Even Auntie Maxine knows, we’ll need more than outrage to prevent another Equifax: Equifax exposed the personal information of 143 million people. “Someone has to be held accountable,” Rep. Maxine Waters says.
Jack Ohman gets the latest weather forecast from the White House lawn. Check out Hurricane Bob Mueller here.
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Marcos Breton: Anne Marie Schubert, district attorney of Sacramento, has seen the worst of humanity in her long career as a prosecutor. Now she is opening up about a life-changing ordeal in her own family.
Bill Whalen: For California governors, leaving the state is playing with political fire. Parts of the Southland were still aflame while Jerry Brown rubbed elbows in Russia. So if the governor wants to continue exploring life beyond Sacramento, here are some domestic destinations.
Shawn Harrison and Patrick Mulvaney: There was a time when Sacramento didn’t want to be an ag town. My, how we have grown.
Good morning. On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter.
Take a number: $8
Tolls could rise to $8 for the privilege of crossing one of seven Bay Area bridges (the Golden Gate isn’t included), up from the current $5. The money, $375 million a year, would be leveraged through bonding, and go to a variety of transit projects. One caught our eye: $90 million for the Capitol Corridor train. Wouldn’t it be great if we could get from Sacramento to the Bay Area by train reliably in less than two or three hours? A $90 million earmark would be nice, but barely an ante. Senate Bill 595 by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would put the matter to a vote of people in the nine counties most affected. That would not include Sacramento or Yolo counties. Our friends in The East Bay Times’ opinion shop are highly critical of the deal, noting that it provides “a windfall to Santa Clara County, shortchanges other parts of the region and lacks adequate safeguards against BART’s wasteful spending.”
San Francisco Chronicle: Still hanging in the balance is SB100, from state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, which would commit California to 100 percent energy generation from clean sources by 2045. The bill sounds like a heavy lift, but it’s the next logical step in the state’s climate change fight.
Los Angeles Times: The grief and anger caused by the horrific killing in February of Officer Keith Boyer has moved policymakers to seek three changes in laws dealing with how criminals are punished and then supervised after their release from incarceration. But grief and anger seldom turn into good criminal justice policy and in fact too easily push in the opposite direction.
San Jose Mercury News: A last minute amendment to cap-and-trade legislation in Sacramento is nothing more than outrageous groveling to unions hoping the Legislature will weigh in on their side in their nasty labor dispute with Tesla. The Legislature should reject this ham-handed special interest legislation that will further poison California’s image as a place to do business. We agree.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Wells Fargo uncovers as many as 1.4 million more fake accounts. Equifax reveals a massive data breach involving Social Security numbers, birth dates and other personal information for more than 140 million people. All of that amplifies the importance of state Senate Bill 33, which legislators approved last week and sent on to Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Bill Dodd of Napa, sets aside mandatory arbitration agreements in disputes involving state- or federally chartered depository institutions accused of creating the contract in question without authorization.
Seattle Times: Congress must act quickly to shore up the individual health-insurance market or as many as 18 million Americans – including 330,000 Washingtonians – might lose access to health insurance. U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., are boldly leading a bipartisan effort to make some small changes to prevent a market collapse. Lawmakers in both parties and both houses must join this sensible effort.
Lexington Herald Leader: It was a ruse. Just as many suspected, the Trump administration offered a bogus excuse for halting a study into the health effects of surface coal mining in Appalachia.
Raleigh News & Observer: After the massive Equifax data breach, don’t expect the Republican-controlled Congress to come to the aid of some 143 million consumers who are now exposed to identity theft.
E.J. Dionne Jr.: Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, is vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Its name reminds us why the adjective “Orwellian” was invented. Trumpists will twist, cook and distort facts about voting to manufacture numbers that sound ominous but vanish into the ether as soon as they’re examined.
Ross Douthat: The legal and administrative response to campus rape over the past five years has been a kind of judicial and bureaucratic madness, a cautionary tale about how swiftly moral outrage and political pressure can lead to kangaroo courts and star chambers.
Thomas L. Friedman: Two big current threats both have a low probability of happening, but could have devastating consequences: a North Korean nuclear attack and climate change fueled by increased human-caused carbon emissions.
Megan McArdle: The latest health reform proposal is Graham-Cassidy-Heller, which would cut spending, cap spending and shift spending away from states that expanded Medicaid to those that haven’t. But the political math certainly looks difficult.
Dana Milbank: President Trump made a deal with Democrats. It’s not a big deal, mind you, just a procedural agreement to postpone budget wrangling for three months. But because Trump sided with Chuck and Nancy over Mitch and Paul, there is suddenly talk of civil war within the GOP.
Marc A. Thiessen: Hillary Clinton has blamed her loss on an ever-changing cast of characters – Russia, WikiLeaks, James Comey and Bernie Sanders. Now she has put the blame on a new scapegoat: millions of bigoted white nationalists.
“SB 17 is based on a flawed view of drug prices. Gov. Jerry Brown should reject this bill.” – Jim Greenwood, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Washington, D.C.
The San Francisco Chron’s Vivian Ho reports: A man slain in San Francisco’s Mission District last month was shot by two teenagers wielding a gun that had been stolen three days earlier from a city police officer’s personal car, officials said Wednesday. ... A San Francisco police bulletin in October 2015 decreed that officers who must leave firearms in unattended vehicles secure them in the locked trunk, out of public view. ... In 2015, a gun stolen in San Francisco from a car belonging to a U.S. Bureau of Land Management agent was used to kill Kathryn Steinle, 32, on Pier 14.