Friday, June 29, 2018

Pelosi's "crumbs": Millions benefit from tax reform

Unemployment is down, workers are keeping more of their own money, and hundreds of billions of dollars parked overseas are flowing back to America. Click on the image below to watch a short video about the great benefits of tax reform: 





Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Gov. Brown deploys the water police

Governor Jerry Brown yesterday approved two new laws limiting water usage for Californians. Daily limits will begin at 55 gallons per person, later dropping to 50 gallons. As one California news report notes, "Fifty gallons are considered the minimum needed for health and safety." It further explains, "How consumers will meet the goals remains unknown. An eight-minute shower, for example, uses about 17 gallons of water, a load of laundry up to 40 and a bathtub can hold 80 to 100 gallons of water." The paper notes that the restrictions are supported by various environmental groups, though some groups complained the restrictions don't go far enough.

The imposition of these draconian water limits was predictable. In 2015, referring to previous water restrictions mandated by Governor Brown, I wrote, "And it's a safe bet that Brown's mandatory water reductions will not alleviate the crisis, leading to a drastic increase in restrictions in the not-too-distant future. Watering your lawn, washing your car and countless other everyday activities will be banned up and down California. In their mania to attack Central Valley farming, the radicals are inadvertently running the entire state out of water."

Make no mistake, environmental extremists and the Democrats who serve their interests put us in this situation through their misguided legislation and their prolific lawsuits designed to impose ever-stricter water limitations. And by blocking commonsense solutions in House-passed bills such as operating the pumps to full capacity, repealing damaging laws, and approving more water storage projects, they have engineered a permanent water crisis.

The result, as we see today, is a drastic reduction in personal freedom and our standard of living. Californians don't want to have to choose between doing their laundry and taking a shower, but that's the kind of choice being forced on us - and the odds are, without a drastic course correction, more restrictions lie ahead.     

Saturday, June 2, 2018

CNN goes nuts

I spent the last few days touring Valley ag and businesses. Thank you to Mid-Valley Pipe and Supply, Kaweah Brewery, and the Minkler Cash Store for hosting me, as well as the growers who gave me a look at the current pistachio crop. A few pictures of my visits are below.





While I was on some of these visits, CNN was trying to track me down. They seemed mystified why I was ignoring them but took the time to send out a picture of the pistachio crop - apparently, for them, paying attention to agriculture is a waste of time, while ignoring CNN is an unforgivable offense. Click on the picture below to see their reaction:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrqaQILecwA&feature=youtu.be

I appreciate the attention from CNN, but to be honest, I think looking at a nut was a much better use of my time.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Water update

The Bureau of Reclamation recently increased the water allocation for south-of-delta users from 40 percent to 45 percent. 

Any additional water in the Central Valley is welcome, and a 45 percent allocation is surely better than the zero allocation we were receiving not long ago. This increase comes amid another positive development, which is that most Valley water agencies and ag groups are now speaking with one voice and have ended the circular firing squad that, for a long time, held back Valley efforts to get more water.

Still, there is a lot more work to do. The Valley should be getting a 100 percent allocation. Environmental regulations that result in billions of gallons of water being flushed into the ocean, the operation of the pumps at less than capacity, and the lack of adequate storage are crucial problems that diminish our water security. The House of Representatives has passed numerous bills to solve these problems, all of which have been killed by Democratic opposition in the Senate. So long as Senate Democrats refuse to provide Valley communities the full allocation we're entitled to, our fight for water will continue. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Media exposed spreading fake news on Nunes

I'd like to point out two articles related to media coverage of my work. You can read the American Greatness article here and the Federalist article here

Monday, April 23, 2018

Meeting with Honor Flight vets, Valley property rights group, and more


I recently had some exceptional meetings I'd like to share with you. Last week I met with veterans from the Central Valley who were in Washington, D.C. on an Honor Flight visit. Their service and sacrifice reflect the best aspects of America, and I thank all of them for their contribution to our nation.

I also met with representatives of Emergency Medical Services, who honored me with their Legislator of the Year Award. Additionally, the International Foodservice Distributors Association, which includes Fresno-based Saladino's Foodservice, awarded me their Thomas Jefferson Award for supporting free-market principles. Finally, I met with the Tulare County Association of Governments, Fresno State President Dr. Castro, and Fresno State Associated Students, Inc. President Blake Zante.

Today I was back home in the Valley and spoke at the Range Rights and Resource Symposium dedicated to protecting private property rights. For pictures of these events and others, click on the image below:



Monday, April 16, 2018

Our service members at Fort Bragg

This weekend I visited Fort Bragg, the largest U.S. military installation in terms of personnel. The base is home to a wide array of military commands, special operations forces, and other units. These include the "All-American" 82nd Airborne Division, whose members served in the D-Day invasion at Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, and other historic military campaigns before, during, and after World War II. Thank you to the garrison commander, Col. Kyle Reed, who is pictured below, for leading my tour of the base.  

My visit reminded me once again of the tremendous debt of gratitude every American owes to the members of our armed forces, who sacrifice every day to keep our nation safe and secure. 




Thursday, March 29, 2018

My Fox News interview from the World Ag Expo

I recently sat for an interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo at the World Ag Expo in Tulare. Click on the picture below to watch the interview: 




Additionally, yesterday Sean Hannity and I discussed the latest news about surveillance abuses at the FBI and Department of Justice. You can watch that interview below:


Thursday, February 22, 2018

ABC30 FAKE and LIBERAL "Action News"

I spent the day yesterday in Fresno, where I toured the Producers Dairy Food plant and had several other meetings and events. I'd especially like to thank the Fresno Chamber of Commerce for hosting a roundtable discussion. You can see some slides of my visit by clicking on the picture below: 


Unfortunately, the ABC 30 news network once again sent a reporter to ask me about wild accusations and Russian conspiracy theories that precisely mimicked the talking points of numerous left-wing organizations. Click on the link below to watch an exchange ABC 30 included in its report:


Continuing a remarkable string of similar coincidences, the reporter's appearance was quickly followed by the appearance of about half a dozen liberal protestors, as if they'd been encouraged to show up to provide the right backdrop for ABC 30's reporting.  

I believe Central Valley residents deserve unbiased, straight-forward reporting from local news networks, not political spin coordinated with left-wing groups. ABC 30 should be reporting news stories, not staging them.