Many white women are into thugs, with guns, flags – and a cross! Bundy is running for governor. DeSantis is called the future of the Republican party.
A Florida judge threw out Gov. Ron DeSantis’ unconstitutional congressional map, which benefited Republicans and halved Black representation, and ordered a new map drawn by a Harvard expert. Miami Herald Everyone familiar with basic Florida law knew that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to manhandle the redistricting process for political gain violated the Florida Constitution. But DeSantis went ahead anyway and used his office to draw congressional district map lines, blatantly favoring Republicans and disenfranchising the state’s Black voters. Two illegal moves in one act: Participation by a partisan governor in a function that’s supposed to be impartial. Gerrymandering districts to steal from minorities the right to choose who represents them, thus favoring the white, Republican majority.
Everyone familiar with basic Florida law knew that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to manhandle the redistricting process for political gain violated the Florida Constitution.
But DeSantis went ahead anyway and used his office to draw congressional district map lines, blatantly favoring Republicans and disenfranchising the state’s Black voters.
First, the sorting of liberals and secular people into the Democratic Party and conservatives and the religiously observant into the Republican Party means that there are few ardent pro-choice and pro-life voters who are not currently aligned with the party that best reflects their position. Therefore, there is little room for crossover voting to change election outcomes.
Second, intensity favors Republicans because there are more pro-life single-issue voters. Furthermore, any mobilization of additional pro-choice voters from overturning Roe is unlikely to offset the overall Republican advantage with pro-life voters.
Moreover, abortion is not important enough to Independents to convince them to vote Democratic. Independents are less likely to be single-issue abortion voters. Additionally, polls show that only about 1% of Americans consider abortion the most important issue facing the country. Instead, inflation, the economy, poor leadership/the government, and the coronavirus are the most important concerns. Since inflation is unlikely to decline anytime soon and narrow Democratic majorities make it unlikely President Biden can pass major legislation and change perceptions of his leadership, most moderates and Independents are likely to prioritize the economy or other issues. This position is bolstered by Texas polls that show the Republican governor with a significant lead over his Democratic opponent even though a recent state abortion law has practically ended abortion in the state.
A pro-life position does not end at birth; it must extend to a public vision which encompasses the common good of our society,” O’Malley’s statement in the blog post said. “The child whose life is protected by the moral and civil law deserves the support of a society which will provide the socio-economic conditions in which life can flourish.”
O’Malley’s message said the church has “worked, prayed and advocated for 50 years for the overturning of this very flawed decision, in which an activist court legislated for the entire country rather than allowing the American people to have a vote on this issue.”
“The fact that Catholic institutions have been targeted in some places is truly outrageous,” the blog post said.
There’s a baby formula shortage in the United States. Republican lawmakers and conservative media members are taking frustration out on immigrants.
Fox News hosts have spent the past 24 hours raising hell over immigrant babies at the U.S.-Mexico border receiving formula, arguing that it should instead be distributed to Americans first. “[For] American families there’s a shortage, but if you’re a migrant, don’t worry because Uncle Sam has a stash of that,” Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy said Friday morning.
Aperegrine falcon swoops over grazing cows. A giant Stars and Stripes is painted on wood with “Bundy for governor” and “No trespassing” attached. Up a gravel drive, past an upturned wheelbarrow, is a red, white and blue Bundy campaign bus and a sign that declares: “Keep Idaho Idaho.”
Ammon Bundy’s compound is situated under rolling green hills and a broad Idaho sky. From his five-bedroom farmhouse, the far-right activist gazes out at his 240 apple trees along with cherry, peach and pear trees. He points to the homes of two neighbors, both military men – and both flying the American flag upside down.
“It’s a sign of distress,” Bundy says. “I’m not influencing them in any way but, if there is going to be some type of civil war, I think it will be the military fracturing. I hope not. I believe more in a separation, if it was needed.”
Two weeks ago, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida appeared with the Fox News host Laura Ingraham for a town hall that lasted the full hour of her prime-time show. That kind of airtime tends to be reserved only for Donald Trump, but Mr. DeSantis has had a meteoric rise. He’s far and away the most popular potential 2024 presidential candidate among Republicans after Mr. Trump.
Even if you would never consider voting for him, it’s important to understand the sources of his appeal and the direction of his politics, because one way or the other — whether he ever runs for president or not — Ron DeSantis is the new Republican Party.
Governor DeSantis’s combativeness on hot-button social issues reflects Mr. Trump’s influence, but he’s gone even further and used government power as an instrument in the culture war — something Mr. Trump talked about but never really did. If any of Mr. DeSantis’s Republican admirers are hoping he will chart a path back to the pre-2016 party, they’ll probably be disappointed. Instead, the governor is a leader in a new, Trump-inflected party, but without the character flaws and baggage of the former president.
Mr. DeSantis became a Republican hero for his response to Covid-19. When many states were instituting far-reaching lockdowns and mask requirements, he took a different path. Under his leadership, Florida did what it reasonably could to protect its nursing homes, while minimizing lockdowns and other restrictions because of their economic and social downsides. When I talked to the governor in May 2020 for an article about his Covid strategy, I found him — contrary to the crude image of him as a reckless ignoramus — well versed on the research and thoughtful about the lessons from other countries. The broad parameters of his strategy — recognize there’s a balance between mitigation and its social and economic costs; keep the schools open; don’t force students to wear masks — have now become widely accepted.