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Jay Rosen has been pushing the concept of a "citizens agenda" in political campaign coverage, meant to ground the coverage in the discussion of what voters want to hear the candidates talking about:
It revolves around the power of a single question: “What do you want the candidates to be discussing as they compete for votes?” From good answers to that everything else in the model flows.Judging from this interview of Senator Kamala Harris, who has just published a book and may or may not be a presidential candidate in 2020, by Rachel Martin on NPR, it's going to be a long, hard couple of years for the citizens agenda.
Questions on the political purpose of writing the book:
Questions on material in the book, relating to her parents:
Questions on the Senator's policy views, framed in terms of "Why did you contradict yourself?"
Her position is opposing the death penalty.
No, she doesn't. She defended the constitutionality of California's law in a 2014 federal case; she explains that this was her job as attorney general, which is true, though some have noted that state attorneys general don't always defend laws. On the other hand it's a fairly new thing, invented, in fact, by Jerry Brown when he was California attorney general in 2008 and refused to defend a same-sex marriage ban. No convict has been executed in California since Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor, in 2006, and she never sought the death penalty in her work as a prosecutor.
Questions relating to her performance in the Senate but about how she feels:
("Going back" may refer to bits of the interview that have been edited out.)
And that's it.