February 17, 2010
It is a ritual for politicians to say they are stepping down to spend more time with their families. Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) no doubt looks forward to that pleasure too, but on Monday he offered a different, and compelling, explanation for his decision not to seek a third term: his exasperation with the way hyper-partisanship has sabotaged the legislative process. "For some time, I have had a growing conviction that Congress is not operating as it should," Bayh said. "There is too much partisanship and not enough progress -- too much narrow ideology and not enough practical problem-solving.
February 11, 2010
The Times has said it repeatedly: The job of lieutenant governor is not vital to the well-being of Californians. But for now there is such a post, it is vacant, and the governor has appointed the capable and moderate Republican Sen. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria to fill it. Now Assembly Democrats are trying to block him for reasons that are transparently partisan and self-serving. They should put the interests of the state ahead of their own Machiavellian strategizing and confirm Maldonado.