Los Angeles Announces Vaccine Passports Day After Gov. Newsom Survives Recall Election

Los Angeles County issued a health order that will require residents to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs, and lounges, according to the county health director Dr. Barabara Ferrer.

Officials made the announcement one day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom survived the recall election against him.

Patrons and employees will be required to have at least one dose of the vaccine by Oct. 7, and their second dose by Nov. 4.

In California, patrons of indoor events with more than 1,000 attendees were already required to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test. The new health order will apply to outdoor events as well.

All participants, including employees, of large outdoor events with crowds of over 10,000 people will be required to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours. The requirement will also apply to theme parks.

Restaurants will not be required to verify the vaccination status of indoor diners, but health officials strongly recommend it.

Gov. Gavin Newsom told Democrats after surviving the recall race that it is their “moral authority” to “lean in” to Covid-19 mandates. Photo by Shae Hammond for CalMatters

The health order, which officials will implement this week, comes one day after Gov. Gavin Newsom survived the recall election against him. Newsom signaled that more Covid-19 mandates could come after telling Democrats to “lean into” pandemic mandates and restrictions.

“Don’t be timid. Lean in,” said Newsom. “Because at the end of the day, it’s not just about formal authority of setting the tone and tenor on masks, on vaccines, and masks. But it’s the moral authority that we have.”

California Democrat lawmakers shelved bills issuing more Covid-19 restrictions days before the recall election. However, the legislature has indicated that they are likely to re-examine those bills in January, 2022.

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New York Gov. Hochul announces requirement for kids ages 2 and above to wear masks at child care facilities

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced various mask requirements on Wednesday including that staff, visitors, and children ages 2 and older must wear face coverings at child care facilities.

“The requirement applies to New York State Office of Children and Family Services-licensed and -registered child care centers, home-based group family and family child care programs, after-school child care programs and enrolled legally exempt group programs during operational hours,” according to a press release.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals ages 2 and above who have not been fully vaccinated utilize masks in indoor public places. Currently in the U.S. there are no vaccines authorized for use in individuals younger than 12-years-old.

“New masking requirements will also apply to congregate programs and facilities licensed, registered, operated, certified or approved by the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Addiction Services and Supports, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, Office of Children and Family Services and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. This includes but is not limited to certified residential and day programs, inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, substance abuse programs, juvenile detention programs, juvenile residential facilities, congregate foster care programs, runaway and homeless youth, domestic violence and other shelter programs,” the press release notes.

The mask mandates apply to individuals medically capable of using a mask, irrespective of their vaccination status.

Hochul became the Empire State’s first female governor when she was sworn into office last month after Andrew Cuomo stepped down following a chorus of calls for his resignation after investigators concluded that he had sexually harassed multiple women. Cuomo said that he “never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”

“With the Delta variant on the rise, requiring masks at state-regulated child care, mental health, and substance abuse facilities is a key part of our broader strategy for slowing the spread of the virus, reopening our economy safely, and protecting vulnerable members of our population,” Hochul said, according to the press release. “For children under 12 who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, masks are the best line of defense against COVID-19 infection. This new mask requirement ensures that children in our child care facilities receive the same protection as children in our schools.”

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Gov. Gavin Newsom Maintains Grip Over California In Recall Race

LOS ANGELES– California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom held onto his governorship Tuesday, surviving only the second recall in state history after a successful effort to force a referendum on his leadership this spring.

The Associated Press called the race with about 60 percent of the vote in showing nearly 67 percent opposed to removal and just more than 33 percent in favor. The governor captured his first term two years ago with nearly 62 percent to 38 percent against businessman John Cox, who also ran as a candidate replacement.

“Tonight I’m humbled, grateful, but resolved in the spirit of my political hero, Robert Kennedy, to make more gentle, the life of this world,” Newsom said during brief remarks in Sacramento, after smearing his opponents as sexist, anti-science authoritarians hellbent on voter suppression. “We said yes to ending this pandemic… We said yes to diversity. We said yes to inclusion.”

Newsom’s triumph came to the tune of $70 million raised primarily through July and August to drown out Republican opponents on the airwaves nearly four-to-one this summer, according to a financial analysis of the race by The New York Times. Conservative radio host Larry Elder, on the other hand, who emerged as the leading candidate to replace Newsom pending an affirmative recall result, raised just more than $13 million by the end of August going into the final two-week stretch.

Newsom’s cash advantage enabled the incumbent to drop a cascade of TV and online ads in the last month of the contest, which appear to have paid off. While narrowly behind in the RealClear aggregate of polls on the election’s first binary yes/no recall question throughout nearly the entire month of August, Newsom finished the race with a nearly 15 percent lead in the surveys’ aggregate.

Although recall efforts are always underway in California, where the threshold to force statewide referendums is among the lowest in the nation, proponents of the Newsom recall garnered momentum in December after the governor was caught violating his own coronavirus restrictions one month prior. Photos published showed Newsom enjoying indoor dining at a three-star Michelin restaurant in Napa Valley’s wine country just after he prohibited congregations of more than three households before Thanksgiving.

The dinner party, held at the prestigious French Laundry where prices run up to $350 a plate, featured no masks and no social distancing, in honor of a well-known lobbyist’s birthday.

The recall challenge came on the momentum of hostility against some of the harshest COVID restrictions imposed in the country, but ultimately failed after Democrats energized voters in the state where they’ve long possessed supermajorities in the legislature. Democrats outnumber Republicans in California 2-1. Other issues propelling the recall effort included intermittent blackouts provoked by a blind push for renewable energy and economic decline.

While pro-recall voters may be feeling defeated, strategists on the ground in California say the war is just beginning.

“I think our biggest concern right now is what will happen to the morale that the Newsom recall effort has ignited,” Chairman of the Conservative Party of California Jon Matthews told The Federalist. “…There been a great insurgence of activity out here in California, particularly LA County, in terms of people thinking, ‘Oh, we do have a voice. We can do something.’”

Major candidates vying for replacement included former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, former Rep. Doug Ose, and gold medal transgender Olympian Caitlyn Jenner.

“As long [Elder] stays in the race and he’s got a year to build this case for California and he has a very good chance of upsetting Newsom in the race next year,” Matthews said.

Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist. Jordan Davidson is an intern at The Federalist.

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Gov. Newsom Poised to Hold Off Recall Effort – Reason.com

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom will likely serve out the remainder of his first term as voters rebuff a recall effort.

As of 8:45 p.m., 59 percent of the vote has been counted and by a 67-32 margin, Newsom is on pace to keep his seat. Here’s the Los Angeles Times live election results for those who want to keep tabs.

Newsom was elected into office in 2018 by a similarly wide margin, defeating Republican businessman Jon Cox, 62-38 percent. But as Newsom’s oppressive pandemic shutdowns frustrated residents (and he was seen violating his own rules to attend a fancy dinner with lobbyists at The French Laundry), recall circulators were able to gather enough signatures to force the matter to a vote.

But while polls at points in the summer showed some voters (especially undecided voters) souring on Newsom, he maintained a solid base of support among Democrats (who significantly outnumber Republicans in California) and was able to get them to vote. In the final days before the recall, polls had Newsom surviving the recall.

Currently, in the event that the vote somehow flips (it would be very difficult and would pretty much require that most people who voted at the polls today support the recall), Republican talk show host Larry Elder is far and away frontrunner to replace him. Elder currently has 43 percent of the vote among the potential candidates vying to replace Newsom. Real estate YouTuber Kevin Paffrath, running as a Democrat, trails far behind in second place with 11 percent of the vote.

But those votes won’t really matter unless Newsom is recalled, and it seems clear at this point that’s not going to happen. CNN has called the election in Newsom’s favor, as has the Associated Press.

Just before 9 p.m. Newsom gave a victory speech thanking Californians for rejecting the recall: “We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to ending this pandemic. We said yes to people’s right to vote without fear of fake fraud or voter suppression.”

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul calls for Facebook to crack down on abortion-related ‘misinformation’

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is calling upon Facebook to take steps to counter abortion-related “misinformation.”

In a letter to Facebook founder, chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the governor requested “information on any and all existing efforts to combat misinformation regarding abortion laws, procedures, and their availability.” She also pressed for Zuckerberg to, “Take additional action to curb the spread of this misinformation, as Facebook has with information related to COVID-19, vaccines, and voting rights.”

Hochul was sworn in as the governor of the Empire State last month after Andrew Cuomo stepped down amid a chorus of calls for his resignation after investigators concluded that he had sexually harassed multiple women. Cuomo said that he “never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.” Hochul is first woman ever to serve as governor of the state.

“Each day, posts are liked and shared on your site that make false claims about abortion procedures and reproductive health legislation, and this misinformation has hit close to home,” Hochul said in the letter. “An analysis of Facebook engagement between January 1 and March 20, 2019, found that four of the top 10 stories receiving the most engagement on the platform were articles about the New York State Reproductive Health Act from anti-choice news sources that misrepresented the bill,” she claimed, though the letter does not include a citation.

“These articles, memes, and other shared posts often describe horrific procedures that have no basis in reality, cite entirely made-up studies, and purposefully inflate or misrepresent public health data. The goal behind these posts is clear: to sow fear, confusion, and shame, and to advance an agenda to control women’s bodies,” she said.

While pro-choice advocates frequently claim that pro-life advocates aim to “control women’s bodies,” pro-life proponents point out that abortion actually ends the life of an unborn child and that the child’s body is distinct and is not part of the pregnant woman’s body.

“A child’s body is not a woman’s body. A child deserves to live and abortion doesn’t empower women, it’s violence,” Live Action founder and President Lila Rose tweeted earlier this month.

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Media outlets project that Gov. Gavin Newsom has avoided being recalled in California’s gubernatorial recall election

UPDATE: 9/14/21 11:50 p.m. EST:

Media outlets are projecting that Gov. Gavin Newsom has successfully avoided being recalled during California’s gubernatorial recall election.

Original story below:

Large companies and notable figures have chipped in with high-dollar donations to help bolster California Gov. Gavin Newsom during the Golden State’s gubernatorial recall election. Media outlets had not called the election at the time of the publication of this article.

Left-wing billionaire George Soros shelled out $1 million, Priscilla Chan, the wife of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, gave $750,000, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has doled out a whopping $3 million, according to Fox Business, while the San Francisco Chronicle pegged that figure at $3.06 million. Airbnb, Inc. supplied $100,000, NBCUniversal Media, LLC gave $50,000, Warner Bros. gave $40,000, and Anthem Blue Cross gave $100,000.

On the ballot, voters indicated whether they wanted Newsom to be recalled and they voted for a potential replacement candidate. If a majority of votes supported recalling Newsom, he will be ejected from office and the replacement candidate who received the most votes will become the state’s new governor.

Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder has emerged as the top contender to replace Newsom in the event that the current governor is removed from office, though polls have indicated that Newsom will be able to hang on to his job.

While Sept. 14 is the day of the election, some Californians voted sooner. Elder tweeted last week that he voted in-person. And according to the California secretary of state’s website, all active registered voters were supposed to have been mailed a vote-by-mail ballot.

If Newsom is ousted from office, he would be removed more than a year before his term is slated to conclude and he would become the second governor to be successfully recalled in the state’s history.

California voters successfully recalled Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in 2003 and replaced him with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Prominent Democratic figures including President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and former President Barack Obama have publicly backed Newsom during the recall election.

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Dem VA Gov Candidate Spotted Maskless On Train In Violation Of Guidelines

Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was reportedly spotted without a face covering while aboard an Amtrak train in July, newly-obtained photos by Fox News show.

McAuliffe was at New York City’s Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station on July 29 when a fellow passenger took snapshots of the former Virginia governor. Photos show McAuliffe on a cellphone walking down the aisle of the passenger train with his face exposed, according to Fox News.

Photos also show a sign situated above McAuliffe which stated that mask-wearing is mandatory while aboard the Amtrak train.

“Amtrak requires everyone to wear a face mask. Face masks must fully cover the mouth and nose and secure under the chin. Face masks must always be worn unless actively eating or drinking,” the sign reads.

The passenger, who spoke anonymously to Fox News, called McAuliffe’s failure to adhere to Amtrak’s guidelines an “absolute double standard.” Fox News also reported that Amtrak’s website further solidifies its position regarding mask-wearing. (RELATED: Rep. Rashida Tlaib Caught Partying Maskless With Large Crowd In CDC ‘Orange’ Zone)

“Federal law requires all customers and employees to wear a mask at all times while onboard trains and in stations, regardless of vaccination status or state or local laws. Refusing to wear a mask is a violation of federal law; passengers may be subject to penalties under federal law, denied boarding, removed from the train and banned from future travel in the event of noncompliance,” the railroad service’s website reads.

Fox News reported that the anonymous passenger spotted the gubernatorial candidate walking across the train station and momentarily recognized who he was.

“My brain didn’t really move right away, but all of a sudden, I thought, that guy looks familiar,” the passenger told Fox News.

The passenger told Fox News that they are unaware if McAuliffe followed procedure throughout the duration of the train ride.

“We happened to be in the same train car, and I took the second photo,” the passenger told Fox News. “We took our seats, and I didn’t get up for the rest of the trip, so I can’t speak to what he did or did not do during the trip as far as wearing a mask,” further stating that when the train arrived to its destination in Washington, D.C., McAuliffe was still without mask.

“You have an individual who wants to be a leader of a state here in the United States, and it is an absolute double standard. You have to lead by example,” the passenger said, according to Fox News. The passenger also said that Americans “are tired of being told to do something by our leaders, and they don’t follow it themselves.”

McAuliffe’s campaign did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller’s request for comment.

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On Vaccines: Is Gov Guilty of War Crimes, Namely, Medical Experimentation and Collective Punishment?

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It’s not Dr. Josef Mengele experimenting on twins or WWII-era Japanese scientists vivisecting people without anesthesia. But one writer contends that our government’s attempt to foist experimental “vaccines” on the people is only different in degree, not kind. In fact, J.B. Shurk explicitly states that by making COVID-19 genetic-therapy agents (GTAs, a.k.a. vaccines) mandatory under threat of career destruction and ostracism, the Joe Biden administration is guilty of war crimes.

Writing at American Thinker, Shurk begins by quoting Biden stating, “We are going to protect the vaccinated workers from unvaccinated coworkers.” That’s a switch. Just over a month ago, CDC head Rochelle Walensky and other leftists insisted that even vaccinated people should mask up to protect the unvaccinated. In other words, the government claimed the unvaccinated were imperiled, not the vaccinated.

Has the virus since then decided to direct its wrath at those who’d dare “vaccinate” against it?

Shurk writes that whatever “the friendly U.S. government is injecting into people, it’s certainly not inoculating against or inhibiting transmission of the Fauci Virus if the ‘vaccinated’ must walk around in bubble-boy suits for the rest of their lives.” The message, he states, is that you just need to keep taking more shots — Dr. Uncle Sam will tell you when you’ve had enough.

Yet is “there some unwritten rule that we must endure fake vaccinations during fake presidencies?” Shurk then asks, after pointing out that our science/state marriage has helped create a situation where a “vaccine” is now defined as a drug that may or may not protect you against disease. You must, however, take it, anyway. Why? Because the government says so.

In fact, Revelation 13:17 predicted that a time will come when “no one will be able to buy or to sell, except he who has the mark”; now it’s essentially, no one will be able to buy or to sell, except he who has the shot.

To be precise, proposed is the idea that people should suffer career loss and social ostracism if they refuse the GTAs. Not only is this based on no good science whatsoever — the most “vaccinated” nations also tend to have the highest coronavirus infection rates — but Shurk, again, labels it a war crime.

Making his case, he cites the 1947 Nuremberg Code’s “first stated principle outlining the bare minimum required of medical professionals ‘to satisfy moral, ethical, and legal’ duties.” To wit:

The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision [emphasis mine].

Shurk then asks about the above’s highlighted segment: “Does this set off any alarm bells for ethicists concerned about not following in the footsteps of Nazi medical science or treating civilians as guinea pigs for experimental research?”

“Is it possible that Herr Biden’s angry threats against healthy citizens for not partaking in his medical research might amount to ‘duress’ or ‘coercion’?” he continues. “Let’s see — jab this in your arm, or we will fire you, render you unemployable, threaten the financial survival of you and your family, and maybe leave you destitute and homeless.”

Shurk points out that Food and Drug Administration regulations also prohibit human experimentation.

Going further, the writer then cites how the Fourth Geneva Convention labels collective punishment a war crime, stating, “Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.” “The 1977 Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions ensure that real or threatened collective punishments are crimes against humanity ‘at any time and in any place whatsoever,’” Shurk adds.

Despite this, the Biden administration “has targeted unvaccinated citizens without any regard as to whether they might individually have natural immunity or have gained immunity from having already been infected with the Fauci Virus,” Shurk also points out. “Instead, D.F.’s vaccine mandates are structured to punish an entire class of Americans who have the temerity to believe that adults should be able to make personal decisions about their own health.”

“Class” is the word, too. Consider the following September 10 Newsweek headline: “Members of Congress and Their Staff Are Exempt From Biden’s Vaccine Mandate.” Seriously?

How much more criminal does the mandate seem when the leaders exempt themselves from the experimental GTAs that “are necessary to keep us all safe!”?

Then there’s how, last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was at a large fundraiser at a densely packed table, and everyone was unmasked (video below. Relevant portion begins at 1:38) — everyone, that is, except for the “little brown people” serving them, as pundit Tucker Carlson put it. How’s that for class distinction?

Note that Pelosi foists masks on others, but, despite being in a high-risk category at 81 years old, didn’t seem too concerned about The Virus™. Curious, huh?

Lastly note the evolution on GTAs. First the Democrats were highly skeptical of any vaccine whose development Donald Trump facilitated (example below. Relevant portion begins at 1:30).

Then they transitioned to saying getting jabbed was a moral imperative, but that there wouldn’t be GTA mandates and that they lacked the constitutional authority to impose such federally (example below).

Now the shape-shifting has gone 180 degrees, with federal GTA compulsion (video below).

Continuing the war crime theme, Shurk concludes by writing, “Maybe one day when all the woke fascism around us is finally repudiated, we can convene a special tribunal to sort through this whole mess, provide due process to all the accused, and then vaccinate the lot of them.” This would be a great idea if that vaccine would protect against what truly ails us: mind-altering, morality-mutilating, liberty-squelching leftism.  

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California Gov. Newsom Facing Recall as Voters Hit the Polls

California Gov. Gavin Newsom ended his campaign to keep his job as voters headed to the polls on Tuesday to determine whether he should be recalled and potentially replaced by another candidate.

Newsom, a Democrat, recently received support from heavyweight members of his own party, including President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Vice President Kamala Harris.

On Monday night, Biden delivered a campaign speech for Newsom in California, attacking Republican challenger Larry Elder, a conservative radio and EpochTV host. Biden attempted to characterize Elder as a “Trump clone.”

“I’m going to make this as simple as I can, you either keep Gavin Newsom as your governor, or you’ll get Donald Trump. It’s not a joke,” Biden said. “In Gavin, you have a governor who shares the state’s values; in Gavin, you have a governor to make sure Donald Trump’s dark, destructive, divisive politics never finds a place in California.”

Elder, who could become California’s first black governor, called on Californians to vote yes in favor of the recall.

“Vote no for California’s future, Gavin? Vote YES. Vote YES for schools that serve our kids. Vote YES for managing our forests. Vote YES for safe & clean streets. Vote YES for California’s future,” he wrote on Twitter.

Republican recall candidate Larry Elder speaks in Westminster, Calif., on Sept. 4, 2021. (David McNew/Getty Images)

“Make sure you have your friends vote, vote, vote, and try and get 10 more friends to vote and hit every call, make every call, knock on every door, we’re gonna win this thing if we turn out the vote,” Elder also said from a hotel ballroom in Costa Mesa on Monday.

California voters on Tuesday are faced with two questions in the recall, whether Newsom should be recalled, and if he is recalled, who should replace him. Should more than 50 percent of voters cast their ballots to recall the governor, the top vote-getter in response to the second question would be named California’s governor.

Polls in the Golden State will close at 8 p.m. PT, but due to the large amount of mail-in ballots, it’s not clear when the election result will be finalized.

“There’s no scenario where we lose tomorrow,” Newsom strategist Sean Clegg told local news outlets.

But Thad Kousser, a political science professor at the University of California-San Diego, told local station KGTV that Republicans have a chance at polling stations on Tuesday.

“What we saw in the 2020 election is that Republicans in California now prefer to cast their ballots in person,” Kousser said. “So, as these vote centers have been opening up over the weekend and through election day, I think we’ll see the next group of voters coming in more strongly Republican.”

The campaign to oust the Democratic governor began with a conservative Republican group and gained steam during the pandemic. Proponents of the recall, angered by Newsom’s policies on immigration, crime, and homelessness also became infuriated by his decision to close schools and require masks and mandate vaccinations against COVID-19.

The animus against the governor’s COVID-19 mandates reached a boiling point when Newsom last year was seen dining in an upscale restaurant, the French Laundry, while he and others were not social distancing or wearing masks.

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Gov. DeSantis calls to end standardized testing for Florida students

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed to end to yearly standardized testing in public schools, known as Florida’s Standard Assessment, and replacing it with periodic exams that test students’ knowledge-base. 

“Florida’s education focus should be students’ growth and how we restore the conversation between parents and teachers in support of students’ growth,” DeSantis said in a press release about the change

The new system would include three shorter tests administered in the fall, late winter, and spring. The new exams will require 75% less testing than the previous program required. 

Gov. DeSantis says these tests will be administered in “real-time” in hopes of getting an accurate outlook on a student’s progress throughout the school year.

Although legislation will be required to make these changes to the state’s curriculum, the governor says support for it is high within the legislature and that state leaders will work with him to finalize the legislation later this year.


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