Newsom gets in Twitter tussle with Arkansas governor, lawmaker

February 10, 2023

Governors Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Gavin Newsom


California Gov. Gavin Newsom engaged in a Twitter spat this week with Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and a Democratic lawmaker came to the recently elected Republican governor’s defense. 

Sanders, who served as press secretary for former President Donald Trump, delivered the Republican rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. In response to Sanders’s State of the Union rebuttal, Newsom tweeted about Arkansas having one of the highest murder rates in the United States.

“While (Sanders) touts public safety, here is what she skips over: Arkansas has one of the highest murder rates in the nation,” Newsom tweeted. 

Sanders then addressed Newsom in a tweet calling California a failed state.

“No one wants Gavin Newsom’s California, all those fleeing his failed state are welcome in Arkansas – the best place to live, work and raise a family!” Sanders tweeted.

Sanders received backing from Democratic Arkansas state Rep. Andrew Collins, who responded to Newsom in a tweet saying:

“1. She’s been governor a month.

“2. There are drivers of crime like poverty, lack of education and lack of opportunity that Arkansas needs to fix in order to reduce violent crime.

“3. Don’t trash my state.”

Homicide statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show, in 2020, Arkansas had the fifth highest murder rate in the United States. Arkansas had 13 homicide deaths per 100,000 residents that year.

By comparison, California had the 30th highest homicide rate among states. California had 6.1 homicide deaths per 100,000 residents in 2020, according to the CDC.

California, though, had the highest total number of homicide deaths among states. The state had 2,368 homicide deaths in 2020. That year, Arkansas had a total of 371 homicide deaths. 

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Recall Newsom,…,again! California is a great place to live..if…you are in the Five Cities.

It was a colossal failure the first time and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. I guess I should not be surprised the Republicans want to repeat the disaster. Definition of insanity?

One of the reasons people leave California is because California has been so good to them, with property values rising so much that they can afford to sell their California home and buy another home in another state and have enough money left over to retire.

Newsom has been an excellent governor. And he will make a fine President.

Sarah Huckabee is mean, nasty, disrespectful, and extremely rude and because of that, she will be given lots of power in the republican party, because that’s all they got

Newsom, the bloviating hypocrite fool he always is. Why don’t you get your own house in order, before preaching foolishness to others.

The massive drug issues, homelessness, over taxing Californians, not to mention wanting to tax those leaving the state, wasteful spending, a failed train to nowhere, deplorable electricity grid, out of control illegal immigration, massive unfunded mandates for over-compensated state employees, never followed your own COVID-19 protocols, high gas prices, invite women to California to abort their babies, destroy the family unit, failed at adding more water supply for the state, and draconian environmental policies that fleece the taxpayers while lining the pockets of your large political donors. Just a few things to work on Governor. Shut up and get to work!!!!!

Be careful Newsom… she is a lot smarter than you are pretty boy….

Why don’t these two run their respective state governments more efficiently and effectively, at a lower cost, instead of wasting time positioning themselves for the next office? Gov. Sununu looks a lot more effective than Newsom.

I like Sununu. Would never vote for him, but he represents the grown-ups in the Republican Party (of which there are very few). New Hampshire is traditionally considered one of the best states to live in, but to compare Sununu’s job to Newsom’s is ridiculous. California is far more difficult to manage with many moving parts.

Which is why California should be split into Two States, North Cal and South Cal, with the border where Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties meet.

California should be split into Two States”

So create a whole new government, agency’s, districts, pensions and everything else. Just the paperwork change alone would cost how much?

Bigger government, lots bigger, pass.

In reality, I think this is what really bothered Newsome “….all those fleeing his failed state are welcome in Arkansas….” as he knows that CA is losing major portions of the tax revenue generators to other states. Sooner or later he is going to run out of other people’s money to spend.

Newsome does need tax revenue to assist with our homeless population which is 5x worse than Arkansas.

You do realize that under Governor Newsom, California ascended to the fifth largest economy in the world and is close to eclipsing Germany as the fourth largest economy. For all the companies fleeing the state, California continues to have the most startups in the nation—look it up.

I wonder if you’d rather live in Arkansas. Personally, I love to visit Hot Springs in the winter to watch some horse racing, but otherwise, no thank you.

Nope. I don’t want to live in Arkansas. Yes Newsome inherited the 5th largest economy and now its 4th. KUDOS. Debt also rose to the 5th highest per capita. NO KUDOS. Thus my position Newsome does need tax revenue.

Indeed, California is by far the best place to live in the entire world. If you had lots of money, the French or Italian Rivieras might be a bit better, but not much.

Cali has seen various governments over the years. Republicans ruled the roost for many years. Bob Lagomarsino and Eric Sestrand were in Congress. Reagan, Deukmejian, Wilson and Schwarzenegger were in the governor’s mansion, interrupted by only 8 years of Democratic governors.

Today, it’s all Democrats. Both sides have done their best. The state remains awesome, no matter who governs it.

The homeless, the indigent, the pathological, the addicted, have always been a problem. In Reagan’s day, the state institutionalized them. Many underwent serious physical trauma as a result so Reagan decided to close places like Camarillo State Hospital, where lobotomies were common place.

Unfortunately, the state has grappled with the problem of these people ever since. Republicans want to blame the Democrats about the homeless, yet they never provide a viable solution, and when money is proposed to help the homeless, Republicans vote against it.

My solution is, as usual, to raise the top federal income tax rate to at least 75%. Today it is only 35%. The current federal debt is now more than equal to the nation’s GDP. The dirty little secret is that by increasing the taxes on the ultra rich, that debt would seriously decrease and we could help the poor and homeless.

Of course, this solution can only happen if SCOTUS repeals Buckley vs. Valeo and Citizens United. These decisions have allowed the top 1% of earners to basically buy their politicians.

Get that money out of politics and we will be a better nation and further away form the authoritarianism that is currently the rage among those who favor Mr. Trump.

This group is so despicable that it recently introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to deny any further aid to Ukraine, which is a democracy. Americans have always fought for democracy.

Yup, I knew it, California’s problems, it’s Trump’s fault…

‘California, though, had the highest total number of homicide deaths among states. The state had 2,368 homicide deaths in 2020. That year, Arkansas had a total of 371 homicide deaths.” Rather useless data point considering we have 13 times the population as Arkansas.

To give needed perspective you could do the extended math; 371 X 13 = 4823 to adjust Arkansas to our population, or 2368 / 13 = 182 to adjust California to Arkansas. By any reasonable measure California far exceeds Arkansas as it relates to homicides. The reason why would lead to a political discussion, but any informed discourse should start with a set of facts that either side cannot dispute. The best class I ever had to take to understand the world around me was not in the political science or philosophy department, it was statistics in the mathematics department. Which in all fairness to Arkansas they test out higher in math (15th) compared to CA (30th).

But Governor Newsom doest have an issue when pushing for more gun control, he uses California’s number of gun related crimes and guns owned, compared to other states, but fails to take into account population.

I wasn’t really making an argument for or against any of Gov. Newsom’s positions. Rather I was making an argument for quality reporting, so we can share common facts, and sort things out respectfully.