Free Talk Live the week of April 10th. As the Presidential primary enters the summer I can provide an analysis of where the Libertarian candidates stand on the major issues as well as address which issues are the most important to third party voters.Read more »
With the help of some ex-Obama supporters! First a close second at the Ames straw poll and now this!Read more »
For all the talk of government incompetence, the GOP sure trust the nanny state to put convicted criminals to death. Let's not consider all the people that have been exonerated due to DNA evidence or anything.Read more »
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