WARRANT ISSUED FOR TEXAS CONGRESSMAN WHO REFUSED TO DO HIS JOB (READ WARRANT HERE)

 


BREAKING: Arrest Warrant Issued for Texas Dem Lawmaker Who Fled State

A civil warrant has been issued for the arrest of Democratic Texas State Rep. Philip Cortez.

After Cortez returned to Austin from Washington, D.C., Republican Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Dade Phelan, signed a civil warrant for Cortez’s arrest.

Cortez and other Texas Democrats flew to D.C. in order to break the quorum in the House and stop the Texas GOP from passing voting bills.

Phelan wrote, “To the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives of the State of Texas, or any officer appointed by him: you are hereby commanded to take The Honorable Philip Cortez, a Member of the House of Representatives of the State of Texas, who is now absent from the House, wherever said Member may be found in the State, into your custody and safekeeping and bring said Member before the bar of the House instanter, this writ being issued under a duly-adopted order of the House pursuant to Article III, Section 10, Texas Constitution, made in exercise of its lawful powers to compel the attendance of absent members in the manner provided under the House Rules of Procedure. Herein fail not, but make due return hereof to this House.”

 

DAWG SAYS: I AM SURE THIS WARRANT IS ONLY SYMBOLIC AY BEST,
JUST MORE GAMESMANSHIP


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3 VACCINATED TEXAS DEMOCRATS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID AFTER FLEEING THE STATE


3 Texas House Democrats Test Positive for COVID-19 After Fleeing to DC

Three of the Texas Democrats who flew to Washington this week to stymie efforts to pass election reform legislation have tested positive for COVID-19.

One member tested positive on Friday night and immediately informed colleagues, the Texas House Democrat Caucus said in a statement to news outlets. Caucus members and staff took rapid tests, which all came back negative, but two more members tested positive on Saturday morning.

Also noted the Kamala Harris Won’t Quarantine After Meeting Texas Democrats Infected With COVID-19

In a statement on late Saturday, Harris spokeswoman Symone Sanders said it “was determined the Vice President and her staff present at the meeting were not at risk of exposure because they were not in close contact with those who tested positive and therefore do not need to be tested or quarantined.”

Harris met with some Texas state legislators on July 13 after they fled the state.

DAWG SAYS: IT IS NOT THEIR JOB TO RUN AWAY, IT IS THEIR JOB TO DO THE WORK FOR THE STATE AS ELECTED FOR.

AND THE VICE PRESIDENT PLAYS BY HER OWN RULES.


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ARIZONA SENATE WANTED ELECTION AUDIT KEPT SECRET: JUDGE SAYS NOT A CHANCE


Judge Rejects Arizona Senate’s Motion to Keep Election Audit Records Private

A judge on Thursday rejected the Arizona Senate’s motion to dismiss a public records lawsuit relating to its independent full audit of ballots cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 election.

The lawsuit was filed by watchdog group American Oversight and sought records of communications between Senate officials and external vendors working on the audit, including Florida-based cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas, a private company hired by the Arizona Senate to oversee the audit of Arizona’s most populous county. It also sought documents related to the cost of the audit, donor information, and its operations.

“It is difficult to conceive of a case with a more compelling public interest demanding public disclosure and public scrutiny,” Judge Michael Kemp of the Arizona Superior Court in Maricopa County wrote in a seven-page ruling.


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TEXAS DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO DO THEIR JOB GOP THREATENS ARREST


Texas House Republicans Vote to Track Down Absent Democrats, Potentially Arrest Them

Texas House Republicans on Tuesday voted to track down and possibly arrest absent Democratic lawmakers who fled the state to avoid voting on an election bill.

House Speaker Dade Phelan, in a statement from the Texas Capitol floor, said that “members, the sergeant-at-arms and the officers appointed by him are directed to send for all absentees whose attendance is not excused for the purpose of securing and maintaining their attendance—under warrant of arrest, if necessary.”

“Any member who wishes to leave the hall must have the written permission of the Speaker of the House,” he added.

But state Rep. Jim Murphy, a Houston Republican who chairs the House GOP Caucus, said Texas Republicans cannot force the Democrats to return to the state.

DAWG SAYS: THIS IS AN IDOL THREAT BY THE GOP FOR THE MEDIA, AND POLITICS AT IS WORST ON BOTH SIDES.

GO DO YOUR JOB ALL OF YOU. BETTER YET HOW BOUT WE THROW ALL OF THEM IN JAIL.

GAVIN NEWSOME WANTS EXEMPTION FROM HIS OWN LAW

Hearing 7/9/21 On Gov. Newsom Lawsuit Against SOS to Get Party ID on Recall Ballot

Newsom blew the deadline on a statute he signed into law in 2019

As the Globe reported last week, Governor Gavin Newsom filed a lawsuit against California Secretary of State Shirley Weber Monday asking the court to require the Secretary of State print Newsom’s political party on the recall ballots, after neglecting to file the proper party notice 16 months ago.

“Lawmakers who are the subject of a recall have the option to file a notice of party preference after the recall notice is first submitted, which for Newsom would have been 16 months ago in February 2020,” the Globe reported. “However, he didn’t file a notice with the Secretary of State’s office until June 19, 2021, well over a year past the deadline. Newsom’s team asked for the party to be listed on the ballot due to it being a ‘good faith mistake,’ but Secretary Weber stuck with the law.”

Before Senate Bill 151 passed and was signed by Newsom in 2019, politicians targeted in recalls were not allowed to have their party next to their names.

Newsom missed the deadline for requiring the Secretary of State to do so by 16 months.


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CALIFORNIA SENDS BUDGET WITH NO HSR MONEY

California Democrats send Newsom a budget without money for high-speed rail

Several large structures along California’s high-speed rail in Fresno appear nearly finished as seen in this drone video shot on March 4, 2021. By Craig Kohlruss

The conspicuous absence of money for high-speed rail in the $262.6 billion budget bill approved Monday by state legislators in Sacramento could have major consequences for construction work of the bullet-train line in Fresno County and the San Joaquin Valley.

The budget bill sent by the state Assembly and Senate to Gov. Gavin Newsom late Monday includes billions of dollars for transportation across the state.

But it does not include more than $4 billion sought by the California High-Speed Rail Authority and Newsom to advance work on the high-speed rail project that has been under construction in Fresno, Madera, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties for for seven years.


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BIDEN BUTCHERS REAGAN JOKE (VIDEO)

BIDEN BUTCHERS REAGAN JOKE

Biden Tries To Tell Joke Reagan Told At Coast Guard Commencement Address, Butchers It

President Joe Biden told a joke in a commencement address to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s 2021 graduating class that was famously told by former President Ronald Reagan, but it didn’t go well.

DAWG SAYS: HE BUTCHERS THE JOKE, BUT I GUESS HE JUST EXPECTED EVERYONE TO LAUGH ANYWAY.


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MORE OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK

MORE OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK


California GOP settles lawsuit for $11 million after man left quadriplegic in 2016 crash

The California Republican Party this week agreed to an $11 million settlement with a man left quadriplegic after being struck on the freeway by a GOP campaign worker.

The law firm representing the victim said that the settlement, the maximum amount available under the California GOP’s insurance policy, “helps expose the ongoing dangers of political campaigns which have become big business, with goals far beyond a single election.

“Politicians have responsibilities just like any other employer, and this settlement ensures that political campaigns will not escape accountability or receive special treatment,” Chris Aitken of Aitken Aitken Cohn said in a statement.


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LGBT COMMUNITY TAKING A HARD PASS ON CAITLYN JENNER

LGBT COMMUNITY TAKING A HARD PASS ON CAITLYN JENNER


LGBT activists not excited by Jenner’s campaign for governor

Though Caitlyn Jenner is one of the most famous transgender people in America, the announcement of her candidacy for California governor was greeted hostilely by one of the state’s largest LGBTQ-rights groups and by many trans activists around the country.

Jenner says she will run for governor of California. Jenner says in statement posted Friday, April 23, on Twitter that she has filed initial paperwork to run. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing a likely recall election this year.

“Make no mistake: we can’t wait to elect a #trans governor of California,” tweeted the group, Equality California. “But @Caitlyn_Jenner spent years telling the #LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump. We saw how that turned out. Now she wants us to trust her? Hard pass.”

Jenner – the former Olympic gold medalist and reality TV personality — is a Republican and supported Trump in 2016. She later criticized his administration for some discriminatory actions against transgender people, but has failed to convince many trans-rights advocates that she is a major asset to their cause.

“Caitlyn Jenner is a deeply unqualified hack who doesn’t care about anyone but herself,” tweeted trans activist Charlotte Clymer. “Her views are terrible. She is a horrible candidate.”

Jennifer Finney Boylan, a transgender writer and professor at Barnard College, appeared on multiple episodes of Jenner’s TV show, “I Am Cait” and considers her a friend. But she’s not an admirer of Jenner’s politics.

“I wish her well personally,” Boylan said via email. “But I can’t see how the conservative policies she is likely to embrace will help Californians.”

DAWG SAYS: YOU ARE IN PRETTY BAD SHAPE IF A TRANSVESTITE PERSON CANNOT GET THAT KIND OF SUPPORT IN CALIFORNIA.


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CAITLYN JENNER FILES PAPERS TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR – CALIFORNIA’S SAVIOR HAS ARRIVED


Caitlyn Jenner files paperwork to run for governor of California

Former Olympic decathlete and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner has filed her initial paperwork to run for governor of California and will officially announce her bid later today, her campaign tells Axios.

The big picture: Jenner, a longtime Republican, is seeking to replace Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election, hoping her celebrity status and name recognition can yield an upset in the nation’s most populous state.

  • But in deep-blue California, she’s decidedly not branding herself as a Trump Republican even as she’s counting on some of the former president’s advisers to drive her strategy.

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DEMOCRATS PLAN ON ADDING JUSTICES TO SCOTUS


HOUSE AND SENATE DEMOCRATS PLAN BILL TO ADD FOUR JUSTICES TO SUPREME COURT

The Constitution allows Congress to set the number of Supreme Court justices.

CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS PLAN to unveil legislation expanding the size of the Supreme Court on Thursday, according to three congressional sources familiar with the closely held measure.

The bill would add four seats to the high court, bringing the total to 13 from the current nine. The bill is led by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, subcommittee Chair Hank Johnson, and first-term Rep. Mondaire Jones. In the Senate, the bill is being championed by Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

The number of justices on the court, which is set by Congress, has fluctuated throughout the course of the nation’s history, reaching as many as 10 seats before settling on nine in 1869. In 2016, Sen. Ted Cruz suggested that if Hillary Clinton were elected, the Republican Senate should keep Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat empty, effectively bringing the number of justices down to eight.

Republicans currently hold six seats, while Democrats hold just three. Republicans were able to solidify control of the court under former President Donald Trump, after first refusing to advance Merrick Garland’s nomination under former President Barack Obama and then confirming Justice Neil Gorsuch after Trump’s election. Then after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last September, Republicans threw out the procedures they had previously embraced and confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett in a matter of weeks.

DAWG SAYS: SO MANY PEOPLE CALLED OTHERS “CONSPIRACY THEORISTS” WHEN THEY TALKED ABOUT THIS VERY SUBJECT. DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A CONSPIRACY THEORY NOW.


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NEBRASKA GOVERNOR DECLARES 2nd AMENDMENT SANCTUARY STATE.


Gov. Ricketts Declares Nebraska a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary State’

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation that designates his state as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State,” reaffirming the state’s support for gun rights.

“Nebraska has always been a state that has supported our Second Amendment rights,” Ricketts said, according to a video of the signing event. “As a symbol of that support, I am signing a proclamation declaring Nebraska a Second Amendment Sanctuary State, and with my signature, it will become official.”

A number of counties in the state have already declared themselves Second Amendment “sanctuaries.”

The move comes in light of recent federal gun-control proposals and orders following several mass shootings.


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CALIFORNIA TRYING TO INTIMIDATE RECALL SIGNERS

 

Proposal would let recall targets see who signed petitions

California politicians facing recalls would be allowed to see the names of people who sign the petitions to oust them under legislation that cleared its first committee Thursday.

If passed, it would take effect next year, meaning it would not apply to the expected recall election against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. But leaders of that effort showed up at the Capitol in opposition to the proposal, saying it would discourage people from signing future petitions for fear of retaliation.

“This is a dangerous and reckless bill,” said Orrin Heatlie, the lead proponent of the Newsom recall. “It would stifle the process.”

State Sen. Josh Newman, the bill’s author, sees it differently. Newman, who represents parts of Orange and other counties, was recalled in 2018 before winning his seat back last November. He says the proposal would allow politicians to make sure voters weren’t duped into signing petitions and let them explain to voters how to withdraw their signatures if they wish.

DAWG SAYS: THIS IS LEGISLATION PROPOSED BY A LEGISLATOR WHO HAS BEEN RECALLED BEFORE, AND AN OBVIOUS ATTEMPT TO INTIMIDATE FUTURE SIGNERS OF A RECALL. NOT A SURPRISE IN CALIFORNIA.


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BUSINESS OWNERS WERE CHARGED PERMIT FEES DURING SHUTDOWN LAWSUIT ALLEGES.

Bay Area restaurateurs sue California and counties to recover permit fees charged amid COVID-19

The lawsuits allege that the counties and state have been “unjustly enriched by the illegal exaction of money” from the restaurants.

Restaurants in a handful of greater Bay Area counties have filed class-action lawsuits seeking refunds for liquor license and health permit fees assessed by the state and counties even though they were forced to shutter completely or operate at significantly lower capacity under COVID-19 public health orders.

Restaurant owners in Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Monterey and Sonoma in recent days have joined those across much of the state, including San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, that filed similar lawsuits against the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the counties in which they operate.

The lawsuits, filed separately in each county, allege that the counties and state have been “unjustly enriched by the illegal exaction of money” from the restaurants “under the guise of a permit, licensing or tax fee” for services the business owners couldn’t provide because of health order restrictions.

As such, the lawsuit seeks to have the court declare that any past and ongoing collection of permit and licensing fees are “invalid and illegal.”

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