“California Should Be Embarrassed” – State Passes Law Banning Trump From Ballot Unless Tax Returns Released

“California Should Be Embarrassed” – State Passes Law Banning Trump From Ballot Unless Tax Returns Released

We’re thrilled to see the far-left in America has the same respect for the Democratic process as their forebears did (for a reference to their forebears, see here).

On Tuesday, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill requiring President Trump to either release his tax returns or he won’t appear on the ballot in the state.

Calif Gov. Gavin Newsom

Under SB 27, called the “Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act,” any candidate running for president or governor in California must file copies of their tax returns from the previous five years to the California secretary of State, or their names will be stricken from the ballot, the Hill reports.

Newsom argued that, as the largest economic engine within the US, California has a “responsibility” to demand this additional information (for the record: the Constitution doesn’t say anything about candidates releasing tax returns – though the federal income tax didn’t exist back on).

“As one of the largest economies in the world and home to one in nine Americans eligible to vote, California has a special responsibility to require this information of presidential and gubernatorial candidates,” Newsom said.

“These are extraordinary times and states have a legal and moral duty to do everything in their power to ensure leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal standards, and to restore public confidence. The disclosure required by this bill will shed light on conflicts of interest, self-dealing, or influence from domestic and foreign business interest.”

A Trump campaign spokesman called the new law “unconstitutional,” and insisted that there was a good reason why California’s last governor, Jerry Brown, refused to sign the legislation.

In a statement, Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh called the move “unconstitutional.”

“There are very good reasons why the very liberal Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed this bill two years ago – it’s unconstitutional and it opens up the possibility for states to load up more requirements on candidates in future elections. What’s next, five years of health records?” he said.

Murtaugh said states cannot add requirements to presidential candidates’ qualifications for running.

“The Constitution is clear on the qualifications for someone to serve as president and states cannot add additional requirements on their own,” he said. “The bill also violates the 1st Amendment right of association since California can’t tell political parties which candidates their members can or cannot vote for in a primary election.”

Unsurprisingly, the bill was overwhelmingly passed by California’s assembly and the state senate earlier this month. Among its more appalling provisions, the bill includes an “urgency clause”, which would allow it to take effect before the 2020 vote, meaning any Californians who want to vote for President Trump might need to write his name in.

Though it has faded from the headlines somewhat, the battle over Trump’s tax returns continues to rage. The administration is already suing New York State, which recently passed a law allowing the state to request Trump’s tax returns, while in Congress, the Ways and Means Committee has filed a lawsuit over the administration’s refusal to release Trump’s returns, which is likely the beginning of a lengthy legal battle.

Surprisingly, Trump was joined in his outrage by some liberal pundits who have stood out for their opposition to Trump’s ideas.

We imagine California won’t be the last state to pass such a bill, but given Trump’s deep unpopularity throughout most of the state, he was unlikely to win any delegates from California: Imagine what will happen when swing states like Colorado and New Hampshire start trying to pass these types of laws?

And finally….

via zerohedge


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  • Dani
    July 31, 2019, 12:15 pm

    Is this not called voter disenfranchisement, to use the term democrats sling around every election? There is no law with legal standing that would block citizens from voting for an incumbent president. Had a republican state like Alabama blocked people from voting for Obama the civil war would have broken out again.

    • Rand@Dani
      July 31, 2019, 4:46 pm

      Not sure if California voters matter… if the people of The communist state of California wanted their vote to be heard they would vote out the fascists out of office.

      • George@Rand
        August 1, 2019, 1:02 am

        Sorry Pal… Nothing but steers, queers, hollywood azz clowns in Mexifornia..
        Their turning into America’s 3rd World Sheet Hole..

      • Not giving it 2 you@Rand
        August 2, 2019, 4:39 pm

        Don’t know where you’re coming from but if you really want to know, I have undergone some of the meanest background checks this country can
        ever roll out and never once was I asked for my taxes. Try working in a nuclear power plant power or an oil refinery and you will have everything known about you before you step foot inside the gates. Like I’ve always said dumbacraps don’t know shit! But it be easy enough for the feds to declare that no presidential candidates can run in the state of California and all of their electoral votes go to the incumbent.

    • William Moore@Dani
      July 31, 2019, 7:31 pm

      Time to recall and do whatever it takes to get rid of gavin ‘giveaway the store and just about everything else ‘ nuisance. This no good social climbing pretty boy, first class ass wipe, snake in the grass has destroyed San Francisco with his ‘sanctuary city’ declaration and now he wants to do it to California What will it take for the residents of California to get rid of this no good for California or its citizens thieving and lying bastard.

    • Justme@Dani
      July 31, 2019, 7:47 pm

      Why are you conservatives so bent out of shape over a law that makes sense and that also is applicable to everyone else.
      Funny how every federal employee / applicant with a security clearance gets his / her taxes looked up as a condition of employment for obvious reason, and yet for the man that sits at the top of the food chain wants to be exempt. And you conservative guys are ok with that?
      Are you guys posting from somewhere in Siberia?
      I’m starting to wonder who pays for the light bill at raw conservative, Putin?
      WoW, conservatives have done a 180 from what they used to be a few years back. What an embarrassment.

      • Char@Justme
        July 31, 2019, 9:03 pm

        I don’t think they can legal
        Y do that. Washington state has said they’d do the same. You know the compact democrat run states have already broken law with making the compact for their votes all count together for which ever state has a majority vote. That’s even if say, Co.orado who signed on to this ILLEGAL COMPACT, has not got a majority vote for the certain candidate. These Coommunist Democrats have always done what they claim the GOP isdping. What’s the stats on voter fraud, most caught were democrat voters. Nuff said, I’m livid!

      • Hopiter@Justme
        July 31, 2019, 9:14 pm

        Because, if you have ever read our constitution this is ILLEGAL as is the popular vote compact. If you think that every security clearance looks at taxes, prove it. The whole tax thing is a fishing expedition looking or some way to overthrow the duly elected President, nothing more. Here’s the thing, if there was really something in Trumps taxes that’s a big problem, the IRS would already had gone after him over the years. Since no one has been able to dig up crap in his past taxes then this is just one more nasty stunt supported by cry baby democrat voters.
        Newsom is such an ass, he’s ruined SF and now is more concerned, or pretends to be, with ILLEGALS, than he is with his states citizens. You do understand he’s making a splash so he can run for President.
        Do you want a Marxist, anti American, communist running our country? Don’t even bother to trot out Putin, that baby disinformation bought and paid for by the DNC was put to bed.

      • Pete@Justme
        July 31, 2019, 9:44 pm

        There is no legal federal requirement to release tax records, enough already, Get your head out!

      • Jerry@Justme
        August 1, 2019, 2:32 am

        I have a security clearance and my taxes were not looked at, i was in the military and my taxes were not looked at to enlist so I’m not sure where you are getting your info. Second everyone will do whatever and take whatever tax breaks they can to reduce their taxes so all the hollier than anyone else people need to look in the mirror. So what about the people that get these huge tax returns do we call them out because they didnt pay taxes?

        • Not giving it 2 you@Jerry
          August 2, 2019, 4:49 pm

          I agree. A very close relative of mine barely getting by paid his weekly taxes on a very low paying job which amounted to a little over $1800 for the year but somehow managed to get over $5,300.00 back from the US government. All that was, was another welfare check going out. They call it the alternative minimum tax. That has got to stop.

      • Keith Boardman@Justme
        August 1, 2019, 4:01 am

        What on earth are you blathering about?

      • Jeffr Stoner@Justme
        August 1, 2019, 11:21 am

        How wrong you are Keith, Lets look at every politicians tax returns not just the Presidents.
        Why should I be worried about Trumps tax return when Al Sharpton still owes millions.

      • Vic@Justme
        August 1, 2019, 4:30 pm

        You are an ignorant dick

      • J. Burns@Justme
        September 18, 2019, 11:22 pm

        just me – It’s doubtful that you ever filed a tax return…..

    • Liz@Dani
      August 1, 2019, 12:40 am

      Thank you Dani! This is ridiculousness at its best. I am seeing a powerful struggle to regain power. They lost the election and cannot accept it, although there are millions who did accept the Obama Presidency and lived with it. I believe this: Donald Trump, a Patriot, a successful businessman, sat back and realized the Corruption, waste, and illegal situations in our government. He felt so strongly that he entered the Presidential election. He won, and it has been hell to pay every since. He honors the Constitution which many other elected officials do not. We have a country or we don’t. I am a Patriot, also. I have four great grandfathers who were Revolutionary Patriots. One left a diary. I am a proud American! Thank you!

    • brenda@Dani
      August 1, 2019, 4:33 am

      This is truly discrimination at its finest!
      I am sick of seeing all the insane unfairness!
      If l lived in California l would be pissed to the MAX!
      I WOULD WRITE IN TRUMPS name to piss off California.
      All the never ending bullshit from the Dem Party is too much dishonesty and have opened my eyes.
      I am a forever Trumpet now and.l am dinging it loud and singing it proud!
      MAGA 2020
      Omar, Cortez, Tlaib and Presley and California KISS MY LILLY WHITE ASS!UZ3y

      • Sandra@brenda
        August 1, 2019, 1:19 pm

        I’m so proud!! Trump 2020! Praying one day, California’s good folks will not have to keep putting up with all trashy others and the dems will fall!! I’d say if they refuse to put his name, as well as any other state, than those states voters want be allowed!!! Good luck!! California I’m sure, back in the good old days was nice!! With all that liberal ,gay & lesbian crap is ruining it for all the good folks their!!! You need to get all the good folks their together and reclaim your state!! Run all the trash out!!!!! I believe all Americans should throw all that trash out!!!!! I’m ready!!!!

      • Not giving it 2 you@brenda
        August 2, 2019, 4:54 pm

        Never give up that was great! I love a good conservative rant.

    • Notalib@Dani
      August 1, 2019, 6:42 am

      This state,Ca., is run by total idiots. Republicans, Conservatives have no vote in this state as the leadership, almost all liberal Democrats, cancels us out totally. Trump will will this insane decree and beat the lib loons and we will still not have a vote that counts.

      • Not giving it 2 you@Notalib
        August 2, 2019, 4:56 pm

        The reason you have no vote is the state has turned Hispanic!

    • J.@Dani
      October 30, 2019, 11:51 pm

      Gavin Newsom is an inept greedy politician and the people that voted for him are insane. He should be recalled and tar and feathered………..

  • John Bemis
    July 31, 2019, 12:17 pm

    time for the whole state, to fall into the ocean.

    • Gail Ferraiolo@John Bemis
      July 31, 2019, 12:37 pm

      I agree!

    • Retired4Ever@John Bemis
      July 31, 2019, 2:00 pm

      Just give me time to get off. I don’t trust politicians of any sort to them it’s power and money. Does anyone really think gavin newsome gives a rats behind about anyone in California or the USA for that matter? That includes his family if they are in fact his, everything about him points to “PHONY”. I guess those of us living in this state deserve him, after all he was voted in. Who knows if it was a legitimate election. John is right, time for this state to fall into the ocean!

      • William Moore@Retired4Ever
        July 31, 2019, 7:43 pm

        If newsom’s election was legitimate, i fail to see it. Really who in their right mind would vote for this POS that will guarantee higher and higher taxes, more crime homelessness, unfffordable living costs, illegals, ‘boat people’s and destruction and demise? Look what this no good thieving bastard did to San Francisco, the crown jewel of California that’s now a national joke, disgrace and third world CRAP HOLE. This from a native San Franciscan who’s family came here in the late 1800’s. i didn’t vote for this snake in the grass and neither did anyone I know. This bastards election is a prime example of voter fraud, plain and simple. Unfortunately the thinking rational people here have to deal with the effects of the clueless idiots who elected this weasel. As for me, I wouldn’t ;piss or spit on this bastard if he were on fire, in fact I’d pour on more gasoline!

        • J.@William Moore
          October 31, 2019, 12:08 am

          I share your anger. But hope you realize that so many liberals in California vote for crooks like Gavin Newsom. They, in my opinion, are really dumb or just too plain lazy to learn the truth about who they vote for. But you know what we say about the masses……..

          a native Californian who didn’t vote for Newsom or his ilk.

    • Pamela@John Bemis
      July 31, 2019, 5:36 pm

      I agree, John, can’t be fast enough for the majority of Legal Americans….Withhold all monies going to these Traitors States and let’s see what happens to them…They refuse to abode by the laws of this country so BAN them from receiving ANYTHING from the Gov’t….STOP PANDERING TO THEM, you are the LEADER, PRES. TRMP, use whatever means possible to erase these Communists from EVER holding office ANYWHERE in the U.S……To quote the MSM, “ I have the pen I can do as I like”….JUST DO IT, PRES. TRUMP…..

      • Kevin Schwinkendorf@Pamela
        July 31, 2019, 7:46 pm

        One problem is that according to all the federal judges (appointed by Obama), the “I gots me a pen and I gots me a phone” BS only holds when its an illegitimate Kenyan leftist who is in the White House. Otherwise (in President Trump’s case), they intervene and block everything Trump tries to do, and Trump (so far) goes along with it, with intent to fight it by appeal to the next higher court (all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, but that takes years for the wheels to turn). I wish Trump would just pull the “Jackson” card, and say, “Well, the court has made its decision, now let’s see them enforce it!” The most infuriating example is DACA. This was never law. All it was, was an executive order (EO) issued by Obama’s pen. Even at the time, one federal judge made a decision that it was executive over-reach, and he had no constitutional authority to do it. Obama ignored it, and DACA survives today. Then Trump comes along and writes an EO that cancels Obama’s DACA EO, and some putrid Obama judge “strikes it down” because he didn’t like Trump’s “thinking.” Obvious BS – ANY president has the authority to write any EO that cancels any previous EO any damned time he wants. Obama’s “pen and his phone” DOES NOT HAVE superior authority to Trump’s “pen and his phone.” I think we are close to civil war…

        • Joanne@Kevin Schwinkendorf
          July 31, 2019, 10:39 pm

          I am embarrassed with Newsom’s acts. He is a disgrace. By the way, what’s going on with the recall?? He needs to step down.

          • J.@Joanne
            October 31, 2019, 12:13 am

            Yes – what is going on with the recall?

  • Jack
    July 31, 2019, 12:19 pm

    newsome’s truly a nutjob. right upside that idiot mayor in NY.

    • Jasmine0409@Jack
      July 31, 2019, 4:42 pm

      Newsom wants to be president…that’s why he’s doing all these nutty things. But he is in for a surprise…karma is right behind him. Why is it that niqqer got away with everything? Is this a communist state now? I hope Newsom falls into the ocean first.

      • old blue@Jasmine0409
        July 31, 2019, 5:52 pm

        Jasmine, misspelling a hate word may get it by screening devices but it doesn’t make it any less loathsome.

        • flyingcoyote@old blue
          August 5, 2019, 6:51 am

          A NIGGER, is a NIGGER, is a NIGGER!! NIGGERS come in ALL COLORS!!

      • J.@Jasmine0409
        October 31, 2019, 12:19 am

        Agreed. But your use of a derogatory name (the n word) is totally inappropriate.

    • ssoldie@Jack
      July 31, 2019, 7:24 pm


  • James Turner
    July 31, 2019, 12:26 pm

    The constitution clearly spells out the requirements to be a presidential candidate, this law obviously will not pass constitutional muster. The question is how many millions of taxpayer dollars, will California spend to have a federal court overturn this farce!

    • Tom Ewbank@James Turner
      July 31, 2019, 1:48 pm

      Jerry Brown was right! Newsom has no appreciation of what is unconstitutional and it will cost California millions to defend what is indefensible

      • J.@Tom Ewbank
        October 31, 2019, 12:23 am

        Gov. Jerry Brown, aka moonbeam, is just another Gavin Newsom!

  • Janet
    July 31, 2019, 12:34 pm

    The audacity of the Politicians in CA to think that it is their right to prevent citizens from casting their vote for candidates of their preference and/or party is reprehensible! I am not an attorney and not as well versed in the Constitution as maybe I should be, but I do not believe that they have the authority to deny American citizens the ability to exercise their Constitutional right to vote for any candidate unless that candidate does not meet the requirements of age and citizenship to hold office.
    I am outraged and I am sure that I am not the only resident in CA to feel this way. The Politicians who voted for this and Governor Newsom should all be removed from office forthwith. This is criminal!

    • David@Janet
      July 31, 2019, 2:02 pm

      Kamala Harris DOES NOT meet the constitutional requirement of a natural born citizen.

      • Rand@David
        July 31, 2019, 4:48 pm

        Nor a human

      • Kevin Schwinkendorf@David
        July 31, 2019, 7:50 pm

        Well, neither did Obama.

    • David in Dallas@Janet
      July 31, 2019, 5:13 pm

      IANAL also, but I believe there is federal law that says that a state cannot omit the name of a major candidate from its ballots. As the incumbend President and (probably) the Republican candidate, California could not omit his name under that law. As a practical matter, I doubt that this unconstitutional action would have an effect on the Republican party’s choice of candidate, and it is also unlikely that President Trump would receive the votes of California’s Electors in the General Election. The only threat, really, is that the idea could take hold in places where it could make a difference. Therefore, it should be nipped in the bud.

    • brenda@Janet
      August 1, 2019, 4:46 am

      Exactly! How can New some keep the people of California from voting from Trump? They can write him a n right?
      Still of tax records are not required per the rules that would apply to ALL candidates including that bastard liar Muslim Obama then same should be for President Trump!
      Wouldn’t it be a hoot if hundreds of thousands wrote in Trump?
      Who is New some to dictate to the people of California who they can and can’t vote for? I don’t understand how this is even legal. Trump should file suit. Drag it out in court. Still how can New some impose on people like that?

    • J.@Janet
      October 31, 2019, 12:26 am

      Janet – You betcha!


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