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The White House ‘Exitus’

■ By Bob Franken / Columnist There’s a lot of talk about the Trump presidency unraveling. Big mistake. That assumes it was ever raveled. Now, however, it is about to be Hopeless. Yes, that’s a cheesy pun to note that Hope Hicks, who has been among the most trusted of Donald Trump’s aides since even before he became a candidate, is departing the pressure-cooker White House. Although still in her 20s, Trump leaned heavily on her as his only front-stabber in a sea of intrigue. She ended up as communications director, but she’s not the first one to bail or be bailed from that spot. Remember Sean Spicer, who provided one (more…)
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GOP starts to wise up; will Dems follow?

■ By Thomas D. Elias / Columnist California’s top two primary system is living up to its “jungle primary” nickname more this spring than ever, with dozens of candidates vying in both statewide and district races across the state for rare, elusive spots on the November general election ballot. Before Proposition 14 passed in 2010, every political party recognized by the state got one slot and no more in the fall runoff. But now only the two leading primary election vote-getters make the final, regardless of their party. Over three election cycles since voters adopted the system, this has created dozens of one-party races for legislative and congressional seats and once (more…)
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Medicaid payments allow struggling hospitals to maintain vital costly services such as maternity care

■ Shefali Luthra / Kaiser Health News Brianna Foster, 23, lives minutes away from Genesis Hospital, the main source of healthcare and the only hospital with maternity services in southeastern Ohio’s rural Muskingum County. Proximity proved potentially lifesaving last fall when Foster, pregnant with her second child, Holden, felt contractions at 31 weeks—about seven weeks too soon. Genesis was equipped to handle the situation—giving Foster medication and an injection to stave off delivery. After his birth four weeks later—still about a month early, at 5 pounds 12 ounces—Holden was sent to the hospital’s special care nursery for monitoring. Mother and son went home after a few days. “He was pretty small—but (more…)
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

No Brake Lights Dear Editor, After moving to Hemet in 2013, my wife and I have observed more vehicles in this town that have from one to all of their brake lights out than there are in a box of Cheerios. A ticket is a ticket. If an officer is patrolling and not on a call, they should stop and ticket any vehicle they observe with one or more brake lights out. This would not only help the safety issue, but bring in additional funds for the city. I don’t know about Hemet, but when my granddaughter got a ticket for a blown brake light, it ended up costing her over (more…)
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Gas tax boost key to Trump infrastructure cash

S■ By Thomas D. Elias / Contributed trong ironies are playing out as California’s 14 Republican members of Congress support President Trump’s announced $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan at the same time they all back a planned ballot initiative to repeal the state’s new gasoline and diesel fuel tax increase. For without the higher gas tax, California may see little or none of Trump’s announced cash. No state needs more work on its infrastructure than this one, where more than 1,300 bridges of various sizes and shapes require seismic retrofitting and potholes are common on every type of road from country lanes to major urban freeways. But if the gas and diesel (more…)
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Deputies’ failure to engage killer springs partly from union priorities

A■ By Steven Greenhut / Contributed mong the biggest news stories to emerge following the horrific murders of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl., on Feb. 14 was the failure of the armed deputy assigned to the school to enter the building and engage the shooter. Other news stories report that three other deputies who arrived at the scene didn’t enter the building either, although the sheriff’s department is still investigating those claims. We’ve also learned that the authorities were warned repeatedly that Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old accused of committing the murders, might be a danger. “The Parkland shooting is quickly moving from a story about (more…)
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If undisciplined, GOP won’t make fall ballot

I■ By Thomas D. Elias / Columnist t’s well established that the California Republican Party has been almost without influence in the state’s public affairs for years, but at least until now it has always placed someone on the fall runoff ballot running for at least one top state office. That streak of more than 140 years’ standing seems about to end. It is almost certain, for one example, that no Republican will seriously contest Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s reelection bid this November, the role of prime challenger going to fellow Democrat Kevin de Leon, longtime president of the state Senate. Mere days before the filing deadline, no significant Republican (more…)
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR – March 8th, 2018

Inadequate Representation Dear Editor, For over a hundred years California was considered to be the Golden State. It was a virtual paradise with an abundance of opportunity for all, Then, in the 1960s, two fundamental changes took place that had tremendous negative consequences. Up until then the people in California were represented in the state assembly and the counties were represented in the state senate. With this system of dual sovereignty, the rights of the people in both the urban and rural counties were protected against the tyranny of the majority. At that time, all of the counties were represented and no county had more than one senator. Today, Los Angeles (more…)
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Why does California’s Secure Choice program still exist?

C■ By Jon Coupal / Contributed alifornia’s planned “Secure Choice” program, if implemented, would violate federal law. So why are we needlessly spending public tax dollars on its startup costs? The concept of the program seems harmless enough: A voluntary program — at least for now — that would enroll private-sector employees who currently don’t have a retirement plan into a state-run retirement savings account. But as with any government program, the first question is why is this program even needed? Private-sector employees pay into the Social Security system and, upon reaching retirement age, draw benefits from it. While some have argued that Social Security benefits are inadequate, the program is (more…)
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How to initiate responsible giving

<strong>How to initiate responsible giving</strong>
Enabling panhandlers by giving them cash is not the answer Photo courtesy of Melanie LeeA proposal by Mayor Pro Tem Karlee Meyer could redirect millions toward local homeless organizations and have a long-lasting beneficial impact. ■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor The community of Hemet is frustrated with the increase in homelessness. There are many struggling organizations in the city that provide permanent solutions. What if the money that is given to panhandlers went to these organizations instead? What if the community felt empowered to be a part of the solution instead of helpless and frustrated by the problem? Hemet’s Mayor Pro Tem Karlee Meyer has initiated “Responsible Giving,” a (more…)