Pundits know the Republican Party will suffer nationally if the shutdown goes on for long. But Reps. Cook, McClintock and LaMalfa know the nature of their districts.

Chemical companies make money off chemicals. Efforts by California and other states threaten that business, which is why industry covets pre-emption.

No doubt, Senate Bill 598 is about patients. It’s also about those patients’ money.

The concept seems so simple. People deemed to be a danger to themselves or others shouldn’t have guns.

Scott Budnick is a big-time Hollywood producer who believes redemption is possible for inmates such as Miguel Quezada, even though he and others committed terrible crimes when they were teenagers.

Peter B. Lewis and Rafael Garcia are two figures in California’s marijuana debate. One, a car insurance magnate, wants to loosen pot laws. The other, stoned, killed a CHP officer while driving.

Some legislators and veteran lobbyists and staffers conclude the Sierra Club is a caricature of itself and has lost relevancy inside the Capitol.

In recent months, Nevada authorities have been criticized for busing 1,500 mentally ill patients to other states. In this instance, however, California dumped a patient on Nevada.

Gov. Jerry Brown made clear one reality last week: Inmates are a commodity and prisons are a business.

Backers of a referendum to halt an Indian casino from opening on Highway 99 north of Fresno are earnest people whose simple goal is to protect their quaint lifestyle, or so their campaign’s name would suggest. It’s called Keep Vegas-style Casinos Out of Neighborhoods. It appears to be the sort of underdog undertaking that would warm Hiram Johnson’s heart, except it’s not

During his time in the Legislature, Tom McClintock occasionally would cite the First Rule of Holes, when he called on Democrats to stop spending more money on whatever their priority happened to be.

Gov. Jerry Brown hopes that voters don't focus on the $68 billion for high-speed rail, or on the debacle in which the state Department of Parks and Recreation hid $54 million.

Dan Morain, editorial page editor

Dan Morain

Dan Morain, editorial page editor, has been a columnist at The Sacramento Bee since 2010. As a news reporter, he covered the California Supreme Court when Rose Bird was chief justice, the Legislature when Willie Brown was speaker and the Governor's Office during Gray Davis' tenure. He spent 27 years at the Los Angeles Times, where his final assignment was to be part of the team that covered the 2008 presidential campaign. He and his wife, Claudia Morain, have three children, each of whom attended public schools and California's public universities.

Email: dmorain@sacbee.com
Phone: 916-321-1907
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