Robert Koehler: The forces of political centrism, which includes the mainstream media, like to think that they’re in control, and endlessly purvey the message that America-brand democracy is the best in the world.
Michael Tan: Class action suit challenges locking up immigrants too poor to pay bond.
Andy Love: California’s death penalty system is so dysfunctional that even after 35 years, issues regarding the reliability of his conviction and the fairness of his death sentence have not been resolved. And now they never will be because Bernard Hamilton has died of “natural causes” at the age of 64.
Tom Hall: Both Trump and Cruz are trying to be today’s Goldwater. Goldwater positioned himself as a champion of racist, xenophobic, colonial war mongering. And he got crushed in the election.
John Peeler: If Trump is denied the nomination and walks out with a large chunk of his followers, what will be left without Trump is a rump, competitive only in the most conservative states and districts.
Edward Wasserman: So he has genuine followers, and he deserves credit for giving voice to their frustration. But his ability to reach that constituency has been a service done for him by the media.
Lila Garrett: Maybe it’s what they don’t have that accounts for their happiness. The first three things they don’t have is Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Hillary Clinton running for President.
Sue Wilson: Senko’s film shows over time how her open-minded Kennedy Democrat father transformed into a raging right-winger after excessive exposure to Talk Radio and Fox News.
Ron Briley: The bottom line is that Trump represents a tradition of political demagoguery and democratic discontent which has characterized the United States throughout its history; often placing the blame for a deteriorating domestic and foreign situation on immigrants and minority groups.
Dan Bacher: The construction of the Delta Tunnels facilitated by MWD’s purchase of the Delta islands would hasten the extinction of Sacramento River winter Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, Delta and longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other species, along with imperiling the salmon and steelhead populations of the Klamath and Trinity rivers.
Marc Cooper: What Bernie supporters need to be thinking about today, yesterday and tomorrow, is not the fantasy that he’s going to win the nomination, but rather, what is being built out of this campaign, what sort of political infrastructure can be erected, that will survive after the Democratic convention and after November?
Joseph Palermo: There’s a stark disconnect between the people and the Congress today that is palpable, which goes a long way in explaining the extraordinary tone of this presidential election cycle.
Marc Cooper: The Sanders insurgency is all about the future, what the rising generation sees as its future, who and what it sees as its political representative and what it says about the next 10 years of the Democratic Party.