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State of Affairs: Who's Neel Kashkari, LA minimum wage, Prop. 46

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KPCC’s political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze join Take Two to discuss the latest news coming out of Los Angeles and California.

Who's Neel Kashkari?

Gov. Jerry Brown has maintained a comfortable lead ahead of his GOP challenger Neel Kashkari, who's 16 percentage points behind Brown. It was 20 percentage points in June.

"Kashkari still has this huge problem besides the fact he's a republican in overwhelmingly democratic California — less than 60 percent of likely voters have an opinion of Neel Kashkari, so they don't even know who he is," says KPCC's Frank Stoltze, adding that Kashkari hasn't been able to raise enough money. 

Today's gubernatorial debate is an opportunity for Kashkari to show undecided voters what he has to offer. That may prove to be difficult considering the NFL football game that takes place at the same time, Stoltze said.

Los Angeles minimum wage

When Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that he wants to gradually raise the minimum wage to $13.25 an hour by 2017, he was joined by seven members in support of the plan. He needs eight votes from the council to get it approved.

But, KPCC's Alice Walton says "the business community has not been supportive of this so far... I've gotten emails from small business owners who are concerned they'll really feel the crush of this. It's not a slam dunk, but there is tremendous support for proposal at city hall."

Proposition 46

This is a proposition that has to do with medical malpractice and whether patients in these cases should be able to recover more money from doctors.

Two months out to elections and the "No on 46" campaign has already raised $55 million to defeat the proposition; on the other side, "Yes on 46" has raised just $5 million.  

Critics of Proposition 46 say the law would only benefit lawyers and consequentially increase health care costs.