Sacramento County supervisor: Voters should re-elect Patrick Kennedy, who has taken the initiative to tackle some of the county's thorniest issues in his first term. Read more.
Yolo County sheriff-coroner: Voters should elect Undersheriff Tom Lopez. Unlike the current sheriff-coroner, Ed Prieto, Lopez is running an intellectually honest campaign and he has a list of ideas to make the sheriff’s department better. Read more.
Here are all our endorsements so far for the June 5 primary. And here are videos of the major candidates for California governor speaking about affordable housing and the Stephon Clark police shooting.
Jack Ohman says goodbye to Tom Wolfe. Take the Electric Kool Aid Acid Test here.
Andrew Malcolm, McClatchy D.C.: Six months out from the first crucial midterm elections of this presidency, both political parties are divided and floundering for coherent messages, leaving the national stage to the reality-TV episodes of a White House occupied by Donald Trump, who’s on not one single ballot. Read more.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: Gov. Jerry Brown wants to save the world from what he portrays as the “existential threat” of climate change. He is strangely unwilling, however, to even try to save the state budget from the existential threat posed by an insanely unbalanced tax system, even though he acknowledges the fiscal peril. Read more.
Will Micklin and Tina Braithwaite: Under current California law, states and counties do not recognize licenses issued by tribal governments. As a result, cannabis businesses located on native land cannot participate in the legal market, without giving up self-governance. Read more.
Terry Tamminen: Senate Bill 623 would establish a fund to assist for communities and individuals whose wells are polluted. But the agribusiness lobby wants to give industrial farms, livestock feed lots and sprawling wineries a pass on cleaning up their operations. Read more.
Sasha Abramsky: Bullies don’t deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. Here’s what decent people can do instead. Read more.
Karin Klein: What it would take for California’s school superintendent to truly transcend politics. Read more.
Julie Rabinovitz: STD rates are at a record high in California. Let’s tackle them before it’s too late. Read more.
Takes on state budget
Los Angeles Times editorial board: The expected state budget surplus has grown to a whopping $8.8 billion, which amounts to almost 7 percent of the state’s current general fund. We urge legislators to focus on the state’s overarching needs – housing and homelessness – first, and not to treat this year’s fiscal good fortune as an invitation either to slash revenue or to weigh the state down with costly ongoing obligations. Read more.
Orange County Register editorial board: Gov. Jerry Brown’s political skills and insistence on fiscal discipline will be put to the test following the release of his last budget proposal on Friday. The $137.6 billion General Fund budget plan for the coming fiscal year is accompanied by a projected $8.8 billion surplus, which is likely to be irresistible to the spendthrift Legislature. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat editorial board: Gov. Jerry Brown gets lampooned at times for using Latin phrases and $20 words. But his message about California’s growing budget surplus was brief, clear – and right on target: “Let’s not blow it now,” Brown declared Friday. Read more.
Takes on U.S. embassy in Jerusalem
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and other leading lights of the Trumpist right gathered in Israel to celebrate the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. It was a consummation of the cynical alliance between hawkish Jews and Zionist evangelicals. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: U.S. and Israeli officials praised their mutual devotion to peace at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Because nothing says “peace” like 61 Palestinians killed, 2,700 wounded, renewed hostilities between Iran and Israel, the entire region aflame and U.S. allies reeling. Read more.
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post: Even as one might have enjoyed Benjamin Netanyahu’s understandable elation and Jared Kushner’s touching speech about truth, Western idealism and the pursuit of peace, there was something oddly Baghdad Bob-ish about the whole production. Read more.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: There was something surreal about scenes of the celebration of the U.S. embassy’s move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem simultaneously with the Gaza carnage – where tens of thousands of Palestinians marched on the fence separating them from Israel and 60 were shot dead. Read more.
San Jose Mercury News: Here’s a novel approach in California politics: The state has a highly qualified candidate running for lieutenant governor who actually wants the job for what it is, rather than as a stepping stone for governor or another political office. Piedmont Democrat Jeff Bleich also has the experience to make good on his ideas to improve the state’s higher education system and the environment. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Before 8 million Californians voted in 2016 to pass Proposition 64 by a decisive margin and allow recreational use of marijuana by adults, supporters acknowledged that the approval would lead to a massive social experiment in the nation’s most populous state – with great potential for unintended consequences. So far, though, the consequences are almost entirely foreseeable – or should have been. Read more.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Trump administration, having been unable to get Congress to fund its border wall, has adopted vengeful meanness as its next-best substitute. Speaking at an Arizona law enforcement conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions erased any doubt about the motives behind his excessive new crackdown on parents crossing the border with their children. Read more.
Frank Bruni, New York Times: Before we have a woman as president, there may be a woman as an pro head coach. In the NBA, a gutsy, ebullient basketball wiz named Becky Hammon is reportedly being interviewed for the top coaching position with the Milwaukee Bucks. Read more.
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times: President Trump, by taking a hard line on Iran, drew some needed attention to Iran’s bad behavior and created an opportunity to improve the nuclear deal. But he torched the whole thing, separating us from Europe, undermining the forces of moderation in Iran and requiring Trump to manage a complex confrontation. Read more.
Ruben Navarette Jr., Washington Post: It’s fine to work hard, achieve financial success and enjoy the benefits of your labor. But it’s not fine to use your elevated position to insult or pick on someone that you see as less than. Like a gardener. Read more.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: This week – Saturday, to be exact – marks 100 years since a singular act of barbarism in tiny Valdosta, Ga. And the tale of what happened there demands to be recalled. Read more.
Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post: Unlike his predecessor, President Trump secured the release of American hostages from North Korea without sending an unmarked plane loaded with hundreds of millions in hard currency. So how did Democrats respond? By blasting Trump for the way he welcomed the U.S. hostages home. Read more.
Tweets of the day
The men and women of our law enforcement community risk their lives every single day to keep us safe. I know this firsthand. Today on #PeaceOfficersMemorialDay, it’s a special opportunity to honor their sacrifices. https://t.co/z6Txl3rzF0— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) May 15, 2018
In honor of the officers killed or disabled in the line of duty, join us in recognizing the many sacrifices our law enforcement partners make every day. Also acknowledging CAL FIRE’s 186 peace officers who work to protect Californians on this #PeaceOfficersMemorialDay pic.twitter.com/XxWCdu6Q9J— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) May 15, 2018