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Monday, Feb 20, 2017

Politically Speaking: Hate Groups in San Diego

Politically Speaking: Hate Groups in San Diego

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, at least 8 different hate groups are active or headquartered in San Diego County. They include an anti-LGBT group, an anti-Semitic group and black separatist groups. Experts say the number of hate incidents are increasing locally, but these latest statistics show the number of hate groups in the County is the lowest it's been in five years. Tammy Gillies, Regional Director with the Anti-Defamation League, stops by NBC 7's Politically Speaking to discuss.

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017

Politically Speaking: MTS Access Senior Buses

Politically Speaking: MTS Access Senior Buses

Aging is a fact of life, and at any age, there are needs. Paul Downey, president and CEO of Serving Seniors, and Maya Srikrishnan of Voice of San Diego, stop by Politically Speaking to discuss senior transportation needs.

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017

Politically Speaking: President Trump and the Road Ahead

Politically Speaking: President Trump and the Road Ahead

President Donald Trump and his next 100 days. How will he govern? Thad Kousser, chairman of the political science department at UC SanDiego, joins Lynn Walsh, National president of the Society of Professional Journalists, and political consultant Ryan Clumpner to talk about the road ahead with NBC 7's Marianne Kushi.

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017

Politically Speaking: President Trump and the Press

Politically Speaking: President Trump and the Press

A fractured press. Fake news. Reporters under scrutiny. Have journalists lost their credibility? On Politically Speaking, Lynn Walsh, National president of the Society of Professional Journalists, and political consultant Ryan Clumpner join NBC 7's Marianne Kushi to discuss the challenges for reporters of getting it right as the President says "they are the most dishonest human beings on earth."

Sunday, Jan 22, 2017

Politically Speaking: Is California's Drought Over?

Politically Speaking: Is California's Drought Over?

Three years ago, Governor Jerry Brown declared California in a state of emergency as we faced water shortfalls in what was the driest year on record. But things have been slowly improving. We've seen a lot of storms this season, but is California's drought over? NBC 7 Meteorologist, Jodi Kodesh and Mike Lee with the San Diego County Water Authority stop by Politically Speaking to discuss.

Sunday, Jan 22, 2017

Politically Speaking: Convention Center Expansion

Politically Speaking: Convention Center Expansion

The plan to expand the convention center has been in the works for years...decades even. NBC 7's Mari Payton speaks with Rip Rippetoe, President of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, and Joe Terzi, President of the San Diego Tourism Authority, about the difficulties involved in a possible expansion.

Sunday, Jan 22, 2017

Politically Speaking: America United or Divided

Politically Speaking: America United or Divided

On Friday, Donald Trump was officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. But, it was not without controversy. Some elected officials decided to boycott, saying their absence was a way to refuse "normalizing or legitimizing" Trump's presidency. Many also cited Trump's inflammatory language toward women and minorities. But, President Trump says he will unite the country. NBC 7's Mari Payton speaks with Francine Busby, with the San Diego County Democratic Party, and Esther Valdes, with the Republican Party of San Diego County, to discuss the political future ahead.

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017

Politically Speaking: The La Mesa Medical Marijuana Discussion

Politically Speaking: The La Mesa Medical Marijuana Discussion

La Mesa voters passed Measure U in November - it allows for legal medical marijuana dispensaries to operate within city limits. On Monday, the La Mesa Community Development Team held a workshop for people interested in opening a dispensary. Originally, the City was going to start accepting applications last Thursday, but they've delayed the date due to the overwhelming interest. Another takeaway from the workshop: the City's code enforcement division will no longer be cracking down on illegal dispensaries. La Mesa' Director of Community Development, Carol Dick, and Attorney Jessica McElfresh, who authored Measure U, stopped by Politically Speaking to discuss.

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017

Politically Speaking: Race Relations on MLK Day

Politically Speaking: Race Relations on MLK Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is taking on extra significance this year for civil rights groups, some of whom that feel the leader's ideals and legacy are being threatened by Mr. Trump's presidency. A Pew Research survey of voters after election day finds that nearly half of u.s. voters (46%) expect Mr. Trump's election to lead to worse race relations. Roughly three-quarters of blacks (74%) are pessimistic about race relations. In 2008, these views were almost the reverse: 75% of black voters said President Obama's election would lead to better race relations. To discuss, Bill Gillespie with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Christopher Wilson with Alliance San Diego stop by Politically Speaking.

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017

Politically Speaking: San Diego Woman's March

Politically Speaking: San Diego Woman's March

Thousands of women are expected to converge on the nation's capital for the "Women's March on Washington" the day after President-elect Trump is inaugurated. The January 21 march will be a momentous display of unity in protest of a president whose treatment of women came to dominate headlines. The same day, women in San Diego will march in solidarity through downtown. The organizer of that march, Sarah Dolgen, and participant Sabrina Miller, stop by Politically Speaking to talk with NBC 7's Nicole Gomez.

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