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Judge throws out California law designed to keep Donald Trump off the ballot

October 2, 2019

  I think it is safe to say Donald Trump’s Presidency is crashing down all around him and I also think it is safe to say that if he survives this onslaught it will be tough for him to get anything done legislatively before the election. (The good news here is that the Democrats have decided to sacrifice their precious gun control legislation in return for the possibility of impeachment.) 

  So with everything going wrong and with the President showing signs of cracking up Donald Trump could use a little good news and he got some today from California. California passed a law back in July designed to force Donald Trump to release his tax returns or become ineligible for the ballot in the Golden State.

  In September a Federal Judge blocked the legislation pending his decision and today that decision came down. Here is what he said:

He wrote that “allowing individual states to potentially adopt disparate and inconsistent qualifications for presidential primary candidates tramples the framers’ vision of having uniform standards for the qualifications of those individuals running for president.”

The judge’s written ruling repeated a concern expressed during oral arguments — that long-standing and less stringent federal financial disclosure rules preempt any additional mandates. Even then, England wrote, there’s no basis to believe claims made by state attorneys that the disclosure of tax returns is tantamount to minor requirements that have previously been allowed by the courts.

“At base, the Act seeks to punish a class of candidates who elect not to comply with disclosing their tax returns by handicapping their access to the electoral process. This is plainly impermissible,” wrote England

  California plans to appeal the ruling but for now Donald Trump got a little good news in an otherwise dreary day.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2019 8:15 pm

    You know I agree with much of what you share, but I have to note that I disagree totally with your opening statement that you …. “think it is safe to say Donald Trump’s Presidency is crashing down all around him”.

    I know the demos. are desperate to have us all believe that, but a cursory review of the facts they are misrepresenting lead me to a different conclusion. I firmly believe their radical agreement with the socialist agenda, along with their blatant lies & distortions of truth, will aid In driving any moderates out of the Demo. party & hopefully help help minorities to see how much better off they are with him. I see great potential for all their foolishness to lead to their demise, at least enough to assure Trump’s victory in this presidential election.

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 3, 2019 6:52 pm

      That probably was not the best way to put it but at this point I think the Democrats have basically destroyed the rest of his Presidency and he will not accomplish anything legislatively from now until the election. It is not his fault but it is what it is at this point. I also think he is reaching the point where he does not care if he wins, I think they are wearing him out.


  2. Bruce Booher permalink
    October 2, 2019 9:28 pm

    My former classmate nailed it!! Maybe that will wipe the smirk off your face Gov. Irksome.

    Liked by 1 person

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