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    Breitbart News sat down with Arizona gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake during Turning Point USA’s Americafest. She said she will issue a “Declaration of Invasion” on day one in office in order to begin closing the Arizona/Mexico border. We asked Lake, “There is so much danger from an open border…What does Governor Lake do to keep that border secure? What can you do?” She responded by pointing to the Constitution’s explicit points on protecting the United States from “invasion.” She then suggested the federal government is not doing what they are supposed to do to protect the American people in that regard. Lake said, “On day one, after taking the oath of office, while the press is still assembled, [I’ll] remove my hand from the Bible and we’re going to issue a Declaration of Invasion.” She explained that she knows the federal government under Joe Biden will fight her efforts to close the border, but made clear that she will not be dissuaded or distracted by the federal government. “If Joe Biden is going to hand off control of our border...
    A Mexican governor and his influencer wife are under federal investigation, accused of using a sick five-month-old boy for marketing on Instagram after they got special permission to take him home for the weekend from the state-run shelter where he lives. Samuel García, governor of the northeastern state of Nuevo León, and Mariana Rodríguez, went to the Capullos Social Assistance Center in Guadalupe on Saturday and got a temporary guardianship consent for Emilio. Rodríguez, who has been heavily involved with children's rights issues, developed a special bond with the boy several weeks ago during a visit to the shelter, Infobae reported. The child is diagnosed with schizencephaly, a rare birth defect that produces slits or clefts in the hemispheres of the brain. He also suffers from seizures. The 25-year-old model acknowledged that the family was unable to apply for foster care because they lacked the required training. Samuel García, governor of the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León, and his wife Mariana Rodríguez, have come under fire after they shared a wave of photos with five-month-old Emilio, who they given...
    One of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' Democratic rivals compared the Republican to Hitler 'in a lot of ways.'  Florida's Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is trying to oust DeSantis in this year's gubernatorial race, was asked by WJCT reporter Melissa Ross for NPR's The Florida Roundup Podcast on Friday about previously calling DeSantis an 'authoritarian dictator.'  'He is doing everything possible to take power away from local governments, taking away people's abilities to protest, making it harder to vote, talking about, you know, banning books,' Fried said. 'That’s what dictators do.'  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (left) was compared to Hitler 'in a lot of ways' by Agriculture Commissioner and Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried (right)  'Instead of listening and trying to govern with the people, he is trying to govern over the people, and, you know, that, I’m sorry, I’m a student of history, too. I saw the rise of Hitler,' Fried continued.  Ross stopped Fried and asked her if she was comparing DeSantis to the Nazi leader.  'In a lot of ways, yes,' Fried responded. 'I have studied Hitler and how...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a once-loyal member of Donald Trump's court, is refusing to bend a knee to the former president and says backing him in the 2024 election 'is too much to ask' after Trump publicly attacked his character. Trump allegedly branded popular governor as having 'no personal charisma' and a 'dull personality' as rumors swirl the ex-president is angry DeSantis hasn't declined to challenge him for the GOP presidential nomination.  DeSantis, however, has told his inner circle that Trump's 'expectation that he bend the knee is asking too much,' the New York Times reported.  The governor blasted back at Trump's criticisms, accusing the ex-president of being 'uncharacteristically out of step with the hard-line elements of his party’s base'.   Sources close to the former president who have recently talked to him about the governor said Trump has grown increasingly irked by DeSantis in recent months, with Trump beginning to voice his frustrations to those in his inner circle. Trump is said to be annoyed that DeSantis has refused to rule out running against him if he launches a second White...
                 Governor Glenn Youngkin used his first State of the Commonwealth address to describe a Virginia in need of reform, with underfunded schools whose leaders are out of touch with parents, rising crime rates, rising cost of living, and a stalled economy. The Monday message contrasted with former Governor Ralph Northam’s State of the Commonwealth delivered last Wednesday, where Northam highlighted economic success, education that reckons with Virginia’s past, and progress on equity. “From the perspective of everyday Virginia families, times are tough and the State of the Commonwealth is not what it should be,” Youngkin said. “The good news is that we have the ability to course-correct before this poor performance becomes permanent.” That messaging contrast is reminiscent of the 2021 gubernatorial campaign. Youngkin’s speech echoed many of the promises he made on the campaign trail, including increased funding for police, cutting cost of living, improving Virginia’s business environment, and improving government through business-style leadership. He stirred in a unity message for legislators: “Let’s set aside petty divisions, ego, self-advancement, and let’s join together to make the Virginia that...
    Donald Trump is said to have branded Ron DeSantis a 'dull' charisma free-zone as rumors swirl the former president is angry the popular Florida governor hasn't said that he won't challenge Trump for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. Sources close to the former president who have recently talked to him about DeSantis said Trump has grown increasingly irked by DeSantis in recent months, with Trump beginning to voice his frustrations to those in his inner circle. 'In the context of the 2024 election, he usually gives DeSantis a pop in the nose in the middle of that type of conversation,' said a source who recently spoke to Trump about DeSantis.  'He says DeSantis has no personal charisma and has a dull personality,' the source told Axios. Trump and DeSantis are pictured at a Florida rally in November 2019. The former president is now said to be bashing the popular Florida governor behind his back, with speculation mounting that the two men could face-off for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination  The two are among the most popular Republican figures in the country,...
    Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez took aim at President Joe Biden on Sunday, claiming his 'disastrous' policies are driving Hispanic voters out of the Democratic Party. She made the comments in an interview with Fox & Friends, less than a year until the midterm elections that will decide who controls Congress -- and largely, Biden's agenda -- for the latter half of the president's term. 'When you look at these numbers, it should be not a shock to anyone,' she said of why many Spanish-speaking Americans are joining the GOP. 'You have seen Hispanic voters are flocking to the Republican Party, and part of that is because they agree that we want to be the party.' Nuñez, the first Hispanic woman to be elected the Sunshine State's lieutenant governor, said they believe Republicans will give them 'freedom that will provide them opportunities for their families.' She also lashed out at Biden for his Justice Department's crackdown on public education settings late last year amid a rise in violent incidents at school board meetings and after a letter from the National School...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Governor Larry Hogan provided an update on the winter weather that is expected to bring snowfall to many parts of Maryland on Sunday. Winter storm warnings are in effect for Western Maryland, and winter weather advisories are in effect throughout Central Maryland and parts of Southern Maryland. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 7K Cases Reported Sunday As Hospitalizations & Positivity Rate Continue To DeclineAccording to the National Weather Service, snowfall rates could be as high as an inch per hour. This will continue as rain and snow push from southeast to northwest. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Nor'Easter Snow Storm ArrivesThe transition to this winter weather is expected to happen in the early evening hours for Southern Maryland, and later on in the evening for Central and Western Maryland. “Our preparations for today’s winter weather are complete, and we ask Marylanders to avoid travel if possible for the rest of the day,” said Governor Hogan. “Keeping the roads clear not only keeps you safe, but it also gives crews and first responders room to carry out...
                 Governor Ralph Northam announced Friday that he has issued more than 1,200 pardons during his term in office. That includes a January 13 pardon for Senator Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond), who was sentenced in 2014 of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after a relationship with a 17-year-old employee who is now his wife. “Both Myra and I are extremely pleased and are grateful for the governor’s pardon. And the people who will be most grateful and most appreciative will be my four young children in the ensuing years,” Morrissey told The Virginia Star. Morrissey said the pardon is a statement to everyone involved in his case. Although pardons don’t remove the crime from someone’s record, the pardon may help Morrissey work with his lawyers to get his law license restored. “[The crime] was a factor in the license revocation; [the pardon] should be considered in giving back the license.” Northam has also restored the civil rights of more than 126,000 Virginians, according to his press release. “Virginians are forgiving people, who believe in second chances,” Northam said....
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is predicting increased enthusiasm in the midterm elections this year, as the Chinese coronavirus, he said, has made people realize that the “governor has been more consequential in your daily lives than even the President of the United States.” DeSantis, speaking on a Friday episode of the variety program Ruthless, noted that less people typically vote in the midterm elections than the presidential elections. But, he has a feeling that will shift a bit this year. “Because of COVID, people realize the governor has been more consequential in your daily lives than even the President of the United States,” he said, speaking as one governor who refused to lock down his state for months on end, much to the dismay of the left and establishment media. “And so, we have an opportunity to not just get all you all to the polls, but to get your friends and neighbors who don’t always vote in these races, and we’re going to have a tsunami of turnout in November 2022,” he predicted. “And that’s what’s really exciting...
    RICHMOND, Virginia — Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin will be sworn in as the 74th governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning at 12:05 p.m. Eastern. The ceremony will take place on the steps of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond. Youngkin will be the first Republican governor elected in the Commonwealth since former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s 2009 victory. Youngkin defeated former Gov. Terry McAuliffe for his second bid at the office in November 2021. Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears (R) and Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares (R) will also be sworn into office. Breccan F. Thies is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.
    New York's Governor Kathy Hochul has said the state is 'turning the corner' in the fight against the coronavirus with the numbers of those still in hospital starting to decline. The Omicron surge finally appears to be on the wave in the state with the number of people still in hospital at 12,207 having dropped for the previous three days.   The spike in cases also now seems to be trending down with 49,027 new infections recorded on Thursday. One week earlier they were at a record high of 90,000.  At the peak, the percentage of those testing positive for the virus was at 23.17%. on January 3. It has since fallen to 16.3%.  New York Governor Kathy Hochul says the state is 'turning the corner' on the omicron-fueled winter surge as COVID cases, hospitalizations and state's positivity rate fell for the first time in weeks Governor Hochul touted the decline of the state's seven-day average of new cases which peaked last week over 90,000 and fell to below 50,000 on Friday People walk past a COVID-19 testing sign during the coronavirus...
    The heiress of one of the largest ranching dynasties in the state of Texas is suing her brother over a controlling stake in the 660,000-acre holdings of land that was  assembled over decades by their father, affectionately known a 'Big Daddy', former State Governor Dolph Briscoe Jr., who died in 2010.  One of his daughters, Cele Carpenter, 65, married a family of well-known Dallas business leaders and in the lawsuit is accuses her older brother, 68-year-old Dolph 'Chip' Briscoe III, of plotting to gain control over an inheritance that has valued at more than $1 billion. Issues arose after their sister, Janey Briscoe Marmion, changed the will before her death from cancer in 2018.  'Big Daddy' Dolph (second from left) and Janey Briscoe (second from right) are shown in an official campaign portrait with their children Janey, Dolph III (Chip) and Cele at the Frio Ranch. Dolph Briscoe Jr. was elected Texas governor in 1972 Dolph Briscoe, Governor of Texas from 1972 until 1978, was the largest individual landowner and rancher in a state famous for its huge ranches. He...
    RICHMOND, Virginia — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is set to end his term on January 15 after a tumultuous four years as the protagonist of several scandals, most notably wearing blackface, only to make a political comeback based almost entirely on advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives. While at the time of the blackface scandal, Democrats, establishment media organizations, and other left-wing groups called on the governor to resign, Northam’s last weeks in office have been viewed by the media as an opportunity to rewrite his legacy. The Washington Post appeared eager to be of service, revising the narrative of Northam as one of personal growth — the “rebirth” of a “wounded healer.” The Richmond Times-Dispatch similarly advanced the narrative of someone who became “a better person” and ushered in a more “inclusive state.” Such a narrative comes after Northam’s most prominent scandal, one in which he likely either wore blackface or a Ku Klux Klan outfit, then apologized for it, and then claimed it was not him and that he had never even seen the picture placed prominently on...
    Instead, Justice’s chief of staff, Brian Abraham, had the following message for the public: “The thing that he really wants to stress is that if he hadn’t had the vaccinations he thinks this would have been a far different outcome.” The vaccine can never lose! If someone gets the virus mildly, it’s automatically because of the vaccine, but if they get it worse, well … it still would have been worse without it, never mind the monoclonal antibodies. This is similar to what happened with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan next door. He got COVID after having received three vaccines, then relied on the monoclonal antibodies for personal treatment. Two days later, the Maryland Department of Health suspended the monoclonals, claiming they don’t work, and proceeded to shame people into getting more boosters. But if the monoclonals don’t work with real live antibodies, then most certainly the shots no longer work! Yet the vaccines are so effective that they work even when they don’t work. This is becoming like a full-fledged idolatry, or perhaps a two-tiered health system...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis delivered his 2022 State of the State Address on Thursday, only 14 days after the most destructive fire in Colorado history. Several first responders from the Marshall Fire in Boulder County were invited to attend the speech in the House Chamber of the Colorado State Capitol, and they were given a hearty standing ovation. Included in the first responders in attendance was Sheriff Joe Pelle, who Polis said “has led my hometown community of Boulder County through countless natural disasters and emergencies” for the last 18 years. Polis called the work of Pelle’s staff during the wildfire an example of hope shining through during tough times. “I’ve seen it in Boulder Sheriff Joe Pelle and his team, and the firefighters and emergency responders who sprung into action to save lives and save homes, even when many of them didn’t know whether their own homes were still standing,” Polis said. A firefighter in the Centennial Heights neighborhood of Louisville during the Marshall Fire. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images) Polis acknowledged that the group was...
    Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp delivered his fourth State of the State Address to a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly. Read and watch below.  FY 2022 Governor’s Report – FINALLt. Governor Duncan, Speaker Ralston, President Pro Tempore Miller, Speaker Pro Tempore Jones, members of the General Assembly, members of the judiciary, and my fellow Georgians. Three years ago, when I stood before this body and the people of our state for the first time as your governor, I said, “I know there will be adversity… those who want to tear us down. There will be difficult days and dark nights. But together, we will overcome. Like Coach Henderson said, ‘It can be done’.” Standing before all of you today in the final year of my first term in office, I didn’t know then how true these words would become. But, just like I saw firsthand all those years ago under the Friday night lights at Clarke Central High School, legendary football Coach Billy Henderson was right again. Despite the divisive...
                 Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the executive director for the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, Deborah Fisher to the newsmaker line to discuss the Nashville Post lawsuit filed by journalist Stephen Miller and explains the deliberative process privilege action that was used as an excuse not to provide requested records. Leahy: We are joined now on our newsmaker line by our very good friend, Deborah Fischer, who’s the head of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government. It’s a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that advocates for transparency in government. Good morning, Deborah! Fisher: Good morning. Glad to be here. Leahy: And your website is tcog.ifo. Well! This is very interesting because you have written about a very interesting story that we are tracking. A Nashville Post journalist had filed a public records lawsuit over the state’s McKinsey’s reports. The state refused to make these available to Stephen Elliot because they said there...
    West Virginia's governor said he feels 'extremely unwell' after testing positive for COVID-19, forcing the Republican to cancel his State of the State address scheduled for Wednesday.  Jim Justice, 70, who is vaccinated and had a booster shot, tested positive for the virus Tuesday after developing a cough and congestion. He took a rapid antigen test that came back negative, but the more thorough PCR test came back positive.  'While I was surprised that my test results came back positive, I'm thankful to the Lord above that I've been vaccinated, I've been boosted, and that I have an incredible support system, especially my loving family,' the governor said in a statement on Tuesday.  'That being said, I feel extremely unwell at this point, and I have no choice but to postpone my State of the State address to the Legislature.'   The state has seen cases spike as the more mild Omicron variant spreads through the country. On January 3, West Virginia recorded almost 10,000 new cases but the number of those infected dropped to around 2,500 on January 11. The seven-day...
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Daniel Donner, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Deaths: Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who died Dec. 28 at the age of 82, is lying in state at the Capitol today. As his former colleagues honor his singular career, we've put together an obituary taking a look back at his long electoral history—a path that dealt Reid several setbacks on his way to the pinnacle of American politics. Reid won elected office for the first time in 1968 when he took a seat in the Nevada state Assembly at the age of 28, and he made the jump to statewide office two years later when he was elected lieutenant governor. Reid’s career stalled, though, after he lost an extremely close 1974 Senate race to former Republican Gov. Paul Laxalt, and he hit his nadir the next year after he failed to win the mayor’s office in Las Vegas. Of course,...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) delivered Florida’s State of the State address on Tuesday, touting the Sunshine State as an oasis for freedom and “America’s liberty outpost” in a nation of lockdown enthusiasts who seek control through what the governor described as a “biomedical security state that curtails liberty, ruins livelihoods, and divides society.” Addressing a joint session of the legislature in Tallahassee, he emphasized the freedom Floridians enjoy. “Together we have made Florida the freest state in these United States,” DeSantis said as he drew a stark contrast between his state and those whose leaders have “consigned the people’s rights to the graveyard” over the past two years.  All the while, Florida has stood as “freedom’s vanguard,” protecting the rights of individuals and businesses by fighting unconstitutional mandates and ensuring children have the opportunity to thrive. “Florida has become the escape hatch for those chafing under authoritarian, arbitrary and seemingly never-ending mandates and restrictions,” DeSantis said, noting that the rules and regulations that have the country under a spell are “grounded more in blind adherence to Faucian declarations than they...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave his State of the State address Tuesday, touting that people from across the country come to the Sunshine State to escape authoritarian mandates and restrictions. DeSantis addressed the state Legislature and fellow Floridians as he proposed nearly $100 billion for what he calls the Freedom First Budget. "Florida has stood strong as the rock of freedom. And upon this rock, we must build Florida’s future,” DeSantis said. “We have protected the right of our citizens to earn a living, provided our businesses with the ability to prosper, fought back against unconstitutional federal mandates, and ensured our kids have the opportunity to thrive.” In his address, the Republican governor touted an excess of state revenues and job creation as proof the state’s freedom policies work. “Florida also leads the nation in business formations, which have increased by 61% since I took office in 2019,” DeSantis noted. “In 2021, Florida saw 114,000 more new businesses than second-place California — even though California has a population that is 40% larger.” ...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — As lawmakers return to the State House for the 2022 legislative session, Gov. Larry Hogan said he is expanding his “re-fund the police” program and reintroducing two anti-crime measures he has unsuccessfully tried to get through the legislature. In October, the governor announced his “re-fund the police” initiative, pledging $150 million to raise salaries, help agencies with recruitment, pay for body cameras and de-escalation training, and other programs. On Monday, Hogan said he has upped the amount to $500 million over the next three years. READ MORE: MDOT MVA Highway Safety Office Accepting Applications For Traffic Safety Grants To Reduce Roadway CrashesA fund providing aid to the Maryland State Police and local jurisdictions has been bumped 50%, to $137 million, Hogan said, and he announced plans to introduce legislation making these increases permanent. The governor also pledged another $220 million for law enforcement salary increases, $50 million for capital improvements at Maryland State Police facilities, $37 million for victims’ services and $30 million for Neighborhood Safety Grants providing cameras, lighting, increased security services and other upgrades...
    In a column for Politico, longtime political analyst Jeff Greenfield explained that a combination of state laws and fate could combine to hand control of the Senate to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) before a single vote is cast in the 2022 midterms. With election experts predicting control of the House could easily flip to the GOP in November, the tenuous nature of the Senate where the chamber is split 50-50 could hold with several Republican-held seats -- particularly in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin -- facing a flip of their own. However, as Greenfield notes, "the end of Democratic control could also come earlier. Much earlier." Beyond the intransigence of Sens Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) who have held up President Joe Biden's agenda, is the threat that a Democrat Senator in a certain states with Republican governors could step down or even pass away leaving their seat open. According to Greenfield, "there’s another possibility that should also have the Democrats reaching for the Maalox: A random act of fate could turn the Senate over to the...
              by Thaddeus G. McCotter   In 2001, I served in the Michigan State Senate. One morning our then-governor, John Engler, met with our Republican caucus to promote his idea of consolidating several state entities within a single department by executive order. Characteristic of his transformational tenure, Engler was endeavoring to further streamline the Michigan bureaucracy to provide more efficient and effective services, promote accountability within state government, and save taxpayers’ money. When the governor finished his convincing pitch for the Department of History, Arts, and Culture, I raised my hand: “Governor, you know the new department’s acronym will be hack (HAC)?” In the awkward silence, Engler impassively studied me for a moment then left. The intent stares I received from my senate colleagues told me two things: one, they thought I was a jackanapes; and, two, when the governor got done with me, they wanted to make sure they could identify my body. Later, the governor was pleased to announce the formation of the new Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries. I do not know if the governor was...
    Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Rebecca Sullivan has been appointed to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services. “Building on her experience as General Counsel and Assistant Commissioner of Government Affairs at the Department as well as her established career as a legal professional with vast experience in state government, I am confident that Rebecca will continue to serve Georgians well as Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services,” said Governor Kemp. Rebecca Sullivan most recently served as General Counsel and Assistant Commissioner of Government Affairs, where her responsibilities included managing the agency’s legal division as well as providing advice and counsel to the agency’s five operating divisions that support the enterprise of state government: statewide procurement, risk management, fleet management, surplus property, and human resources administration. Prior to joining DOAS, Ms. Sullivan spent time in private practice and served as a Policy Advisor, Deputy Executive Counsel, and Executive Counsel to former Governor Sonny Perdue. Sullivan began her legal career in labor and employment law. Sullivan is a “Double...
    A former New York Times columnist who quit the paper to run for Oregon governor was deemed ineligible to run because he hasn't been a resident in the state for three years. On Thursday Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan announced that former New York Times columnist Nick Kristof was barred from running for governor of Oregon because he has not been a resident of the state for the required three years. 'Oregon election officials disqualified Nick Kristof's filing for governor because we determined that he will not have been an Oregon resident for three years before the November 2022 general election as required by the Oregon constitution,' Fagan said at a press conference.  Scroll Down For Video:  Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter, quit his job at The Times last year in order to run for governor of Oregon in November Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan (pictured) announced that former New York Times columnist Nick Kristof was barred from running for governor of Oregon Fagan said the elections division followed their regular procedure in evaluating candidates for office, starting...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave an off-the-rails press conference Monday, dismissing COVID-19 vaccines and testing, downplaying the severity of symptoms of the omicron variant, and whining and complaining about how the federal government isn’t giving him the monoclonal treatment meds he’s convinced he needs. Seriously, it was bonkers.  Since late December, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democrat who is running against DeSantis, has begged the governor to do something with the staggering number of unused COVID-19 tests sitting in a warehouse before they expire.  DeSantis’ office continued to deny their existence and accused Fried of lying. Well … today, there was a different story.  Thursday, COVID’s ride-or-die was forced to admit via his Division of Emergency Management director, Kevin Guthrie, that “between 800,000 and a million expired test kits were found in a warehouse.” xIn his 4th press briefing this year, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis finally got asked the question I wanted to ask at the 1st, before I was kicked out.Did the state let nearly a million covid tests expire last week while he was on Christmas break as...
    The first Andrew Cuomo accuser to take her sexual assault allegations to police is lashing out after a New York district attorney dropped the case, saying the experience 'revictimized her' and that the justice system 'needs to do better.' Brittany Commisso, 33, claimed the former New York governor groped her inside the Executive Mansion while she was working as his aide in November 2020. Cuomo was due to be arraigned Friday on a Class A misdemeanor of forcible touching but the prosecution on Tuesday dropped the case. Although Commisso sought to move forward with the charge - with Albany County District Attorney David Soares calling her 'credible' -  prosecutors doubted there was enough evidence to secure a conviction. She released a statement late Tuesday expressing frustration in the outcome. 'My disappointing experience of re-victimization with the failure to prosecute a serial sexual abuser, no matter what degree the crime committed, yet again sadly highlights the reason victims are afraid to come forward, especially against people in power,' Commisso said in a statement to the Times Union of Albany.  'When will...
    A pair of women who have accused former Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment reacted to the news Tuesday that the disgraced former governor will not be prosecuted for allegedly groping ex-staffer Brittany Commisso in 2020. Fellow Cuomo accusers Alyssa McGrath and Virginia Limmiatis said through their attorney that while they were disappointed in the outcome, they were not surprised. 'Unfortunately, our penal laws and system frequently do not properly punish the acts of so many abusive men in power,' their lawyer Mariann Wang said in a statement. 'Cuomo's conduct was nonetheless unlawful and deeply harmful to the women who were subjected to it, as the Attorney General and Assembly found in their reports. 'My clients remain grateful for those investigations and above all to the other women who had the courage to come forward. Cuomo and men like him should not be in positions of power.' Cuomo accusers Alyssa McGrath and Virginia Limmiatis said through their attorney that while they were disappointed in the outcome, they were not surprised Albany County's district attorney confirmed Tuesday that he will not be prosecuted...
    JACKSONVILLE (CBSMiami) – A group of residents were led away by police, one in handcuffs, from a room where Gov. Ron DeSantis was scheduled to give a news conference Tuesday morning. It began when an organizer asked Ben Frazier, community organizer and president of Jacksonville’s Northside Coalition, to leave the room at the Florida Department of Health- Duval County. But Frazier held firm to his stance that he had every right to be there. READ MORE: Fort Lauderdale Man Charged With COVID-19 Relief Fraud, Buying Lamborghini, Rolex, Louis Vuitton With Loan Money“We’re here to hold the governor accountable,” said Frazier. “That’s not the proper way to do that,” replied the organizer. “What’s the proper way, sir, not to follow our First Amendment rights. Public expression, sir, it’s critical to our democracy. This governor has stood against our rights to protest and to assemble peaceably. It is wrong,” said Frazier. Frazier pointed out there is a lawsuit filed against the DeSantis administration over the protest laws. “We have a right our First Amendment rights, we can express them peaceably. And that...
                 Salon this week identified former Republican senator and current Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue as one of the nation’s 10 “scariest Republican candidates of 2022.” The Georgia Star News asked Perdue spokeswoman Jenni Sweat on Tuesday whether that article signals that the left takes Perdue’s candidacy seriously and outright fears he’ll defeat incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp later this year. “I think it’s fair to characterize it that way,” Sweat said. In the article, Salon said Perdue and other GOP candidates, including Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and Ohio U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance, if elected, “could pose a legitimate threat to democracy.” Salon mentioned Perdue was recently endorsed by former U.S. President Donald Trump. “Trump has made it a point to back primary challenges to his perceived enemies, throwing his support behind Perdue — who lost to Democrat Jon Ossoff in a January 2021 runoff — even as the state’s Republican lawmakers pleaded for him to stay out after many blamed him for costing the party both of its Georgia U.S. Senate seats,” Salon said. “Perdue was already out...
    The Governor of Hatramout, Maj. Gen. Faraj Salmin al-Bahsani, Commander of the Second Military Region, chaired an emergency meeting of the Security Council at the Governorate to implement the orders of His Excellency the President Field Marshal Abdul Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The Republic, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, is preparing to defend Hadramawt and its sons and prepare to confront the Houthi militants. Governor al-Bahsani Hadramad declared a state of emergency in the governorate, elevated readiness and readiness to the highest level, and prepared the public reserve force, intensifying awareness features and guiding the visual, audio and print media to broadcast enthusiastic speeches. Songs, and urged the citizens to prepare to face the Houthi conspiracy fighters. Governor Hadramouth explained that he would intensify his meetings in the coming days with the leadership of the local body, the Security Council and the experts in power and the leaders of the political parties and tribal elements leading the Security Council to the valley. And the desert districts should hold a meeting with the security forces in the valley to inform...
    Florida activist Ben Frazier tries to ensure Gov. Ron DeSantis is held accountable at news conference, and DeSantis' team has the man forcibly removed. A Black community activist was forcibly removed from a news conference Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had on Tuesday at the Duval County Department of Health in Jacksonville to push the latest COVID-19 misinformation. Ben Frazier, founder of the equity organization Northside Coalition of Jacksonville, called the Republican and one of his staff members an "enemy of the people.” In DeSantis’ case, Frazier couldn’t have picked a more fitting soul to bestow the title upon. The governor’s initial response to the pandemic was to deny its spread locally. When it could no longer be denied, he still issued an executive order preventing schools from requiring students to wear masks, and he followed that decision with news conference after news conference writing off COVID-19 vaccinations in favor of monoclonal antibody treatments for the virus. When Frazier attempted to hold DeSantis accountable for his lacking efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, staff members trying to clear the event of attendees who weren't members of the media prevented...
    LARRY Hogan held a press conference to declare a state of emergency in Maryland. He is taking proactive measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 in his state. 2Larry Hogan is the current governor of Maryland Who is Larry Hogan? Born on May 25, 1956, in Washington DC, Larry Hogan is a veteran politician who grew up in Maryland. The 65-year-old Republican is the current governor of Maryland. He is married to Yumi Hogan, who is a Korean-American artist. The couple shares three children together. Prior to becoming governor, he served as secretary of appointments between 2003 and 2007, under the leadership of former Maryland Governor, Bob Ehrlich. He has an estimated net worth of about $5million. Most read in NewsCRATER HORROR Man, 75, dies after plunging 100ft into Hawaii volcano at nightREVENGE PLOT US stops SECOND armed drone attack on forces in Iraq after Iran vows revengeBAD BLOOD What next for ex-Theranos CEO found GUILTY of duping investors in fraud caseWEATHER CHAOS Hundreds of 'scared' drivers stranded in 13F snowstorm for 15 hours What did Larry Hogan say in...
    Cops in Jacksonville arrested Ben Frazier, a disabled activist who refused to leave an area reserved for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ press conference, and who taunted the governor for not speaking with activists. Frazier and a group of activists were awaiting a press conference with DeSantis and Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo at the Duval County Health Department when several aides tried to shoo them out of the room, claiming they were “trespassing.” But Frazier refused to leave, and repeatedly demanded to speak to the governor, whom he blasted as being “missing in action” during the surge of the Omicron variant. As one aide tried to get Frazier to leave, he began to taunt what appeared to be Gov. DeSantis and his entourage walking by. “There he goes! The governor is running! Look!” Frazier said, pointing offscreen. “The governor’s running!” “When it comes down to public welfare, this Governor does not care. He does not want to meet with this public, he wants to run away!” Mr. Frazier said as the aide denied DeSantis was running away. She told Frazier “He...
    JACKSONVILLE (CBSMiami) – A group of residents were led away by police, one in handcuffs, from a room where Gov. Ron DeSantis was scheduled to give a news conference Tuesday morning. It began when an organizer asked Ben Frazier, community organizer and president of Jacksonville’s Northside Coalition, to leave the room at the Florida Department of Health- Duval County. But Frazier held firm to his stance that he had every right to be there. READ MORE: Snowstorm Traps Drivers, Including CBS4's Jim DeFede, For Hours On I-95 In Virginia“We’re here to hold the governor accountable,” said Frazier. “That’s not the proper way to do that,” replied the organizer. “What’s the proper way, sir, not to follow our First Amendment rights. Public expression, sir, it’s critical to our democracy. This governor has stood against our rights to protest and to assemble peaceably. It is wrong,” said Frazier. He pointed out there is a lawsuit filed against the DeSantis adminstration over the protest laws. “We have a right our First Amendment rights, we can express them peaceably. And that is what...
    JACKSONVILLE (CBSMiami) – A group of residents was led away by police, one in handcuffs, from a room where Gov. Ron DeSantis was scheduled to give a news conference Tuesday morning. It began when an organizer asked Ben Frazier, community organizer and president of Jacksonville’s Northside Coalition, to leave the room at the Florida Department of Health- Duval County. But Frazier held firm to his stance that he had every right to be there. READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccine Site Finder“We’re here to hold the governor accountable,” said Frazier. “That’s not the proper way to do that,” replied the organizer. “What’s the proper way, sir, not to follow our First Amendment rights. Public expression, sir, it’s critical to our democracy. This governor has stood against our rights to protest and to assemble peaceably. It is wrong,” said Frazier. READ MORE: COVID-19 Testing Site FinderHe pointed out there is a lawsuit filed against the DeSantis administration over the protest laws. “We have a right our First Amendment rights, we can express them peaceably. And that is what we are doing here....
    ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul will deliver her first State of the State address Wednesday. The governor is expected to introduce a plan for term limits for statewide elected officials, including governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller. Hochul wants a constitutional amendment to set limits of two consecutive terms. She will deliver her State of the State at 1 p.m. Wednesday from the New York State Assembly Chamber. You can watch live on our streaming service CBSN New York.
    Charges of forcible touching against the disgraced former Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, are to be dropped by Albany County District Attorney David Soares. Cuomo was due to be arraigned on Friday for allegedly groping former staffer and current state worker Brittany Commisso, 33, in November 2020.   Although Commisso is said to have wanted to move forward with the case, she was told by prosecutors on Monday that the charges will be dropped because of the matter in which the criminal complaint was filed.  Commisso, a former aide, alleged how Cuomo pulled her in close to give her a hug, reached under her blouse and then fondled one of her breasts while in the Executive Mansion.  Cuomo was due to be arraigned on Friday for allegedly groping former staffer and current state worker Brittany Commisso, 33, left, in November 2020, but charges are to be dropped Two New York State prosecutors are to clear Andrew Cuomo of criminal charges. In Manhattan the district attorney is also not filing any charges against Cuomo in the nursing home scandal Charges of forcible touching...
    Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images. Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) has taken his feud with former President Donald Trump to another level, hitting the road to campaign and fundraise for some of his fellow Republicans who have been targeted by Trump in their reelection efforts. Hogan has been the rare Republican, currently in elected office, willing to publicly criticize the former president. The popular governor urged Trump to “stop golfing and concede” shortly after the Nov. 2020 election and continues to lambaste Trump’s efforts to make baseless claims of election fraud, urging his party to “move on from the cult of Donald Trump” and calling out other Republicans for their “circular firing squad” demanding fealty to Trump. According to a report by Politico’s Alex Isenstadt, Hogan is literally traveling across the country to support the other rare Republicans willing to criticize the former president, seeking to help support Trump’s “enemies list” comprised of the GOP candidates who have dared defy him. Trump is working to replace those Republicans with candidates loyal to him in the 2022 midterm elections. Rep. Jaime Herrera...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, R., responded to media criticism he was missing in action in December as the omicron variant swept through both the Sunshine State and the nation at large. "I guess I should’ve been at the beach in Delaware, right, and then they woulda been really happy with that," DeSantis quipped in an apparent reference to President Biden's recent trip to his home state of Delaware where cameramen captured him walking his dog along Rehoboth Beach. The president was mocked online for wearing a mask during the outdoor stroll, with critics calling it an "absurd" bit of theater. Others said the president was again sending mixed messaging about the use of masks, considering the times he went without one while mingling with members of the public. DeSantis said Monday that just because he wasn't in front of the cameras every day in December doesn't mean he and his team weren't working behind the scenes on a plan to combat the spread of the coronavirus. "We've actually put out the schedule and these people didn't know that," the governor...
    Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's daughters rang in the new year in Hyannis Port with their mother, Kerry Kennedy, 62. Kerry, the seventh child of former senator and US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy, shared a family photo on December 27, telling followers: 'Happy new year from our family to yours!' She and her daughters — Michaela Kennedy Cuomo, 24, and twins Mariah and Cara Kennedy Cuomo, 26 — smiled and dressed up for the shot, which was snapped along the water.  Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's daughters rang in the new year in Hyannis Port with their mother, Kerry Kennedy (Pictured left to right: Cara, Kerry, Michaela, and Mariah) The family also  spent New Year's together (pictured left to right: Kerry, Mariah, Ethel Kennedy, and Courtney Kennedy Hill) Mariah smiled for a photo with her grandmother Ethel at the Kennedy compound The women appear to have spent much of the Christmas and New Year's break together. Other photos show Mariah enjoying dinner and a glass of wine with a friend by a roaring fire, which...
    The Trump era saw a far-right takeover of the Republican Party. But the Big Lie and the fallout from the Capitol riot last January threaten to move the party even further into the extremist fringe after the 2022 midterms. Republicans have long inched toward extremist positions on issues like immigration, women's rights and gun rights but Donald Trump's election helped mainstream racist, xenophobic and white nationalist forces. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arguably one of the most effective conservative political figures in recent history, has increasingly been cast as a RINO ("Republican in Name Only") while the once-fringe House Freedom Caucus has grown massively to become a leading force in Washington. Longtime conservatives like former House Speaker Paul Ryan and former Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ran for the hills while conspiracy theorists like Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., became the faces of the new MAGA wing of the GOP. Though the majority of the House Republican caucus voted to back Trump's Big Lie and tried to block the certification of President Biden's victory after the...
              by Andrew Trunsky   Democrats four years ago rode a blue wave to governors’ mansions across the country, flipping Republican-held seats in the Midwest, Northeast and West alike. Now, however, many of those governors face Republican challengers amid a political environment that looks potentially promising for the GOP, meaning that contentious races may lie ahead in some of the nation’s most pivotal battleground states. Republicans have already had two strong showings in states that lean Democratic, flipping the governor’s seat in Virginia and coming surprisingly close in New Jersey, a state that voted for President Joe Biden by 16 points in 2020. Governors in less competitive states are also facing primary challengers from the left and right, making for multiple bitter, closely-followed primaries between candidates from different wings of the same party. Below are states whose races are worthy of following as the 2022 election cycle kicks into overdrive. Georgia Thrown into the center of the political universe in 2020, Georgia is set to remain there in 2022 and beyond. After the state narrowly voted for Biden and Democrats just weeks later flipped...
    Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson called it "ironic" that President Biden recently said there is no federal solution for COVID-19. In an appearance on "Fox News Sunday." Gov. Hutchinson told Trace Gallagher the states should have more flexibility in vaccine distribution and advised against the White House using "federal authority" to take away the individual states' role in tackling the pandemic.  MARC THIESSEN: NO AMERICAN PRESIDENT HAS ‘FALLEN FROM GRACE’ AS FAST AS JOE BIDEN IN 2021 ASA HUTCHINSON: It's a little bit ironic. I mean, whenever you see the federal mandates on vaccinations, they have in this administration utilized federal power rather extensively and that's one of the things we're in litigation about. So it's a little bit inconsistent. But I also take it as a good faith statement to say we've got to get through this together in partnership. We can't do it by the federal government alone. The president is absolutely right; he's relied upon the states to get the job done. I'm just saying give us a greater deal of flexibility in terms of how to manage...
    Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy thanked Donald Trump for endorsing his re-election bid on Friday, implying he also accepts the ex-president's request to not support his fellow Republican, Senator Lisa Murkowski, to keep her seat in 2022.   A statement released by Trump's Save America PAC hours before midnight of the near year featured the GOP governor saying there was 'nothing to worry about' regarding Murkowski. 'Please tell the President thank you for the endorsement. With regard to the other issue, please tell the President he has nothing to worry about. I appreciate all 45 has done for Alaska and this country,' Dunleavy said. Trump endorsed Alaska's incumbent governor earlier last week - subject to his 'non-endorsement of Murkowski,' one of the former president's strongest opponents, who he said has been 'very bad for Alaska.'  He echoed the same sentiment on Friday, praising Dunleavy while calling the Republican senator a 'disaster.'  Murkowski was one of seven Senate Republicans who crossed the aisle to vote for Trump's conviction in his February impeachment trial for his role in the January 6 riot at the...
    Colorado prosecutors vowed to release previously undisclosed information about a truck driver involved in a deadly crash who is now at the center of a controversial clemency granted by  Governor Jared Polis, commuting the convict's 110-year sentence to just 10 years.    Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was sentenced on Dec. 13 to 110 years after being found guilty on 27 counts when his breaks failed in an April 2019 crash that caused a mass pile-up and resulted in a fireball explosion that killed four people.  In a rare move, Polis, 46, granted Aguilera-Mederos clemency before the appellate process began after his sentence was met with widespread public backlash, including from the likes of Kim Kardashian.  'After learning about the highly atypical and unjust sentence in your case, I am commuting your sentence to 10 years and granting you parole eligibility on December 30, 2026,' Polis said on Thursday.   Jefferson County District Attorney Alexis King, who prosecuted the case, said on his office will release information that was 'ethically prohibited' while the case 'was pending.'   Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, caused a two-dozen car pile-up in...
    Florida Governor Ron ReSantis has been caring for his cancer-stricken wife while his liberal critics like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Joy Reid accused him of going 'missing' during the Omicron surge that rocked the Sunshine State and the nation at large.   Fox News reports that a DeSantis spokesperson said the Republican governor joined his wife, Casey, to a cancer treatment on December 19, on the same day a handful of leftist pundits criticized the governor for going 'missing' when the state would have needed him the most. In October, DeSantis revealed his wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer, with the 43-year-old had told the outlet that 'the mother of three young children, Casey is the centerpiece of our family and has made an impact on the lives of countless Floridians through her initiatives as first lady.'  Florida Governor Ron ReSantis, right, has been caring for his cancer-stricken wife, left, while his critics like AOC and Joy Reid accuse him of going 'missing' during the Omicron surge 'Seriously, where is Ron Desantis? It’s genuinely concerning and odd. Florida is clearly...
    Florida Mayor Jerry Demings (D) attacked Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) on Tuesday over his handling of Covid-19 in the state – kicking off a new rallying cry on the left. Demings, the mayor of Orange County, blamed DeSantis during a press conference for counties not receiving funding for testing as cases are rapidly rising due to the Omicron variant. “We have not received any assistance from the state of Florida at our testing sites,” Demings said. “Our residents, all Florida residents, should be outraged and they should ask the question, ‘Where is our state?’” “‘Where is our governor? Where is Ron DeSantis now?” Demings continued. MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross, covering for Joy Reid, reacted to Deming’s comments and lit into “Trump acolyte” DeSantis on Wednesday night. Cross noted that DeSantis, who has regularly held Covid-19 briefings, hasn’t had a press conference since December 17th as cases have spiked in the state. Cross continued: The state just reported a record-breaking number of new cases today, the most since the pandemic began. This comes after “Florida man” implemented oppressive restrictions on...