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    Government watchdogs on Friday warned that a plan by former President Donald Trump to drastically remake the federal workforce should he win the presidency in 2024 would "utterly destroy" public service in the United States. As Axios reported Friday, central to Trump's plans for a second term is the reinstatement of his executive order known as "Schedule F," which established a new category of federal employees. Under the executive order, which Trump signed just days before losing the 2020 election, thousands of federal workers who have served under presidents from both major political parties could be reclassified as "Schedule F" employees, eliminating their employment protections. Trump could purge as many as 50,000 members of the nonpartisan workforce who he deems to have influence over policy decisions, leaving them with no recourse, and fill their jobs with "loyalists to him and his 'America First' ideology," according to sources who spoke to Axios. Max Berger of pro-labor media organization More Perfect Union suggested Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis would also be likely to reinstate Schedule F—which was quickly rescinded by President Joe...
    During an interview that aired on Thursday’s broadcast of FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro explained his view that while many South American countries were tightening gun restrictions, Brazil should mimic the United States and its gun rights preserved by the Second Amendment. According to the Brazilian president, an armed population could favor public safety. “I was unable to actually change the Brazilian law, but by means of a presidential decree and also through ministerial orders, we interpreted the existing legislation as best as possible,” Bolsonaro said through a translator. “And there has been a substantial increase in the number of people who own legally owned firearms in Brazil. And the consequences you see in the Brazilian media is the drop or a drop in the number of people who are killed by firearms in Brazil.” “We believe — we understand that, once people get armed, the crooks, the thieves will think twice before they break into other people’s property,” he continued. “If, of course, the number had gone up, I would be blamed, but just the opposite...
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) has little more to offer the United States than its “thoughts and prayers” when Americans are mowed down in mass shootings again and again. And to put a finer point on that this weekend, with the deaths of 21 people at a Texas elementary school mere days old, a comedian slipped into the NRA’s annual convention to serve CEO Wayne LaPierre a veritable dose of his own medicine.  Jason Selvig, one half of the comedic team known online as “The Good Liars,” addressed LaPierre directly on Saturday when he posed as a supporter of the leader of the pro-gun lobby. But a supporter Selvig is not. So, with deadpan sarcasm and microphone in hand, the Good Liars prankster laced into LaPierre before a rapt convention audience. Selvig told LaPierre he was fed up with people blaming the NRA head for gun violence or accusing him of “not doing enough” or “making it easier for these [mass shooters] to get guns, to get weapons,” he said. “You heard it after Las Vegas, you heard it after Pulse nightclub in Orlando. You heard it after Columbine, you heard it after...
    Conservatives reacted with glee Sunday after top White House doc Anthony Fauci revealed he would resign from his post if Donald Trump gets reelected in 2024. Speaking to CNN's Jim Acosta Sunday, Fauci - who became the face of the federal government's fight against the coronavirus in 2020 - left no doubt when asked if he would remain as the White House chief medical adviser if Trump runs successfully. Acosta, 51, asked: If Trump were to return to the White House as president, and COVID is still a threat or there is some other public health emergency, would you have confidence in his ability... to deal with a pandemic of this nature?  'Would you want to stay on in your post?' Fauci, seemingly caught off-guard by the inquiry, proceeded to first address Acosta's follow-up question. 'Well, no to the second question,' Fauci, 81, quickly answered, between nervous laughs. Scroll down for video:  Speaking to CNN 's Jim Acosta Sunday, America's top infectious disease expert stated that he would rather resign before serving as an advisor to Trump once again 
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would not continue in his role of White House chief medical adviser if former President Donald Trump were to return for a second presidential term. CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Fauci Sunday night if he would stay on under another Trump administration. “Uh, well, no,” Fauci replied with a chuckle. Acosta also asked the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director if he would be confident in Trump’s ability to lead the nation through a pandemic, such as COVID-19, again. “If you look at the history of what the response was during the administration, I think, you know, at best, you could say it wasn’t optimal,” Fauci replied. “I think just history will speak for itself about that. I don’t need to make any further comment on that, Jim. It’s not productive.” WATCH: FAUCI SAYS NOT ‘GOING TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE’ IF LOCKDOWNS WERE WORTH IT Acosta clarified that Fauci would “not serve with Trump again,” to which Fauci said, “Right, for sure. Yeah.” ...
    PARIS (AP) — After winning another five years in the French presidential palace, Emmanuel Macron intends to go back to work straightaway on domestic and foreign policy — but he will soon face crucial parliamentary elections where he may struggle to keep his majority. Here’s a look at what comes next for Macron and his leadership of France. INAUGURATION CEREMONY The Constitutional Council is to publish the presidential election’s official results on Wednesday. On the same day, Macron will hold a Cabinet meeting. Macron will then need to set a date for the inauguration ceremony, which must be held by May 13, at the Elysee Palace. He will receive the National Guards’ honors and make a speech. Usually, 21 cannon shots are fired to mark the inauguration, though Presidents Francois Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac both skipped that tradition for their reelections in 1988 and 2002. Macron is the only other leader of modern France to win a second term at the ballot box. MACRON’S FIRST MOVES Like five years ago, Macron plans to quickly head to Berlin, in line with...
    French President Emmanuel Macron comfortably won reelection to a second term Sunday, according to polling agencies' projections. In the midst of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the result offered the European Union the reassurance of leadership stability in the bloc's only nuclear-armed power and was immediately hailed by France's allies.A second five-year term for the centrist Macron spares France and its allies the seismic upheaval of a wartime shift of power to Macron's populist challenger Marine Le Pen, who quickly acknowledged her defeat Sunday night but still appeared on course for a best-ever showing for her fiercely nationalist far-right policies.During her campaign, Le Pen pledged to dilute French ties with the 27-nation EU, NATO and Germany, moves that would have shaken Europe's security architecture as the continent deals with its worst conflict since World War II. Le Pen also spoke out against EU sanctions on Russian energy supplies and faced scrutiny during the campaign over her previous friendliness with the Kremlin.A chorus of European leaders hailed Macron's victory. "Democracy wins, Europe wins," said Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez."Together we will make...
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is vowing to do whatever he can to help Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) get reelected despite former President Donald Trump's push to unseat her. On Thursday, April, 21, the top-ranking Republican lawmaker sat down for an interview with Axios' Jonathan Swan where he emphasized the importance of Murkowski getting reelected. "It's important for Lisa to be reelected. She's one of the few sort of moderates in the middle of the Senate," McConnell said. As a senator with more than 20 years in the chamber, McConnell lauded Murkowski as "a key player in advancing bipartisan legislation," adding, "We're going to do everything we can to make sure she's successful." McConnell's remarks come as Murkowski faces off against Republican opponent Kelly Tshibaka, who has received an official endorsement from former President Donald Trump. Over the last two years, the Alaska lawmaker has clashed with members of her own party multiple times due to her stance on key issues far-right Republicans have adamantly backed. Following the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, Murkowski voted in...
    A former Clinton pollster is calling Joe Biden's re-election 'virtually impossible' as the president faces a low approval rating of 33 percent that is even lower among independents (26) and Republicans (3). 'These are spectacularly low numbers,' said Mark Penn, the founder of PSB Insights and a former Hillary Clinton campaign pollster. 'To really get down to it, only a third being favorable and in the 20s on independents, of course makes [Biden's] reelection a virtual impossibility.  'The administration has got to pivot or this is going to be a tornado of a midterms if these numbers continue to hold up,' Penn said Thursday during an appearance on Fox News. Biden has faced multiple crises during his first year in office, from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to inflation and surging gas prices, which the Biden administration has blamed on 'Putin's Price Hike' after the US sanctioned Russian oligarchs and companies in response to the invasion on Ukraine.  Penn says the president has had more than enough time to build goodwill with the American people. 'The administration has got to pivot or...
    Virginia Democratic Party activists have reelected Susan Swecker to a four-year term as state chairwoman. Swecker received 80% of the vote from the ballots cast by Central Committee members of the Democratic Party of Virginia meeting on Saturday. Swecker was kept on even as the recent election cycle saw Democrats lose the governor’s mansion and control of the House of Delegates. Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in November. Swecker has been involved in Democratic politics for several decades, serving previously as the state party’s executive director and as a member of McAuliffe’s transition team when he won in 2013. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Three directors at newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises were reelected Thursday over the objections of a hedge fund that has been trying to buy the company since last fall. Lee said its chairman, CEO and lead independent director were all reelected as expected at the Davenport, Iowa-based company’s annual meeting, with each receiving support from more than 70% of the votes cast. Alden Global Capital had urged shareholders to vote against Chairman Mary Junck and longtime director Herbert Moloney after a judge blocked its effort to nominate its own directors, but the rules of the election had made “no” votes symbolic. Alden, which is already one of the largest newspaper owners in the country, probably won’t abandon its effort to buy Lee after this latest setback, but it wasn’t immediately clear what the New York-based hedge fund might try next. Alden did not immediately comment on Thursday’s vote, and an Alden spokeswoman did not immediately reply to phone and email messages from The Associated Press. The directors were ensured they would be reelected because Lee decided to...
    Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is expected to announce he will resign from his seat in the coming days, according to reports. Inhofe’s expected retirement was first reported by Jonathan Martin of the New York Times on Thursday afternoon. Martin speculated a resignation is likely to spark a competitive race to replace Inhofe, who is 87-years-old, and has held his seat in deep-red Oklahoma since 1994. Inhofe was reelected in 2020, his current term ends in 2027. Here’s who to watch: @LtGovPinnell, former RNC member and eager to move @TWShannon, former state house speaker. ran and lost to Lankford for the other Senate seat in 2014 Every member of the House delegation except the fella who could be House Approps chair before long — Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) February 24, 2022 Martin concluded Inhofe, who is the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will announce his resignation on Monday of next week. He is expected to stay in the Senate until after the current Congress ends. By waiting until next week, @JimInhofe assures succession will take...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, is performing strong in the polls nine months away from Election Day. Former Gov. Charlie Crist, a Democrat, looks to have the best chance at unseating DeSantis, but data suggest the incumbent would win if the election occurred this week, according to Mason Dixon Polling and Strategy. The numbers show DeSantis with 51% of the vote, Crist with 43%, and 6% remaining undecided. WATCH: CROWDS CELEBRATE LA'S SUPER BOWL WIN WITH SHOOTING AND LOOTING Against Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, DeSantis wins with 53% against Fried's 42%, with 5% remaining undecided. DeSantis also beats Miami Sen. Annette Taddeo with 53% of the vote compared to Taddeo's 37%, with 10% remaining undecided. The Republican governor is also sporting strong approval numbers. According to the data, DeSantis has a 53% approval rating. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Roughly 43% disapprove, and 4% remain unsure, according to the data. News Florida Ron DeSantis Election Polls
    (CNN)Here is a look at the life of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky.PersonalBirth date: February 20, 1942 Birth place: Colbert County, Alabama Birth name: Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr.Read MoreFather: Addison Mitchell McConnellMother: Julia (Shockley) McConnellMarriages: Elaine Chao (1993-present); Sherrill Redmon (1968-1980, divorced) Children: with Sherrill Redmon: Porter; Claire; EleanorEducation: University of Louisville, B.A., 1964; University of Kentucky, J.D., 1967Religion: BaptistOther FactsContracted polio at age 2 and was not allowed to walk for two years while completing physical therapy.His wife, Elaine Chao, served as secretary of the Department of Labor under President George W. Bush and deputy secretary of the Department of Transportation under President George H.W. Bush. Chao served as the secretary of the Department of Transportation under President Donald Trump.Timeline1968-1970 - Chief legislative assistant to Senator Marlow Cook. 1974-1975 - Deputy Assistant United States Attorney for Legislative Affairs.1975 - Acting Assistant Attorney General.1978-1985 - Judge-Executive of Jefferson County, Kentucky. 1984 - Elected to the US Senate to represent Kentucky.1990 - Reelected to the US Senate.1996 - Reelected to the US Senate.2002 - Reelected to the...
    Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images. A new poll from Canada’s Angus Reid Institute (ARI), released on Wednesday, finds an overwhelming majority of Canadians are concerned about “America’s democratic conflict” and fear the overall collapse of U.S. democracy if former President Donald Trump returns to power. The poll found that 47 percent of respondents are concerned the U.S. is moving toward being an authoritarian state, while 78 percent said they are “worried America’s democratic conflict will affect Canada’s economy and security.” The survey summary explains the key findings: Seven-in-ten (68%) of Canadians agree that democracy in the U.S. cannot survive another four years of Trump as president. They are joined in that sentiment by half (49%) of Americans, but many (44%) on that side of the 49th parallel believe democracy in the U.S. will be fine even if Trump is president again. Only 24 percent of Canadians surveyed disagreed with the statement that  the “U.S. cannot survive another four years of Trump as president.” 8 percent of Canadians polled said they “Did not know or couldn’t say.” The poll...
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Governor vetoes GOP redistricting map that would make it harder for Kansas’ lone Democrat in Congress to get reelected. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Should former President Donald Trump return to the White House in 2025, he'll have plenty of targets to whom he can issue pardons over the Jan. 6 riots since all crimes are charged federally in Washington. Trump is mulling a 2024 White House bid after losing to former President Joe Biden in 2024. Trump is also floating his desire to pardon people charged in connection to the Capitol riot were he to win a future election bid. It's a possibility that is agitating both Democrats and some top Republican lawmakers — due in no small part to what legal experts say is the president's absolute right to do so. During a rally in Texas on Saturday, Trump said that if he were to run and become president again, he would make sure the people charged in connection to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol were treated "fairly." "If it requires pardons, we will give them pardons because they are being treated so unfairly," Trump said about the 13-month-old episode, when his supporters stormed the Capitol in a bid...
    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Official results show Socialist Party reelected in Portugal vote, but may need support of other parties to govern. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Washington (CNN)Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire said Sunday he disagrees with former President Donald Trump's suggestion that he would pardon people charged in connection with the deadly Capitol insurrection if he was reelected."The folks that were part of the riots and, frankly, the assault on the US Capitol, have to be held accountable. There is a rule of law," Sununu told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union." "I don't care whether you were part of burning cities in Antifa in 2020 or storming the Capitol in 2021, everybody needs to be held fairly accountable across," he added, appearing to refer to violence tied to racial justice protests in 2020. "They shouldn't be pardoned?" Bash asked, referring to the Capitol rioters."Of course not. Oh my goodness, no," the governor said.Read MoreDuring a campaign-style rally in Texas on Saturday, Trump complained about the criminal prosecutions that Capitol rioters have faced as a result of their attempt to interrupt the counting of Electoral College votes after he lost the 2020 election and suggested he might pardon them if he...
    Former President Donald Trump said during a rally in Texas on Saturday that he would consider pardoning those convicted in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, saying he would treat them "fairly" if he were re-elected. At Saturday's rally in Conroe, Tex., Trump said, "If I run, and if I win, we will treat those people from Jan. 6 fairly." "And if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons," he continued. "Because they are being treated so unfairly." The Jan. 6 insurrection saw thousands of Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 election, which the former president and his allies have falsely claimed was rigged. According to an update made by the Department of Justice at the end of December, by that time more than 725 people had been arrested in connection with the attack, with 165 people pleading guilty to various federal charges and at least 70 receiving sentences or having their cases adjudicated. Trump has so far declined to say outright whether he will run for president in 2024.   Tags Donald Trump 2024 presidential election...
    Some of us saw what was coming when this happened. Frustrated front-line House Democrats desperately need to pass some part of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) plan to have something to run on in 2022. They’re pushing for BBB to be split up and hold votes on the most popular things as stand-alone provisions—like extending the child tax credit and lowering prescription drug costs. This, they think, will give Democrats the ability to run on the economic help they’ve provided their constituents. They also seem to think Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who has pretty much single-handedly stymied the whole thing, is movable. Their reasoning is faulty. “What I don’t want to do is have the Democratic caucus just beat their heads against the wall for months. We need a timeline here,” Rep. Susan Wild from Pennsylvania told The Washington Post. “If there is still hope for Manchin to agree, we need to figure out when that’s going to be and what we are doing if he doesn’t meet that deadline because, in the past, he hasn’t. What’s our...
    Republican Senator Lindsey Graham suggested he would oppose Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's virtually unchallenged hold on Senate GOP leadership if he can't have a 'working relationship' with Donald Trump on Wednesday night. 'I'm not going to vote for anybody for leader of the Senate as a Republican unless they can prove to me that they can advocate an American (sic) First agenda and have a working relationship with President Trump,' the South Carolina lawmaker told Fox News. He followed the staggering admission by predicting a Trump victory in the next White House race. 'It's his nomination if he wants it, and I think he'll get reelected in 2024' Graham said of the GOP presidential ticket.  One of Trump's most vocal allies in Congress, Graham was asked by host Sean Hannity about the prospect of McConnell securing another term as Senate GOP Leader. 'Well, elections are about the future. If you want to be a Republican leader in the House or the Senate, you have to have a working relationship with President Donald Trump,' Graham said. He called Trump 'the most...
    Only 28 percent of likely voters believe President Joe Biden will be reelected in 2024, a Rasmussen poll revealed Thursday. While few believe Biden will win reelection, a plurality (38 percent) of likely voters say he will lose to the 2024 Republican nominee. Moreover, nearly one-fourth (21 percent) of those polled believe Biden will resign before his first term ends. U.S. President Joe Biden waves as he and first lady Jill Biden walk on the ellipse to board Marine One on June 9, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images). Biden will be 82 years old in 2024. What does the future hold for Joe Biden? Here is what US Voters think:28% – Reelected in 202438% – Loses to a Republican in 202421% – Resigns before his term#Biden2024#Trump2024#[email protected]://t.co/sGUHevpKEg pic.twitter.com/TuiEvuCcSw — Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) January 6, 2022 The polling comes as Biden has failed to shut down the virus as he promised to accomplish more than ten times in 2020. Biden also has left American citizens stranded in Afghanistan amid the deadly collapse of the country. And with the southern border crisis, supply...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler has been reelected to the Virginia House in one of three races that had remained uncalled more than a week after the election. The Associated Press on Wednesday called the 21st District race for Convirs-Fowler. She withstood a strong challenge from Republican Tanya Gould, a human trafficking survivor and community advocate. The victory puts the total number of seats won by Democrats at 48. Republicans have won 50 seats and hold narrow leads in two other races that remain uncalled. Convirs-Fowler is a former elementary school teacher. She was first elected in 2017 by defeating a Republican who had held the seat for eight years. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TOKYO (AP) — Fumio Kishida was reelected as Japan’s prime minister Wednesday after his governing party scored a major victory in key parliamentary elections. Elected just over a month ago by parliament, Kishida called a quick election in which his governing party secured 261 seats in the 465-member lower house — the more powerful of Japan’s two-chamber legislature — enough to maintain a free hand in pushing legislation through parliament. The Oct. 31 victory increases his grip on power and is seen as a mandate from voters for his weeks-old government to tackle the pandemic-battered economy, virus measures and other challenges. Later Wednesday, he will form his second Cabinet. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TOKYO (AP) — Fumio Kishida is reelected as Japan’s prime minister after his governing party’s major win in parliamentary elections. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TOKYO (AP) — Fumio Kishida is set to be reelected as Japan’s prime minister Wednesday after clearing the first major test of his leadership in recent elections. Elected just over a month ago by parliament, Kishida called a quick election where he secured enough seats in 465-member lower house — the more powerful of Japan’s two-chamber Diet — to maintain a free hand in pushing legislation through parliament. He sees the Oct. 31 victory as a mandate from voters for his weeks-old government to tackle the pandemic-battered economy, virus measures and other challenges. In the first session of parliament since the election, Kishida is to be reelected and then will form his second Cabinet in a month by reappointing most of his ministers. In a formality earlier Wednesday, Kishida’s first Cabinet resigned en masse. Kishida had been chosen by the Liberal Democrats as a safe, conservative choice a month ago. They had feared heavy election losses if the unpopular Yoshihide Suga had stayed in power. Suga resigned after only a year in office as his popularity plunged over criticism...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Roger Stone is threatening to run for governor in Florida if Ron DeSantis doesn’t pledge to serve all four years in office if he’s reelected. Stone told CBS4’s Jim DeFede he would run as a Libertarian or some other third-party candidate to siphon votes away from DeSantis and cost him reelection. READ MORE: Port Everglades Returns To Pre-Pandemic Days With 6 Ships Sailing, Taking Thousands Of Passengers“Look, I have no illusions about my ability to become elected governor of Florida. That’s not the point here. I believe that Gov. DeSantis, assuming he’s going to run for reelection, should pledge to the people of Florida that he will fill out all four years of a second term,” said Stone. “What I don’t want to see is for him to be reelected and then immediately abandon Florida to run off and run for president, particularly if he’s running against Donald Trump.” But what if Trump doesn’t run for president in 2024? Stone maintained that the governor should still finish out his second term if reelected. “I think it would...
                        Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter were reelected this week despite many claiming “failed leadership” during the riots of 2020. Frey, who was heavily criticized following his actions during the 2020 riots, opposed the second ballot question for Minneapolis voters that, if it passed, would have dismantled the Minneapolis Police Department. Seventeen candidates were on the ballot for Minneapolis mayor, but Frey received the greatest percentage of the vote following the ranked choice voting method. His primary challenger was Kate Knuth, who received 38.2% of the vote. Knuth supported replacing the Minneapolis Police Department, and criticized Frey’s leadership saying he “failed to meet the challenges of the past 18 months.” All the other candidates were eliminated during the ranked choice voting tabulation process. Bring Me The News reported that candidates from all city positions who were opposed to replacing the Minneapolis Police Department “performed well on Tuesday, with Frey allies including Lisa Goodman, Linea Palmisano, and Andrea Jenkins winning re-election to the city council.”...
    (CBS Detroit) – With the votes in following the election on Tuesday, Michiganders are making their voices heard. Here’s a look at some of the highlights in this year’s election. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan cruises into a third consecutive win against challenger Anthony Adams. This makes him the second longest running mayor in city history. READ MORE: Michigan House Approves Controversial Bill Banning 'Race Or Gender Stereotyping' From CurriculumNew faces will be on the Detroit City Council after being hit with a corruption probe. In Dearborn, voters elected their first Arab-American mayor, state Rep. Abdullah Hammoud. The city is home to the largest Muslim population in the U.S. per capita. READ MORE: MCCA Votes In Support Of Issuing Refund Checks To Michigan DriversAdditionally, many major proposals have passed in cities like Detroit and Ann Arbor. In Detroit, residents voted majority in favor of Proposal R, which forces the city to create a reparations task force. Proposal, which also passed, would allow residents to help set spending limits. Proposal E will now allow decriminalization of magic mushrooms and other entheogenic plants....
    Minneapolis Mayor Jacob FreyJacob FreyTwenty-five U.S. cities on track to surpass Paris climate targets by 2025: report Minneapolis mayor says footage of officers celebrating hitting protesters 'galling' Minneapolis voters to decide on agency to replace police department MORE (D) was elected to a second term, The Associated Press projected Wednesday. “Tabulation for mayor is complete: Jacob Frey has been elected,” the city’s election agency tweeted. Tabulation for mayor is complete: Jacob Frey has been elected. More results announced soon, starting with City Council Ward 2 https://t.co/B7nd6vMhcB— Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services (@VoteMpls) November 3, 2021 Frey, who first won his office in 2017, beat out a small handful of Democratic challengers with just under 43 percent of the vote, outrunning his nearest competitor by over 20 points. His victory marks another win for the establishment wing of the Democratic Party over progressives seeking more rapid social change.  The Minneapolis mayoral race was shaped largely by the debate over the role of law enforcement in the city that was rocked by the police killing of George Floyd last May. The...
    The votes have been counted in Northern Westchester and there are several new faces set to take office. In Peekskill, Cortlandt, and Somers, new leaders have been chosen after they declared victory on Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Earlier story - Republican Challenger Kevin McConville Defeats Robert Langley In Putnam County Sheriff Race In Somers, Republican Robert Scorrano topped Democrat Stephanie Keegan 3,668 to 2,412, while in Cortlandt, incumbent Councilman Richard Becker held his seat easily, taking 60 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Laurie Abbate Ryan.  According to the Westchester Board of Elections, Peekskill Councilwoman Vivian McKenzie garnered 2,374 (64 percent) of the vote to top Republican Emiliano Perez and Conor Greene, who was running on the Working Families Line to take over as mayor of the city. The vote makes McKenzie the first Black female mayor of Peekskill following her election. Democrats also swept the three Common Council seats with incumbents Ramon Fernandez (2,101 votes) and Dwight Douglas (2,078 votes) being reelected, while Rob Scott (2,013 votes) earned his first term. In the Cortlandt Town...
    DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan easily defeated attorney Anthony Adams in Tuesday’s election to win a third four-year term leading the Motor City. Duggan was the clear favorite after first winning in 2013, taking over in January 2014, just after the city emerged from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. He easily won a second term in 2017. READ MORE: Detroit Department Of Transportation Bus Routes Temporarily ChangingThe incumbent won more than 72% of the votes in the August primary in which the top two vote-getters in the nonpartisan primary moved on to the general election. “The people of the city have just been tremendously supportive of me for the last eight years. It meant a lot,” Duggan said ahead of the vote. Duggan is a former county prosecutor and medical center chief executive and the city’s first white mayor since the early 1970s. The majority-Black city has posted balanced budgets and improved services to residents following the bankruptcy and during Duggan’s tenure. READ MORE: Detroit Ballot Proposals Examine Reparations, Decriminalizing Entheogenic Plants, Charter ChangeAt the start of the coronavirus pandemic...
    Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is up for re-election next week, and his years in the office have seen a handful of controversies stretching from the pandemic to the state's notorious taxes.  Murphy will square up against Republican candidate Jack Ciattarelli next Tuesday in a race where he says he's "running like I'm 10 points behind." President Biden and former President Barack Obama have both joined the governor in recent days in the Garden State, as Murphy works to become the first Democratic governor in the state to win reelection since 1977.  But since 2018, Murphy has juggled comparisons to disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on his handling of the coronavirus, has been floated as America’s most progressive governor, and been accused of being out of touch with taxpayers in the state.  NJ GOV. MURPHY OFFICE WARNED 'PATIENTS WILL DIE' BEFORE ORDERING COVID PATIENTS INTO NURSING HOMES: REPORT Murphy was warned last year that ordering nursing homes to readmit residents recovering from COVID-19 would lead to unnecessary deaths.  A confident Jack Ciattarelli likes to say that...
    Fox Business host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery criticized Democratic House Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota for blaming the rise in crime in Minneapolis on the police. “I don’t understand why she’s not addressing people who commit murder,” Kennedy told the hosts of Fox News’ show Outnumbered on Tuesday. “And the lack of respect for human life and basic decency. Because, really it’s on the person who is committing the crime. And certainly, you can look back and say there might have been some failures along the way, but to take all responsibility away from them, it’s completely illogical.” WATCH: Omar had criticized the police during a town hall event in Minneapolis Saturday, according to Fox News. “What we must also recognize is that the reduction in policing currently in our city and the lawlessness that is happening is due to two things,” she had said. Omar later elaborated that one of the two things she spoke of was that “the police have chosen to not fulfill their oath of office and to provide the public safety they are owed...
    New Jersey Republicans are demanding that Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy speak out about his stance on COVID-19 vaccine mandates following the release of footage from inside his campaign that alleges "he will" require residents in the state to be vaccinated should he be reelected for a second term. "This extremely disturbing video appears to confirm what the Murphy campaign has been hinting at — and the NJGOP has been warning about — throughout the summer: that a second Murphy term will bring about the same type of vaccine passports seen in Bill de Blasio's New York, burdening already suffering businesses and discriminating against minority communities in which immunization rates are lower," said NJGOP executive director Tom Szymanski. NYC POLICE UNION SUES CITY OVER VACCINE MANDATE KEARNY, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 25: Murphy speaks about Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and Build Back Better Agenda at the NJ Transit Meadowlands Maintenance Complex on October 25, 2021. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images) The video, released Monday by Project Veritas, shows Wendy Martinez, an apparent senior adviser to Murphy, telling an undercover journalist that...
    Texans are not on board with Gov. Greg Abbott's actions against abortion rights and COVID safety measures, according to new Quinnipiac University polling. Most Texas voters do not want to see Republican Gov. Greg Abbott reelected in 2022, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll. The survey, released Tuesday, found 51% of registered voters in the state do not believe Abbott deserves a third term. Just 42% said he deserves reelection. Back in June, the same pollster found 48% opposed to his reelection and 46% in favor. For the first time since Quinnipiac began polling Texans in April 2018, more voters disapproved of Abbott than approved, by a margin of 44%-47%. Voters said, 48%-45%, that the governor is taking the state in the wrong direction. While Abbott received positive ratings for his handling of the economy (53%-39%), voters disapprove of his handling of the U.S.-Mexican border (43%-46%), the coronavirus response (46%-50%), and abortion (37%-53%). According to a separate Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, by a 60%-31% margin, Texans back the 1973...
    Joy Behar told her co-hosts Wednesday on ABC’s “The View” that Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) were enemies of the democracy for opposing President Joe Biden’s 3.5 trillion dollar reconciliation bill. Behar said, “What I think is making Biden administration shakey right now is what’s going on in the democrats, between the moderates and the progressives, because he was really on track to be the next Lyndon Johnson with the great society programs.” She continued, “The Democrats have the numbers to make it happen, but Manchin and Sinema are standing in their way. They call themselves Democrats. Those will be the ruination of this nation, those two. She added, “These people are destroying the country, in my opinion.” Behar concluded, “We are so in trouble in this country. I don’t know people understand how dire the situation is. If the Democrats lose the Republicans — who are so corrupt right now and we all know that, they’ll move in, Trump will run in 2024, he might win because of all the cheating that’s going on. We can’t let this happen. Manchin...
    BERLIN (AP) — Austria’s conservative People’s Party, or OVP, voted overwhelmingly Saturday to reelect Chancellor Sebastian Kurz as its leader at a party gathering. Kurz, 35, received the backing of 533 of 536 delegates, or 99.4%. He has led the party since 2017, and became the country’s youngest-ever chancellor later that year. Addressing colleagues before the vote in St. Polten, Kurz spoke about a range of topics and policy priorities. He stressed the need to continue the country’s coronavirus vaccination campaign, and with regard to refugees from Afghanistan, said that Austria “shouldn’t take in more people than we can integrate.” Saturday’s vote was a sign of the OVP’s confidence in Kurz, who has had a few difficult months politically. In May, he was put under investigation by anti-corruption authorities on suspicion that he made false statements to a parliamentary commission. The hearings in question were to investigate the Ibiza affair, a scandal involving the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) leader Heinz-Christian Strache that triggered the collapse of Kurz’s previous governing coalition in 2019. Kurz has denied the allegations and resisted calls...
    Former President Donald Trump’s niece Mary Trump said Friday on MSNBC’s “All In” that Republicans are passing voting laws in state legislatures in an attempt to get her uncle reelected in 2024. Guest anchor Mehdi Hasan said, “How much does he believe he won the election, because people have convinced him to believe these mad conspiracies? How much of it is just a grift, a means to an end?” Trump replied, “It is both as it always is with Donald. He doesn’t need anybody to convince him that he won. He needed to convince himself, because he got so badly beaten. He was so humiliated that that could not stand. The problem is, as egregious as people like Mike Lindell are, as horrible as it is that because of Donald we have to be subjected to these people, the real problem and the real responsibility lies with the Republican Party and Republican leadership. They could have turned this off at any point from the election through January 6th and the problem is they let it go. They let him perpetuate...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper attempted to convince America that he's "not a liberal Democrat" nor is he actively aiding President Biden's reelection.  During an interview with the liberal magazine Mother Jones, Tapper quadrupled down on his ban of Republican "liars" who challenged Biden's election victory earlier this year and unless they owned up to their actions, they would not be booked on his CNN programs.  "The election lies are lies. It’s no less a lie than saying that the moon landing was faked or that the Holocaust didn’t happen or that Bush knew about 9/11 and let it happen. These are offensive ideas," Tapper said. "Look, people lost their lives [on Jan. 6]. The truth is, we’re lucky that more people didn’t die. And so I think it is incredibly derelict for journalists just to pick up and move on." JAKE TAPPER ACCUSED OF THROWING CNN STAFF ‘UNDER THE BUS,’ DOUBLE STANDARD ON BOOKING GUESTS WHO ‘LIE’ "I feel really uncomfortable about the idea of just letting these folks walk away from this as if what happened January 6 didn’t...
    Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump may have shut down his website after just 29 days, but he’s certainly not keeping quiet. In his latest statement, Trump urges Pennsylvania state lawmakers to follow the path of officials in Arizona and conduct a “full Forensic Audit” of the 2020 election, and predicts that if they don’t, Pennsylvania lawmakers will lose their jobs. “Great patriots led by State Senator Doug Mastriano, Senator Cris Dush, and State Representative Rob Kauffman went to Maricopa County, Arizona, to learn the best practices for conducting a full Forensic Audit of the 2020 General Election,” Trump said in his latest statement, sent via email. “Now the Pennsylvania Senate needs to act. Senate President Jake Corman needs to fulfill his promise to his constituents to conduct a full Forensic Audit. Senator Dave Argall, Chairman of the State Government Committee, has to authorize the subpoenas, if necessary. The people of Pennsylvania and America deserve to know the truth. If the Pennsylvania Senate leadership doesn’t act, there is no way they will ever get re-elected!” The Arizona audit, backed...
    A "parasite" on the Democratic Party is how journalist Edward Isaac Dovere describes former President Obama in his forthcoming tell-all book "Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats' Campaign to Defeat Trump." In a chapter entitled "Benign Neglect," Dovere writes that the section’s namesake is how Obama aides privately described his abandonment of the Democratic Party once in the White House. "‘Negligence’ might be more accurate," Dovere, writer for The Atlantic and former chief Washington correspondent for Politico, writes.  "The numbers are hard to ignore: during his eight years in office, Obama oversaw a net loss of 947 state legislative seats, 63 House seats, 11 senators, and 13 governors," he continues.  In 2008, Democrats increased their majorities in the House and Senate, delivering Obama the legislature for his first two years in office. In 2010, Republicans took the majority in the House with the Tea Party wave and Democrats maintained but shrunk their majority in the Senate. In 2014, Republicans gained control of both the House and Senate.  Dovere writes that the 44th president carried himself with a "self-assured self-regard."...
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is running for reelection, but his primary challenger has the support of the most influential man in the party, who just so happens to have it out for him. Raffensperger, 66, will be on the ballot again in 2022, this time running against Republican Rep. Jody Hice as he seeks another term as the Peach State’s secretary, and his campaign will focus on “talking about the rule of law,” he told the Washington Examiner in an interview Wednesday. He became a household name following the 2020 election in which then-President Donald Trump tried to overturn the result through a variety of ways, including applying pressure to battleground states’ secretaries — Raffensperger most publicly. Despite Trump’s criticism of Georgia’s top officials, all of whom are Republicans who didn’t support his claims of fraud, Raffensperger said having the truth on his side regarding the election will help him with voters. PARTIES BATTLE OVER 'JIM CROW' LABEL AHEAD OF SENATE HEARING ON NEW GEORGIA VOTING LAW “At the end of the day, you just continue to speak...
    London will have leftist Mayor Sadiq Khan in power for at least three more years after his victory was announced on Saturday evening, besting Conservative Party challenger Shaun Bailey. Despite months of polling predicting a landslide victory for Labour Party’s Sadiq Khan in the London mayoral election, Mr Khan only edged out the relatively unknown London Assembly Member by a margin of 40 per cent to 35.3 per cent in the first round of London’s preferential voting system. Although Khan failed to win an outright majority in the first round, he ultimately prevailed in the second round when second preference votes were counted. The Labour politician won 1,206,034 votes (55.2 per cent) to Bailey’s 977,601 votes, or 44.8 per cent, a majority of 208,533 votes. While a comfortable majority, it was less than Khan’s 2016 results — which the BBC described on Sunday as the “record-setting vote total” of 1,310,143, which translated into 56.8 per cent and a 315,529-vote majority over his main rival, Conservative Zac Goldsmith.  The closer margin of the race further demonstrated the political problems facing the left-wing Labour Party, which...
    Alberto Garzón, reelected leader of the United Left
    The Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, will be re-elected as IU leader after achieving the candidacy he leads for the XII Federal Assembly, which concludes this weekend, the 76.26% of the votes (5,694) of the militancy. With this, it has been imposed on the list of the critical sector led by the leader of IU José Antonio García Rubio, which has achieved a total of 1,553 support from members, 20.8% of the cast vote. The militancy of @United Left He has elected me again as coordinator with 76% of the votes in favor of the candidacy. Hugely honored for this support. Thank you very much everyone for the discussions and the high participation throughout the process. Health and Republic! pic.twitter.com/LnTZUt4GVn – Alberto Garzón???? (@agarzon) March 22, 2021 In total, according to the data collected by IU, they have participated in the election of the candidates on 41.4% of the membership (18,000 members) and 2.9% of the participants have voted blank. This weekend the voting process for the candidatures and documents that are submitted to the federal assembly concluded, while last...