This precedent to allow more laws to be changed to gender-neutral language.

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Governor Gavin Newsom (Democrat) signed Senate Bill 272 into law on July 23, 2021. The title of this law is “State government: gender-neutral term: California Conservation Corps.” The purpose of this law is to update gender-specific references in various code sections to reflect gender-inclusive language.

Senate Bill 272 was authored by Senator John Laird (Democrat — District 27). It was sponsored by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara (Democrat). Here is what Senate Bill 272 says:

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 272, Laird. State government : gender-neutral terms: California Conservation Corps.


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Everybody needs to pee. Holding in your pee for too long causes health problems. That’s one of many cruelties of “bathroom bills” that prohibit people who are transgender or non-binary from using a public restroom.

Holding in your pee causes health problems

What happens if you have no choice other than to hold in your pee? The answer to that question comes from Lamia Gabal, MD, a board-certified urologist. “Holding in pee is a complex series of interactions between your bladder muscle and your pelvic floor muscles, which make up the urinary sphincter,” Dr. Gabal said. …


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California Governor Gavin Newsom is the target of the Republican recall election. It is obvious that he is the top person running in the election. A long list of people are running against him. Here are a few more noteworthy ones.

Governor Gavin Newsom

Governor Gavin Newsom (Democrat) was elected in 2018 with 61.9% of the vote. His opponent, John Cox (Republican) got 38.1% of the vote. Governor Newsom’s term ends in 2023, and he can run again if he chooses to do so.

There was a bit of drama over the recall ballot. ABC News provided a good explanation about what happened…


The vast majority of registered voters in California are Democrats, and they are happy with Governor Newsom.

The vast majority of voters in California are registered with the Democratic Party. There aren’t enough registered Republican voters in the state to compete with them — even if some Independents vote with the Republicans.

A Little History

Governor Gavin Newsom was elected governor in 2018, and his term started in 2019. California has a top-two primary, which means that the two candidates who got the most votes for a specific office have to run against each other. …


If you have to keep moving the goalposts — your cause is invalid.

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This blog post is an update about the California recall election, which was pushed by Trump supporters and/or Republicans. The group behind the recall, and all who signed it, are trying to steal an election. They keep moving the goalposts about why they want Governor Newsom to face a recall election. That’s a huge sign that their cause is invalid — and they know it.

The Republicans Behind the Recall Keep Moving the Goalpost

The first goalpost:

On April 1, 2021, Desert Sun reported that the man behind the push to Recall Newsom is Orrin Heatlie. According to the…


Social media, like a garden, requires periodic weeding for best results.

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Have you become frustrated with Twitter? There are plenty of valid reasons to feel that way. Fortunately, there are ways to curate Twitter to make it better for you.

My first experience with Twitter was back when your tweets were limited to 140 characters, and it was easy to find a group of real people who shared your interests. If I remember correctly, this was sometime in 2007-ish. At the time, I was easily able to follow and have conversations with other podcasters who used Twitter. …


PayPal allowed a scammer to fill up my email account with demands, harassment, and death threats. PayPal then decided the disputed case in favor of the scammer.

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As a freelance writer, I don’t need to check my email more than once a day. I am incredibly lucky to have found stable clients who are very clear about the topics and number of blog posts they want from me each month. My husband and I have a small business and we use a business PayPal account to send out invoices and receive payment for completed work.

For reasons I don’t remember…


On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed S.475 into law. A Statement was posted on The White House website that said: S.475, “Juneteenth National Independence Day Act,” which designates Juneteenth National Independence Day as a legal public holiday.

In order for a bill to be signed by the President of the United States, it has to pass through both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. This new legal public holiday is significant because it celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.

How the Juneteenth bill became a legal public holiday

On February 25, 2021, H.R. 1320 was introduced in the U.S. House of…


Parents of transgender children and teens, in consultation with a doctor, should be the only ones who determine what kind of health care their kids need.

Alabama’s anti-trans bill that would have prevented young trans people from receiving necessary health care failed. This is excellent news for young people who are transgender. It means parents will be the ones to make decisions about the healthcare their transgender child or teen receives (not members of Alabama’s legislature).

Alabama House Bill 303 ( HB 303) was introduced on February 20, 2020. The summary of the bill was: “Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection…

Jen Thorpe

Freelance writer with invisible illnesses and chronic pain. Poet, podcaster, video game player, creator of strange artwork, they/them @OwnkaMav

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