Governor: Don’t let charter schools cloud race for Brown’s successor. Vote Gavin Newsom or John Chiang. Read more.
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Lieutenant Governor: With Jeff Bleich or Eleni Kounalakis, California’s next ‘lite gov’ would be a heavyweight. Read more.
Jack Ohman gets on the Rudy Giuliani legal train. See what happens here.
Bill Whalen: In the June 5 primary, candidates for governor need to espouse an eloquent response to topics that all just happen to begin with the fifth letter of the alphabet. Read more.
Michelle Pariset: Don’t believe the corporate landlord claims of the California Apartment Association that rent control will stop housing construction. For decades, big real estate groups have sponsored misleading studies against rent control to protect their profits. Read more.
Michael Picker: Choice is here for California’s energy consumers. What’s next? Read more.
Sasha Abramsky: Donny Rotten rages against the have-nots in America’s first punk presidency. Read more.
Louis Marinelli: California will be even more incredible if we secede. Read more.
Takes on Rudy Giuliani
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: Both President Trump and Rudy Giuliani made a series of statements so seemingly self-sabotaging and undisciplined that observers began searching for some sort of hidden strategy or logic. Were they trying to get out ahead of a coming revelation? Read more.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: The new public face of President Donald Trump’s legal defense, Rudy Giuliani, revealed that what Trump has tried to make the nation believe about a $130,000 hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels is a total crock. Read more.
Greg Sargent, Washington Post: Rudolph Giuliani admitted on Fox News that President Trump repaid $130,000 in hush money to Stormy Daniels. But Giuliani’s other admission may be more important and damning. He conceded in an offhand way that Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because Comey failed to do Trump’s bidding and publicly declare that Trump was not under investigation. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: For much of his time in office, President Trump has been loudly asserting that there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia, while also defending some of the controversial actions he’s taken – such as firing former FBI Director James Comey – that understandably have attracted the interest of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In the past the president also has indicated his willingness to speak to the special counsel when the time was appropriate. That time is drawing near. Read more.
Orange County Register: This is a midterm election year unlike any other – insofar as Donald Trump is a president unlike any other, and there’s little doubt that Democrats would like November’s vote to be a referendum on Trump’s presidency. If Republicans lose out, Democrats will all but certainly follow their voters’ preferences and try to impeach Trump. Such a move would summon forth memories of the last president to be impeached – Bill Clinton. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Stories about California’s housing crisis often focus on how the high cost of shelter hammers the poor, increases homelessness and makes home ownership seem a distant dream for young people. But a new article in Chief Executive magazine should give elected officials even more of a sense of urgency. It notes how housing costs are making it more difficult for companies in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area to attract and retain talented workers. This includes the tech firms that create so much wealth and cachet for the Golden State. Read more.
(San Luis Obispo) Tribune: Nipomo Mesa residents leading a fight for clean air aren’t exactly cheering a new plan to limit dust drifting from the state-owned Oceano Dunes off-road vehicle park. We don’t blame them. If they want to regain their credibility, all public officials need to actually put public health first this time, rather than just paying lip service to residents’ concerns and, in the next breath, pointing to how much the state off-highway vehicle park benefits the local economy. Read more.
David Brooks, New York Times: As Trumpism loses, progressivism will win. It will be a decisive break from the moderate liberalism of Bill Clinton and even Barack Obama. And despite some silly recent talk, it will not be Marxist. Read more.
Gail Collins, New York Times: Next week we’ve got several big Republican primaries to pick candidates who’ll run against Democratic senators in red states. The most interesting are in Indiana and West Virginia, where coal is king and one of the three top Republican contenders spent a year in jail after his mine owned exploded, killing 29. Read more.
Michael Gerson, Washington Post: Food companies advertise that their products don’t contain GMOs – genetically modified ingredients. But there is no reputable scientific evidence that direct genetic modification -- instead of slower genetic modification through selective breeding – has any health effects of any kind. Read more.
Paul Krugman, New York Times: The Koch brothers are spending $20 million to mobilize an army of salespeople who are going door to door trying to disabuse voters of the perception that the tax cut was a big giveaway to the wealthy, offering little to ordinary working families. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: Trump administration Solicitor General Noel Francisco, defending President Trump’s travel ban at the Supreme Court last week, asked the justices to ignore Trump’s anti-Muslim statements during the campaign. Read more.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: One sign of how long Vladimir Putin has held power is that Russians in their late teens (or even early twenties) have known no other political leader. As the Russian president begins his fourth term Monday - amidst much speculation about whether he’ll ever relinquish power - many of the best and brightest of the Putin generation are growing nervous about their futures. Read more.
Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post: South Korean President Moon Jae-in dangled the prospect of a Nobel Prize in front of President Trump, flattering him in the hopes that this will make him more flexible in his negotiations with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Trump should refuse to take the bait. Read more.
“It’s the downfall of society when criminals have more rights than victims.” – Kellie Randle, Sacramento
Tweets of the day
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>No, Mr. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giuliani?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#Giuliani</a>, the Attorney General is required by law to RECUSE himself from the Cohen investigation, as I made clear in my questioning of him last week. LINK: <a href=”https://t.co/5XeM3qCpP7”>https://t.co/5XeM3qCpP7</a></p>— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) <a href=”https://twitter.com/SenatorLeahy/status/992138909697134592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>May 3, 2018</a></blockquote>
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