Opinion

Democrats eat Democrats, Republicans rejoice

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Our take

Editorials

Give it up, Kimberly Ellis. You won’t be leading California Democrats: Kimberly Ellis refuses to concede the race for Democratic chair to Eric Bauman. For the sake of the resistance, it’s time.

Modesto Bee: President Donald Trump apparently knows nothing of how to confront terrorism, though the nations of the world have had more than a generation to learn the lessons. Trump’s senseless, reckless and heartless tweets once again expose him as part bully, part buffoon and thoroughly incapable of leading.

Column

Andrew Malcolm: Hillary Clinton seems to have launched yet another political campaign in 2017, one to convince Americans that they absolutely did the right thing by not electing her president in 2016.

Op-Eds

Dan Gordon and Gregory Rivera: If California Democrats cannot trust the election for chairperson of the most progressive state party in the country, our state may be in big trouble. A thorough and independent review of the party chairperson contest between Eric Bauman and Kimberly Ellis is needed.

Winston H. Hickox: Sen. Dianne Feinstein should study the facts before rejecting Cadiz Inc.’s desert water project.

Diane Harkey: California’s tax board mystifies people. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Teresa Casazza: The Board of Equalization clearly needs to change the way it operates, but the changes must be made with full transparency.

Take a number: 4.1 percent

LinkedIn’s latest jobs report finds that the Bay Area region remains strong but that hiring was 4.1 percent lower in May 2017 than in May 2016. What's to blame? Seattle, Portland, Denver, Austin, and Charlotte are booming and they're cheaper to live in, LinkedIn says. Our own Erika D. Smith had plenty to say the other day housing costs, pointing out that California has and probably will continue to lose millennials and Gen Xers who refuse to spend more than half of their income on housing. Meanwhile, Sen. Scott Weiner, D-San Francisco, works on legislation that seeks to increase housing. Whether that and other bills are meaningful or whitewash is to be determined.

Their take

Mercury News: We are trying not to count our chickens just yet, as the Google plan for a campus in downtown San Jose has not precisely hatched. But we can’t help giving a quick, hopeful cheer – and not just for the 20,000 jobs Google could bring to the city.

Seattle Times: The next few days are critical for the future of The Evergreen State College. The public state college near Olympia has become a national caricature of intolerant campus liberalism in both The New York Times and Fox News.

Raleigh News & Observer: Gov. Roy Cooper fights a good fight to protect gubernatorial powers. Cooper, trying to protect not just his rightful authority but that of future governors, has filed another lawsuit over his appointive powers.

Denver Post: An eye-opening state audit finds that Colorado’s film office (which doles out such tax breaks to movie producers, makers of documentaries and television shows, advertisers and even video game designers) has kept such sloppy records it can’t truly justify its own existence.

Chicago Tribune: Conversations, recorded by the FBI as it built a corruption case against Rod Blagojevich and later obtained by the Tribune, won't blow to bits the gubernatorial ambitions of J.B. Pritzker, one of a half-dozen candidates in the race so far for Illinois governor. But they do raise questions about his judgment, and they reveal, once again, the inside game of politics, Blagojevich-style.

David French, National Review: There’s an emerging narrative in progressive and mainstream-media circles that white Evangelicals – and only white Evangelicals – have uniquely betrayed their faith and their fellow believers by voting en masse for Donald Trump.

Syndicates’ take

Kathleen Parker: Even die-hard supporters of the president find some of his tweets objectionable and want him to stop.

Ruben Navarrette: What Bill Maher said is no laughing matter. HBO needs to fire Maher. He is never going to change.

David Brooks: If had $1 billion to give away, I’d start with the premise that the most important task before us is to reweave the social fabric. I’d use my imaginary billion to seed 25-person collectives around the country.

Dana Milbank: President Donald Trump is so isolated that he accidentally hits send on a tweet with gibberish and there’s nobody who can get him to delete the errant missive for hours.

Mailbag

”Most Democrats think this is a week to focus on former FBI Director James Comey, Trump and Russia. But Kimberly Ellis and Hilary Crosby are giving political cover for Trump.” Bob Mulholland, Democratic National Committee member, Chico

And finally,

N.Y. Times: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting (Michael) Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

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