One Golden State, Two Democratic Parties: These Not So United States (CA Part 1)
“I always point out to people that California is still a two-party state,” says Dan Schnur, former independent candidate for Secretary of State. “It just so happens they're both Democratic parties.”
So starts a series of TPP episodes on our largest and bluest of states this primary season. Schnur’s outline of factions within Democratic Party are all the more vital, as are the economic insights of Joel Kotkin, the noted author and professor at Chapman University.
“In the past, middle class and working class people trying to improve their lives came to California,” says Kotkin, who feels Texas now offers some of that upward mobility. “I don't think they come anymore for that.”
Has the California dream given way to a cost of living nightmare? NPR veteran Barbara Bogaev co-hosts with Rob Pease for an in-depth discussion on the challenges faced by this complex, diverse, nation-sized state, as primary voters head to the polls on June 7th.
Original music by Ryan Adair Rooney.
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Dan Schnur, former GOP strategist and Independent candidate for CA Secretary of State. Professor at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Public Policy, and USC’s Annenberg School of Communications. Dan Schnur’s faculty page, Twitter.
Joel Kotkin, Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures and Roger Hobbs Professor in Urban Studies at Chapman University. Author of The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class. Joel Kotkin’s website, Twitter.
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