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Five Questions With California State Senator Susan Rubio



Susan Rubio is a State Senator representing California’s 22nd district in Los Angeles County. District 22 spans the San Gabriel Valley and has a large Latino and Asian population. 

Rubio was born in Mexico and spent time in the United States before her family was deported back to Mexico. She returned to the United States and worked as a public-school teacher for 17 years before becoming an elected official. Politics is a family affair; her sister Blanca Rubio is also a California legislator. 

She joined me exclusively on Erupt News to discuss the top issues facing California and her work related to domestic violence. 

Below are excerpts—edited for clarity—from our full interview.

California is a beautiful state, but has a multitude of issues including homelessness, lack of affordable housing, energy and climate to name a few. What are the top priorities you have for the state of California?

Rubio: My priorities are rooted in what I see on the ground here in my district.  When I started campaigning for State Senate, I did knock on a lot of doors. I spoke to a lot of constituents. I wanted to see what their priorities were.

Number one was housing and homelessness. That was an issue that so many of my constituents shared. 

The first thing I did as a senator, I started with creating a policy to help tackle that issue, specifically in a single Valley. The program that I brought to the district is now looking into building 1,000 housing units that will house approximately 4,000 people. I was able to support it with $25 million. And so right now it’s in progress.

What do you think would be the key move to bettering education, especially in the state of California?

Rubio: For the first time ever, we have universal meals in our schools. I know as a teacher, I found myself buying food for my students because I didn’t want them to go hungry. And so that’s something we can be very proud of.

There’s a bipartisan consensus that the immigration system in this country needs some work. What do you think California and the U.S. as a whole should be doing to change things?

Rubio: We see this issue of immigration and immigration reform as a Democrat issue. But I toured up and down the state, in particular, in the Central Valley, where we have a lot of farm and farm workers. So many of my Republican friends and colleagues know how important the workforce is that they have in the Central Valley that puts food on our table.

 So everyone wants to see progress in this respect. We’re trying to work with the federal government. 

Hopefully, this year, we can get something done.

What are your thoughts on the way that California has handled COVID-19? Are there are some measures that should be improved on?

Rubio: It’s something no one ever thought would happen and we don’t have a playbook. 

I think we’ll continue to keep pushing, make sure that people are healthy and continue to try to respect how they feel personally, but getting them to the point that they felt confident enough that vaccines work.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and you were the Chair of the Senate Select Committee on domestic violence. What do you believe is really important for our viewers to know about domestic violence?

Rubio: I was able to pass a bill that now defines domestic violence in a different way. We think of domestic violence as a physical assault, a broken bone, a black eye. My bill now includes coercive control as supporting evidence in court. And that means anything else that a perpetrator does, by manipulating someone, taking their finances away, maxing out their credit cards—all the psychological abuse that victims face before it gets to the physical assault. 

What do I want people to know? I want them to know that they shouldn’t always look for the physical abuse. I always talk to parents in schools. Don’t ask, “Are you being assaulted?” Always ask: “Is your boyfriend coercing you into doing something you don’t want to do?” From the choosing your friends, isolating you from your family, taking your phone away. That is how we need to start thinking about abuse. It’s not just when it gets to the physical assault. It’s everything that happens before that leads to the physical assault.

A bill I passed which is critical to victims is remote testimony. The last bill that the governor signed will allow victims to submit testimony remotely. They don’t have to show up to court to face their abusers, which is the hardest thing for a victim to do. Sometimes they recant or don’t show up in court. So now you could file a restraining order remotely and also submit testimony remotely. Unfortunately, the courts asked for a little bit of time to implement so it will become effective in 2023. So hopefully that will help our victims out there.

Lauren LaBruna is a reporter and host for Erupt News based in Los Angeles covering breaking news, politics, current events, and health.

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Why No One Is Truly Opposed to Dumb COVID Rules



A staffer holds up a sign to advise fans of the mandatory mask rule in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Tennessee and Colorado Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Let’s face it. We all work in customer service. If you sell car insurance, you better be ready to provide speedy payment to your clients when a tree falls onto their Prius.

And if you’re a doctor who wants to keep his patients, you’d better treat them with respect. That means short waiting room times and pretending that their questions (“Does this rash mean I have cancer”) aren’t as crazy as they sound.

Then there are professionals in 100% service-based industries like marketing, law, and — GASP – government. For them, customer service is arguably the most important part of the job.

In these industries, clients don’t really understand what you do for them, so appearing to be responsive, empathetic, and on-top of things is half the job.

Which brings us to Joe Biden’s COVID speech on Thursday, where he laid out his “Winter Plan” to stop COVID’s seasonal spike that happens whenever the weather gets cold.

President Biden speaks at the National Institutes of Health, Dec. 2, 2021, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Lurking in the background of Biden’s speech was the omicron variant, which some experts fear will bring new dangers to our shores.

The president proposed several interventions to dampen omicron and COVID’s winter spike, but if we’re being honest, his speech was really just a customer service exercise. It was President Joe Biden attempting to convince his clients – voters – that he’s responsive, empathetic, and on top of things.

As The Washington Post reported: “The president’s plan includes campaigns to increase vaccinations and booster shots, more stringent testing for international travelers and plans to make rapid at-home coronavirus testing free for more people.”

So basically… more of the same, plus an annoying COVID test if you travel internationally.

That doesn’t sound like much news at all.

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

By now, we know that COVID policies like mandatory masking and compulsory testing aren’t going to deliver great results, especially in an increasingly vaccinated America. Deep down, most of us probably agree that these policies are more about creating the appearance that our leaders are on top of things than actually yielding compelling public health benefits.

But is there another way for Joe Biden? Should he just sit in the White House and do nothing, as his critics in the Republican Party demand?

And would President Ron DeSantis or President Nikki Haley really act differently, if given the chance? Would they want to be on the hook personally for preventable death, even if it meant burdening Americans with dumb masking and testing rules that cut against their small government philosophy?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

The national debate surrounding COVID boils down to risk. The president and many others believe that added COVID mandates, as onerous as they may be, are worth it because they’ll save lives. Critics see it the other way. They believe that continuing to disrupt American life is causing greater damage to the economy and the nation’s social fabric than whatever the public health benefits these mandates may hold.

Both arguments are true. And that’s why it stinks to be the president.

Joe Biden’s bully pulpit has enormous power when it comes to shaping the world’s opinion about any given issue. Unfortunately, the virus isn’t listening.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Alex “Keendawg” Keeney is a media personality whose work has been published widely. He has worked as a Congressional aide, TV writer, and marketing executive for the real Wolf of Wall Street. Follow him on Twitter @keendawg.

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Queen Nicki Leaves No Crumbs After Hosting the RHOP Reunion| The Tea



Plus, Kanye’s Heartbreak, Celebrity Illness shockers and Jen Shah’s legal woes just got worse.

On this episode of “The Tea” Ashley, Blake and Brie dive into celebrity illness and heartbreak. To share, or not to share, that is the question. 

Keep reading and watch the episode below for fresh takes on the latest entertainment and celebrity news shot live from the Erupt studio in Hollywood.

RIP Virgil Abloh

On Sunday November 28, the fashion and entertainment community lost designer and fashion visionary Virgil Abloh.

He was the first African American artistic director at Louis Vuitton and founded the renowned culture and streetwear brand Off-White.

Abloh kept his 2-year battle with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare cancer of the heart, hidden from most. He was 41.

“The Tea” hosts discuss Abloh’s decision to keep his diagnosis a secret like some stars including Chadwick Boseman and Robin Williams, versus stars who choose to share their battles publicly, like Selma Blair and Christina Applegate.

(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Kanye Wants His Family Back

Kanye West, who was a close friend to Virgil Abloh, took to social media over the weekend expressing his intention to bring his family back together. Saying that doing so would influence millions of other families to reconcile too.

As reported in earlier episodes of The Tea, there is speculation Ye’s estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, is currently dating comedian Pete Davidson.

Could Kimye 2.0 be in our future? The Tea hosts discuss.

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Jen Shah’s Right-Hand Man Pleads Guilty

Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah along with her personal assistant Stuart Smith were charged with fraud back in March.

Initially, Smith gave a not guilty plea but recently flipped his plea to guilty.

Shah still maintains her innocence.

(Bravo TV)

Nicki Hosts RHOP Reunion

Nicki Minaj took over Andy Cohen’s chair to host episode 4 of the Real Housewives of Potomac reunion and we are here for it!

Nicki didn’t hold back and asked all the questions we’ve been dying to know. On top of that, no housewife was spared. 

They all got the smoke-equally.

Could celebrity reunion hosts bring new life to the housewives’ franchise? 

The hosts discuss who we’d love to see host next.

Watch The Tea get spilled here:

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The Omicron “Scary-iant” & Football Funny Money | Political Drinking Games




The Most Wonderful Time of the Year has just intersected with the most wonderful time of the week. 

By that I mean, it’s time to put a little Christmas spirit into Erupt’s political drinking games. 

On offer this week: 

  • The world has a new COVID variant. Congratulations, omicron! 
  • Twitter has a new CEO. Will he be as powerful as his predecessor, Jack Dorsey? 
  • CNN cancels Chris Cuomo (“suspends”) for using his anchorman powers to help embattled brother, Andrew 
  • The USA and EU cancel South Africa in COVID panic 
  • Trump’s top advisor sets a date with Congress to snitch on the Boss 
  • The NFL and College football continue to spend ridiculous amounts of money on truly ridiculous things.  
  • The term “Happy Holidays” gets put to rest. 


Curt Mills, contributing editor at The American Conservative and also a writer for Un-Herd. We’ll see how this silk-stocking Washington, D.C., columnist holds up in our chamber of pain.  


Alex “Keendawg” Keeney is a media personality whose work has been published widely. He has worked as a Congressional aide, TV writer, and marketing executive for the real Wolf of Wall Street. Follow him on Twitter @keendawg. 

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