Opinion

A showdown with Gavin Newsom over gun politics

Good morning. On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter.

We start with Gavin Newsom, the Senate and guns, move on to the cost of low-wage jobs, and wonder how the primaries will turn out in Kentucky and Oregon. Check out the excellent pieces by Karin Klein, Dan Walters, and more.

Take that

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved 11 gun control bills Monday, setting up a showdown with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom over his initiative to regulate ammunition purchases.

The bills, headed to the full Senate on Thursday, cover Newsom’s points and then some. Bills by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, seek to ensure that people who buy ammunition are legally entitled to own guns, and don’t have histories of mental illness or criminal convictions.

Some Democratic politicians are nervous about using an initiative to bring about such a far-reaching change. Their goal is to persuade Newsom to drop the initiative, a tough sell.

What if gun owners become mobilized in California and across the nation? That could cause problems at the polls for Democrats. What if the initiative fails? That could set back gun control efforts for years. What if the measure passes? It’d be tied up in litigation for years.

Why take the chance? The answer is as clear as the billboard off Interstate 80 in West Sacramento. It’s a photo of Newsom taking credit for the $15 minimum wage hike. The 2018 gubernatorial race is well underway.

Take a number: $1.26 billion

Manufacturing jobs are supposed to be well-paying. Many are. But The UC Berkeley Labor Center reports that California leads all states in federal subsidies paid to manufacturing workers, finding Californians working in factories supplement their wages by receiving $1.26 billion in federal earned income tax credit, food stamps, subsidized health care and temporary assistance for needy families. Texas was second. Our take-away: We all pay for low wages.

Our take

Editorial: Aerojet’s decision to move its corporate headquarters to El Segundo shows that lovely rivers and weather don’t create jobs.

Endorsement: Our recommendations in the race for the Sacramento County Board of Education.

Endorsements: Sacramento Bee primary endorsements so far. More to come.

Dan Walters: California faces conflicts over billions in school bonds.

Karin Klein, among our regular freelance columnists: Gap years are a great idea – if students can afford it.

Their take

The Tribune in San Luis Obispo endorses in the race to replace Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara. Helene Schneider and Katcho Achadjian are the choices.

The Modesto Bee recommends Democrat Virginia Madueño and Republican Cindy Marks in the primary race to replace Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, who won’t be easy to replace.

The Herald Leader of Lexington, Ky., says Hillary Clinton laid out her vision for a Marshall Plan to help Central Appalachia recover from the economic devastation of the decline of coal.

The Register Guard of Eugene, Ore., writes that Hillary Clinton is the best-qualified presidential candidate in a generation. Bernie Sanders has spent his long congressional career on the sidelines.

Syndicates’ take

Paul Krugman: A plan for small children and their parents.

Eugene Robinson: Donald Trump’s fabricated publicists is a dangerous sign of insecurity.

E.J. Dionne: President Barack Obama didn’t birth Trump’s movement.

Second takes

Kathryn Phillips, Sierra Club California: Oil industry deceives voters as it targets supporters of SB 350.

Nate Kaplan and Jessica A. Levinson: How a mascot increased voter turnout in California.

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