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    (CNN)Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has vowed to end tenure for new hires at public universities and colleges in an attempt to stop the teaching of critical race theory.Patrick spoke at a press conference Friday where he responded to a resolution by the Faculty Council at the University of Texas this week that affirmed the "fundamental rights of faculty to academic freedom," including the teaching of race and gender theory."Hiding behind this academic freedom argument just doesn't work," Patrick said. "We believe in academic freedom, but everyone has guidelines in mind. Everyone has barriers, everyone has boundaries, everyone's held accountable to someone."What critical race theory is -- and isntCritical race theory is an academic concept which acknowledges that racism is systemic and institutional in American society, and it examines the beliefs that allow it to flourish.Some two dozen states have banned critical race theory or introduced legislation to ban it from being taught in the classroom.Read MorePatrick said that the legislators and parents should have a say in what the curriculum is."What we said is you're not going to teach...
    New York Governor Kathy Hochul pardoned nine immigrants and commuted one on Friday as she announced her plans to refurbish the state's clemency process. Hochul, 63, had selected the group she granted for clemency after a thorough process of choosing those who had fully reformed themselves in spite of their convictions. The governor has since announced that she does not plan to deport the immigrants as she is planning to help those pardoned stay within the country. Hochul also announced her plans to assemble an advisory panel to help her oversee clemency applications as a method of reforming the Executive clemency program.   The nine pardoned include Ana Sanchez Ventura, Juan Vinas, Faustino Reyes, Sandra Williams, Francisco Vargas, Orlando Fernandez Taveras, Hanley Gomez, Juan Suazo and Edilberta Reyes Canales.  Former Jamaican drug convict Roger Cole, 55, had his 125-year sentence commuted after receiving a lengthy imprisonment period for substance-related crimes. New York Governor Hochul, 63, pardoned nine immigrants and commuted one on Friday  Hochul also announced on Friday that she plans to refurbish the clemency process including using an advisory panel...
    America's political media is laser-focused on the state of Virginia Governor's race between former governor Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Younkin. Virginia, while a state that has trended blue in recent years - with President Biden winning it by 10 points last year - has now been officially declared by the nonpartisan Cook Political report as a toss up. And many Republicans anecdotally feel very confident that Glenn Younkin can pull off a close win. Yet this is a race that Terry McAuliffe ought to be easily winning given how Biden performed in the state in the last general election. Instead he's flailing, with Democrats bringing everyone under the sun to campaign for him, from President Obama and Vice President Harris to President Biden himself. Sadly for him, the biggest guns the Democrats can deploy are shooting him in the foot by reminding the average Virginian voter just how out of touch their economic and social policies truly are. America's political media is laser-focused on the state of Virginia Governor's race between former governor Terry McAuliffe (second from right) and...
    A group of Republican governors convened at the southern border on Wednesday to demand President Joe Biden more directly address the migration crisis – including by finishing the wall. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who was flanked by nine other GOP state leaders, said the president has refused to meet with them over this issue and lamented he has still not visited the border the U.S. shares with Mexico. 'This is one of, if not the most urgent matter that we're facing,' Abbott said. A group of 25 GOP governors sent a letter to Biden 16 days ago demanding a meeting with the president, but have not yet heard back from the White House. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said during the press conference on Wednesday: 'The situation here is certainly outrageous… It's a tragedy. And I can tell you the border situation is just as out of control in Arizona.' Abbott, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts all spoke at the press briefing in Texas. Also present were Governors Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, Mike...
    SACRAMENTO —  Any way it’s sliced, the recall election wound up being a big boost for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s political future. And it was another self-inflicted, bruising bust for California Republicans. Larry Elder was rudely awakened from his dreams of becoming California’s governor. Newsom’s landslide victory proved what most of us already knew: No Trumpian conservative can win statewide office in this liberal-leaning state. Elder should go back to hosting his talk radio show, where he’ll surely benefit from the added notoriety achieved during two high-profile months on the campaign trail. “Republicans need to have a candidate who fits the California culture, and that certainly isn’t Elder,” says Republican political analyst Tony Quinn, coeditor of the Target Book, which handicaps state political races. The Democratic Party scored a major triumph with national implications after rallying with its allies to help Newsom stave off the Republican-led recall attempt. “Democrats found a way to keep Donald Trump alive and run against him,” Quinn says. “That’s the big story. They warned about ‘Trump taking over.’ And it worked brilliantly. Democrats found a formula here...
    An Iowa government taxpayer watchdog accused Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday of violating the state's self-promotion law when she appeared in a video last year advocating for wearing a mask during the coronavirus pandemic. Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand, a Democrat, accused the Republican governor of breaking a law that prevents the use of public money for self-promotion when she was featured in the "Step Up, Stop the Spread" media campaign, according to a report released Thursday. “In performing this investigation, the facts show that the Governor violated Iowa Code Section 68A.405A, which prohibits the use of public moneys for self-promotion,” Sand wrote in the report. The governor's office created the campaign in November after she enacted a limited statewide mask mandate due to the rising COVID-19 cases in Iowa at the time, the Des Moines Register reported. FORMER IOWA MAKE-A-WISH CEO PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM CHARITY The media campaign aired on local Iowa television stations and was also displayed in the governor's office, showing her name and title on the screen while delivering urgent calls...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott has vowed to sign a bill into law that would punish the  Lone State's largest cities if they decide to follow Austin and defund their local police departments. In a tweet sent out on Sunday, the Republican governor cited a shooting incident in Austin, where it allegedly took police officers 16 minutes to respond to the crime scene and render aid to a person who had been shot in the head. 'This is what defunding the police looks like,' Abbott wrote. 'Austin in incapable of timely responding to a victim shot in the head.' Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, on Sunday vowed to sign into law a bill that would punish large cities for defunding their police agencies. Abbott cited a shooting that took place in Austin on Sunday  Abbott has long been railing against Austin for voting to divert $150million away from its police department last year  He continued: 'Texas won't tolerate this. We're about to pass law-that I will sing-that will prevent cities from defunding police. Sanity & safety will return.' The...
    California Governor Gavin Newsom kicked off an effort to save his administration on Monday, called “Stop the Republican Recall.” Newsom is facing a likely recall, given that opponents have collected over 2 million signatures before the Mar. 17 deadline. They needed about 1.5 million to force a recall; hundreds of thousands of additional signatures were collected to ensure that the recall effort would survive any challenge to the validity of the signatures submitted to the Secretary of State. On Monday, Newsom tweeted: “I won’t be distracted by this partisan, Republican recall — but I will fight it. There is too much at stake. Getting Californians vaccinated, our economy safely reopened, and our kids back in school are simply too important to risk.” I won’t be distracted by this partisan, Republican recall — but I will fight it. There is too much at stake. Getting Californians vaccinated, our economy safely reopened, and our kids back in school are simply too important to risk. Join us: https://t.co/Jfpe1IlF4m — Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 15, 2021 Later, Newsom retweeted a video from the “Stop the Republican...
    More On: andrew cuomo Letters to the Editor — March 8, 2021 Sexual harassment accuser hits back at Cuomo: He fears ‘truth’ the most Andrew Cuomo to sign bill stripping his own emergency COVID powers Cuomo says tax hike may be needed despite NY getting $12B COVID funds With state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins now calling for his resignation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s position just got even more untenable. He can claim it’s “all politics” and vow to keep governing, but he may well be unable to do his job without selling out the people who elected him. Over the weekend, fourth and fifth accusers came forward to finger him for off-color behavior in the workplace. New questions also arose about why his staff ignored the procedures for investigating such charges, as did claims that he sent a ringer to his mandatory training on harassment. And the bleeding will continue. More women may speak out, or more shoes may drop on his coverup of nursing-home fatalities in the wake of his March 25 order that sent COVID-contagious patients into care homes, leading to hundreds of needless deaths.  The woman...
    MediaPunch/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.On Monday, a third woman came forward with accusations of sexual harassment and predatory behavior against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Anna Ruch, a former member of the Obama administration, told the New York Times, Cuomo had approached her during a wedding in September 2019 and asked, “Can I kiss you?” The question allegedly took place shortly after she brushed his hand away as he touched her back—she had been wearing a dress with an open back design. This was Ruch’s first introduction to the governor. A photograph, taken by a friend, showed Ruch looking visibly tense as Cuomo held her face in his hands, apparently at the moment when he had asked to kiss her. Ruch’s story comes after two former aides detailed allegations of sexual harassment against Cuomo: on Saturday, Charlotte Bennett accused him of sexually suggestive behavior—which included repeated questions about her views on monogamy and older men—and, perhaps most disturbingly, expressed an...
    More On: andrew cuomo Cuomo’s COVID cover-up hid nearly 1,900 NYC nursing home deaths Families of nursing home victims demand probe of ‘killer’ Cuomo ‘Everything is political’: Cuomo skirts stunning cover-up admission on nursing home deaths Gov. Cuomo exposed my late mom to COVID-19 — and then tried to cover it up Start with this, governor: Apologize. Say sorry to the thousands of New York families that lost a loved one in a nursing home in the wake of your deadly March 25 order that forced homes to accept contagious COVID patients. Say sorry to the 20 million people of New York state, whom you’ve been deceiving for nearly a year about the nursing-home horrors. Say sorry to all those you’ve blamed to distract from your own guilt, from the staffers at the homes to all the federal officials you’ve claimed are actually responsible for that order and/or your coverup. Apologize, and quit trying to duck responsibility by promoting a pack of lies. That’s what the governor was doing again Monday, in his first press conference since The Post...
    A group called Defend Ballona Wetlands has sued the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW). Molly Bassler, a Climate Reality Project leader with the Los Angeles chapter, and Robert van de Hoek, a wildlife biologist, are joining it in the suit. The litigants are challenging the CDFW’s approval of a project they say would destroy the wetlands on the coast of Los Angeles. Source: Culver City Historical Society/YouTube The Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve spans 640 acres, most of which belong to the public. It is home to 1,700 animal species, some threatened and endangered, and is the last coastal wetland in Los Angeles. The suit claims that a proposed “restoration” of the wetlands would in fact destroy it. The project, litigants say, is being pushed by SoCalGas through several front organizations. SoCalGas operates a gas storage system beneath the wetlands. Defend Bellona Wetlands contends SoCalGas wants to fix this decaying oil-and-gas–infrastructure under the guise of restoring the reserve. The proposed bulldozing of the wetlands would destroy animal habitats, including those of endangered and threatened species. Species affected...
    Florida has taken its first steps to prevent people travelling to the Sunshine State from out of state to get a Covid vaccine. Now, anyone hoping to receive a jab to vaccinate themselves from Covid-19 must have at least part-time residency within Florida. Seminole County Emergency Management Director Alan Harris said the new measure was discussed on Tuesday in a call with other Florida officials.  He said: 'We just got authorization at 11:15 this morning that if you do not own a home in the state of Florida, you need to get a shot somewhere else. Many other states are flying down here just to get the vaccine then flying back home.  Gov Ron DeSantis (pictured) said yesterday that people need to have at least part-time residency in Florida to be given a dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Florida have changed their rules, which previously allowed anyone on the priority groups to receive a jab regardless of where they lived RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Lady Gaga (almost) upstages Biden in custom silk... ...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine is here, and Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo with University of Miami Health System plans to get his first injection Tuesday. “It’s important that we get it as health care workers because we don’t want to spread it to any of our patients,” he said. Gov. Ron DeSantis expects 180,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine this week. It requires two injections, 21 days apart to be effective. While in Tampa Monday, the governor said that second one, which is a booster, isn’t here just yet. “Every vaccine that hits, there is a corresponding booster that is being withheld. They didn’t want to send it all, smartly,” Gov. DeSantis said. More vaccine from the company is on the way, but the state may be getting a little less than previously expected from Pfizer. “We were going to get several hundred thousand each the next two weeks of the Pfizer. Now, we don’t know. They have kind of dialed it back. I think they’re working through some production issues,” DeSantis said. MORE FROM CBSMIAMI.COM Man Killed In Shooting...
    A celebrity chef with restaurants in Southern California is refusing to comply with state orders to shut down outdoor dining because of coronavirus and defended his decision in a video posted on Twitter where he claimed he believes his customers are safe and that Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom is an “asshole.” “I can go into Walmart … I can go get a pink cockatiel for my Christmas tree but I can’t go dine outdoors at a restaurant,” Andrew Gruel, founder and executive chef of Slapfish Restaurant, said in the video. “I can go to Target. Amazon’s making a ton of money. All big businesses are getting rich.” And utdoor dining, he said, is safe. “Therefore screw that,” Gruel, who turned his food truck business into successful brick and mortar restaurants and has also starred on the Food Network, said in the video. “We’re staying open outdoors. It’s that simple.”  “I’m not an asshole,” Gruel said. “The governor is.” My message for all the haters. Please share the logic. Sorry, haven’t had a haircut since March. pic.twitter.com/SOjy3bt4l5 — Chef Andrew Gruel (@ChefGruel)...
    Gov. Mike DeWine is one of few Republican governors to implement a mask mandate and other coronavirus restrictions. Amid yet another massive surge of the coronavirus, four GOP lawmakers in Ohio filed 12 articles of impeachment against the state's Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, accusing him of "mismanagement, malfeasance, misfeasance, abuse of power, and other crimes" for implementing measures to stop the spread of the deadly virus. The four state representatives appear most angered by DeWine's mask mandate — a policy public health experts say is one of the best ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus before a vaccine is widely available — saying that requiring Ohioans to wear masks is "offensive, degrading, humiliating, and insulting." "Rather than hearing the cries of Ohioans, Governor DeWine continues to stifle those cries by finding more inventive ways to use masks to muffle the voices of the people," GOP state Rep. John Becker wrote in a statement.
    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has issued a fun size Halloween candy 'ban' as he backed a nine-year-old who wrote to him saying people should only hand out king-size bars to trick-or-treaters to stop the spread of coronavirus.  The unidentified child penned a heartwarming handwritten letter to the governor thanking him 'for not canceling Halloween' and making a clever suggestion for ensuring the holiday tradition of trick-or-treating can be carried out safely amid the pandemic.  Their idea was that everybody should leave out king size candy bars so children take one rather than fishing around with their hands and touching multiple pieces of candy.  'It would be better for corona,' the child reasoned.  The apparent ploy to save the holiday - and bag some extra candy in the process - comes as the rumbling-on of the coronavirus pandemic threatens to derail the spooky season.  A Massachusetts trick-or-treater, 9, has penned a heartwarming handwritten letter to Governor Baker asking him to save Halloween and suggesting everybody should leave out king size candy bars because 'it would be better for...
    In an election year packed with political ads, some TV bits will be hits, while others will miss their mark badly. And during the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Senator Cory Gardner and former Governor John Hickenlooper, there have been for fewer hits than misses. Case in point: the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s ad this summer using the deadly gas explosion in Firestone to blithely connect that tragedy to Hickenlooper’s tenure as governor. Gardner, who was the NSRC chair in the 2018 election cycle, finally called for an end to the ad's run after criticism reached the media, though he added that he had no way to stop it. There haven’t been many missteps that bad recently, but viewers have still be subjected to cringe-worthy moments. Some come from commercials paid for by the actual campaigns, and others are courtesy the dark money that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse so effectively explained at this week’s Supreme Court justice hearings…also known as the 2020 prequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Related Stories Election 2020: The Eleven Statewide Measures on the Colorado Ballot Here's...
    Tucker Carlson raged at New York governor Andrew Cuomo last night for threatening to shut down religious gatherings, asking him: 'Who do you think you are, God?'.  The Fox News host derided Cuomo as the 'stupid governor of a declining state' after the Democrat warned that churches and synagogues would be shut down if they did not enforce social distancing rules.  At a Monday press conference, Cuomo displayed pictures of large gatherings among Orthodox Jews, in communities which overlap with some of the worst-hit ZIP codes in a recent uptick in coronavirus cases in New York City.  Cuomo has signed an order shutting down 300 schools in some areas with large Orthodox populations, as New York tries to stop a second of infections months after beating back an outbreak that killed more than 24,000 people.  Tucker Carlson (left) raged at New York governor Andrew Cuomo (right) on his Fox News show last night for threatening to shut down religious gatherings On his show last night, Carlson played a clip of Cuomo threatening to 'close the religious institutions,...
    Ten homeless individuals and the advocacy organization Denver Homeless Out Loud are suing the City of Denver and more than fifty individuals, agencies and organizations over the sweeps of encampments that have occurred in Denver thus far this year. "The sweeps are inhumane and must end. To take away our homeless neighbors' only possessions, during a global pandemic, is cruel. Today, we say 'enough is enough' and tell Denver to stop stealing its citizens' belongings," says Andy McNulty, the Killmer, Lane and Newman attorney who crafted the complaint. Today, October 5, the eleven plaintiffs, all represented by McNulty, filed a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Colorado alleging that the sweeps violate provisions of the Fourth and Fourteenth amendments and also aspects of the Colorado Consitution.Related Stories City Sweeps Homeless Camp by Morey Middle School Homelessness Crosses Borders: It's a Challenge for Metro Denver Judge Determines Denver Camping Ban Constitutional The lawsuit lists over fifty defendants by name, including Mayor Michael Hancock, Governor Jared Polis, the Denver city attorney, the executive director of Public Safety, the executive...
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