Sacramento County legislative roundup: Richard Pan in Senate District 6, Ken Cooley and Melinda Avey in Assembly District 8 and Jim Cooper and Harry He in Assembly District 9. Read more.
Jack Ohman tries to hear the difference between Yanny and Laurel. Eavesdrop here.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: There’s little doubt that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein will finish first in the Senate primary, and with no serious Republican candidate on the June 5 ballot, she seems destined to face her chief Democratic challenger, state Sen. Kevin de León, in November. However, the contest for governor is much murkier. Read more.
Pro-con on Proposition 68
Jay Ziegler and Tim Quinn: Prop. 68 will prepare California for climate change. The bond issue would make much-needed investments to bolster the reliability of our water supply and the infrastructure we depend on to help get us through wet and dry years. Read more.
State Sen. John Moorlach: Prop. 68 means more debt and higher taxes. The bond issue will require repayment of $7.8 billion – $4 billion in principal, plus $3.8 billion in interest. That means $200 million a year for 40 years from the state’s general fund. Read more.
Rep. Ami Bera and Steve Glickman: Sacramento has its best shot in years at outside investment. Seize the opportunity. Read more.
Roy Rivenburg: What does the future hold for President Trump vs. California? We predict a long, strange and amusing year. Read more.
Takes on 2020 Democrats
E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post: Democrats, it’s often said, are so obsessed with President Trump and the Russia scandal that they talk of nothing else. But anyone who spent Tuesday listening to potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates can testify that this is simply untrue. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: A dozen possible Democratic presidential candidates gathered on stage. The good news: There were all of the personal qualities and policy ideas needed to defeat President Trump. The bad news: These qualities and ideas were not in any one person. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: California’s right-to-die law is nothing less than historic. More than 100 people have used it to take their own lives since it was approved in 2015. But this important, compassionate and, by all measures, successful law was overturned Monday by a judge in Riverside County. Read more.
Orange County Register: Legal marijuana revenues are coming in “slower than anticipated,” reports Gov. Jerry Brown’s May Revise budget. But to ensure California’s legalization effort works as envisioned, and facilitates greater participation in the legal market on the part of black market cultivators, sellers and consumers alike, state and local officials must be prepared to adjust taxes and regulations. Read more.
San Francisco Chronicle: As Gov. Jerry Brown wraps up his long political career, it’s becoming clear that one of his greatest legacies will be the financial restraint he employed during one of California’s historic booms. Read more.
San Jose Mercury News: Vivek Viswanathan is the real deal. The 31-year-old Democratic candidate for state treasurer understands California policy better than any other candidate we’ve interviewed this year. His brings a mix of progressive values and appreciation for fiscal reality that eludes most candidates for local and statewide office. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Californians – and a lot of armchair analysts outside the state – hyperventilated or cheered in response to a requirement that new homes include solar panels for electricity starting in 2020. This is neither disaster nor panacea, but it probably was inevitable. And, on balance, it’s a smart move. Read more.
Greg Sargent, Washington Post: The story of the rise of Fox News and the right-wing media – particularly the talk radio universe – is an old one. But there’s a broader pro-Trump media universe developing as an alternative to the big news organizations. Read more.
Tweets of the day
@realDonaldTrump is lying on immigration, lying about crime and lying about the laws of CA. Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies changes nothing. We, the citizens of the fifth largest economy in the world, are not impressed.— Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) May 16, 2018
I would only consider closing the Land Park golf course when I break 40, which means this great course will never close! https://t.co/dC85mYzdQe— Darrell Steinberg (@Mayor_Steinberg) May 16, 2018