In the June 5 primary in the 7th Congressional District, Marine veteran Andrew Grant is a stronger choice for Republicans than Yona Barash to go up against Democratic Rep. Ami Bera in November. Read more. And see all our recommendations so far for the June 5 primary.
Jack Ohman hits the comedy circuit with Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Catch her routine here.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: There is a cyclical quality to California’s perennial debate over taxation, one most evident in the tax-related ballot measures placed before voters. Initiatives to raise taxes, or make them easier to raise, will appear in one election cycle, but just two years later, voters may be asked to cut taxes, or at least make increases more difficult. Read more.
Azizza Davis Goines, Pat Fong Kushida and Cathy Rodriguez: If Sacramento can offer incentives to Amazon, why not local minority-owned businesses? Sacramento’s prosperity is not evenly shared. More must be done to help minority neighborhoods prosper as well. Read more.
Jennifer S. Pae: A different way of voting in California can boost turnout and save money. Three special elections in April for state Assembly drew low voter turnout. And two of the three races lacked an outright winner, so there will be June runoffs that will likely have even lower turnout. Read more.
Erwin Chemerinsky: There is no excuse for keeping cameras out of the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more.
David Mas Masumoto: How much longer will the ‘other California’ have to wait its turn? Read more.
Takes on White House press dinner
Michael Gerson, Washington Post: Both the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner and President Trump’s camapign speech were dominated by the values and practices of reality television and social media: nasty, shallow, personal, vile, vindictive, graceless, classless, bullying, ugly, crass and simplistic. Read more.
Timothy L. O’Brien, Bloomberg: Many of the critical responses to Michelle Wolf’s caustic monologue wound up showing the extent to which the joke here truly is on tribal, insular Washington itself, and why cozy media events like Saturday’s dinner are inevitably uncomfortable and better off put to rest. Read more.
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post: In an era when the media has been labeled the enemy of the people – and Republican officeholders agree – there certainly is no need to yuk it up with those contemptuous of the First Amendment. Doing so conveys that their crusade against the media is not a serious matter. Read more.
East Bay Times: The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board has no business reversing course and committing its ratepayers to pay a minimum of $650 million to help fund Gov. Jerry Brown’s $16 billion twin tunnels project. It’s a Southern California and Central Valley water grab that won’t provide a drop of new water to California’s water supply. The decision-makers should keep in mind that its decision will impact the entire Bay Area, if not all of Northern California. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: To fully emerge from its multi-decade period of dysfunction, the Los Angeles County Probation Department needs vital, independent public oversight. Read more.
Orange County Register: It can’t be good news for high-speed rail in California that the U.S. government has initiated an audit of the state’s over-budget, behind-schedule bullet train project. Read more.
San Francisco Chronicle: Minors should not be able to go online to easily buy weapons, tobacco, pornography and other items that they are prohibited from purchasing in a California brick-and-mortar store. Also, Facebook and other Internet sites should not be profiting off the use of a minor’s name, photo or other personal information without parental consent. An attempt to impose reasonable restraints on those practices faces a critical vote Tuesday. Read more.
Stockton Record: It seemed an odd confluence of events that on the day after a suspect in the East Area Rapist case was arrested, comedian Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman. Each man in his own way struck terror into a community. Read more.
David Leonhardt, New York Times: No administration has been perfect in the pursuit of neutral justice, but every one from Gerald Ford through Barack Obama stayed true to the post-Watergate overhaul. They allowed uncomfortable investigations to proceed unimpeded. They did not to treat the law as a weapon. Then came President Donald Trump. Read more.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s hand-picked Constituent Assembly is drafting a new constitution that would officially turn Venezuela into a Cuban-style dictatorship. Read more.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: The “caravan” of asylum-seeking migrants that has finally arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border is a test of American character and purpose – a test that President Trump wants us to fail. Read more.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: As Vladimir Putin prepares for his fourth term as president, the obstacles that face any viable Russian opposition leader seem overwhelming, even apart from the danger. The dynamic 41-year-old Alexei Navalny is the only opposition leader with nearly 50 percent national name recognition and a countrywide following even though his name is rarely if ever uttered on state-controlled TV. Read more.
Tweets of the day
Wait, so it’s okay for John Kelly to call Trump an idiot, but it’s not okay for Michelle Wolf to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders a liar?— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) April 30, 2018