In a unanimous decision, California’s high court handed President Trump an epic win against the governor and state legislator.
Recently the State of California passed a law ordering politicians to provide several years of tax returns before running for national office.
When the law was signed President Trump immediately challenged the law. In 2017 former Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill.
Gov. Gavin Newsom originally signed the bill into law in July to force gubernatorial candidates and presidential candidates to release fix years of tax returns to get on California’s primary ballot.
The suit against this egregious bill launch by President Trump and the California RNC stated the law suppresses millions of voters in California and creates an “extra-constitutional qualification for the office of the president.”
The court ruling stated, “The Legislature may well be correct that a presidential candidate’s income tax returns could provide California voters with important information,” the court said in its ruling. “But article II, section 5(c) embeds in the state Constitution the principle that, ultimately, it is the voters who must decide whether the refusal of a ‘recognized candidate throughout the nation or throughout California for the office of President of the United States’ to make such information available to the public will have consequences at the ballot box.”
Republican State Legislators were thrilled.
“Republicans have repeatedly voiced our position that the Democrats’ Presidential Disclosure law is unconstitutional and an attempt to tamper with the Presidential primary by suppressing Republican voter turn-out,” said state Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove. “Today, the justices of the State Supreme Court validated our concerns and sided with us.”
Legal experts also expressed concern over the California law. “What other kinds of regulations can one imagine that states might impose on presidential candidates to get onto the ballot?” Richard Pildes, a professor of constitutional law at New York University, told The New York Times in August.
The ruling comes ahead of the November 26th deadline that candidates would have needed to submit their tax returns to get on the March presidential primary ballot.
Written by November 21, 2019–