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Newsom Dethroned: Judge rules he overstepped authority in CA, by mandating vote-by-mail ballots

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Judge Sarah Heckman of the Sutter County Superior Court said Governor Gavin Newsom lacked the authority needed to amend or change existing elections law. Newsom did so under the guise of an emergency due to the COVID-19 epidemic. However, Heckman said that wasn’t even reason enough to trample election law with the Executive Order that required all Californians receive vote-by-mail ballots for the Nov. 3 general election.

The executive action was taken as part of the California Emergency Services Act, or CESA, which gives Newsom special powers during a public emergency — in this case the novel coronavirus pandemic. Newsom signed an executive order that mandated all registered voters receive vote-by-mail ballots and allowed counties to reduce precincts on Election Day if they provide in-person voting centers for at least three days prior as a way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Think about what happened across the nation as Democratic governors and those that supported the push for mail-in ballots opened the door to fraud and election night havoc. Newsom, like others, used the COVID-19 epidemic to frighten people enough to effort the emergency orders to send out universal ballots to voters, suggesting it was too dangerous to vote in person. They used the epidemic to push lawsuits across the country early on to ensure that their loosey goosey provisions would be implemented at the expense of securing the election.

However, the CDC didn’t seem to think it was an absolute emergency and didn’t require people to stay at home. In fact, the CDC issued a health memorandum before the election saying it was safe to vote in person as long as everyone wore a mask and maintained the six feet of social distancing.

Now, weeks after the election, a judge rules that Newsom didn’t have the authority. Of course, he didn’t. It doesn’t matter now, because the election is long past.

Think about it, the Democrats didn’t have to bother going through the state legislatures but instead, many they figured out that they could bypass it by taking these issues straight to the court.

This lawsuit stemmed from Newsom’s  executive order that was issued before the legislature passed a similar law. See how he did it. It was a two for one. Newsom made sure he issued an executive order he had no right to issue and then he insured that his friends in the legislature would go along with it, in case anyone figured out earlier that he far exceeded his authority.

There were only two assembly members — James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, and Kevin Kiley, R-Rocklin, sued, saying that Newsom did not have the authority to issue the order. Wow, two Republicans held him accountable.

The 2020 general election was mired in corruption and COVID-19 was used as a tool by the Democrats to ensure they would muddy up the waters to give media President elect Joe Biden every fighting chance against to steal the win from President Trump.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Parler @SaraCarterOfficial or on Twitter @SaraCarterDC

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Cuomo says he’ll ‘fully cooperate’ with NY AG’s review of sexual harassment claims

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Wednesday that he will “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s independent review into sexual harassment allegations made against the currently scandal-ridden governor, saying, “I fully support a woman’s right to come forward.”

Last Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, who served in his administration for over three years, accused Cuomo of suggesting to her on a 2017 flight that they play strip poker, inappropriate touching, and kissing her on the lips without her consent.

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Following Boylan’s accusations, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett alleged the governor indicated interest in having an affair with her while she was serving in his administration as a health policy adviser. In a Saturday New York Times report, Bennett told the newspaper that Cuomo asked her if she had “ever been with an older man,” adding that “age doesn’t matter” in relationships.

At Wednesday’s press briefing, the Empire State governor addressed the accusations leveled against him over the past seven days by three women and New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) independent review into those claims, which she announced on Monday was formally proceeding.

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“As you probably know, the attorney general is doing an independent review, and I will fully cooperate with that review,” Cuomo said at the beginning of his statement. “Now, the lawyers say I shouldn’t say anything when you have a pending review until that review is over. I understand that, I’m a lawyer, too. But, I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this.”

“First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward,” the governor began. “And I think it should be encouraged in every way. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly I am embarrassed by it, and that’s not easy to say. But that’s the truth.”

This echoes what Cuomo said in a Sunday statement about the allegations, in which he stated he “may have been insensitive” during his tenure but charged his accusers of misinterpreting his actions, saying, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation… I am truly sorry about that.”

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During his Wednesday remarks, Cuomo iterated “I never touched anyone inappropriately,” repeated that sentence, then said “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable” and repeated that one too.

“And I certainly never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I would ever want to do,” he continued. “I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion. Get the facts, please, before forming an opinion.”

“I also want you to know that I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation for me as well as other people, and I’ve learned an important lesson,” the governor said at the end of his statement. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone, I never intended it, and I will be the better for this experience.”

Amid Boylan and Bennett’s allegations, another report of Cuomo sexually harassing a woman has cropped up. On Monday, a woman named Anna Ruch accused the governor of placing his hands on her cheeks—without her consent—at a 2019 wedding reception and asking if he could kiss her. A photograph of the two together at the event has also been circulating on social media.

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Asked at Wednesday’s briefing about the pictures that have resurfaced of him being touchy with people, particularly that of him and Ruch, the governor claimed that it is his way of greeting people.

“I understand the opinion of—and feelings of—Ms. Ruch,” Cuomo said. “You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people—women, children, men, etc. You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people. […] It is my usual and customary way of greeting.”

Moreover, the governor said that his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, would do the same thing.

“By the way, it was my father’s way of greeting people,” Cuomo said, explaining, “You’re the governor of the state, you want people to feel comfortable, you want to reach out to them.”

He also mentioned that he kisses and hugs legislators and noted that at an event in Queens the other day he hugged pastors and state assembly members.

Furthermore, the governor said that his intent “doesn’t matter,” saying, “What it matters is if anybody was offended by it.”

“But if they were offended by it, then it was wrong,” he added, going on to say that if they were offended or hurt by it, he apologizes.

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You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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