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State of Affairs: Henry Waxman, Gov. Jerry Brown, interim LA sheriff and more

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It's Thursday, and that means it's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. To help us with that we're joined in studio by KPCC political reporter Alice Walton and KPCC Political editor Oscar Garza.

We start with the news this morning that congressman Henry Waxman is stepping down from his seat. What does the future of the seat look like?

Governor Brown who was at the Metropolitan Water District headquarters here in Los Angeles this morning, talking about the drought. Now the meeting was private, but what do we know about who was there and what they discussed?

You know the situation has got to be dire, considering the governor got a call yesterday from President Obama. What went down there?

Speaking of the Governor, a new poll out from the Public Policy Institute of California finds Californians are giving him a record-high job approval rating. He still hasn't said whether he's running for another term but is this approval to be expected? What else did this PPIC poll tell us?

Also in the news this week, California State Senator Rod Wright was convicted for allegedly living outside of his Inglewood district. What's next for Wright, and for the state's Democratic Party?

Orange County Undersheriff John Scott was selected to be L.A. County's interim sheriff once Sheriff Lee Baca leaves office. Yesterday on the show we heard a bit more about him and what he might do in that post. What does this hire mean for the average person living in L.A. County?

A financial audit released this week showed mismanagement at the Central Basin Municipal Water District. What does the water district do and what did this audit find?

We know all too well that California has a lot of elections and it can be tough keeping up with all of them, but this week we found out the two Republican candidates running for governor — Neel Kashkari and California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly — have kind of a spotty voting history. How much does this matter to voters?