Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Trump's 'Big Voice' in the Valley: Reelection, Water on Agenda
gvw_david_taub
By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 4 years ago on
February 18, 2020

Share

President Donald Trump makes his first visit to the San Joaquin Valley on Wednesday since taking office in 2017.
Water is the topic, and farmers are expected to pack the audience in Bakersfield.

Photo of GV Wire's David Taub
David Taub
Politics 101
In Washington, D.C., Trump said Tuesday that he’s ready to use his “big voice” to bolster Republicans’ 2020 campaign hopes as he heads west for a four-day visit mixing policy and politics.
Trump’s trip will be packed with big-dollar fundraisers, campaign rallies, and official presidential events where he can showcase administration actions and offset some of his travel costs.
Revealing details of Trump’s Bakersfield speech, the White House said that the president will “speak with hardworking farmers in the Central Valley about efforts to dramatically improve the supply and delivery of water in California and other Western states.”
While in Bakersfield, Trump is expected to ceremoniously sign his administration’s reworking of environmental rules involving Delta water.

Interior Secretary Was a Warm-up Act for Trump

At a speech in Tulare today, Trump’s Interior Secretary, David Bernhardt, warmed up a large ag crowd for Trump’s visit.
Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for Westlands Water District, talked about biological opinions, balancing the need for species protection, and “wasting less water.”
Bernhardt said that federal agencies would use real-time monitoring of endangered Delta smelt to slow water flows if necessary, but no longer would rely simply on the calendar.
“We will be utilizing the best science … and we will be able, we believe, to be much more efficient in these operations,” Bernhardt said.
“I think you are going to find out tomorrow that the president doesn’t think we are done. This is step No. 1 to create room to run.”
Environmentalist have said that the federal changes will harm endangered species.

McCarthy Previews Trump’s Remarks on Fox News

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) offered a preview of Trump’s talk on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures.
“We need the security of our food supply … making sure that it’s grown in America, that it’s safe, and secure. We have a real concern in California because we send most of our water out to the ocean (instead of) sending it down to southern California, to our farmlands in the San Joaquin Valley, and others,” McCarthy said.
“This president has worked greatly using science — not based on politics — but on science, to allow to have more of that water stay with the Californians and America to make sure we’re secure in our food supply as we move forward.”
Photo of David Bernhardt
In this March 28, 2019 photo, David Bernhardt, a former water, oil, and gas lobbyist, speaks before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee at his confirmation hearing to head the Interior Department, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP File)

Trump’s Past Support for Valley Farmers

The president, you might recall, signed a wide-ranging bill in October 2018 to improve the nation’s water infrastructure, including adding water storage in the San Joaquin Valley.
America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 authorized more than $6 billion in spending over 10 years for projects nationwide.
That same month Trump signed an executive memorandum that a senior White House official called “the most significant action by a president on western water issues.”
That action streamlined regulations to help speed up deliveries from the Central Valley Project and State Water Project, the two main systems delivering water to Valley farmers.
McCarthy said at the time that the White House action could bring more than 1 million acre-feet of water to the Central Valley.

Trump’s Western Tour

President Donald Trump started his four-day western states tour today in Los Angeles.
Today, he meets with 2028 U.S. Olympic organizers for the Southern California games. He then has a fundraiser in Beverly Hills.
The president will fly to Las Vegas, where he will stay every night of his trip. That’s the advantage of having your own jet and a private hotel near the Las Vegas strip,
On Wednesday, Trump flies to Palm Springs, where he reportedly has a fundraiser hosted by Larry Ellison of Oracle.
The White House has not released when the president will arrive in Bakersfield for an afternoon event. Trump then heads to Phoenix for an evening rally.
According to a notice by the FAA, the airspace around Bakersfield is restricted between 1:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Trump has a rally in Colorado Springs. Friday’s schedule will be announced later.

Nunes Blacks Out GV Wire and Fresno Bee

Politics 101 would have liked to report from a water forum today organized by Rep. Devin Nunes in Tulare. But the event was blacked out to some media, including GV Wire and The Fresno Bee. However, local television news stations were allowed to cover the forum at the International Agri-Center.
Nunes’ staff offered no explanation as to why some media organizations were denied entry.
The guest stars of the forum were Bernhardt and Jason Phillips, who is the CEO of Friant Water Authority.

Lt. Governor Likes Bliatout

Eleni Kounalakis
While Democrat Phil Arballo may have more campaign financing than anyone on the ballot challenging Nunes (R-Tulare) for the 22nd District seat, Bobby Bliatout is pulling in higher profile endorsements.
Bliatout scored the support of Democratic Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis.
“Healthcare expertise is desperately needed in Congress and I know that he’ll look out for the best interests of every person in his district. His optimism, energy, and dedication are exactly what we need to defeat Devin Nunes this year,” Kounalakis said in a news release.
Kounalakis also contributed $1,000 to Bliatout’s campaign.

Fresno County Voter Turnout at 9%

About 9% of Fresno County voters have already returned their ballots, according to Fresno County Elections Clerk Brandi Orth.
Of the 477,853 of registered voters (as of Jan. 3), 41,940 returned their ballots by mail as of Monday.
That puts the return rate at just under 9%.
This election is the first in which Fresno County has mailed a ballot to every registered voter. No postage is necessary to return the ballots through the mail.
Instead of traditional precincts, voting centers will be set up throughout the county, with some open 4-10 days prior to March 3 Election Day.

DON'T MISS

Investigators Have Name & Face for Suspected Arsonist Who Left Notes at Fresno Homes

DON'T MISS

Gavin Newsom and Top Democrats Are Deciding California’s Budget Behind Closed Doors

DON'T MISS

Fresno State Is 1 of Carnegie Foundation’s 25 Leadership for Public Purpose Colleges

DON'T MISS

As the Flag Drops at Le Mans, Remembering the 3 Americans Who Won in 1978

DON'T MISS

Paw-sitively Spikey: The Rise of a Supermutt!

DON'T MISS

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Environmental Law Relied on by Housing Opponents

DON'T MISS

The Latest | Hezbollah Says Its Intensified Attacks Show Israel That All-out War Would Be Costly

DON'T MISS

Alex Jones’ Assets Sold to Pay Sandy Hook Debt as Infowars’ Fate Decided

DON'T MISS

California Senate Passes Ban on Schools Notifying Parents of Child’s Pronoun Changes

DON'T MISS

Cal State LA President Bars Pro-Palestinian Protesters After Building Takeover

UP NEXT

California Senate Passes Ban on Schools Notifying Parents of Child’s Pronoun Changes

UP NEXT

California Legislators Break with Gov. Newsom Over Loan to Keep Last Nuclear Plant Running

UP NEXT

California’s Manure-to-Fuel Solution Grows, Critics Warn of Community Risks

UP NEXT

Squaw Valley Man Allegedly Killed by Lifelong Friend

UP NEXT

Wonderful Co. Seeks to Halt Union Card-Check Law Amid Protests in Bakersfield

UP NEXT

Tyson Foods Heir Suspended as CFO After Second Alcohol-Related Arrest

UP NEXT

Dos Rios Ranch State Park Opens in Modesto After Nearly 20-Year Wait

UP NEXT

Supreme Court, Siding With Starbucks, Makes It Harder for NLRB to Win Court Orders in Labor Disputes

UP NEXT

These California Dams Need Repairs, but Newsom Plans to Cut Grants in Half

UP NEXT

Some California Officials Can Meet Remotely. For Local Advisory Boards, State Lawmakers Say No

David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

As the Flag Drops at Le Mans, Remembering the 3 Americans Who Won in 1978

13 hours ago

Paw-sitively Spikey: The Rise of a Supermutt!

15 hours ago

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Environmental Law Relied on by Housing Opponents

15 hours ago

The Latest | Hezbollah Says Its Intensified Attacks Show Israel That All-out War Would Be Costly

16 hours ago

Alex Jones’ Assets Sold to Pay Sandy Hook Debt as Infowars’ Fate Decided

17 hours ago

California Senate Passes Ban on Schools Notifying Parents of Child’s Pronoun Changes

17 hours ago

Cal State LA President Bars Pro-Palestinian Protesters After Building Takeover

17 hours ago

Supreme Court Overturns Trump-Era Bump Stock Ban, Reigniting Political Debate

17 hours ago

Trump’s 78th Birthday Showcases Loyalty from Fans and Republicans

17 hours ago

California Legislators Break with Gov. Newsom Over Loan to Keep Last Nuclear Plant Running

17 hours ago

Investigators Have Name & Face for Suspected Arsonist Who Left Notes at Fresno Homes

Fresno Fire Department investigators have identified a woman whom they think left handwritten notes at homes before lighting them on fire. F...

11 hours ago

11 hours ago

Investigators Have Name & Face for Suspected Arsonist Who Left Notes at Fresno Homes

12 hours ago

Gavin Newsom and Top Democrats Are Deciding California’s Budget Behind Closed Doors

12 hours ago

Fresno State Is 1 of Carnegie Foundation’s 25 Leadership for Public Purpose Colleges

1978 Le Mans: 3 Americans in France
13 hours ago

As the Flag Drops at Le Mans, Remembering the 3 Americans Who Won in 1978

15 hours ago

Paw-sitively Spikey: The Rise of a Supermutt!

15 hours ago

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Environmental Law Relied on by Housing Opponents

16 hours ago

The Latest | Hezbollah Says Its Intensified Attacks Show Israel That All-out War Would Be Costly

17 hours ago

Alex Jones’ Assets Sold to Pay Sandy Hook Debt as Infowars’ Fate Decided

Search

Send this to a friend