Sacramento District Attorney: Anne Marie Schubert must do better. But she’s still the best choice for Sacramento DA. Deputy Prosecutor Noah Phillips says all the things progressives want to hear. Read more.
Sacramento County Sheriff: A former chief deputy who spent three decades rising through the ranks of the sheriff’s department, Milo Fitch is a better choice for voters than the incumbent, Scott Jones. Read more.
Here are all our endorsements so far for the June 5 primary.
Jack Ohman listens in on the California gubernatorial debate. His rebuttal is here.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: George Deukmejian, 1928-2018. Sometimes nice guys do finish first. Read more.
As billions of extra tax dollars poured into the state treasury this year, advocates for virtually every category of state spending ramped up pressure for increases in the 2018-19 budget that Gov. Jerry Brown had proposed in January. In his May revise, Brown was as frugal as ever. Read more.
Ray Pearl and Lisa Hershey: California is the epicenter of homelessness with nearly a quarter of the nation’s total homeless population. We call on state leaders to invest a substantial portion of the anticipated state surplus in affordable housing. Read more.
Takes on June 5 primary
San Diego Union-Tribune: After California voters elected her to the U.S. Senate in 1992, Dianne Feinstein quickly won notice for her intelligence, hard work and coalition building. Following a narrow re-election in 1994, Feinstein’s reputation for pragmatism and problem-solving has only grown, leading to landslide wins in her 2000, 2006 and 2012 races. She has amply earned reelection. Read more.
San Francisco Chronicle: The nation’s most populous, prosperous and yet perpetually challenged state needs a governor who can at once be bold, daring and resolutely pragmatic. For the last seven years, California has had such a governor in Jerry Brown. Of the 27 candidates for governor, Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor and former mayor of San Francisco, has the track record, policy command and vision best aligned to take on the challenges in the governor’s office. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Of the seven major candidates for governor, only two have a chance of being elected. Thankfully, this list includes the candidate with the best chance to be the aggressive reformer the state needs: Antonio Villaraigosa. The veteran Democrat’s willingness to challenge government unions while mayor of Los Angeles and his ability to get things done as speaker and majority leader in the state Assembly lend credibility to his claim that he could take on California’s political status quo. Read more.
Orange County Register: For all the growth in revenues and even a projected surplus, the Legislature never gets around to prioritizing the basics. The addiction to doling out money left and right never seems to apply to things like the water, flood protection or parks. Instead, the state Legislature is kicking over Proposition 68, a $4 billion bond proposal to take care of those things, to voters this June. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Across the country, the midterm election is shaping up as a referendum on the Trump administration. While that may be true for many North Bay voters, this is an election year to remember that all politics is local. Folks in Sonoma, Mendocino, Napa and Lake counties needed help right away after October’s firestorm razed thousands of homes. U.S. Reps. Jared Huffman and Mike Thompson have delivered. Read more.
Takes on Trump and North Korea
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post: Living in North Korea isn’t exactly a vacation, but you wouldn’t know that from listening to Trump. A month ahead of his summit with Kim Jong Un, Trump lauded the North Korean leader for his generosity, hospitality and awesome niceness. Read more.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: The Kim dynasty’s long history of erratic behavior which should temper any overwrought expectations for the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit. So hold the Nobel! Read more.
E.J. Dionne, Washington Post: President Trump’s failure to deliver to the voters who hoped he’d be a working-class hero creates a large opening for Democrats and progressives in key swing areas that drifted Trump’s way, especially in the Midwest and Pennsylvania. Read more.
Timothy Egan, New York Times: Sen. John McCain is not just plotting the details of his own funeral, but living it. He’s lucky. Most of us don’t get the chance to tell friends and family members how much we love them, to put things in order – and in return, to hear from those people about what a difference a life made to them. Read more.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: To the alt-right, being red-pilled means abandoning liberalism as a lie. The act of doing this – casting off socially acceptable values in favor of those that were once unthinkable – creates the edgy energy that has, of late, attracted Kanye West. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: Sen. John McCain is still with us, and this is no obituary. But as Trump loyalists besmirch this good man, I thought I would put in writing what I have often thought over the years: McCain is the single greatest political leader of our time. Read more.
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post: America can’t decide whether to get rid of immigrants because they scare us – or import more of them because they make our lives comfortable. Read more.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: The new Poor People’s Campaign will open Monday in 30 state capitals and continue for 40 days. It is a continuation of one Martin Luther King was working on when he was killed. In 2018 as in 1968, its challenge – and promise – lie in getting people to understand the intersectionality of their problems. Read more.