solarbird: (Lecturing)
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There's a lot of speculation going around that the Trump administration is ignoring California's request for disaster declaration. There has been a fake news report that it was explicitly denied; that's not true, as far as I can tell. (The only source for the version going around is a fake news site identifying itself as the Sacramento Dispatch; said newspaper does not exist, the domain was registered on January 17th, it's fake, do not quote.)

However, California did request declaration on the 10th, as can be seen here, on real news sites:

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article132113664.html
http://www.krcrtv.com/news/local/northstate/gov-brown-requests-presidential-major-disaster-declaration/326144202

And there has as yet been no response. By contrast, Louisiana also requested declaration on the 10th, due to tornadoes, as can be seen here:

http://www.nola.com/weather/index.ssf/2017/02/gov_edwards_requests_new_orlea.html

And that was approved by Mr. Trump on the 11th, as can be seen here:

http://wgno.com/2017/02/11/president-trump-approves-louisiana-tornado-disaster-request/

Rank-and-file in the GOP have been agitating against - and in Congress, actively voting against - disaster relief for Democratic controlled states for some time, such as Hurricane Sandy in New York, while voting for disaster relief in their own states. So there is an open question: is this now executive policy as well?

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