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Monday, June 16, 2014 Permalink

Insight: California Budget / Political Junkie Goes West / ISIS Offensive / Dianne Reeves

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Rich Pedroncelli / AP



Expansions in mental health and early education funding are two key issues Democrats are citing as victories in California’s budget negotiations for the next fiscal year.  Meanwhile, California Republicans are criticizing Democrats for hastily throwing together a deal with Governor Jerry Brown. Joining us to talk about what’s in this year’s budget is Senate President Pro-tem Darrell Steinberg and Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff



It’s Monday and you know what that means – it’s time for the Political Junkie to turn his analytical gaze west. Ken Rudin, known to NPR listeners from his many years talking all things politics with Neal Conan on "Talk of the Nation," joins Insight host Beth Ruyak for our signature segment that puts California politics in the context of the national scene. Rudin joins us from Washington D.C. in an effort to put it all in perspective.


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House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., leaves House Speaker John Boehner's office on the day after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., was defeated in the Virginia primary at the hands of a tea party challenger, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. McCarthy, the third-ranking GOP leader, informed fellow Republicans he intended to run to succeed Cantor, officials said. "I think he'd make an outstanding majority leader," Cantor said of McCarthy. "And I will be backing him with my full support." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Islamic State of Iraq in Syria (ISIS) is on the offensive, consolidating gains in one of Iraq's largest cities Wednesday and getting closer to surrounding the country’s capital city of Baghdad.  UC Davis Professor Keith Watenpaugh is currently in Istanbul, Turkey working with Syrian refugees and will describe regional fears about ISIS in Iraq.


Dianne Reeves is interviewed by Gary Vercelli. Reeves is performing at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom on Monday, June 16.


  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Insight: California Budget

    State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle will discuss what's in the newly approved budget.

  •  geetarchurchy / Flickr

    Insight: The Political Junkie Goes West

    The Political Junkie Ken Rudin discusses the latest on Bowe Bergdahl and the latest on the political jockeying for Eric Cantor's seat as Majority Whip.

  • File Photo / AP

    Insight: ISIS Offensive

    UC Davis Professor Keith Watenpaugh speaks with Insight about Iraq. He's in Istanbul working with Syrian refugees.

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