Dan Morain

Trump’s alarming plan to fight terrorists; Joe Camel’s return

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Foon Rhee asks in a Tweet whether Donald Trump is advocating thought police to fight terror. Sure seems like it, as we explain in our lead editorial. We also question the snails pace at which the city of Sacramento is getting around to implementing a bike plan, at some point, later.

Take that

California has been passing laws for decades to limit smoking and its advertising, and recently approved legislation that treats vaping the same as tobacco. The goal is to keep kids from getting hooked.

Proposition 64, the initiative to legalize marijuana, could reverse all that--and that could persuade parents to vote against it.

The measure says “any advertising or marketing placed in broadcast, cable, radio, print and digital communications shall only be displayed where at least 71. 6 percent of the audience is reasonably expected to be 21 years of age or older.” In other words, 28.4 percent of the audience could be kids.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne W.L. Chang concluded in a hearing last week authorized the initiative’s opponents’ argument in the official ballot pamphlet that “Proposition 64, in effect, could limit a 45-year ban on smoking ads on television, allowing marijuana ads airing to millions of children and teen viewers.”

Proponents counter in their argument that “nothing in 64 makes it legal to show marijuana ads on TV.” True, federal law controls the airwaves.

But if the most populous state in the union legalizes marijuana, pressure would be great to lift television restrictions. And nothing in federal law prevents billboard ads. Nor has anyone found a way to keep kids from the internet. In my view, magic brownies and gummy candy will meet the weed equivalent of Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man.

Take a number: $2.25 million

Since legislators returned for the final month of the legislative year on Aug. 1, corporations and individuals have contributed no less than $2.25 million to candidates, incumbents and parties in increments of $1,000 or more, illustrating how bills become laws.

Our take

Editorial: Donald Trump’s alarming ideas on terrorism.

Editorial: In Sacramento’s new 71-page bicycle plan, it’s telling that the section titled “Implementation” is only two pages, with a couple of very large photos.

Foon Rhee: Assemblyman Bill Quirk doesn’t want to outlaw motorcycles from going in between vehicles. He only wants to make our highways safer for motorists and motorcyclists alike. It’s been like pulling teeth.

Karin Klein, among our regular contributors: Gov. Jerry Brown is all in favor of saving for a rainy day and giving schools more local control over how they are run – except when he’s not.

Lynn Wu’s Soapbox: Banning real jail visits punishes inmates’ families. Sen. Holly Mitchell’s legislation would repeal that unfair ban.

Their take

LA Times: Donald Trump’s ideological litmus tests for immigrants and a national commission to study “radical Islam” could be catastrophically counterproductive.

Orange County Register: Tax-grabbers are once again playing semantic games by trying to change the definitions of the things covered by Proposition 218. The culprit is Senate Bill 1298, by Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys.

New Orleans Times Picayune: A decade of recovery from Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaks has taught us well. This time, Baton Rouge, we've got your back.

Lexington Herald-Leader, Kentucky: Mitch McConnell must explain how he can claim a Donald Trump-free day for himself but is willing to subject the country to four years of Trump days.

Las Vegas Sun: Incredibly, there still are candidates willing to stand by the most grievously unqualified and materially dangerous candidate the party has ever nominated for president. Among them: Joe Heck, the Republican running for Sen. Harry Reid’s seat, and Republican congressional candidates Danny Tarkanian, Cresent Hardy, Mark Amodei and Mary Perry.

Jonah Goldberg, National Review: This is an honest question: Does Sean Hannity want Hillary Clinton to be president?

Syndicates’ take

Michael Gerson: Why young voters find Donald Trump a turn-off.

Eugene Robinson: You can’t blame elites and media for all our problems.

Paul Krugman: Wisdom, courage and the economy.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Politics as an Olympic sport.