September 16, 2021

What Newsom’s recall victory means for California

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) decidedly beat a Republican-led recall effort to remove him from office less than three years into his first term. Newsom claimed victory with about 65% of the vote.

The GOP led the charge to remove Newsom because of his COVID-19 policies, including school closures, business restrictions, and mask and vaccine mandates.

The governor faced over 40 opponents in the historic recall election, but his most prominent challenger was rightwing radio host Larry Elder, who Newsom described as “more extreme than Trump.”

“I don’t drink coffee, I drink tea, and when I become governor, assuming there are still mandates for vaccines and mandates for face masks, they will be repealed before I have my first cup of tea,” Elder said at a rally last month.

However, despite frustrations toward Newsom’s COVID-19 measures, California voters indicated they don’t want a dramatic change in their status quo.

“Larry Elder handed [Democrats] so many gifts on a platter. He is literally the antithesis of most California voters,” said Dana Williamson, adviser to former Gov. Jerry Brown.

Newsom’s victory effectively preserves his political career and secures his ability to vie for reelection in 2022. If successful, some believe it could lead to a presidential bid.

“Now he wins this, he wins again in 2022, and now we’re all on to 2024 and beyond, and he becomes a viable presidential candidate,” said Jack Citrin, a political science professor at UC Berkeley. “Every crisis is also an opportunity.”

Newsom’s victory comes as the Golden State faces significant challenges, including homelessness, a housing shortage, and devastating wildfires.

Meanwhile, Democrats already started to push for changes to the state’s recall process to make mounting the challenge more difficult in the future.

“I think the recall process has been weaponized,” Newsom said Wednesday.

The expensive election could cost California up to $300 million.


What does Gavin Newsom’s recall victory mean for California?

Photo by Gage Skidmore; licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

By Taylor
September 3, 2021

California teacher hangs ‘Antifa flag’ in classroom

California teacher, Gabriel Gipe, admitted to promoting his political ideologies to students in video footage obtained by the conservative activist group Project Veritas.

Gipe teaches advanced placement government at Inderkum High School in Sacramento.

“I have an Antifa flag on my [classroom] wall, and a student complained about that. He said it made him feel uncomfortable,” Gipe said. “Well, this [flag] is meant to make fascists feel uncomfortable. So if you feel uncomfortable, I don’t really know what to tell you. Maybe you shouldn’t be aligning with the values that this [flag] is antithetical to.”

“I have 180 days to turn [students] into revolutionaries,” Gipe said.

Neither the teacher nor the school has publicly commented on the footage.


Antifa-supporting teacher wants to turn students ‘into revolutionaries’: report

By Taylor
August 31, 2021

Teacher removed US flag from classroom, told students to pledge allegiance to gay pride flag instead

A California teacher is under investigation for removing the US flag from her classroom and encouraging her students to pledge allegiance to a gay pride flag.

The teacher, identified as Kristin Pitzen, explained in a TikTok post that she’d removed the flag from her classroom because it made her “feel uncomfortable.”

She went on to say that a student asked where they should look during the pledge of allegiance since there wasn’t a flag in the room.

“In the meantime, I tell this kid, ‘We do have a flag in the class that you can pledge your allegiance to,” Pitzen continued, pointing to a pride flag hanging on a wall.

“Showing respect for our nation’s flag is an important value our district instills in our students and is an expectation of our employees,” Newport-Mesa Unified School District said in a statement. “We take this matter seriously and are investigating and addressing it.”


Teacher removed US flag from class, encouraged students to pledge to gay pride banner

By Taylor
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