We endorse in a state Senate race, and focus on Sheriff Scott Jones’ decision to renounce his support for Donald Trump in his run against Ami Bera. Like many Republicans, Jones had a choice: Denounce Trump and alienate Trump’s voters; or don’t denounce him, turn off moderates and face voters’ wrath in years to come. It’s a no-win situation, but the GOP wanted to capitalize by gaining voters energized by Trump, while hoping his bile wouldn’t splash onto Republican candidates. Deals with the devil never turn out well. Foon Rhee introduces us to a city employee who has what many of us want: choice seats at Golden 1 Center.
Take a hit
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones has attracted attention for his policy of handing out permits to carry concealed weapons to any law-abiding residents who seek one, roughly 8,000 since taking office six years ago.
But the Republican sheriff-congressional candidate does have standards. One is marijuana use. He rejects requests from people who have medical marijuana cards. Even if voters approve Proposition 64 legalizing the intoxicant, Jones will continue to deny concealed carry permits to marijuana users.
“It is impaired judgment. It’s impaired actions. It’s impaired motor skills. And it’s still illegal under federal law,” Jones, who hopes to unseat Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, told our editorial board on Monday.
Does anyone doubt that some wacky weed-smoking Second Amendment absolutist will sue?
Take a number: 66.5 million
TV viewership for the second presidential debate on Sunday night fell to 66.5 million, 17.5 million fewer people than the record audience for the first debate, according to Nielsen. The decrease may say less about whether voters are fed up with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – and more about Americans’ love of pro football. Reuters points out that 15 million were watching “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, which didn’t pre-empt the game for the debate. – Foon Rhee, @foonrhee
Editorial: Like Republicans across the nation, Scott Jones is caught in a vise of the GOP’s own design. Some Republican leaders cringed when Trump demeaned and bullied Mexican immigrants, a prisoner of war, Muslims, Gold Star parents, women he deemed to be unattractive and disabled people. But those leaders also coveted the voters he energized, and they smelled victory.
Endorsement: Bill Dodd has proven to be an independent voice. A Republican turned moderate Democrat, he’s fiscally conservative and socially progressive. On this year’s climate change legislation, for example, he voted in favor of extending the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, despite his support from numerous business groups.
Foon Rhee introduces us to Erin Palmer, the city of Sacramento’s new ticket administrator. She’s in charge of entry into the city’s suite at the Golden 1 Center.
Physician Michael Ong and taxpayer advocate Ourania Riddle debate what Proposition 56, the tobacco tax increase, is really about.
Karin Klein: Some retailers remain way behind the times on gender identity.
Mercury News: Reject Proposition 58. Some of its provisions are reasonable, but the wholesale rollback of the 1990s reforms is not. We disagree.
L.A. Times: Voters don’t like overconfidence, but given Donald Trump’s spectacular unfitness for office – a fact that finally has dawned on leaders of his own party – it’s understandable that Hillary Clinton might want to play it safe.
Miami Herald: In the Sunday debate, Donald Trump tried to scorch the earth and Hillary Clinton was down-to-earth.
Charlotte Observer: Gov. Pat McCrory, Sen. Richard Burr and Rep. Robert Pittenger are in close races for reelection, and they are reluctant to lose the votes of Donald Trump’s supporters. It’s why most Republican candidates had closed their eyes to Trump’s disqualifying behavior before. But there are moments that should rise above political calculations.
National Review: In this circumstance, Republicans need to do exactly what Donald Trump always does: ruthlessly look after their own interests.
Weekly Standard: There is one important sense in which Donald Trump won the debate on Sunday night: He did not implode.
Eugene Robinson: Donald Trump did nothing to halt his campaign’s death spiral.
E.J. Dionne Jr.: A vicious presidential debate.
Michael Gerson: A politician – and a party – deserving of contempt.
Paul Krugman: Predators in arms.
Dana Milbank: At second debate, Donald Trump at odds with everyone.
Ken Herman: For Donald Trump, good enough.
I feel sorry for the country as we see the liberal media, who used Trump to improve ratings, now try to destroy him and the hopes of millions who thought he might actually change the corruption in Washington. – Kay Walsh, Sacramento