California

In the Heart of ‘The Resistance,’ California Conservatives Are Invigorated

Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times

California has become, however improbably, a leading exporter of the energy that is animating the conservative movement, and it is giving rise to some of the loudest new voices on the right, from the West Wing to the radical fringe. Some of the most strident conservatives in President Trump’s orbit have honed and hardened their political identities in California.

California Joins The Confederate States Of America

In the Leftist fever to remove any symbol associated with the Confederate side of the American Civil War it is beyond comical that yesterday, California's liberal Governor Jerry Brown joined the Confederacy in attempting to nullify laws passed by Congress.

Is California Cracking Up?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Buying a home on the California coast is nearly impossible. The state budget can only be balanced through constant tax hikes. Finding a good, safe public school is difficult. Building a single new dam during the California drought to capture record runoff water in subsequent wet years proved politically impossible. No matter. Many Californians consider those existential problems to be a premodern drag, while they dream of postmodern trains, the legalization of pot-growing — and seceding from the United States of America.

California Is Seceding from the Constitution

David French, National Review

California public officials at every level of state and local government have taken it upon themselves to replace core constitutional protections with their own radical vision of social justice. This isn’t federalism; it’s lawlessness. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and every state law, ordinance, regulation, or practice that conflicts its guarantees of individual liberty must be struck down.

Rewarding Public Employees With New Tax Hikes on the Private Sector

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

California's leaders believe that Californians should always pay more taxes. They have no problem with typical six-figure salaries and pensions for government employees, who basically rule the Capitol with an iron fist. They don’t care that California has unaffordable home prices due to their growth-control efforts or that the Census Bureau pins our poverty rate at a nation’s high level of 24 percent using their cost-of-living-based standard.

Political prosecution in California

Editors, Washington Examiner

Instead of serving the public, California's attorney general has made himself an errand-boy for an organization that performs roughly one-third of all abortions in America, and whose employees make jokes about the prices they can ask of laboratories for baby parts left over from abortions.

California Shamelessly Persecutes Pro-Life Journalists

David French, National Review

Big Abortion holds the Democratic party in a vise grip, and it now may use that power to send a man to prison for embarrassing the nation’s largest abortion provider. Two young journalists may pay a steep price for doing work that the Left admires — at least when reporters are protecting ducks and chickens. But babies in the womb? They only have the right to die.

The New Gender Battle: Tampons v. Whiskey

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

The efforts to fund new programs on the back of “sin” products are nothing new. It’s not just California that does this, of course. What’s new is the effort to turn the tax code into an endless fight over gender-equity issues. These policies involve real dollars, often hundreds and even thousands of dollars a month in a family’s budget. Of course, the denizens of social justice will vote for all that junk and then announce their battle to save a family 50 cents a month in tampon taxes or a couple bucks in diaper taxes.

Will Trump Call California’s Bluff?

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

Until Trump’s ascension, California’s pols could hardly get much attention — except as weird left-coast folks determined to send their tax base to Texas. Even President Obama sometimes treated California the way one would treat a precocious child. But now things could become contentious as the nation’s most populous and liberal state becomes the test case for the fundamentally conservative idea that states are free to stand up to the federal behemoth.

California GOP’s Final Death Throes

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

California long ago shifted to the left demographically and economically, and there’s basically nothing the GOP can do to stop it. The state’s party has been particularly mock-worthy, with its goofy strategies, poor candidates and lack of fundraising prowess. But it doesn’t really matter at this point.

Jerry Brown Dirties the Climate

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

The additional costs imposed by CARB bureaucrats will make it tougher to keep manufacturing and agricultural jobs from fleeing. Additional land-use edicts mandating fewer suburban developments and an end to major freeway construction will mean higher home costs and more congestion. Radical policies will lead to radical results. This isn’t scare mongering. It’s just the truth.

Direct Democracy: California’s Last Hope?

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

We live in a one-party state, so certain ideas — the ones held by conservatives and libertarians — never get a true hearing in those committee rooms. I’d never design a system this way. I understand the broader conservative case against such a system, but at least with direct democracy, reformers have some chance to get around the current logjam.

Whether He Wins or Loses Today, Ted Cruz Needs to Stay in Till June 7

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

Certainly there is fatigue setting in and certainly the Republican establishment is lining up against Cruz, but the establishment was never for him and will never be for him. Conservatives though, and the party as a whole, still need a viable alternative to the electoral disaster that comes with Donald Trump.

Ted Cruz Has Skyrocketed 19 Points in Three Months in California

Erick Erickson, The Resurgent

National polling tends to lag state level polling. We now have an Iowa poll that shows Cruz in first. We have a California poll showing Cruz is in first. National polling has Cruz going up. I suspect pretty soon we are going to see national polling showing Cruz in the lead.

California Gun Law Will Let Police Confiscate Legally-Owned Weapons

Blake Neff, Daily Caller

Once granted, police can use the restraining order to confiscate all of a person’s guns and ammunition, and the person is also barred from buying or possessing guns and ammo for the duration of the order. A full court hearing must then be heard within three weeks. At that hearing, a judge will be able to extend the restraining order for an entire year.

Gun Violence Erupts in a State of Gun Control

Debra J. Saunders, American Spectator

I certainly don’t think “gun safety” laws could stop terrorists. If Congress were to pass such a ban, then lawmakers would have to grandfather existing assault weapons. Manufacturers would find legal ways around Washington restrictions. The kind of Americans who want to take charge of their own defense would buy them. The public would not be safer. The new gun law would be about as effective as the war on drugs.

Media Races To Make San Bernardino Shooting About Planned Parenthood

Blake Neff, Daily Caller

Just minutes after reports emerged of a shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., members of the media quickly began to draw a dubious connection between the shooting and Planned Parenthood, even though the nearest clinic is about a mile away and there is no evidence it is involved.

Why Nanny Statists Hate the 4th Amendment

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, American Thinker

Why do nanny statists like Obama & Kamala Harris violate the 4th Amendment? It’s a way to deprive citizens, nonprofits & businesses of constitutional rights before they reach the due process stage. It's big-stick intimidation.

NRCC Lost Many Close CA Races

Jon Fleischman, Breitbart

Nationally, R's had an outstanding election. Besides the huge gains in the Senate, House R's made modest gains (12 seats), bringing their majority to 244 of 435 members. Yet House R's could've had an even better night but for being completely routed by Dems in CA. 

Still Undecided: 18 House, 2 Senate, 6 Governor Races

David Eldridge, Roll Call

After a night of historic wins by the GOP, there are still a handful of key races, mostly in CA & AZ, that The AP had not yet called Weds. morning. The VA & AK Senate races are still toss-ups, too.