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Thursday, May 14, 2009

My Guest, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, Gubernatorial Candidate in 2010, & Bold Opponent of Props 1A to 1F: Saturday, May 16th at 11 AM PT

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This Saturday,
CA Insurance Commissioner,& Candidate for Gov in 2010 Steve Poizner has opposed Prop 1A from the start. Governor Schwarzenegger and a coalition of state legislators and union officials on the other hand, have campaigned heavily in favor, resorting to scaring voters with the threat of cuts to emergency and basic services if 1A goes down. The propositions look like they will lose. If they do, what happens next?

Already, in the legislature, a Democratic State Senator and the new leader for the Republican Assembly caucus have now both submitted bills calling for a Constitutional Convention. The Democrat wants to do away with the 2/3rds votes required for raising taxes and restrict the use of the citizen's initiative process. the Rep says he wants to "fix" the "structural" problems with CA's budget. Let's talk with Steve Poizner about his experience before, and then in office as Insurance Commissioner and what he sees as the way to reform CA's budget and restore our once thriving economy.

Also, Jim Babka, President of Downsize DC Foundation & DownsizeDC.org,Inc. joins us. Their mission is simple: Big government harms you, hurts your family, damages your industry, and destroys your community -- it even kills people. We must Downsize DC for Human Progress. He'll talk about DC's recent maneuvers on the banks, the auto industry, and healthcare, as well as a strategy to push back.
Join us for hot talk Saturday at 11 AM, PT

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

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Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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