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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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.