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Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi talks with California Policy Center president Will Swaim about how the state’s ambitious policies have combined to stick its residents with the highest cost of living and a tax regime that discourages investment, innovation, and its vital entrepreneurial class.
Join Jim and Greg as they dive into billionaire Elon Musk’s proposal to buy Twitter and why it makes the left so angry. They also dissect a new report quoting multiple officials alleging California Sen. Diane Feinstein is quickly losing her mental acuity. And Joy Behar of “The View” bizarrely claims that the Supreme Court is poised to “pass a bill” to allow open carry in New York despite the high court having no such power.
Join Greg and National Review’s David Harsanyi as they criticize The Atlantic’s Anne Applebaum for her weak deflection after a young college student challenges her on the media’s role in the cover-up of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. David discusses his book, Eurotrash, and discusses why the U.S. should not look to Europe as model for economic policies here. And after a unanimous vote last week, Palm Springs, California, will pay transgender and non-binary individuals $900 dollars a month with no strings attached.
This past week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal in an important case that could determine the structure of American interstate markets for years to come. National Pork Producers Council v. Ross involves a constitutional challenge to Proposition 12, a 2018 California referendum that requires all pork products sold in the state be prepared in facilities meeting California standards of animal health and safety, no matter where they are raised. As the plaintiffs explain in their brief, virtually all of the pork products (some 99.8 percent) sold in California come from out of state. On the flip side, California represents 13 percent of the national consumer market for pork products.
The requirements imposed under Proposition 12 are much more stringent than those in place virtually anywhere else in the country and, in the view of many farmers, are injurious to the health of the sow. Nonetheless, California insists
farmers provide each sow with 24 square feet of usable floor space and largely prohibits the use of individual stalls, even during the critical period between weaning and confirmation of pregnancy, when sows recover from the stress of giving birth, are bred, and then wait for the embryos to attach themselves to the uterine wall.
Join Greg and Scot Bertram as they appreciate Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett telling Americans to “read the opinion” before getting worked up over the court’s upcoming opinions. They also analyze the effects of Colorado’s newly signed abortion bill, which allows abortions up to the moment of birth, and the hard left shift by Democrats nationally on the issue of life. And they roll their eyes as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoes legislation to clean up the voter rolls of citizens, saying it’s an undue burden on county clerks.
Join Greg and Rob Long as they’re glad to see Elon Musk becoming the largest shareholder of Twitter and they analyze how it will shake up the social media landscape. They also cover the Biden Administration’s decision to rescind the “Remain in Mexico” policy which would more than double the number of illegal immigrants entering America each month. And Vice President Kamala Harris struggles with boilerplate Democrat talking points in an interview with BET, adding to the lengthy list of verbal mishaps that have plagued her term.
I know that is a shocker to see for anyone with two eyes, but there it is.
Serene Highness Emperor Governor Gavin Newsom has authorized a sweetheart deal for medical management group Kaiser Permanente to take on new Medi-Caid (Medi-Cal in CA) patients.
LA Times indicates that it is concerning. Not because Kaiser is a bloated entity that exists primarily to give the appearance of “health maintenance” while denying actual treatment to actually sick people. But because the siphoning of state funds directly to Kaiser puts the dream of single-payer in jeopardy. Sorry, I mean “Medi-Cal reform.”
Chad Benson is in for Jim. Join Chad and Greg as they breathe a sigh of relief for California as the legislature pulls the plug on single payer health care legislation – for now. They also suggest the sudden departure of Jeff Zucker from CNN is not just about his failure to admit his extramarital affair in a timely fashion. And they roll their eyes as law students at Georgetown University Law School demand a cry room and reparations in the form of pizza after they were offended by a conservative professor’s tweets about the Biden criteria for choosing a Supreme Court nominee.
When politics and healthcare meet, no one wins. Certainly not me, anyway.
As a practicing nurse in California, I am mandated by law to comply with a two-dose mRNA vaccine with booster. Regardless of masking and a downward trend, the California Department of Public Health has instituted guidelines that pressure all medical staff (and medically adjacent) to get a booster if they’ve already been vaccinated. Religious exemptions will only be tolerated if they were previously known, documented, and thoroughly supported. No “new” exemptions will be allowed.
Gov. Gavin Newsom – who is sort of like the Justin Trudeau of California but with fewer incidents of blackface — brought his hair stylist, make-up artist, and wardrobe staff to Los Angeles to stage a photo op. Newsom and some aides (I’m assuming they are aides, willing to put up with this in order to make lucrative political connections that will set them up for life) picked up some of the garbage strewn around train tracks where gangs of thieves have been robbing cargo from passing trains.
“It looked like a third world country, these images, the drone images that were on the nightly news,” Newsom told reporters gathered Thursday along the cleaned up tracks.
There has been some pushback, of late, against the notion that California has become a one-party dystopia of decadence and dysfunction where dropping a BM in the street is legal but plastic straws are not. Maybe it ain’t so bad, because there are still some nice restaurants that you can eat it, provided your papers […]
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Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the decision of Americans to leave high-tax blue states like New York, California, and Illinois and move to free states like Idaho, Utah, Texas, and Florida. But they do have one request for these new arrivals! They also cringe as the evidence seems to pile up that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine early next year. And they discuss President Biden’s bewildering response to a question about whether his administration was unprepared for the Omicron variant.
No good martinis today, but join Jim and Greg as they react to the Biden administration urging employers to mandate vaccinations regardless of how courts rule on the new OSHA rule. They also fume as Biden considers shutting down a key Great Lakes pipeline even though energy prices are set to skyrocket this winter. And they wade into the bizarre internet guessing game of where California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been for the past two weeks.
Join Jim and Greg as they cheer William Shatner for going to space and the private sector space industry for their amazing innovation. They also have plenty to say as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggests the media needs to do more to sell the reconciliation bill to the public. And they’re a bit puzzled as GOP California Rep. Michelle Steel reacts to the Pacific Ocean oil leak and the gridlock at our ports by proposing a ban on ships idling off the southern California coast.
California continually elects the kind of people who want to change the world but can’t even change a tire. – Bryan Preston
And they did it again this Tuesday, retaining rather than recalling Gavin Newsom. What do I take from that? That California is doomed. The four horsemen of socialism, environmentalism, tribalism, and wokeness will continue riding over California ravaging the productive and rewarding the rent-seekers and takers. They are going to have to hit bottom before sanity returns.
Jim and Greg are fascinated to see public opinion catching up with the troubling performance of President Biden, especially among independents and women. They also groan as California voters overwhelmingly vote to keep Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democrats are likely to see the results as proof of support for their radical agenda. And they hammer away at Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley following reports he told Chinese officials he would tip them off if President Trump ordered an attack against them.
Join Jim and Greg as they react to Chinese state media open talking about flying jets over Taiwan, solidifying sovereignty, and warning other nations not to recognize Taiwan. They also groan as Secretary of State Antony Blinken keeps talking about his expectations that the Taliban will allow freedom of travel and right for women and girls – even though they aren’t doing those things and never will. And they react to Larry Elder’s website and a statement from President Trump alleging fraud in the results of today’s California recall.
I regret to inform you the white progressives are at it again. The California recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom will be held Tuesday and polls show him with a weak lead. Golden State Democrats are terrified, not only that their Bay Area Gordon Gekko clone will be tossed out on his oily ear but — quelle horreur — a Black man from South Central might take his place. Not being creative campaigners, progressives are playing one of the few cards they have left.
The LA Times called gubernatorial hopeful Larry Elder “the Black face of white supremacy.” A columnist from the same paper said on MSNBC that replacing their peckerwood governor with a brother would discredit “the idea that multiracial democracy can work.” Nancy Pelosi’s daughter waved her white sheets claiming that “diversity is on the ballot” so her fellow crackers need to support Sacramento’s white power player.
Fear of a black governor isn’t new to California leftists. The state has had 40 chief execs, every single one a white man. Can you imagine? Apparently, Democrats don’t think there’s a single woman or ethnic minority qualified to run their state.
On September 14, Californians will face a ballot issue in two parts. Part 1 is simplicity itself: “Shall Gavin Newsom be recalled (removed) from the office of governor?” If the answer is yes, what follows is a weird procedure whereby all of the qualified replacement candidates for the office will be listed, from which the candidate “receiving the highest number of votes” will fill out the remainder of the current term, which ends on January 2, 2023.
This recall procedure was put into place in 1911 as part of a progressive reform movement to circumvent the legislature and the ordinary election cycle, in order to improve the odds that an outsider could wrest control over the political processes from corrupt insiders. In a twist of fate, that recall process is now being used against an unabashed progressive for the same reason: to take control from the political branches in order to neutralize one-party rule widely seen as unresponsive to the will of the public at large. And if it fails, it is likely because all the big money is behind Newsom, whose $51 million (and counting) is more than double that of all the forces arrayed against him.
Yet the remarkable structure of the recall procedure may keep the race close. The process first makes Newsom a stand-alone target, after which the huge free-for-all among multiple candidates could permit a fringe contender to take the election with only 14 percent of first place votes. Thus, the current system does not allow ranked-order priorities (whereby second and lower choices matter), which earlier this year created so much uncertainty in New York City’s mayoral election that the (relatively) conservative Eric Adams managed to squeak by a long list of more progressive candidates. Transposed to California, the first-past-the-post system could result in the selection of Larry Elder, a staunch and controversial conservative talk-show host in a strongly blue state.