Steve Bannon’s ‘Season of War’ Roadshow

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon continued his campaign against the Republican establishment in a speech to the California Republican Party convention on Friday—while also calling for greater unity within the party. His targets included the current party leadership, but also the previous Republican president of the United States. Bannon, who rarely spoke publicly during his time as White House chief strategist, has made a series of appearances in recent weeks promoting his plan to primary Republican senators in the 2018 election cycle. Boosted by former judge Roy Moore’s Alabama Senate primary win over the establishment’s (and President Trump’s) pick Luther Strange, Bannon is spearheading an intra-party war… Read More

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Chabot-Las Positas board ready to discuss ‘sanctuary’ issue

DUBLIN — Educators and students at Chabot College in Hayward say Chabot-Las Positas Community College District leaders have been slow to decide whether Chabot should be a “sanctuary” campus offering protection to undocumented students, and contend moving the district board’s Oct. 24 discussion of that issue from Hayward to Dublin is intended to “suppress” students’ opinions. District leaders, meanwhile, say they are ready to discuss embracing the protections offered by the California Values Act, the “Sanctuary State” package led by Senate Bill 54, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 5, which prevents state or local resources from being used to help federal authorities with mass deportations, and that schools… Read More

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Will DACA Parents Be Forced to Leave Their U.S.-Citizen Children Behind?

With the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an estimated 200,000 children are at risk of losing their parents. In September, the Trump administration announced it was rescinding DACA pending a six-month delay. The program is an Obama-era initiative that shields undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation, and allows them to work legally in the country. Unless the Republican-controlled Congress passes a law granting them legal status, they could soon be subject to deportation. That uncertainty has instilled fear among many of the nearly 700,000 DACA recipients, but particularly those who are parents of U.S. citizens. “It’s been really tough, it’s… Read More

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Steve Bannon says California will try to secede from union

ANAHEIM — Steve Bannon, the controversial former strategist for President Donald Trump, told California Republicans on Friday that if they don’t join together to take back the state, they’ll see a breakaway effort to create a sovereign nation. “You are a sanctuary state,” he told a sold-out dinner crowd of about 500 gather at the Marriott Anaheim for the state GOP’s semi-annual convention. “If you do not roll this back, 10 or 15 years from now the folks in Silicon Valley and progressive Democrats are going to try to secede from the union.” Republicans are just 26 percent of the state’s voters and Democrats hold every statewide office. But Bannon,… Read More

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Fight not over after failed attempt to block road through Surrey park

The organizer of a campaign to block road construction through a Surrey park says his battle isn’t over after his group failed to gather enough signatures for a petition that could have killed the project. The 105th Avenue Connector would cut through the south end of Hawthorne Park, a two-lane road to link Whalley Boulevard and 150th Street, according to city draft plans for the project. The City of Surrey says it will increase park space by an acre, bring in 200 more trees and provide new amenities. Opponents say it will destroy precious green space used by families in a city where density and population are on the rise.… Read More

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Palmer: Liberal leadership hopefuls united fighting change to voting

VICTORIA — While the candidates for the B.C. Liberal leadership disagree on some issues, they appear united in their determination to defeat the NDP-Green drive to change the electoral system. “The fight of our lives,” candidate Andrew Wilkinson calls it, referring to the scheduled-for-fall 2018 referendum on proportional representation. “British Columbians have already twice rejected changes to our voting system, but the NDP and Greens won’t take no for an answer,” says Michael Lee. “Proportional representation will lead to more minority coalition governments, like the mess we have in Victoria right now. It will create uncertainty for the investment community, negatively impacting jobs, growth and our prosperity.” Related Vaughn Palmer:… Read More

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Trump order allows Air Force to unretire more pilots

Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that will allow the Air Force to address what the Pentagon says is a serious pilot shortage. The order amending a post-9/11 emergency declaration will allow the Air Force to recall pilots from retirement. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, says the Air Force is currently short approximately 1,500 pilots. Under current law, the Air Force is limited to recalling 25 pilots. The order removes that cap for the Air Force, as well as other branches of the military. Ross says the Secretary of Defense is expected to allow the Secretary of the Air Force to recall… Read More

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Cannabis workshop set for Saturday in Alameda

ALAMEDA — The City Council will host a workshop Saturday on cannabis use in town, a meeting that comes as state officials are working to craft laws to get ready for when recreational use of the substance will become legal on Jan. 1. The Alameda meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. Like the Alameda Journal Facebook page for neighborhood news and conversation from Alameda and beyond. The rules on cannabis are expected to include where potential pot clubs, and where cultivation, manufacturing, purity and potency testing labs could be located. The current proposals, which the City Council will consider… Read More

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Charges, insults keep Kelly vs. congresswoman spat alive

By Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday rushed to defend chief of staff John Kelly after he mischaracterized the remarks of a Democratic congresswoman and called her an “empty barrel” making noise. A Trump spokeswoman said it was “inappropriate” to question Kelly in light of his stature as a retired four-star general. The administration also insisted it’s long past time to end the political squabbling and insult trading over President Donald Trump’s compassion for America’s war dead, even as it lobbed fresh vilification at Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson. She kept the barbed exchanges going, adding a new element by suggesting a… Read More

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Georgia lawmaker asks about quarantining HIV patients

Associated Press ATLANTA — A Georgia state lawmaker who is married to former U.S. health secretary Tom Price asked during a legislative committee meeting about the possibility of quarantining people with HIV. State Rep. Betty Price, a Republican whose district includes parts of Atlanta’s northern suburbs, asked the head of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s HIV Epidemiology Section at Tuesday’s meeting about stopping the spread of HIV — the virus that causes AIDS. “What are we legally able to do? I don’t want to say the quarantine word, but I guess I just said it,” Price can be seen asking the official, Dr. Pascale Wortley, in a video of… Read More

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