On the legacy of George Deukmejian and what governance used to mean: Deukmejian was a Republican’s Republican, and Jerry Brown was a Democrat’s Democrat, but their real work was always in the middle, where rigid rules meet human needs. Read more.
Jack Ohman goes to a press briefing at the White House. Ask for a credential here.
Foon Rhee: It’s great that police and prosecutors made an arrest in the East Area Rapist case. But what about all the other unsolved homicides? Nearly eight years after Victor Hugo Perez Zavala was shot just after the Second Saturday art walk in Sacramento, there seems little hope for justice. Read more.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: Gov. Jerry Brown takes a hands-off attitude toward local school districts regarding K-12 academic achievement. But Brown is moving in precisely the opposite direction on higher education, demanding more accountability for outcomes. Read more.
Rick Zbur: Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia has repeatedly used homophobic slurs to describe her colleagues. But the California Democratic Party supported her with an in-kind contribution. Read more.
Robert J. Gore: ‘No one sees the magic, Bob, but the magician.’ A former press secretary remembers Gov. George Deukmejian, the Iron Duke. Read more.
Jed Wallace: In California governor’s race, let’s focus on what’s really at stake. Read more.
Takes on big issues for next governor
Before we endorsed in the race for California governor, we interviewed nearly all of the major candidates and put the sessions on video. Here’s what they said about some of the big issues facing the state, including climate change and economic inequality:
Takes on Trump and Iran deal
Markos Kounalakis, McClatchy D.C.: The rift between America and Iran is currently as unbridgeable as the Persian Gulf. With President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the next phase of this battle has just begun. Read more.
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times: President Trump vandalized the Iran deal. This petty retreat from diplomacy is the most significant national security move Trump has made. It means that Trump is isolating the United States, not Iran, and it increases the risk of military conflict down the road. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: After withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, President Trump does have a well-developed Plan B. It is to sow uncertainty. Chaos is not an unfortunate byproduct but a desirable end. Read more.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: Nothing could better illustrate the dangerous incoherence of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy than his announcement Tuesday that he is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and reimposing “powerful” sanctions on Tehran. It means that Iran will restart a frozen nuclear program and reach bomb-making capacity sooner rather than later. Read more.
Bret Stephens, New York Times: Donald Trump killed the Iran deal Tuesday by refusing to again waive sanctions on the Islamic Republic. He was absolutely right to do so – assuming, that is, serious thought has been given to what comes next. Read more.
Los Angeles Times editorial board: President Trump on Tuesday finally did what wiser heads in his administration have been trying to keep him from doing almost from the time he was sworn in: He announced that he would withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement. But as alarming as the action itself was the deceitful and demagogic speech in which he attempted to justify it. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: The death of former two-term Gov. George Deukmejian led to many accounts of the Long Beach Republican’s staunch anti-crime and small-government views while leading the state from 1983 to 1991. But what jumps out in stories about his life is his willingness to change his mind on pressing issues. Read more.
San Jose Mercury News: The decision whether to recall Judge Aaron Persky is the most challenging on the ballot for Santa Clara County voters in the June 5 election. Santa Clara County voters need to stand up and make a statement on behalf of women and men about the seriousness of sexual assault. Persky’s lenient sentence failed to do so to an extent that he will never again serve as a respected, effective judge. He should be recalled by voters. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association pushed arming teachers as the best way to save lives. Trump reiterated that idea when he spoke at the NRA’s annual convention last week. It remains an awful proposal. Californians overwhelmingly oppose arming teachers. Read more.
(South Florida) Sun Sentinel: If Congress doesn’t step up with comprehensive and effective legislation to confront sea-level rise and its already-evident effects, we’re sunk, South Florida. The federal government tries to protect many Americans from the financial shock of flood damage through the National Flood Insurance Program. But the program is in the crosshairs of a Congress that has temporarily extended the program six times. Read more.
Frank Bruni, New York Times: It’s beyond strange for a president to be asked to stay away from a fellow party member’s funeral, and it’s positively surreal for the request to be rendered in advance of the person’s death. That’s precisely what has happened with Donald Trump and John McCain. Read more.
Gail Collins, New York Times: Sen. Joe Manchin is high on the list of endangered red-state Democrats, and many of his supporters were rooting for Don Blankenship, figuring it would be easy to beat a crazy guy with terrible business ethics and a gift for pandering to the lowest possible denominator. But he lost. Read more.
E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post: President Trump is destroying the very aspects of governing that prevent rash mistakes and hold abuses of power in check. Trump chooses to roll the dice on nuclear weapons, and rather than “drain the swamp,” he is on his way toward giving us one of the most corrupt periods in our history. Read more.
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times: In both Beijing and Washington, self-censorship, and biting one’s tongue, is more rife than ever. In Beijing it’s so you won’t get arrested. In Washington it’s so you won’t get into a fight. In both cases, though, the net results are fewer people talking truth across ideological lines. Read more.
Tweet of the day
Today, @SenateDems officially filed the petition that allows us to force a vote on the Senate floor to save #NetNeutrality. And with just #OneMoreVote from a Republican, we can secure a victory. pic.twitter.com/92P9zlQmAI— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) May 9, 2018