One of Gov. Gavin Newsom's first actions after taking office was to ask the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, to craft a plan to address the giant wildfires that have become all too regular deadly, costly ordeals in the Golden State. Now the plan is out — and the Editorial Board at the San Diego Union-Tribune argues that it does not go far enough to protect state residents and businesses.
Slamming North Carolina politics as ridiculous at best, journalist Mary Curtis takes issue with silence from GOP leaders on the election fraud scandal involving Republican Mark Harris that has led to a new race — and a new GOP candidate — for the U.S. House seat representing the state's 9th District.
The Editorial Board at The Charlotte Observer says most North Carolina voters would like to see the Supreme Court throw out Republican-drawn district maps that ensured Congressional victories for Republican candidates in recent elections, but is not optimistic the conservative-leaning court will find the practice unconstitutional. Even so, the state should create an independent redistricting commission, they say, so that candidates can win office the "old-fashioned way" — by convincing the most voters.
Dave Helling of The Kansas City Star says four decades in D.C. has been more than enough for Sen. Pat Roberts, who has decided not to run for reelection in 2020 — and that it's important that his replacement bring fresh eyes and new solutions to Congress.
In 2018, California filed 44 lawsuits or motions in cases challenging Trump administration policies, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says. “You’ll see that 2019 is a year when we bring a lot of these cases to a head,” he told Michael Hiltzik of the Los Angeles Times. Some will go to trial; others are in line for rulings on permanent injunctions.