Santa Maria mortuaries fill as coronavirus infections spike on Central Coast

Santa Maria mortuaries fill, await vaccine as coronavirus infections spike on Central Coast

Andy Caldwell sinks to new low, spreads lies about Capitol Hill attack

By Joe Payne Local rightwing media host, lobbyist, and failed candidate for Congress, Andy Caldwell, sunk to even lower lows on his radio show on Jan. 6, 2021, the day far-right domestic terrorists goaded by President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol Building in an attempt to overthrow American democracy. After our criminal presidentContinue reading “Andy Caldwell sinks to new low, spreads lies about Capitol Hill attack”

Victory for Tianna Arata as judge kicks SLO County DA Dan Dow off the case

A San Luis Obispo County judge ruled on Friday, Dec. 11, that SLO County District Attorney Dan Dow was hopelessly biased against Black Lives Matter organizer Tianna Arata and co-defendants and would not be able to try their case through his office. The decision from Superior Court Judge Matthew Guerrero pointed to politically-motivated appearances onContinue reading “Victory for Tianna Arata as judge kicks SLO County DA Dan Dow off the case”

UPDATED: “Welcome to MAGA Country motherf*cker” Viral video shows Trump supporters choking man involved in car wreck during Santa Maria MAGA Drag

By Joe Payne — Nov. 9, 2020: Santa Maria, California *See update video below, including direct accounts from those involved in the incident. A video of a Santa Maria man held in a chokehold by Trump supporters has gone viral across the internet. The motorist was being “detained” by members of a “Stop the Steal”Continue reading “UPDATED: “Welcome to MAGA Country motherf*cker” Viral video shows Trump supporters choking man involved in car wreck during Santa Maria MAGA Drag”

MAGA Drag: Trumpists idea of political action

Trump supporters took to the streets last weekend, just not on foot. MAGA Drag the Interstate, as it was called, saw Trump flags flying as trucks, SUVs, convertibles, and bikers cruised through interstates, cities, and even blocked bridges nationwide, including here on the Central Coast of California. Some of these events included violent altercations withContinue reading “MAGA Drag: Trumpists idea of political action”

Political Payne 2020 Election UPDATE

There’s now less than a week until the 2020 election and several things are happening at once—efforts to suppress the democratic process, massive early voter turnout, and questions on how the newly stacked conservative Supreme Court will factor in to the president’s strategy to hold power. President Donald Trump and the Republican Party are uppingContinue reading “Political Payne 2020 Election UPDATE”

How Trump and Republicans are working to STEAL the 2020 Election

The Republican Party and President Donald Trump are truly masters of projection. Despite the fact that there’s virtually no evidence of widespread fraud committed through vote by mail in the United States, it doesn’t stop Trump and the Republicans from claiming there is and seeking to delegitimize the will of the electorate. Trump has beenContinue reading “How Trump and Republicans are working to STEAL the 2020 Election”

Pro Trump and counter protestors scuffle in Santa Maria, CA

Oct. 3, 2020: As another heat wave rolls through the Central Coast, along with the smoke from deadly wildfires raging throughout California, tensions between Santa Maria Trump supporters and counter demonstrators reached a boiling point. While live streaming the demonstration and counter protest at the Crossroads Shopping Center in my hometown, I approached and interviewedContinue reading “Pro Trump and counter protestors scuffle in Santa Maria, CA”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg passes away and Republicans rejoice

The Republican Party has been waiting for this moment for years. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Sept. 18, 2020, after another battle with pancreatic cancer, and her dying wish was that her seat wouldn’t be filled until after the election. No such luck. Even though Senate Majority Mitch McConnell stole aContinue reading “Ruth Bader Ginsburg passes away and Republicans rejoice”

Trump promotes logging while the West Coast burns

The air throughout the Western United States is choked with smoke. Looking out my window makes me feel like I live in Mordor, not the sunny Central Coast of California. Dozens of people scorched to death, millions of acres charred, and hundreds of millions of dollars of property damage in a still young fire season.Continue reading “Trump promotes logging while the West Coast burns”