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You might want to sit down for this… Jerry Brown made a good decision. Actually, he made two.
The governor’s first good decision was vetoing a bill that would have enforced Obama’s Title IX guidance about campus sexual assault. This was the garbage rule that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos scuttled because it denied the accused their due process rights. Brown explained his veto in a statement:
Since this law was enacted, however, thoughtful legal minds have increasingly questioned whether federal and state actions to prevent and redress sexual harassment and assault—well-intentioned as they are—have also unintentionally resulted in some colleges’ failure to uphold due process for accused students. Depriving any student of higher education opportunities should not be done lightly, or out of fear of losing state or federal funding.
For some reason, the far left isn’t raking Gov. Brown over the coals as they did Secretary DeVos. I blame the patriarchy.
Brown also vetoed another silly bill his legislature burped up. It would have forced presidential candidates to make their tax returns public in order to be included on California’s ballot. The Gov wasn’t having it:
“While I recognize the political attractiveness – even the merits – of getting President Trump’s tax returns, I worry about the political perils of individual states seeking to regulate presidential elections in this manner,” Brown wrote in a veto message. “First, it may not be constitutional. Second, it sets a ‘slippery slope’ precedent. Today we require tax returns, but what would be next? Five years of health records? A certified birth certificate? High school report cards? And will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power?”
For the first time in my life, and perhaps the last, I have to say … well done, Jerry Brown.