A California judge has ruled that strip clubs are exempt from regulations in San Diego County, and the order applies to other restaurants and live entertainment establishments in the area.
Superior Court Judge Joel Wohlfeil issued a preliminary injunction protecting strip clubs in the city, which he decreed also applies to “San Diego County businesses with restaurant service” that are following safety measures that “are no greater than is essential” for controlling the spread of the virus.
The plaintiffs, Pacers International Showgirls and Cheetahs Gentleman’s Club, sued after they received a cease-and-desist order last week. Wohlfeil determined that the strip clubs had been implementing measures to slow the spread of the virus since Gov. Gavin Newsom issued his shutdown edicts.
Attorney Steve Hoffman, who represented Cheetah’s, said that the club will “continue to operate in a manner that takes all appropriate and essential measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while at the same time providing a means for their staff to earn a livelihood.”
Newsom’s office was not happy about the decision.
“While we are disappointed in the court’s decision today, we remain steadfast in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of all Californians. Our legal team is reviewing options to determine next steps,” a spokesperson for Newsom said in a statement.
San Diego County posted a response indicating that they would comply with the ruling, at least until their lawyers figure out a way to evade it:
County response to judge's ruling: pic.twitter.com/DtPzr1GoX4
— SanDiegoCounty (@SanDiegoCounty) December 17, 2020
Big League Politics has reported on how Newsom’s lockdown policies have made him vulnerable for a recall as he devastates the economic prosperity of his constituents:
California Governor Gavin Newsom is feeling the heat for his controversial Wuhan virus lockdown orders.
Drew van Voorhis at The Epoch Times reported that a campaign with the aim of recalling Governor Gavin Newsom is gaining major traction in Orange County and across the Golden State. In recent weeks, leading Republicans in Orange County have endorsed the recall effort. They called attention to draconian lockdown measures and their negative impact on Californians.
The petition to kick off the recall process was organized by the political action committee Rescue California. A judge granted the petition an extension on November 6, which now gives it until March 17, 2021 to attain the minimum 1,495,709 required to initiate the recall. At the moment, the petition has over 820,000 signatures.
The Lincoln Club of Orange County, a pro-business political group, threw their support behind the campaign on December 8, 2020. Seth Morrison, executive director of the Lincoln Club said to the The Epoch Times, “We feel confident that the recall team has the tools necessary to be successful, and we are seeing more and more people step up to get involved. The governor should be very nervous.”
If there are major political consequences for politicians who have enacted lockdown policies, that may stop further constitutional overreach in the future. The strip club owners have done a solid to all restauranteurs in San Diego County by fighting back against Newsom.
Dr. Kelli Ward Reelected to a Second Term as Arizona Republican Party Chair
Ward received the full endorsement of President Trump.
Dr. Kelli Ward was re-elected to a second term as the chair of the Arizona Republican Party on Saturday, with precinct committeemen and women narrowly voting to keep Ward in place. The physician and former Arizona State Senator had the benefit of President Donald Trump’s endorsement.
Ward narrowly won reelection 51.5% to 48.5% in a runoff election, defeating challenger Sergio Arellano. Arellano congratulated Ward on her victory and pledged to work on behalf of Arizona Republicans for victory in the 2022 midterm election.
The last two election cycles have proven difficult for Arizona Republicans. The state’s Republican Party, once dominated by establishment operatives loyal to Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, has faced renewed competition in a once-reliably red state with a rapidly changing demographic and population model. Ward took over from Jonathan Lines after the 2018 election.
Republican Martha McSally was appointed to a Senate seat by Governor Doug Ducey, even after losing the Senate 2018 election to Kyrsten Sinema. McSally was again defeated by Mark Kelly in the 2020 election, giving the state two Democratic Senators. Some have speculated that President Donald Trump would’ve secured a narrow victory in Arizona in the 2020 election with a winning Senate candidate, having run ahead of McSally by tens of thousands of votes. However, Republicans have maintained majorities in both chambers of the state legislature.
Ducey, Jeff Flake, and Cindy McCain were censured by Arizona Republican Party precinct captains at the yearly state meeting. The latter two campaigned vociferously for Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 election, largely eschewing any loyalty to the Republican Party in favor of the establishment Democrat politician.
Arizona is now primed to conduct its third US Senate election in as many election cycles, with Republicans receiving a second chance to defeat Mark Kelly, who is finishing since-deceased Senator John McCain’s 2016 term. Republicans such as Andy Biggs of the House Freedom Caucus, Debbie Lesko, and Matt Salmon have been suggested as Senate candidates in an election where the party will have an opportunity to regain its footing in the purple state.
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