HEARD ON THE TOM/TOMS

HEARD ON THE TOM/TOMS

Stephen Frank, California Political News and Views, 4/23/21

BIG STORY

Great news for bi-partisanship.  The California Republican Party has joined the California Democrat Party on one issue—BOTH agree there is NO election corruption or fraud in California.  At best, there “may” be some errors.

Last week Ashley Titus, the legal counsel to the California Republican Party—you pay her invoices via your donations to the Party—announced on a conference call to the County Chairs that California has no election fraud.  In other words, sending 440,000 live ballots to dead people and those that have moved is merely an error.

If so, then why hasn’t the California Republican Party filed suit to stop that from happening in the upcoming Recall election, demanded an investigation on how that happened or demanded an end to fraudulent absentee ballot voting?.

In effect, Ashley Titus and the California Republican Party have NORMALIZED the dead “voting”.  They have normalized folks that moved to Texas five years ago voting in current California elections.

No need for GOP county chairs to demand audits of County voting systems.  The Election Integrity Project CA needs to withdraw it lawsuit against 13 counties—the CRP sees no fraud or corruption.  No need to spend time, effort and money on observers at the polling places or at the ROV vote count center—Titus and the CRP have declared no problem.

But just to make you feel good, Chair Patterson has set up a committee on voter integrity.  Not that it is doing anything, other than holding meetings—but you feel like they are doing something.  But were they wanting to file a lawsuit to stop 440,000 corrupt ballots to go out—the answer would be NO—we have a fine system with no fraud or corruption.

What do you see?  Do you think we have a bit of fraud in our elections?  Think the votes are honestly counted (why are counting fighting to stop audits if the counts are honest?).

Now you know why we need groups to fight the corruption of the voting system, use independent groups to get and run candidates for office—and have individuals and groups speak out for Republican values and principles.  Challenge to the California Republican Party.  File suit to stop dad people and those living out of State from getting ballots.  Until that is done, it is just a worthless committee and a bunch of hot air.

TALKING POINTS

  1. Remember last week Dr. Anthony (I lie) Fauci announced that even if he is vaccinated and everybody in vaccinated he still considers eating inside a restaurant as RISKY.  Now we find you are being advised not to eat or drink on an airplane—even if vaccinated.  So far over 6,000 vaccinated people got COVID, 104 reported miscarriages and 2249 DEATHS—all after taking the vaccine.  Looking more like the “vaccine” is a placebo” and not worth much as a preventative.

Vaccinated travelers should still avoid eating and drinking on planes, experts say

Health experts feel fairly safe flying. That changes when eating and drinking are introduced.

Robert M. Wachter, chair of the department of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco 

“When (planes) turn into a flying restaurant, the dynamics of spread become very different. 

“I would not eat at an indoor restaurant at this point, even being fully vaccinated, and so the time during which the plane is, in fact, an indoor restaurant is a time when it is somewhat less safe.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/tips/flights-eat-drink-vaccine-covid/
  • The FRAUJD of open schools in California.  LAUSD is allowing students in the classroom—and the teachers working from their kitchen tables.  Now, San Fran is admitting open schools is a fraud in that town as wel—in both cases, the unions refuse to abide by their contracts.
  • San Francisco students face ‘Zoom in a room’ after 500 educators granted medical exemptions. // San Francisco Chronicle
  •  L.A. dodgers using “vaccines” to gouge game attendees.  How many poor or middle class will now be able to attend the games?  If this “works”, the Dodgers will expand the program, possibly to the whole stadium.  N OTE THE PRICES FOR A SINGLE TICKET\

“Fans 16 and older who show proof that two weeks have passed since a final vaccination dosecan purchase tickets ($124 to $154) to sit in two “fully vaccinated sections” at the Dodgers-Padres game on Saturday, the L.A. Times reports (subscription).

 From Scott Lays “Nooner” newsletter: Here are the candidates I currently have for Bonta’s AD18:

  • James Aguilar (Democratic) – San Leandro school board member
  • Mia Bonta (Democratic) – Alameda school board member
  • Janani Ramachandran (Democratic) – Attorney
  • Malia Vella (Democratic) – Alameda City Councilmember

In the 54th AD, in Los Angeles, the GOP is not running a candidate.  Is this going to be another District the California Republican party has abandoned?  If so, why?  In San Diego, the GOP proudly and strongly ran a candidate in that Special Election—raised money, walked precincts.  Looks like the CRP is no longer a statewide organization. But there is still time to get a Republican candidate in the race!!

LEADERS LEAD

 (Periodically the California Political News and Views will publish tidbits of political news, to keep you in the loop of what the pooh bahs know.  The phrase “tom/tom’s” comes from my mentor, Lorelei Kinder who never passed a rumor, just called to tell me what she heard on the “Tom/Tom’s”.  This column is named in her honor.)

Colman: EXTREMISM IN AMERICA

LeBron James wants you to KILL cops in Ohio—that is how extreme the BLM movement has gotten.  James is a multi-millionaire making his money by playing basketball—and doing endorsements for firms that make products in the slave owning, concentration camp nation of China.  Literally he makes his money by the enslavement of Chinese people—so he doesn’t mind if white people get killed and he calls for their murder.

 Take the issue of housing.  Should individual communities determine local zoning policies or should government, especially the federal government, determine such policies?

 Advocates of Pole One, want the federal government to decide who lives where.  In an opinion piece in The New York Times (April 19, 2021) Richard Kahlenberg argues that, “Housing segregation by race and class is a fountainhead of inequality in America . . .”

 In Imprimis (again, March 2021), Rufo said, “Critical race theory is an academic discipline, formulated in the 1990’s, build on the framework of identity-based Marxism.”  Rufo added, “Relegated for many years to universities and obscure academic journals, over the past decade . . ., it [Critical Race Theory] has been injected into government agencies, public school systems, teacher training programs, and corporate human resources departments in the firm of diversity training programs, human resources models, public policy frameworks, and school curricula.”

We live in an extremist, racist society.  The sooner we admit it—and rid ourselves of the systemic racism of BLM, the Democrat Party, Joe Biden (even Kamala Harris calls him a racist) the sooner freedom and equality return to our nation.

EXTREMISM IN AMERICA

By Richard Colman, Exclusive to the California Political News and Views, 4/23/21

Extremism is alive and well in America.

 There are two poles to the current extremism.

 Pole One calls for mandatory diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of American society.

 Pole Two, sometimes called Critical Race Theory,  calls for government to end private-property rights, to redistribute wealth, and to have forced integration of local communities.

 Pole One can be seen in San Francisco, where Lowell High School, a school for talented students will, in the 2021-2022 school year, change the admissions policy.  Admission to Lowell will be by lottery, not talent.

 Pole Two is described by Christopher F. Rufo in the March 2021 issue of Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan.

 Regarding Pole One, organizations — such as businesses and nonprofit organizations — have been asked to tell how they have promoted, in recent years, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 Pole Two, according to Rufo, ” . . . is fast becoming America’s new institutional orthodoxy.”  His comments appear in the March 2021 issue of Imprimis.

 Take the issue of housing.  Should individual communities determine local zoning policies or should government, especially the federal government, determine such policies?

 Advocates of Pole One, want the federal government to decide who lives where.  In an opinion piece in The New York Times (April 19, 2021) Richard Kahlenberg argues that, “Housing segregation by race and class is a fountainhead of inequality in America . . .”

 In Imprimis (again, March 2021), Rufo said, “Critical race theory is an academic discipline, formulated in the 1990’s, build on the framework of identity-based Marxism.”  Rufo added, “Relegated for many years to universities and obscure academic journals, over the past decade . . ., it [Critical Race Theory] has been injected into government agencies, public school systems, teacher training programs, and corporate human resources departments in the firm of diversity training programs, human resources models, public policy frameworks, and school curricula.”

 Kahlenberg (again, in his New York Times opinion piece), said, “Black families and working-class families are so degraded that the state should sponsor laws to make it illegal for anyone to build the types of housing they can afford.”

 So which pole — Pole One or Pole Two — is correct?

The American way to decide this question is to let voters, in their individual communities, decide which pole — or neither pole — is acceptable.

Woke Corporations Adopt Hypocritical Playbook on China

Over 100 American corporations have denounced a bill in Georgia to create honest elections.  At the same time these companies are doing business with China—a slave owning nation, filled with concentration camps for the Chinese and Muslims in the nation.  Then you have LeBron James who has an IQ equal to his points scored in a game demanding an Ohio cop be shot, because he is white and saved the lives of a lack girl about to be stabbed.  If you are still watching the Lakers, you are part of the problem.  James is a hatemonger—he hates you, the Constitution and honest elections.  He wants violence—and you are supporting him when you buy products he endorses or see a Laker game.

“In fact, when it comes to China, woke corporations all appear to have the same approach as NBA star LeBron James.

You see, James was a real trailblazer—but not as a basketball star.

He’s the model for the shallow, empty, and consequence-free crusading necessary to maintain status in the elite media-approved class while it ruthlessly protects personal financial interests in the face of actual tyranny and injustice.

When taking the easy path of joining left-wing social justice causes in the United States, be loud and obnoxiously uniformed. On the topic of China, a country that tramples on free speech and engages in systemic racism, say nothing and tell everyone else to “shut up and dribble.” There’s big money at stake!

It seems much of corporate America is now operating with the same playbook as the NBA star.

The Georgia voting law, among other things, requires voter ID for those casting absentee ballots, adds early voting on the weekends before elections, and codifies the use of ballot drop boxes.”

These companies support a totalitarian government and denounce the American government.  We are in trouble.

Woke Corporations Adopt Hypocritical Playbook on China

Jarrett Stepman, Daily Signal;,  4/19/21 

Jarrett Stepman is a contributor to The Daily Signal and co-host of The Right Side of History podcast. Send an email to Jarrett. He is also the author of the book “The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America’s Past.”

It appears that much of corporate America has picked up the fine and proper art of virtue signaling that is so fundamental to the modern woke elite.

Much has been said about how many corporations have stepped in to publicly denounce Georgia’s voter integrity law and have become “woke” on many other issues.

A Yale business school professor even said in The Wall Street Journal that corporations are leading a “fifth spiritual awakening in America.”

What’s particularly galling is the rapid trend toward “socially conscious” corporate activism that almost universally supports left-wing, Democrat Party-approved causes while these same powerful companies turn a blind eye to deep injustices that conflict with their interests abroad.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in their relationship with Communist China.

In fact, when it comes to China, woke corporations all appear to have the same approach as NBA star LeBron James.

You see, James was a real trailblazer—but not as a basketball star.

He’s the model for the shallow, empty, and consequence-free crusading necessary to maintain status in the elite media-approved class while it ruthlessly protects personal financial interests in the face of actual tyranny and injustice.

When taking the easy path of joining left-wing social justice causes in the United States, be loud and obnoxiously uniformed. On the topic of China, a country that tramples on free speech and engages in systemic racism, say nothing and tell everyone else to “shut up and dribble.” There’s big money at stake!

It seems much of corporate America is now operating with the same playbook as the NBA star.

The Georgia voting law, among other things, requires voter ID for those casting absentee ballots, adds early voting on the weekends before elections, and codifies the use of ballot drop boxes.

It’s hardly a radical agenda.

As I’ve previously pointed out, the corporate denunciations of Georgia’s election law have amounted to little more than shallow talking points rather than direct critiques. Many have repeated the “voter suppression” media narrative without explaining exactly how that would work.

One wonders, did these corporate leaders even read the legislation, or did they just not care one bit about the truth of the matter before misrepresenting it?

Content-free virtue signaling. Check.

Communist China, of course, is not democratic at all. The people are given candidates to vote for by the ruling party. Even then, many of those “elected” officials never are actually seated in the national Congress.

China is a dictatorship that increasingly leans toward one-man rule.

For all the corporate denunciations of Georgia and threats to punish the state, almost nothing is said by these same companies about their connection to an authoritarian regime that rampantly disregards the most basic rights of its citizens and puts ethnic minorities in concentration camps.

For instance, the same week that Major League Baseball announced it would move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta, it announced that it had extended a deal with a Chinese company to get more involved in China’s market.

I guess the importance of protecting “democracy” stopped at the U.S. border.

The CEO of Patagonia Inc., Ryan Gellert, denounced the Georgia law and called on other corporations to denounce it too.

“I call on fellow CEOs to join in denouncing these attacks on our democracy and to do more than make a corporate statement,” the clothing company’s CEO wrote in a corporate statement. “The strength of our democracy depends on every vote being counted everywhere, and we must protect access to the ballot box.”

In 2013, Patagonia released a statement about its factories in China: “We’ve made the choice not to disengage from countries on the basis of their policies. We believe in choosing factories wisely and in constructive engagement with others to lobby or work for change.”

How did that lobbying for change go?

Needless to say, China hasn’t changed. If anything, it’s become more authoritarian and more powerful.

The only change seems to be the policy of Patagonia, which now seeks to disengage with states that pass laws that left-wing activists don’t like.

Patagonia did announce in 2020 that it will sever ties with the notorious Xinjiang region. But as conservative commentator Dana Loesch noted on Twitter, the company still has 13 factories in China as a whole.

It should be noted too that the problem isn’t with Xinjiang province itself, it’s with the communist regime that is ethnically cleansing Xinjiang of Uighur Muslims and using them for slave labor.

Some corporations have gone further in their support for China.

Coca-Cola Inc., which has been one of the most vocal and prominent companies to denounce Georgia’s voting law, actively worked with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other big companies such as Nike and Apple to lobby against a bill that would have banned imported goods made by forced labor in the Xinjiang region.

“Xinjiang produces vast amounts of raw materials like cotton, coal, sugar, tomatoes and polysilicon, and supplies workers for China’s apparel and footwear factories,”The New York Times reported in November. “Human rights groups and news reports have linked many multinational companies to suppliers there, including tying Coca-Cola to sugar sourced from Xinjiang and documenting Uighur workers in a factory in Qingdao that makes Nike shoes.”

Coke, Nike, Apple and other companies are so woke that they paid millions of dollars to ensure they can continue to reap the benefits of products made byliteral cotton-picking slaves.

Ruthless pursuit of self-interest in the face of tyranny and injustice. Check.

It appears that many corporate leaders not only are willing to collaborate and use their collective power to punish states that pass laws similar to Georgia’s, they are seemingly willing to work alongside high-profile groups connected with the Democrat Party too.

National Review columnist Dan McLaughlin writes of this arrangement: “You can call that a lot of things, but it is very far removed from the operation of a free market in goods, services, or ideas.”

The woke invasion of big business has been a long time in the making. The hypocritical actions regarding China reveal its shallowness. 

That doesn’t mean this isn’t a deeply worrying trend with serious consequences for our free society.

Biden Issues Executive Order Canceling the Constitution

A few days ago the mentally challenged Joe Biden wanted to shows that in his weakened mental capacity he could still stand up to the Russians.  Yet, when his Executive Order is read, it is NOT against the Russians, it is actually aimed toward his American enemies.  Per the Executive Order if you speak up—and oppose Biden, he can accuse you of being a Russian agent and take away your rights.

“In contrast, Biden’s new EO is directed mostly at US persons. It criminalizes speech and political activities, based on whimsical and arbitrary definitions. The Biden administration can define “malicious activities,” “democratic processes or institutions,” and the activities that undermine them as it wants. 

The Biden administration is also free to interpret what constitutes “interests of the Russian Government.” Such broad and vague language allows the Biden regime to select US citizens and political organizations arbitrarily, and then deprive them of their property and rights without anything reminiscent of due process. The EO does not even require that anybody commit an actual crime somewhere. False cyber-attribution or fake bounty claims are sufficient. Biden’s remarks to the EO showed no regard to the culpability of any targeted US citizens or other persons.”

So when you oppose a tax hike—that is in support of the Russian government.  Want churches to open—that is in defense of the Russian government.  Believe in oil independence—and you are an agent of Russia.  Yet the Biden family took millions from the Ukrainians, the Russians and the Communist Chinese—and are protected from prosecution—since they run the government.

Executive Order Canceling the Constitution

By Leo Goldstein, American Thinker, 4/20/21   

On April 15, Preident Biden signed an Executive Order on Blocking Property with Respect to Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian Federation. Contrary to its title, this EO is not about Russia. It is designed to allow the Biden administration to deprive American citizens and organizations of their rights and property by arbitrarily linking those persons to real, imagined, or vaguely defined activities of the Russian government.

The Biden administration unilaterally makes the determination and requires neither criminal acts nor intent. The punishment is blocking assets and a prohibition on any dealing with the accused person. Spouses and adult children of individuals found guilty by accusation under this EO are punished, too.

The EO was preceded by some distracting maneuvers, both diplomatic (hostile rhetoric toward Russia) and military (sending naval ships toward the Black Sea and recalling them back, as if dealing with Russian threats). Thus, many people assumed that the EO was directed at Russia, and completely missed the fact that it is directed at dissent here, at home. 

Over the past four years, the Democrat Party, Fake News, and Big Tech have been frequently portraying their opponents as Russian trolls or Russian misinformation operators. The Russian collusion narrative, initially invented to overthrow the Trump administration, has been used to smear many conservative movements. Now this effort has been crowned by an Executive Order. 

Biden’s administration has been recently pushing so many other radical changes, such as packing the Supreme Court, eliminating the filibuster, restricting Second Amendment rights, etc., that the real ramifications of this new EO went completely unnoticed. In my opinion, this EO is the most dangerous of them all. It allows the Biden regime to eliminate its opposition, quickly and quietly.

Section 1 of the EO enumerates prohibited activities and defines guilty persons as those “determined” by the Secretary of Treasury and/or Secretary of State in consultation with the Attorney General to be:

(a)(ii) responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged or attempted to engage in, any of the following for or on behalf of, or for the benefit of, directly or indirectly, the Government of the Russian Federation: 

(A)  malicious cyber-enabled activities;

(B)  interference in a United States or other foreign government election;

(C)  actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in the United States or abroad; 

(D)  transnational corruption;

Some of the language in this EO borrows from another: EO-13224 – Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions With Persons Who Commit, Threaten To Commit, or Support Terrorism. George W. Bush signed EO-13224 on September 23, 2001, in response to 9/11.

However, Biden’s EO is as similar to Bush’s EO as an atomic bomb is to a sniper rifle. Bush’s EO targeted financing terrorism. It defined terrorism clearly and narrowly. It minimized legal jeopardy to US persons. It did not strip away the standard for criminal liability requirements of action and intent. It did not target spouses or children of accused individuals. Additionally, Bush made a legally meaningful promise to use it with due regard to culpability and the Bush administration used it with restraint. Even so, Democrats criticized it harshly, opposed it, and fought it in courts.

In contrast, Biden’s new EO is directed mostly at US persons. It criminalizes speech and political activities, based on whimsical and arbitrary definitions. The Biden administration can define “malicious activities,” “democratic processes or institutions,” and the activities that undermine them as it wants. 

The Biden administration is also free to interpret what constitutes “interests of the Russian Government.” Such broad and vague language allows the Biden regime to select US citizens and political organizations arbitrarily, and then deprive them of their property and rights without anything reminiscent of due process. The EO does not even require that anybody commit an actual crime somewhere. False cyber-attribution or fake bounty claims are sufficient. Biden’s remarks to the EO showed no regard to the culpability of any targeted US citizens or other persons.

Leftist pseudo-elites have been eager to ban speech based on allegations that such speech may be beneficial to Russia. Such ideation has been present among Big Tech influencers for a long time. This EO effectively gives Big Tech, banks, and credit card companies a new pretext to deplatform conservatives and anyone else who opposes the Biden regime by claiming that they are now engaged in illegal activity. 

Biden’s EO appears to allow the Democrat party to deny Americans the right to advocate against it in future federal elections. This might be accomplished through a “determination” that Russia is interfering in elections against democratic candidates. Thus, any US citizens who also oppose Democrats could be found to acting for Russia’s benefit, directly or indirectly. 

The list of prohibited activities justifying a Biden administration “determination” to deprive American persons of their property and other rights (referred to here as a “Deprived Person”) states:

       [a] (iii) to be or have been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of:
           …   (C)  an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order;

For comparison, Bush’s EO only covered the leaders of terrorist-supporting entities, not multiple officials, executives, or directors.

Unprecedently, Biden’s EO targets children and spouses:

[a] (v)    to be a spouse or adult child of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to subsection (a)(ii) or (iii) of this section;

and countless associations:

[a] (vi)   to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of:

(A)  any activity described in subsection (a)(ii) of this section; or

(B)  any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order

[a] (vii) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, … any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

Notice the infinite reach these subsections afford. Those connected to a “Deprived Person” can receive the same designation, and so on. There is no limit to the number of iterations. 

“Deprived Persons” essentially become untouchables, as dealing with them in any way is expressly prohibited without additional determinations:

Sec. 2.  The prohibitions in section 1 of this order include:

(a)  the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and

(b)  the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

Giving legal representation, hosting the website, selling food, and giving medical care to a “Deprived Person” is automatically prohibited. Section 4 prohibits transactions that “cause a violation” of this EO, even absent intent or knowledge. This serves as a hint to pre-emptively cut ties with anyone the Biden regime targets.

Section 9 exempts UN bodies and “related organizations” (NGOs) from any responsibility for interfering in US elections and other activities under this order.

The Russian Federation is mixed into the EO only for distraction and as a primer, triggering expanding layers of culpability. 

I do not expect any putative human rights organizations or large media outlets to hold the Biden regime accountable for how it applies this EO or to defend its victims. So far, these outlets have either ignored it or defended it.

GOP challengers spent big in blue districts, lost bids for House seats

Be careful where you donate.  Make the money work to defeat a Democrat and elect a Republican—not to give a candidate the high life of wine, five star hotels and unlimited first class travel and the life style of the rich and famous.  Yes, we want Maxine Waters defeated—this is how the last candidate spent millions—and he is going to do it again.

“Another hot race came out of California’s 43rd District. Joe Collins raised more than $8 million in his race to unseat Democratic incumbent Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who raised just over $1.6 million. Around 75 percent of Collins’ funds came from a loyal base of small donors, while small-dollar contributions made up less than 3 percent of Waters’ total, and just under 48 percent of her finances came from PACs. 

By Election Day, Collins had shelled out $7.5 million to Waters’ $1.4 million, but Waters emerged as the winner with around 72 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press. 

Last year, Collins’s campaign spent lavishly on Uber rides, steakhouse dinners, flights and nights at five-star hotels. In August 2019, Collins posted photos with Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Guiliani at a Trump fundraiser in the Hamptons — an event he got to by donating $5,600 from his campaign to Trump’s joint fundraising committee. His campaign also shelled out thousands of dollars at Trump’s hotel in Washington, between an event in July and a stay in September.”

Last year Collins was sued by San Diego County for being a deadbeat dad—four children with three women and no child support.  And his GOP opponent in the 2020 primary, just finished spending six months in jail for stalking.  Then got out a couple of weeks ago after 90 days in jail—for stalking and making felony threats.  Be careful who you donate to.

GOP challengers spent big in blue districts, lost bids for House seats

By Ollie Gratzinger, Center for Responsive Politics,  11/10/20 

In the aftermath of an expensive election, some House hopefuls — including GOP challengers in deep-blue districts — lost big despite raising and spending far more. 

In Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, Kimberly Klacik, Republican challenger to Baltimore’s Rep. Kweisi Mfume, made headlines after raising more than $6.4 million between July and September. Mfume, who succeeded the late Rep. Elijah Cummings in a largely Democratic and predominantly Black district, reported raising only around $184,000 during the same quarter. President Donald Trump promoted Klacik on Twitter, while a viral campaign ad spurred donations. But Mfume maintained his seat was “not for sale.” 

And, come Nov. 3, he was proven right. 

According to data from OpenSecrets, Klacik spent roughly $4.8 million to Mfume’s $602,661, but Mfume held on to his seat in a landslide victory. With 82 percent reporting as of Tuesday morning, Mfume took 71.9 percent of the votes in District 7.

Klacik claimed in a tweet that she’d beaten Mfume in day-of voting, early voting and mail-in voting, echoing Trump’s sentiments that the election had been stolen by Democrats. But Maryland’s deputy elections administrator said there was no evidence of voter fraud, and the State Board of Elections website shows that Klacik got fewer votes than Mfume in all three categories she claimed she’d won.

Another hot race came out of California’s 43rd District. Joe Collins raised more than $8 million in his race to unseat Democratic incumbent Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who raised just over $1.6 million. Around 75 percent of Collins’ funds came from a loyal base of small donors, while small-dollar contributions made up less than 3 percent of Waters’ total, and just under 48 percent of her finances came from PACs. 

By Election Day, Collins had shelled out $7.5 million to Waters’ $1.4 million, but Waters emerged as the winner with around 72 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press. 

Last year, Collins’s campaign spent lavishly on Uber rides, steakhouse dinners, flights and nights at five-star hotels. In August 2019, Collins posted photos with Donald Trump Jr. and Rudy Guiliani at a Trump fundraiser in the Hamptons — an event he got to by donating $5,600 from his campaign to Trump’s joint fundraising committee. His campaign also shelled out thousands of dollars at Trump’s hotel in Washington, between an event in July and a stay in September.

In Minnesota District 5, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) won re-election, along with her three fellow “Squad” members Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). But Omar was far outraised by a Republican challenger with a fat wallet. With the support of small donors, Lacy Johnson’s roughly $10 million nearly doubled Omar’s $5.4 million. Johnson spent nearly $9.7 million, breaking spending records in Minnesota and blowing 2018 totals out of the water.

For comparison’s sake, Omar raised just over $1 million in 2018, and Republican candidate Jennifer Zielinski raised only $23,355. Johnson’s $10 million haul marks a 44,000 percent increase from the last cycle, but it wasn’t enough to secure a victory. Omar still claimed 64.5 percent of the vote to Johnson’s 25.9 percent, and Michael Moore of the Legal Marijuana Now party received 9.6 percent.

Far-right media personality and self-described Islamophobe Laura Loomer, who had the support of the president, lost her bid for a House seat in Florida’s 21st Congressional District — the largely Democratic district Trump himself votes in. Over the summer, she won a six-way Republican primary, raising more than $1 million due to support from right-wing talk-show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Trump ally Roger Stone and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz.

But Loomer lost to Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) despite outspending the now five-term incumbent.

According to OpenSecrets data, Loomer spent more than $2.5 million, and Frankel spent around $1.1 million. But with 59 percent of the vote, Frankel held onto her seat, and Loomer — who received 39.2 percent of the vote, lost.

The 2020 election cycle was the most expensive in U.S. history at $14 billion — twice as much as 2016. Women donated in record numbers, and out-of-state donors gave big in Senate and congressional races around the country. Congressional spending in races like those won by Mfume, Waters, Omar and Frankel totaled around $7.2 billion; in 2016, that number was just over $4 billion.

The House GOP came up short in its efforts to gain a majority. In Oklahoma’s 5th District, Republicans unseated Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn (D-Okla.), whose victory was a 2018 surprise after Trump swept the district in the 2016 cycle. Stephanie Bice beat the incumbent despite only raising around $3 million and spending $2.7 million. Horn raised approximately $5.4 million, spending $4.5 million. Bice did, however, have a small advantage over Horn in outside money.

Many GOP challengers in swing districts were far outraised. Nonetheless, Republican candidates generally overperformed. In nine of the most competitive races, Democrats outraised Republicans by more than $3 million. Some GOP challengers who barely lost might’ve benefitted from donations that instead went to candidates running in deep-blue districts.

New Mexico’s 2nd District flipped when GOP challenger Yvette Herrell beat incumbent Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), despite raising more than $5 million less. Republican Carlos Gimenez also unseated a Democratic incumbent despite a considerable cash deficit; he’d raised $4 million less than Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. GOP candidates also claimed two open seats in Virginia and Texas, winning toss-up races but still falling just short of a GOP House majority.

California Government; We Take GOOD Care of Our Workers and Illegal Aliens

Government always takes care of its own—even at the expense of the public, jobs and families of a community.  San Diego County, run by the Democrats are giving hazard pay to people who do not lose a dime in pay, continued to get paid vacations, time off and sick leave—none were fired.  To pay for this the folks harmed by the lockdown scam will pay tax money to finance the government class.

“The San Diego County Board of Supervisors, led by former State Assemblyman Chairman Nathan Fletcher, has formulated a proposal to distribute stimulus funds provided by the Federal Government’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, including hazard pay to the tune of $40 million for San Diego County staff, Paula Whitsell, Chairwoman of the San Diego County Republican Party announced Monday.

This “hazard pay” is only hazardous to the taxpayers.

The Globe spoke with Chairwoman Whitsell about this extra “stimulus” for government employees who didn’t miss a paycheck during California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 416 days of statewide lockdown. “A lot of people were not so lucky to be able to continue to get paid,” Whitsell said. “And the people who got pushed onto unemployment and had the EDD delayed payments scandal to deal with…what about them?” she asked.

Shame on San Diego—but what do you expect—the Democrats pushed the lockdown scam to kill jobs, education, churches and families.

San Diego to Pay COVID ‘Hazard Pay’ to County Govt. Employees Who Never Missed a Paycheck

Public employees’ ‘hazard pay’ while private sector businesses struggle or close?

By Katy Grimes, California Globe,  4/18/21 

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors, led by former State Assemblyman Chairman Nathan Fletcher, has formulated a proposal to distribute stimulus funds provided by the Federal Government’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, including hazard pay to the tune of $40 million for San Diego County staff, Paula Whitsell, Chairwoman of the San Diego County Republican Party announced Monday.

This “hazard pay” is only hazardous to the taxpayers.

The Globe spoke with Chairwoman Whitsell about this extra “stimulus” for government employees who didn’t miss a paycheck during California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 416 days of statewide lockdown. “A lot of people were not so lucky to be able to continue to get paid,” Whitsell said. “And the people who got pushed onto unemployment and had the EDD delayed payments scandal to deal with…what about them?” she asked.

How many San Diego businesses closed during the “non-essential” business lockdown? How many employees were out of work, and then had their unemployment checks delayed or never paid? Isn’t that “hazardous” enough?

“These funds are intended to assist local governments in dealing with the profound impact of COVID-19 on residents who suffered the brunt of the pandemic and the distressed local economy,” Whitsell said.

The Globe asked Whitsell if every county will be distributing “hazard pay” to county government employees. She said she knows that every county will be receiving the Federal Government’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, but said each county also gets to decide how to spend it.

“I hope counties spend it wisely on people who really need it,” she added. “We have seen our neighbors lose their jobs, our local bars and restaurants shut their doors to never reopen, our neighborhood businesses shuttered, and the unemployment rate skyrocket from 3.4% a year ago to a staggering 8.1% in January 2021.  Without a doubt, many have suffered enormous economic and emotional hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

San Diego County employees have not missed a single paycheck and many have been able to work from home throughout the pandemic, Whitsell said. “All employees have received all retirement and full benefits during the pandemic as well. San Diego County employees have been able to avoid the severe hardship experienced by many this past year.  According to data from County staff, the average cost of a San Diego County employee (salary and benefits) totals $124,640 annually.”

She said she doesn’t begrudge county employees, but said those who lost their businesses and/or jobs, or those who can’t pay their rent should be first in line for the federal funds.

This feels similar to California’s teachers unions demanding “bonus pay” to their teacher members. Those teachers didn’t miss a paycheck, or benefits, or pension payments either. In Sacramento, the Globe has been told by local teachers that some districts are paying teachers a $1,000 bonus “to go back to work,” and one school district is paying $2,500 to each teacher in that district.

Whitsell asked if it is fair to provide San Diego County employees hazard pay while so many others are in desperate need of assistance from local authorities?

“Grocery store employees, fast-food workers, delivery drivers, medical staff, and countless others worked in-person throughout the pandemic, putting their lives at risk each and every day. Where is their hazard pay?” she asked.

This smacks of a really tasteless and inappropriate gift to public employee labor unions, which never suffered during the COVID lockdown the way private sector businesses and employees did.

Dr. Singleton: Reimagining” Mice and Men

Doctors cannot tell you the long term—or short tern effects of the COVID vaccine.  Six blood clots and a vaccine is withdrawn.  2249 deaths and those vaccines are still on the market.  A Stanford study, published by the NIH, shows wearing a mask is worthless and to some it could be dangerous.  Schools are closed—but data shows that is the safest place for kids.  We have been had by the biggest scam in world history.  This was not about your health—it is to see how far government can go to control and take over our lives.

“On the other end of life’s spectrum, government COVID-19 policies regarding nursing home residents cemented what victims already knew: our society treats elders like jetsam—the debris that is thrown overboard to lighten a ship’s load. Former Obama advisor and member of Biden’s COVID-19 team, Ezekiel Emanuel, is on board. His “Complete Lives System” posits that medical care should be rationed based on one’s “instrumental value” to society. Babies, those over 60 years of age, and the disabled are out of luck. “When the worst-off can benefit only slightly while the better-off people could benefit greatly, allocating to the better-off is often justifiable.” One more nail in the coffin of our humanity. With doctors like this who needs the Grim Reaper.

It will take the people to totally ignore government mandates and violations of our rights.  If a school does not open—stop sending the kids to ZOOM.  If a store continues to force folks to wear a mask—go in mass to the store without a mask—or better yet, stop going to that store.  Pick out one in a community to make an example of.  Ralphs has closed down five stores because Los Angeles is forcing them to pay employees more than they are worth or could be productive.  Congratulations to that firm.  If it time to pick off the big corporations, one at a time.

 COVID-19 watchdogs have showcased their faux humanity, incessantly preaching that it is our moral duty to wear a mask and submit our bodies to an experimental drug. As science is catching up to longstanding utopian political agendas, our real moral duty is to reflect on playing God with life and death.

 “Reimagining” Mice and Men

By Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD, 4/20/21  

While everyone is preoccupied with mask-shaming and vaccine-cheerleading, scientists are engaged in critical research with a more lasting effect on our lives. For 100 years scientists have dreamed of creating and developing life outside of a womb. In March 2021 that dream came true. Scientists grew naturally conceived mouse embryos in tiny beakers for six days—the equivalent of the full first trimester of gestation. At this point the embryos had an identifiable body shape and organs. This miracle of modern science, posted in a YouTube video, garnered a mere 9,400 views.

In 2016, scientists developed the “right cocktail of growth factors and nourishment” and were able to incubate human embryos in a dish. The embryos attached to the dish “as if it were a uterus, sprouting a few placental cells.” The researchers halted the experiment due to the 4,000-member International Society for Stem Cell Research’s (ISSCR) 14-day rule. The ISSCR arrived at this limit based on the point in time at which the nervous system begins to develop.

Two separate research groups have now created their versions of synthetic embryos, called “human blastoids” from embryonic stem cells and “iblastoids” using reprogrammed adult skin stem cells. A real blastocyst is a human embryo around five or six days after fertilization that is growing. Normally, a blastocyst would implant in the wall of the uterus at around 7 or 8 days and the placenta would start to form. These advances prompted the ISSCR to rewrite its own yet to be revealed new guidelines allowing synthetic embryos to develop beyond the current 14-day limit.

As Dr. Frankensteinian as this sounds, researchers explain that the stem cell-produced embryos can be used to study congenital conditions, and the effects of drugs, toxins, and viruses on early development without using human embryos and perhaps create organs for transplants. Kind of like the good that would come from Dr. Fauci’s unethical “gain of function” research on coronaviruses (making them more deadly and transmissible). Look where that got us.

We have truly entered the brave new world, grappling with the morality of life and death in the age of medical technology. Devaluing life is now commonplace. Abortion on demand is available on the day of birth. Freshly obtained aborted fetal tissue is being used to create “humanized mice” (on the taxpayers’ dime, no less). Not surprisingly, COVID-19 is the justification. Moreover, there is evidence that upstanding organizations and suppliers are making profits from the illegal sale of human fetuses.

In the United States, thousands of children are trafficked every year for sex or labor. This doesn’t make front page news or leave a lasting imprint on our consciousness—unlike the ever present COVID-19 statistics.

On the other end of life’s spectrum, government COVID-19 policies regarding nursing home residents cemented what victims already knew: our society treats elders like jetsam—the debris that is thrown overboard to lighten a ship’s load. Former Obama advisor and member of Biden’s COVID-19 team, Ezekiel Emanuel, is on board. His “Complete Lives System” posits that medical care should be rationed based on one’s “instrumental value” to society. Babies, those over 60 years of age, and the disabled are out of luck. “When the worst-off can benefit only slightly while the better-off people could benefit greatly, allocating to the better-off is often justifiable.” One more nail in the coffin of our humanity. With doctors like this who needs the Grim Reaper.

However, the unwanted cast-offs may be more difficult to replace with better models. Our reproductive abilities appear to be on the decline. The global fertility rate, sperm counts, and the quality of sperm are declining and reported miscarriages increased at about 1 percent per year from 1970 to 2000.

Enter the robobabies. We could eliminate the need for mothers. We could ensure that only the right kind of embryos develop. Newspeak paves the way. The United Nations’ European Union and U.S. delegations have neutered mother and father to “parents” and declared that “various forms of family exist.”

Crazy? Social Justice Warriors are “reimagining” the evolution of our society. Why not reimagine humans?

Who would have imagined a pediatrician governor supporting infanticide? Who would have imagined that social media in America, the bastion of free speech, would crush politically unpopular speech and diversity of thought? Who would have imagined that physicians who offered early treatment of COVID-19 would be treated like drug dealers? Who would have imagined that the media-government complex would silence the reasoned opinions of renowned epidemiologists, virologists, and clinicians who raised questions about the response to COVID-19? Who would have imagined that 1984 would cease being fiction?

COVID-19 watchdogs have showcased their faux humanity, incessantly preaching that it is our moral duty to wear a mask and submit our bodies to an experimental drug. As science is catching up to longstanding utopian political agendas, our real moral duty is to reflect on playing God with life and death.

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BioDr. Singleton is a board-certified anesthesiologist. She is past President of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). She graduated from Stanford and earned her MD at UCSF Medical School. Dr. Singleton completed 2 years of Surgery residency at UCSF, then her Anesthesia residency at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital. While still working in the operating room, she attended UC Berkeley Law School, focusing on constitutional law and administrative law. She interned at the National Health Law Project and practiced insurance and health law. She teaches classes in the recognition of elder abuse and constitutional law for non-lawyers. She lives in Oakland, Ca. Website: marilynsingletonmdjd.com; Twitter: @MSingletonMDJD.

GOP Insiders: Irrelevant George W. Bush ‘Laughably Out of Touch’ with Pro-Mass Migration Tour

I did not know that George Bush was still around.  Everyone once in a while he gets his name in the paper by making statements only a Democrat could love.  This time he wants us to “respect” people violating our laws, costing us billions of dollars each year and are a major source of crime in this country.  Bush is sounding as mentally astute as Joe Biden.

“While promoting his new book Out of Many, One, featuring portraits of immigrants, Bush said Republicans must be “more respectful” to immigrants and issued an op-ed in the Washington Post calling for amnesty for illegal aliens and increased legal immigration levels.

Bush said he considers not passing an amnesty for illegal aliens to be one of his biggest failures as president. During his eight years in office, Bush oversaw the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, the bailout of the nation’s biggest banks, and the Great Recession.

Read that carefully—his failure to REWARD law breakers he considers to be HIS major failure as President.  Actually, his keeping the borders open, financing criminals from foreign countries—that was his major failures.  George Bush clearly believes his role as President was to help people from foreign countries that break our laws—not breaking Americans from law breakers.  Just remember, every time he says something, ask him what the punchline to the joke is?

Exclusive–GOP Insiders: Irrelevant George W. Bush ‘Laughably Out of Touch’ with Pro-Mass Migration Tour

John Binder, Breitbart,  4/19/21 

Former President George W. Bush’s media tour promoting mass immigration to the United States is “laughably out of touch” with GOP voters and Americans at large, Republican insiders tell Breitbart News.

While promoting his new book Out of Many, One, featuring portraits of immigrants, Bush said Republicans must be “more respectful” to immigrants and issued an op-ed in the Washington Post calling for amnesty for illegal aliens and increased legal immigration levels.

Bush said he considers not passing an amnesty for illegal aliens to be one of his biggest failures as president. During his eight years in office, Bush oversaw the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, the bailout of the nation’s biggest banks, and the Great Recession.

Former President Donald Trump won the 2016 election by vowing to reduce overall immigration levels and winning huge swaths of Hispanic voters in the 2020 election on a similar platform. Republican insiders tell Breitbart News that Bush’s Republican Party of “pro-corporate globalism” that sought to provide business with a never-ending flow of cheaper foreign labor is, thankfully, over.

“Any Republican still taking their cues from George W. Bush or the neocons is laughably out of touch,” a Senate GOP aide said. “Calling for mass amnesty while lockdowns have forced millions of Americans out of work is unhinged. This kind of ‘compassionate conservatism’ and pro-corporate globalism decimated the working class … people have had enough.”

Bush’s legacy on immigration and outsourcing of American jobs have become policy initiatives that elected Republicans have tried to shed. In 2006 and 2007, Bush attempted to pass his “Any Willing Worker” agenda through Congress, which gave amnesty to millions so as to provide a flooded labor market to the business lobby. The initiative failed and his approval rating tanked soon after.

In 2004 and 2006, Bush defended and advocated for the outsourcing of American jobs by multinational corporations. In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Bush waived labor protections for American workers, which allowed an estimated 30,000 illegal aliens to enter the region to take coveted blue-collar jobs.

The post-Katrina Bush policy was so generous to illegal aliens that it brought thousands to work for companies who were contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Such a legacy has made Bush an irrelevant political figure, Republican insiders told Breitbart News. One Senate GOP aide responded, “Who?” when asked about the former president.

“I’m not sure whether there are any ‘George W. Bush Republicans’ left, but the lack of bipartisanship in Washington is not something that would be fixed by Republicans unilaterally surrendering to Democrats or abandoning the rule of law,” the aide said.

“[Bush] is not relevant to today’s discussion on immigration,” a House GOP aide said. “Republicans are well aware that his presidency was a national disaster on this issue as he failed to act when needed. Bush immigration policy has no impact today other than a reference on what not to do”

Bush’s legacy, other Capitol Hill staffers said, is wildly unpopular and out of step with not only Republican voters but swing voters and the majority of Americans. The latest Rasmussen Reports survey, for example, shows nearly seven-in-ten Americans support banning employers from hiring illegal aliens, while 65 percent say businesses should recruit Americans rather than importing foreign workers to take U.S. jobs.

Most significantly, more than 70 percent of Americans — including 84 percent of Republicans and 66 percent of swing voters — said they want legal immigration levels reduced. Currently, about 1.2 million legal immigrants secure green cards every year in addition to 1.5 million foreign nationals who obtain work visas.

“If you’re a Republican and you run on a Bush-like GOP platform today, you’re odds of winning a primary are between slim-to-none,” a senior GOP aide said. “You can’t win. The voters aren’t there.”

In the 2020 election, the base of donors for Trump and Republicans encompassed working and middle-class Americans from various walks of life, including police officers, small business owners, homemakers, truckers, electricians, and construction workers.

Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN) has since warned GOP leadership that the party must embrace the support of the nation’s working-class with immigration reduction policies, a divorce from Wall Street and multinational corporate interests, and initiatives that take on Big Tech’s monopoly power in the market.

One such memo by Banks this month serves as a repudiation of the Bush legacy on immigration, which has resurfaced since President Joe Biden entered office in late January.

“The Biden immigration agenda sacrifices the interests of the American People in order to serve the interests of foreign citizens, criminal cartels, and ultra-wealthy multinational corporations,” Banks wrote in the memo.

The general disdain for the Bush legacy is not confined to GOP circles.

Pro-American worker groups who remember the days of the “Any Willing Worker” initiative view Bush’s latest statements as more of the same globalist vision that voters have increasingly rejected.

“This is a bunch of repackaged nonsense that has no home in today’s Republican Party,” RJ Hauman, with the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), said. ” … Bush has plenty of other failures and regrets that the American people are still paying for today. He should address those instead.”

Other groups want Bush to keep at his artistic endeavors.

“Idea for George W Bush’s next book: Portraits of workers at AT&T in Dallas who were laid off and forced to train their H-1B replacements,” the White Collar Workers of America wrote in a post online.

Stein: EV’s not family workhorses, but short range second cars

In May I will be speaking to a GOP group in King City—which is in Monterey.  If I had an electric vehicle I could not do that, since I would have to spend between 30 minutes and two hours—if I could find a recharging station, to charge my car so I can get home in Simi Valley, Ventura County.  If I want to use my car to go to the grocery store, dinner or visit friends in the San Fernando Valley—the EV is great.  Or real California driving, I would be a nervous wreck worrying if I could find a place to recharge—and how long it would take.

“With half of the EV’s in the entire country being located in California, the recent 2021 California study may be a downer for the EV excitement as it shows that EV’s are driven half as much as internal combustion engine vehicles. The study illustrates that EV’s are generally second vehicles and not the primary workhorse vehicle for those few elites that can afford them.

To date, zero and low emission vehicles are generally from the hybrid and electric car owners which are a scholarly bunch; over 70 percent of EV owners have a four-year college or post-graduate degree. This likely explains why the average household income of EV purchasers is upwards of $200,000.

If you are not in that higher educated echelon and the high-income range of society, and a homeowner or resident of a NEW apartment that has charging access there may not be an appetite for an EV. EV’s have yet to attain the status of being the family’s primary vehicle workhorse with their limited usage.

Electric Vehicles is for the elites and those that do not think for themselves.  Think you are going to save money?  To go as far as you can on an EV it costs approximately $21.  To go the SAME distance in a gas powered car (with fill up everywhere and takes just a couple of minutes) is $13 dollars.  Obviously the EV is for the folks with lots of money, time to spare and do not understand that the electricity to charge the car comes from fossil fuel, in the first place.  Not smart people—educated but not in the real world.

EV’s not family workhorses, but short range second cars

Range Anxiety: California study may be a downer for EV excitement as it shows that EV’s are driven half as much as internal combustion engine vehicles.

By Ronald Stein, CFACT,  4/21/21 

With half of the EV’s in the entire country being located in California, the recent 2021 California study may be a downer for the EV excitement as it shows that EV’s are driven half as much as internal combustion engine vehicles. The study illustrates that EV’s are generally second vehicles and not the primary workhorse vehicle for those few elites that can afford them.

To date, zero and low emission vehicles are generally from the hybrid and electric car owners which are a scholarly bunch; over 70 percent of EV owners have a four-year college or post-graduate degree. This likely explains why the average household income of EV purchasers is upwards of $200,000.

If you are not in that higher educated echelon and the high-income range of society, and a homeowner or resident of a NEW apartment that has charging access there may not be an appetite for an EV. EV’s have yet to attain the status of being the family’s primary vehicle workhorse with their limited usage.

Another challenge for the EV growth is the EV charging dependence on intermittent electricity from wind and solar. Adding EV charging loads onto the grid that is becoming more unstable is like putting salt in the wound. Power outages are now commonplace in California and Texas with more to follow throughout the nation as we adjust to a life dependent upon the time of day and the weather.

The highly educated, and well compensated EV owners that take advantage of State and Federal subsidies are sparingly using their “green” vehicles. With them setting the pace, how will the middle-income and those on fixed incomes be able to buy into the EV evolution?

The California EV market is looking for the less fortunate to belly up and join the EV train. That may prove to be a financial challenge with 45 percent of the California population – that’s a whopping 18 of the 40 million residents of the state – being Hispanic and African American – having average incomes of less than half of present EV owners. Additionally, California has the highest homeless population which is the fifth largest percentage of homeless (behind D.C., New York, and Hawaii, and Oregon), and has the second highest poverty rate.

The unintended consequences Governor Newsom’s recent Executive order to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035 may be an incentive for those least likely being able to afford a new car, or a second car, to continuously re-register their existing internal combustion vehicles.

Governor Newsom may have forgotten that whatever type of vehicles uses the roads, there are huge funding requirements for both California’s transportation infrastructure, and for the numerous environmental compliance programs that have come from the gas pumps. The state and federal subsidies help lower the price of EV’s, but EV owners do not pay any gas taxes for California’s almost 400,000 miles of roadways that are heavily dependent on road taxes from fuels that contribute more than $7 billion annually, the same tax base that will be diminishing in the decades ahead.

EV buyers hope to save from the cost of fuels as the all-in posted price of fuel at the pump includes non-transparent costs added to the actual fuel costs, such as: federal tax, excise tax, state tax, local sales tax, cap and trade program compliance costs, low-carbon fuel standard program compliance costs, and renewable fuels standard program compliance costs.

California’s Newsom may also have forgotten that his own Democrats overwhelmingly defeated Senator John Moorlach’s sponsored SB 1074 in 2018 “Disclosure of government-imposed costs” at the pump. The Supermajority Democrats in the legislature remain content with non-transparency of the numerous costs that are “dumped” onto the posted price of fuel, as they are content with keeping the public blissfully ignorant of the many taxes and regulatory costs that drive up prices, to the point that Californians continue to pay almost $1.00 more per gallon of fuel than the rest of the country. An Exxon gas station recently expressed their “transparency opinion” at the pump.

EV buyers beware that the “tax equalizer”, the “VMT” is coming. The Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT) that has been discussed for years sounds like a logical idea – requiring the users of the highways to pay the fees to maintain those highways. The VMT tax will be needed to replace the $7 billion annually from fuel sales that will be diminishing in the decades ahead.

The challenge for a VMT will be how to implement that great idea which may require annual odometer readings! Lookout for Governor Newsom’s next Executive Order for a VMT requiring annual odometer readings so that each person pays their fair share to maintain the roads they are using to replace the diminishing fuel taxes!

In the United States there were17 million vehicles of all types sold in 2019. EV sales were a dismal 2 percent of the total, i.e., about 350 thousand. California new car sales were more than 10 percent of the nation as California vehicle sales have exceeded 2 million for three straight years.

In a recent Los Angeles Times article, citing Edmunds data, The number of battery-electric models available more than doubled from 2018 to 2019, but EV sales budged in the wrong direction. In response to the major efforts by manufacturers, the horrific EV sales data shows that only 325,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles were sold in the U.S. in 2019, down from 349,000 in 2018.  As mentioned previously, half of all EV’s in America are in one state – California. The rest of the country seems to be less enthralled with EV’s. Are EV carmakers driving off a cliff?”

If the California trend of EV’s being low mileage driven second vehicles, and not being the family workhorse vehicles for the higher income owners, when and how will the lower income earners join the EV excitement?

Top high-speed rail contractor donates to Newsom’s recall defense

It is called pay to play.  When Newsom ran for Governor he opposed the train to nowhere.  Then as Governor he started throwing money at the biggest scam in American history.  Now we know why.

“The top high-speed rail contractor for the Fresno County and Madera County stretch has chipped-in to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall defense campaign. 

Southern California-based construction company Tutor Perini donated $25,000 last week to Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom, according to contribution documents filed with the California Secretary of State. 

One principal owner of Tutor Perini is Richard Blum, husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.). 

No need to be subtle—Gavin Newsom lied to the people of California—he is just another money grubbing political hack, selling his office to the highest bidder—and his friends.

Top high-speed rail contractor donates to Newsom’s recall defense

Daniel Gligich, The Sun,  4/219/21 

The top high-speed rail contractor for the Fresno County and Madera County stretch has chipped-in to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall defense campaign. 

Southern California-based construction company Tutor Perini donated $25,000 last week to Stop the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom, according to contribution documents filed with the California Secretary of State. 

One principal owner of Tutor Perini is Richard Blum, husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.). 

Tutor Perini originally won the contract for the Fresno stretch with a $1 billion bid, according to reports, but due to delays, that contract has swelled to $2.2 billion. 

Notably, Newsom has remained supportive of the bullet train project despite the many delays and over-budget expenses. 

Tutor Perini sent a letter last year to the California High-Speed Rail authority saying that over 500 parcels of land in the 31-mile stretch were not available, even though the contract had been in place for seven years. 

The contractor said the delays in purchasing the land were “beyond comprehension.” 

As of January, Tutor Perini had completed 14 bridges, viaducts and other structures throughout the Fresno route, and work had started on six more. 

That left 32 structures – which includes 10 major bridges – needing to be completed. 

The delays led to Tutor Perini laying off 73 workers at the start of the year.