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    Governor Chris Sununu (R-NH) — widely seen as a pragmatic moderate who has been critical of former President Donald Trump — pulled a whiplash-inducing 180 Saturday night on Fox News by fawning over a far-right GOP senate candidate he previously trashed. Speaking with Brian Kilmeade, the New Hampshire Governor pulled a wild about face regarding Don Bolduc — who is running to unseat Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH). “Senator Hassan is going to lose,” Sununu confidently predicted. The governor added that Bolduc, “won a tough-fought primary with very, very little money. Virtually no money. And so now he’s raising money, he’s getting some national attention. He’s an amazing individual with this background, this war hero background, that just wants to stand up and serve.” During the primary campaign, Bolduc repeatedly parroted the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. Yet Bolduc, immediately after winning the nomination, reversed course — telling Fox News that after having “done a lot of research” he now believes “the election was not stolen. Similarly, Sununu has backed off of his...
    A majority of Democrats say they want a new leader to run for election in 2024, in a further sign that Joe Biden could end up becoming a one-term president.   Only 35% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents want to see Biden stick around while the poll suggests the majority, 56%, would like to see the Democratic party choose someone else.  The findings were revealed by  a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, as speculation mounts that the 79 year-old president - the eldest in American history - will be too old to remain in office.  The lack of fervor for President Biden is not because Democrats think Biden is doing a terrible job.  Only 35% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents want to see Biden stick around while the poll suggests the majority, 56%, would like to see the Democratic party choose someone else In fact, the President's overall approval rating across Americans of all political affiliations increased from 36 percent in July to 43 percent in September. On the other side of the aisle, Republicans seem to have have more excitement for Trump to...
    Republicans are not sending us their best. Thanks to a crop of Trumpy primary winners, Republicans are effectively conceding seats that could be winnable with better candidates. Let’s start in Michigan, where news broke this week that Trump-endorsed House candidate John Gibbs argued against women’s suffrage while in college. But other than that, he’s…still weird. Gibbs’ other “greatest hits” include calling Democrats the party of “gender-bending,” defending an antisemitic Twitter feed, and advancing the theory that Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta participated in a satanic ritual (no wonder Democrats boosted his candidacy). Gibbs won the nomination by defeating first-term incumbent Republican Rep. Peter Meijer, whose unpardonable sins were voting for Trump’s second impeachment and accepting the results of the 2020 election. Before that, Republican Rep. Justin Amash (whose unpardonable sin was voting for Trump’s first impeachment) held that seat from 2011-2021. Aside from Amash switching to the Libertarian Party in his final year in office, a Republican has occupied Michigan’s 3rd Congressional district since 1993. “Trump’s support elevated unelectable candidates like Majewski, and Kevin McCarthy did nothing to...
    According to a report from the New York Times, controversial former Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) -- who is making another bid for his old job -- has been availing himself to tax breaks in the state of Florida where he and his wife own property. However, those breaks were designed to only benefit full-time residents. As the Times' Alyce McFadden and Michael Bender reported, LePage has long pushed the state legislature to make changes to keep wealthy residents in the state instead of moving to sunnier climes. According to the Times report, LePage himself has been investing in property in Florida -- and abusing the law while doing so. "Mr. LePage and his wife, Ann LePage, who have owned property in Florida for over a decade, have themselves benefited from that state’s tax laws while living in the Maine governor’s mansion, and again as he campaigns to return to the job. From 2009 to 2015, and also from 2018 through the end of this year, the couple received property tax breaks reserved for permanent Florida residents, public records show,"...
    Some bumbling House Republican candidates are not helping their party’s cause to win a House majority on Nov. 8. House Republicans are otherwise well positioned to claim a majority in the midterm elections. Democratic President Joe Biden’s approval ratings are persistently low. Four-decade high inflation continues to pinch consumers, and the Federal Reserve’s consistent interest rate hikes are jacking up credit fees, the cost of home mortgages, and a range of other expenses for the public. The House math also works in the House Republicans’ favor. The party needs to net only five seats in the 435-member chamber to win its first majority since the 2018 midterm elections, in which GOP candidates were swept under in large part by former President Donald Trump’s enduring unpopularity. The party out of power in the White House and Congress almost always picks up seats in midterm elections. (Democrats hold the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate.) But all of that only matters if Republican candidates can take advantage of these circumstances and win in the fall. That’s...
    by Evan Stambaugh   A former teacher running for a seat on the Forest Lake School Board once unequivocally stated that parents should have no say in what their children are taught. Back in February, prior to running for school board, Ashley Bulmer posted a 26-second video to TikTok declaring that “teachers should be allowed to teach” without parental input in how they construct their lesson plans. “I’m a parent, and I’m sorry to all you parents out there, but you do not get a say in your child’s teacher’s lesson plans,” she said. “I spent thousands of dollars on a degree and my educator’s license, and I would be gosh-darned if parents tried to tell me how to write my lesson plans that I literally went to school to learn how to write.” Bulmer added that parents who want more control over what their children are taught  should “homeschool them” instead. The school board candidate appears to have voluntarily deleted the video and her entire TikTok channel, but only after the video spread like wildfire on social media....
    by Benjamin Yount   Tim Michels says Wisconsin’s State of Education speech was more of a political stump speech than a report card on the state’s schools. Michels, who is running for governor against incumbent Gov. Tony Evers, told The Center Square Friday that State Superintendent Jill Underly’s focus on Pride flags and pronouns is frustrating parents across the state who want their kids to get back to the fundamentals. “A lot of parents believe there’s too much indoctrination happening in schools,“ Michels said Friday. “Parents want their sons and daughters to be taught the ABCs. To get the life skills that are necessary to get a job and be a productive member of society,” Underly mentioned parents in her speech just a handful of times, and never in a way that suggests moms and dads should have a say in what their kids are learning. Michels said parents must be involved in their kids’ education. “Educrats in Wisconsin think they know what is best for students, they think they know what is best for schools, they think they...
    The Republican candidate for Michigan governor, Tudor Dixon, made fun of Democratic opponent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer twice Friday, turning the 2020 kidnapping plot against Whitmer into a punchline. During a pro-Dixon super PAC event in Troy, Michigan, hosted by former President Donald Trump's former adviser Kellyanne Conway, Dixon claimed that despite the governor's fear of being kidnapped, she took "business" hostage. The joke came after the FBI broke up a real plot to kidnap Whitmer at her summer home in 2020. WATCH: SOCIAL MEDIA CONFUSED AS BIDEN HOLDS HANDS WITH GOV. WHITMER AT AUTO SHOW “The sad thing is Gretchen will tie your hands, put a gun to your head, and ask if you’re ready to talk," the Republican hopeful said, according to a video shared on social media. "For someone so worried about being kidnapped, Gretchen Whitmer sure is good at taking business hostage and holding it for ransom.” Dixon made another remark later Friday at a second event, claiming that the governor looked like she would "rather be kidnapped by the FBI" than...
    JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images Chris Christie chastised former President Donald Trump Thursday over his claim a day earlier a president is capable of declassifying documents simply by “thinking about it.” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday he was not in possession of any classified documents seized by the FBI at his home in August. Trump said he declassified all government documents at his residence. “If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying, ‘It’s declassified,’ even by thinking about it because you’re sending it to Mar-a-Lago or wherever you’re sending it,” Trump claimed. “There can be a process, but there doesn’t have to be,” he added. “You’re the president. You make that decision. So when you send it, it’s declassified. I declassified everything.” The statement generated widespread mockery, and Christie –  a former Trump confidante – was no exception. The New York Post reported the former Republican governor of New Jersey spoke for an hour at a business convention in New York Thursday. “We have a former president of the United...
    Defeated Republican gubernatorial hopeful Jonathan Riccitelli made waves in the Ocean State on Friday when he announced he was backing Democratic incumbent Gov. Dan McKee over his primary rival. Riccitelli, who long trailed his rival Ashley Kalus in the primary showdown, chastised her campaign as "baseless," ripped her for dishonesty, and accused her of hypocrisy for hounding McKee for debates despite refusing to debate him during the primary race. GOV. DAN MCKEE FENDS OFF STIFF COMPETITION IN RHODE ISLAND GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY "Although I admire her drive and aspirations, I have found the entirety of her campaign to be baseless. And to listen to Ms. Kalus call out the Governor (Mckee) in regards to his refusing to debate ... she blatantly refused my call to her as I had asked the same from her and her campaign," he wrote in a press release. "I guess criminals stick together," Kalus's Communications Director Matt Hanrahan quickly shot back on Twitter. He tweeted a link to a Boston Globe article outlining a litany of charges Riccitelli faced for obstructing police...
    YOUTUBER Niko Omilana managed to finish fifth in 2021's London Mayoral election. He amassed over 50,000 votes in the election, ranking as the highest independent candidate. 1Niko Omilana is an English YouTuber who gained popularity for his parody videos and pranks. Who is Niko Omilana? Niko Omilana was born in March 1998 in Staffordshire. Born on  March 4, 1998, he became popular for posting prank videos to his YouTube channel, which has 5.98 million subscribers. In May 2022, Omilana posted his most viral video titled, I pranked America's Most Racist man. The YouTube video acquired over 33 million views. READ MORE ON YOUTUBE STARSBIT ON THE SIDE KSI celebrates in bed as Sidemen Charity Game goes TOP of YouTube At the start of September 2022, Omilana was announced as the newest member of the YouTube Allstars football team. The Allstars were created by the British YouTube group, Sidemen, in 2016 to play in charity football matches. After a four-year break, the Sidemen are due to play the YouTube Allstars team in a charity match on September 24, 2022....
    (CNN)The National Republican Congressional Committee is canceling all their ad reservations in Ohio's 9th Congressional District, according to CNN's ad tracker AdImpact, a sign that Republicans are losing faith in J.R. Majewski's controversial bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur.The committee had planned to spend over $700,000 on the northwest Ohio race, according to the ad tracker, but cut those reservations just days after The Associated Press reported Majewski had misrepresented his military service. The report appears to have been the final straw for a candidate who was a January 6, 2021, rally participant and has repeatedly shared pro-QAnon material, despite denying he followed the conspiracy theory movement.A spokesman for the NRCC did not respond to a request for comment. Majewski also didn't respond to CNN's request for comment.With Democrats' narrow majority in the House, the race between Majewski and Kaptur is key in this year's midterm battle for control of the chamber.Majewski unexpectedly won the newly drawn district's Republican primary earlier this year, defeating multiple, and more establishment Republicans, in the process. He rose to Republican prominence for his...
    Eight years ago, restaurant worker Jose Higareda filed a wage complaint against the Caliente Cantina restaurant in San Pedro, telling state investigators he was not paid for more than 100 hours of work. Isaac Garcia, a chef who earned $10 per hour, testified that the same establishment failed to pay him $480 in 2014. Dishwasher and prep cook Jose Flores Esqueda lodged yet another complaint, saying Caliente Cantina did not compensate him for $1,080 worth of work that same year. All three identified the restaurant’s owner as businesswoman Danielle Sandoval, according to filings in their wage cases, copies of which were reviewed by The Times. Two turned over a text message exchange in which Sandoval, now a candidate for Los Angeles City Council, allegedly acknowledged that they were owed money. A third said he spoke with her directly. Sandoval “kept giving excuses for not paying,” according to testimony provided by Flores Esqueda in 2015, which was summarized in an order issued by the hearing officer in his case. The hearing officer, acting on behalf of the state’s labor commissioner,...
    New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Don Bolduc’s home was the site of a fracas that turned “aggressive towards the police” and required a call for backup in 2018, according to an incident report and dispatch log obtained by The Daily Beast. In December 2018, Bolduc’s wife, Sharon, placed a 911 call for a medical emergency. Dispatchers at the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department listed a man in his fifties with chest pain and difficulty breathing. Bolduc, a retired brigadier general, was 56 at the time. Upon arriving at Bolduc’s home, an officer from the Stratham Police Department called dispatch to say it was “going to be a verbal domestic” incident and requested backup. In the redacted incident report, the officer questioned an individual in front of the home who became “aggressive towards the police” and said, “I feel like I’m being interrogated in my own driveway.” The officer describes the rest of the family as “very cooperative” in the incident report. Attempts to calm the individual initially didn’t work, with the officer reporting their “demeanor did not change and was still...
    Former President Donald Trump complained to Sean Hannity that he’s being “attacked” so close to an election he isn’t even running in. Thursday’s Hannity aired part two of the host’s interview with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate. On Wednesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the state filed a civil suit against the Trump Organization that alleges the company overvalued assets to obtain low-interest loans from financial institutions. The suit seeks $250 million, as well as the banning of Trump and his adult children at the company from operating businesses in the state. “Donald Trump falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and to cheat the system, thereby cheating all of us,” James said at a press conference. Trump called the lawsuit an attack by New York Democrats before claiming there’s a tradition of not bringing legal action against politicians so close to an election. Of course, Trump is not running this year. “And there’s a rule,” Trump said. “It’s an unwritten law. You never do this politically. You won’t see Hunter Biden...
    Over the span of 30 televised minutes on Thursday night, the far-right legislator Mark Finchem clearly demonstrated why he is Donald Trump’s preferred pick to run Arizona’s elections. In his first debate with Democratic secretary of state candidate Adrian Fontes, Finchem held fast to his false claims that the 2020 election in Arizona was beset with widespread fraud, defended his presence at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, and declined to say whether he would seek to make it harder to vote in Arizona. The debate had barely begun before Finchem began conjuring disproven claims of faulty Dominion voting machines and allegedly dubious ballots stuffed into drop boxes. Asked to back up his arguments, Finchem pointed to so-called evidence included in the Dinesh D’Souza conspiracy film “2,000 Mules” that has become a sacred text on the MAGA right—though few elected Republicans have decided to go anywhere near the film’s far-fetched claims. When Fontes argued that Finchem’s goal was to overturn an election, the Republican strenuously denied the suggestion. “I’m not talking about overturning an election,” he said. “I’m...
    Bedford, Pennsylvania (CNN)When Mehmet Oz was vying for the GOP Senate nomination in Pennsylvania, his argument was simple: He could do better than any other Republican in the populous and politically moderate counties around Philadelphia in a general election.The argument -- along with an endorsement from former President Donald Trump -- helped him narrowly win the primary. But as the nominee, Oz faces a new dilemma: Motivating the commonwealth's most conservative voters.In Pennsylvania's rural, conservative stretches, areas that overwhelmingly voted for Trump in 2020, Oz is somewhat of an afterthought. Many conservative voters in some of these rural counties told CNN they plan to vote for the celebrity doctor. But few were energized by Oz's campaign and the overwhelming reason they plan to back him is their opposition to the Democratic nominee, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. Fetterman commits to debating Oz in Pennsylvania two weeks before Election DayIt's an issue Oz faced during the primary when he was challenged on the right by commentator Kathy Barnette and others, and keeping the conservative base motivated will be crucial to his...
    CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski revealed on Wednesday evening that the GOP nominee for a Michigan House seat, John Gibbs, once ran a think tank called The Society for the Critique of Feminism that advocated against the right for women to vote, work and be in government. “Some argue that in a democratic society, it is hypocritical or unjust for women, who are 50% of the population, not to have the vote,” Kaczynski’s KFile reported Gibbs’s think tank website once read. KFile explains Gibbs founded the think tank while a student at Stanford University in the early 2000s and “argued women did not ‘posess (sic) the characteristics necessary to govern,’ and said men were smarter than women because they are more likely to ‘think logically about broad and abstract ideas in order to deduce a suitable conclusion, without relying upon emotional reasoning.’” “This is obviously not true, since the founding fathers, who understood liberty and democracy better than anyone, did not believe so. In addition, all people under age 18 cannot vote, although they too comprise a significant portion of the population....
    Dustin Franz/Getty Images The campaign arm of the House GOP is pulling funding from the race in Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District. The National Republican Congressional Committee is withdrawing advertisement funding for J.R. Majewski, a staunch Trump supporter, following an Associated Press report that he lied about his military service. Medium Buying first flagged this development, which was confirmed by Axios. FLASH —#OH09: NRCC IE is canceling TV ad schedules that it had booked for the final six weeks of the campaign (9/27-11/8) — Medium Buying (@MediumBuying) September 22, 2022 The AP, citing military documents, reported on Wednesday that, contrary to his claim, Majewski never deployed to Afghanistan. The records also debunked that he was a combat soldier, rather they showed that he, according to the AP, “completed a six-month stint helping to load planes at an air base in Qatar, a longtime U.S. ally that is a safe distance from the fighting.” He previously was stationed at Kadena Air Base. Majewski stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and has supported QAnon. Majewski faces longtime Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur...
    A Michigan GOP congressional nominee being endorsed by former President Donald Trump previously argued that the country would be in a better state if women could not vote or be in a position to govern. In fact, he also argued that the social system of patriarchy “is the best model for the continued success of a society.” According to CNN’s KFile, the controversial remarks came from Trump-backed candidate John Gibbs, who recently won the Michigan Republican primary against the state's incumbent Rep. Peter Meijer. READ MORE: Republican lawmaker tears up over teen who nearly lost her uterus due to anti-abortion bill he supported Appearing on a forum hosted by his think tank, Society for the Critique of Feminism, Gibb argued that the country would be better if women were restricted from voting. “Some argue that in a democratic society, it is hypocritical or unjust for women, who are 50% of the population, not to have the vote,” Gibbs argued. “This is obviously not true, since the founding fathers, who understood liberty and democracy better than anyone, did not...
    Governor Glenn Youngkin will attend a meet-and-greet in Kansas Thursday with gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Derek Schmidt, stop in Texas Friday for an appearance at the Texas Tribune Festival, and then headline an event for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on September 27. Republican governors campaigning for other Republicans are a normal feature of an election year with a number of high-profile races, but Youngkin’s national appearances have also raised questions about Youngkin’s aspirations for higher office, which Youngkin himself has largely brushed off. “No question that Glenn Youngkin is running for president. That’s one of the main reasons he wanted to become governor of Virginia,” Virginia Star Publisher John Fredericks said. “There’s nothing wrong with that aspiration, as long as he continues to be an extraordinary governor of Virginia.” Fredericks said Youngkin and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are prepping to run in 2024 if former President Donald Trump does not run again. “He’ll never take on Trump because he will not want to alienate the entire MAGA, America First base,” Fredericks, a former Trump Virginia chairman, said. In that case,...
    (CNN)A Michigan candidate for the US House backed by former President Donald Trump once railed against giving women the right to vote, arguing that America has "suffered" since women's suffrage. John Gibbs, who defeated in the primary an incumbent Republican who had voted to impeach Trump, also made comments in the early 2000s praising an organization trying to repeal the 19th Amendment which also argued that women's suffrage had made the United States into a "totalitarian state." As a student at Stanford University in the early 2000s, Gibbs founded a self-described "think tank" called the Society for the Critique of Feminism that argued women did not "posess (sic) the characteristics necessary to govern," and said men were smarter than women because they are more likely to "think logically about broad and abstract ideas in order to deduce a suitable conclusion, without relying upon emotional reasoning." Hosted on Gibbs' personal page at Stanford in 2000 and 2001, the Society for the Critique of Feminism argued for a patriarchal society run by men, calling it "the best model for the continued success...
    J.R. Majewski, a GOP candidate for a Congressional seat in Ohio found himself in hot water today over past claims he made regarding his time in Afghanistan… or lack thereof. Although his campaign website lists him as a “conservative veteran running for congress,” an investigation done by the Associated Press revealed Majewski’s military experience is not what the congressional hopeful has touted. Majewski has spoken previously about serving in Afghanistan at the beginning of the war, a time in his life he can only describe as “tough.” The AP released their report on Wednesday saying that although Majewski did serve in the United States Air Force, he was never actually deployed to Afghanistan as previously claimed. According to the AP, Majewski “never deployed to Afghanistan but instead completed a six-month stint helping to load planes at an air base in Qatar, a longtime U.S. ally that is a safe distance from the fighting.” As news broke on Wednesday, a clip began circulating Twitter via Media Matters reporter Eric Hananoki, which shows Majewski describing his time in the war. The clip...
    The Wisconsin Republican once said he 'wasn't concerned' by the mob that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 — but would have been if there were 'Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters.' Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said in an interview on Tuesday that he condemns white supremacy. But during his two terms in the Senate, Johnsons has often given credence to racist and xenophobic views while downplaying the threat posed by violent white supremacist extremists. In an appearance on Fox Business Network, Johnson baselessly accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Department of Justice of politicization and attacked the agencies for not investigating Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden's son. He then complained that Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI), one of his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, was too focused on the threat of white supremacist violence. "When I was chairman of Homeland Security, we would have an annual threat hearing, and my ranking member would always be bringing up white supremacy, which, you know, I condone — I mean, I condemn," Johnson told...
    Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz dubbed his Democratic opponent John Fetterman “the most pro-murderer candidate in America right now.” The former TV star laid into Fetterman during a Wednesday appearance on Newsmax’s Wake Up America, taking issue with the Democrat’s work advocating for the release of some convicted criminals through his past work on the state’s Board of Pardons. “He is the most pro-murderer candidate in America right now, and it’s stunning when you hear the specific cases. Times when he has actually lobbied to release first-degree murderers,” Oz said. He then mentioned a case involving a man charged with killing his girlfriend’s mother and claimed this example and others of Fetterman trying to get convicted criminals released is why recent polling has the two so close. “That’s one of the reasons that the polls have closed so dramatically,” Oz, who has the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, said. In cities like Philadelphia, he added, things like crime can be a much bigger issue than the economy. “Murder is a major problem because it’s higher than it...
    Ohio Republican House candidate J.R. Majewski allegedly misrepresented his military service, according to a report. Majewski claimed he was deployed to Afghanistan while serving in the Air Force after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but documents state he was deployed to Qatar instead, according to a report from the Associated Press. TRUMP HOLDS OHIO RALLY FOR JD VANCE AS MIDTERM RACE AGAINST TIM RYAN HEATS UP The report cites documents obtained from a public records request that shows he was deployed to an air base in Qatar rather than to Afghanistan. J.R. Majewski, Republican candidate for U.S. representative for Ohio's 9th Congressional District. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar, File) Majewski has the term “Afghanistan War Veteran” in advertisements and has run an ad calling himself a "combat veteran," according to the report. The House Republican campaign committee describes him as "a U.S. Air Force Veteran, and his squadron was one of the first on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11." Majewski's own campaign website says he "served overseas, and was deployed to the Middle...
    J.R. Majewski never deployed to Afghanistan but instead completed a six-month stint helping to load planes at an air base in Qatar, military documents show. WASHINGTON (AP) — Campaigning for a northwestern Ohio congressional seat, Republican J.R. Majewski presents himself as an Air Force combat veteran who deployed to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, once describing "tough" conditions including a lack of running water that forced him to go more than 40 days without a shower. Military documents obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request tell a different story. They indicate Majewski never deployed to Afghanistan but instead completed a six-month stint helping to load planes at an air base in Qatar, a longtime U.S. ally that is a safe distance from the fighting. Majewski's account of his time in the military is just one aspect of his biography that is suspect. His post-military career has been defined by exaggerations, conspiracy theories, talk of violent action against the U.S. government and occasional financial duress. Still, thanks to an unflinching allegiance to former President Donald Trump —...
    President Joe Biden‘s White House slammed Trump-backed Republican candidate Matt DePerno over remarks in which he said Plan B emergency contraception should be banned and treated “no different than fentanyl.” Heartland Signal obtained what it says is a recording of DePerno, who is running for Michigan state attorney general, discussing Michigan’s abortion laws and the prospect of banning emergency contraception with what sounds like an operative surreptitiously recording him. While answering leading questions, DePerno repeatedly says that “the morning after pill” should “be banned,” at one point says he envisions it being treated “no different than fentanyl.” CAUGHT ON TAPE: GOP Michigan attorney general nominee Matt DePerno says Plan B should be banned. “You have to stop it at the border. It would be no different than fentanyl.” pic.twitter.com/JbqFD4d5I9 — Heartland Signal (@HeartlandSignal) September 20, 2022 Just over a year ago, Trump released a statement saying that “Super Lawyer Matthew DePerno” had earned “my Complete and Total Endorsement. He will never let you down!” The White House denounced DePerno’s remarks in a statement from White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre:...
    The two Trump allies attended a fundraiser for Republican Mark Finchem, who is running for Arizona secretary of state and will control the state's elections if he wins in November. Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem, the election-denying Republican running to be Arizona's secretary of state, held a fundraiser on Sunday with two of the most prominent figures involved in efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and keep former President Donald Trump in office despite having been defeated by President Joe Biden. Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn, both former officials in the Trump White House, headlined the fundraiser in California for Finchem's campaign. Bannon was convicted on two counts of contempt of Congress for refusing a subpoena to testify before the House subcommittee investigating the riot by Trump supporters on Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and is currently under indictment in New York on charges of money laundering, conspiracy, and scheming to defraud in connection with a private fund supposedly intended to pay for completion of the wall Trump started building on the U.S.-Mexico border. Flynn, a...
    Getty DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls and James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets speak prior to a game at United Center The Brooklyn Nets may have been able to meet and get Kevin Durant to rescind his trade request this season. The superstar has supposedly committed to be back in Brooklyn long-term, hopefully for the end of the remaining four years on his contract. However, despite the news that he will return to Brooklyn, NBA insider Ric Bucher shared a quote from one NBA executive that believes Durant will be dealt at the February trade deadline.  “I think the Nets simply told him, ‘There’s not a deal we’re happy with, and we’re not just going to give you away,'” an Eastern Conference GM told FOX Sports. “I think he’ll still get moved by the trade deadline if it doesn’t go well. That may have even been part of the deal, a soft agreement that they’ll move him if it’s not working.” Kevin Durant isn’t the only star player that some around the NBA expect may...
    Sen. Mitch McConnell has come around to the party's Trumpiest newcomer candidates and this week will host a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. for Georgia Republican Herschel Walker.  One month after decrying GOP 'candidate quality,' the Senate Republican leader will host a high-dollar fundraiser for Herschel Walker on Thursday, DailyMail.com confirmed. The event will be held at Charlie Palmer Steak, a ritzy steakhouse just across from the Capitol, Punchbowl News reports.   On Wednesday McConnell is planning to hold a fundraiser for Trump-backed Arizona candidate Blake Masters.  The about-face comes after McConnell offered little enthusiasm about the GOP's Senate prospects in comments he made last month.  'I think there's probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate,' McConnell said in Florence, Kentucky, at a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Aug. 18.  'Senate races are just different, they're statewide. Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.' On Aug. 27, McConnell hosted and event in Louisville, Ky., to benefit Walker, Pennsylvania Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz and Rep. Ted Budd, who is running for Senate in North Carolina. ...
    In the decades since his conviction, Goldblum had appealed for clemency seven times, and was summarily rejected. However, despite the wishes of the Wilhelm family, the Board of Pardons reversed course and voted in 2019 to release him. "We thought [Goldblum's life sentence] would be just that—a life sentence without the possibility of parole," said Sandra Horton, Wilhelm's niece, "and that he would be made to accept his role in George’s brutal death. Horton specifically blamed Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) and Fetterman for the systemic changes which now permit the release of violent offenders like Goldblum. "It’s Wolf and Fetterman," she said. "That’s how we got here. … The eighth time’s the charm." Unlike the Wilhelm family, Fetterman celebrated Goldblum's release. According to Newsmax, Fetterman stated that he was "happy" that Goldblum would be returned to his family. Fetterman also insisted that Goldblum was "not a threat to public safety." "John is proud of his work on the Board of Pardons giving second chances to non-violent offenders and the wrongfully convicted," said Fetterman spokesman Joe Calvello. "Goldblum was wrongfully...
    An investigation is underway into thousands of duplicate signatures that reportedly ended up on nominating petitions to get Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin on a third-party ballot line in the New York governor’s race. Albany County District Attorney David Soares and the state Board of Elections are focused on John Haggerty Jr., a longtime Republican operative, the New York Post reports. Nearly 13,000 signatures submitted by Haggerty to get Zeldin on the Independence Party line in the general election in November 2022 were later thrown out. Earlier Report: 'Never Been In Question': NY Gov. Kathy Hochul Says She Will Debate Lee Zeldin The Board of Elections determined that not only were some signatures invalid, nearly 11,000 of them were photocopies of other, original signatures from the same petitions, according to the Albany Times Union.  That determination left Zeldin, who represents the state’s 1st Congressional District covering eastern Long Island, short of the 45,000 signatures needed to get his name on the third party line. Haggerty previously served more than a year in prison after being convicted of money laundering and grand larceny...
    The New Hampshire GOP Senate nominee has repeatedly spoken out against same-sex marriage, trans people playing sports or receiving healthcare, and protections against discrimination. Don Bolduc, a far-right Republican Senate candidate who has previously voiced support for anti-LGBTQ measures, won New Hampshire's Republican primary for Senate last week. His opponent in the general election is incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a longtime supporter of marriage equality and LGBTQ rights. The political action committee of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a LGBTQ civil rights organization, endorsed Hassan in April. “Senator Hassan has been a passionate and reliable ally to the LGBTQ+ community, and we’re excited to endorse her for reelection," HRC's interim president Joni Madison said in a statement. "As a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, Senator Hassan has made clear that she sees the widespread discrimination that LGBTQ+ people still face and is standing with the LGBTQ+ community to work to pass this desperately needed bill." Additionally, Hassan's campaign page lists "protecting LGBTQ rights" as one of her top priorities because "every American — regardless of their gender identity or...
    New Hampshire Republican Senate nominee Don Bolduc is running to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan, a strong supporter of gun safety legislation. In addition to opposing new federal legislation aimed at preventing gun violence, New Hampshire Republican Senate nominee Don Bolduc wants to get rid of the few federal gun safety laws that are already on the books. Bolduc's 2022 Senate campaign website provides little information about his position on guns beyond a mention of rights in general: "We must stand firm against government encroachment on our God-given liberties and our Constitutional rights. The Second Amendment must be fiercely protected, parents must have the final say in their children's education, and we must end COVID mandates and restrictions." But two years ago, when he unsuccessfully sought his party's nomination for the Senate seat of Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, he was more vocal about his positions. In a campaign ad posted online in August 2020, Bolduc, a retired Army general, says, as text and images highlight his military career: "I support the Second Amendment. I support the private...
    John Gibbs has said he is 'absolutely against abortion' in all cases. Michigan Republican congressional candidate John Gibbs suggested in a May interview that the United States should withhold aid from countries where abortion is legal. Gibbs, who is running for Michigan's 3rd Congressional District, has said he is "absolutely against abortion" and is "100% pro-life in all cases." "As a lawmaker, your job is to vote on legislation, so whenever anything comes up that involves pro-life, such as giving money to foreign countries that will let them perform abortions, we don't want to do that," Gibbs told a Michigan conservative political podcast in May. The podcast's host, Bill Putman, stars in the reality TV show "Meet the Putmans." Last week, he was found guilty of four counts of assault and battery. He will be sentenced on Oct. 4. According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, "970 million women, representing 59% of women of reproductive age, live in countries that broadly allow abortion." Just 24 countries prohibit abortion under any circumstances, including when the mother's life or health is at risk....
    Peter Thiel, president and founder of Clarium Capital Management LLC, speaks during the Bitcoin 2022 conference in Miami, Florida, on Thursday, April 7, 2022.Eva Marie Uzcategui | Bloomberg | Getty Images Republican megadonor Peter Thiel is hosting a fundraiser at his Los Angeles home next week for Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters after GOP officials asked the tech mogul for more money heading into the final stretch of the November midterm elections. The invite lists Thiel as the host for the Masters campaign event and says the gathering is set to take place on Sept. 30 at his $5 million home in Southern California. Tickets for the event go from $1,500 per person to $11,600 per couple and includes a host and VIP reception, followed by a general reception, depending on the ticket, according to the invite. Other co-hosts of the event include several of Thiel's allies, including Keri Findley, the CEO of investment firm Tacora Capital, whose fund was once backed by Thiel, as well as longtime hedge fund manager Michael Wang, whose social media investing platform was reportedly...
    Getty Could the Knicks land the high-scoring wing? The New York Knicks may have lost the Donovan Mitchell sweepstakes, but that doesn’t mean all is lost for them this offseason. Because they didn’t trade for Mitchell, it means they were able to hang onto their plethora of first-round picks along with all of the young talent that’s on the roster. The Utah Jazz had a huge asking price for Mitchell, so pretty much any player the Knicks shift to now will have a lower price, and that could make them more obtainable. A name like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been thrown around as of late, but he’s young and under contract until 2027, so he might not be a realistic target. Instead, the Knicks, and other teams for that matter, might be able to snag a player like DeMar DeRozan.DeMar DeRozan Available?An Eastern Conference executive speaking to Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney floats DeRozan as a name who could hit the trade market if things go wrong for the Chicago Bulls. “If this season starts the way last season ended, there...
    Like many high-profile candidates for office before him, Mark Finchem—the Republican nominee for Arizona secretary of state—headed to California for a fundraiser last weekend. Unlike basically any other high-profile candidate for office, Finchem had his fundraiser co-hosted by a self-identified “truther” who adheres to the QAnon conspiracy theory and has spent years propagating baseless lies like the Sandy Hook shooting being a staged “false flag” and Sept. 11 being an “inside job.” On Sunday night, Finchem traveled to Newport Beach—a bastion of Trump-tinged red in otherwise deep blue Southern California—for a fundraiser headlined by two fixtures of the far-right event circuit: Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn. The political world is well acquainted with those two ex-Trump advisers and their long records of incendiary statements and views. Less widely known, however, are those of the Newport Beach event’s co-host, Nicole Nogrady. An ex-actor turned photographer and massage therapist, Nogrady was listed on the public advertisement for the Finchem fundraiser—promoted on his official campaign Twitter account—as a co-host, an honor that typically signals a meaningful level of personal involvement with a...
    Getty President Pat Riley of the Miami Heat addresses the media. Over the weekend, the Miami Heat were linked to a surprising star in trade rumors. After spending the summer in the sweepstakes for Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell, it seems that the Heat are prepared to run it back with mainly the same roster that took them to the Eastern Conference Finals last season. The team lost PJ Tucker but has plans to fill that role with what they consider to be a rising star. However, while the team didn’t add a star as fans hoped this offseason, that doesn’t mean that they won’t this season, and one NBA insider shared the possibility that the team could acquire a talent like DeMar DeRozan from the Chicago Bulls near the trade deadline.  “If the Bulls struggle out of the gate the way they limped home last season, DeRozan could return some real mid- and long-term value to a Bulls team featuring Zach LaVine, Pat Williams, and a troupe of young guards. Coming off a monster season, DeRozan’s stock...
    Jael Taylor, estranged daughter of Spotsylvania's school superintendent candidate Mark Taylor, said her dad is beyond inexperienced for his potential new gig, reports said. Mark Taylor was offered $245,000 a year to serve as superintendent, although he has no experience in education, so his daughter wrote a letter to the school board to tell them they are making a big mistake, WUSA9 reported. Jael said her father provided her with a weak homeschooling education and has shared social media posts that are disrespectful to various minority communities. She said these are just a few of the many reasons her father should not assume the important role of superintendent, the website said.  Although the board approved an offer for Taylor, he has not yet been hired officially, WUSA9 said. Click here for more from WUSA9.
    Former NFL great Herschel Walker admits he’s “not that smart” as he seeks to downplay expectations for his upcoming Georgia Senate debate with Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) The Republican retired football great claimed he’s just a bumpkin who wouldn’t have a chance of out-talking the erudite Warnock when they spar face-to-face on Oct. 14. “I’m a country boy… He’s a preacher,” Walker said. “(Warnock) is smart and wears these nice suits.” Walker, who starred for the University of Georgia and the National Football League, warned supporters not to expect much from him when the pair face off. “He is going to show up and embarrass me at the debate,” Walker said. “I’m just waiting to show up and I will do my best.” Walker has run a rocky campaign and has faced attacks over his previous violent threats against his ex-wife. He suggested climate change couldn’t be real. He also admitted failing to acknowledge three children from former relationships, even though he often speaks about the importance of Black men being responsible fathers. Walker, who grew up in rural Wrightsville,...
    Maureen Faulkner, the widow of a slain police officer, slammed Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman for his appointment of Celeste Trusty, who had called her husband's convicted killer a "buddy" to the state's Board of Pardons. Faulkner's husband, Daniel Faulkner, was killed during a traffic stop in downtown Philadelphia in 1981 by Mumia Abu-Jamal. Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death, but his death sentence was reduced to life in prison without parole. 'MY NAME IS JOHN FETTERWOMAN': DEMOCRAT SEEKS FEMALE SUPPORT AT ABORTION RIGHTS EVENT The lieutenant governor appointed Trusty to the state's Board of Pardons in January. In 2018, Trusty tweeted her support for Abu-Jamal, saying, "I love mumia! he’s my buddy...he’s like an uncle to a bunch of my friends who were on the row with him." Faulkner called the comments made by Trusty about Abu-Jamal "infuriating" and slammed Fetterman for appointing her when speaking with Fox News. "That is just infuriating to me," Faulkner said. "I don't know what John Fetterman's doing, but I think the Philadelphia people, the Pennsylvania people, better...
    by Madeleine Hubbard   The Columbus, Ohio, police union president criticized Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan, who is running for U.S. Senate against Republican J.D. Vance, as being “unsafe” for the state and having an “ongoing problem” with police officers. “Given Tim Ryan’s track record of calling police officers the new Jim Crow and voting to eliminate qualified immunity, it’s not [a] surprise that this is the way he carries himself around law enforcement,” Columbus Fraternal Order of Police President Jeff Simpson told The Daily Mail on Friday. “This trend of confrontational police encounters is not limited to his earlier years. Shamefully, this has been an ongoing problem with Mr. Ryan during his career in Congress,” Simpson, who serves as union president for Ohio’s largest city, said. Ryan received a disorderly conduct citation in February 1995 after officials said he threw alcohol at police officers, the Daily Mail reported. Ryan, who was not yet a lawmaker, reportedly attempted to have his record expunged in 1999 but could not convince a judge he was “rehabilitated.” While serving in the House of Representatives in 2012,...
    Hillary and Chelsea Clinton struggled to count how many of her trademark pant suits the former first lady has in her wardrobe, after being put on the spot by Lisa Wilkinson. During her time as Secretary of State in the Obama administration and two runs for US president in 2016 and 2020, Hillary has rarely, if ever, been seen wearing anything else. The Project host on Sunday's edition asked the former presidential candidate just how many pant suits she actually owns, prompting the high-powered mother and daughter to burst out laughing. Former first lady and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (left) appeared with daughter Chelsea on Channel 10 show The Project 'What a great question!' Chelsea interjected as her mother chuckled. 'I have no idea,' Hillary shouted. 'Ball park, be honest,' Chelsea insisted. 'I'm trying, I'm trying, maybe 50, I don't know,' Hillary said. Chelsea and Hillary then agreed it was 'a lot'. The pair were appearing on the Aussie TV show to promote their new Apple TV documentary series Gutsy, which features stories of strong women. While there will be many...
    Donald Trump boasted about his popularity and said candidates were 'kissing [his] a**' to get his endorsement during his Ohio rally on Saturday night. The ex-president also riled up the crowd with yet another hint that he's looking to run for the White House again in 2024, telling supporters 'we're gonna take back' the White House. Wading into the culture wars, he also said at one point: 'We don't want them teach transgender to our children without parental consent.' 'I really believe it's 200 million people we're talking about, not the 75 million, which is a record in the history of our country for a sitting president,' Trump told supporters after accusing the Biden administration of weaponizing the Justice Department when the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago. 'Not the 75 million people that voted - I think it's a lot more than that.' The former president also appeared to have on his mind reports of growing concern among the establishment GOP over the electability of Trump's more fringe midterm candidates. He took aim at suggestions that Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance is trying...
    Donald Trump boasted about his 'sold out' Ohio rally on Saturday hours before taking the stage and said most Republicans 'would lose' their races if not for his endorsement. Trump is speaking at the 7,000-seat Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio at 7pm - but the 'massive crowd' he bragged about on his Truth Social app only fills about two-thirds of the stadium. It's worth noting that the rally is going on at the same time as a major college football game between Ohio State University and the University of Toledo.  The former president also said he's in Ohio because he was asked to campaign there by Republican Senate candidate JD Vance, who is locked in a tight race against Democratic House Rep. Tim Ryan. 'Both J.D. Vance and Dr. Oz asked me to do big Rallies for them in Ohio and Pennsylvania, respectively, and I did,' Trump wrote. 'The Pennsylvania Rally was a massive success, “packed” with great American Patriots, and the Ohio Rally, tonight, is a likewise sold out juggernaut - Look at the massive crowds.' Trump is rallying...
    The Virginia Board of Education (BOE) voted 6 to 2 to certify Mark Taylor, allowing him to be appointed by the Spotsylvania School Board as superintendent. Taylor’s opponents criticized his close ties to new board Chair Kirk Twigg, racial Facebook posts allegedly made by Taylor, and his application for licensure, which didn’t include relevant experience as an educator, instead seeking to qualify under an option for candidates with a master’s degree, three years of experience in a senior leadership position, and a recommendation from a school board. Board President Daniel Gecker voted to license Taylor and said that although that statute doesn’t seem to require enough qualifications, it makes it clear that vetting the superintendent belongs to the local school board. “Licensing decisions are not hiring decisions,” he said. “Whether members of this board would hire is a different issue from whether we would license. And I’m not suggesting for a minute, by the way, since we have had no face-to-face contact to my knowledge with Mr. Taylor. So this is not, you know, suggesting that I would not hire...
    Scott Olson/Getty Images Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D) is being mocked after his campaign unveiled a statewide “coalition” of two active law enforcement officers who have endorsed his U.S. Senate run. Barnes is facing Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) in November, and with polling tight, he apparently felt the need to show he is supported by police officers. He put out a press release obtained by WisPolitics that does not appear on his campaign website. The release states: Today, a coalition of Wisconsin law enforcement officers from across the state endorsed Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes for the U.S. Senate. Wisconsin law enforcement officers know that they can trust Mandela to support them and provide resources to ensure they can keep communities safe. The list includes the names of nine law enforcement officers from from Milwaukee to Racine. Notably, all but two people on the list are retired: Darlene Jenkins Ray, Retired Captain (Milwaukee, WI) Greg Thompson, Retired Police Officer (Milwaukee, WI) Paul Piotrowski, Retired Police Sergeant (Stevens Point, WI) Gloria Reyes, Former Police Officer (Madison, WI) Eddie...
    Democrat John Fetterman's campaign released the outcomes of two recent cognitive tests they say proves the candidate is back up to normal brain function after his stroke, as critics begin to question his health.  Despite the stroke which he described as a 'near-death experience,' Fetterman insists he has returned to 'perfectly normal' life. 'I keep getting better and better, and I'm living a perfectly normal life.' 'I'm running a perfectly normal campaign,' Fetterman told the New York Times.  His campaign, however, did not release copies of the official test results, nor did they make available to the media the speech therapist who administered the tests.  Fetterman returned to the campaign trail last month after suffering the stroke in May.  Since the stroke, Fetterman, the state's current lieutenant governor, has shied away from questions from the news media at campaign events and he still uses closed captioning in video conversations and in some appearances, he's jumbled words.  Democrat John Fetterman's campaign released the outcomes of two recent cognitive tests they say proves the candidate is back up to normal brain function after...