With the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight, the federal judicial confirmation process may have hit rock bottom. It brings to mind the confirmation saga of Janice Rogers Brown to the California Supreme Court and then the federal Court of Appeals.
Underdog Republican John Cox shouldn’t count on much face-time with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom between now and Election Day. That’s too bad because there are many big issues that voters deserve to hear them debate.
Sen. Kamala Harris sits on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, which allows to her grill Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. And grill she will, raising her national profile and delighting progressives.
The French like to take a break during July and August – and that wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen to American politics. Or perhaps you’d like another two months of arguing the moral equivalence of a White House press secretary denied restaurant service versus a gay couple denied a wedding cake.
Forty years ago, Jerry Brown, the product of Vietnam and Watergate, embodied a new politics of austerity. In 2018, Gavin Newsom, the product of anti-Trump discord, wants to expand government programs for health care, housing and more.
Delaine Eastin, a former assemblywoman and state superintendent of public instruction, is one of four women vying to replace Jerry Brown. On paper, she’s a progressive’s dream. But powerful interest groups are supporting men in the June 5, 2018 primary.
Poizner could try to win the traditional way: Collect 90 percent of the Republican vote, then amass a majority of independents to offset the Democratic advantage in voter registration. That worked for him in 2006. It won’t in 2018, which is why he’s running as a no party preference candidate.
Gov. Jerry Brown should use his big State of the State speech in January to go big on the sexual harassment issue hovering over the Capitol. He should appoint a blue-ribbon panel to examine the treatment of women beyond the confines of Sacramento.
While searching for a DNA match for East Area Rapist in Nevada, a DNA match for a Colorado serial killer appeared. Former Sacramento resident Alex Christopher Ewing is believed to have murdered and sexually assaulted several people in 1984.