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New Jersey bill to let illegal immigrants get drivers’ licenses advances to governor’s desk

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, is expected to sign a bill into law that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain drivers’ licenses, according to reports.

The bill headed to the governor’s desk Monday after it was approved in separate votes in the New Jersey Assembly and Senate during the final legislative session of the year. Murphy has not said when he plans to sign the bill, but he had repeatedly asked the Democrat-led legislature to push it forward.

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Immigrants who gathered in Trenton, the state capital, to support passage of the bill celebrated Monday at a local church, as seen in a video posted on Twitter by Cosecha Movement, an immigrant advocacy group.

Supporters argue the measure could increase safety because many immigrants without legal documentation already drive without licenses and insurance.

“The legislation advanced on the Assembly floor and by the Senate today is fair and responsible,” Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, a Democrat, told The Wall Street Journal. “It brings us one step closer to ensuring all motor vehicles and drivers are insured, thereby creating safer roadways for all New Jersey residents.”

The legislation would give illegal immigrants over age 16 the “Green Light” to obtain driver’s licenses and learners’ permits. Under the terms, foreign documents such as passports or a driver’s license can be submitted and used in the application process. A Social Security number is not required.

Thirteen states, including Delaware and New York, and the District of Columbia permit immigrants without legal status to obtain drivers licenses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Safety and security risks?

The New Jersey bill also includes safeguards to protect the identities of illegal immigrants from federal agencies – something critics say will contribute to voter fraud and pose both a public safety and national security risk.

“How does giving illegal immigrants, who we know have already broken the law once, an official government document going to make us safer?” Assemblyman Ron Dancer, a Republican, told the Journal.

“How does giving illegal immigrants, who we know have already broken the law once, an official government document going to make us safer?”

— Assemblyman Ron Dancer, R-N.J.

Speaking on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday, Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf said the legislation would restrict the agency’s access to Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) data in federal investigations.

“It’s very similar to what we see with sanctuary policies around the country that, again, are not protecting the communities and the law enforcement officers trying to do their job[s],” Wolf said. “And, that’s really concerning from a ‘protecting the homeland’ perspective.”

Two-tiered system

The legislation sets up a two-tiered driver’s license system. One license would conform to federal REAL ID requirements that include proof of legal residency. Another license would permit people without a legal status to obtain a license.

Cosecha Movement celebrated the legislation’s passage in New Jersey following a two-year campaign to obtain the “right to drive without fear of ICE detention.”

“This legislation means that I can take my kids to school, go to work and go to hospitals with peace of mind,” Caritina Hernandez, a Cosecha leader, told Insider NJ. “For many years, parents like me had to live our daily lives with fears that we would be unjustly pulled over, fined, given court dates or even worse, be separated from our families all because we are not allowed to drive legally in NJ – this ends today.”

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The New Jersey bill was passed by the state legislature the same day New York’s law permitting illegal immigrants to obtain drivers’ licenses took effect Monday. An inlfux of applicants flooded DMV offices across the state as immigrants — with documents in hand — suddenly became eligible to apply for licenses regardless of their U.S. citizenship status.

Fox News’ Julia Musto, Fox Business’ Audrey Conklin and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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NYC student’s murder stems from liberals’ reversal of Rudy Giuliani’s anti-crime policies, ex-police chief says

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This week’s shocking fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old Barnard College student in New York City may have been prevented if liberals now running the city’s government hadn’t begun reversing former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s anti-crime policies, a former city police commissioner says.

Bernard Kerik, an Army veteran who was head of the nation’s largest police department when terrorists struck the World Trade Center on 9/11, made the comment Thursday, in reaction to Wednesday’s murder of Tessa Majors, a Virginia native who police say was viciously beaten and stabbed by three or four attackers in the early evening in a Manhattan park.

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The slaying startled and devastated residents of the surrounding area in addition to Majors’ classmates at Barnard – a private college for women — and other nearby schools, including Columbia University.

“The Murder of Barnard freshman Tessa Majors is the fault of everyone of the city’s socialist leftist corrupt politicians that’s been part of the reversal @RudyGiuliani’s crime reduction initiatives started in 1994,” Bernard Kerik wrote.

Giuliani, who now serves as a personal attorney for President Trump, was mayor of New York City from 1994 until his final term expired at the end of 2001, just three months after the city’s most horrible day. Even before 9/11 earned Giuliani the nickname “America’s Mayor,” for the way he held the city together during the initial, uncertain days after hijackers killed some 3,000 people, the former federal prosecutor was credited for bringing a sharp reduction in crime to the Big Apple, reversing a safety decline that had plagued the city in the 1970s and 1980s.

Most famously, Giuliani and former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton implemented the “Broken Windows” approach to crime reduction, in which police crackdowns on minor offense were believed to result in fewer major crimes as well. The plan appeared to work – although critics disputed how much credit Giuliani and Bratton, and successors Howard Safir and Kerik, deserved.

Since Giuliani left office, his successors have been billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who served from January 2002 to December 2013, and Bill de Blasio, who took office Jan. 1, 2014, and remains the city’s mayor.

Bloomberg, now 77, began his tenure as a Republican and later became an independent. He has since switched to the Democratic Party and recently launched a bid for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination. As part of that effort, Bloomberg in November spoke at a Brooklyn church where he apologized for implementing an anti-crime policy known as “stop and frisk,” which had angered liberal activists who were concerned about the civil rights of innocent people detained by police and the general constitutionality of the policy.

“Over time I’ve come to understand something that I’ve long struggled to admit to myself,” Bloomberg told congregants at the Christian Cultural Center in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. “I got something important wrong. I got something important really wrong.”

“Over time I’ve come to understand something that I’ve long struggled to admit to myself. I got something important wrong. I got something important really wrong.”

— Michael Bloomberg, apologizing for ‘stop and frisk’ anti-crime policy

Critics charged that Bloomberg seemed to be attempting to ingratiate himself to the city’s Democrats, now that he was seeking their votes after being a Republican for many years.

De Blasio, 58, an unabashed liberal, also made a run at the White House earlier this year until ultimately dropping out. One of his early moves since taking office was bringing back Bratton – but the pair quickly made changes to scale back the stop-and-frisk policy.

“When commissioner Bratton and I came in, we drove down the unconstitutional stop-and-frisk deeply,” de Blasio told radio station WNYC in 2016.

Around the same time, de Blasio also addressed the issue in a fundraising email, Politico reported.

“Not many people know precisely how much we have reduced the use of stop-and-frisk in New York City,” he wrote, before giving the answer as 97 percent.

“I promised to fix it and we have,” the mayor added.

Wednesday’s slaying of Majors has returned crime to the front and center of local politics.

“The idea that a college freshman at Barnard was murdered in cold blood is absolutely, not only painful to me as a parent, it’s terrifying to think that that could happen anywhere,” de Blasio said after an unrelated event in Brooklyn, according to the New York Daily News.

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The young woman was a member of a band called Patient 0, and had two concerts scheduled for her hometown of Charlottesville, Va., during what was to be her upcoming winter break, the New York Post reported.

As of Friday morning, there was still no information regarding arrests of her alleged attacks – or information about their identities. Two teens were questioned but released, the Daily News reported.

“There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison told the Daily News. “We’re going to need the community to help us with this investigation.”

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Protesters crash Andrew Cuomo’s NYC birthday fundraiser, call for wealth tax, Green New Deal

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Demonstrators gathered outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s fundraiser and birthday bash in New York City on Wednesday night, demanding he increase taxes on billionaires to fund the Green New Deal and other progressive programs.

Cuomo, who turns 62 on Thursday, hosted the celebrity-studded event, reportedly charging guests $50,000 per plate to raise money for his re-election campaign. Video on social media showed a small group of protesters attempting to storm the reception room inside the Essex House hotel near Central Park to deliver a birthday cake for Cuomo with #MakeBillionairesPay written in frosting.

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It was unclear if Cuomo or other attendees were present when the activists were ushered out by security. A larger crowd gathered outside on the street, demanding the Democratic governor tax the mega-rich, create a “Green New Deal” for New York, bring energy into public ownership, eliminate fossil fuels, ensure 100 percent renewable energy, guarantee homes for New York residents, fully fund public school and make college free.

“There has been an explosion in wealth and income at the very top,” Michael Kink, executive director of the Strong Economy For All Coalition, told the New York Daily News.

The Green New Deal, co-sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., failed to advance in Congress but has become a rallying cry for more progressive elements of the party. The more progressive presidential candidates — Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders – have proposed taxing the mega-rich to fund Medicare-For-All federal health care plans.

“New York has more billionaires than anywhere else in the country. It’s time for them to pay, to contribute to the things that all New Yorkers need,” he continued. “We can address all of those needs and cover the budget gap by targeting billionaires and ultra-millionaires.”

A report released by the Public Accountability Initiative and Hedge Clippers on Wednesday — to coincide with the organized protest — slammed Cuomo for accepting more than $4 million in donations from 49 billionaires, worth a combined $280 billion, since 2002.

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Cuomo senior adviser Rich Azzopardi responded to the report, brushing off the subsequent protest as “performance art.”

“Mike Kink’s ineffective and uninteresting special interest-funded performance art is not worth commenting on,” Azzopardi told the Daily News. “Budget decisions are made on the merits, not on what some cog in the advocacy industrial complex rants about.”

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Kentucky governor pardons man sentenced to life for sexually abusing stepdaughter, 6

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has pardoned a man serving life in prison for sexually abusing his 6-year-old stepdaughter, saying the man was wrongly convicted.

News outlets report Bevin issued the pardon Friday, saying that Paul Donel Hurt was wrongly convicted of first-degree sexual abuse and sodomy in Louisville in 2001. Hurt’s accuser recanted her testimony at a hearing in 2015, but the conviction stood.

“Hindsight is never truly 20/20, but it appears to me, and to many others including the judge who sentenced him, that Paul Donel Hurt has been wrongly convicted and imprisoned for nearly 20 years,” Bevin wrote, according to the Courier-Journal.

Circuit Court Judge Audra Jean Eckerle ruled the recantation was inconsistent. She also expressed concern because the trial judge in the case had communicated with Hurt and the victim after retiring from the bench. Eckerle says the trial judge “altered” the victim’s memory and testimony “by using judicial coercion and intimidation.”

An appellate court later upheld that ruling.

Hurt was released from the Kentucky State Reformatory on Friday.

The paper reported that a spokesman for the Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine said there were issues “raised during those post-conviction matters that make it easy  to understand why the governor would question the validity of the conviction.” An after-hours email from Fox News to Bevin’s office was not immediately returned.

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Bevin conceded in his reelection bid against Democrat Andy Beshear earlier this month after the initial vote results were deemed too close to call. Bevin said during a news conference in Frankfort that he was conceding because he wanted “what is best for Kentucky.”

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche, Andrew O’Reilly and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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New York governor blasted for overreaction to Times Square bomb threat

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sparked unnecessary fears on Sunday when he denounced a hoax bomb threat against Times Square, NYPD and City Hall sources told The Post.

The NYPD investigated a Saturday social media post threatening to blast Times Square with two pounds of explosives, determined the post was a hollow threat, and decided not to issue a statement on it, lest they stoke public fear — but that didn’t stop Cuomo from putting out a grandstanding press release on Sunday.

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“There is no indication that this threat is credible, but with that said, state police will be on the ground working with NYPD and partners to step up patrols in the area during the day,” reads the statement, which a Cuomo spokesperson said was released out of an “abundance of caution.”

A City Hall source called the move “a classic Cuomo publicity stunt.”

While Cuomo pledged his state cops would work with NYPD, he never actually spoke with city cops before issuing his declaration, an NYPD source said, calling it an “odd way of addressing the situation without contacting PD.”

“Cuomo is always looking for attention, especially when it involves the city,” another police source added, noting that Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio “are clearly not friends.”

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The threat went up on Reddit on Saturday and made a reference to “killing all minorities,” a high ranking police source told The Post.

Another law enforcement source said the poster threatened “they are bringing two pounds of explosives to Times Square in New York and ‘setting it off,’ warning people, ‘don’t go today.’ ”

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No details were made available on how the NYPD determined the threat was not credible, but the department beefed-up patrols in Midtown on Sunday as a precaution.

Additional reporting by Craig McCarthy and Carl Campanile.

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Former California lawmaker to pay $150G after using campaign cash for Asia trip, Hawaii home fix-up: reports

A former California Democratic lawmaker was ordered to pay $150,000 on Thursday after admitting to pulling funds from campaign coffers in part to pay for a trip to Asia, finance an expensive remodeling project on his Hawaii vacation home, and book flights for him and his wife to London and Washington, D.C.

Joseph Canciamilla, 64, was slapped with the maximum penalty the state allows for a campaign finance violation following a unanimous vote by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission.

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An investigation conducted by the California elections watchdog found Canciamilla misused more than $130,000 in campaign dollars raised from two local fundraising committees he created and falsified state filings to cover up the spending, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“This is a spectacular fall from grace,” Commissioner Frank Cardenas told The Sacramento Bee. “It’s a breathtaking arrogance. There are particularly egregious issues here that appear to go, at least on their face, beyond mirror of civil law.”

“It’s a breathtaking arrogance. There are particularly egregious issues here that appear to go, at least on their face, beyond mirror of civil law.”

— Frank Cardenas, Fair Political Practices Commission

Commissioner Alison Hayward told San Francisco’s KPIX-TV Canciamilla’s violations were “particularly repugnant.”

“They show that a person who is raising money in trust for a political purpose is then converting that money to personal income,” she added.

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Canciamilla served in the California State Assembly in Sacramento from 2000 to 2006 before he was appointed clerk-recorder in Contra Costa County near San Francisco. He served as a Democrat at the time. He is now registered as “No Party Preference,” according to The Bee.

The violations were found in the use of funding from one committee formed in 2011 for his campaign for judge in Contra Costa County Superior Court. He ultimately did not enter that race. Canciamilla also misused money raised in a second committee formed in 2012 for clerk-recorder. He won that office twice before abruptly resigning Oct. 31 when the campaign violations were discovered.

“Mr. Canciamilla has taken full responsibility for this situation, is humbled and embarrassed, and hopes the FPPC fines won’t severely overshadow his 46 years of public service to the residents of Contra Costa County,” a statement from his attorney, Andy Rockas, said in a statement, according to The Chronicle.

He “has cooperated with the FPPC, has paid back all disputed amounts, and all fines listed in the proposed stipulation have been paid in full,” it added.

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The commission launched an investigation after the Political Reform Audit Program of the Franchise Tax Board found irregularities in his filings. Canciamilla’s spending “was concealed on campaign statements by other reporting violations including non-reporting and the over-statement of available cash on hand,” according to the elections watchdog.

Canciamilla agreed to pay the $150,000 settlement for violating the Political Reform Act, which prohibits candidates from mixing campaign funds with personal finances. The commission also referred the case to the Contra Costa County’s district attorney’s office, which will decide whether to file criminal charges. The county’s retirement will also review his pension.

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California AG’s anti-Trump lawsuits are political, have cost taxpayers $21M, state GOP says

More than 60 lawsuits filed by California against the Trump administration in less than three years have cost the state’s taxpayers $21 million, according to reports.

Since Trump took office in 2017, California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra has sued the administration over issues including Trump’s travel ban, protecting DACA and sanctuary cities, fighting family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border and plans to construct the border wall, according to FOX 40 of Sacramento.

Earlier this year, California challenged Trump’s declaration of an emergency at the southern border and most recently, Becerra sued the administration over the rollback of the Endangered Species Act.

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Republican strategist Tim Rosales says Becerra’s lawsuits are more about politics than policy, FOX 40 reported.

“This is politics,” he told the station. “It’s politics by Becerra. He wants to make a national name for himself. He wants to get himself on the evening news and this is how you do it if you’re the attorney general of California.”

“It’s politics by Becerra. He wants to make a national name for himself. He wants to get himself on the evening news and this is how you do it if you’re the attorney general of California.”

— Tim Rosales, GOP strategist

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, left, accompanied by Gov. Gavin Newsom, at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (Associated Press)

He added that the Trump campaign is fundraising off California’s lawsuits in every other state.

“He’s gaining support in dozens of other states that look at California and they say, ‘Hey, look what California is doing,’” Rosales said. “And California is kind of leading the way in terms of the progressive left and the far left, and that’s where we’re at right now.”

Becerra’s office claims the state’s lawsuits have never added up to more than 1 percent of the state Department of Justice’s budget.

“He’s protecting our values,” Democratic political consultant Ed Emerson told FOX 40. “Separating children from their families, detaining them for unlimited amounts of time and keeping them in cages. This is not who we are and California has to step in.”

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He said that while the Trump campaign may be fundraising off California’s lawsuits, “so are we.”

In a statement to FOX 40, Becerra said, “The fact is, I don’t wake up in the morning planning to pick a fight with the administration. We file lawsuits to stop the Trump administration from breaking the law and taking actions which would hurt Californians.”

As of last May, California has gotten favorable rulings in at least 25 of the cases, The Mercury News of San Jose reported.

California’s lawsuits against the Trump administartion surpass the 48 lawsuits that Texas filed against the Obama administration, according to FOX 40.

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Nikki Haley dubbed ‘early frontrunner’ for GOP in 2024, gets apology from Dallas-area GOP: report

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Nikki Haley received an apology Thursday from the Dallas County Republican Party, after an emailed invitation for a fundraising event she is scheduled to attend next month described her as “the early frontrunner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination,” according to a report.

“After the release of her book, With All Due Respect, Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is being called the early frontrunner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination,” the email said, according to Politico. “Join Dallas County Republican Party and Park Cities Republican Women in welcoming Nikki Haley to Dallas on December 2.”

Dallas County GOP Chairman Rodney Anderson said Haley’s team did not approve the language of the email before it was sent out. He is working to send out a new invitation soon. A website for the event was also taken down.

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“It’s completely my fault,” Anderson said. “She’s glad to come help us raise money … but [2024 is] not what this is about.”

Haley, a former South Carolina governor who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from January 2017 until the end of last year, has denied frequent speculation that she may replace Vice President Mike Pence as President Trump’s running mate on the 2020 ballot. She has also repeatedly dodged questions about a potential future run for president.

A Haley representative confirmed the email description was a surprise.

“We did not encourage that, and had no involvement in their choice of how to promote the event,” Chaney Denton, a Haley spokeswoman, told Politico.

Earlier in the day, the organization sent out the email, headlined “Road to 2024,” advertising Haley’s scheduled appearance. Those who attend are asked to donate up to $25,000, Politico reported.

In recent weeks Haley has been touring the country promoting her new book, which includes a defense of the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from a U.N. pact on global migration. At an event in New York City last week, Haley said she thought it was too early for her to consider a run for the White House in 2024.

“A year is a lifetime in politics,” Haley told Fox News’ host Dana Perino, who moderated the event. “It would be a waste of time to think about 2024 at this point.”

“Instead I want to do everything I do really well now and just see if doors open,” she added.

“A year is a lifetime in politics. It would be a waste of time to think about 2024 at this point. Instead I want to do everything I do really well now and just see if doors open.” 

— Nikki Haley

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Haley, who first announced her resignation from the Trump administration last October before leaving last December, vowed to support her former boss in 2020. She also said she would not replace Pence on the ticket.

Questions about her political prospects began to surface after she embarked on a national fundraiser tour and launched a new outside political group this year, according to Politico. Her new book alleges that former advisers and cabinet members tried to recruit her to take down Trump, the New York Post reported.

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California Supreme Court rejects law requiring Trump to release tax returns to get on ballot

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The California Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a state law that would have required President Trump to release his tax returns in order to appear on the state’s primary ballot.

Justices in Sacramento said that the law – which required all candidates for president and governor to submit five years’ worth of personal income tax returns in order to be included on primary ballots – was unconstitutional.

“Whatever authority the Legislature may have in defining how presidential primaries are to occur in this state, the challenged sections of the act exceed such authority and are unenforceable,” California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote in the opinion.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, had signed the bill into law in July.

The state Republican Party and Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson challenged the bill, while the state has defended the law by arguing tax returns are a simple way for voters to weigh candidates’ financial status.

The ruling by the state’s highest court – which is a rare win for Trump in the Democratically controlled state – comes more than a month-and-a-half after a federal judge temporarily blocked the state law in response to a different lawsuit.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla appealed the federal judge’s ruling, in a legal dispute that remains ongoing.  The state court’s decision, however, means the tax return requirement cannot be enforced, even if it were found to be constitutional under federal law.

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Jesse Melgar, the governor’s spokeswoman, previously told the Los Angeles Times that Newsom supported an appeal, adding: “States have a legal and moral duty to restore public confidence in government and ensure leaders seeking the highest offices meet minimal standards.”

The deadline for submitting tax returns to get on the primary ballot under the bill, though, is next week.

Under California’s so-called jungle primary system, all candidates, regardless of party, vie for the same elected office and the top two vote-getters move on to the general election. Since it was implemented in California in 2010, this system has often ensured a Democrat-vs.-Democrat general election battle in all but California’s most conservative areas.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ex-NYPD commissioner: Bloomberg ‘stop-and-frisk’ apology shows he forgot its success

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Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik claimed Monday that former New York Mayor — and potential 2020 hopeful — Michael Bloomberg has apologized for presiding over the department’s “stop-question-and-frisk” policy because he forgot how effective it was.

Bloomberg — who was elected twice as a Republican and once as an independent — oversaw a continuation of criminal justice reforms set in place by his predecessor, current Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, Kerik noted.

“I think it is the apology tour,” Kerik said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” of Bloomberg’s statements. “When you run for president these days, that’s what you do. And that’s what he’s doing. I think it’s disturbing.”

Kerik told host Tucker Carlson the “stop-question-and-frisk” policy contributed to a major reduction in New York City violent crime from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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“I think Bloomberg and others like him that now denounce the policy, I think they forget how it started under Rudy Giuliani and the crime reductions — [a] 65 percent reduction in violent crime between 1994 and 2002,” he said.

Giuliani, a Republican, defeated incumbent Democrat David Dinkins in 1993 and served two terms in City Hall — handing the keys to Bloomberg on New Year’s Day 2002. Kerik served as NYPD commissioner for the last 16 months of Giuliani’s tenure as mayor.

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Kerik told Carlson his experience as a patrol officer in the late 1980s and early 1990s taught him the importance of “stop-question-and-frisk.” He said he was assigned to Times Square as a street cop before ascending to become a plainclothes officer.

“Without ‘stop-question-and-frisk,’ we’d never be able to do that job,” he said of his anti-crime duties, which he described as “looking for guns, shots-fired, burglaries in progress — any violent crime in progress.”

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He called the program the “most effective tool in the New York City Police Department.” Under the de Blasio administration, the number of such stops has plummeted  — by approximately 98 percent between 2011 and 2017, according to the New York Post.

Kerik also agreed with host Tucker Carlson that Bloomberg’s strong support of gun control made his “stop-and-frisk” reversal ironic.

“I honestly believe this is a guy who would take every gun,” he said.

“He would disarm suburbia tomorrow if he could,” Carlson remarked in agreement.

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