Mike Lindell , CEO of MyPillow and a known Trump supporter, is excited about what's happening in Shasta County.
Faced with unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud, the majority right-wing Northern California County Board of Supervisors has terminated its contract with Dominion Voting System and is considering a manual vote count.
"Every county should do this," Lindell told Times reporter Jessica Garrison . "I think it's great that they're leading the way in California."
During a board meeting this week, Shasta County Executive Kevin Cray told colleagues that he had contacted Lindell about the county's election system and that the executive director had offered to provide "all necessary resources" to resolve the potential lawsuit.
Also this week, Kern County supervisors heard hours of testimony from residents who believe Dominion County's election system is rigged, Garrison reported .
The episode left Shasta County's voter and recorder saddened and speechless. "I'm focused on the fact that we don't have a voting system," said Cathy Darling Allen . "This incident worries me a lot."
Dominion is one of the largest providers of voting machines and software in the United States, currently operating voting machines in 41 of California's 58 counties. The company became the target of baseless conspiracies after President Trump lost his 2020 re-election bid, and his supporters, including Lindell, spent months spreading false allegations that Dominion machines were used to fraudulently elect President Biden .
Fox News officials have perpetuated the allegations, given significant airtime to election detractors, and even found evidence in Dominion's lawsuit against the network that they personally fabricated the voter fraud allegations.
Shasta County's decision to abandon Dominion voting machines is "another example of how lies about Dominion have harmed our campaign and undermined public confidence in elections," the campaign said in a statement.
It's a stark example of what happens when propaganda drowns out reality, says Times columnist Anita Chhabria.
Lindell "offers a softer, softer, more dangerous version of the Big Lie that voter fraud stole Donald Trump's 2020 presidential election," Chabria wrote.
"And we need your Giza Dreams™ sheets as much as we need them."
For more on how electoral intrigue is shaping rural California, read Garrison's report and Chhabria's column here .
I'm Laurel Rosenhall, the Times Sacramento bureau chief, and here's what happened in California politics this week.
Will more Californians go hungry?
About 3 million California families will stop receiving supplemental federal food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, straining budgets as people continue to struggle with rising costs of living, Times reporter Mackenzie Mace reports.
Starting in March 2020, low-income Californians have increased benefits from CalFresh, the state version of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. But that emergency relief will end this month as Congress votes to end additional benefits under the federal spending plan .
Now Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers are under pressure to fill the gap as experts warn of worsening food insecurity and food banks struggle to prepare for an influx of customers. Although New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy , a Democrat, signed a bill last month to raise the state's minimum SNAP payment in light of federal cuts, Newsom has recommended against spending more until the state expects $22.50. budget deficit of billions.
Read the full story here .
There could be a vote in the battle for prison jobs
Here's another example of how California's deep blue lags behind other states in ways you might not expect:
Last year, voters in Vermont, Oregon, Tennessee and Alabama approved historic ballot measures that removed slavery and mandatory felony imprisonment from their state constitutions, which could lead to restrictions on inmate employment. They join a growing list of states that have adopted similar initiatives in recent years, including Nebraska, Utah and Colorado.
But in California, writes Times reporter Hannah Wiley , voters did not have that opportunity.
In the months leading up to the Nov. 8 election, lawmakers rejected a proposal that would have asked voters to eliminate an exception to the state constitution that allowed forcible imprisonment as a criminal penalty.
The emotional debate clashed with arguments comparing prison work to slavery, with fears that eliminating work requirements would undermine rehabilitation and threaten the rehabilitation of crime victims. Divisions between moderate and progressive Democrats, as well as the cost of the plan, ultimately led to the legislation's failure.
But now Democrats are trying again, hoping last year's moves in other states can help win support in California.
Learn more about the measure known as the California Slavery Abolition Act in this interesting article .
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