Death penalty opponents might be heartened by a federal judge’s decision declaring California’s capital punishment unconstitutional. But the decision by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney last week is less a victory for abolitionists than it is a condemnation of California officials’ mishandling of capital punishment.

In an op-ed piece in the New York Times today, Sen. Charles Schumer suggests that California-style top-two primary can save the country, or at least its political system. He very well could be right.
Lessons from Ukraine should apply to Syria.
Growth is returning to Natomas, but a troubling question is going to be ignored or dismissed by those with the power to address it: Is building in a floodplain a good idea?
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Assemblyman John A. Pérez deserves a thank-you from Californians for having the good sense to call off a recount Friday of the votes cast for state controller in the June primary. If it had gone on much longer, the spectacle could have had an impact on the outcome of the November election for controller.
U.S. should help Central America with investments to keep its young people at home.
Vladimir Putin has become a global menace. There is an irrefutable link between the Russian leader’s reckless policies on Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. This tragedy is the direct outgrowth of his decision to train and arm Ukrainian separatists with heavy weapons in an effort to destabilize Ukraine.
Do Not Open
Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: Do Not Open

Billionaire Tom Steyer had a good week, despite being splayed on the front page of the New York Times.

Two seasoned California campaign strategists, one a Republican and one a Democrat, who advised a “no party prefence” candidate running for secretary of state, discuss the campaign.

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