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Will and Donna
Joshua Malina as Will Bailey
and Janel Moloney as Donna Moss
NBC Universal Photo: Mitch Haddad
Written by: Eli Attie, Directed by: Jason Ensler
Takes Place: Before and on Super Tuesdau
Broadcast: March 9, 2005
Query: What is La Palabra?

The Santos campaign is on its way to California four days before the California primary on Super Tuesday when they get word that the California legislature has passed a bill "to bar illegal immigrants from getting drivers licenses." Santos has come to campaign and get the endorsement of a group named La Palabra ("one of the biggest Latino groups in the country"). A spokesperson or leader of the group tells Santos,
"Matt, we're concerned about this driver's license bill. It could be the beginning of a whole new wave of anti-immigrant legislation. We need you to denouce it in your speech to La Palabra tomorrow."
"I don't think I could do that, Eddie. It would define my whole campaign. I don't want voters to see me as just the brown candidate.
"...The Governor wants to veto this but he's scared of it. He doesn't want to be accused of torpedoing the Democrats chances. He needs cover."
"The Governor has already endorsed Hoynes... Nothing I say tomorrow is going to make a difference. We need to focus on electing a Progressive candidate. Then we can take on all the tough causes."
"Now all we need is a progessive candidate."

To make matters more interesting Josh discovers that their campaign is broke. Meanwhile on the other coast with the Russell campaign, Donna tells Will,
"...I love what I'm doing master of all tasks....I just wondered if I might be more useful doing something more specific.... I've learned these issues clockwise and sidewise..."
Will asks her to read a new press release outloud to him and when he finds her clear, he tells the press, "Can I have a pool over here please. Donna Moss has a statement." Donna seems to be the new spokesperson for the campaign.

Donna is investigating and discovers that Hoynes, who was supposed to be flying out to California, is still in New York and so is his issues director (who invited Donna out for a drink). Hoynes has promised to come out against the California bill on driver's licenses. But where is Hoynes? Donna is more and more sure something is up so Will encourages her to convince the press to help with the investigation. She rattles it out for them:
"Vice President Russell was going to campaign in California. The governor endorsed and Hoynes pratically announced he was moving there. But now that we cancelled our trip, Hoynes is hold up in New York cancelling his California events left and right." She suggests they investigate and they do just that.

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