This time next year, we're either going to be hotly debating crime and punishment... or amused that we'd ever considered a huge election season debate over the issue.
Take your choice.
This week's Capitol Connection podcast looks at a week that began with a largely legal tussle over California prisons, and ended with a dramatic attempt to use a simmering crime debate as a gubernatorial launching pad.
Anthony York of the Los Angeles Times and I also throw in a quick preview of what to watch for in next week's revised state budget... just for good measure.
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