Foon Rhee: Bike sharing is almost here, but Sacramento we have a new problem. The city may ban anyone from leaving bicycles on their side or in any way that blocks sidewalks or bike paths. The rules are aimed mostly at bike-share companies that use self-locking bicycles instead of docking stations. Read more.
Andrew Malcolm, McClatchy D.C.: Shutdowns, even these partial ones few people notice outside the D.C. company town, raise many questions: What exactly gets shut down? When isn’t the government shut down over a weekend? Why are these stalemates never solved for good? Will voters even remember this hiatus come November? Why do our lawmakers slip so easily from doing what they were hired to do, namely govern? This is their full-time job. Other workers can’t throw up their hands, “Oh, this is too hard.” Read more.
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Erwin Chemerinsky: The effort to recall Judge Aaron Persky, which has submitted signatures to be on the ballot in Santa Clara County in June, is misguided and a threat to judicial independence. If there is disagreement with a judge’s decision, the appropriate remedy is to appeal the ruling, not to seek removal of the judge. Recalling the Brock Turner judge won’t serve justice, and could backfire on all of us. Read more.
Loren Kaye: For the first time in three years, more voters say that California is headed down the wrong track than in the right direction. Parents are uneasy about their kids’ futures. These voters will elect a new governor this year, replace at least seven constitutional officers and seat at least 10 new members of the Legislature. Practicing direct democracy, voters will decide as many as 20 ballot measures influencing the political and economic climate. Amid this political ferment state officials face persistent economic development challenges. Read more.
Sasha Abramsky: To those of you who have, in recent correspondence, taken me to task for my opinions, my appearance, my ancestry, for the length of my hair and the cadence of my sentences, I apologize for not replying individually. As 2018 gets underway, let me make amends. A ‘wild-eyed,’ ‘revolutionary,’ ‘atheist,’ ‘foreign,’ ‘socialist’ ‘traitor’ replies. Read more.
Jonathan Nelson and Emily Rooney: Last year, agricultural associations, public health organizations and environmental justice groups reached consensus on clean water legislation. That bill must pass this year. Read more.
Jack Ohman sees Mitch McConnell in his dreams. Dream here.
Los Angeles Times: The deal struck to end the government shutdown Monday leaves Democrats with precious little to show for their efforts. Nevertheless, they were right to sign on, even if it doesn’t bring immediate or certain help to the “Dreamers” at risk of deportation. Read more.
Charlotte Observer: That the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is suddenly a wedge issue shows just how much extreme political incentives are driving our dysfunction. A majority of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have indicated DACA recipients should be able to call this place home permanently, and polls show 8 in 10 Americans want that to happen. So what’s been the hold-up? Read more.
Kansas City Star: Monday’s speedy and complete cave-in by Senate Democrats reopened the government and rewarded the president’s “now you see it, now you don’t” deal-making style, in return for nothing they didn’t have before the shutdown began. They also managed to quell the admiration of their own base and treat the cheering section for the other team to a round of Red Bull. Read more.
Dallas Morning News: Congress moved back from the brink of total dysfunction Monday when the Senate voted to end the Democratic filibuster blocking a House-approved bill to continue funding for the government. The welcome breakthrough came after three days of fruitful negotiations between a group of senators from both parties determined to reach a compromise. We salute them. Read more.
Philadelphia Inquirer: It’s generally wise to steer clear of anyone claiming to be working on the behalf of someone else’s “dignity and self-respect.” That’s the guise under which Trump administration officials and lawmakers are pushing for the ability to impose work requirements on the poor in exchange for their ability to get health care through Medicaid. Read more.
Chicago Tribune: It’s no surprise Chicago made the cut Thursday as a finalist for Amazon’s second headquarters. This city is a global business capital with a strong tech industry presence. Chicago would be a great fit for Amazon. Still, when the announcement was made we scanned the field of 20 locales with trepidation, because we remember the Olympic bidding debacle (Chicago shockingly axed in the first round). Read more.
Michael Gerson, Washington Post: Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jeffress and Donald Trump’s other evangelical advocates have made their political bargain to back President Trump with open eyes. Read more.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: Whatever President Trump thinks his views on DACA might be at a given moment, actual administration policy is being guided by Stephen Miller, John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions – hard-liners who want tough new restrictions on legal as well as illegal immigration. Read more.
David Leonhardt, New York Times: The shutdown has created one of the more treacherous political moments of Trump’s presidency for Democrats. It’s one they can navigate, but it requires subtlety. Read more.
Charles M. Blow, New York Times: There is absolutely no reason that a deal couldn’t have been reached on the Dreamers. But Republicans used the threat of withholding the fix as a bargaining chip, and Democrats held to the fix as imperative. Read more.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: With a new series of serious blunders, the Trump administration is undoing decades of bipartisan U.S. efforts to forge solid ties with Latin America, while allowing China to make inroads into the region. Read more.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: The operative words are complexity and uncertainty, as the Trump team struggles to define a consistent strategy for the Mideast and elsewhere. Read more.
“Choking down a major roadway to accommodate bicyclists? Sacramento’s leaders have given me one more reason to avoid downtown.” – Dave Putman, Citrus Heights
Calr Hiaasen, Miami Herald: Twenty life lessons to be learned from the Stormy Daniels/Donald Trump affair: 1. Don’t have a fling with a porn star if you’re even vaguely thinking about running for president someday. ... 15. When transferring hush money to a porn star, don’t do it in a way that can be traced by the Wall Street Journal a year later, when you’re sitting in the Oval Office. Consider filling a suitcase with cash instead of wiring the funds to a client-trust account at City National Bank in Los Angeles. Read more.