Jack Ohman looks at President Trump’s art of the deal to end the Civil War. Click here for the full cartoon.
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Sacramento has a better way to fight Trump on immigration than a May Day march: Tens of thousands march to defend rights of immigrants on May Day. But the Sacramento City Council is considering a plan to invest up to $300,000 in an education and legal defense network for undocumented immigrants facing deportation.
Foon Rhee: Does President Donald Trump know less about U.S. history than eighth-graders? The president ignores a big reason for the Civil War – slavery.
Dan Walters: California’s housing crisis is worsening by the minute as construction falls behind population growth. Capitol politicians from Gov. Jerry Brown downward have a lackadaisical, piecemeal approach to the issue that falls short of dealing with its impact.
Olivia Morgan: After watching an American Airlines crew member jerk a metal stroller away from a mom and almost hitting a baby, I wondered what are the rules of civility these days.
Take a number: $5,000
Attorney General Xavier Becerra is learning the ways of Sacramento, as he enjoys the power of incumbency. Since being sworn in at the end of January, Becerra has raised $795,000 in increments of $1,000 or more. His donors include plaintiffs lawyers, gambling interests, Indian tribes that own casinos, liquor distributors and labor, plus one contributor that many Democratic pols shun. Becerra took $5,000 from tobacco giant Reynolds American. The attorney general is responsible for enforcing terms of tobacco’s huge settlement with the states. His predecessor, Sen. Kamala Harris, didn’t take tobacco money, though her predecessor, Gov. Jerry Brown, did and does accept it. Becerra’s main rival for the 2018 election campaign, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, raised $155,600 for the first four months of 2017.
San Francisco Chronicle: In an effort to extend the cap-and-trade system to 2030, and to ward off the Chamber of Commerce’s lawsuit, SB775 has to muster a two-thirds vote. It’s not going to be an easy lift in the state Legislature, but nothing that’s important is an easy lift there. SB775 is a tough but fair fix.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Beginning with Theodore Roosevelt more than a century ago, presidents have exercised their authority under the Antiquities Act to establish national monuments on some of America’s most scenic, historic and sensitive public lands. Never before has a president tried to overturn a predecessor’s decision. Legal scholars say it might not even be permissible. But that apparently isn’t a deterrent to President Donald Trump.
San Diego Union Tribune: Charter school growth and popularity riles the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers, which combine to be the most powerful force in state politics. These unions’ opposition to charter schools has waxed and waned, but the weakness of their allegations has always limited how much they can achieve.
Miami Herald: The Legislature state is drawing the blinds on its Sunshine laws, which affirm Floridians’ right to be informed about how elected officials are – and aren’t – working on their behalf.
Raleigh News & Observer: Worker safety isn’t a partisan issue, or should not be. But Republicans are doing their best to make it one, and not to their benefit. If they’ll do a head count, they will find that there are many more average workers in North Carolina than there are corporate titans.
Kansas City Star: We have a question for Missouri lawmakers struggling with which bits of gristle and fat have to be cut out of the state’s $27 billion budget by Friday. The options now on the table have you debating whether to a) cut support for in-home and nursing home care for the elderly and disabled or b) cut tax credits for elderly, poor renters. All we want to know is: Whaaaa?
Michael Gerson: The only thing more frightening than President Donald Trump’s speech marking his 100 days in office – arguably the most hate-filled presidential communication in modern history – is the apathetic response of those who should know better.
Eugene Robinson: There is no principle at the heart of Donald Trump’s policies, just improvised attempts to bridge the gap between Trump’s rhetoric and inconvenient reality.
Trudy Rubin: 100 days is enough time to observe how President Donald Trump operates when it comes to making foreign policy. We’ve seen a deeply dysfunctional process with an erratic leader at the hub.
Paul Krugman: There have been thousands news articles about how Donald Trump supporters are standing by their man, are angry at those meanies in the news media, and would gladly vote for him all over again. What’s going on?
Charles M. Blow: America is suffering under the tyranny of gibberish spouted by the lord of his faithful 46 percent.
Take a bow
The Society of Professional Journalists has awarded Erika D. Smith, Sacramento Bee editorial board member and columnist, the 2017 award for general column writing for newspapers with circulation of 100,000 or more. If you follow Sacramento’s efforts to do right by the city’s homeless population, or modernize its policing policies in the wake of the Joseph Mann shooting, you’ll recognize the fine work that won Erika this national recognition. If not, you can catch up with her here.