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California governor suddenly not so popular

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What’s going on with California Governor Gavin Newsom these days? After roughly six months in office, you might think that the Democratic chief executive of our nation’s largest state would be the bell of the ball, but the most recent polling shows that this isn’t the case at all. In fact, the number of Golden State residents who disapprove of Newsom is almost precisely the same as those who approve. There’s clearly a mystery here to be solved. (CBS San Francisco)

There has been a ten point increase in the number of Californians who say they “disapprove” when asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Gavin Newsom is handling his job as governor?”

That is according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll taken between July 10-15 that surveyed 1,125 California voters and has a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percent.

In February 2019, only 28 percent told Quinnipiac they disapprove of Newsom’s job performance. But in July, that number rose to 38 percent. His approval ratings have stayed the same, at about 39 percent, but the undecided voters have declined, indicating more people are making up their minds and choosing disapproval.

As the poll results reveal, this isn’t actually a case of Newsom’s approval numbers dropping. It’s more a situation where there were a lot of voters still undecided earlier in the year and now they’ve made up their minds. And collectively, they’ve decided they’re not happy with the job “The Gavinator” (as he asked to be called during the campaign) has been doing.

While this isn’t totally unheard of, most newly elected leaders tend to get a bit of a honeymoon period during their first months in office, so a 39% approval rating is definitely on the low side. And it’s not as if the general electorate objected to him. In the 2018 election, Newsom beat his Republican challenger 61-38. It was a landslide. You’d expect him to at least be up near fifty with that level of turnout. Also, he was the Lieutenant Governor for eight years prior to that, so people should know him by now. Further, he became something of a liberal sensation back when he was the Mayor of San Francisco and ordered the City Clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Don’t they still love him?

Perhaps not. He may not have been in office for long and all of the state’s problems can’t fairly be hung around shoulders, but people expect results and things haven’t been going well. For one thing, the state’s urban population centers are currently being overrun with filth and vermin. Los Angeles was recently described as the City of a Million Rats, and other municipalities (including his home town) have similar issues.

No doubt related to the rat problem, the state is also awash in homeless people, particularly in the major cities. Even the early estimates of the homeless population were found to be significantly on the low side. This leads to outbreaks of disease, is bad for tourism and makes the locals unhappy.

On top of all that, the state is experiencing something of an exodus of middle class working people. The reason is that between all the taxes and fees, combined with skyrocketing real estate prices, nobody can afford to live there unless they are extremely wealthy or living on the streets. One recent study estimated that any worker leaving San Francisco and moving to Austin, Texas would immediately receive the equivalent of a 46% increase in income just because of the lower cost of living.

All of that adds up to trouble for any politician. And Newsom volunteered to be the captain of this ship so he gets the blame when the iceberg is approaching. Well… you asked for the job, Governor and now you’ve got it. Enjoy.

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New Jersey’s new “smart gun” law is a disaster in the making

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As soon as New Jersey’s new Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, arrived in office he began working with the Democratic majority in the legislature to pass onerous gun control laws. Not satisfied with that effort, he’s now rolled out a new package of legislation along the same lines, referring to it as “Gun Safety Package 2.0.” One of the chief elements of this new legislation deals with so-called “smart guns” and mandates regarding their availability in the Garden State. (NJ.com)

New Jersey’s already strict firearm laws got even tougher Tuesday as Gov. Phil Murphy signed four new gun control bills into law — including one designed to make personalized “smart guns” more easily available in the state.

It comes a little more than a year after Murphy signed six firearm laws, vowing to make New Jersey a national leader in “common-sense” gun safety. The Democratic governor has championed the latest laws as his “Gun Safety Package 2.0.” …

The legislation repeals at 2002 state law that mandated smart guns be sold here only once they became marketable anywhere in the country. That, Murphy said, created a loophole that slowed the production of such guns.

The new law requires every gun retailer in the Garden State to sell at least one smart gun.

This measure repeals a 2002 law that was going to make the sale of smart guns mandatory but would not take effect until they were available across the entire country. The Governor refers to that as a “loophole” instead of just common sense. Under this new law (which takes effect immediately) gun dealers will be forced to stock and offer at least one model of smart gun after a commission is set up in six months to develop a list of approved weapons.

This law still isn’t as bad as it might be… yet. It only says that the guns have to be available for purchase. But it clearly paves the way for later legislation demanding that only smart guns be sold or owned in the state. That’s a terrible policy for several reasons.

First of all, smart gun technology is in development, but it’s still far from perfect. Assuming you find one that works every time, they still take too long to draw and prepare to fire. And a firearm that won’t function when needed is about as useful as a brick. On top of that, they tend to be insanely expensive.

Further, just from a small government conservative perspective, having the government demanding that private retailers sell this or that product is simply bad policy. And banning them from selling otherwise legal products is even worse. And I won’t even get started on the Second Amendment issues being raised.

I realize that many conservatives had plenty of complaints about Chis Christie by the end of the 2016 election cycle and, to be fair, he gave us reasons to carp. But this is a reminder of the positive effect he had on the state as governor. He had to go RINO a number of times because of the blue nature of New Jersey, but he kept some of the worst impulses of Democrats in check on several issues, including gun control. Now, with the Democrats in charge of the entire government again, all bets are off.

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Oregon’s Governor facing possible recall

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Has Oregon Governor Kate Brown pushed her liberal agenda too far? In a blue state like that, it’s tough to imagine, but a group of Republicans are launching a recall effort amid complaints of government overreach and new policies they claim are contrary to the best interests and desires of the voters. Does this really have a chance of succeeding? (Washington Times)

The Oregon Republican Party launched Monday a recall campaign against Democratic Gov. Kate Brown after a contentious legislative session that saw her sic state troopers on runaway GOP legislators fighting her climate-change agenda.

The recall paperwork, signed Monday by Oregon GOP chair Bill Currier, accused her of ignoring or overturning the will of the voters on driver’s licenses for illegal aliens and tax increases, as well as denying citizens protection from “the domestic terrorist threat known as Antifa.”

“Governor Brown has subjected the people of Oregon to a long line of abuses of power while at the same time refusing to address their legitimate concerns,” said the recall statement.

As the Washington Times goes on to report, this is taking place at the same time that Democratic Gov. Jared Polis is also facing a recall effort in Colorado. Apparently, there’s something in the water out there.

As for Brown, she’s not embroiled in any sort of scandal or dubious fundraising allegations. (Unlike her predecessor who was forced to resign.) What’s she’s basically being accused of is working with the Democratic majority in the legislature to pass a bunch of laws. But there are no rules in the recall game. If enough people are unhappy with her performance she can be given the boot even absent any criminal allegations.

The complaints against her will be familiar to regular readers. The Democrats passed a billion dollars in new taxes for an education initiative and Brown still intends to hobble them with a carbon cap and trade scheme, even if she has to implement it by executive order. She pushed through the bill to give drivers licences to illegal aliens and is accused of not acting to adequately protect citizens from domestic terrorists like Antifa.

In order to pull this off, the GOP has their work cut out for them. According to the rules covering recalls, once the initial request to begin recall proceedings is complete, they will need to gather petition signatures equaling 15% of the total votes cast for governor in each district. Given that the 2018 election attracted more than 1.7 million votes, they’ll probably be looking at a minimum of a quarter-million signatures and they’re only given 35 days to collect them.

Assuming they manage that, then the Governor can either resign within five days (unlikely) or face a recall election barely a month later. Brown won her last outing by a 50 to 44 margin and her liberal agenda was already in progress and well known. Some of her actions this term may have riled up the moderates in her state a bit, but that still sounds like a heavy lift to remove her in this fashion. But we should know soon enough. If the GOP gets the ball rolling, the rules make this a rather rapid process that could play out by the end of September.

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Gubernatorial candidate refuses female reporter’s access to campaign

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A story has been going around for a few days about the Mississippi gubernatorial race. A Republican running in the party’s primary to be the nominee for governor refused a request from a newspaper’s female reporter to cover a campaign trip unless she brought along a male colleague. Is it sexism or is it a personal conviction at play?

Reporters for Mississippi Today asked to shadow all three of the Republicans running for the nomination as they campaign around the state. Two candidates, Bill Waller, a former state supreme court chief justice, and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves agreed to a request from a male reporter. Robert Foster, a state representative, declined the request from a female reporter unless she agreed to bring a male colleague with her. She was told that the candidate can’t “risk it” – the optics of such coverage during a 15-hour campaign trip. She is crying sexism and wrote a story about the incident.

In two phone calls this week, Colton Robison, Foster’s campaign director, said a male colleague would need to accompany this reporter on an upcoming 15-hour campaign trip because they believed the optics of the candidate with a woman, even a working reporter, could be used in a smear campaign to insinuate an extramarital affair.

“The only reason you think that people will think I’m having a (improper) relationship with your candidate is because I am a woman,” this reporter said.

Robison said the campaign simply “can’t risk it.”

“Perception is everything. We are so close to the primary. If (trackers) were to get a picture and they put a mailer out, we wouldn’t have time to dispute it. And that’s why we have to be careful,” Robinson said Tuesday afternoon by phone.

The female reporter, Larrison Campbell, has a professional history with Foster. She broke the story when he became the first to announce his candidacy in the gubernatorial race last December. She also reported about Republican operatives offering Foster money to run for a different office. She says she has interviewed him many times at the capitol, in phone interviews, and at political events.

The catch is that Foster is a strong conservative. He’s running to the right of the other candidates, according to the reporter. He is considered the underdog in the race. Foster’s campaign manager admitted to “a weird request” but stuck to it.

Mississippi Today requested a ride-along with the Foster in late June. On July 7, Robison, the campaign manager, called about joining the candidate on an upcoming trip to the Gulf Coast and Laurel. At the end of the conversation, in what he acknowledged was a “weird request,” Robison said I would need a male colleague to accompany me on the trip.

My editor and I agreed the request was sexist and an unnecessary use of resources given this reporter’s experience covering Mississippi politics; Tuesday, Robison was informed that this reporter would participate in the ride-along story alone.

The back and forth between Campbell and the campaign continued. She offered to wear her press id at all times in case a photo of her and Foster was taken. In the end, the campaign held to its decision to refuse her request.

The natural question here is whether or not Foster’s decision is a consequence of the #MeToo movement. That’s possible but I think it is more in line with a small minority of conservative male politicians who believe it is disrespectful toward their wives to be alone with a female, even in a professional setting. This pre-dates the #MeToo movement. Remember the crap that Vice-President Pence took from the left after his acknowledgement that he doesn’t go to dinner with any woman but his wife and that he doesn’t attend events serving alcholic beverages without his wife? It is a protective action Pence takes to shelter his marriage and his wife from outside attacks.

Before Pence, there was Rev. Billy Graham. The “Billy Graham Rule” was cited by Foster.

Foster defended his decision to exclude Campbell. “Before our decision to run, my wife and I made a commitment to follow the ‘Billy Graham Rule’, which is to avoid any situation that may evoke suspicion or compromise of our marriage,” he wrote on Twitter late Tuesday. “I am sorry Ms. Campbell doesn’t share these views, but my decision was out of respect of my wife.”

I wasn’t going to write about this story when I first read about it because I thought it would just be another story that is viewed through the lens of political party lines. I thought conservatives might not agree with Foster’s decision but would understand why he made it while liberals would bash him as a sexist pig. Saturday morning, however, I tuned into the Smerconish show on CNN. He used this story as the basis of a poll question he presented to the audience. “Is a candidate justified in precluding a reporter traveling with him?” He admitted he assumed that his audience would be against it. It’s CNN, you know.

Smerconish delivered the results at the end of the show – with 19,029 votes counted, he was surprised by the tally. 63% Yes, 37% No. Well, look at that. Is there hope for common sense in America after all? The results surprised me, too, to be honest. The left loves to bash conservatives as throwbacks to the 1950’s and all that. I wonder if a more liberal CNN show host would have received less favorable results from his or her audience. From the publicity Ms. Campbell has garnered for herself, maybe Mr. Foster made the right decision. With her history of covering his run, was his campaign’s response to her request really such a surprise?

The only televised debate in this primary race with be Tuesday, July 23, 2019. I wonder if the question will come up. The primary election is Tuesday, August 6, 2019.

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NY Gov sued over licenses for illegal aliens

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As we recently learned, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new bill into law allowing illegal aliens to obtain state drivers licenses, despite the measure being broadly unpopular among voters. Concerns over this measure holding the potential for voter fraud or access to public services by those not allowed to receive them were brushed off and the Democratic majority forced the measure through on party lines. But perhaps this isn’t the end of the story.

This week a county clerk from the western part of the state filed a lawsuit against the Governor, the state District Attorney and the DMV Commissioner, claiming that the new law has put him in an untenable position. And in a twist to the story, the clerk bringing the suit is a Democrat. (NY Post)

Erie County clerk Mickey Kearns has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo for approving a controversial state law granting driver’s license privileges to illegal immigrants that would force county clerks to defy federal law…

“As Clerk of the County of Erie, Mr. Kearns is required to carry our the Green Light Law. If he fails to do so he is at risk of enforcement or removal from office, or both by Governor Cuomo, Attorney General James, and/or Commissioner Schroeder,” the suit reads.

“But if Mr. Kearns carries out his duties under the Green Light Law, he faces the credible threat of criminal prosecution by federal authorities. Mr. Kearns, therefore, cannot carry out his duties under New York law without violating federal immigration law, and visa versa.”

This is an interesting approach. A challenge to the law based solely on the argument that it’s unconstitutional has been seen as problematic because you’d have to find someone who could demonstrate damages from illegal aliens being issued licenses. But that’s not the approach that Kearns is taking.

His argument is that he is placed in personal jeopardy by being one of the people who have to directly authorize the issuance of the documents. If he refuses to do so, the Governor could have him removed from office or potentially direct the DA to bring charges against him. But if he follows the new law and issues the licenses, he might be found in violation of federal law. But would he actually be in jeopardy at the federal level?

That’s a bit of a complicated question. You can read a detailed explainer on the subject here, but the answer seems to vary from state to state. Since 2001 it’s been a requirement in New York for license applicants to provide either a Social Security number or federally issued documents establishing legal presence in the United States. But that rule came from an executive order issued by then-Governor Pataki (R). The order is being overturned this year as part of this new law.

In general terms, the courts have held that the issuance of driver’s licenses is handled at the discretion of the state, and more than a dozen blue states already allow illegal aliens to obtain licenses. But the REAL ID Act of 2005 complicated the situation. It mandates that state identification that can be used for federal purposes, such as boarding a plane or applying for a passport, can only be issued to people who prove they are legal residents of the United States. To get around that, several states, including New York, have instituted multiple tiers of licenses and ID cards. Legal residents can qualify for REAL ID-compliant documents. But illegal aliens can still receive a non-compliant license or ID that provides driving privileges and is good inside the state, but not for any federal purpose.

Assuming that the clerk is only issuing non-compliant documents to illegal aliens, it sounds like he won’t actually be in danger of violating federal law. And if that’s the case, this lawsuit may unfortunately fail.

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New York just passed a law allowing release of Trump’s tax returns

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Thus far, President Trump has managed to stonewall efforts by Democrats to obtain his federal tax returns, with those efforts likely to be held up for some time, possibly needing to go all the way to the Supreme Court. But perhaps not so with his state taxes. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new bill into law today specifically crafted to allow the release of state tax returns to Congress upon the request of any of three committees. It would apply to the President, as well as some other executive branch officials and political party leaders. (NY Times)

As the battle over President Trump’s federal taxes intensifies in Washington, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York signed a bill on Monday to allow congressional committees to access the president’s state tax returns.

The bill requires state tax officials to release the president’s state returns for any “specified and legitimate legislative purpose” on the request of the chair of one of three congressional committees: the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation.

It is effective immediately, though it is unclear whether it would be challenged by the Trump administration, or used by the congressional committees; the Ways and Means Committee, for instance, has said previously that it remains focused on pursuing Mr. Trump’s federal tax information.

What’s going on here seems fairly obvious, despite the Governor’s best efforts to paint a more benign face on it. This appears to be a clear example of a bill of attainder, which means there should be grounds to immediately challenge and perhaps overturn it. You’re not allowed to use your executive or legislative power as a cudgel and craft laws that are specifically aimed at one person or a specific group of people just to advance your own political agenda.

Keep in mind that in all of the flurry of legal activity taking place in the offices of the New York Governor and the new Attorney General, demanding documents and records from the President and his various businesses, there has yet to be a single charge of a specific crime brought. These are fishing expeditions, plain and simple. And now, this new law opens a path to have the state turn over someone’s tax returns for similarly vacuous reasons. On top of that, Congress hasn’t even asked New York for Trump’s tax returns. The #RESIST movement in the state government is just freestyling here.

Of course, there’s another thing that Governor Cuomo and his Democratic allies should probably keep in mind. Trump won’t be in office forever. One of these days there will be a Democrat in the Oval Office and it might even be someone from New York. There are a few of them running next year, though they are among the severe long shots. And if there’s a New York Democrat elected but the GOP holds one chamber in the legislative branch, they might start getting curious about the new person’s taxes.

What will you do then… rush to repeal the law? Or just be completely honest and amend it to say that it only applies to Republicans.

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Newsom: Trump is trying to help California

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I’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t exactly Earth-shattering news, but nearly every time we cover a story involving California Governor Gavin Newsom it deals with him doing something either stupid, foolish, outrageous or some combination of the three. So when the occasion rises to note him doing the right thing, I think we owe it to him to point it out in the interest of fairness. California is generally considered Ground Zero for the #RESIST movement and there’s no lack of people bashing the President out there. And yet, in the wake of two powerful earthquakes, the Governor went out in public and appealed to the citizens of his state, pointing out that President Trump is dedicated to helping the state recover, putting partisan differences aside in the face of a natural disaster. (Associated Press)

Gov. Gavin Newsom says President Donald Trump has called him and expressed commitment to helping California recover from two earthquakes that hit the state in as many days.

Speaking to reporters after touring the damage zone, Newsom said Saturday that he and Trump talked about the struggles California has been through, including two devastating wildfires that happened just six months ago.

The Democratic governor said “there’s no question we don’t agree on everything, but one area where there’s no politics, where we work extremely well together, is our response to emergencies.”

“He’s committed in the long haul, the long run, to help support the rebuilding efforts,” Newsom said of Trump.

I thought that was pretty nice of the Governor to include during his press conference. And it was also good to know that Trump was ready to pick up the phone and talk to someone who is just about as far removed from him politically as possible and make sure that federal aid was available for recovery and clean-up efforts. I’m sure that everyone will drop back into campaign mode soon enough and the thinly veiled (or not veiled at all) insults will be flying again, but for the moment the business of the people appears to be getting done.

The AP is reporting one other bit of news I found interesting as the earthquake recovery work gets underway. I was previously unaware of this, but Los Angeles residents have access to a free phone app called ShakeAlertLA. It triggers an alert on your phone whenever a quake of magnitude 5.0 or higher is detected. There are plans in place to lower the threshold to 4.5, but officials say that plan was already in the works before the recent big quakes hit.

Two points about this. First, you might be wondering what good an app like that actually is. I mean, if there’s a big quake taking place, you probably know it without your phone lighting up, right? But not always. It turns out that it can take several minutes for the shaking from a quake many miles away to reach you. That couple of minutes might be just enough for you to get outside before the ceiling starts coming down. Of course, if you happen to be right on the fault line where the quake happens, there’s not much to be done, but for a lot of people, it could be a literal lifesaver.

At least in theory. Here’s the other part of this story. When the 6.4 and 7.1 magnitude quakes hit, the app didn’t issue an alarm for either of them. It also failed to mark either one under the list of “Recent Earthquakes” available on the app. But as it turns out, the app was working as intended. It only alerts people about quakes of a certain magnitude in Los Angeles County. The shaking felt in LA from the largest quake was only equivalent to a magnitude 3 event, so the alarm didn’t go off.

Seems like they might want to give that design a second look. The usefulness of it, as I mentioned above, seems to be lessened considerably if the alarm doesn’t go off until the shaking is already throwing you out of your chair.

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The NBA Stops Using Completely Innocuous Phrase, Cites Racial Insensitivity

This is one of those double take stories were you have to make sure it’s not a Babylon Bee or The Onion article.

The NBA has decided that the completely innocuous, objective descriptor of “team owner” is racially insensitive and are banning it’s use within the NBA. Yes, people who own teams are no longer allowed be called the owner of their teams.

This seems normal.

Apparently, some players, including Draymond Green (already one of the most drama-stricken players in the NBA), have complained that it’s racially insensitive to have a figure above them in the hierarchy being described as an owner. Correlations to slave ownership and all that.

“You shouldn’t say ‘owner,’” Green said. “When you think of a basketball team, nobody thinks of the f–kin’ Golden State Warriors and think of that damn bridge. They think of the players that make that team…you don’t even know what the f–k [the bridge] is called.”

If that’s not a solid, logical argument, I don’t know what is. And who doesn’t know the name of the Bay bridge?

Of course, essentially no one ever has described a team owner as “owning” the players on his team. The person who owns the team literally owns it as an enterprise. This kind of shifting of language is just nonsensical and completely unnecessary. Every business has an owner and there are plenty of them with majority black employee bases. What makes the NBA so special here that they need to distort language this way?

The term governor will probably be found to be problematic soon too, as it could be twisted historically as well. Then we can move to team “stakeholder” or something more ridiculous because no one is ever happy.

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NBA commissioner: We’re using the word “governor” now instead of the more problematic term “owner”

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Now that the NFL anthem-kneeling problem has faded away, this is my top pick for a sports-related culture-war flashpoint during the 2020 campaign.

Old Trump boast: “People are saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.” New Trump boast: “People are saying ‘team owner’ again.”

My sense after watching the Adam Silver clip below is that even he thinks this is stupid but is willing to go along to get along, not wanting to be contentious about a racial topic with a player as prominent and prone to verbal sparring as Draymond Green. (Silver even makes a point of saying that he doesn’t want to overreact to the controversy.) Green’s the one who started this dopey “debate” by taking issue with the term “owner” two years ago:

“For starters, let’s stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman,” Green wrote. “To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start. It sets the wrong tone. It gives one the wrong mindset.”

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban got on him for that at the time, emphasizing that what the owners own is equity in the corporate entity, of course, not the players. Green doubled down last year, though:

“When you think of a basketball team, you don’t think of the Golden State Warriors and think of [the Bay Bridge logo on the team’s jersey],” Green said. “You think of the players that make that team.”…

“Very rarely do we take the time to rethink something and say, ‘maybe that’s not the way,’” Green said. “Just because someone was taught that 100 years ago, doesn’t make that the right thing today. And so, when you look at the word ‘owner,’ it really dates back to slavery. The word ‘owner,’ ‘master’ — it dates back to slavery. … We just took the words and we continued to put it to use.”

Never mind that the NBA has, and had, black team owners. Michael Jordan famously owns the Charlotte Hornets and for a time Jay-Z owned a stake in the Brooklyn Nets. LeBron James will presumably own a stake in a team someday too, as he suggests in the second clip below. It may become a rite of passage for hoops titans eventually to continue competing after their careers end by moving from player to owner. But what do you do here if you’re Silver? Ratify Green’s foolish belief that the word “owner” has a political meaning to those who use it by insisting on protecting the term, dragging out this debate in the media until it’s a distraction for the league? Or take the path of least resistance and avoid some predictable accusations of racism by dispensing with it?

Green discusses this briefly in the second clip below (there’s profanity, in case you’re at work). The irony of this dispute happening within the NBA is that there’s no professional sports league in the United States in which the players, particularly megastars like James, have more influence over the sport’s business and culture. When pro basketball stars want to get political, the league knows its place and looks the other way. The reason “owner” is an “issue” in the NBA and virtually nowhere else in American entertainment is that most team owners are white and most players, especially A-listers, are black, which lends itself to the most superficial possible “slavery” analogy if you’re desperate to show off your woke credibility.

Exit question via Alex Griswold: If you were looking for a term with fewer racial connotations than “owner,” why the hell would you choose “governor” instead of CEO?

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Dem candidate Seth Moulton: “If this country wasn’t racist, Stacey Abrams would be governor”

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A leftover from last night. Frankly, per progressive orthodoxy, it’s borderline racist to suggest that Abrams *isn’t* governor. She won her election, after all. Just ask her. She’ll tell you. Repeatedly.

Karl Rove looked at Abrams’s claims of voter registration shenanigans in an op-ed published a few days ago. She was quiet about the law used by her opponent, then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp, to “purge” the rolls of inactive voters during her years in Georgia’s legislature, he notes.

Then there’s Georgia’s “use it or lose it” law. Passed by a Democratic Legislature and signed by a Democratic governor in 1997, it says that if a voter hasn’t shown up at the polls or had contact with election authorities (say, by signing a petition or updating an address) in three years, the state must notify him that he’s at risk of becoming “inactive.” If he then doesn’t return a postage-paid card or participate in either of the next two federal elections, he’s purged from the rolls. It’s at least a six-year process.

Mr. Kemp’s office removed 1.4 million names from the rolls starting in 2012, erasing a backlog he inherited. Still, active registrations grew from 5,033,307 when he was elected in 2010 to 6,428,581 last fall, a 27.7% increase. Much of this bump came after Mr. Kemp implemented automatic voter registration for Georgians who update or apply for their driver’s licenses. For her part, Ms. Abrams never worked to repeal the use-it-or-lose-it or exact-match law during her decade in the Georgia legislature. In fact, while she criticizes Mr. Kemp for reducing opportunities for early voting, she not only voted to require him to rein in early voting, but co-sponsored the 2011 law.

Registration of black voters actually increased by 31 percent in Georgia during Kemp’s tenure as secretary of state, noted Mark Hemingway in a piece last month, and overall turnout in the tight Kemp/Abrams race was enormous for a non-presidential year. It’d be fair for Abrams to say that, win or lose, her showing in a red state like Georgia was impressive, evidence not just that a black Democrat can win in the south but that she’s a candidate with a national future.

Problem is, Andrew Gillum could say the same thing. The “Stacey won” shtick is designed to lend Abrams a special mystique, part victim, part hero, in which she expunges an alleged injustice first by raising awareness about voter suppression and second — and more importantly — by getting elected to higher office. The idea that she’s the rightful governor of Georgia is basically an extended campaign commercial for a presidential, or vice-presidential, or second gubernatorial bid. That’s why it’s jarring to hear other presidential candidates like Moulton take up her cause. In the abstract it’s understandable: By name-checking her he’s signaling that he cares about voter suppression too and intends to make it an issue if he’s nominated. But in practice he’s promoting a potential rival candidate, one much more formidable than he is.

If she jumped in, one wonders how, and whether, the rest of the field would dare attack her. The fact that they’ve uniformly endorsed the crankish idea that she’s the “real” winner of the Georgia race shows how terrified they are of being seen as racially insensitive. To defeat her would be to re-victimize the party’s most well-known victim. Amends must be made for the debacle in Georgia; nominating her might be the only way. Until she’s a candidate herself, though, touting her victimhood is among the pithiest ways members of the 2020 field can advertise their wokeness. I may be a white guy but I’m not one of those white guys, Moulton’s saying to lefties who aren’t that keen on white guys.

Anyway, hopefully our racist country will eventually rise above its prejudices and consider a qualified black candidate not just for statewide office but for the presidency itself. May we all live to see that day!

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