Take a number: 58 percent
That’s the proportion of Californians who oppose President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, compared to 37 percent who approve, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California. As with most things Trump, there is a deep partisan split: 85 percent of Republicans approve, while 81 percent of Democrats disapprove.
It could be worse than Gorsuch: Senate Democrats may not like Judge Neil Gorsuch, but if they somehow manage to block his nomination to the Supreme Court, it’s doubtful the next nominee sent up by President Donald Trump would be any better. At least Gorsuch pledged to be independent and rule against the president when the law requires.
No more excuses about hiding police videos: Faced with a request from Sacramento interim police Chief Brian Louie to delay the release of videos from a February shootout, the mayor and City Council did the only thing they could do to preserve the public trust: They unanimously rejected it.
Trumpcare will make America sicker. Don’t do this, Republicans: If their original “replacement” for the Affordable Care Act was flawed to the point of cruelty, the amended version is a sick Frankenstein, and awful for California. Trump has a 37 percent approval rating. Why should California Republicans in Congress walk the plank for him?
Joe Mathews: The Brown Act has strictly limited the ability of local officials to have frank conversations with one another and has restricted the public to a standardized three-minute-per-speaker limit that discourages real conversation with our representatives.
Scott Jones: The Sacramento City Council is creating a crisis in the Sacramento Police Department by shutting down Interim Chief Brian Louie’s recommendation regarding an ongoing investigation.
Shannon Baker-Branstetter: The California Air Resources Board plans to hold a hearing on the Zero-Emissions Vehicle program this week, and it should focus on affirming the ZEV standards and its long-term support for cleaner cars.
Judie Rae: Social scientists point to “confirmation bias” as a primary cause of our alienation from those whose views do not match our own. Rational discourse requires a willingness to truly listen without letting our preconceived notions interfere.
San Diego Union Tribune: California should not punish companies building Trump’s wall. Pension agencies should invest well, but must be free to invest in any company that operates legally.
Orange County Register: It’s time for techies to apply talents to real world. The demise of Yahoo as we know it underscores three kinds of weakness plaguing new media: too little value, too little content and too much glamor.
San Bernardino Sun: Health care reform calls for simplicity, catastrophic coverage. The GOP approach to fulfilling its promise of “repealing and replacing” Obamacare has gotten off to a shaky start. Voters’ justified frustrations and expectations should focus Republicans’ minds around taking the right way forward before it’s too late.
Boston Globe: Democrats shouldn’t trigger nuclear option on Neil Gorsuch. Measured against the Judge Wapner standard, Gorsuch, a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, certainly shines in terms of legal bona fides. And, considered a sort of originalist lite, he seems unlikely to change the balance on the court if he is confirmed to replace the conservative icon, Antonin Scalia, who died last year.
Detroit News: After two days of often hostile hearings, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is proving himself an even-tempered, deeply knowledgeable nominee who should be confirmed by the Senate.
Dana Milbank: The most noteworthy thing to emerge from Neil Gorsuch’s testimony Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee wasn’t his judicial philosophy, his credentials, nor even the likelihood of confirmation. What stood out was his aw-shucks, good-golly manner.
E.J. Dionne: We now have an ideological judiciary. To pretend otherwise is naive and also recklessly irresponsible because it tries to wish away the real stakes in confirmation battles.
Frank Bruni: It could be argued that every presidency is a tug of war between private demons and the public interest, between the commander in chief’s indulgence of his own psychological needs and his attentiveness to the hard work of America. With Donald Trump it’s a furiously pitched battle, and the demons are way out ahead.
Thomas L. Friedman: I believe that there are five “good men” who can stand up and reverse the moral rot that has infected the Trump administration from the top.
“Giving bonuses to workers in the hopes that they won’t leave for neighboring cities is madness.” – Marcia Louise Fritz, Sacramento
Tweet of the day
“Today, Chairman Nunes shared information with WH still withheld from our committee. He cannot conduct a credible investigation this way.” — Rep. Adam Schiff, @RepAdamSchiff