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In many ways 2021 has felt like a repeat of 2020. But unlike Bill Murray’s iconic character, who improved as he lived Groundhog’s Day over and over, Gavin Newsom has learned absolutely nothing.

Case in point: yesterday he reimposed a statewide mask mandate, despite data showing that counties with mandates have fared no better than counties without them. 

Throughout the COVID era, California has been the most coercive state in every way – business shutdowns, school shutdowns, church shutdowns; mask mandates, vaccine mandates, vaccine passports – and gotten nothing in return. 

Newest latest edict, of course, is another exercise of “emergency powers.” Recently, he was asked when the emergency will end. He responded “we’ll know it when we experience it.”

Our Governor just vacationed in Cabo and went on a book tour. I think we’ve experienced it.

Elsewhere, sanity is returning. The Democrat Governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, says “the emergency is over.” The Pennsylvania Supreme Court just struck down that state’s school mask mandate. 

Meanwhile in California, we’ve just learned the state is illegally paying six figures to a “Superintendent of Equity” who lives and works as a life coach in Philadelphia. He happened to be in the wedding of our state schools chief who hired him. 

I’ve reported this to the Governmental Operations Agency, which is reviewing my letter. It’s a reminder that even before the insanity of Newsom’s one-man rule, our Capitol was already a place of madness.

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Kevin Kiley is a Republican California Legislator fighting back against the Supermajority and Special Interests at the State Capitol and Washington D.C. Sign up for updates to be part of our growing movement, and join other Californians of patriotism, decency, and common sense who want nothing more than to save our state and our country.