The owner of Glamour Salon in Salem, Oregon, filed at $100,000 lawsuit against Governor Brown for “terrorizing” her family when she ignored the state’s lockdown orders. She says that three days after she opened her salon, Child Protective Services showed up at her home and interviewed her children without her presence.
A judge ruled that an order by Newsom on mail-in voting was “an unconstitutional exercise of legislative power.” The judge also issued an injunction barring the governor from using his emergency powers for action that “amends, alters, or changes existing statutory law or makes new statutory law or legislative policy.”
All of these actions are unconstitutional, because they are within the jurisdiction of Congress, not the President. However, the government will argue – and the courts will uphold – the idea that the Constitution is suspended in times of national emergency, which is in the power of the President to declare.
House Bill 2502 that would give the director of the State Department of Health the power to declare a health emergency if authorized by the governor. The governor already has the power to declare a health emergency, and critics of this bill say that it gives too much power to a state official who is not elected.
Coptic Christian churches across Egypt are canceling their Easter celebrations as they mourn the death of 47 people who were killed in two churches by ISIS bombs. Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi is using the tragedy as an excuse for a vast increase in government power, declaring a 3-month state of emergency.