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Insight: Proposition 29 / Top-Two Primary / Beth Levy / Margaux Filet


 
 
Proposition 29 Proposition 29 will increase the cost of cigarettes by a dollar a pack and the new revenue will be used to fund cancer and tobacco-related research.  In early polling the ballot measure looked likely to pass, but the gap between "yes" and "no" votes for the new cigarette tax is closing as tobacco interests and health advocates ramp up media advertisements. Jim Knox, Vice President for Legislative Advocacy, American Cancer Society, California Division explains why voters should support Prop 29David Spady, State Director for California, Americans for Prosperity, explains why Californian's should vote no on Prop 29.
 
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Top-Two Primary Tuesday, June 5, Californians will vote in the state's first open - "top-two" - primary. In an open primary, you don't have to belong to a political party to pick a nominee for congressional, legislative and statewide races. You get one vote for each office, but the first- and second-place winners, regardless of party, move on to the November general election. What impact will the new format have on the legislature, state policies and programs? Allen Hoffenblum, Publisher of California Target Book explains pros and cons of the top-two primary system.
 
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Beth Levy The musical landscape of America in the early 20th century was dominated by figures such as Aaron Copland, Roy Harris, and Virgil Thomson who composed popular "classical" music paying homage to the Western American landscape, cowboys, Indians, ranchers, farmers, etc.  It's the kind of music that looks back to the "frontier era" of American history and a genre that UC Davis music professor Beth Levy focuses on in her new book Frontier Figures--American Music and the Mythology of the American West.  She joins us today to talk about popular classical music and the American West, as well as to listen to a few songs from that era.
 
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Margaux Filet  Davis high school flutist Margaux Filet recently returned from a trip to New York City to perform on NPR's "From the Top." Catch her performance on the nationally-broadcast show Sunday, June 3 at 3 pm on Capital Public Radio.
 
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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