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    PLURAL. I think we need to start enforcing the laws of treason which is punishable by death. Throw these guys in front of a firing squad and see how quickly this fuckacting stops.



    https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/05/polit...gop/index.html
    The problem here is that we have to wait for some type of Jim Jones even to happen even though I argue that the right is worse than even jonestown at this point because the Trumpies want to covert the USA or Russia into Trumptown but with more victims.

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    The Michigan Attorney General's Office Thursday announced criminal charges for eight former state officials, including the state's former Gov. Rick Snyder, along with one current official, for their alleged roles in the Flint water crisis.

    Together the group face 42 counts related to the drinking water catastrophe roughly seven years ago. The crimes range from perjury to misconduct in office to involuntary manslaughter.

    The drinking water debacle is linked to at least 12 deaths and at least 80 people sickened with Legionnaires' disease after untreated water from the Flint River caused lead to leach from old pipes, poisoning the majority Black city's water system.

    Snyder, a Republican who left office two years ago, is facing two counts of willful neglect, both misdemeanors which each carry a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine up to $1,000.

    The attorney general's announcement cites other charges as follows:

    Jarrod Agen – Former Director of Communications and Former Chief of Staff, Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder

    One count of perjury – a 15-year felony
    Gerald Ambrose – Former City of Flint Emergency Manager

    Four counts of misconduct in office – each a five-year felony and/or $10,000 fine

    Richard Baird – Former Transformation Manager and Senior Adviser, Executive Office of Gov. Snyder

    One count of perjury – a 15-year felony
    One count of official misconduct in office – a five-year felony and/or $10,000 fine
    One count of obstruction of justice – a five-year felony and/or $10,000 fine
    One count of extortion – a 20-year felony and/or $10,000 fine
    Howard Croft – Former Director of the City of Flint Department of Public Works

    Two counts of willful neglect of duty – each a one-year misdemeanor and/or $1,000 fine
    Darnell Earley – Former City of Flint Emergency Manager

    Three counts of misconduct in office – each a five-year felony and/or $10,000 fine
    Nicolas Lyon – Former Director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

    Nine counts of involuntary manslaughter – each a 15-year felony and/or $7,500 fine
    One count of willful neglect of duty – a one-year misdemeanor and/or $1,000 fine
    Nancy Peeler – Current Early Childhood Health Section Manager, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

    Two counts of misconduct in office – each a five-year felony and/or $10,000 fine
    One count of willful neglect of duty – a one-year misdemeanor and/or $1,000 fine
    Eden Wells – Former Chief Medical Executive, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

    Nine counts of involuntary manslaughter – each a 15-year felony and/or $7,500 fine
    Two counts of misconduct in office – each a five-year felony and/or $10,000 fine
    One count of willful neglect of duty – a one-year misdemeanor and/or $1,000 fine
    Prosecutors said all of the defendants turned themselves into the Genesee County, Mich., jail and were processed.

    At the media briefing announcing the charges, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said the investigation included pouring over "literally millions and millions of documents and several electronic devices." She added it also involved dozens of search warrants and countless hours worked by investigators during the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

    "Our work on this case begins with the understanding that the impact of the Flint water crisis cases and what happened in Flint will span generations and probably well beyond," she said.

    Worthy, a Democrat, also sought to push back on questions whether the criminal charges brought by current Michigan officials were influenced by politics.

    "This case has nothing whatsoever to do with partisanship," Worthy said. "It has to do with human decency, resurrecting the complete abandonment of the people of Flint and finally, finally holding people accountable for their alleged unspeakable atrocities that occurred in Flint all these years ago."

    Earlier this week, as reports began to surface that charges were looming, an attorney for Snyder, the former governor, referred to them as "a politically motivated smear campaign," according to the Detroit Free Press.

    The Free Press also reported Snyder entered a not guilty plea Thursday morning from a Genesee County jail booth as he and his lawyer appeared remotely via Zoom. The paper also notes its the first time in the state's history that a current or former governor is facing criminal charges for alleged misconduct while in office.


    In this image taken from video, former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, left, with his lawyer, Brian Lennon, leave Genesee County Court in Flint, Mich., after a initial court appearance via Zoom on two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty in connection to the Flint water crisis.
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    Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud said Thursday that even though charges have been filed, the investigation into the crisis remains open, Michigan Public Radio reports.

    Speaking at the media briefing, Hammoud characterized the crisis as a "categorical failure of public officials" at all levels.

    "When an entire city is victimized by the negligence and indifference of those in power, it deserves an uncompromising investigation that holds to account anyone who is criminally culpable," Hammoud said.

    Snyder and Croft, the former director of the Flint Department of Public Works, are scheduled to be back in court Jan. 19.

    The next court appearance for the other defendants is Feb. 18, according to Michigan Attorney General's office.

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    https://coloradosun.com/2021/01/14/l...k-in-congress/

    As she barnstormed across the 3rd Congressional District last year with a pistol on her hip and a steady stream of Democrat-aimed insults rolling off her tongue, Lauren Boebert promised to make a big, loud splash in the nation’s capital if voters sent her to Congress.

    Colorado’s newest U.S. representative has delivered on that – in spades – and in just one week.

    Since she was sworn in on Jan. 3, Boebert has been the focus of more ink and air time than she ever racked up at Shooters Grill, her Rifle restaurant where she first took her star turn in the media for serving burgers and fries with a holstered gun and having all her waitresses do the same.

    The high school dropout with a history of minor run-ins with the law has used her first tumultuous week in office to cement her far-right and extremist credentials while also setting off a widespread roar of criticism that includes calls and petitions for her resignation, her expulsion from Congress and her prosecution for alleged “sedition” connected to the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

    Critics now include fellow congressional representatives — including Republicans — and Democratic elected officials throughout the 3rd District.

    Anti-Boebert letters-to-the-editor have been piling up in newspapers across the district. Letter writers have called her “a nut job,” “a national security risk,” “a disgrace,” “a domestic terrorist” and “the most embarrassing thing to ever happen to Colorado.”


    Protests have occurred at all of her Colorado offices. On Twitter, #ResignBoebert has gone viral as opponents call for her immediate resignation, along with that of her fellow Colorado Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, for “helping to incite last week’s deadly violence.”

    Across the district she represents, where her constituents are struggling with the burdens of the pandemic and with perennial issues related to the land and water, residents either want to give a brand new congresswoman a break and time to get her feet on the ground in D.C. or they want her expelled now because they view her as dangerous and worthless when it comes to representing their interests.

    MORE: How Lauren Boebert rose from unknown to a candidate for Congress to someone in Donald Trump’s orbit

    Controversy started on Day One

    The controversy began on Boebert’s first day in office, when she released a slick, campaign-fundraising video that starts with her holstering her Glock and then shows her striding down streets and alleys in Washington D.C. – a city that bans the open carrying of guns and requires concealed-carry permits. The video came after she had vowed to carry her weapon in the halls of Congress and convinced a cadre of Republicans to push for a change allowing for that.


    An image from a fundraising video produced by U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert that touts her desire to carry a gun in the U.S. Capitol. (Screenshot)
    Two days later, as the Electoral College votes were set to be tallied and a marauding mob, whipped up by President Trump’s speech at a “Stop the Steal” rally, broke into the Capitol, defaced and damaged the building, defecated in the corridors and searched menacingly for Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Boebert was criticized for her controversial behavior.

    The morning before the mob attack, Boebert tweeted “Today is 1776,” referring to the American revolution. Then, she made her debut on the House floor with a shouted, hand-waving tirade about why she was voting to overturn the results of the presidential election and try to keep President Trump in office. She referred to her need to support her constituents who were in the crowd outside.

    “I have constituents outside this building right now! I promised my voters to be their voice! ”

    During the siege on the Capitol, Boebert live-tweeted that Pelosi had been removed from the chamber, which some critics took to be a message to the mobs.

    In the wake of the riot, Boebert issued a lengthy news release this week in which she defiantly asserted that Democrats and “Hollywood elites,” including Robert Deniro [sic], Madonna and Johnny Depp had called for mob violence on other occasions, including during the BLM demonstrations this summer.

    Boebert wrote that Democrats act as if “the bravery or upholding the Constitutional oath is criminal, which says a whole lot more about them than it does about me or any other Republican.”


    Lauren Boebert, then a Republican candidate for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District seat, is shown here at a campaign event July 27, 2020 in Pueblo. (Mike Sweeney, Special to The Colorado Sun)
    “Their hypocrisy is on full display with talks of impeachment, censure, and other ways to punish Republicans for false accusations of inciting the types of violence they have so frequently and transparently supported in the past,” her statement read.

    On Tuesday, Twitter labeled as misleading a tweet by Boebert that falsely accused the Democratic National Committee of rigging elections — but not before she railed about the crackdowns on misinformation on Twitter, Facebook and Parler. Her complaints came two days after she blocked a number of her critics on her own Twitter account.

    Her latest controversial action in a week of snowballing controversy came when she refused to open her bag for Capitol police after it set off a metal detector Tuesday evening as she was attempting to enter the House chambers.
    I’ve been passively watching her “political career” after seeing one of her campaign ads. She quit school her junior year and only got her GED after joking the political arena, her husband was convicted of showing himself to minors at a bowling alley, Lauren was actually one of the minors in that case. She married him a little bit after that incident.

    Now she is spending her time denying that her mother was the lady videoed at the capital insurrection, giving detailed instructions with a bullhorn, on how to penetrate the parameter and how to access some of the other rooms. If I’m not mistaken, she has admitted that her parents did get to tour the capital building the day before.

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    Days after Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) was accused of aiding the rioters by live-tweeting the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the Capitol insurrection, she has been engulfed with another conspiracy involving the infamous 'Bullhorn Lady.' Conspiracy theorists are hinting at the possibility of 'Bullhorn Lady' being Boebart's mother, Shawna Bentz.

    The 'Bullhorn Lady' became a sensation after she was caught giving instructions and detailing the floor plan of the Capitol building to a group of attackers gathered inside a room. The recent video strengthened the speculation that Capitol siege was coordinated.

    Bull Horn lady
    An image which has gone viral on social media shows 'Bullhorn lady' (left) and Shawna Bentz (right). Twitter
    "I've Been in the Other Room" Bullhorn Lady

    In the viral video a man is heard asking "What's the floor plan?" A few moments later, a woman in a pink hat and sunglasses, dubbed as 'Bullhorn Lady', is seen instructing the attackers.

    "Hey guys, I've been in the other room. In the other room on the other side of this door right here where you are standing, there is a glass that somebody, if it's broken, you can drop down into a room underneath it," she said.


    "There's also two doors in the other room. One in the rear, and one to the right as you go in. So people should probably coordinate together if you're going to take this building. We're in, we've got another window to break to make getting in and out easy," she added further.

    What Links 'Bullhorn Lady' to Shawna Bentz?

    Even as there was no official confirmation on the identity of the woman, conspiracy theorists and overzealous internet sleuths linked her with Bentz. From highlighting facial similarities between the two women to insisting that they have identical voices too, the social media users left no stone unturned to strengthen their claim.

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    I’ve been passively watching her “political career” after seeing one of her campaign ads. She quit school her junior year and only got her GED after joking the political arena, her husband was convicted of showing himself to minors at a bowling alley, Lauren was actually one of the minors in that case. She married him a little bit after that incident.

    Now she is spending her time denying that her mother was the lady videoed at the capital insurrection, giving detailed instructions with a bullhorn, on how to penetrate the parameter and how to access some of the other rooms. If I’m not mistaken, she has admitted that her parents did get to tour the capital building the day before.

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    Its Crazier than that

    DENVER (AP) — A former state representative in Colorado sued Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert on Sunday after being blocked from the first-term federal lawmaker’s Twitter account.

    Attorneys for Democrat Bri Buentello of Pueblo filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Denver, claiming she was blocked after calling for the Colorado Republican to be recalled in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by loyalists to President Donald Trump.

    The suit seeks a court order for Boebert to unlock Buentello on Twitter and a declaration that the Republican’s actions violated Buentello’s constitutional rights to free speech.
    Boebert’s chief of staff, Jeff Small, said her office was not commenting on the case.

    Her communications director, Ben Goldey, quit last week, less than two weeks after Boebert was sworn into office. Goldey said his action was prompted by the insurrection at the Capitol.

    Boebert has links to the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory and has sought to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. She gained attention for vowing to carry a gun in the Capitol.

    An attorney for Buentello said Boebert’s “stifling” of critics should be of concern to everyone.

    “She believes the Constitution begins and ends with the Second Amendment,” said attorney David Lane. “We are trying to teacher her that the Constitution is broader and that every provision has to be protected.

    Buentello, who lives in Boebert’s district, served a single term in the state House of Representatives before losing a bid for reelection in November.

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    https://apnews.com/article/katrina-r...768f2a4f678ad9

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Already facing allegations of stealing more than $600,000 in federal funds from a health care school she directed, a Tennessee state senator has been charged in a new fraud case, the U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis said Tuesday.

    Democrat Katrina Robinson and two other people have been charged in a complaint with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering, about six months after Robinson was indicted on federal charges that she used grant money earmarked for health care worker training to pay for her wedding and honeymoon, a Jeep Renegade for her daughter, her children’s snow cone business, and other things.

    In the case disclosed Tuesday, prosecutors said Brooke Boudreaux, an associate of Robinson, convinced someone to pay $14,470 in tuition to the school Robinson runs in Memphis on Boudreaux’s behalf. Robinson, Boudreaux and a third person then split the money among themselves, prosecutors said.

    Boudreaux was never a student at the school, prosecutors said.

    Robinson has pleaded not guilty in the earlier case, which is awaiting trial. In the new case, Robinson’s lawyer, Janika White, said Tuesday that “we are surprised that the federal government would attempt to turn a small monetary transaction into a federal offense.”

    “Ms. Robinson denies that there was anything wrong or illegal with the transaction and further denies that she was aware of any illegal activity connected to it,” White said in a statement.

    The Associated Press could not immediately determine if Boudreaux has a lawyer who could comment.

    Full Coverage: Tennessee
    Robinson, a Democrat elected to the General Assembly in 2018 from a Memphis district, is the director of The Healthcare Institute, which provides training for health care industry jobs, prosecutors said.

    The Memphis-based school received more than $2.2 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The FBI said Robinson took $600,000 from the school’s operating account.

    If convicted, Robinson faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison in each case. Robinson would be up for reelection in 2022.

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    https://www.kget.com/news/politics/g...etal-detector/

    Rep. Andy Harris R-Md accused of bringing a gun at the Capitol.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police are investigating an incident in which a Republican lawmaker was blocked from entering the House chamber after setting off a metal detector while apparently carrying a concealed gun.

    Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., set off the metal detector while trying to enter the chamber Thursday afternoon. The metal detectors were installed after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, which left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer. The incident was witnessed by a reporter from the Huffington Post

    After setting off the machine, Harris was asked to step aside for further screening. At that time, an officer discovered Harris was carrying a concealed gun on his side, according to the reporter.

    The officer sent Harris away, at which point Harris tried to get Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., to take the gun from him. Katko refused, telling Harris he didn’t have a license to carry a gun. Harris eventually left and returned less than 10 minutes later. He once again went through security and did not set off the magnetometer. He was then allowed to enter the House floor.

    Harris, in his sixth term representing Maryland’s Eastern Shore, issued a statement through his chief of staff, Bryan Shuy.

    “Because his and his family’s lives have been threatened by someone who has been released awaiting trial, for security reasons, the congressman never confirms whether he nor anyone else he’s with are carrying a firearm for self-defense,” the statement said. “As a matter of public record, he has a Maryland Handgun Permit. And the congressman always complies with the House metal detectors and wanding. The Congressman has never carried a firearm on the House floor.”

    Eva Malecki, a spokeswoman for Capitol Police, said the incident is being investigated.

    The public is not allowed to carry guns on Capitol grounds, but members of Congress may keep firearms in their offices or transport them on the Capitol grounds if they are unloaded and securely wrapped. Lawmakers are not allowed to bring guns into either the House or Senate chambers.

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    https://fox40.com/news/political-con...ents-lawsuits/

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday brought an end to lawsuits over whether Donald Trump illegally profited off his presidency.

    The justices threw out Trump’s challenge to lower court rulings that had allowed lawsuits to go forward alleging that he violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause by accepting payments from foreign and domestic officials who stay at the Trump International Hotel and patronize other businesses owned by the former president and his family.

    The high court also ordered the lower court rulings thrown out as well and directed appeals courts in New York and Richmond, Virginia, to dismiss the suits as moot now that Trump is no longer in office.

    The outcome leaves no judicial opinions on the books in an area of the law that has been rarely explored in U.S. history.

    The cases involved suits filed by Maryland and the District of Columbia, and high-end restaurants and hotels in New York and Washington, D.C., that “found themselves in the unenviable position of having to compete with businesses owned by the President of the United States.”

    The suits sought financial records showing how much state and foreign governments have paid the Trump Organization to stay and eat at Trump-owned properties.

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    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A newly elected Kansas lawmaker accused of threatening two state officials and abusive behavior toward girls and young women before taking his seat will get a public warning about his past conduct rather than facing possible removal from office, a committee decided Friday.

    A state House committee reviewing a complaint against state Rep. Aaron Coleman, of Kansas City, Kansas, said it will draft and send him a public letter of warning that will include expectations about his future conduct. The panel’s three Democrats preferred stronger action against Coleman, but its three Republicans were wary of disciplining him for actions occurring before he took office.


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    Rep. Aaron Coleman, D-Kansas City, makes remarks during a special hearing regarding complaints and calls for removal from his position Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A newly elected Kansas lawmaker accused of threatening two state officials and abusive behavior toward girls and young women before taking his seat will get a public warning about his past conduct rather than facing possible removal from office, a committee decided Friday.

    A state House committee reviewing a complaint against state Rep. Aaron Coleman, of Kansas City, Kansas, said it will draft and send him a public letter of warning that will include expectations about his future conduct. The panel’s three Democrats preferred stronger action against Coleman, but its three Republicans were wary of disciplining him for actions occurring before he took office.


    Some Democrats wanted to censure or expel the 20-year-old Coleman, but either action would take a two-thirds majority. The chamber’s Republican leaders were wary of overturning an election, and during Friday’s committee meeting, members of both parties said they didn’t want to base their decision on Coleman’s behavior as a minor.

    The committee’s decision means a complaint filed against Coleman by 13 Democrats, including House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, of Wichita, will be dismissed. But committee members said the letter will act as a guide for Coleman, and if he does not abide by what it spells out, he could face another complaint.

    Coleman was elected to the House as a Democrat but dropped affiliation with any party after Sawyer refused to give him committee assignments. He identifies as a progressive and socialist.

    “Mr. Coleman’s going to be watched,” said committee Chair John Barker, an Abilene Republican.

    A new allegation against Coleman became public Friday. Heather Sprague Scanlon, Sawyer’s former chief of staff, said in a written statement that Coleman called her during the summer after House Democrats had denounced Coleman on social media and launched into a “raging diatribe.” She said Coleman made threats to physically harm Sawyer.

    When those statements were read to him, Coleman told the committee, “That is not accurate.”

    But he later apologized to Sawyer and said he’s willing to apologize to Scanlon for his “inappropriate conduct.” He publicly asked for a Statehouse mentor and said he’s spoken to his attorney about counseling.

    “I welcome an informal letter of warning and I am willing to voluntarily accept any recommendations,” he said.

    The committee’s action ends the possibility of Coleman becoming the first state lawmaker in Kansas ousted from office. The Kansas State Library has found no record of any legislator being expelled, although in the past six years, lawmakers in at least four states have been expelled for misconduct.

    “I know that prior to becoming a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, I have not always lived up to my own ideals of treating others with dignity and respect,” Coleman said in opening remarks that he read to the committee.

    Coleman narrowly ousted a veteran Democratic lawmaker in the August primary while running on a platform that included providing universal health coverage, ending college tuition and legalizing marijuana. He won that race even after admitting on social media that he had circulated revenge porn as a “sick and troubled” middle school-aged boy.

    He faced only write-in candidates in the election, even as at least two other accusations of threatening or abusing girls or young women came to light. In December, the campaign manager for his primary opponent obtained an anti-stalking court order against him, but they settled the lawsuit she filed against him earlier this month.

    The complaint against Coleman said another reason to expel him was a now-deleted post-November election tweet in which Coleman suggested Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly would face an “extremely bloody” primary in 2022 for not being progressive enough. Kelly has called Coleman unfit to serve in the Legislature.

    “People will realize one day when I call a hit out on you it’s real,” he wrote. He later said he meant to use the phrase ”political hit.”

    Coleman told the committee that the language of the tweet was “inappropriate” and said he now has a team of people handling social media posts for him.

    Sawyer had called Coleman “a danger to women” and had said his removal from office was necessary to protect other lawmakers and the Legislature’s staff.

    “We would not want this person to blow up and do something dangerous to someone else,” Sawyer told the committee Friday.

    But later, Sawyer said he hopes a public letter will tell Coleman “he’s got to change or he’s gone,” and prevent bad behavior.

    “I don’t want to send the wrong message and say it’s okay to be abusive to women and continue that pattern and get by with it,” Sawyer told reporters.

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    Andy Tsubasa Field is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

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    A high-ranking official with the Hawaii Republican Party confirmed Monday that he resigned after posting a series of tweets about the QAnon conspiracy theory on the official party account, saying its adherents shouldn’t be mocked.

    “We should make it abundantly clear — the people who subscribed to the Q fiction, were largely motivated by a sincere and deep love for America. Patriotism and love of County (sic) should never be ridiculed,” said one of several tweets that Hawaii GOP vice chairman Edwin Boyette posted Saturday. The tweets have since been deleted from the party’s account.

    QAnon followers advocate a conspiracy theory rooted in the baseless belief that former President Donald Trump was fighting deep state enemies and a cabal of Satan-worshipping cannibals operating a child sex trafficking ring. Some QAnon believers were among the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Nicolas Ochs of Hawaii, a member of another right-wing extremist group, the Proud Boys, was among those arrested.

    “People who followed Q don’t deserve mockery,” said another tweet posted by Boyette.

    Hawaii Democratic Gov. David Ige rejected Boyette’s defense of QAnon followers.

    “I think it’s absurd to think that some of those conspiracy theories — and virtually every single one has been debunked as factually inaccurate and totally nonsense. So I don’t see how anyone can think that those who believe it that are really doing it because they’re patriotic,” Ige said.

    The Hawaii GOP Twitter account has a history of promoting the fringe element, including defending Ochs when he was a Republican candidate for state House last year, said Tyler Dos Santos-Tam, chairman of the state Democratic Party.

    “These conspiracies should be immediately rejected, but apparently there’s an audience for them, and it’s disappointing that the Hawaii GOP would cater to that audience,” Dos Santos-Tam said.

    Boyette oversaw communications as one of four vice chairs for the Hawaii GOP in a state dominated by Democrats. He submitted his resignation Sunday, he said in an email Monday to The Associated Press. He did not respond to follow-up questions.

    Hawaii Republican Party chairwoman Shirlene Ostrov took full responsibility for what she said were unauthorized tweets.

    “Our party believes in free speech, but it is a responsibility that each of us must carry in order to maintain a good and just society. Promoting content for the purpose of shock value does not help us to build a more perfect union, nor does it help a divided nation heal,” she said in statement.


    Hawaii GOP official resigns after posting pro-QAnon tweets
    By MARK THIESSEN
    January 25, 2021

    In this Nov. 2, 2016, file photo, Shirlene Ostrov, then a Republican candidate for Congress, waves to drivers at a highway intersection in Waipahu, Hawaii. Now the chair of the Republican Party of Hawaii, Ostrov on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, took full responsibility for the unauthorized tweets that were sent by the party's vice chair on Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Cathy Bussewitz, file)
    A high-ranking official with the Hawaii Republican Party confirmed Monday that he resigned after posting a series of tweets about the QAnon conspiracy theory on the official party account, saying its adherents shouldn’t be mocked.

    “We should make it abundantly clear — the people who subscribed to the Q fiction, were largely motivated by a sincere and deep love for America. Patriotism and love of County (sic) should never be ridiculed,” said one of several tweets that Hawaii GOP vice chairman Edwin Boyette posted Saturday. The tweets have since been deleted from the party’s account.

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    QAnon followers advocate a conspiracy theory rooted in the baseless belief that former President Donald Trump was fighting deep state enemies and a cabal of Satan-worshipping cannibals operating a child sex trafficking ring. Some QAnon believers were among the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Nicolas Ochs of Hawaii, a member of another right-wing extremist group, the Proud Boys, was among those arrested.

    “People who followed Q don’t deserve mockery,” said another tweet posted by Boyette.

    Hawaii Democratic Gov. David Ige rejected Boyette’s defense of QAnon followers.

    “I think it’s absurd to think that some of those conspiracy theories — and virtually every single one has been debunked as factually inaccurate and totally nonsense. So I don’t see how anyone can think that those who believe it that are really doing it because they’re patriotic,” Ige said.

    The Hawaii GOP Twitter account has a history of promoting the fringe element, including defending Ochs when he was a Republican candidate for state House last year, said Tyler Dos Santos-Tam, chairman of the state Democratic Party.

    “These conspiracies should be immediately rejected, but apparently there’s an audience for them, and it’s disappointing that the Hawaii GOP would cater to that audience,” Dos Santos-Tam said.

    Boyette oversaw communications as one of four vice chairs for the Hawaii GOP in a state dominated by Democrats. He submitted his resignation Sunday, he said in an email Monday to The Associated Press. He did not respond to follow-up questions.

    Hawaii Republican Party chairwoman Shirlene Ostrov took full responsibility for what she said were unauthorized tweets.

    “Our party believes in free speech, but it is a responsibility that each of us must carry in order to maintain a good and just society. Promoting content for the purpose of shock value does not help us to build a more perfect union, nor does it help a divided nation heal,” she said in statement.

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    “Moving forward I will make sure the Hawaii GOP and its communications accurately reflect the values that we stand for as a country and as the Aloha State,” Ostrov said.

    Boyette took responsibility for the posts in his resignation letter to Ostrov, which he posted on Facebook.

    “Discussion of some topics is ill suited to the forums of social media, and regardless of intent — only serves to increase conflict and discord. The discussion of the Q-Conspiracy was an error of judgement (sic), and should not reflect upon the leadership or the members of the Republican Party of Hawaii. The responsibility for that discussion and that error is mine and and (sic) mine alone,” his letter said.

    In a Facebook post later Monday, Boyette claimed the outcry over the tweets is coming from “leftist activists and the Democratic establishment attempting to smash any critical speech they can not control.”

    He also said, “mainstream media is the worst,” adding that one of the reasons he resigned was that party officers and members would not have to “expend time dealing with a controversy that was not their making.”

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    Thiessen reported from Anchorage, Alaska. Associated Press journalist Audrey McAvoy in Honolulu contributed to this report.

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    The US House of Representatives will vote to strip committee roles from a Republican lawmaker whose social media posts have prompted outrage.

    Marjorie Taylor Greene has praised the bogus Q Anon theory, wrote a post that caused an anti-Semitism furore and liked other posts calling for violence.

    House Democrats announced the vote after Republicans reportedly declined to punish Mrs Greene for her actions.

    The decision follows some Republican senators calling for her removal.

    Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell issued a rare rebuke on Tuesday, saying that "loony lies and conspiracy theories" are a "cancer" to the party.

    What is the row about?
    Elected to Congress in November, Mrs Greene was assigned to the Education and Labour Committee and the Budget Committee by House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.

    Democrats have argued that because of her past remarks embracing conspiracy theories, including those claiming school shootings were staged, she has "forfeited her right" to join these panels, particularly the education committee.

    On Wednesday, Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said that the House would move forward with a measure to strip Mrs Greene of these assignments after he spoke with Mr McCarthy.

    "It is clear there is no alternative to holding a floor vote on the resolution to remove Rep Greene from her committee assignments," Mr Hoyer said, pledging that the full House would vote on the measure on Thursday.

    The measure requires a simple majority to pass.

    Mr McCarthy is expected to discuss the issue with party members at a meeting later on Wednesday.

    Republicans are also debating whether to punish their third-highest ranking member, Liz Cheney, who broke ranks to impeach Donald Trump.

    In 2019, then-Iowa Republican congressman Steve King was stripped of his Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committee seats over comments he made about white supremacy.

    The House of Representatives is heading toward a showdown on Thursday over the fate of Marjorie Taylor Greene, the freshman congresswoman with a penchant for trafficking in bizarre right-wing conspiracy theories.

    Every attempt at reaching some sort of resolution to avoid a floor vote by the whole chamber - an apology by Greene, sanctions imposed by the Republican leadership or some compromise acceptable to Democrats - has been in vain.

    The standoff reflects the conflicting currents within the Republican Party. Some, like Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, view Greene as a symptom of the corrosive effects of Donald Trump's politics. A clear renunciation, then, would be a welcome step away from the ex-president.

    Others consider the move to punish Greene only the latest attempt to persecute and silence an outspoken conservative voice. If Greene is sanctioned, they believe the conservative base will see that as caving to liberals and the mainstream media - and revolt.

    Democrats, sensing an advantage, are pushing for a very public confrontation, even if some are uneasy about the precedent it might set.

    Meanwhile, Greene continues to post eye-popping fundraising numbers and raise her profile - as a hero to some on the right and, perhaps, a martyr.

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    Who is Marjorie Taylor Greene?
    Before taking office, Mrs Greene liked posts calling for violence against Democratic lawmakers, claimed that school shootings and the 9/11 terror attack were staged events and made other offensive comments online.

    Her verbal attack on a teenage survivor of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was recently unearthed and led to calls for her to be expelled from the chamber by some Democrats.

    Last month, Mrs Greene introduced a measure attempting to impeach US President Joe Biden.

    On Tuesday night, Mrs Greene met Mr McCarthy, and then on Saturday, Mrs Green held a phone call with Mr Trump.

    What have Republicans said about her?
    The looming vote comes as a number of Republican senators openly criticised Mrs Greene on Tuesday.

    "Personally I'd have a hard time supporting, for example, her positions on the school shootings being staged and being on the Education Committee," North Dakota Republican Senator Kevin Cramer told CNN. "Real authority has moral authority."

    "I think our party has to make it very clear that she does not represent us in any way," said Utah Senator Mitt Romney. "Our big tent is not large enough to both accommodate conservatives and kooks."

    Florida's two Republicans senators also took issue with her assertion that the 2018 Parkland school shooting was a set-up.

    "Those were real children that died," said Senator Marco Rubio, calling her "either deranged or a sadist".

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    The House voted on Thursday to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., from her committee assignments after Republican leadership failed to punish the freshman congresswoman’s embrace of bizarre conspiracy theories and endorsement of violence against Democrats.

    The resolution to strip Greene from her seats on the budget and the education and labor committees passed 230-199, with 11 House Republicans joining Democrats in voting for Greene’s removal.

    Those GOP members were Mario D?az-Balart (Fla.); Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.); Carlos A. Gim?nez (Fla.); Chris Jacobs (N.Y.); John Katko (N.Y.); Young Kim (Calif.); Adam Kinzinger (Ill.); Nicole Malliotakis (N.Y.); Maria Elvira Salazar (Fla.); Chris Smith (N.J.); and Fred Upton (Mich.).

    In a fiery speech on the House floor shortly before the vote, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., excoriated Republican leadership for ignoring Greene’s incendiary rhetoric. Hoyer displayed a poster showing one of Greene’s Facebook posts that included an image of her with an AR-15 alongside Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib above a banner that read “Squad’s Worst Nightmare.”

    “They’re not ‘the Squad.’ They’re Ilhan. They are Alexandria. And they’re Rashida. They are people. They are our colleagues,” Hoyer said. “This is an AR-15.”

    Hoyer pointed out that two years ago, House Republicans removed Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, of his committee assignments after he questioned publicly why the phrase “white supremacy” was considered offensive. (King was defeated by a primary challenger later that year and is now out of Congress.)

    As a rule, every member of Congress is assigned to one or more committees. For a freshman, especially one in the minority, committee meetings are one of the few ways to exercise power or make a mark in Congress.

    Greene, who has supported the QAnon conspiracy theory in the past and has a long history of making racist comments, was elected to the House in November, and promptly announced she would introduce a bill on her first day to impeach President Biden. (It’s unclear whether any fellow members supported the proposal, which has no chance of passing the Democrat-controlled Congress.)

    Last week, Facebook posts unearthed by CNN showed Greene had supported calls for violence against prominent Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In one post, from January 2019, Greene liked a comment that said a “bullet to the head would be quicker” to remove the House speaker.

    Greene, who was not in office at the time, has said her social media accounts were sometimes handled by others.

    Posts on Greene’s Facebook account also expressed support for baseless conspiracy theories that the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., and Parkland, Fla., were staged. (“Exactly!” she wrote in response to a post saying the 2018 Parkland massacre was a “false flag planned shooting.”)

    Fred Guttenberg, the father of a slain Parkland student, posted a video of Greene harassing David Hogg, a former Parkland student and gun reform advocate, outside the U.S. Capitol.

    In a floor speech ahead of Thursday’s vote, Greene insisted her conspiratorial views — including her belief that the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon never happened — were a thing of the past.

    “These were words of the past and these things do not represent me,” Greene said before blaming the media for distorting her views, equating the press corps to QAnon and casting herself as a victim of cancel culture. She did not offer an apology.

    Last week, Facebook posts unearthed by CNN showed Greene had supported calls for violence against prominent Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In one post, from January 2019, Greene liked a comment that said a “bullet to the head would be quicker” to remove the House speaker.

    Greene, who was not in office at the time, has said her social media accounts were sometimes handled by others.

    Posts on Greene’s Facebook account also expressed support for baseless conspiracy theories that the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., and Parkland, Fla., were staged. (“Exactly!” she wrote in response to a post saying the 2018 Parkland massacre was a “false flag planned shooting.”)

    Fred Guttenberg, the father of a slain Parkland student, posted a video of Greene harassing David Hogg, a former Parkland student and gun reform advocate, outside the U.S. Capitol.

    In a floor speech ahead of Thursday’s vote, Greene insisted her conspiratorial views — including her belief that the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon never happened — were a thing of the past.

    “These were words of the past and these things do not represent me,” Greene said before blaming the media for distorting her views, equating the press corps to QAnon and casting herself as a victim of cancel culture. She did not offer an apology. The unprecedented vote to remove Greene from her committee assignments came a day after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said that her past statements “on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference.” But he did not announce any sanctions, saying instead that she had assured him in a private conversation that she understood the need to meet “a higher standard” as a lawmaker than as a private citizen.

    “I hold her to her word, as well as her actions going forward,” McCarthy said.

    He also claimed he didn’t know what QAnon is, despite saying in August that there was no place for it in the Republican Party.

    McCarthy then criticized Democrats for “choosing to raise the temperature” in “their partisan power grab regarding the committee assignments of the other party.”

    "It's so unfortunate. You would think the Republican leadership would have some sense of responsibility to this institution," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said shortly before the vote.

    In a Wednesday meeting with House Republicans, Greene attempted to distance herself from some of her past comments. She said that the school shootings were “real and awful,” and apologized for having subscribed to some QAnon conspiracy theories, according to attendees.

    Those remarks satisfied McCarthy and her party colleagues, many of whom gave Greene a standing ovation.

    But in an interview with the Washington Examiner published after her meeting with McCarthy, Greene seemed less contrite.

    “And Kevin McCarthy and all these leaders, the leadership, and everyone is proving that they are all talk and not about action,” she said. “They’re just all about doing business as usual in Washington. And so what’s the difference between them and the Democrats? There isn’t a difference."

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    https://nypost.com/2021/02/14/mayor-...in-small-town/

    he mayor, police chief, city clerk and a former city clerk of a small Midwest town were all arrested for allegedly abusing their power — with crimes including stealing money, falsifying records and strong-arming civilians, officials said.

    In one instance, a resident in Armstrong, Iowa — population 840 — was attacked by one of the defendants with a stun gun to shake them down for money, authorities said.

    Mayor Greg Buum, police chief Craig Merrill, city clerk Tracie Lang, and former city clerk Connie Thackery were charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses in a 21-count joint trial information approved by the Emmet County District Court,” the Emmet County sheriff said in a statement.

    The Iowa Attorney General’s Office filed charges on Feb. 11 after a multi-year investigation uncovered allegations of theft, felonious misconduct in office, tampering with records, assault with a dangerous weapon and falsifying public records, according to the release.

    One of the defendants — it wasn’t immediately clear which — deployed a Taser on a civilian in exchange for cash, officials allege.

    Buum, Merrill and Thackery face a top charge of ongoing criminal conduct — a Class B felony.



    Lang’s top rap is fraudulent practice in the first degree — a Class C felony.

    State prosecutors have taken over the case due to a local conflict of interest, officials said.

    Additional arrests are said to be pending.

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    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...-b1803462.html

    The mayor of a Texas town who told residents he owed them “nothing” as winter storms left millions across the state without power in single digit temperatures has resigned.

    “No one owes you [or] your family anything,” Tim Boyd, previously mayor of Colorado City, Texas wrote Tuesday in a Facebook post. “I’m sick and tired of people looking for a damn handout!”

    He has since deleted the post.

    In a second post, Mr Boyd said he “won’t deny for one minute” anything he said in the previous post, but complained that his wife had faced harassment while adding that he had resigned from his position.

    Mr Boyd said he made the comments as a “private citizen,” and that he had resigned his position days earlier. He is still listed as mayor on the city’s website, and city council agendas cite him as mayor as recently as last week, according to The Washington Post.

    The former mayor said his wife was fired from her job due to his statement, and complained that his family was subject to “undeserved” harassment and death threats.

    The Facebook screed was shared widely on social media and was reported on by numerous news outlets.

    In his initial post, Mr Boyd said people waiting in their homes to have their power restored were “lazy” and said that the “strong will survive and the weak will [perish].”

    But residents in the region were anything but lazy; residents had banded together to help support each other by walking through the snow to deliver supplies. Others had opened up their private wells to provide water for those who had lost services.

    Mr Boyd’s tirade toward people he thinks are “too lazy to get up and fend for themselves” blamed the “socialist government”.

    It was not immediately clear which government Mr Boyd was referring to, since he led the local government, and Republicans under Donald Trump ran the country for the last four years.

    Texas’ inability to provide uninterrupted utility service to millions of residents is partly due to the state’s decision to operate its own power grid in an effort to avoid federal regulation.

    By Tuesday, at least 10 people had died from the winter storms in the state. Another winter storm is expected to hit the region on Wednesday.


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    https://www.kcrg.com/2021/02/16/arms...investigation/

    The Iowa Corruption scandal

    ARMSTRONG, Iowa (KEYC) — Emmet County Sheriff’s Office arrested Armstrong police chief Craig Merrill on Saturday while he was ice fishing on Lake Tuttle in Minnesota, just across the border from where he works. He’s the fourth Armstrong city official to be arrested, and now joins the city’s mayor, city clerk and former city clerk.

    The Iowa Attorney General’s office announced on Friday they filed charges against Armstrong Mayor Greg Buum, police chief Craig Merrill, current city clerk Tracie Lang and former city clerk Connie Thackery.

    The sheriff’s office says the four were charged in a 21-count joint trial in Emmet County District Court, stemming from a multi-year investigation by the sheriff’s office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation uncovered misappropriation of city funds, falsifying of public records and ledgers to conceal embezzlement and assault with a dangerous weapon.

    The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case at the request of the Emmet County attorney due to conflict of interest and pending additional arrests.

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    I'm sure by now people have heard about Ted Cruz' aborted trip to Cancun. But he doesn't have to worry about being cold because he's being roasted for deserting his poodle "Snowflake" in a cold house with only the security guard to feed and care for her.
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    I'm sure by now people have heard about Ted Cruz' aborted trip to Cancun. But he doesn't have to worry about being cold because he's being roasted for deserting his poodle "Snowflake" in a cold house with only the security guard to feed and care for her.

    People are pissed at him. I read a bunch of tweets sent to him from random Texans. A lot of them had pics of the damage burst pipes have caused, thawing snow to use as toilet water, and one person even posted a pick of dish soap that was frozen inside their house. The one that really got to me was a tweet about a dog that fell down the steps and the owner couldn't take him to the vet bc of ice on the road.

    ETA poor snowflake
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    https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/su...te-prosecutor/

    In a significant defeat for former President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to step in to halt the turnover of his tax records to a New York state prosecutor.

    The court’s action is the apparent culmination of a lengthy legal battle that had already reached the high court once before.

    Trump’s tax records are not supposed to become public as part of prosecutors’ criminal investigation, but the high court’s action is a blow to Trump because he has long fought on so many fronts to keep his tax records shielded from view. The ongoing investigation that the records are part of could also become an issue for Trump in his life after the presidency. Trump has called it “a fishing expedition” and “a continuation of the witch hunt — the greatest witch hunt in history.”

    The Supreme Court waited months to act in the case. The last of the written briefs in the case was filed Oct. 19. But a court that includes three Trump appointees waited through the election, Trump’s challenge to his defeat and a month after Trump left office before issuing its order.

    The court offered no explanation for the delay, and the legal issue before the justices did not involve whether Trump was due any special deference because he was president.

    The court’s order is a win for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who has been seeking Trump’s tax records since 2019 as part of an investigation. Vance, a Democrat, had subpoenaed the records from the Mazars accounting firm that has long done work for Trump and his businesses. Mazars has said it would comply with the subpoena, but Trump, a Republican, sued to block the records’ release.

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    Vance’s office had said it would be free to enforce the subpoena and obtain the records in the event the Supreme Court declined to step in and halt the records’ turnover, but it was unclear when that might happen. In a three-word statement, Vance on Monday said only: “The work continues.”

    Representatives for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    The case the high court ruled in involves a grand jury subpoena for more than eight years of Trump’s personal and corporate tax records. Vance has disclosed little about what prompted him to request the records. In one court filing last year, however, prosecutors said they were justified in demanding the records because of public reports of “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”

    Part of the probe involves payments to two women — porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal — to keep them quiet during the 2016 presidential campaign about alleged extramarital affairs with Trump. Trump has denied the affairs.

    In July, the justices in a 7-2 ruling rejected Trump’s argument that the president is immune from investigation while he holds office or that a prosecutor must show a greater need than normal to obtain the tax records.

    Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, whom Trump nominated to the high court, joined that decision. It was issued before Trump’s third nominee, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, replaced the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the court.

    As part of its July decision, the high court returned the Vance case and a similar case involving records sought by Congress to lower courts. And the court prevented the records from being turned over while the cases proceeded.

    Since the high court’s ruling, in the Vance case, Trump’s attorneys made additional arguments that his tax records should not be turned over, but they lost again in federal court in New York and on appeal. It was those rulings that Trump had sought to put on hold.

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    (NEXSTAR) – A poll of Trump voters from past elections found that almost half of the former president’s supporters would drop the Republican Party for Trump if he created his own party.

    Forty-six percent would switch their loyalty to a Trump third party, with 27% voting Republican and another 27% undecided, according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll released Sunday.

    Despite losing his re-election bid and his social media channels, the poll shows the political cache that Trump still wields and the potential influence he could have on elections in 2022 and 2024.

    “These voters more than identify with Donald Trump,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. “They feel like they are part of him. Many of these voters feel no real connection to government or Washington, D.C. but they are still very connected to Trump.”

    When asked about loyalty, 54% said they were loyal to Trump himself, with just 34% loyal to the Republican Party.

    The poll also found that a majority of Trump voters still believe in false conspiracies like Antifa allegedly orchestrating the Jan. 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol (58%), and the Trump-supported claim that President Biden wasn’t elected legitimately (73%).

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    In what appears to be a bad sign for Biden’s chances of uniting a sharply-polarized electorate, only six percent of Trump supporters support the job Biden has done so far.

    There has also been a sizable shift when it comes to preferred news sources among Trump voters. While 58% named Fox News as their most trusted provider in 2016, four years later that number has fallen to 34% among the same voters. In 2016, the nascent Newsmax (17%) and One America News Nework (9%) were barely four years old and weren’t offered as options.

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    https://www.khon2.com/local-news/loc...dui-suspicion/

    HONOLULU (KHON2) — A state lawmaker who played a key role in strengthening drunk driving laws has been arrested for driving under the influence. Police said, Rep. Sharon Har was allegedly going the wrong way on a one-way street when officers pulled her over.

    [Hawaii’s Breaking News–Download the FREE KHON2 app for iOS or Android]

    Police arrested Rep. Har just before 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22. Sources say she was going the wrong way down South Beretania Street and tried to turn the wrong way onto Piikoi Street when she was stopped.

    The 52-year-old lawmaker representing Kapolei and Makakilo was arrested for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of an Intoxicant. Her bail was set at $500.

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hawaii points out that going the wrong way takes drinking and driving to another level of danger.

    “She’s very lucky that she didn’t hurt somebody else or herself. I’m sure today she’s realizing how dangerous it was and how foolish,” said Theresa Paulette, MADD Hawaii’s Victim Services Specialist.

    Har introduced the interlock ignition bill in 2008, which became law. It required repeat offenders or first-time offenders who are highly intoxicated to have an interlock ignition device in their vehicle. She told KHON2 in 2008 that she wrote the bill because she was hit by a drunk driver one year before.
    Bill would require alcohol detecting device in all new cars

    “As the crash was occuring I kept thinking I was going to die tonight,” said Har in 2008.

    “It’s absolutely disappointing and also dangerous. She is a person who truly knows better as she was hit by a drunk driver a few years ago,” said Paulette.

    House Speaker Scott Saiki commented on the incident on Tuesday, Feb. 23:

    “This is an unfortunate incident. We are wishing Representative Har and her family the best right now.”
    House Speaker Scott Saiki

    Representative Har says she had a beer after a late evening at work and the drink paired with her prescribed cough medication led to her impairment.

    Har released the following statement Tuesday evening:

    I have had an upper respiratory illness for several weeks now. As a result, I have been taking prescribed cough medication with codeine to control the symptoms associated with my illness. On February 22, 2021, after a late evening at work, I had a beer with my dinner. This, in conjunction with my medication, contributed to my impaired driving. I am extremely sorry for not anticipating the effect of this combination on my driving. I deeply apologize to my constituents, friends, family and colleagues, and to the public for this failure on my part. I would like to express my gratitude to the officers of the Honolulu Police Department for the professional manner in which they conducted their duty in effecting my arrest. Above all, I am grateful that no one was hurt.

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