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State of Affairs: Paul Tanaka investigation, Henry Waxman, and celebrity endorsements

Former LASD Undersheriff and current LASD Sheriff candidate Paul Tanaka
Former LASD Undersheriff and current LASD Sheriff candidate Paul Tanaka
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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, not by drones, but by KPCC political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

One candidate running for L.A. County sheriff received some unwanted attention this week. While testifying at the trial of a deputy sheriff, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka said he is the subject of a federal investigation. What were the responses from his opponents? 

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors has two open races and the more competitive one for the Third District continues to heat up. What happened at the debate this past weekend?

Moving onto another very competitive race and that's the one to succeed Congressman Henry Waxman. With so many people running for this seat, candidates are doing what they can to get noticed. What is attorney David Kanuth, doing to get support from celebrities?

The 33rd District isn't the only competitive Congressional race in Southern California. In the Santa Clarita area, Republicans Tony Strickland and Steve Knight are battling it out to replace Buck McKeon. How do Republicans pick a favorite in this race? 

In the Inland Empire, there has been a dust up over some billboards and mailers in support of former Congressman Joe Baca, who is running for Congressman Gary Miller's seat. The problem seems to be that no one knows just who is funding these ads, so what do we know about this mysterious group?.