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Judicial Watch: California Has 11 Counties With More Voters than Voting-Age Citizens

Questions of voter fraud emerged in the last two elections as a major issue. Messy accurate voter rolls have the  potential for widespread fraud.

“California’s voting rolls are an absolute mess that undermines the very idea of clean elections,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.

The counties include Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.

Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog organization, has sent a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on behalf of the Election Integrity Project, noting that there are 11 counties in the state with more registered voters, and alleging that the state may be out of compliance with Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

The letter reads, in part:

NVRA Section 8 requires states to conduct reasonable list maintenance so as to maintain an accurate record of eligible voters for use in conducting federal elections.1 As you may know, Congress enacted Section 8 of the NVRA to protect the integrity of the electoral process. Allowing the names of ineligible voters to remain on the voting rolls harms the integrity of the electoral process and undermines voter confidence in the legitimacy of elections.…

As the top election official in California, it is your responsibility under federal law to coordinate California’s statewide effort to conduct a program that reasonably ensures the lists of eligible voters are accurate.

Judicial Watch lays out the specifics: “[T]here were more total registered voters than there were adults over the age of 18 living in each of the following eleven (11) counties: Imperial (102%), Lassen (102%), Los Angeles (112%), Monterey (104%), San Diego (138%), San Francisco (114%), San Mateo (111%), Santa Cruz (109%), Solano (111%), Stanislaus (102%), and Yolo (110%).” The letter notes that the percentage in L.A. Country may be as high as 144%.

The letter contains a threat to sue the Secretary of State if Padilla does not remove from the rolls “persons who have become ineligible to vote by reason of death, change in residence, or a disqualifying criminal conviction, and to remove noncitizens who have registered to vote unlawfully.” It gives Padilla 14 days to respond, and 90 days to correct alleged violations of the law.  BreitBart

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The Price Tag On A California Single Payer Health Plan Is Bigger Than The State Budget

A government heath plan can be two of these — universal, affordable, quality.

If universal and quality then not affordable (would bankrupt the government).

If affordable and quality then not universal.

If universal and affordable then low quality.

The price tag for California universal health care plan – $400 Billion.  This year’s state budget in California is about $180 billion.

It would cost $400 billion to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal health care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday.

California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called “single-payer” system, the analysis by the Senate Appropriations Committee found. The estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state and federal funding it currently receives to offset the total $400 billion price tag. sacbee

California plan high cost, high taxes, loss of jobs.

California’s proposal is particularly expensive because it’s not just a single-payer proposal, but a generous one. As Vox details, “the state would pay for almost all of its residents’ medical expenses—inpatient, outpatient, emergency services, dental, vision, mental health, and nursing home care—and Californians would not have any premiums, copays, or deductibles.” Undocumented immigrants would be covered too.

Even in the state that spends the most money each year, the $200 billion increase is asking for a lot. Californians pay an average of 11 percent of their income in state and local taxes, the sixth highest of any state, according to the Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C.,-based think tank that favors lower tax rates, and the state’s top income tax rate of 13.3 percent is already the nation’s highest.

“Needless to say, doubling California’s tax burden would give them the highest taxes in the country by far,” Joe Henchman, vice president of state projects for the Tax Foundation, told Reason on Tuesday.

The proposal “will cost employers and taxpayers billions of dollars and result in significant loss of jobs in the state,” warns the California Chamber of Commerce. reason

Other states that have attempted single-payer health care plans.

Just last week, we reported on a similar single-payer proposal in New York State, which would require doubling (and possibly quadrupling, depending on which projection you believe) the state’s tax burden. Vermont’s attempt to implement a single-payer health care system collapsed in 2014 because the costs were too high. Colorado voters rejected a proposed single-payer system in 2016 when faced with the prospect of increasing payroll taxes by 10 percent to meet the estimated $25 billion annual price tag. reason

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Illegal Alien Deported 15 Times Arrested In Crash That Hurt 6-Year-Old Boy

Horrific!

An illegal immigrant – who had been deported 15 times – is accused of seriously injuring a 6-year-old boy in a Saturday night drunken driving hit-and-run crash, authorities said.

Constantino Banda-Acosta, a 38-year-old Mexican citizen, was kicked out of the U.S. 15 times in the past 15 years, with his most previous deportation coming Jan. 18, federal officials told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Banda-Acosta is accused of running a stop sign in the San Ysidro hit-and-run. He was taken into custody, about a half hour after the crash occurred, along with another man who was also an illegal immigrant.

The injured boy, Lennox Lake, was coming home from Disneyland with his family on Saturday, and the group was about a block from their home when the collision happened.

When he was found in the wrecked vehicle, Lennox was unconscious, bleeding from several head wounds and not breathing. He had a major head injury and, as of Tuesday night, had already undergone two surgeries, The Union-Tribune reported. Lennox’s family expects him to make a full recovery.

Right now he has a lot of swelling and can’t open either of his eyes so he’s scared about why he can’t see,” his father, Ben Lake, told FOX5. “I just really care about bringing him home and making sure he’s happy again.” NYPost

‘We Were Ambushed,’ Say Claremont Colleges’ Jewish Students After Senate Passes Pro-BDS Motion on Passover, Easter Sunday

The vote on the pro-bds motion was on April 16 – a date marking Easter Sunday and the Jewish holiday of Passover.  22 yes votes, 4 abstained, 0 were opposed, and 17 were absent from the meeting, reported the Claremont Independent campus news.

Jewish student leaders at the Claremont Colleges told The Algemeiner they felt “ambushed” by an unexpected vote on a pro-boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) motion in the student senate on Sunday, which was Passover’s sixth day and Easter…

Deena Woloshin, who sits on the executive board of CPIA, said the group was given “no forewarning” of the vote and the timing effectively “silence[d] the Israeli narrative.”

The amendment stated that “Student Activities Funds shall not be used to make payment on goods and services from any corporation or organization associated with the unethical occupation of Palestinian territories. Products include those products from corporations and organizations delineated in the boycott list maintained by bdsmovement.net…” That list includes a number of major brands such as Sabra Humus, Ahava Dead Sea products, SodaStream, Caterpillar and Hewlett Packard (HP). Algemeiner

California Leads List With 6 Of The Top 10 Most Polluted U.S. Cities Again

The cities with the strongest environment taxes and regulations and the most advocates for clean air are the worst in air pollution.

Californian cities dominate the list of cities with the worst air pollution, according to a report from the American Lung Association, citing data from 2013-2015.

California’s smoggy reputation appears to be deserved: Six of the USA’s 10 cities with the worst air pollution are in the Golden State, according to a new report.

Bakersfield, Calif., again holds the dubious distinction of having the USA’s most days of highly polluted air, based on data from 2013-2015, the American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report released Wednesday found.

In addition to the worst spikes of short-term pollution — led by Bakersfield — the report also lists the cities with the worst overall year-round pollution — led by Visala/Hanford, Calif.— and the worst ozone pollution, led by the Los Angeles/Long Beach area.

California’s soaring population and topography allow air pollution to overcome the state’s strict environmental laws, said Paul Billings of the American Lung Association. The boom in people brings with it an increase in cars and trucks on the roads, and many of those people live in valley and basins, right where pollution tends to settle.

Nearly year-round sunny skies also don’t help: Those picture-perfect days are a major factor in high levels of ozone pollution, he added. USAToday

California Issues 806,000 Driver’s Licenses To Illegal Immigrants In Two Years

How many illegal immigrant votes did Democrats get this election?

In 2014, state officials estimated the licenses would cost California $141 million over the next three years.

California has issued more than 800,000 driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in the two years since the state implemented a law allowing for issuance without proof of legal presence.

The Mercury News reports that in the two years since AB 60 took effect the California Department of Motor Vehicles issued driver’s licenses to 806,000 undocumented immigrants — 14,000 of which the department issued just last month…

There are an estimated three million undocumented immigrants in the state, according to The Mercury News…

AB 60 or AB 1461 — a law that, beginning next year, will automatically register California drivers to vote. DailyCaller

Update: Teachers Union Threatens To Sue Student For Recording Professor’s Anti-Trump Craziness

Update:  After the video stopped filming  the professor allegedly asked Trump backers to stand during class.

Tanner Webb and Noah Faerber told KCBS-TV other things Cox said during class — when video wasn’t secretly rolling — were particularly intimidating. Such as asking Trump backers in the room to stand up.

“She was saying dehumanizing things about Trump supporters,” Webb told KCBS, “and nobody felt like they could stand up. Me, in fear of my grade. And then she said, ‘I bet none of you will stand up because you’re embarrassed for yourselves. The rest of the class should look out for them and know who to protect themselves from.’”

“Students shouldn’t be shamed for their political beliefs,” Faerber added to the station, “or who they vote for.”

“Nobody wants to stand up and be publicly humiliated by a teacher who holds the power in the classroom like that,” Webb noted to KCBS.  The Blaze

The Young Republican club (YRC) have filed a formal complaint with college administrators.

“The unions are acting like thugs, like bullies themselves,” said attorney Shawn Steel, a Republican National Committee member who volunteered to represent the Republican club. “Every student knows it. If you stand up to your professor, 90 percent of the time the professor’s going to punish you,” he added.

A teachers union is threatening “legal action” against a student for filming and posting a rant by an instructor in which she described the election of Donald Trump as “an act of terrorism” and accused him of being a “white supremacist.” The union decried the video exposing the instructor’s egregious bias and bullying as an “illegal recording” and warned that the “student will be identified” and may face a lawsuit.

The instructor, Olga Perez Stable Cox, is a human sexuality teacher at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, where she has taught for 30 years.

“Our nation is divided. We have been assaulted. It is an act of terrorism,” Cox declared to her students. Those who support Trump, she suggested, are guilty of “committing assault” and are “among us.”

“One of the most frightening things for me, and most people in my life, is that the people who are committing the assault are among us,” she said. “It is not some stranger from some other country coming and attacking our sense of what it means to be an American and the things that we stand for and that makes it more painful because I’m sure that all of us have people in our families and our circle of friends that are part of that movement and it is very difficult … We are way beyond Republicans and Democrats and we’re really being back to being at civil war — I don’t mean that in a fighting way but our nation is divided as clearly as it was in Civil War times.”

These people “committing assault,” she alleged, have elected a “white supremacist and a vice president that is one of the most anti-gay humans in this country.” (Full  transcript of rant at DailyWire)

Updated-Insurance Company Denied Her Chemo Treatment. But It Covered Drugs For Suicide.

Closeup Money rolled up with pills, expensive healthcare
Update:

Terminally ill mom who was refused access to chemotherapy but told she could get suicide drug, she put pressure on the insurance company and threatened to tell her story. Insurance bosses then approved the drug which may buy her more time.

Packer is determined to spend as much time with her children aged between seven and 13. DailyMail

In California, Stephanie Packer who has a terminal illness, instead of receiving medical assistance was instead offered accelerated death.

While life-affirming palliative care remains an expensive medical cost, Packer recommended that more energy and resources fund hospice care, instead of making death the cheaper option.

“We can start to fix our broken health care system, and people will start to live instead of feeling like they have to choose to die.”

Stephanie Packer cherishes every moment with her husband and four children. Living with a terminal illness in Orange, California, her goal is “to do everything I can to have one more second with my kids.”

When assisted suicide legislation was officially passed in California in 2016, Packer experienced the ultimate slap in the face: her insurance company denied the coverage of critical chemotherapy treatment that her doctors recommended for her condition.

Her insurance would, however, cover end-of-life drugs for just $1.20.

“It was like someone had just hit me in the gut,” said Packer, who shared her story in the new documentary, Compassion and Choice Denied

Particularly concerning: the insurance company had initially suggested that they would cover the chemotherapy drugs. It was one week after assisted suicide was legalized that they sent Packer a letter saying they were denying coverage. Despite multiple appeals, they continued to refuse.

“As soon as this law was passed, patients fighting for a longer life end up getting denied treatment, because this will always be the cheapest option… it’s hard to financially fight,” Packer said in the documentary. CNA

“Compassion and Choice DENIED explores the effects efforts to legalize physician assisted suicide have on those who are living with terminal illness but who do not want “aid in dying.” The film features Stephanie, a wife and mother living with a terminal diagnosis. She has experienced first-hand the dangerous effects of California’s recent legalization of physician assisted suicide.”

Because of how important this issue is the short film has been posted to Youtube.

Unconfirmed Leprosy Diagnosis For 2 Students At Jurupa Valley School In California

Two elementary children in California show symptoms of the infectious condition of leprosy officials claim.  Jurupa Valley is an hour’s drive from Los Angeles.

It is not clear whether the two patients are related, nor whether they recently traveled abroad.

According to the county’s disease control director Barbara Cole, neither are hospitalized; both are at home near school in west Riverside County.

The Jurupa Unified School District informed families at Indian Hills Elementary School about the unconfirmed cases in a letter sent on Friday.

They insisted the diagnoses cannot be confirmed for a few weeks, but the district is doing everything possible to monitor and control the risk.

Parents were also issued with fact sheets explaining the disease, how it is transmitted, and how it is treated.

Leprosy is spread through prolonged or repeated contact with an untreated patient.

Specifically, it is spread through contact with their saliva or nasal mucus, which contains the infectious bacteria Mycobacterium leprae (or, M. leprae).

The disease mainly affects the eyes, the upper respiratory tract, and the surface  nerves of the skin, which can eventually destroy the sensation in, for example, the feet, hands or face.  DailyMail

California State Senator Drops Proposal That Violated The Free Exercise Of Religion Clause Of The First Amendment

usdCalifornia State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D) said Senate Bill 1146 would shed light on discrimination of the LGBT community, it actually would restrict religious liberty of colleges.

Senator Lara has worked tirelessly to pass legislation that would dictate how religious universities operate in observance of their religion.

Sen.  Ricardo Lara:  “As a gay Catholic man, nobody has the right to dictate how I worship or observe my religion.”

Faced with intense opposition SB 1146 has been amended and now no longer contains a direct assault on the 1st Amendment.

SB1146  would have made it impossible for students to receive the Cal Grant if they chose to go to a religious school that held biblical views on human sexuality and marriage.  Private/religious colleges and universities would be subject to SB 1146 whether they accepted state financial aid or not.

First, SB 1146 will require religious colleges and universities to adopt policies of non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in order for students to receive state-funded scholarships under the Cal Grant program. Secondly, SB 1146 will require these institutions to give notice if they have requested an exemption to Title IX. Thirdly, SB 1146 will permit lawsuits against institutions that are perceived to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation regardless of whether they accept the Cal-Grant scholarships.  Peabody

 

SB 1146 Amended

Faced with intense opposition from religious colleges in California, a state Senator said Wednesday he has decided to amend a bill by dropping a provision that would have allowed gay and transgender students to more easily sue private universities for discrimination if they are disciplined for violating church teachings.

Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) is removing a provision of his bill that sought to take away the exemption of religious schools to anti-discrimination laws. Instead, he will press forward with the amended bill that would still require such schools to disclose if they have an exemption and report to the state when students are expelled for violating morality codes. LATimes

Huge Opposition

The withdrawal of the key provision of SB 1146 comes one day after a coalition of 145 Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders and college presidents penned an open letter to the legislature claiming the bill violates religious liberty and “creates its own form of discrimination by stigmatizing and coercively punishing religious beliefs that disagree on contested matters related to human sexuality.”

“While we do not all agree on religious matters, we all agree that the government has no place in discriminating against poor religious minorities or in pitting a religious education institution’s faith-based identity against its American identity. This legislation puts into principle that majoritarian beliefs are more deserving of legal protection, and that minority viewpoints are deserving of government harassment. Legislation of this nature threatens the integrity not only of religious institutions, but of any viewpoint wishing to exercise basic American freedoms, not least of which is the freedom of conscience,” the letter also said.

The letter was also signed by multiple distinguished professors of law, including Robert P. George, who only recently completed a term as chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Leith Anderson, chair of the National Association of Evangelicals, who signed the letter, said via social media that he and others were breathing “sighs of relief and prayers of gratitude that California #SB1146 (restricting religious liberty of colleges) has been dropped.”

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, also signed the letter. He tweeted that SB 1146 showed “the stakes of a state that imperils the free exercise of religious and the freedom of dissent.”

He added, “The #SB1146 controversy also shows how important it is for religious freedom advocates to stand together, across our divides.” ChristianExaminer

California Removes “Islamophobic” Contents From Public School Syllabus

erase-historyCalifornia is rewriting Muslim history in their public schools.  The Muslim conquest of India was bloody and violent.

The American historian Will Durant:  “The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex of order and freedom, culture and peace, can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within.”

 In K.S. Lal’s 1973 book, Growth of Muslim Population of Medieval India (1000-1800), the author estimated that about 60-80 million people died in India between 1000 and 1525 as a result of Islamic invasions. AmericanThinker

“At the public hearing in Sacramento on July 14, the Board of Education responded positively to a letter by the Muslim Studies Faculty Group, a formidable collective of 25 scholars on Islam and Muslim Civilization from premier institutions such as Harvard, UCLA, Georgetown University and Berkeley.” Harvard and Georgetown and probably the others are heavily Saudi-funded and thoroughly compromised.

“These edits comprised of painting Islamic history in the Indian subcontinent as one of forced conversions, and projecting Islam as an inherently war-mongering religion.” Historian Koenraad Elst says: “Since about 1920 an effort has been going on in India to rewrite history and to deny the millennium-long attack of Islam on Hinduism.” Elst quotes the American historian Will Durant, who wrote in the days before the present-day politically correct stranglehold: “The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history.”

“The hearing witnessed a large turnout from the American Muslim community, who were motivated by the desire to ensure that their faith was not misrepresented in order to serve an Islamophobic and Hindu supremacist narrative.” It sounds as if the Board of Education conducted this hearing in a highly intimidating atmosphere. JihadWatch

 

Trump Rally Attendees Sue San Jose Mayor, Chief of Police, And Attackers

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14-year-old running from mob

A lawsuit has been filed by 14 victims of the anti-Trump rioters in San Jose.  The victims range from a 14-year-old who was assaulted by two different individuals and denied assistance by the San Jose Fire Department to a 71-year-old woman whose glasses were ripped off and destroyed by three rioters.

The lawsuit claims police  directed victims into the line of the mob and then failed to protect citizens when the mob attacked them.

“In addition to the physical injuries suffered by dozens of attendees, all of them suffered violations of their rights of free speech and free assembly, and through this action, they seek redress for the injuries they suffered to their persons and to their constitutionally protected rights,” stated lawyer Harmeet Dhillon.

Fourteen individuals who attended the Donald J. Trump presidential campaign rally on June 2, 2016, in San Jose, Calif., filed a class action lawsuit this morning against the City of San Jose, its mayor, Sam Liccardo, its chief of police, Edgardo Garcia, certain named individual rioter defendants, and 38 yet-unknown “Doe” defendants, alleging that the Defendants created a dangerous situation for all Trump Rally attendees that caused plaintiffs to be exposed to brutal assault, intimidation, false imprisonment, and threats by an angry mob of hundreds of anti-Trump protesters.

“Law-abiding citizens leaving the Trump rally were victimized by being forced by armed police to walk into a riot in full swing where many were assaulted while police looked on,” said Plaintiffs’ attorney, Harmeet K. Dhillon. “We seek redress for the serious physical and other injuries our clients and the class suffered as a direct result of the City’s acts and omissions, as well as the deliberate acts of the individual assailants.”

Despite deploying over 250 San Jose police officers or others working at their direction — many of whom were outfitted in full riot gear — San Jose’s officials not only failed to protect the attendees, but made clear through their subsequent public statements that their inaction was colored by political viewpoint considerations.

“In addition to the physical injuries suffered by dozens of attendees, all of them suffered violations of their rights of free speech and free assembly, and through this action, they seek redress for the injuries they suffered to their persons and to their constitutionally protected rights,” Dhillon said. “No citizen should have to feel that he is risking life and limb to attend a political event, or feel that his or her rights are somehow less important just because they happen to be different than those of the Mayor and/or the Chief of Police. Trump supporters deserve — and are guaranteed by the Constitution — the equal protection of the law.” Full Press Release of Lawsuit

14-year-old victim’s father: “We were directed through the mob. It’s one thing to let people protest. It’s another thing to make the people go through the protest. Force them to. We weren’t allowed to go away from the protest.”