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    Idaho Lt. Gov McGeachin answering questions about why she spoke at white supremacist event Idaho has long been on the white side of history. The population is 93% white. It is quite literally the whitest state in the nation, home of the Aryan Nations and a bastion for neo-Nazis and Klansman. And though the Aryan Nations has splintered into smaller, less powerful groups in recent years, Idaho remains one of the leading states for hate crimes, according to The Southern Poverty Law Center.  So, I guess it’s no surprise that the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee (KCRCC) has been attempting to infiltrate the Kootenai Democrats, funnel money from the Dems to GOP organizations, and plant an “antisemitic troll” as the party’s chair.  The plan was revealed after a call was discovered between Kootenai County resident John Grimm, who unsuccessfully ran for Kootenai County Sheriff in 2020, and a person he identified as KCRCC Youth Chair Dan Bell, according to reporting by the Coeur d’Alene Press.  “Long story short, we want to take over the Democrat Party,” Bell reportedly said during the call. RELATED STORIES: From...
    At the 2022 America First Political Action Conference — slammed by critics as organizer Nick Fuentes’ white nationalist alternative to the Conservative Political Action Conference — one of the far-right Republican speakers was Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin. And the Idaho Statesman’s editorial board calls her out for it in an editorial published on March 1. The 2022 America First Political Action was appalling not only because Fuentes is a white nationalist and a Holocaust denier, but also because Fuentes opened the event by praising Russian President Vladimir Putin at a time when Russian troops are engaged in a bloody invasion of Ukraine. Fuentes told the crowd, “Can we give a round of applause for Russia?” before attendees started chanting, “Putin, Putin, Putin” in solidarity with the Russian strongman. Other far-right MAGA Republicans who spoke at the event included Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona. McGeachin, like Greene, is upset that she is being criticized for speaking at an event led by a white nationalist and a Holocaust denier who is applauding Putin’s invasion...
    (CNN)Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has vowed to end tenure for new hires at public universities and colleges in an attempt to stop the teaching of critical race theory.Patrick spoke at a press conference Friday where he responded to a resolution by the Faculty Council at the University of Texas this week that affirmed the "fundamental rights of faculty to academic freedom," including the teaching of race and gender theory."Hiding behind this academic freedom argument just doesn't work," Patrick said. "We believe in academic freedom, but everyone has guidelines in mind. Everyone has barriers, everyone has boundaries, everyone's held accountable to someone."What critical race theory is -- and isntCritical race theory is an academic concept which acknowledges that racism is systemic and institutional in American society, and it examines the beliefs that allow it to flourish.Some two dozen states have banned critical race theory or introduced legislation to ban it from being taught in the classroom.Read MorePatrick said that the legislators and parents should have a say in what the curriculum is."What we said is you're not going to teach...
    Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez took aim at President Joe Biden on Sunday, claiming his 'disastrous' policies are driving Hispanic voters out of the Democratic Party. She made the comments in an interview with Fox & Friends, less than a year until the midterm elections that will decide who controls Congress -- and largely, Biden's agenda -- for the latter half of the president's term. 'When you look at these numbers, it should be not a shock to anyone,' she said of why many Spanish-speaking Americans are joining the GOP. 'You have seen Hispanic voters are flocking to the Republican Party, and part of that is because they agree that we want to be the party.' Nuñez, the first Hispanic woman to be elected the Sunshine State's lieutenant governor, said they believe Republicans will give them 'freedom that will provide them opportunities for their families.' She also lashed out at Biden for his Justice Department's crackdown on public education settings late last year amid a rise in violent incidents at school board meetings and after a letter from the National School...
    (CNN)Republican Virginia Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears on Sunday refused to say whether she'd received the Covid-19 vaccine while repeating a series of falsehoods and misconceptions about the vaccines and infections.Sears, who did not reveal her vaccination status during her successful campaign for the second-highest seat in Virginia, told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" that revealing it would create a "slippery slope" to being asked to reveal other personal information about her "DNA" and medical history.At a time of historic change, Virginia will elect a woman of color for the first time as lieutenant governor"The minute that I start telling you about my vaccine status, we're going to be down the bottom of the mountain trying to figure out how we got there because now you want to know what's in my DNA. You're going to want to know this, that and the other," Sears said.Sears, who won an historic victory as the first Black woman to hold the office, said she would not "force anybody" to get the Covid vaccine and called for government officials to allow...
    Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” Daily Mail (U.K.) columnist Meghan McCain discussed the left’s reaction to Winsome Sears, a black Republican woman, elected Virginia’s lieutenant governor. MacCallum said, “I thought this was stunning. This is from ‘Saturday Night Live,’ they went off on Winsome Sears on the Update segment of ‘SNL’ the other night. Watch this.” Comedian Michael Che said, “Republican Winsome Sears seen here was elected as Virginia’s first Black female lieutenant governor. This is a win for Democrats because nothing will get Republicans to support the gun control faster than this picture.” MacCallum said, “What do you make of the backlash against her?” McCain said, “I think it’s awful. It’s a historic moment in the fact that she’s a Republican, and by the way, a veteran should be getting much more applause. If she were a Democrat, she would be on Rolling Stone magazine. Instead, she’s a punch line on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ She’s offered to go on shows like Joy Reid and have a conversation about her beliefs. They have not invited her on. It’s disgraceful. I’m excited that she’s my lieutenant governor, and it’s just a glaring example of the hypocrisy of the left. Everyone is...
    The first black person elected as lieutenant governor of Virginia in the commonwealth's 400-year legislative history has criticized Democrats for failing to listen to black voters, and taking them for granted. Winsome Sears, 57, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and arrived in the United States when she was six. She grew up in the Bronx, entered the Marines as an electrician, and ran a homeless shelter before entering Virginia politics in 2001. On Wednesday, the day after her historic election, Sears told Fox News's Sean Hannity that she ran as a Republican because the Democrats were complacent about black voters. 'The Democrats, they really don't have the solutions,' she told Hannity. Winsome Sears, the first black person elected as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, said on Wednesday night that her election was a repudiation of Democrat policies Sears told Hannity that results mattered more than political allegiance, and communities should not allow politics to divide them Lieutenant Governor-elect Winsome Sears joins Sean Hannity for a powerful interview following her historic win. pic.twitter.com/pZ85LlvRye— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 4, 2021 'And so...
    Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor-elect Winsome Sears, a Republican — after making history Tuesday by defeating Democrat Hala Ayala in Virginia’s lieutenant governor race and becoming the first black woman to hold statewide office — spoke to supporters at the Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin campaign headquarters to declare that “the cavalry has arrived.” “I’m at a loss for words at the first time in my life,” the Republican rising star explained while earning cheers from the crowd. “I’m here because of you… That’s the only reason I’m here.” After introducing her husband, a Marine, and the rest of her family, she said, “I’m telling you what you are looking at is the American dream.” Sears spoke about her father’s story, moving from Jamaica at the “height of the Civil Rights movement” to the United States to follow the American dream and put himself through school. She explained that her father finally brought her to the United States when she was six years only. “When I stepped on that PANAM 737 and landed at JFK, I landed in a new world,” she added. Sears explained that “I am not even...
    (CNN)Winsome Sears, a conservative Republican, will be Virginia's next lieutenant governor, breaking barriers as the first female and the first woman of color in the office in the commonwealth's 400-year legislative history. CNN projected Sears' win over Democrat Del. Hala Ayala, also a woman of color, on Wednesday.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    In this Sept. 1, 2021 file photo, Virginia Republican Lt. Governor candidate Winsome Sears addressing the Virginia FREE Leadership Luncheon in McLean, Va. Sears will face Democrat Hala Ayala in the November election. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File) EDITOR’S NOTE: Virginians have a few days left to vote for the commonwealth’s statewide offices — governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Seven candidates for those seats — gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe, Glenn Youngkin and Princess Blanding; lieutenant governor candidates Haya Ayala and Winsome Sears, and attorney general candidates Mark Herring and Jason Miyares — sat for conversations with WTOP’s Nick Iannelli. As is generally the case, there’s been no shortage of attacks in the Virginia campaign, and no shortage of places to find out about them. Some of that is fair game, and important to know; some of it, not so much. Some of it isn’t even true. What we’ve done here is keep phrases such as “my opponent wants …” and “my opponent says …” to an absolute minimum. You’re getting the candidates’ views on themselves, what they would do in...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Before Andrew Cuomo became entangled in scandal, his then-lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, had been in talks to join President Joe Biden’s administration, CBS2 learned Thursday night. Back in January, Cuomo staffers told Hochul she was being dropped from the ticket for the next election, sources said. READ MORE: Department Of Investigation Report Says Mayor De Blasio Misused His Security Detail As 'Concierge Service'She was then set up for discussions to become undersecretary of commerce. Hochul, however, preferred becoming ambassador to Ireland or Canada, sources said. READ MORE: Police-Involved Shooting Causes Chaos, Gridlock Near Barclays CenterWhen Cuomo’s nursing home and sexual harassment scandals began unraveling, Hochul decided to stay on as lieutenant governor. MORE NEWS: Police: Student Stabbed Inside Bronx High SchoolCBS2 reached out to Gov. Hochul’s office for comment on Thursday night, but did not immediately hear back.
    Only one name should have been presented to voters: Gavin Newsom. And just one question: Should he be recalled as governor? If the answer had been yes — highly unlikely given Democratic dominance in California — then his replacement should automatically have been Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis. That’s a lieutenant governor’s only reason for existence, after all: to succeed a governor who leaves office in midterm. Let the lieutenant governor be acting governor until the next regular election. Then elect someone to serve the rest of the recalled governor’s term. There are loud calls for reforming California’s gubernatorial recall system after last week’s wasteful special election that cost state taxpayers at least $276 million and accomplished nothing. And the simplest, most effective reform would be to use the lieutenant governor’s office as it was meant to be used: as the gubernatorial backup. That would eliminate an incentive for recall mischief. No longer would an out-of-power party — the GOP in these times — be tempted to misuse the recall process in a backdoor effort to seize an office it couldn’t...
    SACRAMENTO —  Larry Elder never should have been on the gubernatorial recall ballot. Neither should have Kevin Faulconer, Kevin Paffrath or Angelyne. Only one name should have been presented to voters: Gavin Newsom. And just one question: Should he be recalled as governor? If the answer had been yes — highly unlikely given Democratic dominance in California — then his replacement should automatically have been Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis. That’s a lieutenant governor’s only reason for existence, after all: to succeed a governor who leaves office in midterm. Let the lieutenant governor be acting governor until the next regular election. Then elect someone to serve the rest of the recalled governor’s term. There are loud calls for reforming California’s gubernatorial recall system after last week’s wasteful special election that cost state taxpayers at least $276 million and accomplished nothing. And the simplest, most effective reform would be to use the lieutenant governor’s office as it was meant to be used: as the gubernatorial backup. That would eliminate an incentive for recall mischief. No longer would an out-of-power party — the GOP...
    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) and Lt. Gov.-designee Brian Benjamin (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● NY-LG: Newly elevated Gov. Kathy Hochul named state Sen. Brian Benjamin as lieutenant governor on Thursday, filling the vacancy created by her ascension to the top job earlier this week. Benjamin offers Hochul's ticket the proverbial "balance" that most New York governors seek: Hochul, a white woman, hails from Buffalo, while Benjamin, who is Black, represents a Harlem-based district in New York City. Benjamin first won his seat in the Senate in 2017, earning the Democratic nod without a primary thanks to a New York law that allows party leaders to pick nominees in special elections. He easily prevailed in the general election in the overwhelmingly blue 30th District and went on to win two full two-year terms. Earlier this year, he ran for city comptroller but finished...
    The following is a transcript of an interview with New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul that aired on Sunday, August 15, 2021, on "Face the Nation." NANCY CORDES: For months now, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been mired in scandal on multiple fronts from an investigation into nursing home COVID deaths to an attorney general report that found he sexually harassed 11 women. Last week, Cuomo announced he's stepping down later this month. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will take over. She'll be the first female governor in New York's history and she joins us this morning from Buffalo. Good morning, Lieutenant Governor. Thank you for joining us. And I want to ask you about your takeover. Governor Cuomo leaving office in a week and a half. Can you tell us how that transition is going? Are you getting the cooperation you need from him as you prepare to take over? NEW YORK LT. GOV. KATHY HOCHUL: Well, thank you for having me on the show this morning and yes, I'm prepared. That's the job of every lieutenant governor in...
    Following the resignation of Andrew Cuomo from the governor’s office, Kathy Hochul will become the first woman to govern New York State. Hochul, the current lieutenant governor of the state, will assume an interim position on August 24. The lieutenant governor will serve the remainder of her term, which ends next year, following mounting allegations of sexual abuse by Cuomo and the launch of a weeks-long investigation to remove him. “I agree with Governor Cuomo’s decision to resign. It’s the right thing and the best for New Yorkers, ”he announced on August 10. “As someone who has served at all levels of government and is next in line of succession, I am prepared to lead as the 57th Governor of New York State.” Since joining the administration in 2014 in the largely ceremonial role, Hochul has campaigned statewide to promote his agenda, frequently traveling through the state’s 62 counties with a quietly frenzied brand of personal politics. and participation in state economic advisory boards. Though she has rarely appeared in public alongside him, Hochul has been one of Cuomo’s main...
    Republican Winsome Sears has compared some health clinics to the Ku Klux Klan. A down-ballot race in Virginia could determine the future of abortion rights in the state. Winsome Sears, a far-right activist who served one term in the state House of Delegates in the early 2000s, won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor at the May Republican nominating convention. Both Sears' record in the legislature and her past rhetoric reveal her rabidly anti-abortion stance. The first item of the issues page of Sears' campaign website notes that she is "Pro-Life." "The baby in the womb wants to live! God creates life: whether by test-tube or natural means. As a mother, I understand the importance of protecting life. As the next Lt. Governor of Virginia, I will fight to protect life, not devalue it," she writes. "Furthermore, late-term abortion and infanticide (killing of the baby after birth) is also murder. What is happening at the hands of Democrat lawmakers (like our Governor) across this country is wicked; therefore, I will...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — He was the Democratic nominee in 2018 and now Mike Collier is again running for Texas lieutenant governor. The announcement by Collier, an accountant who ran as a moderate in two previously failed bids for statewide office, makes him one of Democrats’ earliest entrants into next year’s midterm elections after the party’s lofty expectations in Texas last year foundered. READ MORE: Suicide New Leading Cause Of Traumatic Death For Young Patients At One North Texas Hospital Beto O’Rourke, the former El Paso congressman and Democratic presidential candidate, said last week he is currently not considering a run for governor but did not rule out the possibility. When O’Rourke became a Democratic sensation during a narrow loss for U.S. Senate in 2018, his campaign drove massive turnout that carried downballot Democrats to surprisingly close finishes in Texas, where they haven’t won a statewide race since 1994. (credit: collierfortexas.com) Collier, who lost to Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick by fewer than 5 points that year, said the state’s handling of the pandemic and February’s deadly blackouts has widened Democrats’...
    As voices of condemnation and calls for Andrew Cuomo’s resignation grow, so too does support for the possible rise of Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who would be the first woman in history to lead the executive branch in New York. Miami World / NY Daily Ironically, that female milestone would be achieved by allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo, who has also been challenged by a theoretically larger scandal: the mass deaths of the elderly during the pandemic. NY belongs to the minority of 20 states in the country that have never had a female governor. Coincidentally or not, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, this week Hochul wrote on Twitter: “New York has been at the forefront of women’s rights. woman and women have led the way to make history ”. In recent days, political support for the lieutenant governor has gained momentum. All 59 state lawmakers who issued a statement Thursday calling on Cuomo to step down voiced their support for Hochul, as New York is counting down to approve its budget on April 1, amid the...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — John Fetterman could be the last person nominated by the voters to be lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania. Lawmakers in Harrisburg are poised to approve a Constitutional amendment to change the way lieutenant governors are chosen. READ MORE: Wendel Post Office Closes, Leaving Residents With Questions And Concerns Only eight states pick a lieutenant governor the way we do in Pennsylvania — a separate primary election to choose the party’s candidate who is then forced to team up with the candidate for governor in his or her party. They then face the voters as a ticket in November, and it’s not always a compatible one. Remember Governor Tom Wolf’s first lieutenant governor? Lt. Gov. Mike Stack allegedly abused his staff so much that the governor took his employees away from him. “It wasn’t a good partnership and yet they were in the same party,” says Mike DeVanney, a political strategist who generally works with Republican candidates. That’s not an isolated instance. READ MORE: Scam Or Legit? Text Appears To Be From UPMC Asking For More Information...
    North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson is one of a handful of black Republican elected officials to find themselves in the crosshairs of editorial cartoons depicting them as either part of the Ku Klux Klan or as Uncle Toms. This in an era that is supposed to be about celebrating racial justice. Robinson said he knows he is not the first, nor will he be the last, but he believes it is important for him to say that WRAL crossed a line this week when it portrayed him as a member of the Klan — especially given that that news organization is the largest in his state. “Had this cartoon been done by some private individual on Facebook, on a Facebook page, or on Instagram, I’d have just left it alone,” said Robinson in an interview with the Washington Examiner. On Tuesday, the editorial section of Capitol Broadcasting, which owns WRAL, depicted Robinson and the other Republican members of the North Carolina Board of Education as members of the KKK. In North Carolina, the lieutenant governor has a...
    Fact check: False claim of facial recognition of antifa members during U.S. Capitol riot Elaine Chao, Mick Mulvaney, Stephanie Grisham, other Trump administration officials resign after Capitol riot NBC Atlanta anchor tags The Athletic columnist Jeff Duncan instead of Georgia lieutenant governor Geoff Duncan There have been a lot of cases of mistaken identity in the sports world over the years, including identification errors on broadcasts, in print, online, on apps, and especially on Twitter. Twitter in particular has a long history of yelling at the wrong person who just happens to have a similar name. But that gets even more notable when it’s an authority figure or a media figure or outlet tagging the wrong person, and the latter was the case with what NBC Atlanta (WXIA, 11 Alive) anchor Cheryl Preheim tweeted Thursday. She mistakenly attributed comments from Georgia lieutenant governor Geoff Duncan (seen at right above) to Jeff Duncan (seen at left above), a columnist for The Athletic New Orleans: © Provided by Awful Announcing Athletic columnist Jeff Duncan (L) is not Georgia lieutenant governor Geoff Duncan...
              Virginia Delegate Hala Ayala (D-Prince William) wants to be a bridge between lawmakers and Virginians throughout the Commonwealth and offer a new perspective in state politics if her bid to become the next lieutenant governor is successful. Ayala, 47, entered Virginia’s 2021 lieutenant gubernatorial election on July 14th, and was one of the first candidates to enter into the race that now features a dozen Democratic and Republican hopefuls. “There is a whirlwind happening around us in the Commonwealth. It’s vast, it’s diverse and we can’t make progress or heal the discord without bridging divides,” Ayala said in an interview with The Virginia Star. “So, this means bridging divides between our communities and our leaders, between our ideals and realities, and between our past and where we’re going. “I’m running because I believe that with my life experience it enables me to build those bridges so we can move our Commonwealth forward into a strong, just and prosperous future.” The Northern Virginia Democrat said she thinks some political leaders can be disconnected from...
              Paul Goldman, candidate in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, slammed likely gubernatorial candidate former Governor Terry McAuliffe in a Monday press release. Goldman censured McAuliffe and establishment Democrats for calling for Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D) to resign in 2019 without due process after allegations of sexual abuse involving Fairfax, who is running for governor in 2021. “With all due respect for Terry [McAuliffe], he threw Ralph [Northam] and Justin [Fairfax] under the proverbial political bus, he didn’t care about due process, about getting the facts, he wanted to score political points,” Goldman said. Goldman said he was motivated by a commitment to the ideals of democracy, but he didn’t say why he chose this week for his press release. Democratic political strategist Ben Tribbett suggested that it could be because McAuliffe is expected to announce his candidacy for governor soon. The former Governor has filed paperwork for a 2021 gubernatorial campaign, but has not officially declared that he will run. “[McAuliffe] needs to address why he played Judge and Jury, the...
    Bradley Cortright December 6, 2020 0 Comments Georgia’s Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan (R) is dismissing calls from President Donald Trump to cooperate in his efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election in his state. Trump reportedly called Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) Saturday to pressure him to call a special session of the legislature to appoint electors to the Electoral College to vote for Trump instead of President-elect Joe Biden. But during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Duncan poured cold water on that idea. Host Jake Tapper asked Duncan if he thought Trump “crossed the line” by urging Kemp to overturn the results of the election.  He noted that he was not on the call but vowed that Georgia officials would “continue to follow the letter of the law” and discounted the idea of calling a special session of the legislature. “To be clear,” Tapper said, adding, “The governor is not going to call a special session of the general assembly so the legislature can appoint its own electors for Trump as opposed to what the voters chose,...
              State Delegate Elizabeth Guzman (D-Prince William) is determined to bring a fresh progressive voice to the Democratic-controlled Virginia Senate and advocate for the Commonwealth’s working class if elected as lieutenant governor next November. Guzman, who has represented the 31st House of Delegates District since 2018, announced her campaign for the 2021 Virginia lieutenant gubernatorial election at the beginning of October. “I think that we need more progressive voices in the Senate and more diversity as well,” Guzman said in an interview with The Virginia Star. “There has never been a woman or a Latinx person to hold the position of lieutenant governor, and I think that our perspectives are important and representation matters.” “I deliver on the promises I make to my constituents,” Guzman added. “And I’m very proud of the work I’ve done to champion bills that have expanded healthcare access, raise the minimum wage, make historic investments in public education, reform our criminal justice system and give our workers a voice.” Guzman said that she sees lieutenant governor position as a...
    In the wake of the 2020 election, Democrats are looking for answers — and if you ask John Fetterman, the answer is marijuana. Pennsylvania’s unorthodox Lieutenant Governor has established himself as a kind of unofficial spokesman for the state’s efforts to legalize the drug, both in his public statements and on his Twitter feed. And while the issue makes many politicians nervous, Fetterman is insistent that it’s far more popular than they realize. “America wants this and is ready for this and has been ready for it,” Fetterman said in an interview with The News Brig. “And no matter what it is that does it for you, whether it’s revenue, justice, jobs, freedom, farmers, veterans, there are so many reasons to support it. The only reason against it is this vestigial reefer madness.” Fetterman is exasperated that neither Democrats nor Republicans seem to have the political will to make it happen, despite a recent groundswell of voter support. He and Governor Tom Wolf have repeatedly tried to push for state legislation in recent months, as it became clear neighboring New...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, Democrat John Fetterman, may have gotten under somebody’s skin. A provision slipped into lame-duck budget legislation Friday would ban flags not approved by lawmakers from flying at the state Capitol — such as the pro-marijuana legalization and LGBTQ- and transgender-rights flags that Fetterman hangs from his second-floor outdoor balcony that overlooks the building’s broad front steps. See y’all in June. ????????????❤️???????????????????? pic.twitter.com/QbiyZFZtI5 — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) November 20, 2020 In an interview, the irreverent Fetterman said he hadn’t known about the provision until told by a reporter Friday. But, he said, he had no intention of taking them down — unless lawmakers pass legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use and make it illegal for employers and others to discriminate against someone because of the sexual orientation or gender identity. “I would be delighted to take them down if they give us that,” Fetterman said. “That’s the reason I’m flying them.” The Republican-controlled Legislature has blocked legislation on both fronts. Fetterman’s marijuana flag flies year-round, while he flies LGBTQ- and transgender-rights flags...
    Democratic Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith is running in her second race in two years as she faces a tight contest with Republican rival Jason Lewis. The senator previously served as chief of staff for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and chief of staff for Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011. In 2014 she ran to for lieutenant governor and won with Dayton at the top of the state ticket. Dayton appointed her to fill the state's empty Senate seat at the end of 2017 after former Sen. Al Franken resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations. In 2018, she won a special election to serve the remainder of Franken's term, which ends in January, and now she is running to serve a full six-year term. Smith touts that as lieutenant governor, she helped bring free kindergarten to all Minnesota families, raise the state minimum wage, expand workers' medical leave, legalize same-sex marriage and invest in agriculture. "In my first year in the Senate, I worked hard across party lines to get things done for Minnesotans. I’m not afraid to stand up for what I think is right for Minnesota, and I’m willing to...
    The wife of Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor said a White woman hurled racist slurs at her during a trip to the grocery store over the weekend. Gisele Fetterman, who was born in Brazil, told CBS Pittsburgh on Monday that encounter made her remember the feeling of "not belonging." "I was quickly a 9-year-old undocumented little girl scared of someone knocking at the door at that moment," Fetterman said. "It absolutely brought back all the feelings of feeling that I didn't belong or that I wasn't welcomed here." Fetterman, who is married to Lieutenant-Governor John Fetterman, said the woman began shouting at her inside the store in Braddock on Sunday. "She says, 'There's that 'N word' that Fetterman married,' and said I was a thief and that I didn't belong here and kept walking," she told the station. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Fetterman posted a two-second video on her Twitter account showing the woman continuing her verbal attacks through her car, repeating the N-word at her.  "I got in my car and I began to back up, and...
    Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and his wife Gisele walk to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's inauguration, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. AP Photo/Matt Rourke Gisele Barreto Fetterman, the wife of Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, said she was called the n-word by a woman at an Aldi in Forest Hills, Pennsylvania, over the weekend.  Barreto Fetterman, who was born in Brazil and is now a US citizen, recorded part of the incident and shared it on Twitter. "She said 'You don't belong here,' and she called me a thief, and uttered some other ramblings," Barreto Fetterman told CNN.  Aldi and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf have condemned the woman's actions.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Gisele Barreto Fetterman, the wife of Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, says she was verbally assaulted while grocery shopping over the weekend. She recorded part of the incident from her car and shared a two-second clip on Twitter in which a woman can be seen looking at her and saying, "You're a n-----" before walking away....
    (CNN)The wife of Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor alleges she was insulted with a racial slur while grocery shopping this week.Gisele Barreto Fetterman, who is married to Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, told CNN the incident happened Sunday evening. In a two-second video Fetterman posted on her Twitter account, a White woman is seen lowering her mask and saying, "You're a n****r" through Fetterman's open car window and then walking away. Fetterman was born in Brazil.Both Fetterman and the state's governor pointed to the incident as an example of the increasing divisions in the US, particularly as the country continue to grapple with racism and xenophobia after a summer of escalated tensions regarding the deaths of Black Americans in the US.CNN has not identified the woman in the video, but Fetterman told CNN that she had run into the store to pick up some golden kiwis when the woman started harassing her while she was waiting in line to pay."A woman walks past me and stops and looks at me, and then says, 'Ugh, there's that n-word that Fetterman married. And, she...
    The wife of the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania said she was the subject of a racist verbal attack at a grocery store Sunday. Gisele Barreto Fetterman, wife of Democratic Lieutenant Gov. John Fetterman, said the incident happened when she went to buy some kiwis near her home outside Pittsburgh. “I ran to the local grocery store, met this woman and verbally assaulted her, repeatedly telling her I was not here,” he wrote. On Twitter. Fitterman is a Brazilian immigrant who has not been documented before. In a short video he released of part of the incident, you can see an unidentified woman pulling off her mask in a parking lot and calling Fetterman my-word. Fitterman recorded the moment he was inside his car, but said the attack began inside the store after the woman identified herself. “She said, ‘There’s that word that Fitterman is married to. You’ re not here. No one wants you here. You ‘re not here,’ ‘Fitterman said. Washington Post. “She was so comfortable and brave to do it in my face with the audience … it...
    Ohio's GOP Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted has been booed at a Trump rally after he tried to encourage the President's supporters to wear face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Republican politician took to the stage in front of 1,200 Trump supporters in Dayton on Monday evening, where he urged the crowd to cover their noses and mouths when out in public.  'I'm trying to make masks in America great again,' Husted enthusiastically stated into the microphone after whipping out a red face mask with the words 'Trump 2020' emblazoned across it.  The audience instantly made their disapproval known, with loud jeers breaking out.  'Get off the stage,' one Trump supporter could be heard yelling in video shared on social media by The Recount.  Ohio's GOP Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted has been booed at a Trump rally after he tried to encourage the President's supporters to wear face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic Husted then pulled out a second mask, with the acronym 'MAGA' printed on it, as he forged ahead with his ill-fated sales pitch.  'Hang on, I...
    South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette (R) announced on Monday that she has contracted the Chinese coronavirus but added that she is on the mend. Evette said she “immediately began to self-quarantine” after feeling unwell last week and received her positive test results on Saturday. She is currently experiencing “mild symptoms” and said she is “already feeling much better.” A spokesman for Gov. Henry McMaster (R) said Evette’s symptoms included “a mild sore throat and headache.” “As careful as I’ve been, this really does show how easily the virus is spread. Please continue to be diligent in keeping yourselves and your loved ones safe,” she pleaded, encouraging others to get tested “right away” if they begin experiencing symptoms of the virus: Like so many others across the world, I have contracted the COVID-19 virus. I began feeling unwell on Thursday morning and immediately began to self-quarantine. I was tested on Friday and got the positive result back on Saturday. 1/ — Pamela Evette (@PamelaEvette) September 14, 2020 If you’re showing any symptoms at all, the best thing to do is...
    Republican Florida Lieutenant Gov. Jeanette Nuñez earned praise Tuesday night for her speech during the Republican National Convention warning Americans about the dangers of socialism. “As the daughter of Cuban immigrants, my story began in 1959, before I was born, when my parents’ dreams of a prosperous life became a nightmare. Chaos spread quickly when Fidel Castro took control of Cuba,” Nuñez said. “The government confiscated private property—stealing people’s homes, farms, and businesses.” “For my parents, the difficult decision to flee communist Cuba came when the Castro regime abolished religious freedom,” Nuñez continued. “Fellow Americans, the fabric of our Nation is in peril. Daily, the radical Left systematically chisels away at the freedoms we cherish. They peddle dangerous ideologies, cower to global progressives, and normalize socialism to dismantle our Constitution.” “Let me assure you, socialism doesn’t offer opportunity. Socialism deprives. It is a falsehood that feigns promises for its masses and consistently yields only misery,” Nuñez continued. “President Ronald Reagan warned, ‘If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to.’ Truer words have never been spoken.” “Americans have...
    Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes figured laughter was the best medicine for a verbal flub made with most of the nation watching. He had elicited a mixture of raised eyebrows and wry smiles when he ended the Democratic National Convention's roll call vote on Tuesday with the announcement that "Wisconsin cast 30 votes for Bernie Sanders and 67 for the next president of the United States of America, Joseph Bidens." WHAT TO WATCH FOR WEDNESDAY AT THE DNC: HEAVY HITTERS GO TO BAT FOR BIDEN While he quickly corrected himself, stating the presidential nominee's real name, Joseph R. Biden, he later acknowledged his high-profile faux pas on Twitter, saying: "To all the Joe Bidens, congrats on your official nomination!" Milwaukee, in Barnes' home state of Wisconsin, had initially been selected as the host city for the DNC but was stripped of the usual pomp and much of the economic boost surrounding the event after the coronavirus pandemic forced the festivities into an entirely virtual format. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP The hype, which would have brought some 50,000 people to Milwaukee, was further dampened...
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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGO) -- Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis is addressing the state's record shattering resurgence of COVID-19 cases saying, "the spike is more than we anticipated."Lt. Gov. Kounalakis made the comments Thursday during an interview with ABC News anchor Amy Robach on "GMA3: What You Need to Know."RELATED: INTERACTIVE MAP: Here's what's open, closed in the San Francisco Bay Area"We expected that there would be some increase when we started to loosen that stay at home order. What's happened, however, is that the spike is more than we anticipated, and it's too much," said Lt. Gov. Kounalakis.She says Gov. Gavin Newsom is responding by adjusting the state's reopening "dimmer switch" again.RELATED: Gov. Newsom expected to make call on reopening California schools, sources say"Closing bars, closing dine in in restaurants, closing other indoor activity until we can basically flatten that curve again," said Lt. Gov. Kounalakis.She is urging people to take safety precautions seriously."Wearing a mask washing your hands, social distancing, we have to really take it seriously because it does appear that that's the culprit for the resurgence is that...
    Legal opposition continues to mount against North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's executive orders, which have kept some businesses closed amid the coronavirus outbreak. Cooper's Republican opponent in November's gubernatorial election, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, said this week he plans to sue the governor for issuing public health orders without concurrence from a panel of state leaders. According to Forest, Cooper's actions violate the Emergency Management Act, which he said directs the governor to seek approval from the 10 members of the Council of State. "The governor has repeatedly ignored the law, enacting mandates that selectively target the businesses and citizens of North Carolina without concurrence from a majority of the Council of State," Forest said in a statement. Cooper first ordered a halt on dine-in services March 17 in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Forest said Cooper issued the order despite overwhelming opposition from the mostly Republican panel. "But I am sure that you will recall, a majority of the members felt that a further discussion was needed, and therefore they...
    North Carolina Lieutenant Gov. Dan Forest (R) said in a letter to Gov. Roy Cooper (D) Thursday that he intends to sue him over his executive orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Forest’s letter claims Cooper’s executive orders, which most recently included requiring residents to wear face masks in public, “makes it impossible for me, as Lieutenant Governor, and all of the other members of the Council of State to fulfill our oaths to uphold the laws of North Carolina,” referencing a group of 10 state officials that also include the secretary of state and attorney general. "The Emergency Management Act requires that you seek and receive concurrence from the Council of State prior to exercising the most expansive statewide emergency powers of the Governor," he wrote, saying that before a March 17 order that restaurants end dine-in service, Cooper consulted the council but proceeded despite a majority asking for further discussion. Forest’s letter states the governor has not consulted with the council before any orders since. The letter also asks Cooper to avoid a conflict of interest by waiving a requirement that...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, first lady Fran DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted all tested negative for the coronavirus, the governor said Wednesday. Gov. DeWine announced the results on Twitter a day after the three were tested during a live streaming event as part of the governor’s biweekly news conference on pandemic updates. Medical personnel with the Ohio National Guard wearing face shields, masks and gowns administered the tests. Husted said in a tweet that the “test was easy, much easier than my college chemistry classes. And I passed this one!” Also Wednesday, the state’s single-day COVID-19 case total jumped to 632, part of a trend of increasing number of positive tests over the past few days. The Health Department is now reporting nearly 46,800 confirmed or probable cases and 2,755 confirmed or probable deaths. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Ohio
    Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan said he supports the state's proposed hate crime bill on Friday. However, he said revisions need to be made to the current legislation that is up for consideration. "This is an important piece of legislation to get right," Duncan said. "It is time to make it clear that Georgians will not stand for hate and violence. As we work through this legislation, we want to make sure that victims of hate crimes have certain tools at their disposal. Victims of bias-motivated violence should have recourse in civil court — I want to ensure that victims have a remedy for the rights they hold as Georgians."Read more U.S. DOJ Investigating Ahmaud Arbery Shooting Death as Possible Hate Crime In Arbery Shooting, George Zimmerman-Style Defense May Resonate With Jurors Ahmaud Arbery Murder Suspect Worked 8 Years With No Arrest Powers Duncan's statement follows the February shooting death of Georgia man Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black jogger who was shot multiple times and killed by a white father and his son. A viral video of Arbery's killing incited...
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