Secretary of State: Incumbent Alex Padilla is the only serious choice for California Secretary of State. Read more.
Jack Ohman attends the Gina Haspel CIA hearing. Have a drink of water here.
George Zimmer and Randi Weingarten: Assembly Bill 2731 would close one of the most egregious pieces of the tax code, the carried interest loophole, which allows private equity fund managers to reduce their tax bills nearly in half by having their earnings taxed as capital gains instead of income. Read more.
Kevin McKinley: Assembly Bill 2873 would support internet-enabled car sharing, which connects vehicle owners with consumers and travelers. These legislative efforts have been stalled by rental car companies, which want to preserve the status quo and prevent competition. Read more.
James Bushnell: The residential solar mandate approved by the state Energy Commission will make reaching California’s climate goals possibly more difficult and definitely more expensive. Read more.
Ben Shapiro: Why are Gavin Newsom and Eric Garcetti so optimistic? Because in California, everyone fails up. Read more.
David Ulin: House phones are old and nobody calls them. So why is it so hard to let them go? Read more.
Joe Mathews: California and Texas need a peace treaty – or at least an agreement to disagree. Read more.
Takes on foreign policy
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: President Donald Trump’s decision to deport more than 300,000 Central American and Caribbean immigrants almost surely will backfire. A destabilized Central America and Haiti will only produce more illegal immigration, drug trafficking and greater violence in the region. Read more.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: President Trump is making rash and risky moves in Korea and the Middle East that promise either brilliant success or catastrophic failure. Given that it’s Trump we’re dealing with, I do not like the odds. Read more.
Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post: Former secretary of state John Kerry held not one but two secret meetings with Iran’s foreign minister to strategize over how to undermine President Donald Trump’s plans to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. I thought we didn’t like Americans who colluded with our enemies. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: The next governor of California will inherit a crippling housing crisis, crumbling roads, an ongoing drought that could last forever, a looming pension crisis, failing schools, rampant homelessness and regular ravages by megafires, mudslides and floods. Even in the best of times, the job of running the nation’s most populous state requires a particular set of talents that few possess. None of the 27 candidates in this year’s crowded race for governor has demonstrated all of those qualities. But Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles and speaker of the state Assembly, comes closest. Read more.
Orange County Register: Proposition 71 is an uncontroversial, reasonable adjustment to the timing of when a ballot initiative, referendum or constitutional amendment approved by voters goes into effect. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: There’s no shortage of troubling statistics about California’s housing market. But these stories may tell the story better than any study or chart: A condemned house in the East Bay city of Fremont – an online listing described it as “beyond fixer” – sold recently for $1.23 million. Now, a burned-out house in the Silicon Valley is listed for $1.5 million, and the listing agent says she has four cash offers in excess of the asking price. Read more.
David Brooks, New York Times: A good portion of Donald Trump’s peers have been thugs. Trump’s fixer Michael Cohen emerged from the same galaxy of gray-market hustlers. And this all happened before Trump and Cohen elevated their moral associations even higher by entangling with Russian oligarchs. Read more.
Paul Krugman, New York Times: There are some policy issues President Trump really does care about. By all accounts, he really hates the idea of people receiving “welfare,” by which he means any government program that helps people with low income, and he wants to eliminate such programs wherever possible. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: Tom Cotton, a 40-year-old Republican senator from Arkansas and a Trump loyalist, had been the front-runner for CIA director. Gina Haspel has her flaws, but they are nothing compared with those of Cotton, who has surpassed Ted Cruz as the most disliked member of the Senate. Read more.
“Outrageous. That’s the only word for your editorial treatment of the most qualified gubernatorial candidate – male or female.” – Karen Humphrey, president, National Women's Political Caucus, California
Tweets of the day
I believe Gina Haspel is a patriot who loves our country & has devoted her professional life to its service & defense. However, her role in overseeing the use of torture is disturbing & her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying. https://t.co/ocDtdqU2Sx— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) May 10, 2018
Just so we’re clear @TheDemocrats are against #GinaHaspel becoming first female director of the CIA because she previously followed the orders of her Male superiors, including Brennan. The message being, place all blame on the woman in the male dominated field ♀️#TimesUp pic.twitter.com/saGG8BMlvA— Rosie Memos (@almostjingo) May 8, 2018