(FreedomWire.org) – California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters has paid her daughter over $1.2 million since 2004, which included the younger Waters getting another six figures in payments in the 2022 cycle.

“Karen Waters pocketed $192,300 from her mother’s campaign to keep her ‘slate mailer’ operation afloat between Jan. 2021 and Dec. 2022, a Fox News Digital review of Federal Election Commission filings shows. The setup involves outside campaigns paying Waters’ campaign to appear on the slate mailers – or endorsement mailers – sent out to constituents in the Los Angeles area,” Fox News reported.

“The practice is highly unusual on the federal level, and Waters appears to be the only national politician using it to grab committee cash. Slate mailers, however, are commonplace in her home state of California, though critics say it involves deceptive practices over one campaign paying another for a politician’s backing in an election. Waters received the green light to run the operation from the Federal Election Commission in the fall of 2004. Since then, Karen Waters has received more than $1.2 million in payments from her mother’s campaign,” the outlet added.

It’s legal for federal lawmakers to employ family members on campaigns, but the practice is frowned upon by ethics experts.

Now, Republicans are aiming to put a ban on lawmakers from putting family members on the campaign payroll after many prominent Democrats have been called out over the practice.

Republican Texas Rep. Pat Fallon has introduced legislation called the Family Integrity to Reform Elections Act, which would prevent campaign funds from going to a candidate’s immediate family.

The bill, if passed, would also make the candidate directly responsible for knowingly violating the provision.

“The Family Integrity to Reform Elections (FIRE) Act is a critical step to reducing nepotistic practices in American campaigns. Allowing direct family members to be on the take of campaigns must come to an end. For example, Maxine Waters, the worst perpetrator, has given her daughter over $1.1 million in campaign funds. This is utterly egregious, and I will not stand by as the integrity of our elections is further diminished,” Fallon told the Daily Caller.

“Maxine Waters [paid] $1.1 million to her daughter from campaign funds,” Fallon said in a statement. “Ilhan Omar, $2.9 million to her husband from campaign funds. James Clyburn, over $200,000 to multiple family members from his campaign.”

“The numbers speak for themselves,” Fallon added. “Americans are sick of politicians abusing their voters’ hard-earned money. This modern-day spoils system must end. My bill shines a light on shady campaign finance practices while punishing those who take advantage of these funds to enrich their families.”

“Karen Waters, who has been organizing slate-mailing operations to bolster her mother’s re-election for nearly two decades, and her company, Progressive Connections, have received more than $1.2 million since 2003 for campaign services, including ‘slate mailer management’ fees and ‘campaign managing services,’” Fox News reported.

“A Citizens for Waters campaign committee filing from earlier this week shows that the younger Waters received $24,000 from the committee between January and March 2022. Slate-mailing is an uncommon practice in federal elections, where a consulting firm is hired to create a pamphlet of sorts that contains a list of candidates or policy measures and advises voters on how to cast their ballots,” the report added.

“The Family Integrity to Reform Elections (FIRE) Act, to be introduced by Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) on Monday, would bar any candidate running for federal office from compensating immediate family members for campaign services,” the New York Post reported back in June.

“It is currently legal for lawmakers to employ family members to work on campaigns. However, Federal Election Commission regulations prohibit paying candidate relatives a salary unless they are ‘providing bona fide services to the campaign” and the salary represents “fair market value of the services provided.’ The legislation – first reviewed by The Post – would extend the ban to any political committee ‘established, maintained or controlled by a candidate or an individual holding Federal office’ – blocking any current lawmaker from compensating a family member for working on their campaign,” the report added.

(FreedomWire.org) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom left California Thursday, a day after belatedly declaring a State of Emergency in 18 of the state’s counties due to record-breaking snowfall resulted in massive power outages and food shortages where roads were buried under many feet of snow.

In some counties, people have been without power or snowed in, unable to leave their homes, for more than 10 days. As conditions have predictably worsened and even mainstream media outlets in the state are reporting that promised help has not arrived, speculation about Newsom’s whereabouts has gotten much louder. Late Sunday morning, about the time Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was preparing to take the stage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Newsom’s press office announced that Newsom had returned, and that he’d been on a ‘personal trip’ in Baja California, Mexico.

Newsom’s press office didn’t elaborate on where in Baja California — which is a state, not a city — Newsom was, but it *is* the state in which Cabo San Lucas is located. When Newsom and his family went missing over Thanksgiving week 2021, they were in Cabo vacationing at the $29,000/night dacha of a Russian oligarch, so it’s not a stretch to speculate that he might have been in Cabo again.

Meanwhile, according to people involved with rescue efforts in the San Bernardino County mountain communities (Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, and more), at least one person was found dead in their home Sunday. Many homes have snow drifts so tall that residents cannot see out the first floor windows (or even second floor), so as crews go door-to-door checking on residents  it’s likely that more people will be found dead.

In Northern California’s Mendocino County, some residents, particularly senior citizens, have been stuck in their homes for more than 10 days and there’s no power or cell service still, and have probably started running short on supplies if they’ve survived this long.

And in Humboldt County, north of Sacramento, CAL FIRE, the US Coast Guard, and the local Sheriff’s Department have coordinated to make hay drops for cattle in rural areas since ranchers haven’t been able to get out to feed them.

The emergency declaration signed Wednesday provided for the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) to mobilize the National Guard to support rescue/relief efforts, but as of Saturday people in San Bernardino County were still desperately waiting for that promised help.

(FreedomWire.org) – Kimberly Guilfoyle, ex- Fox News commentator and now engaged to be married to Donald Trump Jr., made an unusual public statement against her ex-husband, Gavin Newsom, the California governor.

Guilfoyle made the dig during her recent keynote speech at the conservative star-studded America Fest, a Turning Point USA-hosted event

She took advantage of this chance to criticize her ex-spouse, who allegedly signed a bill that will prohibit the sale of all gas-powered cars in California by 2035.

“In California, they have vowed to get rid of gas-powered cars with no explanation of how they are going to fund and power alternatives. A bunch of winners over there, too, folks. Yeah, ask me how I know,” Guilfoyle said. It took a few seconds for the joke about her marriage to Newsom to set in, but the crowd could be heard roaring with laughter.

When the audience quieted, Guilfoyle nuked her ex-husband, who many believe has run California into the ground.

“I got news for him, he ain’t making it to the White House,” Guilfoyle said, drawing more cheers and laughter.

Guilfoyle was presumably referencing speculation that Newsom could be a top Democratic contender for a 2024 White House run should President Joe Biden decide not to go for it.

Whether it’s 2024, 2028, or beyond, there’s a good chance Newsom will toss his hat in the ring for a chance at taking over the Oval Office.

If Newsom were to storm the Democratic presidential nomination process and become the Democratic Party’s pick for 2024, then the United States faces the real possibility of mirroring Newsom’s failure to run what was once the most stunning and wonderful state in the nation.

“Gavin Newsom thinks he will be President someday. That’s funny given that he’s one of the worst Governors in American history,” one Twitter user wrote.

(FreedomWire.org) – The State of California could be facing $233,000 in reparations for each black resident who qualifies as a descendant of African American slaves, according to a consulting report prepared for a special state panel.

The Golden State is considering reparations under a law signed in 2020 by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) — though California entered the Union in 1850 as a free state.

There is broad public support in California for restoring property unjustly taken from black owners, as in the case of Bruce’s Beach, which has been restored to the heirs of a the couple from whom it was taken in the 1920.

However, there is limited support for reparations in a general sense.

Beyond slavery, the panel is considering payments to compensate for a variety of allegedly discriminatory practices, including housing discrimination and “mass incarceration.”

The California Reparations Task Force’s five member economic consultant team reported that under the initiative, qualifying Black residents in the state could qualify for $223,200 per person.

The task force’s consultant team drew its ballpark number by examining gaps in housing and speculating the approximate amount of wealth lost between 1933 and 1977. The state panel says that Black Californians lost $5,074 per year under previous housing policies.

It is unclear whether the legislature will accept the proposals of the panel, which has a merely advisory role.

(FreedomWire.org) – Just when Californians thought they were getting a break on high gas prices, they shot up again, hitting $7 in some areas. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif) called for an emergency session of the state legislature to propose a tax that will rip off what he calls the “greed of oil companies.” 

“I’m calling for a Special Session to address the greed of oil companies. Gas prices are too high,” Newsom tweeted, adding “time to enact a windfall profits tax directly on oil companies that are ripping you off at the pump.” 

The national average for fuel is about $3.89, while California is seeing prices almost 64 percent higher than the rest of the country. 

However, Newsom’s claim that the high gas prices were simply the result of greed, gave an opening to be mocked for his lack of awareness. 

“Gas prices in Florida are half the price in California. Why is it only California with $7 gas right now!” Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R-Fla) press secretary asked. 

A gallon of fuel only sets Floridians back by about $3.22 due to a DeSantis’ gas tax holiday that drove prices far down. 

“Only an economically illiterate Democrat would think enacting yet another state tax on petroleum companies will bring about a decrease in gas prices LOL. You couldn’t make up this level of stupid if you tried,” another Twitter user wrote. 

“Really strange how oil companies only get really greedy when they cross the California border,” someone else said. 

Meanwhile, California Assembly GOP leader James Gallagher and Vince Fong, the Assembly Budget Committee vice chair argued for Newsom to not call for the special session. 

The oil industry has pointed to California’s environmental laws and regulations to explain why the state routinely has higher gas prices than the rest of the country. Kevin Slagle, vice president of the Western States Petroleum Association, said Newsom and state lawmakers should “take a hard look at decades of California energy policy” instead of proposing a new tax.

“If this was anything other than a political stunt, the Governor wouldn’t wait two months and would call the special session now, before the election,” Slagle said. “This industry is ready right now to work on real solutions to energy costs and reliability — if that is what the Governor is truly interested in.”

Several states chose to suspend their gas taxes this summer, including Maryland, New York and Georgia. Newsom and his fellow Democrats that control the state Legislature refused to do that, opting instead to send $9.5 billion in rebates to taxpayers — which began showing up in bank accounts this week.

It’s unclear how the tax Newsom is proposing would work. Newsom said he is still working out the details with legislative leaders, but on Friday said he wants the money to be “returned to taxpayers,” possibly by using money from the tax to pay for more rebates.

(FreedomWire.org) – Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif) has taken repeated aim at Gov. Ron DeSantis (D-Fla), calling him out because Americans are fleeing his state for a more freer, happier way of life in Florida. 

It turns out, Newsom’s in-laws are big fans of DeSantis’ as well. 

According to contribution records, Kenneth Siebel Jr. and Judith Siebel, the parents of Newsom’s wife, made a $5,000 donation to the Friends of Ron DeSantis PAC on April 6, 2022. 

The Siebel’s approval of the Republican may make this year’s holiday get-togethers a little awkward. 

Outkick founder Clay Travis pointed out the “humor” that Newsom’s own family likes the Florida governor, suggesting that the only thing Newsom can do is take everybody to the “French Laundry.” 

“I’m sure he’s humiliated because of how aggressive he’s come out against Ron DeSantis. There’s a possibility that this could be a presidential election in 2024 or 2028,” Travis said, adding that Newsom got everything wrong, and DeSantis got everything right. 

Siebel has a long history of donating to the Republican Party. His most recent contributions include Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark). 

Newsom was being mocked after it was revealed his family is starting to see through the lies, though Travis noted that the two may just not see eye to eye in the desired direction of the country. 

He believes that Newsom knows that DeSantis has become one of the most popular political figures in the country, making it difficult for the Democrat governor to come to terms with that. 

Back in July, Newsom released an ad slamming DeSantis claiming that Florida resident’s “freedom is under attack,” urging them to move to California where they still “believe in freedom.” 

DeSantis responded by touting the massive amount of California license plates he has seen in his state.

Mark Meuser, tweeted out an improved and more accurate commercial for Newsom.

(FreedomWire.org) – The state with the largest auto market in the U.S. is poised to ban the sale of new combustion engine vehicles by 2035, hastening the transition to electric vehicles in America and beyond. 

California regulators on the California Air Resources Board will vote Thursday to enact a sweeping plan that bans gas-powered vehicles—a move that would likely spur at least a dozen other states to follow suit with similar plans.

“This is monumental,” board member Daniel Sperling told CNN. “This is the most important thing that CARB has done in the last 30 years. It’s important not just for California, but it’s important for the country and the world.”

The rule, issued by the California Air Resources Board, will require that all new cars sold in the state by 2035 be free of greenhouse gas emissions like carbon dioxide. The rule also sets interim targets, requiring that 35 percent of new passenger vehicles sold by 2026 produce zero emissions. That requirement climbs to 68 percent by 2030.

Transportation is the nation’s top source of planet-warming greenhouse-gas emissions.

Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, called the new rule “one of the most significant steps to the elimination of the tailpipe as we know it.”

“Our kids are going to act like it’s a rotary phone, or changing the channel on a television,” Governor Newsom said in an interview. […]

The governments of Canada, Britain and at least nine other European countries — including France, Spain and Denmark — have set goals of phasing out the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles between 2030 and 2040. But none have concrete mandates or regulations like the California rule.

But the plan appears to put the cart before the horse in a state that already struggles with energy shortfalls.

“Whether or not these requirements are realistic or achievable is directly linked to external factors like inflation, charging and fuel infrastructure, supply chains, labor, critical mineral availability and pricing, and the ongoing semiconductor shortage,” John Bozzella, president of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, told the Times. 

“Where is that increased power being sourced from?” said Ann Bluntzer, the executive director of the Ralph Lowe Energy Institute at Texas Christian University. “Fossil fuels? Wind? Solar? Hydro?”

In addition to these concerns, there’s also the issue of how lower income residents would afford electric vehicles, which are currently cost prohibitive.  

 The vote comes two years after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order mandating all passenger vehicles sold in California be zero emission by 2035, a move helped by the Biden administration reinstating the state’s ability to set its own vehicle emission standards earlier this year. 

(FreedomWire.org) – A Los Angeles judge has struck down L.A. Unified’s student COVID-19 vaccine mandate, ruling that the school district “exceeded its authority” and that “the power to require children to be vaccinated to attend school lies with the state.”

“The ruling, however, has no immediate effect within the L.A. Unified School District, because the district in May postponed its mandate until at least July 2023 — a move that aligned with the state decision to pause its own school vaccine requirement until then. LAUSD was the first of the nation’s largest school systems to institute a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students, and despite the delay, school board members were resolute in defending it against lawsuits,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff’s ruling represented a significant win for “Let Them Breathe,” a California-based group that has opposed mask and vaccine mandates.

“Judge Beckloff’s ruling confirms that individual school districts do not have the authority to impose local vaccination requirements in excess of statewide requirements,” said Arie L. Spangler, a member of the legal team that pursued the case. “We are very pleased with the ruling, as it ensures that no child will be forced out of the classroom due to their COVID-19 vaccination status.”

“HUGE NEWS: A judge ruled this morning that LASchools’ student Covid vaccine mandate was illegal, blocking LAUSD from sending kids to independent study for not getting the Covid vaccine,” Reopen California tweeted.

“Even though LAUSD delayed their mandate to align with the state timeline, they still intended on excluding kids from in-person instruction if they did not get the Covid vaccine,” Reopen California added.

However, the ruling did not address the issue of employee vaccine mandates. The district’s enforcement of that requirement remains in effect.

“Beckloff wrote he had earlier thought that the school district’s student vaccine resolution fell short of a mandate because it affected only the manner of instruction and not the content. Unvaccinated students would have been transferred to online instruction under the policy. But in his ruling, Beckloff said the evidence presented persuaded him otherwise,” the LA Times reported. “The judge cited the example of D.F., a student who would have been forced to move from a magnet program that specialized in science to an online study program.”

“Thus, while the Resolution is a campus community health and safety measure, it also dictates who may be enrolled and continue to attend particular schools within the district,” the judge wrote in his nine-page decision.

“If D.F. remains unvaccinated, he will be required to leave his current school with its curriculum and programs to be enrolled in a new school within the district … where it appears his curriculum would be very different than at his current school. Thus, the Resolution is not merely about how education is delivered or who may be physically present on campus as the court previously viewed it. Instead, the Resolution dictates which school the student may attend, and the curriculum he may continue to receive.”

The court also noted that the state’s administrative process for adding a vaccine is “subject to a personal belief exemption.”