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California’s Legislative Branch Has Been Cancelled

By California Legislator Kevin Kiley The State Assembly was set to reconvene on Monday after indulging in a three-week Summer Recess, but our return was called off after a few people at the Capitol tested positive. Apparently, the ability of 80 individual lawmakers to comfortably quarantine (while getting paid) is more important than the right …

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Newsom Claims More Power from Legislature’s ‘Hiatus’

*Sign up at the bottom for updates on our case against Gov. Newsom. By California Legislator Kevin Kiley Gavin Newsom is seizing on the Legislature’s absence to claim even more power. Yesterday, he told the Court of Appeals to overturn our Restraining Order against him “because the Assembly has delayed its return from recess,” claiming …

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Expiration of the State of Emergency

By California Legislator Kevin Kiley An Illinois Court has ruled: the State of Emergency expired, the Governor’s emergency powers lapsed, and his Executive Orders are void. The Court further declared the Governor had “no constitutional authority to restrict a citizen’s movements or activities and/or forcibly close business premises.” The plaintiff says “this ruling means there …

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The Day Democracy in California Just About Slipped Away

By California Legislator Kevin Kiley Yesterday the State Assembly announced it was getting rid of public testimony on bills, abandoning the most basic requirement of democracy: the right of the people to participate in their government. Just when you thought the Capitol couldn’t get any more insular, the Speaker’s Office announced there will no longer …

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What Does Gavin Newsom Have Against Poor Kids?

By California Legislator Kevin Kiley Few things at the Capitol surprise me anymore. But what happened last week was a nuclear event. Gov. Newsom has routinely put special interests before kids, so I expected he’d use the COVID crisis to advance their agenda. But no one expected anything as vicious as the attack on students, …

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Yes, the Assembly Is Recessing Again

By California Legislator Kevin Kiley The State Assembly is recessing again. After the 7-week COVID Recess, it’s moved ahead with a 3-week Summer Recess. Rather than work through summer, the Legislature used a shortened calendar as an excuse to put its usual undemocratic practices on steroids. Committee Chairmen threw out hundreds of bills without explanation. …

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