BTS 11/3/08: Election Special

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This is the last day in the historic 2008 election – the best in memory with so many firsts. Expect very high voter turnout- more than 130 million are predicted in a race that has been hard fought, long, and features firsts in race, gender, money and time spent. We take a final look at the race with Harold Meyerson, Bruce Shapiro and Marc Haefele.

Harold Meyerson says that should Obama win tomorrow the Democratic Party will return to Chicago’s Grant Park, the place where, 40 years ago, its last governing coalition ingloriously died. The primary goal of Obama's new-model Democrats is to implement a 21st-century version of Franklin Roosevelt's reforms. Should he win next Tuesday, Obama will proclaim the birth of this new era on the very ground that Roosevelt's coalition split apart.

Bruce Shapiro joins us to look at what kind of judicial appointments we could expect from either Obama or McCain, and he’ll also pay tribute to Studs Terkel who died on Friday.

Finally, Marc Haefele joins us to go over the state and local races, especially the Propositions on your ballot tomorrow.

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1. Harold Meyerson is Editor-At-Large for the American Prospect. He also contributes regularly to the Washington Post. His articles on politics, labor, the economy, foreign policy and American culture have also appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Nation, The New Statesman; the op-ed, commentary and book review sections of The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, and in numerous other publications. He is a member of the editorial board of Dissent, to which he is a frequent contributor of political analyses.

2. Bruce Shapiro, a contributing editor to The Nation, is an investigative reporter, political essayist and journalism reformer. He is executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Formerly director of The Nation Institute's Supreme Court Watch, a civil liberties watchdog. Shapiro teaches investigative journalism at Yale University, and contributes a weekly report on American politics and culture to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Late Night Live. Shapiro began his career in Chicago, has written extensively on civil liberties and human rights. Heis co-author of Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America's Future, with Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (New Press.) His most recent book is Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America (Nation Books).

3. Marc Haefele has been writing and reporting about Los Angeles and California for more than 25 years.He writes in, LA City Beat, LA Times, LA Observed, LA Weekly, LA Alternative, and The Jewish Journal. He has a segment on KPCC, where he’s been “The Dean of City Hall Reporters.” Haefele won the Greater LA Press Club award for Best Column in 1998, and was also morning drive host on KPFK-Radio.