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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/fl...out&li=BBnb7Kz

    Florida's governor sued over new 'anti-riot' law

    A social justice group has filed a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and others two days after the Republican signed a bill to create tougher penalties for people who participate in violent protests.

    The nonprofit group Legacy Entertainment & Arts Foundation filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Orlando federal court, according to court records. It argues the new law violates First Amendment protections for free speech, Eighth Amendment protections against cruel and unusual punishment and 14th Amendment protections of due process.

    “The breathtaking scope of the Bill includes granting civil immunity to people who drive into peaceful demonstrators if such demonstration blocks a road, prevents people accused of ‘rioting’ from bailing out of jail until after their first court appearance, increases penalties for assaulting law enforcement officers while engaging in a ‘riot,’ penalizing local governments that interfere with efforts to stop a 'riot,' and allows law enforcement agencies that face funding reductions to file objections,” the complaint stated.

    DeSantis spokesman Cody McCloud said the governor’s office hasn't yet been served in the case but will firmly defend the legal merits of the new law, which McCloud said protects businesses, supports law enforcement and ensures punishment for those who cause violence.

    The so-called anti-riot bill that DeSantis signed on Monday was a response to nationwide demonstrations that occurred in the wake of George Floyd's murder. Most of the protests against racial injustice were peaceful, but some turned violent. After the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, Republicans pushing the legislation used it as an example to support the effort.

    Opponents of the bill said it was a racist reaction to a problem that hasn’t occurred in Florida. They saw it as an attempt to squash the voices of groups like Black Lives Matter.

    The new law enhances penalties for crimes committed during a riot or violent protest. It allows authorities to hold arrested protesters until a first court appearance and establishes new felonies for organizing or participating in a violent demonstration.

    It also strips local governments of civil liability protections if they interfere with law enforcement’s efforts to respond to a violent protest and adds language to state law that could force local governments to justify a reduction in law enforcement budgets.

    It also makes it a second-degree felony to destroy or demolish a memorial, plaque, flag, painting, structure or other object that commemorates historical people or events. That would be punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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    https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/...rules-77300719

    Airline bans Alaska state senator for violating mask rules

    Alaska Airlines has banned an Alaska state senator for refusing to follow mask requirements.

    “We have notified Senator Lora Reinbold that she is not permitted to fly with us for her continued refusal to comply with employee instruction regarding the current mask policy,” spokesman Tim Thompson told the Anchorage Daily News on Saturday, adding that the suspension was effective immediately.

    Reinbold, a Republican of Eagle River, said she had not been notified of a ban and that she hoped to be on an Alaska Airlines flight in the near future.

    Last week, Reinbold was recorded in Juneau International Airport arguing with Alaska Airlines staff about mask policies. A video posted to social media appears to show airline staff telling Reinbold her mask must cover her nose and mouth.

    Reinbold told the newspaper that had been inquiring about a “mask exemption with uptight employees at the counter."

    “I was reasonable with all Alaska Airlines employees,” she said, adding that she was able to board the flight to Anchorage.

    Reinbold has been a vocal opponent to COVID-19 mitigation measures and has repeatedly objected to Alaska Airlines’ mask policy, which was enacted before the federal government's mandate this year.

    Last year, she referred to Alaska Airlines staff as “mask bullies” after being asked by flight attendants to wear a mask aboard a flight, the newspaper reported. After the incident, she reportedly sent a cake to some flight attendants bearing the inscription: “I’m sorry if I offended you.”

    Alaska Airlines has banned over 500 people.

    Thompson said the length of Reinbold's ban will be determined by a review.

    It wasn't immediately known how Reinbold, who was in southcentral Alaska this weekend, would be able to get to Juneau where the legislative session resumes Monday. No other airline has scheduled flights between Anchorage and Juneau, and a ferry trip could take several days.

    Lawmakers can participate in committee meetings by teleconference but cannot vote on the House or Senate floor remotely under current procedures.

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    BOSTON (WPRI) – The former mayor of Fall River “betrayed his constituents” when he allegedly defrauded investors, extorted marijuana vendors and made his chief of staff kick back her salary to him, a federal prosecutor told jurors Tuesday.

    “This is a case about lying, cheating, stealing and shakedowns,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Hafer said in his opening statement in the trial of Jasiel F. Correia II. “The man behind it all is seated right there.”

    Hafer told the jurors the evidence set to be laid out over the next several weeks will show “there was a price to do business in Fall River,” where Correia was first elected mayor in 2015.

    The 24 criminal counts against Correia are split into three parts, Hafer said. First, the alleged defrauding of investors in a now-defunct tech app called SnoOwl, which Correia started after he graduated from Providence College and began his political aspirations in Fall River with a run for City Council.

    Correia, 29, is accused of spending the majority of investors’ money on a “lavish lifestyle,” according to prosecutors, such as adult entertainment, casinos, designer clothes and a Mercedes.

    He even took his girlfriend on a helicopter tour of the Newport Mansions with the investors’ money, Hafer said Monday.

    His accountant issued a warning at the time when reviewing the company’s books, according to an email displayed in court: “This is at best a horrible mistake, and at worse can be regarded as criminal if the funding gaps are not solved.”

    The second part of the case deals with Correia’s power as mayor to approve or disapprove of marijuana shops opening in the city, shortly after cannabis was legalized recreationally in Massachusetts. He required prospective vendors to pay him bribes, Hafer alleged, in exchange for his signature on a required letter of non-opposition.

    The third part of the trial involves his former chief of staff Genoveva Andrade, who has already pleaded guilty to her role in the alleged extortion scheme. Correia is accused of requiring her to kick back half her salary to him in exchange for getting and keeping her job in City Hall.

    Correia’s defense attorney in his own opening statement sought to dismiss the claims that Correia defrauded his investors, portraying the lavish spending as Correia essentially taking a salary from the company.

    “It’s his money, from his point of view,” defense attorney Kevin Reddington told the jury. “He’s working hard on this app.”

    Reddington said once the accounting issues were flagged, Correia hired a law firm which re-wrote the investor agreements full of “legal gobbledygook” that made clear the money couldn’t be spent on personal items. But at that point Correia, a “22-year-old kid,” as Reddington described him, had already spent the money.

    “There was no intent to defraud, there was no intent to steal,” Reddington said. “He, above everybody, wanted to see this business as a success.”

    On the alleged marijuana vendor extortion, Reddington denied there was any shakedown of prospective cannabis businesses.

    He sought to pre-emptively cast doubt on the marijuana vendors, who have been given immunity in exchange for their testimony against Correia. The middlemen accused of delivering the bribes to Correia have also already pleaded guilty and also plan to testify against the former mayor.

    “The government ran out of paper giving out their immunity agreements and plea agreements here,” Reddington said.

    Jasiel Correia trial: here’s what you need to know
    Correia has maintained his innocence since his initial arrest back in 2018. He was arrested during his second term in office, and ultimately lost re-election to a third term in 2019.

    Correia is one of about two dozen people inside the actual courtroom due to COVID-19 restrictions. He arrived at court Monday with his mother and fianc?, but his father was not permitted to join him in the courtroom because he may be called as a witness.

    Jury selection took place over three days last week, with 14 jurors seated on Monday morning. The jury has 11 women and 3 men, according to the pool reporter in the courtroom. (12 will ultimately render the verdict, with two alternates.)

    After the opening statements Monday morning, the court took a lunch break. The first witnesses are expected to be called Monday afternoon.

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...id=mailsignout

    Ted Cruz's threat to 'woke CEOs' was 'the most openly corrupt thing any Senator has said,' ethics expert says

    A government ethics expert has described Ted Cruz's newspaper column on "woke CEOs" as the "most openly corrupt thing any Senator has said."

    The Texas senator in a Wall Street Journal column published last week expressed his anger at the decision by a number of corporations including Coca-Cola to object to Georgia's controversial new voting law.

    Cruz faced a backlash to the column for suggesting that, "this time," he and other Republican lawmakers would stop offering corporations potentially unethical tax breaks and other multibillion-dollar exemptions in return for financial contributions to their political causes.

    "This is the point in the drama when Republicans usually shrug their shoulders, call these companies "job creators," and start to cut their taxes. Not this time," Cruz wrote in the op-ed.

    "This time, we won't look the other way on Coca-Cola's $12 billion in back taxes owed."

    "This time, when Major League Baseball lobbies to preserve its multibillion-dollar antitrust exception, we'll say no thank you. This time, when Boeing asks for billions in corporate welfare, we'll simply let the Export-Import Bank expire."

    Walter Shaub, the former director for the office of government ethics, said on Twitter that Cruz had appeared to admit he and others had sold "access" in exchange for funding.

    he wrote on Twitter.

    -Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) May 2, 2021

    "It's the part everyone knows: these crooks sell access. Others have the sense not to admit it. This is why our republic is broken. Immoral politicians selling power we've entrusted to them like it's theirs to sell."

    -Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 30, 2021

    Cruz also said that he would no longer take money from corporate political action funds (PACs), the groups which pool donations from corporations towards specific campaigns like Cruz's Senate campaign.

    "In my nine years in the Senate, I've received $2.6 million in contributions from corporate political-action committees," he wrote.

    "Starting today, I no longer accept money from any corporate PAC. I urge my GOP colleagues at all levels to do the same.

    "For too long, Republicans have allowed the left and their big-business allies to attack our values with no response."

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
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    Ted Cruz's threat to 'woke CEOs' was 'the most openly corrupt thing any Senator has said,' ethics expert says
    Pot and Kettle are black anybody. Remember Mike Lindell he's the right wing version of Woke CEO.

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    H Y P O C R I T E!!!

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    McConnell: ‘Highly unlikely’ I would let Biden fill supreme court seat in 2024

    The Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, said on Monday it was “highly unlikely” he would allow Joe Biden to fill a supreme court vacancy arising in 2024, the year of the next presidential election, if Republicans regained control of the chamber.


    “I think it’s highly unlikely – in fact, no, I don’t think either party, if it were different from the president, would confirm a supreme court nominee in the middle of an election,” McConnell told Hugh Hewitt, a conservative radio host.

    McConnell blocked Barack Obama from filling a vacancy in 2016, denying Merrick Garland, now attorney general, even a hearing after he was nominated to fill the seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia.

    McConnell said that was because no new justice should be seated in an election year – a position he reversed with alacrity in 2020, on the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg two months before polling day.

    Ginsburg, a liberal lion, was replaced by the conservative Amy Coney Barrett, tipping the court 6-3 to the right. Major cases are coming up on abortion rights, gun control, affirmative action and more.

    McConnell claimed then, and repeated to Hewitt, that no new justice should be seated in an election year when the White House and the Senate are controlled by different parties.

    “I think in the middle of a presidential election,” McConnell said, “if you have a Senate of the opposite party of the president, you have to go back to the 1880s to find the last time a vacancy was filled.

    “So I think it’s highly unlikely. In fact, no, I don’t think either party if it controlled, if it were different from the president would confirm a supreme court nominee in the middle of an election. What was different in 2020 was we were of the same party as the president. And that’s why we went ahead with it.”

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    Asked what would happen if a vacancy arose in 2023 with Republicans in control of the Senate, McConnell said: “We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”

    He also said keeping Scalia’s seat open – to be filled under Donald Trump by Neil Gorsuch – “is the single most consequential thing I’ve done in my time as majority leader of the Senate”.

    McConnell’s hardball tactics have contributed to his status as a hate figure among progressives. On Monday, much online reaction to his remarks focused on beseeching Stephen Breyer, a liberal and at 82 the oldest justice on the current court, to retire while Biden is in the White House and Democrats hold the Senate.
    Mitch McConnell arrives in a Senate subway car for a vote last week. ? Photograph: Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters Mitch McConnell arrives in a Senate subway car for a vote last week.

    Rick Hasen, a professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine, said: “Exactly as I wrote last week. McConnell will NOT fill a Breyer seat if he’s majority leader, even if he has to wait two years with the seat open.”

    Jeet Heer, a columnist for the Nation, wrote: “Can someone send this to USA supreme court justice Stephen Breyer. Thanks!”

    The conservative hold on the court was strengthened in 2018 when Anthony Kennedy, often a swing vote on civil rights issues, stepped down and was replaced by Brett Kavanaugh, once an official in the White House of George W Bush.

    Kavanaugh faced and denied allegations of sexual assault during a stormy confirmation but McConnell said he was “stronger than mule piss” in support and the process was duly completed.

    Breyer, appointed by Bill Clinton in 1994, has shown little inclination to follow Kennedy’s example and step aside for a younger justice.

    Last month, he angered some on the left by telling high school and middle school students the key to working with conservatives was to talk to them more.

    Among progressives, support is growing for countering conservative dominance of the court by increasing the number of justices. Republicans are stringently opposed.

    McConnell told Hewitt he wanted to give Breyer “a shout out, though, because he joined what Justice Ginsburg said in 2019, that nine is the right number for the supreme court, and I admire him for that. I think even the liberal justices on the supreme court have made it clear that court packing is a terrible idea.”

    The number of justices on the court is not fixed in the constitution.

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    Word on the streets is that Matty the pedophile was just suddenly kicked off the fundraising tour with Marjorie Green the grossly obscene. Since it takes pretty much murdering someone in broad daylight for that piece of shit to turn her back on you, it's being speculated that Matty the pedophile is about to be indicted.
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
    Oh well, back to gum.
    ....or exchanging Puke's wang for spicy nuts.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Babe 73 View Post
    Word on the streets is that Matty the pedophile was just suddenly kicked off the fundraising tour with Marjorie Green the grossly obscene. Since it takes pretty much murdering someone in broad daylight for that piece of shit to turn her back on you, it's being speculated that Matty the pedophile is about to be indicted.


    I hope they throw his ass in jail!

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    AP urges DeSantis to end bullying aimed at reporter

    Twitter suspended the account of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' press secretary for violating rules on “abusive behavior” after The Associated Press said her conduct led to a reporter receiving threats and other online abuse.

    The DeSantis aide, Christina Pushaw, saw her account locked for 12 hours, a Twitter spokeswoman said. She won't be able to tweet, although others can retweet or “like” her messages.

    Earlier Friday, incoming AP CEO Daisy Veerasingham wrote to DeSantis, asking him to end Pushaw's “harassing behavior." AP is seeking to fight online bullying against journalists, a growing trend that is often triggered by public figures.

    “You will ban the press secretary of a democratically-elected official while allowing the Taliban to live tweet their conquest of Afghanistan?” Pushaw said. She said those who “challenge false narratives are often silenced by corporate media and Big Tech collusion.”

    Pushaw denied trying to direct the governor's followers to target AP's reporter despite retweeting his article and writing “drag them” in a now-deleted post.

    She had objected to Tuesday's story by AP's Tallahassee, Florida-based reporter Brendan Farrington, which pointed out that one of DeSantis’ multimillion-dollar donors invests in a company making the COVID-19 treatment drug Regeneron. DeSantis has been touting the monoclonal antibody treatment throughout the state.

    In another tweet, she wrote that if Farrington didn't change the story, she would “put you on blast.” She also retweeted a message that said “Light. Them. Up.” in reference to the AP.

    Early Wednesday, Farrington tweeted that he had received online threats and hate messages about the story. “For your sake, I hope government doesn't threaten your safety. I'll be fine, I hope. Freedom. Just please don't kill me.”

    Farrington declined to be interviewed for this story.

    Brian Carovillano, AP's vice president and managing editor, said Pushaw's tweets were particularly egregious because she's a public servant whose job it is to work with the press.

    “There's pushback, which we fully accept and is a regular facet of being a political reporter or any kind of reporter, and there's harassment,” Carovillano said. “This is not pushback, it's harassment. It's bullying. It's calling out the trolls at somebody who is just doing his job and it's putting him and his family at risk.”

    Pushaw said her “drag them” comment was social media slang and was not meant as a violent threat. She said she deleted it because she didn't want it to be misinterpreted.

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    Airline bans Alaska state senator for violating mask rules
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    Barred From Flying Over Mask Dispute, Lawmaker Asks to Be Excused From Senate

    An Alaska lawmaker has asked to be excused from legislative sessions until next year, saying she has no way to fly to the state capital after she was barred from Alaska Airlines for violating mask policies.

    The lawmaker, Lora Reinbold, a Republican state senator, was captured on video in April arguing with employees at Juneau International Airport about mask rules.

    After the confrontation, Alaska Airlines said it had notified Ms. Reinbold that she was “not permitted to fly with us for her continued refusal to comply with employee instruction regarding the current mask policy.”

    Ms. Reinbold had previously complained about Alaska Airlines on Facebook, saying it was “part of mask tyranny.”

    She had also been scolded by Alaska’s governor, Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, who accused her of spreading misinformation about the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and of having “abdicated the tenets of your oath as a public servant.”

    Speaking on the floor of the Alaska State Senate on Thursday, Ms. Reinbold asked that she be excused from Senate business from Sept. 11 through Jan. 15 “because there’s no airline other than Alaska Airlines that flies into Juneau during that period that I’m aware of.”

    “The political ban is still in place as long as Biden’s illegitimate mask mandate is in place on private and public transportation,” she told her colleagues.

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    I needed a laugh today. This is amazing
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
    Oh well, back to gum.
    ....or exchanging Puke's wang for spicy nuts.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    Speaking on the floor of the Alaska State Senate on Thursday, Ms. Reinbold asked that she be excused from Senate business from Sept. 11 through Jan. 15 ?because there?s no airline other than Alaska Airlines that flies into Juneau during that period that I?m aware of.?
    She made it to the state capital Thursday. Maybe she needs to just stay put? Of course, maybe her fellow senators are just as glad to see her gone?
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    lol at Nestle being some vicious smiter, she's the nicest person on this site besides probably puzzld. Or at least the last person to resort to smiting.
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    Trump must have offered him the VP spot, plus he's up for re-election next year so he has to sidestep the presidency thing for now and also inflame the base.

    https://news.yahoo.com/florida-gov-r...031935029.html

    Gov. Ron DeSantis says he won't run for president because he's busy 'trying to make sure people are not supporting critical race theory'

    Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida on Wednesday said he wouldn't be running for president in 2024 because he's busy making sure "people are not supporting critical race theory."

    DeSantis made this statement during an interview with the Fox News host Sean Hannity.

    "I'm not considering anything beyond doing my job. We got a lot of stuff going on in Florida. I'm going to be running for reelection next year," DeSantis said in reply to Hannity's question on whether he was considering a presidential run.

    "We are also working on a lot of things in the state beyond the governor's race. We got school-board races," DeSantis added. "I want to make sure people are not supporting critical race theory, making sure that parents have the ability to send their kid to school the way they want to."

    Under DeSantis, Florida banned the teaching of critical race theory from its schools in June. Critical race theory, at its core, looks back at how racism and discrimination in American history still affect the country in the present. It has become a point of contention with the GOP, and DeSantis has described it as the teaching of a "false history" that would "denigrate the Founding Fathers."

    DeSantis has been widely viewed as a contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, particularly if former President Donald Trump does not run.

    DeSantis in September, however, dismissed rumblings he might be making a bid for the spot, saying they were "rumors" and "nonsense."

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    I admit that I do kinda miss having the ability to reply to him directly & tell him he's a cunt, but I'm cool with losing that little treat forever if it makes it harder for him to whip up fascist uprisings



    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-...ccou/100510230


    Former US president Donald Trump has asked a federal judge in Florida to get Twitter to restore his personal account.

    Key points:
    Mr Trump was removed from Twitter after the deadly January 6 riots at the US Capitol

    His lawyers argue that Twitter exercises a "historically unprecedented" degree of power over political discourse

    Before he was blocked, Mr Trump had more than 88 million followers on the platform

    The company removed him from the platform in January, citing a risk of incitement of violence.

    Mr Trump filed a request for a preliminary injunction against Twitter on Friday in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.


    He argued the social media company was "coerced" by members of the US Congress to suspend his account for political reasons.

    Twitter and several other social media platforms banned Trump from their services after a mob of his supporters attacked the US Capitol in a deadly riot on January 6.

    That assault followed a speech by Mr Trump in which he reiterated false claims that his election loss in November was because of widespread fraud.


    The assertion was rejected by multiple courts and state election officials.

    Twitter "exercises a degree of power and control over political discourse in this country that is immeasurable, historically unprecedented, and profoundly dangerous to open democratic debate," Mr Trump's lawyers said in the filing.

    Twitter declined to comment on the filing when contacted by Reuters.

    At the time of removing Mr Trump's account permanently, Twitter said his tweets had violated the platform's policy barring "glorification of violence".

    The company said at the time that Mr Trump's tweets that led to the removal were "highly likely" to encourage people to replicate what happened in the Capitol riots.


    Before he was blocked, Mr Trump had more than 88 million followers on Twitter and used it as his social media megaphone.

    In the court filing, Mr Trump argued Twitter allowed the Taliban to tweet regularly about their military victories across Afghanistan, but censored him during his presidency by labelling his tweets as "misleading information" or indicating they violated the company's rules against "glorifying violence".

    In July, Mr Trump sued Twitter, Facebook and Google, as well as their chief executives, alleging they unlawfully silenced conservative viewpoints.

    Despite the ban, Mr Trump's press statements have appeared on the Twitter accounts of conservative groups including RSBNetwork and One America News.

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    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mike-...b075408bdb29dc

    Mike Pence Tries To Spin Jan. 6 Insurrection, Gets Brutal Reminder

    Critics pounded former Vice President Mike Pence’s claim on Monday that continued media reporting on the Jan. 6 insurrection was aimed at demeaning supporters of ex-President Donald Trump.

    Pence, appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, suggested news outlets’ ongoing focus on the deadly U.S. Capitol riot by a mob of Trump fans was solely an attempt to “distract from the Biden administration’s failed agenda.”

    “They want to use that one day to try and demean the character and intentions of 74 million Americans who believed we could be strong again and prosperous again, and supported our administration in 2016 and 2020,” Pence charged.

    Pence was reminded on Twitter of the danger he himself faced during the violence, when Trump supporters chanted for him to be hanged as the then-president slammed him publicly for failing to overturn the 2020 election result.

    “No, Mike Pence. We don’t focus on January 6th to ‘demean’ Trump supporters,” responded former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), a former far-right tea party favorite who is now a vocal critic of the ex-president.

    “Mike Pence, your life was in danger. We focus on January 6th to make sure it never ever happens again,” Walsh continued, echoing a point made by many others.

    No, Mike Pence. We don’t focus on January 6th to “demean” Trump supporters. January 6th was an insurrection. It was a violent attempt to overthrow an election. Mike Pence, your life was in danger. We focus on January 6th to make sure it never ever happens again. https://t.co/hLYTIbzj37
    — Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 5, 2021

    Trump sent people to kill you bro
    — Martha Kelly (@MarthaKelly3) October 5, 2021

    A distraction? Mike, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but they wanted to hurt you. Maybe you didn’t see it, but the mob had a noose. They were literally chanting ‘hang Mike Pence’. Maybe you’re too distracted. You might also be detached from reality. #CapitolRiots
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    Lying bigot Mike Pence says focusing on insurrectionists who stormed the US Capitol as well as chanted that they wanted to hang him is simply a distraction. That’s because his role in trying to help execute the attempted coup is bigger than realized. What a pathetic traitor.
    — Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) October 5, 2021

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    So the state webpages were down for a while on Friday. If you were crazy enough to go to Gov Gnomes page this is what you saw...

    https://dakotafreepress.com/2021/10/...been-an-error/

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    Yes, please. Let's go back and elect Billie Sutton!
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    lol at Nestle being some vicious smiter, she's the nicest person on this site besides probably puzzld. Or at least the last person to resort to smiting.
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    I'm looking at the nationwide voting today and all I have to say is this.

    He's going to get back in again in 3 years and I'm making it my life's goal to not be here when he does.

    Virginia governor just lost to a Trump supporter. Next year, others will follow. Hang on tight, fuckers. We're in for a bumpy ride because too many are brainwashed and even if he did lose, he'll make it out like he didn't. Dictatorship 101.

    I wish everything that I could take you with me, but I'm blowing this Popsicle Stand. Fuck this shit.
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
    Oh well, back to gum.
    ....or exchanging Puke's wang for spicy nuts.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sen-...ry?id=81730941

    Sen. Rand Paul's aid request for tornado damage faces backlash-The lawmaker has opposed federal disaster aid for other states.

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is facing criticism for requesting federal aid for his home state despite his long track record of opposing aid for other regions recovering from disasters.

    Kentucky was one of several Midwestern states rocked by tornadoes over the weekend. The storms decimated large portions of towns, and as many as 70 people are believed to have been killed in Western Kentucky.

    Paul shared a photo of a letter he sent to the Biden administration requesting "expeditious approval" of a request for federal aid made by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear. Requests like these by senators in states affected by a natural disaster are quite common, but Paul is facing blowback because he has opposed federal disaster relief for several affected regions throughout his Senate career.

    Paul is a deficit hawk, who has battled against hikes to the federal deficit to fund all sorts of legislation. His opposition to aid for states impacted by disaster has often been based in his belief that disaster expenses should be offset by cuts elsewhere in the federal budget.

    In 2013, for example, Paul voted against aid for Northeast states hit by Hurricane Sandy.

    "I would have given them ($)9 billion and I would've taken the ($)9 billion from somewhere else," Paul said in an interview with a local outlet at the time. "I would have taken it from foreign aid and said, 'you know what, we don't have money for Egypt or Pakistan this year because we have to help the Northeast.'"

    He used similar logic to justify his "no" vote on disaster relief for Texas and Louisiana after Hurricane Harvey. And in 2017, he explained in an op-ed for The Hill that he would oppose aid for Puerto Rico and Texas after Hurricane Maria because the nation should "plan ahead" for necessary disaster relief.

    "They say we are out of money to pay for hurricane relief. So instead of finding that money somewhere else in the budget, they simply want to raise the limit on our credit card," Paul wrote. "This has to stop. We spend too much. We owe too much. We cannot keep spending money we do not have."

    But now that Kentucky finds itself in need of federal aid, Paul seems to be striking a different chord. He wrote in his letter to President Joe Biden that he "fully supports" the request made for aid and any subsequent ones made by the governor as damage to the state is assessed.

    Critics say he's being hypocritical.

    "We should do all we can to help our Kentucky neighbors. God be with them — they are hurting. But do not for one second forget that @RandPaul has voted against helping most Americans most times they're in need," California Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell tweeted on Saturday.

    Progressive groups have joined in criticism.

    Paul, in a statement to ABC News, refuted claims that he's been inconsistent.

    "The truth is that I've consistently advocated for FEMA disaster money for Kentucky over my 11 years in office, dozens of times. When additional supplemental disaster funds above that budgeted each year have been sought, I have asked that the additional money come from cutting waste elsewhere in the budget," Paul said.

    It's unclear if Paul will insist that aid for Kentucky and other midwestern states be offset by budget cuts.

    The Biden administration is striking a different tone than that of former President Donald Trump, who urged Senate Republicans to block a $19.1 billion in additional disaster aid for impacted areas when Democrats included funds for Puerto Rico. Paul voted against that aid, though it ultimately passed with bipartisan support.

    Biden has already pledged to help Kentucky and other impacted states recover from the tragedy.

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    https://www.thedailybeast.com/dave-b...-mayoral-visit

    Anti-Vaxxer Alaska Mayor Admits He Turned Off Fluoride in City Water During Visit to Plant

    The outspoken mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, has been forced to admit he turned off the fluoridation of the city’s water supply for around five hours before discovering that he wasn’t actually allowed to do that. Last weekend, Mayor Dave Bronson—who made headlines this year for his defense of anti-vaccine protesters who wore the yellow Star of David to signal their supposed oppression—denied claims that he meddled with the city’s water supply.

    However, in a Tuesday statement, he admitted it. Bronson’s office claimed workers complained to him that fluoride “burned the eyes and throats of staff who handled it,” leading to his decision to turn off the supply. However, that claim was disputed by union leaders who represent the workers. “It doesn’t make any sense,” said president of the Anchorage Municipal Employees Association, Jon Cecil.

    Conspiracists have been obsessed with the fluoridation of drinking water since the 1950s, falsely claiming that it’s a public-health risk or some form of population control. Bronson’s office said the supply was turned back on five hours after it was switched off after the action was found to violate the city’s municipal code.

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