Travis Allen made up voter registration ‘facts,’ as GOP misses A. Jerrold Perenchio

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Our take


Donald Trump should check his facts before attacking the 9th Circuit: Trump overlooked a fundamental fact. The U.S. Supreme Court reverses the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a tiny fraction of its decisions.


Robert K. Jackler: The Food and Drug Administration’s proposal to reduce nicotine content of traditional tobacco products to non-addictive levels would have a major positive health impact. But the powerful tobacco lobby has a long history of suppressing regulation through pseudoscience, litigation and generous political contributions.

Elena Lee Reeder: Parents make a commitment to their children’s education, and in return they are cared for in their golden years. But as adults, too many Asian-American millennials have to ask for financial assistance, especially due to California’s high housing costs.

Take a number: $350 million

A. Jerrold Perenchio, the billionaire media mogul from Bel Air who died in May at age 86, was among the largest donors to Republicans nationally and in California, having given no less than $6.1 million to California campaigns between 2011 and his death, and $5.6 million to federal campaigns in 2016. Perenchio was a reclusive former chairman of Univsion and partner of Norman Lear. Lest there be any doubt that he could afford the donations, The LA Times reported Monday that his 10-acre estate is going on the market for an eye-popping $350 million, making it the most expensive listing in the nation. The California Democratic Party, meanwhile, outraised the state GOP nearly 3-to-1 during the first six months of the year, $9.6 million $3.5 million, The Sacramento Bee reported the other day. Republicans still are mourning his passing.

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Their take

Denver Post: Allison Eid has been a refreshing voice on the Colorado Supreme Court, and she would be a fine replacement on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the seat left vacant when Neil Gorsuch was tapped for the U.S. Supreme Court. President Donald Trump hopes Eid will help him fill a slew of federal judge positions.

San Francisco Chronicle: Are you ready for some ... soccer? More high school students are opting for the sport that the rest of the world calls football, while fewer are participating in our peculiar de facto national pastime. That should have NFL owners clutching their piles of money more nervously.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat: As players of all levels strap on helmets and begin drills for the upcoming season, an ominous presence has emerged on every football field — the truth. Given the mountain of evidence, there’s simply no way to rationally deny that football is bad for brains of all ages.

Mercury News: Suspects who present a danger to others should to stay in jail, period. That’s what should determine who stays in jail and who is free pending court — not who can write a big check.

Raleigh News & Observer: News reports dutifully note that Vice President Mike Pence has been a busy fellow campaigning ... er, make that carrying out his official duties of the vice president. No matter how much money he raises, Pence isn’t going to be able to separate himself from the circus that is the Trump administration. He is part of it.

Seattle Times: The creation of a Manhattan Project National Historical Park offers a sobering package of technological achievement, historical perspective and harsh lessons learned. Tell the full story at the Hanford Park and the other sites. Those operations and the communities took on an epic mission and completed it, a distinct role outside of events and decisions made in other venues. The enduring lesson remains: Let It Not Happen Again.

Syndicates’ take

Carl Hiaasen: Just imagine the wacky anecdotes Sarah Huckabee Sanders will tell in her tell-all book.

Jonathan Bernstein: Don’t begrudge a man his days playing golf, even if he’s president.

Michael Gerson: Rex Tillerson has been an ineffectual and destabilizing force at the State Department.


“A spy, a mob boss, a politician and a money launderer walk into a bar.” Felix E. Smith, Carmichael

Tweets of the day

“11 counties in California have more total registered voters than citizens over the age of 18. How is this possible?” Assemblyman Travis Allen, @JoinTravisAllen, a Republican running for California governor, quoting Breitbart.com.

“CA had 19.4m voters at last count and latest census ACS estimated citizen voting-age population of 24.3m. No county close to the reverse.” Jim Miller, @jimmiller2, The Sacramento Bee’s data reporter. The Take will take Jim’s numbers over Breitbart and Allen’s any day.