There's no doubt about the breadth and depth of Barack Obama's victory in California yesterday. The Illinois senator captured 61 percent of the vote, turning some traditionally red counties into Democratic strongholds. Guests: Alan Hoffenblum, GOP consultant; Mary Hughes, Democratic consultant; Tony West, co-chair of the Obama Campaign's California Finance Committee.
Of the dozen measures on yesterday's ballot, none were more controversial or expensive than Proposition 8 -- a proposed amendment to ban gay marriage in California. We talk with those on both sides of that measure, and look over the rest of the state's long list of propositions. Guests: Bill May, chairman of Catholics for the Common Good; David Levine, professor of law at UC Hastings College of the Law; John Myers, KQED's Sacramento bureau chief; Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; Kim Alexander, president of the California Voter Foundation; Sasha Khokha, KQED's Fresno bureau chief.
We hear about the Californians helping Barack Obama put together his administration. Also, what's next for a new generation of Californians who got involved in politics this year for the first time? Guests: Harry Pachon, president of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute; Leon Panetta, former California congressman and former chief of staff to President Clinton; Sam Dorman, managing director of The League of Young Voters.