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Dissed in San Francisco, Loretta Sanchez veers right for support

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The Loretta Sanchez-Kamala Harris race to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer takes an interesting turn. We urge a reboot of the recycling law and call for police videos to be made public, grotesque though they are.

Take that

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, the Orange County Democrat running for U.S. Senate against Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris, complains about the “Democratic Party up in San Francisco.” Sour grapes, perhaps.

But the party chaired by San Franciscan John Burton endorsed Harris, a former San Francisco district attorney, to fill the seat being vacated by the Bay Area’s Barbara Boxer.

Harris has a 15-point lead over Sanchez, including 27 points in the Bay Area, a Field Poll shows. But Orange County is not without its resources. One is conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt. Hewitt had Sanchez as a guest on Thursday and declared that she is “going to make a great senator.”

“Republicans ought to support you, because when there will be bipartisan issues in the United States Senate, you will not be on the far left edge,” Hewitt told Sanchez and his listeners. A fourth of likely Republican voters are undecided and 31 percent say they don’t support either Democrat, and Hewitt could help Sanchez with them.

Harris spokesman Nathan Click called the endorsement “troubling,” citing Hewitt’s support of a border wall and his view that Barack Obama is one of the worst presidents ever, not stands shared by Democrats, no matter on which side of the Tehachapis they reside.

On Thursday, Sanchez issued a news release heralding an endorsement by former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I. Hewitt’s endorsement elicited a tweeted thanks from Sanchez.

Take a number: 64

In Washington state, legalized marijuana sales increased 142 percent to $230 million in the first five months of the year from the same period in 2015, reports industry analyst Headset Inc. Driving the increase was the opening of 64 new retailers, a 33 percent increase. It is coming soon to California in far greater numbers, if voters approve the Gavin Newsom-Sean Parker-Weedmaps initiative, Proposition 64.

Our take

Editorial: In a country awash with smartphones and social media accounts, it’s no surprise that modern-day snuff films of police shootings have become so commonplace. We cannot become inured. The grotesque footage is and must remain shocking, or else practices will not change.

Editorial: Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers who understand the Rube Goldberg contraption that is recycling in California need to find a way to simplify and improve the program for the modern era.

Dan Walters: Gavin Newsom and Kevin de León feud over who owns gun control issue.

Bill Whalen, among our regular freelancers: In politics and in hoops, Northern California has a leg up over Southern California.

Ron Briggs’ Soapbox: My family sponsored the 1978 ballot initiative that expanded the death penalty back in California. We could not have been more wrong.

Griffin Dix’s Soapbox: Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León’s Senate Bill 1235 will help keep bullets out of the wrong hands.

Their take

L.A. Times: Vermont’s newest export is bad GMO policy. If food manufacturers want to tout their GMO-free status, that’s fine. But the government should not be in position of forcing them to do so in the absence of any verified threat to human health.

San Francisco Chronicle: The gulf between black America and law enforcement is growing wider with each police shooting.

News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C.: Police body cam videos should be public. We couldn’t agree more.

Chicago Tribune: Can’t vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? You have legitimate alternatives: Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. A strong showing by Stein, Johnson or both might not transform America’s political landscape, but it could push a reassessment of old policies that have acquired immunity from reform.

Syndicates’ take

Charles Krauthammer: FBI Director James Comey didn’t want to decide the 2016 election.

Michael Gerson: No matter who wins, the other side will view the victor as illegitimate – an unindicted criminal or a loopy bigot.

Eugene Robinson: Ahab caucus returns to port empty-handed, again.

Gail Collins: Hillary Clinton has probably been examined more thoroughly than any candidate not up for canonization by the Catholic Church.

Dana Milbank: Barack Obama’s journey from hope to hard reality.

And finally,

Former Sen. Marian Bergeson celebrated her 90th birthday by skydiving. Her center-right politics could have shown the Republican a better way, as The Orange County Register writes in its tribute.

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