“Fire, water and government know nothing of mercy,” runs an Albanian proverb.

So far in 2014, California has been wracked by merciless firestorms and severe drought even before the driest days of summer. And members of both political parties have not had merciful words for each other so far, blaming one another for the combined drought and man-made water shortage.

But the Democrat-controlled California Senate expressed some surprising mercy on May 19 when it unanimously approved a drought declaration by Republican Sen. Andy Vidak of Fresno. SJR 25 calls on President Obama to “exercise his authority to find innovative ways to get desperately needed water to the Central Valley before the breadbasket of the nation dries up.”

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