The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Trump does not need to release his tax returns in order to appear on the California 2020 primary ballot.
The California Supreme Court ruling cannot be appealed. Case closed.
“Lawmakers didn’t even take into account the conflicts it may have with the state constitution,” the SacBee reported Chairwoman of the Republican party Jessica Patterson said of the struck down law. “This is a pretty direct example that California Democrats here have been completely arrogant and their overreach knows no bounds. This was a solution in search of a problem.”
Some justices questioned whether lawmakers considered the state constitution as it drafted the bill, while others worried it could pave the way for a “laundry list of requirements.”
“We’ve searched the record to determine whether or not the California Legislature even considered the California constitution in the drafting of SB 27. We didn’t find anything. Did you?” asked Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye.
The justices also highlighted arguments former Gov. Jerry Brown articulated when he vetoed a similar bill in 2017, saying such a proposal could set a “slippery slope precedent.”
“Where does it end?” added Justice Ming Chin. “Do we get all high school report cards?”
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch previously filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of four California voters to prevent the state from implementing a new law requiring all presidential candidates to publicly disclose their tax returns in order to appear on the primary ballot.
The lawsuit argued that the law is politically motivated and unconstitutional.
The lawsuit was in response to a new law signed by far left California Governor Gavin Newsom requiring presidential candidates to publicly release the last five years of their tax returns in order to appear on the primary ballot.
The California Supreme court ruled the added requirement for tax returns “is in conflict with the (state) constitution’s specification of an inclusive open presidential primary ballot.”
Obviously this law was aimed at keeping Trump off of the 2020 primary ballot since he refuses to publicly release his tax returns.
There are 10 other states with similar bills to California’s and the state’s Supreme Court ruling on Thursday will no doubt have an affect on the other states’ efforts to keep Trump off primary ballots.