Jack Ohman gets on the ground floor of Donald Trump’s base. Check out the stilettos here.
When Californians are sleeping on the streets, now is not time to nitpick housing bills. The Legislature could vote as early as Friday on a package of bills to address California’s housing catastrophe. It’s not a solution, but it’s good a start.
Markos Kounalakis, McClatchy: Questioning the world’s appetite to help Donald Trump’s America at this moment is a serious question. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the New Orleans tragedy that followed, the world was tripping over itself to help George W. Bush and Louisiana. In contrast, the response to Harvey is silence.
Andrew Malcolm, McClatchy D.C.: President Trump deserves some credit. He’s been on top of Hurricane Harvey. But Trump’s ever-expanding self-regard and lack of discipline give his critics ample ammo to present and distort.
Jennifer Barrera and Kara Bush: Less than two years ago, the California Legislative Women’s Caucus stood arm in arm with the California Chamber of Commerce, celebrating compromise legislation that modernized the state’s equal pay law. But a new measure takes direct aim at the 2015 deal and would make it easier for plaintiffs’ lawyers to file pay equity lawsuits.
Chuck Reed: We have to deal with the facts at the center of the lack of housing production: Building new housing has a negative financial impact on city budgets. And housing opponents can easily kill projects.
Edmund J. Pezalla: Assembly Bill 315 could lead to higher drug prices, and reduce pharmacy benefit managers’ ability to offer services to employers.
Joe Mathews: Which of California’s four NFL teams will be winners on the field in the new season? It’s hard to tell. But Californians already know who the losers in pro football are: the California cities foolish enough to host stadiums.
Steve Helsley: Not all Civil War monuments are racist. Take this 1938 memorial in Gettysburg.
Take a number: $7.3 million
Democrats still seem not to fully grasp the importance of the state attorneys general. Clearly, donors do. Occupants often become governor, and can have an outsized role in redistricting fights. As President Obama found and President Trump is finding, state attorneys general cause pain by regularly suing the administration. The Republican Attorneys General Association raised $7.3 million in the first half of the year, reports filed last month with the Internal Revenue Service show, including $190,000 from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform; $155,000 from Koch Industries; $250,000 from cigarette giant Altria; $600,000; Judicial Crisis Network, which works to help Trump’s judicial nominees win confirmation; and $50,375 from Exxon Mobile. The Democratic Attorneys General Association, which raised $2.9 million, had one six-figure donor, Progressive State Leadership Committee, at $108,455. The Republican Attorneys General Association claims 29 Republican attorneys general, to the Democrats’ 20. Go figure.
Los Angeles Times: Last call in California is 2 a.m. That’s when bars, restaurants, nightclubs and any other businesses licensed for on-site liquor sales are legally bound to stop serving alcohol, and that’s when most of those establishments close for the night. Why 2 a.m.? That’s just the way it’s been in California for the last 80 years. It’s time to give local governments more control over when, where and how alcohol is served. A city like Los Angeles, for instance, shouldn’t have to shut down its bars early each night in deference to a fusty, 80-year-old law.
Orange County Register: On Monday, President Trump lifted Obama-era restrictions on surplus military equipment to local police departments. His executive order speciously characterizes the move as merely “restoring state, tribal, and local law enforcement’s access to life-saving equipment and resources.” In reality, Trump’s action will primarily encourage and subsidize the trend of militarized law enforcement, which does more to undermine public trust than keep police or the public safe.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Almost a week has passed since Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke presented the White House with his recommendations regarding the future of 27 national monuments. Yet neither the president nor the secretary has shared the recommendations with the public – the people who own the land in question. Surely, these people would like to know the recommendations and what Trump plans to do with them.
Charles M. Blow: Why does he keep fueling the white-hot fire of his base to the exclusion of the other segments of the country? I have a theory: Trump and the people who either shield or support him are locked in a relationship of reciprocation, like a ball of snakes. Everyone is using everyone else.
E.J. Dionne Jr.: The muddled nature of our discussions about government has been brought home by two unfortunate events: The mass suffering unleashed by Harvey and President Donald Trump’s pardon of former sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Thomas L. Friedman: There is a stark contrast between the decency of the U.S. military personnel fighting this war and how unworthy Donald Trump – who has become our divider in chief – is to be their commander in chief.
Bret Stephens: Nature’s furies – hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides, droughts, infectious diseases, you name it – may strike unpredictably. But their effects are not distributed at random. Rich countries tend to experience, and measure, the costs of such disasters primarily in terms of money. Poor countries experience them primarily in terms of lives.
“The KKK and antifa are flip sides of the same despicable coin. But because antifa has not been around as long as the KKK, you believe they should not be regarded as equally loathsome. Armed, masked, violent thugs who attack people for what they say are not “misguided,” they are evil. The president was absolutely right.” – Paul Greisen, Sacramento