Kevin McCarthy tweets condolences for dead children as he takes NRA’s money: Donors led by physicians could start taking a stand against gun violence by cutting off donations to politicians who refuse to support wise gun control measures. Until the donor class starts taking a stand, the rest of use will have to settle for the thought$ and prayer$ of politicians such as Kevin McCarthy. Read more.
Columns & op-eds
Erika D. Smith: It was more than a decade ago, but Professor Roberto Pomo still clearly remembers the day Ryan Coogler, the young man who would grow up to create the superhero masterpiece “Black Panther,” walked into his classroom at Sacramento State. He sat in the front row. He paid close attention. He asked a lot questions, even though he was a business major in a film studies class. But what Pomo remembers most was Coogler’s vision. Read more.
Kainoa Lowman: The current scandal over a McClatchy High School science project could ultimately be a positive if it forces Sac City Superintendent Jorge Aguilar to make diversifying the Humanities and International Studies Program a priority. Still, the past efforts deserve more attention. Read more.
Bill Whalen: Steve Poizner could try to win the traditional way: Collect 90 percent of the Republican vote, then amass a majority of independents to offset the Democratic advantage in voter registration. That worked for him in 2006. It won’t in 2018, which he’s running as a no party preference candidate. Read more.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: President Trump must instruct Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to make an all-out diplomatic effort to pass a resolution at the 34-country Organization of American States stating that Western Hemisphere countries will not recognize the results of Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro’s sham April 22 election. Read more.
Assemblyman Evan Low: California is home to 27 percent of the domestic gaming industry, with more than 900 companies and 33,000 jobs – seven times as many as our nearest competitor, Texas. But we cannot afford to get complacent. Read more.
Devorah Lieberman and Kristen Soares: The nearly 80 private nonprofit colleges and universities in California must be part of the solution to expand access. They already award more than 20 percent of all undergraduate degrees and more than 50 percent of graduate degrees statewide and have the capacity to serve more students. Read more.
Jennifer Barrera: The California Chamber doesn’t condone wage theft. But it does object to greedy trial lawyers, which is why the business group is trying to reform the Private Attorney General Act. Read more.
Joe Mathews: Could the San Joaquin River, long a dividing line in central California, unite a region in pursuit of a better future? In Madera County, across the river from Fresno, a new unincorporated city of planned communities is under construction. Within a generation, it could swell to more than 100,000 people. On the Fresno side, the county and the city of Clovis are expanding. Together, the new Madera town, Fresno and Clovis could constitute a tri-cities area. Read more.
David Mas Masumoto: The water experts at PPIC have come up with a playlist to wait for it to rain by. And now, a little water music for these dry times. Read more.
East Bay Times: California sports advocates can no longer ignore this grim reality: Tackle football puts young children at risk of permanent brain damage. Safer alternatives, including flag football, exist. It’s time that California did away with the high-impact sport for kids until they reach high school. A good case can even be made that tackle football should be banned at all public schools. Read more.
Orange County Register: On hearing that Day Zero just got pushed back a couple of months, the casual news consumer might be forgiven for confusing this with a bulletin from the Doomsday Clock scientists who predict the likelihood of worldwide nuclear devastation. But no, that metaphorical clock is still set at two minutes to midnight. Day Zero is the coming time when Cape Town, South Africa will essentially run out of municipal water for its 4 million residents, a city with a Mediterranean climate startlingly like our own. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: If you started typing “school shooting” into Google search Wednesday afternoon, you might have noticed that auto-fill took over and anticipated the next word: “today.” So even the bloodless algorithms within Google recognize that, when one tries to find information about a fresh school shooting, the search needs to be narrowed. Because people are still searching the school shooting from last week. And the one before that. Read more.
San Jose Mercury News: How many more people, how many more children, must die before members of Congress and President Donald Trump acknowledge that assault weapons have no place on the streets of our country? Will this nation ever unlock itself from the grip of the NRA, which has turned the Republican Party and the president into political pawns? Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: what’s particularly unsettling about this shooting, which left 17 people dead in a South Florida high school and at least 15 others wounded Wednesday, is that we know it will come with no actions either. They never do. No action was taken after two teens went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in 1999, killing 13 people and wounding 20 others. Read more.
Charles M. Blow, New York Times: President Donald Trump is embroiled in a scandal of a six-figure payment to a porn star, in a scandal over why a top aide accused of physically assaulting his two ex-wives was allowed to remain on the White House staff, and the omnipresent issue of Russia attacking our elections in 2016. Read more.
Bret Stephens, New York Times: Every generation of campus activists embraces a worthy foreign-policy cause. The case of Venezuela ought to be an especially worthy one for college students. It is urgent. It is close by. Its victims are fighting for democracy, for human rights, for the ability to feed their children. Read more.
Timothy Egan, New York Times: The president did order the flag lowered to half-staff. He should have run up a white flag of surrender. Along with a gutless majority in Congress, Trump is hiding behind the shield of “thoughts and prayers” while showing himself derelict of duty in failing to defend the lives of schoolchildren. Read more.
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times: Looking at the chaos in the White House these days, I worry about inexperience, incompetence and lack of judgment. But maybe I worry most about an utter lack of integrity – and the way it is proving infectious. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned last week amid accusations of wife-beating that were ignored by the White House for months. There have been days of the administration’s shifting and contradictory explanations of its handling of Porter. Read more.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: President Donald Trump addressed the nation about the Florida school massacre, saying we must “answer hate with love” and vowing to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health.” But he made no mention of gun control – meaning he might as well have said nothing at all. Read more.
Tweets of the campaign
“Cost of living has exploded, middle-class incomes have stagnated and the state’s poorest families have seen their incomes drop. Too many Californians are doing everything right but are being left behind. We must ensure that the #CADream works for everyone.” – Antonio Villaraigosa @antonio4ca
“The @NRA is completely complicit in yesterday’s shooting, as are all our leaders who have done nothing to stop this violence. If you cannot protect the kids of this country, you should not maintain any position of influence or power.” – Gavin Newsom @GavinNewsom
“How could anyone run for CA governor w expectation that past sexual predator behavior would not be an issue? If such a candidate got to a runoff, the other side would have a feeding frenzy on this behavior. Newsom/Villaraigosa/Allen need to withdraw/get counseling. #CAGOP #MeToo” – Doug Ose @dougose