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California state lawmaker unveils two bills to combat political ‘cancel culture’

With each day that passes, cancel culture seems to grow more vicious and hungry to find its next victim.

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With each day that passes, cancel culture seems to grow more vicious and hungry to find its next victim; the more you feed it, the stronger it becomes. 

But, one California lawmaker has had enough. 

Republican state Sen. Melissa Melendez has unveiled two legislative proposals designed to combat cancel culture and the harm it causes. 

She claims that “a climate of intolerance has been established” in the Golden State, so political affiliation should be protected under state law to protect residents from descrimination. 

“Anyone who values their own freedom of speech should be concerned,” she said. “This cannot and should be allowed to continue.” 

The “Diversity of Thought Act” would protect people from discrimination over politics when seeking housing, bank loans or employment by amending the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Fox News reports. 

If this bill becomes a law, it would be illegal to deny someone a job or housing on the basis of that person’s political affiliation, according to the Los Angeles Times. Landlords could not legally evict someone because of political beliefs, and banks would be prohibited from denying financing on the basis of politics. 

The second bill would protect students from being bullied over their political views by requiring an amendment to the state’s education code. 

Schools are compelled to have policies against discrimination on the basis of gender race, religion and sexual orientation. Melendez’s bill would add political beliefs to that list. 

“Cancel culture and the efforts to silence differing opinions and voices should be a growing concern for all of us,” Melendez said in a statement. 

But, to no surprise, she’s already facing backlash from the left. 

Democratic state Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez blasted Melendez. 

“Your choice to hate & actively pursue hate does not make you part of a protected class,” Gonzalez wrote on Twitter. 

“It is unfathomable to me that corporations and members of the public would ruin a person’s career, business and family because of their political ideology,” Melendez said per The Hill. “Free speech covers all speech , not just that with which you agree.” 

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  1. Jennifer

    February 18, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    The tweet from Gonzalez is EXACTLY the reason why legislation is REQUIRED. Gonzalez is the one FILLED with hate and prejudice. It’s shameful that a person holding political is allowed to spew such hateful rhetoric. I think more states need to introduce legislature as Melendez

    • Alyssa

      February 18, 2021 at 11:09 pm

      Well said Jennifer! I’m glad to hear a legislator has the courage to stand up for us against this INSANITY!!

      • Paula

        February 19, 2021 at 9:49 pm

        This type of discrimination irs exactly why this legislation needs to be done. Gonzalez is yhr one filled with hate. Thanks Jennifer for standing up to this

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Psaki Responds To Biden Calling Reporter A ‘Stupid Son Of A B****’

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On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary responded to Democrat President Joe Biden calling Fox News reporter Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b****” for asking about the inflation crisis.

“The President, the President called Peter, and [Peter Doocy] confirmed this, so this is only why I’m speaking to this, and if you have private conversations with the president, I will assure you I’m not going to convey that on your behalf,” Psaki said. “But Peter spoke to this, the President called him, he conveyed to him that it was nothing personal man and also acknowledged that all of you are going to ask him a range of questions. So I think that speaks for itself.”

Biden called Doocy a “stupid son of a b****” after Doocy asked if the inflation crisis would hurt the Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

“Do you think inflation is a political liability for midterms?” Doocy asked.

“It’s a great asset, more inflation,” Biden responded. “What a stupid son of a b****.”

Doocy reacted to the incident in multiple interviews, revealing that Biden called him afterward and told him “it’s nothing personal, pal,” but Biden notably never apologized.

“When the president calls from the Oval Office and he says ‘it’s nothing personal, pal.’ And you know, I wasn’t particularly upset about what had happened anyway,” Doocy said on the Guy Benson Show. “I think that that’s enough just to kind of put it behind us. And I know now how much attention people pay to off-color comments like that from the president. But I think that he wanted to just clear the air and he wanted to address it, and he wanted to make sure that he didn’t that I didn’t think he was talking to me in a malicious way. And so it was a nice call. We talked for a couple of minutes right after I did Brett Baer show last night.”

“So the word ‘sorry’ was not expressed,” Guy said.

“It was not. But that’s OK,” Doocy replied.

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Biden’s Energy Secretary Violated Stock Disclosure Laws 9 Times Last Year

A spokeswoman for Granholm said that the late disclosures were the fault of a “clerical error”

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Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm sold shares of stock 9 times last year between April to October, but did not disclose the sales “within the legally required 45-day window, according to federal disclosure documents”, reports CNBC.

The shares of stock were worth up to $240,000. A spokeswoman for Granholm blamed a “clerical error” saying the secretary paid a late filing fee. Granholm did not file any of the 9 disclosures until December after legal deadlines for all had passed.

The STOCK Act has been in place since 2012, which “expanded the accountability and reporting requirements for financial holdings, both for members of Congress and high-level employees of the Executive Branch like Granholm” reports CNBC.

“The news of Granholm’s apparent violations comes at a time when stock sales by public officials and members of Congress are getting a fresh look” reports CNBC. “During the past week, several members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, have introduced or reintroduced legislation that would effectively ban lawmakers and their immediate family members from actively trading stocks while the member is in office.”

According to an analysis by Business Insider’s Dave Levinthal published earlier this month, a total of 54 members of Congress violated the STOCK Act rules just last year alone.

CNBC reports on the suspicious behavior of Granholm:

When President Joe Biden nominated her to be his energy secretary, Granholm signed a detailed Ethics Agreement in which she agreed to give up part-time jobs at the University of California and at CNN, step down from several boards, and sell millions of dollars worth of stock.

On March 22, she reported 23 stock sales, many of them blue-chip companies she had more than $10,000 of shares in.

A few months later in May, Granholm filed more transaction reports detailing how she had exercised stock options in the electric bus and battery company Proterra and then sold all her shares, worth between $1 million and $5 million, on May 24.

But in between the March blue chip sales and the May Proterra sale, Granholm made 6 of the 9 stock sales that didn’t get disclosed until December.

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