It’s Tony Thurmond for state superintendent of public instruction, as California politics shift. Read more
Steve Poizner and Ricardo Lara in the top-two primary for state insurance commissioner, with an asterisk. Read more.
And see our recommendations so far for the June 5 primary.
Jack Ohman looks at the soda industry in California. Take a swig here.
Erika D. Smith: Worried about DNA privacy after a genealogy site led to the East Area Rapist? You should be. Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert found Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected Golden State Killer, using a DNA match on a genealogy website. But the collection, storage and use of genetic material should be a cause for concern. Read more.
Foon Rhee: How does Sacramento get to economic justice after Stephon Clark? Activism, a smart plan and lots of money. For Sacramento to become a place where many more share in prosperity, it’s going to take both passionate activism to keep pressure on city officials – and the kind of wonky analysis on display at a town hall Thursday night for Project Prosper. Read more.
Ed Howard: Amazon and Facebook are on the honor system verifying age and obtaining parental consent. Assembly Bill 2511, which will be heard Tuesday in the Legislature, would make this form of bogus consent illegal. Read more.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: Who will control land use in California? Read more.
Joe Mathews, Zócalo Public Square: Why God wants a Southern Californian for the next president. Read more.
Takes on the war on the poor
E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post: In a normal environment, the Republican Congress’ assault on food stamp recipients, the administration’s waivers allowing states to erode Medicaid coverage, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s proposed rent increases for some of the country’s poorest people would be front and center in the news. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: House Speaker Paul Ryan did not give a reason when his chief of staff this month told the Rev. Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit priest and House chaplain, to resign or face dismissal. But Ryan’s office complained to Conroy about a prayer he offered on the House floor during the tax overhaul debate that those who “continue to struggle” in American would not be made “losers under new tax laws.” Read more.
Los Angeles Times: It was inevitable that legislators in Sacramento would join the debate over free speech on college campuses. It isn’t just that California has seen dramatic examples of censorship through violence, such as the rampage by 150 black-clad agitators in Berkeley last year that led to the cancellation of a speech by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. Nine bills have been introduced in Sacramento to respond to this problem, but most have little hope of enactment. Read more.
Orange County Register: California is all car country, whether your ride is a tiny urban electric you can park sideways or a monster farm truck with knobby tires higher than all of that tiny Fiat. So why do the rules of the road change when you drive different parts of the Golden State? In the Bay Area, a driver with the right to do so can enter and exit carpool lanes at will and wherever, not just when the striping changes from yellow to white. Not in Southern California. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: California’s housing crisis is severe and growing. There is no mystery as to why this is happening. It’s Economics 101. When there are shortages of a commodity, its price goes up until new supplies create a new equilibrium. Yet the reaction in many local governments has been to use rent control to address the symptom of the problem – higher housing costs – instead of the problem: a lack of supply. Read more.
Charlotte Observer: Just about every American knows the importance of 1776, when 13 colonies declared their independence and created a democratic experiment unlike any other in world history. Too few Americans, however, know about what happened 100 years later – a compromise that set the stage for white mob rule that resulted in more than 4,000 lynchings. Wounds have been reopened with the increasing public presence of emboldened white supremacists and fights over public Confederate monuments. That hope for healing is why the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice are opening in Montgomery, Ala. Read more.
Miami Herald: A federal judge dealt the severest blow yet to the Trump administration’s small-minded attempt to deport young adults brought illegally to the United States by their parents. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program not only must remain in place, but that the administration must also resume accepting new applications. He stayed his decision for 90 days. Read more.
Timothy Egan, New York Times: If you were to go into a lab and create a perfect Democratic presidential candidate for 2020, what would that look like? It would be a big-hearted, progressive whose appeal crosses class lines. It would be someone very much like a younger Joe Biden. Read more.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: The wildfire spread of the teachers’ movement – in parts of the country that are singularly hostile to organized labor – is one of the more surprising and exciting developments of this otherwise bleak political moment. Read more.
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times: North Korea excels at choreography and theater, and its officials are well educated, very savvy, and agile with a pirouette. So we have peace breaking out on the Korean Peninsula – and President Donald Trump gets some credit for that. As with any circus performance, it’s amazing to behold but not quite as billed. Read more.
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post: Overheated primetime shows on cable TV blend together things that don’t mix: news, analysis and opinion. These shows chalk up ratings by focusing on hot-button topics that are driven by emotion. Read more.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: I, personally, will not engage with Trump supporters. Reasoning with them is like reasoning with rocks. Donald Trump is unfit to be president, period, full stop. Read more.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: The Russian troll farm was not initially intended to wage information warfare on America. Instead, its original purpose seems to have been to shape the thinking of ordinary Russians by viciously attacking domestic opposition activists and fueling public hostility toward Ukraine and the United States. Read more.