Reiff: Political Pros Handicap OC’s Pivotal House Races

Former President Barack Obama has campaigned here, both political parties are spending millions of campaign dollars here and no wonder – Orange County is at the center of national politics. Four local House races could determine control of Congress and even the fate of the Trump presidency. Republican National Committeeman Shawn Steel and Chapman University political science professor Michael Moodian analyze the candidates, issues and possible outcomes. The races pit Young Kim against Gil Cisneros, Harley Rouda against incumbent Dana Rohrabacher, incumbent Mimi Walters against Katie Porter and Mike Levin against Diane Harkey.

Reiff: Irvine Mayor Wagner Wants to Keep Fire Authority, Rips Ex-Mayor Agran, Says Great Park May Get Smithsonian

The city of Irvine has a national reputation as a safe, well-planned and well-run city, but problems are brewing. A no-growth movement is gaining steam, the city’s fire protection is up for grabs and residents have protested against a homeless facility. Are things coming unhinged in this model city? Mayor Donald Wagner gives his views.

Reiff: Moorlach Rips Spitzer, Assesses Judge Carter, Considered Guv Run

Part two of a discussion with California state senator John Moorlach. He discusses efforts by federal Judge David O. Carter to deal with the homeless problem and accuses Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer of playing politics with the issue. He also explains why he decided not to run for governor — and why he isn’t endorsing either of his fellow Republicans who are running in the primary.

Reiff: Healthcare Exec Favors Drug-Ad Ban, Fewer Hospital Procedures

Barry Arbuckle, CEO of MemorialCare Health System, is in the trenches of healthcare delivery. He runs five hospitals and about 200 other centers, doctors offices and other locations. He’s an adviser on both state and national healthcare policy. He discusses what’s happening in health care in Orange County, California and the nation, assesses “Obamacare” and “Trumpcare” and makes some recommendations — including a ban on pharmaceutical ads. He also discusses what moves by Amazon, Walmart and other corporate giants may mean for the healthcare industry.

Reiff: Correa Sees Good National Election Outcome for Moderates Like Him

Congressman Lou Correa of Santa Ana has represented his constituents on the county, state and now federal level. He’s known as a moderate Democrat who has worked with Republicans, something increasingly rare in today’s highly partisan environment. This week, Correa talks with Rick Reiff about whether moderates are a dying breed and sounds off on President Trump, immigration, the border wall and sanctuary cities.

Reiff: DA Candidate Spitzer Sounds Off on Incumbent Rackauckas, OC Corruption, Wahoo’s

Todd Spitzer has been a popular vote getter as a state Assemblyman and Orange County Supervisor. Now he’s running for district attorney. Why does he want to be Orange County’s prosecutor? And what are his beefs with incumbent Tony Rackauckas? Spitzer discusses the county’s jail informant scandal and his citizen arrest at a Wahoo’s Fish Taco. He responds to critics who question whether he has the temperament and judgment to be the county’s top prosecutor.