Politics, States

Texas Lands a Gut-Punch to Democrats, Establishment

You didn’t hear much about it, but Texas‘ 6th Congressional District held a special election last night to fill recently passed Rep. Ron Wright’s seat. The two winners, Susan Wright and Jake Ellzey, will now go head to head in a runoff.

But what really makes this a gut punch for Democrats is that both of the above names are Republicans. It was a complete lockout in a district that Democrats had not only hoped to compete in, but also flip blue. Nancy Pelosi can’t be pleased.

There are several things to note here. This was only a Trump +3 district in 2020, and it’s exactly the kind of suburban district that Democrats have been very bullish on making further gains in. Despite that, the Republicans not only took back ground but took back the entire battlefield, perhaps signaling a return to normal voting patterns in some of these places that were previously trending blue.

Unlike in the past, the media are going to downplay this. When it’s a Democrat winning a toss-up race in a special election, that’s spread far and wide as proof of a coming blue wave. When it’s a Republican, it’s just too soon to tell. We all know how it goes, but this win does matter, regardless of how it’s spun. The GOP needed to show it could make inroads into the suburban districts that left the party from 2018-2020. This was a good data point.

It’s also worth noting that there was a rabid Never Trumper candidate in this race. That person got glowing magazine spreads, and tons of MSNBC and CNN time. Yet, they won less than 3% of the vote. Read more…

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2nd Amendment, Politics, States

Constitutional Carry Bill Clears Louisiana State Senate

The Louisiana state senate just approved a bill that will make Constitutional Carry the law of the land. Louisianans 21 and older will no longer need to obtain a permit in order to exercise their second amendment right to concealed carry a firearm.

The bill passed on a veto-proof 27 to 11 vote.

“It is about freedom, freedom to do what you want to in this world and to be able to protect your family and your property without having to ask the government for permission,” said bill author and West Monroe Senator Jay Morris. Morris clarified that felons would still not be eligible to carry a firearm under the new law.

Houma Senator “Big” Mike Fesi was a big supporter of the bill. Fesi cited a recent mass shooting in Houma as an example of how bills such as this can save lives.

“Friday night we had five people shot in one of the clubs in Houma, if somebody would have been carrying they could have probably took the guy out now they still trying to find who it was,” said Fesi.

The legislation also allows any American visiting Louisiana from out of state to conceal carry a firearm without a permit. Read more…

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2nd Amendment, Politics, States

Alabama Advances Constitutional Carry, 2A Sanctuary Bills

Two bills to loosen permit requirements and banning enforcement of federal gun laws from the was approved by the Alabama House last Tuesday.

One of the measures, HB405, otherwise referred to as “constitutional carry,” was also criticized for potentially undoing parts of bill – HB308 –which allows people to purchase lifetime permits to carry concealed handguns.

The other bill, SB358, also called the Alabama Second Amendment Preservation Act, creates civil penalties against local law enforcement officials should they enforce federal gun laws in the state. Read more…

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Economy & Business, Immigration, International, Politics, States

Florida Permanently Bans Vaccine Passports

Against the tide of crocodile tears a disingenuous “concern” from Democrats and carpetbaggers, Florida took another stride this week as on of the last bastions of traditional civil liberties left in the United States. encouraged by Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Legislature has passed legislation to permanently ban vaccine passports, either enforced by the federal government, or by corporations and special interests. The story isn’t over, however.

On Wednesday The Florida House approved a measure that would limit local emergency orders and make Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order barring COVID-19 vaccine “passports” permanent.

The House voted 76-40 to approve Senate Bill 2006. According to Pandemics & Public Emergencies Committee Chairman Tom Leek, R-Ormond Beach, this bill prepares Florida for future public-health emergencies while striking a “delicate balance between protecting people and protecting people’s civil liberties.”

“We have vaccines, through some miracle of science, that work. We also must recognize that COVID-19 vaccines don’t have the same proven history as the same vaccines we require our schoolchildren to get,” Leek said. “We must recognize that vaccine hesitancy is real and understandable. Don’t get me wrong. For all of you in this room, for all of you who are listening out there, get vaccinated. Please get vaccinated. Let’s return to normal. But recognize that it is fair for a certain segment of our community to be hesitant about getting the vaccine.”

Democrats in Florida have given very vocal opposition to the bill, arguing that it would delay Florida’s ability to return to normal. They argue that COVID-19 passports should be used to exclude those who are unvaccinated from society, through measures such as barring them from schools and businesses.

“I don’t know many people who are going to get on a cruise if they don’t have the security of knowing that the other people on that cruise with them, in that close environment with them, have also been vaccinated,” Rep. Omari Hardy, D-West Palm Beach, said.

Rep. Michael Grieco, D-Miami Beach expressed similar concerns to Hardy, saying “The irony is that this bill would grant rights to the people who have not been vaccinated, but it doesn’t protect me.”

This is of course an abjectly false statement. The proposed legislation protects the rights of all Americans, vaccinated or not.

Included in the bill is a prohibition on any kind of business, school, or government entity from requiring customers to show documentation that they have received a COVID-19 vaccination and/or are recovered from the disease. Read more…

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Culture, Politics, States

Oklahoma Bans Anti-White ‘Critical Race’ Curriculum

The Oklahoma House on Thursday voted to ban public schools and universities from teaching critical race theory in civics and history classes.

After hours of discussion and debate, the GOP-controlled House voted 70-19 in favor of the bill, HB1775, which now heads to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s desk to be signed into law.

It would prevent a number of topics, including that “one race or sex is inherently superior to another,” and that “an individual, by virtue of his or her race or sex, is inherently racist, sexist or oppressive,” from being taught in the state.

The sponsor of the bill, Republican state Rep. Kevin West said in a statement that students are being taught that because they’re a certain race or sex, they’re “inherently superior to others or should feel guilty for something that happened in the past.”

“We’re trying to set boundaries that we as a state say will not be crossed when we’re teaching these kinds of subjects,” West said.

Democrats argued that the bill was a waste of time and addressed a problem that doesn’t exist.

“Instead of focusing on the real issues facing Oklahomans, the majority party continues their attack on anyone in Oklahoma who might not look, think, love, or act like them,” said state House Minority Leader Rep. Emily Virgin, a Democrat from Norman.

Critical race theory has gradually proliferated in recent decades through academia, government structures, school systems, and the corporate world. It redefines human history as a struggle between the “oppressors” (white people) and the “oppressed” (everybody else), similarly to Marxism’s reduction of history to a struggle between the “bourgeois” and the “proletariat.” It labels institutions that emerged in majority-white societies as racist and “white supremacist.” Read more…

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Health & Environment, Immigration, International, Politics, States

Florida Moves to Ban Vaccine Passports

Earlier today the Florida legislature passed S.B. 2006, a bill that would prevent the government or corporations from requiring Floridians to present a vaccine passport to engage in commerce.

The bill explicitly forbids businesses from requiring COVID-19 passports with the language, “A business entity as defined in s. 768.38 to include any business operating in this state, may not require patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business operations in this state.” Should a business choose to ignore the Florida government’s legislation, they can be fined up to $5,000 per violation.

Similarly, the bill forbids governmental entities and educational institutions from doing the same. “A governmental entity … may not require persons to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recover to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the governmental entity’s operations in this state,” the bill declares. “An educational institution … may not require students or residents to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery for the attendance or enrollment, or to gain access to, entry upon, or service from such educational institution in this state.” The bill must now be signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who previously signed an executive order that similarly banned COVID-19 passports.

National File spoke to Florida Rep. Anthony Sabatini, a candidate for U.S. House currently serving in the Florida legislature, who broke the news on social media. “Just voted to Ban vaccine-passports in Florida–the bill passed 76-40,” wrote Sabatini. Read more…

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Abortion, Health & Environment, Politics, States, Violence

Oklahoma Bans Nearly All Abortions

Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law Monday three new measures “protecting the lives of the unborn” from effectively all abortions, though at least two of the laws are likely to be put on hold by the courts before taking effect.

KOKH reports that the first law makes it a homicide to abort any baby with a detectable heartbeat. The second law makes it “unprofessional conduct” to abort a baby for any reason other than to save a mother’s life, regardless of whether a heartbeat can be detected. The third law forbids anyone other than board-certified OB/GYNs from performing abortions. All three are slated to take effect November 1.

Direct abortion bans such as the first two laws, which take effect well before the Supreme Court’s “fetal viability” threshold, are generally not expected to ban abortion in the near term, because they are consistently enjoined by lawsuits from the abortion industry.

Instead, states typically enact them in hopes of provoking a legal battle that would hopefully reach the nation’s highest court and instigate a review of Roe v. Wade, thereby potentially overturning decades of pro-abortion legal precedent and freeing the states to set their own abortion laws. Such a case would present the biggest test yet of former President Donald Trump’s three appointees to the Supreme Court, and whether they will help comprise the majority needed to finally overturn Roe.

The third law, meanwhile, is meant to prevent situations such as that of the infamous Philadelphia abortionist and convicted killer Kermit Gosnell, who delegated parts of the abortion process such as administering anesthesia to non-physician employees, one of whom was only 15 years old. It may face lawsuits as well, but stands a better chance of taking effect as the Supreme Court has upheld a wide range of abortion regulations enacted in the name of a mother’s safety.

In recent years there has been a push by the abortion lobby for non-doctors to be allowed to commit abortions. Read more…

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States, Violence

Loot For Justice: BLM Strikes in California

BLM agitators tried to organize a ‘loot for justice’ event by targeting a shopping mall in California, prompting a police response.

The planned looting was a response to the police killing of Ma’Khia Bryant, who was shot dead by a cop in Columbus, Ohio after she tried to stab two other people.

Leftists have lied about the incident in an effort to create another George Floyd moment, when in reality the responding officer literally saved the lives of two African-American women.

Seeking an opportunity to exploit the incident for more rampant criminality, BLM extremists tried to organize a “loot until justice is served” shopping spree last night at the Bayfair Center shopping mall near Oakland.

The same mall was targeted in May 2020 during the George Floyd riots.

Messages were posted to Instagram encouraging people to “follow the crowd” as they targeted multiple stores in the area.

Unfortunately for the looters, the San Leandro Police Department were alerted to the issue and reacted quickly by stationing officers around the planned targets.

“The San Leandro Police Department has received reports of planned looting at Bayfair Center tonight. In response, we have brought in additional officers to reinforce patrol and will have a heavy presence at that location,” said a statement.

“The City of San Leandro and the San Leandro Police Department respects the rights of people to peacefully protest, but the information we have is that criminal activity is being planned. That information is based on statements made by known actors associated with other recent acts of looting and vandalism. Therefore, we are not taking this matter lightly and are preparing for it.” Read more…

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2nd Amendment, Politics, States

Supreme Court May Federalize Constitutional Carry

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will decide a core gun rights issue: Whether the Second Amendment requires states to give permits to law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons.

The Second Amendment protects “the right to keep and bear arms.” The Supreme Court held in its 2008 landmark decision District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment guarantees that right for private citizens. In its 2010 follow-up case McDonald v. City of Chicago the Court held that the right to bear arms applies against state and local governments the same way it does the federal government.

But both of those cases involved a law-abiding citizen who wanted to keep a single handgun in his home for personal protection, which would be the absolute floor of what the Second Amendment could possibly provide. It left all other issues for future cases as to how far the right to keep and bear arms extends.

Perhaps the most heavily debated follow up issue is what a citizen’s Second Amendment rights are when he leaves his home. Given the popularity of concealed carry permits, one of the questions concerns carrying weapons as people go about their daily lives.

Most states provide permits to all qualified applicants. However, a few states claim the authority to require citizens to prove special circumstances to qualify for a permit, such as having an abusive ex-spouse or being a prosecutor who fears retaliation from the criminals he is prosecuting.

New York has such restrictions. In Monday’s order, the justices granted review in a constitutional challenge to New York’s law, with the petition arguing that the Second Amendment entitles them to concealed-carry permits for purposes of general self-defense only, without any special circumstances.

Second Amendment supporters have been trying for more than a decade to get the High Court to weigh in on this issue. Read more…

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Culture, Politics, States

Virginia Abolishes AP Math…Because Racism

The state of Virginia is planning on eliminating all advanced math options for students below the 11th grade.

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is spearheading a joint initiative with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the Virginia Community College System that will seek to “improve equity in mathematics learning opportunities, empower students to be active participants in a quantitative world, and encourage students to see themselves as knowers and doers of mathematics.”

Their initiative is called the Virginia Mathematics Pathways Initiative (VMPI)… It appears that dual enrollment and advanced place classes in mathematics will only be available to students in the eleventh or twelfth grades.

A concerned parent spoke to Fox News and said that the new curriculum would “lower standards for all students in the name of equity.”

“These changes will have a profound impact on students who excel in STEM related curriculum, weakening our country’s ability to compete in a global marketplace for years to come,” the parent said. Read more…

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