Los Angeles: Sheriff Villanueva and top aide defy watchdog subpoenas

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and his second in command on Thursday defied subpoenas requiring them to testify before an oversight commission about ganglike groups of deputies and an investigative unit that has targeted the sheriff’s critics. The snub is the latest ploy in an increasingly hostile power struggle between Villanueva and the Sheriff Civilian OversightContinue reading “Los Angeles: Sheriff Villanueva and top aide defy watchdog subpoenas”

Let’s talk about the California recall and what it means for Trump – Beau of the Fifth Column

Republicans are priming their voters to believe the California recall was stolen

And right-wing media is helping them. With polling ahead of California’s gubernatorial recall election showing Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom more likely to survive the Republican effort, GOP elites — including Donald Trump himself — are pivoting to baseless claims about the result being tainted by fraud. “Well, it’s probably rigged,” the former president claimed on Newsmax on TuesdayContinue reading “Republicans are priming their voters to believe the California recall was stolen”

Fox Host Claims ‘Only Thing’ That Will Save Newsom Is ‘Voter Fraud’

Fox News personalities appear to be setting up the conspiratorial narrative to explain away Newsom potentially surviving a recall vote. Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren pushed forth a growing Fox News narrative on Tuesday that California Gov. Gavin Newsom will only survive the California recall by rigging the election, outright claiming that the “only thing” that willContinue reading “Fox Host Claims ‘Only Thing’ That Will Save Newsom Is ‘Voter Fraud’”

California recall candidate Larry Elder says it could be argued that slave owners were owed reparations after the Civil War

On a July episode of Prager University’s “The Candace Owens Show,” Owens said the US was one of the first countries to abolish the slave trade. Her guest, Larry Elder, said because slavery was legal and their “property” had been taken, slave owners could be owed reparations. Elder said the compensation UK slaveowners received forContinue reading “California recall candidate Larry Elder says it could be argued that slave owners were owed reparations after the Civil War”

Bernie Sanders urges Californians to reject ‘bold-faced Republican power grab’ in new Newsom recall ad

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has enlisted Sen. Bernie Sanders in his fight to remain in office, with the progressive icon urging voters to reject a “bold-faced Republican power grab” in a new recall ad. The spot released on Monday by Stop the Republican Recall, a countereffort launched by Newsom’s team, features the Vermont independent asking votersContinue reading “Bernie Sanders urges Californians to reject ‘bold-faced Republican power grab’ in new Newsom recall ad”

California’s top Democrats took money from big oil and gas. Then climate legislation died

When California legislators went home to their districts for their summer recess in mid-July, our state was gripped by climate disasters of historic proportions. It still is. The Dixie Fire became the second-largest single wildfire in California history. Desperately low water levels forced the Oroville hydro-electric plant offline for the first time ever, giving Californians even more reasonContinue reading “California’s top Democrats took money from big oil and gas. Then climate legislation died”

California’s largest fire torches homes as blazes lash West

Flames racing through rugged terrain in Northern California destroyed multiple homes Saturday as the state’s largest wildfire intensified and numerous other blazes battered the U.S. West. The Dixie fire, which started July 14, had already leveled over a dozen houses and other structures when it tore through the tiny community of Indian Falls after dark.Continue reading “California’s largest fire torches homes as blazes lash West”

California to Pay off all Past Due Rent Accrued During COVID, Giving Renters Clean Slate

California is paying off residents’ past due rent that was accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic, giving renters a clean slate, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced recently. The state’s $5.2 billion in funds from Congressionally-approved aid packages is enough to pay off overdue rent, according to Newsom’s senior counselor on housing and homelessness, Jason Elliott, the Associated Press reported.Continue reading “California to Pay off all Past Due Rent Accrued During COVID, Giving Renters Clean Slate”

Federal judge strikes down California’s ban on assault weapons

A federal judge on Friday overturned California’s more than 30-year-old ban on assault weapons, ruling it unconstitutional. The state of play: U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez said that AR-15 rifles are like Swiss Army knives, calling them a “perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment.” California’s definition of illegal, military-style firearms unlawfully robs law-abiding residentsContinue reading “Federal judge strikes down California’s ban on assault weapons”

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