Ohio’s Yost Joins Other States in Threatening to Sue Over Biden Vaccine Mandate

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost called President Joe Biden’s requirement that private sector employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 unlawful and divisive, and he warned of legal action if it moves forward.

Yost joined a group of attorneys general from around the country in a letter that warned of a lawsuit over the mandate, which has yet to be put in place but Biden said would be carried out through the Occupational Safety Health Act emergency temporary standard.

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Ohio General Assembly Veteran Joins Crowded GOP Race for U.S. Senator Portman Seat

A suburban Cleveland state lawmaker has become the latest Republican to join the crowded GOP field seeking the nomination to replace retiring U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio.)
Ohio Senator Matt Dolan, R24-Chagrin Fall, a three-term Ohio House member term-limted from seeking re-election to the state senate, jumped into the race with three high-profile contenders and several others lesser know candidates mounting some level of challenge as the national GOP attempts to wrest control of the upper chamber of Congress in the mid-term elections.

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Voting Reform Bill Reintroduced after Pennsylvania Governor’s Veto

Seth Grove and Tom Wolf

The prime sponsor of a vetoed voting reform bill said Friday he reintroduced the measure after Gov. Tom Wolf shifted his public opinion on some components of the legislation over the summer.

Rep. Seth Grove, R-York, said House Bill 1800 would bolster voting rights “through three broad concepts of increased access, increased security and modernization.” 

“We know access and security are not mutually exclusive,” he said.

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Ohio AG Yost Announces $800 Million Settlement with Opioid Distributors

Dave Yost

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced on Friday that the state reached an $808 million agreement with the three largest distributors of opioids.

The mutual agreement is meant to provide monetary relief for communities throughout the state that were hit hard by the addiction crisis.

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Medina County Parent Files Lawsuit over Cloverleaf Local Schools’ Mask Mandate

Two young, brunette girls wearing black masks

A parent with a child in the Cloverleaf Local School District in Medina County has filed a lawsuit against the school district board members over the district’s mask mandate.

The lawsuit, filed earlier this month, follows a decision by the board to implement the restriction after allowing masks to be optional at the beginning of the school year

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Ohio Redistricting Commission Fails to Produce 10-Year Map

Vernon Sykes

Republicans blamed the federal government and Democrats blamed Republicans after the Ohio Redistricting Commission failed to pass a new state legislative boundary map that would last for a decade.

Instead, the commission passed a four-year map with the group’s two Democrats voting “no” after long hours of negotiations and recesses Wednesday, the constitutional deadline to pass new maps.

The 5-2 party line vote came early Thursday morning shortly after the 11:59 p.m. Wednesday deadline. The approved map likely preserves the Republicans’ veto-proof majority in the Senate and House.

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Cincinnati Border Patrol Confiscates Fake COVID Vaccination Cards

Just a month after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Memphis, Tennessee announced that it had confiscated thousands of counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards, CBP officials in Cincinnati made a similar bust. 

“Since August 16, Cincinnati officers have seized five shipments containing a total of 1,683 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards and 2,034 fake Pfizer inoculation stickers,” a CBP press release said. 

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Former President Trump Sends Letter to Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger Asking to Investigate Report of DeKalb County Chain of Custody Violations; ‘If True Start the Process of Decertifying’

Former President Donald Trump sent a letter on Friday to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, asking the top election official to investigate potential threats to the state’s election integrity.

In the letter to Raffensperger, Trump cited a report from The Georgia Star News, which detailed that 43,000 absentee ballot votes counted in DeKalb County, Georgia 2020 election potentially violated chain of custody rule.

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Trump Critic Ohio GOP Rep. Gonzales Won’t Seek 2022 Re-Election

Ohio GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a sharp critic of former President Trump, will reportedly not seek reelection next year.

Gonzalez’s decision was reported first in an interview with The New York Times published Thursday.

The two-term congressman is among the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Challenger Renacci Knocks DeWine Decision to Accept Almost 900 Afghan Refugees

Jim Renacci, one of the primary challengers taking on Governor Mike DeWine in 2022, knocked the governor’s decision to accept nearly 900 Afghan refugees.

According to Renacci, the decision from DeWine does not prioritize the needs of citizens throughout the state and proves DeWine is not a “true conservative.”

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Ohio Mayor Tells Entire School Board to Resign or Face Child Pornography Charges

An Ohio mayor has issued an ultimatum to his city’s school board after an assignment given to students caused a major uproar.

“It has come to my attention that your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom,” Hudson Mayor Craig Shubert told the school board Monday night. “I’ve spoken to a judge this evening. She’s already confirmed that. So I’m going to give you a simple choice: You either choose to resign from this board of education or you will be charged.”

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U.S. Senate Candidate Vance Signs onto Ohio’s Big Tech Lawsuit

An Ohio U.S. Senate candidate and attorney has signed onto a lawsuit in support of the state’s bid to regulate Google like a public utility. 

JD Vance is part of the Claremont Institute, which filed an amicus brief supporting Attorney General Dave Yost’s June lawsuit against the Silicon Valley giant. 

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Ohio Gov. DeWine Says He Would Mandate Masks in Schools, Lawmakers Won’t Let Him

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he wants to impose a new mask mandate but feared a fight with the General Assembly after legislation that limited his authority to enact public health orders became law.

DeWine spoke Tuesday about the growing number of COVID-19 cases throughout the state at the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association. That group, made up of the six children’s hospitals, has spent the past two weeks pleading for vaccines and masks in schools.

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Running Mate of Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Blystone Steps Down Citing ‘Personal Reasons’

The campaign of GOP gubernatorial challenger Joe Blystone has announced running mate Joanna Swallen has left the campaign.

Blystone, a Canal Winchester rancher, and Swallen, owner of a Canton restaurant, cited “personal reasons” in a joint statement posted on the campaign’s Facebook page on Sept. 15.

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Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci Blasts Gov. DeWine for Supporting Mask Mandates

Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci on Wednesday blasted Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s support for mask mandates in schools

The statement from Renacci follows Governor Mike DeWine announcing on Tuesday that his administration will make a “direct appeal” to local school districts, encouraging them to implement mask mandates.

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At Pennsylvania Senate Meeting on Elections, Subpoenas Issued, Dem Calls GOPers McCarthyites, Another Has Remarks Curtailed for Breaking Senate Rules

At Wednesday’s meeting concerning the Pennsylvania’s Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee’s election investigation, which saw Republicans winning a vote to subpoena voter records, Democrats fumed.

One angrily compared GOP colleagues to Joe McCarthy, the notoriously zealous anti-communist U.S. senator from Wisconsin who served from 1947 to 1957.

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Ohio Redistricting Commission Plans to Approve New Legislative Maps Wednesday

The Ohio Redistricting Commission expects to approve new legislative maps Wednesday, the constitutional deadline, after hearing testimony Tuesday, most of which was more critical of the proposed maps than supportive.

The commission heard from 90 witnesses Tuesday, the second public hearing for maps introduced Sept. 9. Many witnesses during the hearing, which began at 10 a.m. and was still going after 3 p.m., complained of divided neighborhoods, unfair district lines, confusing districts and an unopen process.

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Committee for a Better Ohio Nonprofit Fires Back at GOP ‘Bully’ Bob Paduchik

The conservative Committee for a Better Ohio grassroots organization pushed backon Ohio GOP Party Chair Bob Paduchik’s recent calling the nonprofit public policy organization a “dark money” group set on undermining the party.

The characterization came during an occasionally raucous Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee meeting   where members seeking to reform to the management and policies were unable to get financial and management issues discussed.

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Ohio Gov. DeWine Administration Encourages School Districts to Implement Mask Mandates

Governor Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday that his administration will make a “direct appeal” to local school districts, encouraging them to implement mask mandates.

According to DeWine, the move is an attempt to control the increase of positive coronavirus cases throughout the state.

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Jim Renacci Slams Ohio Gov. DeWine over Response to Biden Vaccine Mandate

In a Tuesday press release, former congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci blasted Gov. Mike DeWine (R) over what Renacci sees as a failure to stand up to the Biden Administration and fight COVID-19 vaccine mandates. 

“We have seen Mike DeWine promise one thing, yet do another, often at the expense of Ohioans – his tepid response to Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate is no different,” Renacci said in the release. “We simply cannot and must not trust Mike DeWine to lead our fight against Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate.”

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Senator Josh Hawley Endorses JD Vance in Ohio GOP Senate Contest

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) on Tuesday endorsed JD Vance in the heavily contested battle for the Ohio GOP Senate nomination.

Hawley’s endorsement, his first of the 2022 campaign cycle, will likely boost Vance in a crowded primary contest with close to a dozen contenders.

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Lawmaker Gears Up to Grill Pennsylvania Department of State on Voter-Registry Errors Uncovered by Democrat Auditor General

As Pennsylvania Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee Majority Chair Cris Dush (R-Wellsboro) investigates recent elections, Democratic lawmakers against tightening election security must contend with a withering 2019 audit of Pennsylvania’s voter registry.

At his investigation’s initial hearing last Thursday, Dush announced his intention to hold the Department of State (DOS) accountable for the mismanagement identified in the audit by calling the department to testify at the committee’s next hearing to be scheduled soon. 

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Wisconsin Representative Tiffany Demands ‘Full Membership’ to United Nations for Taiwan

Wisconsin Representative Thomas Tiffany (R-07-WI) wrote a letter to the Biden Administration demanding full membership to the United Nations for Taiwan. In a tweet about the letter, Tiffany said, “America doesn’t need a permission slip from Communist China to support our allies.”

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Raucous Ohio GOP Confab Prompts More Public Opposition to Party ‘Oligarchy’

An allegation of “railroading”of reform members of Ohio Republican Party’s State Central Committee at the organization’s Fall meeting late last week has caused two more members to become more public in their growing concerns about how the Ohio GOP operates.

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Lawsuit Challenges Ohio’s Stand Your Ground Law

Two state lawmakers, the Ohio State Conference of the NAACP and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative filed a lawsuit Thursday that challenges the state’s recently passed Stand Your Ground law, claiming Republican legislators violated the state constitution.

The lawsuit claims GOP lawmakers added the measure to an unrelated bill and passed it an hour later without providing public notice or debate. Everytown Law, an organization with a New York City mailing address that litigates gun safety issues, is representing the four plantiffs, along with the Ohio law firm Bloomekatz Law.

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Ohio’s Largest City Will Require Masks Indoors

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Masks are returning in Ohio’s largest city as Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has announced a new mandate for indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status.

Ginther said the rapid rise of COVID-19 numbers in the city requires city government to take action. He said he will issue an executive order requiring masks in all indoor spaces as of Friday.

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Justice Department Plans Action in Two Ohio Communities

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown speaks at 2008 Labor Day Festival

The U.S. Justice Department will spend a half-million dollars to help one Ohio community two years after a mass shooting, and it announced an assessment is planned into another city’s police department.

Nine people died and dozens were wounded when a gunman opened fire in the Oregon District in Dayton a little more than two years ago. A $488,054 DOJ grant will help pay for four additional mental health counselors and related costs at two mental health facilities to help those affected by the shooting.

“We have an obligation to help our communities recover from violent crimes, abuse, and other criminal activity. I am glad the Department of Justice is providing the necessary mental health resources to help those impacted by the tragic Oregon District shooting in Dayton,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said. “Families and communities that were directly or indirectly affected by this tragedy will have these additional resources at their disposal to begin healing and receive the necessary care they need to recover.”

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Ohio Lawmakers Mum After U.S. Constitution Slapped with ‘Harmful Language Alert’ by Woke Bureaucrats

Interior of the National Archives and Records Administration

After the bureaucrats at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) slapped a warning label on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, Ohio lawmakers are ducking the issue. 

NARA, which organizes America’s historical documents in an online catalog, warns that some of the content could be triggering. 

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Educational Think Tank Calls on Supreme Court to Uphold the Constitutional Rights of Parents

Supreme Court building

In a press release Friday, The Buckeye Institute announced that they are “filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in Carson v. Makin calling on the court to make clear – as it has in many other cases – that it is a violation of the U.S. Constitution to deny students and their families financial aid that is available to all other students on the basis that family chooses to use their aid to send their children to a religious or ‘sectarian’ school.”

Robert Alt, president and chief executive officer of the educational think tank said, “The core constitutional issues before the high court have been asked and answered many times: the government cannot discriminate against religion in administering benefit programs.”

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Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Renacci Encourages Ohio to ‘Clean Our Own House’ Before Accepting Refugees

Due to President Joe Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal, thousands of refugees will be relocated throughout the United States. 

States across the country will be responsible for accepting some of the possible 95,000 refugees, including in Ohio.

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‘Do Not Comply,’ Ohio GOP Senate Candidate J.D. Vance Urges Business to Ignore Biden Vaccine Mandate

Ohio GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance, running to replace Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), issued a strong recommendation to the business community in response to President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate:

“I have a simple message for America’s business community: DO NOT COMPLY,” Vance instructed of businesses with more than 100 employees.

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Job Creators Network Bring Small Business Back Tour Coming to Waukesha, Wisconsin

The Job Creators Network’s (JCN) Bring Small Business Back (BSBB) tour is coming to Waukesha, Wisconsin on Tuesday. Wisconsin Rep. Scott Fitzgerald (R-05-WI) will be attending and will be given JCN’s “Defender of Small Business” award. The tour will be in Waukesha at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, September 14, at Weldall Manufacturing. Participants can register to attend on EventBrite. According to a press release, the speakers at the Waukesha stop will include Rep. Fitzgerald and JCN Chief Communications Officer Elaine Parker.

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Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci Hits Biden’s Vaccine Mandate, Calling It ‘Unconstitutional’

Ohio GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci on Friday took aim at President Joe Biden’s newly-imposed vaccine mandate.

“The pandemic and shutdown have already killed so many jobs and businesses, now Joe Biden and his new proposed COVID mandate wants to finish off the rest,” Renacci said in a statement.

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Pennsylvania Congressman Lamb Silent on National Archives Labeling Constitution for ‘Harmful Language’

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has slapped “Harmful Language” warnings on online displays of American founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution—and U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA-17) is keeping quiet about it.

The Star News Network emailed Lamb’s press office Friday to ascertain his view of the matter. Neither the congressman—who recently announced a bid for U.S. Senate—nor his staff have replied.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Calls Biden Vaccine Mandate a ‘Mistake’

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Friday called President Joe Biden’s decision to issue a broad vaccine mandate a “mistake.”

The tweet from DeWine follows Biden’s announcement on Thursday that his administration will require all businesses with more than 100 employees to require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing, potentially affecting approximately 100 million Americans. 

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CPA Firm Hired to Audit Ohio GOP Financial Records Resigns ‘Effective Immediately’ 

The Canton, Ohio-based firmed hired in April to audit the financial statements of the Ohio Republican Party has resigned, highlighting ongoing concerns of accounting  practiceve of an organization that has not had an audit for 16 to 20 years.
Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Paduchik dropped that bombshell during his chairman’s report to the Fall meeting of the Ohio GOP’s State Central Committee more than a week after receiving the letter from the Clifton Larson Allen LLP certified public accounting firm.

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Ohio Appeals Biden Administration’s Nixing Work, Training Requirement to Receive Medicaid

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The State of Ohio has asked the Biden Administration to reconsider its Aug. 10 squelching of an Ohio Medicaid pilot program designed to encourage Medicaid recipients to work or receive job training in order to keep their government-funded healthcare.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  (CMS)((cq)) on Aug. 10 withdrew its earlier approval for the demonstration program first approved under the administation of President Donald Trump that would have allowe the Ohio Department of Medicaid to require recipients ages 19 to 50 to either find work, join a job-training program, or find other “community engagement such as volunteering for at least 80 hours per month to remain covered.

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Wisconsin Representative Gallagher Calls for Fauci to Resign

Wisconsin Representative Mike Gallagher (R-08-WI) called for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Adviser, to resign in an interview with Fox News. Gallagher said, “At a minimum he should step down and we should have a full investigation to untangle the complex web of US taxpayer dollars funding this type of research.”

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Ohio Teachers Union Calls for Masks in All Schools

Growing COVID-19 Delta variant cases and more school closures have led Ohio’s largest teachers union to again call upon school districts around the state impose mask mandates on students, teachers and staff.

The Ohio Education Association said in a news release it wants local school districts to temporarily require all students and staff to wear masks inside school buildings until the current wave of Delta variant cases subsides.

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Gubernatorial Challenger Renacci Gives Passing Grade to Ohio’s Election System, Still Waits for Trump Endorsement

GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci expressed confidence in Ohio’s election system during a 25-minute press conference Thursday but pushed for more stringent voter identification rules at the polls.

The former congressman from Medina who represented a north central Ohio district for four terms took on  Governor Michael DeWine on the well-worn topics of  the incumbent’s response to the COVID-19 and the ongoing FirstEnergy Corp. scandal at the Statehouse. But he did come out against Ohio Republican Party endorsements that’s a potential topic at the State Central Committee’s meeting this morning.

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Documents from FBI Investigation Include Name of Dayton Mayor; She Was Cleared

Mayor Nan Whaley

The Democrat Mayor of Dayton, also a gubernatorial candidate, was implicated in a bribery scheme for which four people went to jail, all stemming from an FBI investigation in 2013-2014. 

“In the documents, the agents told the judge that a controller for demolition company Steve Rauch Inc. — which pleaded guilty last year to a charge of conspiracy to engage in mail fraud regarding subcontracting work — said in recorded phone calls with another company official that Whaley accepted cash bribes from Rauch on multiple occasions,” according to a report in The Ohio Capital Journal. 

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Study: Tax Credits Most Effective Tool to Lift Ohioans from Poverty

Tax credits pulled a quarter million Ohioans out of poverty over the course of a year in 2018, according to a Columbus-based policy analysis group’s study.

Scioto Analysis called its study, which was released Tuesday and based on 2018 American Community Survey data, the most accurate picture of poverty in Ohio to date.

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Arizona Attorney General Says Tucson Vaccine Mandate Violates State Law

A law mandating the COVID-19 vaccine among Tucson city employees is illegal, according to Arizona’s Attorney General. 

“Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that his office (AGO) determined the City of Tucson’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for public employees does violate state law for purposes of S.B. 1487, and also is in direct conflict with the Governor’s Executive Order 2021-18,” a press release from Brnovich’s office said.

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Ohio Senate Candidate Jane Timken Pledges Support of Constitutional Amendment Against ‘Court-Packing’ in Wake of SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

U.S. Senate contender Jane Timken has formally signed onto efforts in support of  a constitutional amendment to keep the number of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court at nine  as the political left again attempt to expand the court’s membership.

Timken’s statement follows the recent U.S. Supreme Court “shadow docket” ruling not to immediately block a Texas law restricting abortion to the first six weeks has revived calls from political progressives to put more justices on the court beyond the nine set by tradition since 1869. The so-called “court packing” tactic first threatened in the 1930s New Deal era gained favor among the political left a few years ago as former President Donald Trump place three conservative/libertarian justices on the court.

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Wisconsin Rep. Gallagher Opposes Using Photos in Navy Promotion Decisions to Enhance Diversity

Wisconsin Representative Mike Gallagher (R-08-WI) wrote a letter to Vice Admiral John Nowell opposing the use of photographs when making decisions about promotions in the Navy. Gallagher and five other members of Congress wrote the letter because he believes that basing a decision about giving a naval officer a promotion on their headshot is not a good criteria.

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Bishop Sycamore Saga Ends with Coach Admitting School Is Not Real

Bishop Sycamore is not a real high school.

That has now been confirmed by the “school’s” football coach, Tyren Jackson, after a wild saga that has played out over a number of weeks. 

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Wisconsin Democrat Candidate for Senate Charged with Theft and Fraud

Chantia Lewis

A Wisconsin candidate for U.S. Senate was charged with theft and fraud after violating campaign finance laws. Chantia Lewis, a current Milwaukee city council member, allegedly used over $21,000 improperly. As was reported by the Houston Chronicle, Lewis used over $21,000 of campaign finances on “car payments, family trips, a worship conference and other personal expenses.” The Milwaukee county attorney’s office filed a total of four felonies and one misdemeanor against her.

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