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Defying the Odds
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Saturday, September 12, 2015

California Senate Denounces Trump

The California Senate has passed a nonbinding resolution denouncing Donald Trump. Alex Koseff reports at The Sacramento Bee:
“Support this resolution to send a clear message that bigotry and racism and hatred is [sicnot tolerated in the state of California,” urged Sen. Isadore Hall, D-Compton, the measure’s author. “It’s time quite honestly to dump Trump.”
Senate Resolution 39 was introduced in July, following Trump’s controversial presidential announcement where he said that Mexico was not “sending their best” to the United States.
“They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us,” Trump said. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Companies like NBC, Macy’s, NASCAR and the PGA have already severed ties with the real estate mogul and reality television star. But Senate Republicans didn’t bite on SR 39, which passed by a vote of 25-1 and has no legal authority; all but one abstained and declined to speak on the measure.
The original version of the measure denounced Ted Cruz as well, but final version deleted references to him:

35WHEREAS, Presidential candidates including Donald Trump
36
begin deleteand Ted Cruzend delete have unfairly demonized and falsely blamed
37undocumented immigrant families for a range of problems and
38challenges facing the United States; and
39WHEREAS, Presidential candidate Donald Trump recently
40stated that, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending
P3    1their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and
2they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs.
3They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,”;
begin delete andend deletebegin insert now, therefore, be
4itend insert
begin delete
5WHEREAS, Presidential candidate Ted Cruz has defended
6Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s racist remarks against
7immigrant families and people of Mexican descent; and
end deletebegin delete
8WHEREAS, Presidential candidate Ted Cruz characterized
9United States immigration as “policies [that] have encouraged
10drug smugglers, child abusers, murderers, and other dangerous
11criminals”; now, therefore, be it
end delete
12Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate
13condemns discrimination in any form on the basis of race, ethnicity,
14national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or
15disability; and be it further
16Resolved, That the Senate calls for an end to hate speech and
17racist rhetoric by all presidential candidates; and be it further
begin delete
18Resolved, That the Senate condemns in the strongest terms
19possible the racist rhetoric against immigrant families made by
20Presidential candidate Ted Cruz; and be it further
end delete
21Resolved, That the Senate condemns in the strongest terms
22possible the racist rhetoric against immigrant families made by
23Presidential candidate Donald Trump; and be it further
24Resolved, That the Senate calls upon the State of California to
25divest from Donald Trump, The Trump Organization, and any
26affiliated entities; and be it further
27Resolved, That the Senate calls upon private businesses and
28individuals throughout California to end all business ties with
29Donald Trump, The Trump Organization, and any affiliated
30entities; and be it further
31Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
32this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.

ead more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article35021343.html#storylink=cpy
The California Constitution, like the US Constitution, forbids bills of attainder.  Technically, this measure does not fall into this category because it is a nonbinding resolution that does not directly impose a punishment.  Still,it sets a bad precedent by using official state resources to take a position on a private citizen running president.