The Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to restore its power to draw congressional districts, and if it wins its case, it might help California’s Democratic congressional members hold onto their seats.
The House has passed a drought relief plan for California, but it is dead amid opposition from Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama, thus continuing the state’s decades-long stalemate over water policy.
The state licenses and regulates dozens of professions and occupations – doctors, nurses, accountants, engineers, architects, dentists, contractors, barbers, cosmetologists, just to name some. Lawyers are conspicuously absent from that list.
The Legislature reconvened briefly in Sacramento on Monday. It was a brief return, just long enough for everyone to be sworn in for the biennial session, for promises of bipartisan comity and high-minded motives, for snapshots of several dozen newbies with their proud families, and, of course, for celebratory gatherings.
Let’s stipulate that smoking cigarettes is a dirty, dangerous and expensive habit, and we’d all be better off if no one did it. That said, it’s not by any means the only noxious personal practice in modern society, nor perhaps the worst one.
Dan Walters' column appears in dozens of California newspapers. He joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975 and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. He and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee in 1984. Contact him at email@example.com or 916-321-1195. Twitter: @WaltersBee