Good morning. On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, the opinion-politics newsletter.
Political junkies look to Indiana, while in California, Gov. Jerry Brown and Florida Gov. Rick Scott tussled over who has the better business climate. We look to the California Supreme Court, guns, aging, the digital divide and the race to replace Assemblywoman Beth Gaines.
In Indiana, polls show Donald Trump comfortably in the lead in Tuesday’s primary. A Trump victory could be the death knell for Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign, although we doubt he will give up any time soon.
Trump touts his endorsement from Bobby Knight – a winner, Trump says, and he loves winners. Knight once was caught on video choking a player and likened sports writers to prostitutes. Trump and Knight, two classy guys, are meant for one another.
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Scott arrived in California to lure companies to his state, and no doubt campaign contributions. Brown urged Scott to “start doing something about climate change.”
Yes, Florida has no income tax. And unlike California, Florida won’t adopt a $15 minimum wage anytime soon. But at least California acknowledges climate change. As sea level rises in the Sunshine State, Scott banned officials in his administration from using the term “climate change.”
Take a number: $150,000
Speaking of climate change, Democratic candidates regularly attack opponents who accept campaign contributions from the oilies, also known as the oil industry. But the California Democratic Party took $150,000 last week from Chevron.
Democratic Party executives will dole out the money as needed to Democratic candidates, giving them plausible deniability that they’re in any way beholden to the oil industry. But we all are beholden to Chevron’s product, and the California company provides good union jobs.
Editorial: Give credit to Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones for making good on a campaign pledge, though we’re not so sure it’s wise.
Editorial: Tani Cantil-Sakauye isn’t keeping up with the Kardashians. But the California Supreme Court is set to go live Tuesday.
Foon Rhee: Let’s spread the wealth on Big Day of Giving.
Dan Walters: Data show California’s deepening housing crisis.
Karin Klein, among our regular contributors: Don’t believe the hype on champagne’s effects on dementia.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto: The ‘digital divide’ bill will rip off California ratepayers.
The Orange County Register concludes that Attorney General Kamala Harris has no right to inspect donor records from a David Koch and Charles Koch-funded nonprofit, Americans for Prosperity.
The Indianapolis Star warns that a Donald Trump presidency would be a danger to the United States and the world.
Three of the Republicans running for termed-out Assemblywoman Beth Gaines’ heavily Republican seat – it includes Roseville, Rocklin and Folsom – dropped by for an endorsement interview.
A lightning-round query underscored the slim pickings at the top of the GOP ticket. Asked which of the presidential contenders they supported, Cristi Nelson, endorsed by Gaines, said she was for Carly Fiorina but would probably settle for Trump. Kevin Kiley said he is a John Kasich man. Bill Halldin said he liked Marco Rubio and is undecided now. A fourth candidate, Andy Pugno, declined to participate in the interview. – Shawn Hubler @shawnhubler
We look forward to meeting with Kamala Harris on Tuesday.