CalWatchdog Morning Read – January 27

  • Texas shows CA the way in fighting Washington
  • Legislators want to battle “fake news”
  • Property insurance on the rise?
  • Environmental laws probably can’t block Trump’s wall
  • Law may be against Trump on sanctuary cities

Good morning! TGIF. It’s all Trump, all the time now.

Trump’s signing of executive orders Wednesday to begin planning for construction of a wall along the Mexican border, to withhold federal funds from local governments that don’t cooperate with immigration authorities and to increase efforts to track down illegal immigrants immediately prompted Senate President Kevin de Leon to announce plans to sue the Trump administration with the assistance of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Further lawsuits seem likely as the Republican Trump continues to reverse policies that heavily Democratic California embraced under President Obama.

There’s a road map for how a large, wealthy state can resist a president whose edicts it doesn’t like: Texas in the past eight years under Obama.

CalWatchdog has more. 

In other news:

  • Distractions: “In the wake of a turbulent election season and a disturbing new study on the credulity of many political news consumers, a handful of California legislators have put forward new bills designed to ensure the state’s public schools make students aware that not everything purporting to be factual reportage is as true or unbiased as it seems.” CalWatchdog has more.  

  • Taxes: “GOP tax plan could boost prices for Californians’ (property) insurance,” reports CalWatchdog

  • Trump’s wall: “With California’s political leaders in full resistance mode over President Trump’s executive order to build a wall on the Mexican border, Senate leader Kevin de León, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and others have floated an idea to try to stop it: the state’s famously stringent environmental laws. But legal experts say any effort to use state and federal environmental rules to block the wall faces extremely slim chances of being successful.” The Los Angeles Times has more. 

  • Sanctuary cities: “The executive order Trump issued Wednesday putting cities and counties on notice that they would lose federal funding if they didn’t start cooperating with immigration agents has broad implications for California, a state that aggressively protects its undocumented population from deportation. But while the order allowed Trump to boast that he is fulfilling a campaign pledge, it also commits him to a fight that he is not necessarily poised to win.” The Los Angeles Times has more. 


  • Gone till Monday.

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  • No public events announced.  

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  1. Standing Fast
    Standing Fast 27 January, 2017, 12:16

    Regarding Distractions: It would be good if parents also told their children not to believe everything their teachers tell them. I remember my father telling me, at the top of his voice as was his custom, “Don’t let them brainwash you!” As I wasn’t sure exactly what he was referring to, I developed a habit if questioning EVERYTHING that didn’t make sense to me.

    Regarding Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the Mexican border: As it happens, more than 50% of the existing borders from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean already has a wall. Trump’s proposal, then, is to fill in the gaps and make what we have already more secure. To do so is not racist, or hateful, or against the principles of American Liberty.

    Regarding Sanctuary Cities: If California fights Trump’s policy, we will soon find out what life would be like were our fair State secede from the Union.

    Regarding the Legislature: The longer they are not in session, the better I like it. I wish we would go back to the days when they met only for six months every two years.

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