FROM Ron Nehring
The Trump campaign and democracy's future Reporters are being heckled at Trump rallies by supporters who say Trump will win in a landslide and openly talk about violence and “revolution” if he doesn’t. Yesterday, Mike Pence insisted the campaign will accept the results if it loses, but high-level Trump surrogates echo his claim that the election is being “rigged.” Polls show that Trump might lose in a landslide, with heavy damage to his own Republican Party—and the confidence of millions in the democratic process.
California, Here They Come With California prepared for a showdown next week in the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton picked a fight yesterday with Republican Donald Trump. "This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes – because it's not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin." Lost in the latest flap between Trump and Clinton is Bernie Sanders — but he's leading in the latest poll before next Tuesday's primary. We look at the potential impact of all this on next Tuesday's California primary and political events to come.
Will Latinos Rescue California's Republican Party? In 1994, Republican Governor Pete Wilson won re-election with Proposition 187, which denied almost all state services to illegal immigrants. It was finally thrown out by the courts, but Latinos have never forgotten. Now they're the fastest-growing part of a very different electorate. And yet, this year's GOP platform sounds exactly like Prop 187, "We call for the termination of all… state benefits to illegal aliens other than emergency medical care."
Will CA Finally Get to Play Ball in a Presidential Primary? California's statewide primary elections are held in June. The last time the largest state in the union was important in a presidential race was 1972, when George McGovern beat Hubert Humphrey to win the Democratic nomination. This could be the year when California's voice is heard again, this time on the Republican side.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.