Politics, States

Dem Party Official: ‘I’m glad Scalise got shot. I wish he was f–king dead’

It’s really a grand irony in the aftermath of President Trump’s election.

Since time immemorial, the left has caricatured the right as a bunch of fringe, fascist loons toeing the line between caustic political rhetoric and outright political violence.

But wait, now look what’s happening. It’s the Democrats who are embodying the very epithets they’ve hurled at Republicans.

Nebraska Democrat Party co-chair Phil Montag was fired this week for voicing what so many Democrats have said or implied in recent days: that he wishes Rep.

Steve Scalise had died from his gunshot wounds. Sick.

It’s the Democrats who are poisoning the well with disgusting innuendo, threats and conspiracy theories.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

An official with the Nebraska Democratic Party was fired Thursday after an audio recording surfaced of him saying he was glad House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot last week.

“His whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to fucking kick people off fucking healthcare,” said Phil Montag, a technology chairman with the state Democratic Party. “I hate this motherfucker. I’m glad he got shot.”

“I wish he was fucking dead,” Montag continued.

Nebraska Democratic Party Chairwoman Jane Kleeb, who confirmed the voice on the recording was Montag’s, said he was fired.

“We obviously condemn any kind of violence, whether it’s comments on Facebook or comments in a meeting,” Kleeb told Nebraska’s Fox 42 KPTM. “Our country is better than the political rhetoric that is out there from both the far right and the far left.”

Scalise suffered a gunshot wound to his left hip after a gunman opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers, lobbyists and congressional staffers practicing for the annual congressional charity baseball game.

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Elections, Politics, States

Dems Lose Again: Big Money Fails to Push Ossof Over the Top

Despite raising and spending more than 25 million — mostly from out of state and Hollywood liberals — Democrat Jon Ossof lost the race for the open seat in Georgia last night.

And it really wasn’t all that close. In the finals days, polls showed Ossof neck and neck with Republican Karen Handel, and many had him with a slight lead.

The predictions mostly showed younger voters turning out in droves to push Ossof over for the win, on which Dems were ready to pounce as a harbinger of things to come and as a rejection of President Trump.

Not so much.

Republicans are now 4 of 4 in special elections since Trump took the White House.

Here’s more from WSJ…

Republicans held on to a hotly contested U.S. House seat in Georgia on Tuesday, beating back a powerful challenge that ultimately showed the limits of Democrats’ ability to turn opposition to Donald Trump’s presidency into electoral gains.

Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, beat Democrat Jon Ossoff, a former congressional aide, in the most expensive House race in history and the most significant test of the two parties’ political strength since Mr. Trump’s election.

The Associated Press called Ms. Handel the winner.

Republicans had invested heavily in the campaign, with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other party luminaries flocking to the Atlanta suburbs to bolster Ms. Handel’s candidacy. Donors and outside groups poured more than $23 million into Ms. Handel’s campaign, and still the GOP had faced the politically embarrassing prospect of losing a district the party has held for almost four decades.

The result was a big blow to Democrats, who were hungry for a victory to demonstrate that grass roots, anti-Trump energy gives them a shot at taking control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections. Democrats earlier this year lost two other contested House special elections, in Kansas and Montana.

In South Carolina, Republican Ralph Norman held the House seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, Mr. Trump’s budget director, but by a far closer margin than expected. Mr. Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnell, a former Goldman Sachs executive, by less than four percentage points. Mr. Mulvaney won the district by 20 points in November and Mr. Trump carried it by 18 points.

The twin victories mean that Republicans are 4-for-4 in the House special elections that are being widely viewed for signals to each party’s prospects next year in the battle for control of the House, which is now held by the Republicans. All along, Georgia had been considered Democrats’ best shot at a victory.

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States

Liberals Perplexed: State of Illinois On the Verge of Bankruptcy

The government of Illinois, perpetually run by big government liberals, is in a state of panic this month after they’ve officially run out of money.

A recent court decision ruled that they must honor their commitment to continue making payments on Medicaid bills owed for Illinois citizens.

But those payments mean there’s no money left to cover other mandated bills like pensions, state employee salaries, and school funding.

It’s like Greece all over again.

And now U.S. taxpayers will probably have to bail them out.

Here’s more from the AP…

The Illinois official responsible for paying the state’s bills is warning that new court orders mean her office must pay out more each month than Illinois receives in revenue.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza must prioritize what gets paid as Illinois nears its third year without a state budget.

A mix of state law, court orders and pressure from credit rating agencies requires some items be paid first. Those include debt and pension payments, state worker paychecks and some school funding.

Mendoza says a recent court order regarding money owed for Medicaid bills means mandated payments will eat up 100 percent of Illinois’ monthly revenue.

There would be no money left for so-called “discretionary” spending – a category that in Illinois includes school buses, domestic violence shelters and some ambulance services.

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No Joke: Oregon Adds Third Gender Option for IDs

Oregon is now officially leading the pack on the Left Coast in expanding the gender options on all official documents, including drivers licenses, from two to several.

Now when filing for documents, citizens can choose from among male, female, or ‘X’ for ‘non-binary or unspecified’.

Gov. Kate Brown reasoned in her announcement that “We must proactively break down the barriers of institutional bias.”

Because, as we all know, DNA, chromosomes and basic human biology are far too often biased in their determination of our sex.

Word is California is next up on the block for gender confusion profusion. Facepalm.

Here’s more from Redstate…

It’s 2017, and feelings over facts is the name of the game.

Unsurprisingly, Oregon has become the first state to officially add a third gender option to identification documents. Thus continues the cultural landslide where we set aside the truth in favor of delusional mindsets and not making anyone feel bad. How dare we face reality!

NBC reports:

Oregon became the first state in U.S. history on Thursday to offer more than two gender options on identity documents, including driver’s licenses, making it the first to legally recognize non-binary, intersex and agender people on ID cards.

When the history-making rule — which the state Transportation Commission passed late Thursday afternoon — goes into effect on July 3, Oregon residents will have the option to choose among three gender categories when applying for driver’s licenses or state ID cards: male, female and “X” for non-binary or unspecified.

In a summary of the public comment period published by the Oregon Transportation Department, non-binary people said having a third gender option made them feel safer, while others expressed pride in Oregon as a leader in the realm of equality.

Wait, it gets better. Check out Governor Kate Brown’s reasoning for this first-of-its-kind move.

“We must proactively break down the barriers of institutional bias,” said Gov. Kate Brown, who called the vote an important step toward creating “a society that upholds the rights, liberties and dignity of each of its people.”

“Institutional bias?” Is that what we’re calling the biological buildings blocks of life/DNA/chromosomes where males are born with a penis and females have vaginas? Might want to take all that up with God. It’s his doing. Also unsurprising is that the state of California might follow suit and institute a similar measure.

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Elections, States

Puerto Rico Votes to Become the 51st State in the Union

Voters in Puerto Rico made their voices clear this weekend on the question of whether the U.S. territory should remain as such or should become the 51st state in the union.

And after ballots were tallied, voters overwhelmingly came down in favor of statehood.

The problem is that it wasn’t a binding vote, rather a referendum designed to send a message to Congress, which has the final authority on admittance of new states.

Puerto Rico is undergoing the throes of bankruptcy and is relying on help from the U.S. government to remain afloat.

Should the island be granted statehood, it would add an equivalent of Oklahoma’s population to the official demographics of the union.

Here’s more from the AP…

Puerto Rico’s governor announced that the U.S. territory overwhelmingly chose statehood on Sunday in a nonbinding referendum held amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus of islanders to the U.S. mainland.

Nearly half a million votes were cast for statehood, about 7,600 for free association/independence and nearly 6,700 for the current territorial status, according to preliminary results. Voter turnout was just 23 percent, leading opponents to question the validity of a vote that several political parties had urged their supporters to boycott.

And the U.S. Congress has final say in any changes to Puerto Rico’s political status.

But that didn’t stop Gov. Ricardo Rossello from vowing to push ahead with his administration’s quest to make the island the 51st U.S. state and declaring that “Puerto Rico voted for statehood.” He said he would create a commission to ensure that Congress validate the referendum’s results.

“In any democracy, the expressed will of the majority that participates in the electoral processes always prevails,” Rossello said. “It would be highly contradictory for Washington to demand democracy in other parts of the world, and not respond to the legitimate right to self-determination that was exercised today in the American territory of Puerto Rico.”

It was the lowest level of participation in any election in Puerto Rico since 1967, according to Carlos Vargas Ramos, an associate with the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York. He also said that even among voters who supported statehood, turnout was lower this year compared with the last referendum in 2012.

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States

University of Connecticut is Training Lawyers to Represent Animals

From ‘Colleges Gone Wild’ Files, the University of Connecticut is getting in on the growing market for pet welfare advocacy by training young attorneys in animal rights law.

With PETA and other radical organizations making inroads on American campuses, it makes perfect sense that white men are anathema but animals are to be valued above all.

The program at UCONN is being funded by Bob Barker…yes, THAT Bob Barker. And when it comes getting free money for pointless academic pursuits, the price is right.

So next time you leave your dog at home all day, think twice. In an America of the near future, you could be found guilty of ‘pet abandonment’.

Here’s more from Heatstreet…

Should your pet ever need a lawyer, the University of Connecticut is ready to provide them one — sort of.

A new law in Connecticut makes it possible for animals who have been abused or neglected to have their own advocate in court when their alleged abuser is on trial or facing sentencing.

The University of Connecticut’s law school is preparing a swath of students for their new, furrier-than-normal clients by providing training in “animal law,” and allowing students to serve as advocates, so long as they can find a law professor to provide oversight in the courtroom.

UConn is one of only nine law schools in the country that have these types of programs, but according to a report from NPR, the field of animal law is growing, particularly because animal rights activists and charities are well-funded.

Bob Barker, the former host of The Price is Right has been spending his retirement working with law schools to create animal rights clinics – and he’s spending the money he earned as a game show host to bankroll those programs into the long term.

Harvard, Stanford and UCLA already have Barker-funded animal law programs. Northwestern University in Chicago and the University of Michigan have applied for grants from Barker’s foundation so that they can also open clinics.

In Connecticut, the animal law students who serve as animal advocates get valuable courtroom experience, at least, and they won’t have to worry too much about whether the client thinks their representation is adequate — their mostly dog and cat clients can’t speak English.

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Politics, States

California Senate Votes to Exempt Itself from CA Gun Laws

If you want to know what a Democrat-controlled Congress might have looked like under a Hillary presidency, look no further than California.

The leftist haven has drifted leftward in the decades since Ronald Reagan served as governor where the possibility of electing another Republican as governor is now nearly impossible.

And it has become routine for CA legislators to exempt themselves from the very laws they pass for everyone else.

Now the state’s anti-Second Amendment gun regulations have made the list of laws that don’t apply to legislators.

They also don’t pay for gas or have to pay traffic tickets.

What a sweetheart deal!

Here’s more from Joe for America…

The California State Senate agrees with Charlie Rangel that they “deserve” to own guns but the citizens do not! Every year they pass more and more gun control laws and NONE of them apply to themselves!

They voted 28-8 to exempt themselves from the gun-control laws that apply to the rest of the California.

You think maybe this will cause Californians to rise up? NOPE! It happened 5 years ago and since then, California has passed a plethora of other gun laws…that only apply to citizens.

Yes, you heard me right! The exemption was created in 2011 and the California legislature has passed a number of gun laws since. Pretty easy when you

…and it just goes on and on! are passing bills that do not apply to you!

It is not the only special privileges California legislators provide themselves!

They do not pay red light camera bills or for gasoline!

How does it all happen so easily in California? The Washington Post explains:

Attempts by a handful of reformers to require politicians to provide a full annual disclosure of the benefits received from the public treasury have been rebuffed. Currently, government officials must file a statement of economic interests revealing income from any source other than a local, state or federal government agency. Gifts worth more than $50 also must be disclosed, but lawmakers rejected a bill that would have prohibited acceptance of concert and sporting event tickets, gift cards, spa treatments, golf outings and other benefits from lobbyists trying to buy votes.

Bills of this nature never meet an honest fate in which roll-call votes put members on the record as favoring or opposing each idea. Instead, reform measures are held in committee to die quietly as legislative deadlines pass. As of last week, it’s effectively impossible for a bill to become law if it hasn’t already passed in at least one of the chambers.

…and it just goes on and on!

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Politics, States

Obama’s Legacy: California Faces Looming Single-Payer Disaster

Perhaps the greatest testimony to the failed legacy of Barack Hussein Obama is that Obamacare’s colossal failure has trickled down to several liberal states who’ve tried to create cookie-cutter programs.

In hopes of designing similar single-payer health care systems, Vermont, Colorado, and Massachusetts have fallen apart in the same way.

But now uber-libs on the Left Coast think California can make it work…despite that it will cost more than the entire state’s budget.

To quote George W. Bush, “That’s some fuzzy math right there.”

Here’s more from The Week…

Progressives advocating single-payer health care need to face financial reality.

Vermont had to abandon its attempts to impose a single-payer health-care system when its greatest champion, Gov. Peter Shumlin, discovered that it would cost far more than he had anticipated. Similarly, last year Colorado voters resoundingly rejected ColoradoCare when a study discovered that even tripling taxes wouldn’t be enough to keep up with the costs.

Now it’s California’s turn.

The Golden State’s legislature has plowed ahead with a plan to impose single-payer care. But a new analysis from the state Senate on SB562 shows that the annual costs of such a system would exceed the state’s current annual budget — even if federal funding continued at the same pace. “California would have to find an additional $200 billion per year, including in new tax revenues, to create a so-called ‘single-payer’ system,” the Sacramento Bee reported after the publication of a report by the Senate Appropriations committee. Even that estimate assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state, and federal funding it currently receives to offset half of a $400 billion total price tag.

$400 billion a year. That’s 223 percent of California’s total annual expenditures in an already bloated budget.

Let’s put it another way: California could build four high-speed rail systems between San Francisco and Los Angeles every year for the same amount of money. (Assuming, of course, that the state ever manages to build the one in progress now, which is also being funded in large part by people who live outside of California.)

But wait! Can’t they just use the money California employers pay now for health care by transferring those funds to the state in taxes? Theoretically yes — but it’s still not enough. According to the Bee‘s report of the Senate analysis, “Employers currently spend between $100 billion to $150 billion per year, which could be available to help offset total costs. To get that cash into the California system, the state would have to impose new taxes to seize those funds — and even then, California’s new health-care system would still come up short by between $50 billion to $100 billion every year.”

As both Colorado and Vermont discovered, the prospects inevitably get worse from there. An analysis from the Colorado Health Institute showed that their state’s ColoradoCare proposal would start off with a deficit of over $200 million in its very first year of full operation, even with a three-year headstart on new taxes to launch the system. By the end of the tenth year, the cumulative red ink would have exceeded $7 billion — which would be more than twice the state’s annual GDP.

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CA Dem Party Leader Leads ‘F*ck Donald Trump’ Chant at Convention

The Left Coast is full of some real nutbags, folks.

This weekend the Democrat Party of California held its annual convention to elect a new party chairman.

And in the course of the opening events, the outgoing lefty chairman, John Burton, bid a farewell to his fellow sycophants by leading them in chanting “F*ck Donald Trump!”

And boy did they love it.

Then off on stage right, one could see Nancy Pelosi yucking it up with fellow Dems, who all thought it was great fun.

Really classy Democrats right there.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Outgoing California Democratic Party chairman John Burton left his post of eight years on Saturday by waving his middle fingers in the air and rallying his party’s annual convention to chant “F*ck Donald Trump!”

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Cameras also captured House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi laughing as Burton flipped off the president. Former Obama administration Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis was also spotted relishing in the event.

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At one point during the convention, Burton reportedly told a universal healthcare protester to “Put your f*ing sign down man, we’re all for it. Jesus Christ.” According tothe San Jose Mercury News, he previously told a larger group of protesters, “There’s some people who have been fighting for that issue before you guys were born. You ought to get on with it.”

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Drama: Ann Coulter Cancels UC Berkeley Speech

In a dramatic reversal, Ann Coulter canceled her speech at UC Berkeley at the 11th hour, which was originally scheduled for tomorrow, canceled by the administration, then insisted upon by Coulter.

She fired back in her announcement that “I looked over my shoulder and my allies had joined the other team,” referring to Young America’s Foundation pulling out of the event due to a “99% chance” of violence by leftist protesters.

But later in the day, Milo Yiannopoulos promised she’d return during his Free Speech Week event in which he has vowed to bring a conservative ‘army’ to defend her.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Conservative author and speaker Ann Coulter has been forced to cancel her speech at UC Berkeley amidst worries for her safety on campus.

Fox Business reports that Coulter has chosen not to ago ahead with her speech at UC Berkeley which was planned for this week. The conservative author caused waves across the college campus when her event was announced and received opposition from the UC Berkeley administration, which at one point banned Coulter, although this ban was later rolled back.

Law enforcement sources warned Fox News that there was a “99% chance” of violence on the campus of UC Berkeley if Coulter went ahead with her speech.  The Young America’s Foundation group was also forced to pull their support of Coulter’s talk due to security concerns, the group blamed the college administration for allowing left-wing radicals to terrorize conservatives on campus.

**UPDATE**

Former Breitbart Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos declared that he would bring a free speech army to UC Berkeley later this year in a Facebook post following the report of the cancellation of Coulter’s event:

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