Big govt, Politics

Minneapolis Charter Commission Blocks City Council Effort to Abolish Police Department

The Minneapolis Charter Commission brought city council efforts to defund and disband the Minneapolis Police Department to a halt Wednesday, refusing the council’s demand to place an initiative to “abolish” the MPD on the November ballot and excoriating the city council over its lack of planning.

The Minneapolis City Council moved, almost immediately following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, to disband the Minneapolis Police Department, with at least one member of the council arguing that the need to be protected from theft and violence was a form of “privilege.” Despite several votes to effectively abolish the MPD, however, the issue had to go to the Minneapolis Charter Commission because having an entity dedicated to law enforcement is a requirement of the city charter.

“At the center of that debate is the city’s charter, which serves as its constitution, and requires Minneapolis to keep a police department with a minimum force based on its population,” the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. “A plan, written by five City Council members, would have ended that requirement and replaced the police department with a Department of Community Safety & Violence Prevention that would prioritize ‘a holistic, public health-oriented approach.’” Read more…

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2nd Amendment, Big govt, Courts, Politics

New York Attorney General Sues to Dissolve the NRA Citing Financial Irregularities

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday that the state is suing the National Rifle Association (NRA) and several of its high-profile leaders, and looking to “dissolve” the organization over alleged financial irregularities.

The NY AG announced early Thursday that her office was planning a major announcement that would have a national impact. Although many anticipated an investigation or charges against President Donald Trump or members of his family, the NY AG said she was suing to “dissolve” the NRA over “fraud and abuse,” citing recent reports and an internal investigation she claims show fiscal mismanagement.

“I filed a lawsuit to dissolve the National Rifle Association for years of self-dealing and illegal conduct. The @NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse. No organization is above the law,” James wrote on Twitter.

The lawsuit, James claims, is a consumer interest move designed to protect NRA members and donors. Read more…

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Big govt, Politics

Poll: 4 Out of 5 Black Americans Against Cutting Policing of Their Communities

A majority of black Americans prefer police spending the same amount of time or more watching over their communities despite claims from a growing movement that police are a threat to minority communities.

Gallup released a poll on Wednesday that found that 81% of black people want police spending the same amount of time or more in their communities. That number compares to 88% for white Americans, 83% for Hispanic Americans, and 72% for Asian Americans. The whole U.S. population measures at 86%.

The Gallup web survey involved 36,463 U.S. adults and responses were taken between June 23 and July 6. The people polled are roughly representative of the U.S. demographic breakdown of white, black, Hispanic, and Asian Americans. The poll’s margin of error is 1.4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

The survey also noted that black Americans, more than any other racial group, are more likely to see police in their communities. 73% of black respondents said they see police in their communities sometimes or very often, which is eight points higher than the national average of 65%.

“The slightly elevated frequency with which Black Americans see police in their neighborhood has limited impact on their preferences for changing the local police presence,” Gallup notes. Read more…

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Big govt, Politics

Karen Bass Once Eulogized a Communist Party USA Leader

Rep. Karen Bass, under serious consideration by Joe Biden to be chosen as his vice-presidential running mate, told NBC News that she is “not a communist.”

I’m sure that’s true. I’m sure she doesn’t have a membership card that identifies her as a member of CPUSA. I’m sure she doesn’t have pictures of Lenin, Stalin, and Mao hanging in her office – at least, not where the public can see them.

But back in the ’50s, Bass would certainly have been identified as a “fellow traveler” of the communists. As Politico reports, her sympathy and support are with communists and she makes a point of hanging around communists. In 2017, she eulogized “friend and mentor” Oneil Marion Cannon, a longtime leader of the American Communist Party.

But she’s not a communist.

The California congresswoman described Oneil Marion Cannon as a one-man force in progressive politics who became the “union printer to the left” in Los Angeles, where he worked for “interracial and intercultural understanding,” opened a community hub and even once “belonged to the Independent Progressive Party.”

Left out of the 406-word eulogy: Cannon was a top member of the Communist Party USA for decades. Read more…

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Politics

Trump Signed Up Thousands More New Voters Than Democrats in Key States

The Trump campaign and Republican Party’s drive to register new voters is chipping away at a voter deficit to Democrats in key swing states.

The Trump campaign has registered 100,000 new voters ahead of the 2020 election, more than doubling its 2016 number, according to campaign data first reported by Axios. The effort has helped Republicans cut voter deficits in states such as Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Florida by tens of thousands of voters, though Democrats still have the edge in those states overall.

“As enthusiasm for President Trump continues to grow, so does the Republican Party. Over 100,000 new voters are ready to cast their ballot for four more years of President Trump’s ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’ agenda, and elect Republicans up and down the ballot on November 3rd,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Axios in a statement.

Trump is trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Florida in polling, according to averages calculated by FiveThirtyEight. In Pennsylvania, former Vice President Biden leads Trump 49.5% to 43.1%. Polls in North Carolina show the race much closer but with Trump still trailing Biden just over 2 points, 46% to 48.1%. In Florida, Biden is beating Trump by nearly 6 points, 49.8% to 44%. Read more…

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Big govt, Politics

Trump: ‘Crazy Nancy’ Pelosi Blocking Coronavirus Aid for ‘Radical Left’ Bailouts

President Donald Trump said Monday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are blocking the fourth proposed round of aid to Americans suffering the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump said he is personally involved in negotiations with Congress, but he dismissed the idea that he should be meeting personally with “Crazy Nancy” Pelosi to break the logjam.

“What the Democrats want, they’re slow-rolling it and all they’re really interested in is bailout money to bail out radical left governors and radical left mayors,” Trump said.

Trump cited Chicago, Portland, and New York City as examples of poorly run cities that do not deserve a bailout.

“We’re really not interested in that,” Trump said.

He added that Democrats failed to act to help Americans still suffering from the effects of the virus and the economic shutdowns.

“They’re not interested in the people. They’re not interested in unemployment. They’re not interested in evictions,” Trump said. Read more…

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Elections, Issues, Politics

Watch: Local TV News Experiment Exposes Flaws of Vote-by-Mail

A local television station conducted an experiment with vote-by-mail and it exposed the shortcomings of the system.

WRDW in Philadelphia sent 100 “mock ballots” from across the city to a P.O. box set up specifically for the test.

A few days later, reporter Tony Dokoupil sent 100 more. He sought to mimic the size and weight of ballot envelopes to ensure the most accurate results.

A week later, Dokoupil went to the post office to pick up the delivered ballots at the PO Box he had created for them.

At first, a worker could not find his mail. When he sought to confirm the answer, he was dismissed.

“Alright then, have a good day,” he was told curtly.

It wasn’t until he spoke to a manager and explained the experiment that he finally found what he was looking for.

“They had them somewhere else,” he was told from behind the protective glass.

Dokoupil tabulated the results:

  • 21 percent of the votes hadn’t been delivered within the same city after four days.
  • Some mailed a week prior were also missing.

At the end of the experiment, only 97 percent of the ballots arrived. Three percent were missing, leading Dokoupil to declare those mock voters were “disenfranchised by mail.”

The reporter then hit the streets and couldn’t find a resident who would say a kind thing about the mail service.

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Fauci: ‘I Don’t Think We Need to Go to Lockdown Again’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, does not believe the United States will have to go on lockdown again.

Speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Thursday, Fauci responded to a outside caller who asked if the country will have to go on lockdown; he did not think that was necessary.

“I don’t think we need to go to lockdown again and shelter in place,” Fauci said. “There are situations, as I’ve mentioned to you before, in multiple interviews, where, when they were trying to open up a state or a city, that there were certain guidelines that were skipped over. Maybe you’re in phase two, and you need to pause and maybe go back to phase one. That’s entirely conceivable and may be recommended.”

Though some regions and cities may need to look at going back to phase one, Fauci did not believe that would be true across the country if people followed five principles: wearing a mask, keeping physical distance, avoiding bars, keeping good hand hygiene, and avoiding large crowds.

“I don’t think we need to go all the way back to lockdown,” he continued. “And the reason I say that is that we’re learning more and more. If you do five fundamental principles, in any situation, one, wear a mask all the time, consistently, when you’re outside, and can be exposed. Number two, keep physical distance. Number three, avoid bars or close bars if you can. Keep away from crowds, big congregations, and maintain hand hygiene.”

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Big govt, Politics

Rep. Omar Paid Her New Husband’s Company 600,000 Dollars in July

“Marital bliss” means more to Rep. Ilhan Omar than it might to the rest of us. The first-term congresswoman and member of the radical-left “Squad” has funneled more than a million dollars into her new husband’s consulting firm.

I guess that’s one way to become a millionaire in America.

It should be pointed out that this was not taxpayer money. It was money donated to her re-election campaign by supporters. But its undeniable that Rep. Omar is shamelessly using campaign funds to enrich her family.

There’s no law against paying family members for consulting services, although there should be, but this may be abusing the privilege. Read more…

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Big govt, Politics

Ohio Health Officials Ban Hydroxychloroquine For Treating Virus

On Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced that the Ohio Board of Pharmacy had issued a ruling that prohibited the selling or dispensing of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to treat COVID-19.

But on Thursday morning, Ohio GOP Gov. Mike DeWine publicly asked the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the State Medical Board to “halt the new rule issued Thursday that bans the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment of COVID-19,” as WHIO reported.

“I agree with the statement from Dr. Steven Hahn, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, that the decision about prescribing hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 should be between a doctor and a patient,” DeWine tweeted, adding, “The Board of Pharmacy and the State Medical Board of Ohio should revisit the issue, listen to the best medical science, and open the process up for comment and testimony from experts. Read more…

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