If you want a friend in politics, get a dog, or so it’s said. And we know firsthand that few things in life are sadder than an ailing dog. And so we grieve with Jerry and Anne Gust Brown that their companion, Sutter, is sick. We also lament Washington’s failure to confront the threat posed by fires, particularly those in the Sierra, and take note of Rep. Tom McClintock’s dim view of Republicans who don’t live up to his high standards.
Take a grain of salt
Savvy California voters know they should take campaign ads for what they are: sales pitches. So it is with Proposition 61, the measure that purportedly would reduce prescription drug prices. By the time the bills are paid, the yes and no sides will have spent a combined $60 million-plus. Most will come from drugmakers, who fear the initiative would cut into their profits and spread to other states.
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“People like veterans. People want to protect veterans,” said Kathy Fairbanks, spokeswoman for the No-on-61 campaign.
Campaign finance reports show the campaign has paid $72,000 to lobbyist Pete Conaty, who represents veterans in Sacramento, and $78,000 to former U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi, who sits on the board of directors of drugmaker Imprimis.
The yes side has paid $50,000 to a veterans group that, not surprisingly, favors Proposition 61, and another $150,000 to the Santa Monica advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, which is doggedly watching out for our interests by supporting the initiative.
Take a number: $2,000
Rep. Tom McClintock, who represents the Sierra from his home in Elk Grove, excuses Donald Trump’s boasts about sexual assaults, saying in a statement that he would stop illegal immigration, appoint right-thinking judges, uphold Second Amendment rights, etc.: “I can fully understand why the Clinton campaign and the leftist media (but I repeat myself) are making every attempt to divert attention away from these self-evident truths. But I cannot understand why so many hand-wringing Republican leaders can’t bear to stand up in the most important presidential election in our lifetimes.”
We wonder whether McClintock will demand refunds of the $2,000 checks he sent to Rep. Steve Knight, a Southern California Republican in a tough re-election fight, and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, a Republican who hopes to unseat Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove. The hand-wringers announced they would not be voting for Trump.
Editorial: Sutter Brown is ailing, and we pause to thank and recall our dogs.
Editorial: Wildfire season is year-round, and towering firenadoes are now commonplace. While Donald Trump consumes the nation’s bandwidth, and Washington, D.C., fiddles, the West burns.
Nurse Kathy Dennis and veterans’ advocate Don Harper debate the wisdom of Proposition 61, which limits what the state can pay for prescription drugs.
Seth Sandronsky dissents from a Numbers Crunch on deportations and the economy: Donald Trump is right that some deportations could raise wages for workers.
Orange County Register: A tobacco tax should be geared toward reducing the harms of tobacco use, not bailing out the state from having to discuss complicated issues. No on Proposition 56. We disagree.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Attorney General Kamala Harris is an incisive, eloquent, even-tempered leader with a commitment to criminal justice reform and potential to emerge as a national figure.
The Desert Sun: Attorney General Kamala Harris ready to step in for retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer. Harris has the vocal support of leadership in Sacramento and in the nation’s capital and should be able to enter office as a good advocate for the Golden State from day 1.
L.A. Times: Donald Trump’s proposals on tax loopholes and health care aren’t what they seem. He has given voters little to go on, offering mainly bare policy outlines and vague generalities. Perhaps that’s because his ideas are poorly thought out, or don’t work as advertised.
Tacoma News Tribune: There’s no one better equipped to cross the great divide than Sen. Patty Murray.
Lexington Herald Leader: Make ape photos the GOP’s latest racist foray. It’s a sad and disgusting footnote in a year that has seen the GOP nominate a presidential candidate who came to political prominence questioning the citizenship of our first black president.
Ruben Navarrette: Promises of jobs to young voters will turn to cynicism.
Kathleen Parker: Who’s the worst person in the world?
David Brooks: Donald Trump’s sad, lonely life.
Letters to the editor
This is not locker-room talk. This is sexual deviant and predatory talk. This is not how real men talk. – Jerry Tamburino, Sacramento