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California, Texas | May 14, 2021

Biden Admin Stops Flying Migrants to Other Cities for Easier Expulsion

California, Texas | May 14, 2021

The Biden administration discontinued flights carrying migrant children and family units from one part of the border to another in order to expel them to Mexico, CBS News reported Wednesday.

Advocacy groups criticized the administration for flying migrant families and unaccompanied minors who illegally entered the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas to El Paso, Texas, or San Diego, California, for expulsion to Mexico, according to CBS News.

The Mexican government won’t accept Central American migrant families with children in Tamaulipas after U.S. officials encounter them illegally crossing the border…

(Excerpts from The Daily Caller and the Tennessee Star)

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California, Texas | May 11, 2021

Gas Shortage and Price Hike Expected This Summer

California, Texas | May 11, 2021

A gas shortage is expected this summer not because there won’t be enough fuel but because there aren’t enough highly trained and licensed tanker drivers to transport it.

Many tanker drivers retired last year after demand for oil and gas plummeted because fewer people were traveling during the height of the pandemic. And most driving schools where new drivers could have received their training were closed due to state-mandated shutdowns. The two factors combined is resulting in a shortage of roughly 25% of tanker truck drivers needed to transport fuel, says the National Tank Truck Carriers, the trade association representing the tanker truck industry.

“We’ve been dealing with a driver shortage for a while, but the pandemic took that issue and metastasized it,” the association’s executive vice president Ryan Streblow said in a statement.

With states now reopening and people already beginning to travel, demand for gas is increasing, and so is the price at the pump – because less fuel is getting there…

(Excerpts from the Virginia Star)

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California | May 11, 2021

Christian University Student Leaders Refuse to Approve Conservative Club

California | May 11, 2021

Student government leaders at Point Loma Nazarene University denied Turning Point USA’s request to become a chartered club.

The leaders and a university official at the private Christian university in San Diego said there was “misalignment” between TPUSA activities and the Associated Student Body mission statement.

“Misalignment between that mission statement and TPUSA publications and activities was the primary basis for denial,” university spokesperson Jill Monroe told The College Fix in an email.

While Jenna Moses, the director of student relations for the Associated Student Body, ultimately made the decision to decline TPUSA as a campus club, the director of community life and other members of the ASB Board of Directors at Point Loma weighed in and supported the club’s denial. The board functions as the executive team for the student government.

“The director of community life was consulted as the staff advisor and liaison to ASB and per the ASB Handbook for Clubs and Societies, although this role has no authority on the decision,” Monroe told The Fix.

“Because the decision is so discretionary, the director of student relations chose to also consult the rest of the ASB Board of Directors,” she said.

The Board of Directors allegedly were wary of the TPUSA club due to their belief that the group intends to engage in harmful attacks rather than healthy discussions.

“The general opinion of the student BoD was that TPUSA’s intended purpose seems to be generating unnecessary conflict rather than fostering helpful communication and would likely be a net detriment to the PLNU community,” Monroe told The Fix

(Excerpts from The Virginia Star)

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California | May 10, 2021

Homeless Camps Are Taking Over the West Coast

California | May 10, 2021

Democrat cities have allowed hundreds of homeless encampments to pop up along the West Coast. Homelessness isn’t new to places like San Francisco, L.A., Seattle, Sacramento, and so on. I was in Portland 12 years ago for a comedy gig. The park in front of the club looked like a scene from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. Today it looks like the Walking Dead. Homeless camps are popping up all over the West Coast and bringing violence, drugs, weapons, and defecation with them. When I was a kid, camping meant fishing and catching toads, not getting shot and stepping in people poop. Los Angeles has seen a 50% increase in homelessness over the last five years. LA’s Venice Beach homeless encampment recently had an explosion and a shooting. The question city officials are asking: where did they find the ammo?..

(Excerpts from PJ Media)

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California | May 9, 2021

California Drops in Population for the First Time in Recorded History

California | May 9, 2021

Following an unprecedented exodus of citizens last year, California saw its population decline for the first time in recorded history.

While the bust of the Gold Rush in the 19th Century couldn’t dissuade people from flocking to paradise on Earth, in 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state was unable to attract enough people to replace those fleeing for the first time ever. Politico reported that California lost a net number of residents totaling more than 180,000 people from January of 2020 to January of this year, or 0.46 percent of its total population.

Numbers released by the state Department of Finance showed that the state’s high cost of living and taxes, along with its embrace of restrictions on liberties and commerce, arguably chased away more people than it would normally attract to replace those people…

(Excerpts from the Western Journal)

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California | May 4, 2021

Republican Candidates For California Governor Make Their Case

California | May 4, 2021

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/AP) — The two Republicans currently running for governor of California, John Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, released new campaign ads Tuesday, marking a new phase in the pending recall election.

Cox, a perennial political candidate who lost to Newsom in 2018, planned to launch a bus tour alongside a Kodiak bear, which features heavily in his ad depicting himself as “the beast” and Newsom as “the beauty.” He spent $5 million to begin airing a 30-second version on television statewide, his campaign said, a significant amount of money this early in the campaign.

Jenner, meanwhile, released a video that features her speaking about her candidacy for the first time since she announced her run. She calls herself a “compassionate disruptor” in the ad that highlights clips from her Olympic run in 1976, when she won the gold medal in the decathlon.

“I’m running to be governor for all Californians, to reclaim our true identity, to bring back the gold to the Golden State,” Jenner says…

(Excerpts from KPIX 5/CBS)

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