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January 11, 2022

Newsom Proposes Free Healthcare for Illegal Immigrants

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) proposed free healthcare for all low-income residents of his state, including individuals who are there illegally.

Newsom unveiled his California Blueprint plan, a budget proposal that costs more than $200 billion. The plan, Newsom said, addresses five of the state’s biggest challenges. The governor outlines plans, including creating a new statewide gun buyback program, housing for the homeless, and expanding the state’s health care coverage to all low-income residents, regardless of immigration status.

“Governor Newsom’s blueprint will make California the first state in the nation to offer universal access to healthcare coverage for all state residents, regardless of immigration status,” the press release reads.

“Here’s the big one: California is poised to be, if this proposal is supported, the first state in the country to achieve universal access to health coverage,” Newsom said during the conference. “So, what does that mean? It means full-scope Medi-Cal, including long-term care, [In-Home Supportive Services], and behavioral health to all low-income Californians, regardless of immigration status.”

If approved, the measure would allow undocumented migrants to obtain state-funded abortions.

The plan would be fully implemented by January 2024, Newsom said.


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Newsom proposes health coverage for all immigrants in California

October 2, 2021

California requires COVID-19 vaccines for all students, K-12

California announced the US’s first COVID-19 vaccination mandate for children, requiring all students K-12 to receive the vaccine once it gains final approval for all age groups.

Individuals aged 16 and up are fully approved to receive the vaccine. Once government regulators provide full approval for the vaccine in the 5 to 11 and 12 to 15 age groups, the state will mandate the vaccine for students in seventh through 12th grades in public and private schools.

“Our schools already require vaccines for measles, mumps, and more. Why? Because vaccines work,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) tweeted. “This is about keeping our kids safe & healthy.”

In August, California became the first state in the US to require all teachers and staff in K-12 schools to get vaccinated or undergo weekly Covid-19 testing.

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California becomes first state to require Covid vaccines for all students

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.

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

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

July 11, 2021

Houston Man Arrested For Alleged Illegal Voting

Hervis Rogers went viral on social media for being the last person in line to cast a vote on Super Tuesday in March 2020. Now, he is being prosecuted by the Texas Attorney General’s office for allegedly voting illegally. In 1995, Rogers was sentenced to 25 years for burglary and intent to commit theft. He was out on parole in 2004, with his parole set to end in June of 2020. Formerly convicted felons are prohibited from voting in Texas. Rogers was arrested this week for two counts of illegal voting, and his bail is currently set at $100,000. “Mr. Rogers is being held in jail on an extremely high bail amount that he cannot afford for what amounts to simply attempting to fulfill his civic duty. This is not justice,” said ACLU of Texas legal director Andre Segura.

The grizzly bear that pulled a woman from her tent and killed her earlier this week was fatally shot by wildlife officials. Officials set a trap near the chicken coop that the bear raided near Ovando, Montana. Bear attacks on humans are rare, especially within inhabited areas. “Everybody recognizes this as really abnormal behavior to actually attack somebody sleeping in a tent in town,” local resident Dona Aitken said. “I think we still don’t have a good answer for why he did that.” Authorities hunted the 400-pound animal for over three days with the aid of helicopters, search crews, and large traps baited with roadkill.

The Biden administration is sending 3 million Covid-19 vaccines to Indonesia, marking the largest single shipment yet. The White House is also sending 1.5 million vaccines to Nepal, 500,000 to Moldova, and 500,000 to Bhutan. “We recognize the difficult situation Indonesia currently finds itself in with a surge of Covid cases and our thoughts are with those in Indonesia who are affected family,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. Indonesia is currently experiencing a record number of daily deaths from the coronavirus as the Delta variant continues to circulate.

In a bizarre case of evidence tampering, a man panicked and swallowed a bag of marijuana during a traffic stop. He then choked on it and the state trooper who pulled him over had to perform the Heimlich maneuver. Dashcam footage released by the Ohio State Patrol shows Trooper Charles Hoskin asking the driver if he was able to breathe as he exited the vehicle. The two walked to a safe area behind the vehicle, where the officer performed the Heimlich maneuver and a plastic bag is dislodged. “I had a gram of weed on me, sir,” the suspect said.

Amid another series of ransomware attacks, President Biden told Vladimir Putin that Russia must crack down on cybercriminals. “I made it very clear to him that the United States expects when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil, even though it’s not sponsored by the state, we expect them to act if we give them enough information to act on who that is,” Biden said. Putin was warned by Biden that the US will take “any necessary action” to defend American infrastructure. According to the White House, only time will tell how Russia will respond.

The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has asked people in his state to voluntarily curtail their water use by 15% amid the drought in the Western US. “This is jaw-dropping, what’s happening in the West Coast of the United States,” said Newsom. California’s most significant reservoirs are at dangerously low levels: 30% and 34% capacity. Some other states have already imposed mandatory water restrictions. Oregon Governor Kate Brown instructed state agencies to stop watering lawns and washing windows. A new law in Nevada bans approximately a third of grass in the Las Vegas area, excluding single-family homes, parks, and golf courses.

Stay safe,

Fraser Dixon

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