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Yesterday Gavin Newsom spun a giant wheel of fortune in a scene that brought cartoon parodies to life. Then in an instant, he went from Pat Sajak to Julius Caesar.

“We’re still in a state of emergency,” Newsom declared. Chillingly, he added that “the emergency remains in effect after June 15” because COVID “has not vanished.” Since cases may never equal zero, this can only mean one thing: an unending dictatorship in the Roman mold.

Newsom’s press office then lied about what he said, prompting sharp rebukes from the Sacramento Bee, LA Times, NPR, and other journalists who aren’t quite ready to succumb to a 1984-style Ministry of Truth.

I’m going to try again to pass ACR 196, my Resolution to terminate Newsom’s emergency powers. But frankly, his refusal to end the emergency hardly matters: either way he’ll keep abusing his power until he’s removed from office.

As one example, consider the latest on masks. California and Hawaii now stand alone as the only states defying the CDC. Even worse, in a fit of sheer lunacy Newsom’s Administration is requiring masks in the workplace perhaps through next year.

Then there’s our kids, who are being forced to wear them even at recess. Every study has found such cruelty to be senseless. In fact, two new studies – one from the CDC, the other funded by Mark Zuckerberg – show no benefit to masks in school at all.

But I do have some good news about schools. We’ve defeated the year’s most corrupt bill, AB 1316, which could have shut down hundreds of charters. Thank you to everyone who fought back to protect what remains of school choice in California.

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Kevin Kiley is a Republican California Legislator fighting back against the Supermajority and Special Interests at the State Capitol. 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.