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AUSTIN, TX – California passed a law in 2017 that forbids members of the state government from traveling to twenty-two different states. Governor Gavin Newsom believes he is above the law.
This weekend, he flew to Texas to speak at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin.
.@GavinNewsom is in TX to give a talk for @TexasTribune. The state of CA has banned state travel to Texas. Is he not traveling as the Governor? Is he not traveling with state funded security? Why doesn’t anyone care that these rules and protests are all virtue signaling nonsense? pic.twitter.com/3ShKhCAr3H
— Jennifer Sey (@JenniferSey) September 25, 2022
For anyone interested in what this event is, it is an opportunity for liberals to together in a conservative state to talk about how wonderful they all are and how their progressive policies are the best ideas ever, even though they continue to lead to extreme financial suffering for average American’s, while actual conservatives and a few RINOs get a few minutes on stage to discuss their thoughts as well.
Aside from Newsom, here is a list of some of the notable liberals in attendance.
Ted Cruz and Glen Younkin were also on the slate along with RINOs Liz Cheney and Dan Crenshaw.
It is important to establish what this event is and who was there as we dig into the California state travel ban.
For the record, the Lone Star State is one of the states on the California “do not fly” list.
So, how does Newsom justify traveling someplace that his state dictates they are not allowed to go?
He didn’t, because no one asked him. But in typical liberal fashion, he just does what he wants to do.
Accountability for their actions is not something they are very big on. And the media, in the Democrat’s back pockets, will never do anything to hold them accountable.
For those unfamiliar with the travel ban, California does not allow people traveling on state business to attend conferences, training, meetings or any other activity while acting in an official capacity, if those activities are located in a state that California has deemed to have discriminatory laws in effect.
What kind of laws do they deem discriminatory? Most laws in Texas would probably be scrutinized by California. But specifically, they believe that Texas in just one of numerous states that discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community.
Reread that. They are not accusing these states of not doing enough to protect them. They are saying that they actively discriminate against that community.
Here is the actual verbiage from California’s AB 1887, Prohibition on State-Funded and State-Sponsored Travel to States with Discriminatory Laws.
The law “prohibits a state agency, department, board, or commission from requiring any state employees, officers, or members to travel to a state that, after June 26, 2015, has enacted a law that
(1) has the effect of voiding or repealing existing state or local protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression;
(2) authorizes or requires discrimination against same-sex couples or their families or on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; or
(3) creates an exemption to antidiscrimination laws in order to permit discrimination against same-sex couples or their families or on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”
The states currently banned besides Texas are:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
So, what exactly has Texas done to gain membership into this club?
For starters, Texas does not allow men pretending to be women to use women’s restroom and locker rooms.
Yet somehow, Newsom wound up in Texas with his security, the trip likely funded by taxpayer dollars.
And the mainstream media is silent on the hypocrisy.
But breaking the rules that he puts in place for his constituents should come as no surprise with Gavin. Just look at the number of times he was seen maskless in public during the pandemic while enforcing people to wear masks everywhere or face penalties.
But to the Texas trip specifically, the California legislature has carved out exceptions for the travel ban.
Let’s see if anyone can find where the Texas Tribune Festival fits in with one of these seven things.
- Enforcement of California law, including auditing and revenue collection.
- To meet contractual obligations incurred before January 1, 2017.
- To comply with requests by the federal government to appear before committees.
- To participate in meetings or training required by a grant or required to maintain grant funding.
- To complete job-required training necessary to maintain licensure or similar standards required for holding a position, in the event that comparable training cannot be obtained in California or a different state not subject to the travel prohibition.
- For the protection of public health, welfare, or safety, as determined by the affected agency, department, board, authority, or commission, or by the affected legislative office.
Please reach out to us if you see the correlation between his trip to Austin and any of those 7 exceptions, because we are not seeing the common denominator.
In the meantime, California will leave Texas on the banned travel list, because they cannot in good conscience spend money in a state that doesn’t see things the same way they do.
But it makes you wonder why they refuse to allow Texans to travel to California and spend their money out there.
If this travel ban is a matter of principle over “discriminatory” laws, then why wouldn’t they also refuse to allow state employees from those 22 states to come there for conferences and such?
Could it be that they don’t really care about the principles, they just hate conservative ideology, and all of this is really just political posturing?
CA Gov. Newsom reveals what triggered him to run anti-Florida ads (spoiler alert: he hates freedom)
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SACRAMENTO, CA- The inept governor of California, Vaseline boy Gavin Newsom took to the Florida airwaves a week or two back for the sole purpose of taking aim at that state’s extremely popular governor, Ron DeSantis.
It was a bit confusing why Newsom would attempt to interfere in the politics of a state some 3,000 miles away.
Add to it the fact that the ad made the absurd point that Florida residents, who pay no income tax and have at least “reasonable” gas prices in the current environment should give all that up and move to the hellhole that is California.
“Freedom is under attack in your state” was the call from Newsom, odd since California was ruled as a quasi-dictatorship for two years during the pandemic. It was, shall we say, strange.
We’re about to celebrate Independence Day — but Freedom is under attack by Republican leaders in states like Florida.
Making it harder to vote.
Criminalizing women and doctors.
It’s time to stand up. Don’t let them take your freedom. pic.twitter.com/cFI5UzgZzX
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 3, 2022
Many thought that Newsom, who fancies himself a potential Democratic Party presidential candidate possibly as early as 2024 if Democrats kick dementia-ridden Joe Biden to the curb, was targeting DeSantis, who is also widely considered to be a contender for the 2024 Republican nomination for president. Attempt to “take out” the competition, so to speak.
As the Washington Examiner reported this week, Newsom claimed the reason he targeted DeSantis in the ad wasn’t political, it was personal. According to Brylcreem Boy, he went after the Florida governor allegedly because of DeSantis’s threat to fine the Special Olympics $27 million if it didn’t remove its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Sure Newsom, we’ll buy that lol.
“He did something that tipped me very directly and that was going after the Special Olympics,” Newsom told the Sacramento Bee, speaking of DeSantis. “That led to the consideration of doing something a little bit more expressive, and that was the determination on the ad.”
In a hilarious bit of irony, Newsom in June called the Florida governor’s pushback on the Special Olympics vaccine mandate “bullying.”
Clearly. DeSantis resides 24/7 in the head of Newsom…one might say, he’s obsessed with him. This from a man who imposed some of the most draconian, arbitrary, and capricious COVID-19 restrictions in the country, restrictions which he himself felt no need to obey himself…see the “French Laundry” for an example.
In the Florida ad, Newsom mentioned a number of current events, including abortion, schools wading into social justice areas, and medical freedom.
“I urge all of you living in Florida to join the fight—join us in California, where we still believe in freedom: Freedom of speech, freedom to choose, freedom from hate, and the freedom to love,” Newsom said. “Don’t let them take your freedom.”
Newsom forgot the freedom to step in human feces while walking the streets of Los Angeles or San Francisco. Freedom to get shot while on the boardwalk in the City by the Bay. Freedom to pay $7.00 plus per gallon of gasoline.
Freedom to have your electricity shut off in the middle of summer. Freedom to get arrested while wakeboarding all by yourself off the coast for violating COVID mandates. You know, all that type of “freedom.”
DeSantis wasted no time in pushing back against Newsom during a press conference a few days later.
“Let us be clear. California is driving people away with their terrible governance…it’s almost hard to drive people out of a place like California…and yet they’re finding a way to do it.”
DESANTIS: "California is driving people away with their terrible governance…it's almost hard to drive people out of a place like California…and yet they're finding a way to do it." pic.twitter.com/I3RFmEHif9
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 8, 2022
Meanwhile, DeSantis reelection campaign spokesman Dave Abrams noted that Florida voters are probably not all that impressed with how Newsom is handling California.
“The people of Florida pay no mind to the pathetic smear campaigns from the Democrats and their allies in the corporate media,” he told the Daily Wire. “We’re too busy enjoying the freedom Governor Ron DeSantis has created in the Sunshine State.”
DeSantis is widely considered future presidential material, although he has dismissed questions about him possibly being a 2024 candidate, saying he is focused on getting reelected to the Florida governor’s office.
Whether he runs or not would likely depend on whether Donald Trump announces he will again seek the Republican nomination.
Meanwhile Newsom is getting some traction among Democrats despite the fact California has turned into the American version of a third-world hell hole.
There have been some stirrings within the Democratic Party that Joe Biden is simply too old and showing numerous signs of possible dementia, hence looking at possible replacements.
However, with inflation at 40-year highs and no end in sight, 2024 may turn into a bloodbath for Democrats no matter who runs in either party.
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NAPA, CA- It was recently reported that French Laundry, an upscale restaurant in Napa, where Governor Gavin Newsom (D) was caught violating his own mandatory coronavirus lockdown rules, received more than $2.4 million in loans from the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
The French Laundry got more than $2.4M in fed. funding intended for small businesses, 17X more than what the average Bay Area full-service restaurant received.]👉🏻 Restaurant Where CA Gov. Newsom Was Caught Dining Received Millions In COVID-19 Relief Funds https://t.co/kTlUr6IBpy
— Junkyard Dogs (@baileyjer) December 18, 2020
According to reports, French Laundry received two loans that were both approved on April 30, 2020. SBA said that the first loan was for more than $2.2 million to retain 163 employees. The second loan was for $194,656 to retain five additional employees.
An analysis from ABC 7 found that the restaurant received 17 times more than what the average Bay Area restaurant received. This is just another example of a larger, wealthier business reaping stimulus benefits that many smaller businesses did not have access to.
Dennis Berkowitz, former owner of San Mateo restaurant Vault 164 said that he struggled to get around $318,000 to retain about 5o employees. However, the loan was not enough to sustain his business and he was forced to sell the restaurant in July. He said :
“That’s a lot of money, but what can I do about it?”
“I’ve had a 40-year run in the restaurant business, so I consider myself fortunate. I really feel bad for the next generation of restaurateurs because they’re screwed.”
The French Laundry got more than $2.4M in PPP funding; 17x more than average Bay Area restaurants – ABC7 San Francisco https://t.co/tWzYHYLXdw
— Chris Curtis (@_ChrisCurtis) December 18, 2020
The lack of equity in how these federal stimulus funds were distributed is becoming more and more glaring as the year closes out revealing that thousands of independent restaurants across the country have shut their doors.
It was recently reported that companies tied to Gov. Newsom and his family received $2.9 million in PPP funds. It was also reported that big chain restaurants like P.F. Chang’s and TGI Friday’s received the maximum-sized loans available, which were $10 million.
According to ABC 7’s analysis, 5,450 full-service restaurants in the Bay Area received PPP loans this year. These loans are forgivable if they are primarily used to pay employee salaries.
87 percent of the loans made in the program were for $150,000 or less and large companies, including prominent law firms and restaurant chains, consumed about one quarter of the total money available. Six hundred of those companies received loans of $10 million a piece.
— Jordan Kurland (@zeitpop) December 18, 2020
The I-Team analyzed thousands of California loans released by the SBA that show wealthier, big businesses are often getting access to loans before small mom and pop owners.
Out of all the approved loans in CA, 91 percent of larger restaurants with 300 or more employees got their loan approved in April versus only 52 percent of small restaurants will 1o0 or fewer employees.
According to reservation services online, at French Laundry an individual can reserve an exclusive outdoor culinary dining experience starting at $450 per person or a White Truffle and Caviar dinner for $1,200 per person.
The restaurant’s website states that the 1,600 square foot building is owned by celebrity chef Thomas Keller. Keller approached 60 investors to launch the restaurant back in 1994.
French Laundry is one of at least seven Bay Area restaurants with two or three Michelin stars that also received PPP loans. The list of the other six restaurants include Saison, Acquerello, Benu, Atlier, and Californios Restaurant Group.
17X more than what the average Bay Area full-service restaurant received. https://t.co/c5kne0pT72
— duane poole @ Duanepoole (@duanepoole) December 18, 2020
Val Cantu of Californios said that they received around $214,597 to retain 10 to 14 people. Cantu said:
“We’re still trying to figure out how to spend it correctly, which has and continues to be cloudy.”
Cantu said the confusion stems from how frequent the SBA’s rules have changed since the beginning of the process. Cantu said:
“Whether the PPP will be forgivable, we’ll see. I’m not sure if it will be.”
The French Laundry received over $2.4 million in PPP funds, 17 times more than the average Bay Area restaurant.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 17, 2020
Theresa Pasion, owner of the Mission’s La Palma agreed with the confusion from SBA. However, unlike some other family-owned small businesses, she did not have in-house financial help. She said:
“It was very intimidating, the application process. As soon as you look at it, you have questions. Anything you fill out wrong, you are liable for.”
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