by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The latest print edition of National Review features the following blurb about California’s governor:
Jerry Brown, the governor of California, has a veto pen, and he is not afraid to use it. In recent days, he has decided on a string of excellent vetoes. He vetoed a bill that would have infringed on the conscience rights of religious institutions. He vetoed a bill that would have infringed on the due-process rights of college students accused of sex crimes. He vetoed a bill that would have required presidential candidates to release their tax forms. (“I recognize the political attractiveness — even the merits — of getting President Trump’s tax returns,” he said, but the bill would create a “slippery slope.”) He vetoed a bill that would have banned smoking on state beaches and in state parks. (“If people can’t smoke even on a deserted beach, where can they?”) Jerry Brown is a liberal Democrat, and often wrongheaded. But there is a reason that [William F. Buckley] respected him, even to the point of including him on his team in Firing Line debates.