Resistance State: California in the Age of Trump
Between Sacramento and Washington D.C. sits the rest of the country, and a chasm. On immigration and taxes, guns and healthcare, cannabis and climate change, California is the federal government’s equal and opposite reaction. One year into President Trump’s first term, the push and pull continues—playing out under the Capitol dome, in the courts and on Twitter.
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The state of California filed a petition yesterday seeking to pause new Trump administration rules that allow employers to opt out of providing birth control coverage through employee insurance.
State Attorney General Xavier Becerra is asking for a nationwide injunction on the rule. In October, Becerra sued the administration over the rule, claiming it is discriminatory and violates the First Amendment because employers can use religious reasons to deny benefits.
“A woman’s birth control and health decisions should be made by a woman in consultation with her doctor—not by her employer and not by politicians,” Becerra said yesterday in a statement.
Last week, attorneys general in Virginia, New York, Maryland and Delaware joined Becerra’s lawsuit.
Under the Affordable Care Act, employer-provided health insurance is required to cover birth control.
A day after Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to the Trump administration’s request to beef up the National Guard in states along the Mexico border, fellow Democrat Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said he would not have made the same decision as governor.
But Newsom, who is the front-runner in the race to replace Brown as governor, put a large asterisk on his disagreement with Brown:
Brown announced Wednesday that he would accept federal funding to add 400 California National Guard members “to combat transnational crime.” But he laid out a long list of conditions in an agreement with federal authorities: The troops will not build a border wall or enforce immigration laws, and the arrangement is approved only until Sept. 30. Brown also specified that when it comes to the state’s National Guard, he is the “commander in chief.”
America’s Commander in Chief responded Thursday on Twitter: “Thank you Jerry, good move for the safety of our Country!”