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California Gov. Jerry Brown continued his bid to make California the unofficial capital of Reality-Based America with his State of the State Address Tuesday, delivering a fiery speech that stopped a little short of declaring an open state of hostilities with That Man In The White House (the real speech starts at about the 20 minute point in the video above). It was pretty much a continuation of his December speech vowing to resist any federal efforts to cut funding for researching and fighting climate change. Brown made it abundantly clear he's not going to let California go down the drain of Trumpism. For one thing, he'd object to wasting that water.


Brown started by reminding the state Assembly that California has, on its own, the world's sixth-largest economy and that "One out of every eight Americans lives right here and 27 percent -- almost eleven million -- were born in a foreign land." That diversity and openness to immigration, he said, help make the state "what it is today: vibrant, even turbulent, and a beacon of hope to the rest of the world.”

Then Brown turned toward national themes:

“This morning, it’s hard for me to keep my thoughts just on California,” Brown said. “We’ve seen the bald assertion of ‘alternative facts,’ whatever those are. We’ve heard the blatant attacks on science. Familiar signposts of our democracy -- truth, civility, working together -- have been obscured or even swept aside.”

But Brown was encouraged by the day of record-setting protests that followed Donald Trump's inauguration:

[In] cities across the country, we also witnessed a vast and inspiring fervor that is stirring in the land. Democracy doesn’t come from the top; it starts and spreads in the hearts of the people. And in the hearts of Americans, our core principles are as strong as ever.

In a nice turn on the overused "American Exceptionalism," Brown praised the state's commitment to "the basic principles that have made California the Great Exception that it is." (Turns out that "Great Exception" is a thing; it comes from the title of a 1949 book about the state).

Brown anticipated President Trump's expected action to defund "sanctuary cities," saying that while he recognized federal supremacy in setting and enforcing immigration law, the state isn't about to abandon the measures it's passed to protect undocumented immigrants, so get ready for some lawsuits:

We may be called upon to defend those laws and defend them we will. And let me be clear: We will defend everybody – every man, woman and child – who has come here for a better life and has contributed to the well-being of our state.

Brown also pledged to fight repeal of the Affordable Care Act, noting that over five million Californians now have coverage who didn't before the ACA, and promised to join other governors in protecting health care. He also repeated his commitment to renewable energy and fighting climate change, and to support a plan to cut California's greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, which would put the state well ahead of national goals Barack Obama had agreed to before Trump took office. Politico notes that during confirmation hearings last week, Trump's designee to head the EPA, Scott Pruitt, wouldn't rule out the possibility that "the administration could seek to undermine California’s vehicle emission standards, a central piece of the state’s environmental agenda." You know, because it's bad for America if one state has cleaner air.

“Whatever they do in Washington, they can’t change the facts,” Brown said. “And these are the facts: The climate is changing, the temperatures are rising, and so are the oceans. Natural habitats everywhere are under stress.”

Brown said “the world knows this” and that states and other countries can work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions regardless of federal policy.

Now, if Trump wants to help pay for infrastructure, Brown wouldn't say no. A state that generates as much tax revenue for the country can certainly argue it should get a good chunk of it back.

One thing Brown may not want to be too public about, unless he really wants to get into a fight with Trump: In the most recent polling, done back in September, Brown's approval rating was at 60 percent, and we'd be willing to bet it will be even higher thanks to his taking on Trump. Brown can feel good about that without rubbing Trump's face in it, we suppose.

[Politico / LAT / Sacramento Bee / Mercury News]

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Republicans are devouring each other's carcasses, and we are here for it! Especially when one of those Republicans is King Kris of the Kansas Votefucker Klan ... errr, Clan! It's been a week since Kansans cast their votes in the gubernatorial primary, and the GOP looks to be rolling up its sleeves for a slugfest.

As we type, Kobach leads by 298 votes out of more than 314,000 cast -- a whopping 0.00095 percent, if you round up! The Kansas GOP begged Donald Trump to stay out of the race and leave the field clear for sitting governor Jeff Colyer, who took over when Sam Brownback wandered off to bring Jesus to the Hottentots on behalf of the US government. Safe bet that Colyer would be gearing up for the general election now if President Twitterthumbs hadn't flapped his yap. So thanks for that, Donny!

No, really, THANKS!

Remember the hanging chad debacle in Florida? Now picture it in a landlocked state with more cows than people. It's like fantasy island for Devin Nunes, ALLEGEDLY.

Oh, but we are to kid!

After first insisting he wasn't going to recuse from the counting, Secretary of State Kris Kobach (one and the same!) wrote Colyer a fabulously bitchy letter agreeing to hand off the tabulation to his deputy, Eric Rucker. Colyer had made the shocking suggestion that Kobach delegate responsibility to the Kansas attorney general, rather than his own political appointee, and Kobach was stretched out on the settee with a fit of the vapors at the gross impropriety of it all!

I will not breach the public trust and arbitrarily assign my responsibilities to another office that is not granted such authority by the laws of Kansas.

After several anguished paragraphs, Kobach closed by remonstrating that Colyer was betraying his office by destroying the faith of Kansans in the sacred integrity of their electoral process.

As governor of Kansas, your unrestrained rhetoric has the potential to undermine the public's confidence in the election process. May I suggest that you trust the people of Kansas have made the right decision at the polls and that our election officials will properly determine the result as they do in every election.

Said the guy whose entire adult life has been dedicated to whipping up panic about millions of imaginary illegal alien voters.

So now these two princes can kick the crap out of each other WITH VOTES, specifically, provisional ballots cast by unaffiliated voters under the supervision of poorly trained poll workers. Kansas holds closed primaries, meaning only registered Republicans can vote to select the GOP candidate, BUT an unaffiliated voter can cast a vote by checking a box identifying as a Democrat or a Republican at the polling place. This was news to some poll workers, who mistakenly directed over one thousand unaffiliated voters to use provisional ballots without checking the box indicating party preference. Whoops!

So, will those provisional ballots be counted based on voter intent? Or tossed based on strict interpretation of the statute? And does Kansas law mandate tossing mail-in ballots that arrive without a postmark on Wednesday, since there's no forensic proof that they were mailed before midnight on Tuesday? And how disgusted will the Kansas electorate be when one of these assholes emerges from the melée holding the other one's scalp? And how many millions of dollars are going to be spent on litigating the Republican primary while this nice lady Laura Kelly, the Democratic minority whip of the Kansas Senate, is out campaigning for November?

Even before this debacle, Kobach looked significantly weaker against Kelly than Colyer, with self-funded Libertarian Jeff Orman threatening to throw a wrench in the works. The Wichita Eagle reports on a Remington Research Poll conducted in July:

In a Kelly-Orman-Kobach race, the poll puts Kelly and Kobach effectively in a dead heat — 36 percent for Kelly and 35 percent for Kobach, with Kelly's lead within the margin of error. Orman has 12 percent.

Colyer leads in a three-way race with Kelly and Orman, according to the poll. In that scenario, Colyer receives 38 percent of the vote, while Kelly gets 28 percent and Orman receives 10 percent.

Which is ONE POLL, in a deeply red state, but ... Kobach is a crap candidate who's likely to emerge from this fight with two black eyes and a pissed off base. If there's anyone who can blow this election, it's Kris Kobach.

Keep fighting, Kris! You can do it! (And now we need a shower.)

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[Kobach letter / Wichita Eagle / Mother Jones / Kansas City Star]

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