Bill Blum: We all know that nothing constructive will come from Trump’s safety commission. After Parkland, the best the commission could offer was the arming of teachers. In the meantime, we’ve come to embrace mass shootings as routine features of everyday life.
Laura Finley: Despite the horrors that Cruz levied, I still do not want to see him executed. I universally oppose the death penalty. That is not a particularly easy position to hold right now, in this case, but I believe it is the right one. It is for me, at least.
Kary Love: The war on drugs has been a disaster. The people, long suffering from its inanity, have awoken to the disservice their “servants” in government have done to them.
Dahlia Ferlito: The law and order policies, under the guise of public safety, serve to indoctrinate the vast majority of white people into a culture that supports and promotes incarceration as the tool to solve so many of our racial and social problems.
Tom Hastings: Trump is apparently setting the stage for a big round of pardons in anticipation of the conclusion of the Mueller investigation and the publication of James Comey’s revelatory book.
Ted Vaill: FBI agents and attorneys looking over the documents collected as a result of the search warrants may very well come across privileged documents from or to Cohen totally unrelated to any potentially criminal contact by Cohen, Trumputin, or both.
Jessical GoodHeart: According to Economic Policy Institute research, more than 67% of California’s non-union, private-sector workplaces are governed by mandatory arbitration agreements, compared to a national average of 54%.
Irene Monroe: Immediately following JFK’s assassination, King told, his executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Andrew Young, Jr.:“Guns are going to be the death of this country.”
Laura Finley: The idea of qualified immunity makes a certain sense, as it intended to ensure that police do not have to worry about frivolous lawsuits, but in the last several decades the Supreme Court has expanded its protections so dramatically it is, as Justice Sonia Sotomayor has said, a license to kill and an “absolute shield for law enforcement officers.”
Jasmyne Cannick and Patrisse Cullors: Most independent oversight commissions lack independence. They are unable to conduct their own investigations, subpoena records or to compel the testimony of police officers and their superiors accused of wrongdoing.
We urgently need your letters of support on one of our major bills on policing, SB 1421, which restores Californian’s right to know about police shootings and proven serious misconduct.
Michael Hertz: Stormy Daniels was paid $130,000 and accepted it. That in itself might be sufficient reason to make the contract binding on her.
Tom Hastings: Our craven Congress has used every dirty trick and underhanded connivance to get the job done, even stooping to refuse to do their job and vote on a nominated Supreme Court justice until they could get a gun-loving president.