2nd Amendment, Politics, States

2A Boom: The Number of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in Ohio Almost Doubled In 2020

2020 was a monster year for gun sales. The unrest that ensued following the death of George Floyd motivated millions of Americans to get strapped. As cities became hellscapes filled with looting and random acts of violence, Americans learned real quick that the most reliable form of defense in such chaotic times is the right to bear arms.

In addition, a substantial number of Americans took their gun ownership to the next level by applying for concealed carry licenses. Some figures from states such as Ohio suggest that 2020 was also a record year for the issuance of concealed carry licenses. According to Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms, data from Attorney General Dave Yost’s office uncovered that approximately 100,000 concealed carry licenses were issued to Ohioans in 2020.

These figures are the most since 2016 and represent a 78% increase since 2019. Read more…

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Abortion, Politics, States

Arkansas Legislature Sends Bill to Ban Nearly All Abortions to the Governor

The Arkansas legislature has given final approval to a bill that would completely ban abortions except to save a mother’s life, though it remains to be seen whether Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson will sign it into law.

The state House voted 75-18 to pass the bill Wednesday, the Associated Press reports, a month after its passage in the state Senate. The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called the bill “plainly unconstitutional” and warned that “we will be seeing the state of Arkansas in court again” if it’s signed into law. Read more…

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Health, Politics, States

Beto O’Rourke Says Texas Reopening is “Human Sacrifice”

Despite all the evidence that lockdowns, even in their most extreme forms, do little to nothing to stop the spread of COVID-19, but instead cause societal decay, extreme wealth inequality, and even arguably “destroys what makes us human,” former Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke says the decision to re-open the Texas economy amounts to a form of human sacrifice.

“They literally want to sacrifice the lives of our fellow Texans, for — I don’t know, for political gain? To satisfy certain powerful interests within the state? And this isn’t hyperbole,” O’Rourke told MSNBC on Wednesday when asked why he believed Texas Governor Greg Abbott made the decision to lift the statewide mask mandate and allow all businesses to reopen at full capacity. Read more…

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Corruption, Elections, States

Mississippi Judge Orders New Election After 78% of Mail-In Ballots Found Invalid, Notary Arrested

A Mississippi judge ordered a new runoff election for a local election in Aberdeen after more than three-quarters of absentee ballots cast in the June Democratic runoff election were found to be invalid, while a notary involved in the election was arrested.

Judge Jeff Weill, in a 64-page order, said that there is evidence of fraud and criminal activity in how absentee ballots were handled, how they were counted, and actions from individuals at polling places during the runoff election held in Aberdeen, Mississippi. As a result, a new runoff election for the Ward 1 alderman seat is necessary, reported WCBI.

The judge ruled that 66 of 84 absentee ballots that were cast in the election, or around 78 percent, should have never been counted, according to WCBI. Nicholas Holliday was declared the winner of the alderman seat by 37 votes, while challenger Robert Devaull contested the results in court. Read more…

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Corruption, Politics, States

Cuomo Job Approval Down To 38%; Plurality Want Resignation

Isn’t it amazing what a little media accountability can do? Suddenly, Andrew Cuomo’s job approval has finally begun to catch up to his job performance. A new poll from Emerson shows the embattled Love Gov ten points underwater on approval at 38/48, and opposition to re-election now at 64% among New York voters.

His strongest support comes from a surprising source — and one that might quickly dissipate in one of Cuomo’s two scandals:

His approval is lowest among those 18-34 (22% approval) and those who are white (26% approval) and highest among Black/African-Americans (62% approval) and those living in NYC (53% approval). Women approve of Cuomo at a higher rate (43% approval/40% disapproval) than men (56% disapproval to 33% approval). Read more…

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Corruption, States

Third Woman Accuses NY Gov. Cuomo of Sexual Misconduct

A third woman is now accusing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of unwanted sexual advances, alleging that he touched her in a way that made her feel uncomfortable.

Anna Ruch says that at a wedding in September 2019, Cuomo acted inappropriately toward her, according to a Monday report from the New York Times. With each new allegation, outcry against the Democratic governor grows. The New York attorney general announced on Monday that a special counsel will be appointed to investigate the claims.

Ruch, who is now 33, said Cuomo was making the rounds at the wedding when he came up to her and put his hand on her bare lower back. When she removed his hand, he allegedly called her “aggressive” and put his hands on her cheeks. Ruch says he asked if he could kiss her, and she pulled away in shock.

A photo of the pair shows Cuomo, now 63, with his hands on her cheeks. Read more…

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International, Politics, States

Gov. DeSantis Unveils Sweeping Effort to Address Chinese and Foreign Influence

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) on Monday unveiled a sweeping effort to address Chinese influence in the state, calling the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) attempts to influence domestic and international affairs “one of the most pervasive threats to American Security and property.”

“For the last decade, the Communist Party of China has been meticulous and deliberate in their infiltration across the globe,” DeSantis said, explaining the CCP’s long-term goals and interests “are antithetical to the basic tenets of the American Republic.”

The CCP, DeSantis said, has made a mission of their global expansion of power to steal intellectual property from businesses, government, and academic institutions “all to further fuel their global objectives.” He then stressed the importance of providing strategic safeguards addressing concerns of the CCP, and other foreign powers, influencing the government, as well as academia and the economy.

That starts with what DeSantis described as one of the CCP’s “primary targets”: The education system. He briefly touched on the Chinese theft of American research, adding that the U.S. must “eliminate any tolerance of clandestine foreign influence in our schools.” Read more…

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Issues, Politics, States

CNN’s Finally Forced to Address Cuomo Sex Scandal After Delayed Coverage

CNN’s left-wing media guru Brian Stelter was forced to address the sexual harassment allegations plaguing his colleague Chris Cuomo’s brother after his network was called out for delaying coverage of the New York governor’s first accuser.

On Sunday’s installment of “Reliable Sources,” Stelter drew much of the focus on the bombshell report from The New York Times that outlined claims against Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo from former aide Charlotte Bennett, which CNN covered on-air earlier in the day after the story was published Saturday evening. However, Stelter avoided the essay published earlier in the week written by Lindsey Boylan, which CNN ignored for nearly 24 hours after she went public with her allegations.

When CNN did finally cover Boylan’s claims, the network was panned for framing its story as “Cuomo denies former aide’s sexual harassment allegations” after critics juxtaposed that headline to one written about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 during his confirmation battle, which read, “Woman accuses Kavanaugh of assault in letter to senator.” Read more…

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Education, Politics, States

California School Board VP Says Re-Opening Schools is “White Supremacy”

A school board member in California this week said reopening proponents seem to have a mindsight similar to a “white supremacist ideology” and compared the prospect to slavery.

Chardá Bell-Fontenot, vice president of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board, railed on Tuesday against parents who want children to return to classrooms after nearly a year.

“Without any teachers, we don’t have the ability to teach the students, so that’s where we have to start. We can’t just say that kids can go back into the classrooms and there’s no vaccinated teachers there willing to do that,” she said, telling fellow board members she was struggling with understanding their arguments.

“So how are we forcing people? That seems like a very white supremacist ideology to force people to comply with and conform, without thinking about all of their intersecting factors and barriers that exist for all families,” she said. “We’re thinking about one type of family when you’re speaking right now. Just letting you know, privilege. Check it you guys. Okay.” Read more…

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Corruption, Energy and Environment, States

Texas’s Power Grid Disaster Is Only The Beginning

Record-setting cold and snowfall in Texas has in turn caused dramatic power outages and rolling blackouts across the state. Texans stuck in powered-off apartments with no way to warm themselves have fled to “warming centers.” A few have died from carbon monoxide poisoning trying to warm themselves with a car.

The mess with the Texas power grid is only the beginning. In the years to come, American infrastructure will fail more and more often, as America becomes less capable of maintaining the core elements of a First World country.

Why would America become less First World? That’s a simple question to answer: Because America is making itself less First World.

Conservatives have been eager to blame Texas’s problems on increased use of wind power. It certainly played a role. Turbines froze in the cold and the focus on expanding renewable energy sources over conventional gas and oil left the state less able to expand energy production in response to a surge. But solar energy is far from the only culprit. Read more…

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