Rocky Chavez did Dems a favor and now look. This is why we can’t have bipartisanship. Read more.
Here are videos of the major candidates for governor speaking about climate change and the economic divide between inland and coastal California.
Jack Ohman makes a quick call to Donald Trump and China. Accept the charges here.
Erika D. Smith: George Soros has funneled $400,000 to progressive deputy prosecutor Noah Phillips in his bid to oust incumbent Anne Marie Schubert for Sacramento County District Attorney in the June primary. This is a test of California's appetite for more criminal justice reform. Read more.
Foon Rhee: The good, the bad and the ugly of our endorsement interviews. We met candidates in the June 5 primary who reflect some very hopeful political trends: strong women, millennials and veterans. On the downside, there are too many vanity candidates who waste voters’ time and clutter up the ballot. Read more.
Markos Kounalakis, McClatchy D.C.: Hang out in any Silicon Valley cafe and the word “disruption” is sure to be uttered at a nearby table. 2016 brought it to foreign policy when a tried, tested and predictable former secretary of state was turned down for her star turn at the U.S. presidency in favor of Donald Trump, a bull in the china shop disruptive agent of anti-globalist chaos. Read more.
Bill Whalen: The major candidates for governor in the June primary are not breaking free of their party bases. This suggests a flaw in California’s top-two primary system. Read more.
U.S. Rep. John Garamendi: A bill before Congress threatens the Delta. The appropriations bill includes language that would prohibit any judicial review of anything associated with the disastrous twin tunnels project, also known as California WaterFix. Read more.
Fiona Ma: Cannabis is a $10 billion industry operating mostly in cash. Senate Bill 930, which is to be heard Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee, would allow state-chartered banks and financial institutions to apply for a special cannabis banking license. Read more.
State Sen. Richard Pan and Assemblyman Bill Quirk: Mosquito-borne diseases are a real threat in California. Let’s manage the risk. Read more.
Takes on Democrats in 2018
Charles M. Blow, New York Times: The much-hyped “blue wave” may very well manifest. This, to me, is simply about the partisan reality of the mood of the country and the dictates of historical precedent. For me, those candidate enlistees in the resistance army are agents of a greater correction. Read more.
Gail Collins, New York Times: The big election story on Tuesday was in Pennsylvania, whose 18-member delegation to the U.S. House is currently composed of 18 men. Next year there could conceivably be seven women. Read more.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: Among Democrats, the hum of obsessive and counterproductive worry is rising: President Trump’s approval has crept up from abysmal to merely awful. The November election is too important, and the political terrain too advantageous, for Democrats to waste time on their customary defeatism. Read more.
Paul Waldman, Washington Post: Democrats are being told that if only they cast off their snooty liberal elitism and show respect to people who voted for Donald Trump, they can win them over and take back Congress and the White House. This ignores decades of history and everything about our current political environment. Read more.
Takes on North Korea
Bloomberg editorial board: North Korea’s latest threats haven’t yet doomed the summit planned between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un – but they underscore a vital point. The White House should prepare itself and the American people for failure. Read more.
Josh Rogin, Washington Post: The Trump team says if the North Korea summit doesn’t happen right back to the “maximum pressure” campaign that brought Kim Jong-Un to the table in the first place. In reality, doing that would be difficult if not impossible. Read more.
Marc A. Thiessen, Washington Post: President Trump and his national security team have put Kim Jong-Un in a corner, offering him peace, security and prosperity, but only if he first denuclearizes completely, verifiably and irreversibly. Little wonder that North Korea is lashing out. Read more.
Modesto Bee: We know California considers itself at war, at least rhetorically, with the Trump administration. But not every elected statewide official needs to be in the bunker. That’s one reason we’re endorsing Steve Poizner for California insurance commissioner. He talks more about things like forest fires, flooding and consumer protections. Those are the things we want an insurance commissioner to concentrate on – not the latest Trumpian outrage. Read more.
Orange County Register: On the surface, Proposition 70 offers a fairly decent idea. It proposes that in 2024 the Legislature would need a two-thirds vote in both the Assembly and Senate to determine how funds from the state’s cap-and-trade program are spent. It might force the Legislature to come up with a spending plan for cap-and-trade revenues acceptable to the overwhelming majority of the Legislature. However, it is here that the merit of the proposal falls apart. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego County’s official report on its response to last year’s hepatitis A outbreak, which killed 20 people and sickened more than 570 others, is just the latest evidence that self-satisfied county leaders are incapable of honest self-evaluation. The 200-page report never directly addresses the biggest question of all: Why did officials wait until Sept. 1 to declare a public health emergency? Read more.
San Francisco Chronicle: If Oakland failed to do its homework in banning a coal terminal, then it should try again with better arguments. That’s the only option after a federal judge excoriated the city for attempting to block a bayside facility from shipping the fossil fuel to Asia. Read more.
Michael Gerson, Washington Post: In the Republican Party, cranks and bigots are closer to legitimacy than at any time since William F. Buckley banished the John Birch Society. For some of us, this was a concern from the beginning of Donald Trump’s rise. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s embattled EPA administrator, does not like to wait in traffic. So he let it be known that he wanted his security detail to use police lights and sirens when taking him to the airport, meetings and social events. Read more.
“The race for DA of Sacramento County must always be non-partisan and funded by local citizens, not outside billionaires with private agendas.” – Darrel W. Lewis, retired Superior Court judge, Sacramento
Tweets of the day
Congratulations to our new CIA Director, Gina Haspel! pic.twitter.com/n1xj9LSV9D— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 17, 2018
Reminder that confirming Gina Haspel as CIA Director is not something to be proud of. She was involved with a torture program. And that should have been enough to disqualify her.— Tina Smith (@TinaSmithMN) May 17, 2018