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THE THESIS: The corruption that allowed Jan 6 to become a full-blown riot is the same corruption that allowed Black Lives Matter, Inc. and Antifa to run wild. It is the same corruption that pimped the Russia hoax, the Ukraine bribe hoax, it is the same corruption that allows the so called Attorney General to announce he will not respect the Supreme Court's ruling on Roe Vs. Wade. Which is worse, Jan 6 or Joe Biden's corruption? They are one and the same. THE SCRIPTURE & SCRIPTURAL RESOURCES: Psalm 46:10 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Luke 8:16-18 - A Lamp on a Stand 16 “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. 17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. 18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.” THE NEWS & COMMENT: Frightened people make terrible decisions and, on every front, The Party is purposefully terrifying people into taking insane actions. How Trauma Became a Political Tool [AUDIO - Cassidy Hutchinson testifies that she was told that as then-President Donald Trump was being driven back to the White House after the Jan. 6 rally that he demanded to be taken to the Capitol and tried to grab the steering wheel from a Secret Service agent. Multiple Reporters: Secret Service to Dispute J6 Committee Star Witness; Maybe you shouldn't rely on hearsay. [AUDIO] - Plenty of videos of Alex Jones and Ali Alexander urging the crowd *away* from the Capitol Building. They had a permit for speeches in front of the Supreme Court. Pay attention to who leaves this all out Now, we need retired FBI to do the same! Ray Epps was apparently talking about a “plan” and was worried that the crowd would “screw it up.” But, good ole Ray is not in jail and not being prosecuted. Gee . . . I wonder why that is? EXCLUSIVE: Ray Epps Was Worried Fast-Moving January 6 Crowd Might Interfere With ‘The Plan,' Kentucky Man Claims [AUDIO] - Michael Stenger testified that there [MAY HAVE BEEN] paid professional agitators on January 6th. Now he's dead… Julie Kelly on how the FBI went after John Eastman's phone: “American Gestapo.” [AUDIO] - Voicemail from Joe Biden to Hunter saying he wants to discuss their China business deals. CONTEXT: NEW: In 2018, Joe Biden left a voicemail for Hunter saying he wanted to talk to him about a New York Times report on Hunter's business deals in China. Biden repeatedly said he “never discussed” business with Hunter. [AUDIO] - Hunter pleading with a Russian escort after paying her with $10,000 that appears to have come from Joe Biden The two men who were arrested with 150,000 fentanyl pills in Tulare, CA on Friday have been released from custody on their own recognizance as a result of a court order from a judge following a "risk assessment". The Sheriff "strongly disagrees" with their release. - Bill Melugin, FOX News, LA It's not “just” CRT and the false idea of “transgenderism” that is being used to destroy the military, it's the prepping of the environment for rule by “medical” technocrats. 14,000 Army Guard Troops Could Be Axed Thursday for Refusing COVID Vax Retirees from the CDC and the FDA have got to speak truth: Pfizer, the FDA, the CDC and their supplicants in the Mockingbird Media lied about the mRNA staying in the injection site (why ANYONE believed that is beyond me). Pfizer documents: A Tissue Distribution Study of a [3H]-Labelled Lipid Nanoparticle-mRNA (LNP) Formulation Following Intramuscular Administration in Wistar Han Rats; dramatic increases in ovaries; Table 1, page 23 shows Total Lipid Concentration at 48 hours; very ELEVATED LNP concentrations in adrenals, injection site, liver, ovaries, bone marrow; ovaries dramatic increases 0.25 min to 48 hours The injections are leading to more Covid and more deaths. Yes, this is from Canada, but American's biology is not different from that of Canadians: Uh-Oh, what is happening in Canada? Access to information (FOI) request Shows the More Covid Injections, then the More Hospitalizations and the More Deaths; supports Trudeau's 4 shots yet infection; Canadian data clearly show that the Covid-19 gene injections have a dose-response: the more doses = the more infections = the more cases = the more hospitalizations = the more deaths. And, the people in the food supply chain had better start speaking up. They are planning a man-made food crisis so Bill Gates and Monsanto can leap in to “help.” Northern Ireland's new climate act will require removal of 500K cows, 700K sheep and 5M chickens to meet net-zero for methane, CH4. But this food is grown on rough grassland where farm crops can't be grown. Looks like they will have to remove people too! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
At the center of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is the Mississippi case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. In 2018, Mississippi passed a 15-week abortion ban. The abortion clinic Jackson Women's Health challenged the law. “When I took office, that case had been sitting at the Fifth Circuit and it needed to be appealed,” Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch said. “We looked at it and said, absolutely, we wanted to appeal this case to the United States Supreme Court.” Fitch joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to talk about Mississippi's role in overturning Roe. She also weighs in on the Biden administration's claims that it will continue promoting abortion. Enjoy the show! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In the third hour of The Vince Coglianese Show, Vince speaks with Marc Brnovich, Attorney General of Arizona about the Supreme Court's decision to allow “Remain in Mexico” to be terminated. Vince breaks down an overly glowing puff piece about Anthony Fauci printed in the Washington Post magazine. For more coverage on the issues that matter to you visit www.WMAL.com, download the WMAL app or tune in live on WMAL-FM 105.9 from 3-6pm. To join the conversation, check us out on social media: @WMAL @VinceCoglianese See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Corrections has been breaking the law by gassing prisoners in their cells with a special type of pepper spray called the Cell Buster. The ruling has come from the High Court. The Cell Buster is made by an American company and marketed under the tagline Making Grown Men Cry Since 1975. It involves hosing pepper spray into a closed cell to incapacitate the inmate. It was used multiple times against Mihi Bassett and Karma Cripps at Auckland Women's Prison in 2019 and the two women took legal action against the Attorney General. Guyon Espiner has been looking at the judge's ruling in the case and spoke to Morning Report.
On this episode, Donny sits down with former U.S. Attorney General and author of Our Unfinished March, Eric Holder. Donny and Eric discuss the Jan 6th Committee, Eric's memory of the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the impact of Obama's election on our country. Eric also shares his thoughts on voting rights in the United States today, and his plan to fight for voter progress. But first, Donny dives into his Brands of the Week segment where he names America, Mehmet Oz, Gen Z, and Revlon among many others as this week's "ups" and "downs." THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: SHOPIFY - Go to http://www.shopify.com/DONNY, for a FREE 14-day trial Don't forget to rate, review, and follow to get the latest episodes as soon as they drop. Follow: @donnjaydeutsch @ericholder See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
YIMBYs in California advocate for laws to address the housing shortage and housing affordability crisis, but what happens after the Governor signs them? Housing law enforcement is an important but often less flashy part of the process of making housing abundant and affordable. Housing law enforcement is possible because of volunteers, organizations like YIMBY Law, the CA Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Attorney General's office. Working together, we're able to hold cities accountable to the laws that are passed, including dozens of California cities that don't have housing plans that are compliant with state law. In this episode, Louis Mirante from California YIMBY sits down with David Pai, Deputy Attorney General in the Housing Strike Force, and David Zisser, the Assistant Deputy Director in the HCD Housing Accountability Unit. They talk about what housing law enforcement looks like at the state level and when they intervene. Special thanks to our friends at California YIMBY for hosting this event! To get involved and support housing law enforcement in California, become a watchdog! https://www.fairhousingelements.org/volunteer Links:Watch the video on YouTube (with all the slides mentioned): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWveuGw7C3kBecome a housing element watchdog: https://www.fairhousingelements.org/volunteerLearn more about housing elements: https://www.fairhousingelements.org/explainerLearn more about California YIMBY's work: https://cayimby.org/Learn more about YIMBY Action: https://yimbyaction.org/Follow YIMBY Action on Twitter: https://twitter.com/yimbyaction/Follow YIMBY Action on Instagram: https://instagram.com/yimbyaction/Follow YIMBY Action on Facebook: https://facebook.com/yimbyaction/
The Republican nomination to replace Senator Jim Inhofe narrows to two. Oklahoma is getting a new Attorney General. Oklahoma County voters say yes to a new jail. You can find the KOSU Daily wherever you get your podcasts, you can also subscribe, rate us and leave a comment. You can keep up to date on all the latest news throughout the day at KOSU.org and make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at KOSU Radio. This is The KOSU Daily, Oklahoma news, every weekday.
Attorney General Austin Knudsen connected with John Hendricks and Robin Mitchell during the KGEZ Good Morning Show Glacier Bank Community Conversation on Wednesday June 22, 2022 for a fentanyl & crime update, the case Friends of the Earth v. Haaland and comments on the gun bill.
Running in the Democratic primary for Attorney General, Congressman and former lieutenant governor Anthony Brown says his top priority would be cut crime, using the office's organized-crime unit to go after drug rings, and forestalling repeat offenders by getting them job training, drug treatment and other services the first time they're locked up. He said he'll also focus on consumer rights and civil rights -- and he sees a big role for Maryland's attorney general in making sure women blocked from getting an abortion in other states are protected if they come to Maryland: "There will be efforts by Texas officials to extradite either these women or a Maryland provider as part of a criminal prosecution in Texas, and as the Attorney General, I'm going to resist those efforts." Check out Brown's campaign website. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Reforming the Public Interest Disclosure Act "is a significant matter because it is linked to the national anti-corruption commission that we hope to legislate this year," the federal Attorney General Mark Dreyfus has told the Law Report. In a wide-ranging interview, Mr Dreyfus outlines his legislative priorities, including reforming the Privacy Act, media freedoms, and a review of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Roe v. Wade — the Supreme Court Decision protecting reproductive rights in America for half a century — was dashed last week. Abdul sits down with Prof. Kate Shaw, co-host of Strict Scrutiny to answer your questions about the ruling and its implications for reproductive health. Then he interviews Attorney General Dana Nessel of Michigan — a state with a draconian abortion ban on the books — about how she and her colleagues are working to protect reproductive rights in that state.
Tip-Sters have an opportunity to help with this episode. The Attorney General of Texas is asking for our help. 42 years after her parents were murdered and left in a forest in Texas after moving there from Florida, Baby Holly has been found living in Oklahoma. She was adopted after being left at a fire station and thanks to genetic genealogy her family was located and she knows who her biological parents were. Their story is layered and there are definitely people who know what happened and maybe even who is responsible for the murder of her parents. If you have any information about the murders of Harold Dean Clouse and Tina Gail Clouse in late 1980 or early 1981 please contact the Texas Attorney General's Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (512) 936-0742
On this episode of New Mexico in Focus the podcast, host Lou DiVizio shares new action from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on abortion access. The Line Opinion Panel reacts to the recent developments in Otero County where commissioners have voted to certify its primary election results. That's after a lawsuit from the Secretary of State, and an order from the State Supreme Court. In an interview from early June, Jason Casuga, CEO and chief engineer of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, speaks with Our Land Executive Producer Laura Paskus about the impact of monsoon rains will have on the persistent drought in our area. Plus, the Line Opinion Panelists review a Chaves County lawsuit over a police shooting, as the Attorney General probes another officer-involved incident in the same county. Host: Lou DiVizio Line Host: Gene Grant Line Opinion Panelists: Merritt Allen, Vox Optima Public Relations Andy Lyman, NM Political Report Laura Sanchez, attorney Guests: Jason M. Casuga, CEO/chief engineer, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District For More Information: Cowboys For Trump Founder Sentenced to 14 Days - Reuters Otero County Votes 2-1 to Approve Primary Results – Source NM Building Anger in Rural New Mexico Erupts in Election Crisis – Associated Press A.G. to Probe Chaves County Deadly Deputy-Involved Shooting – Associated Press Suits Alleges Misconduct, Lack of Training by Chaves County Deputies – Albuquerque Journal Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nmif/message
Senator Joe Lieberman, is senior counsel at the law firm of Kasowitz Benson Torres (https://www.kasowitz.com/people/joseph-i-lieberman) where he currently advises clients on a wide range of issues, including homeland and national security, defense, health, energy, environmental policy, intellectual property matters, as well as international expansion initiatives and business plans. Prior to joining Kasowitz, Senator Lieberman, the Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee in 2000, served 24 years in the United States Senate where he helped shape legislation in virtually every major area of public policy, including national and homeland security, foreign policy, fiscal policy, environmental protection, human rights, health care, trade, energy, cyber security and taxes, as well as serving in many leadership roles including as chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. Prior to being elected to the Senate, Senator Lieberman served as the Attorney General of the State of Connecticut for six years. He also served 10 years in the Connecticut State Senate, including three terms as majority leader. In addition to practicing law, Senator Lieberman is honorary national founding chair of No Labels (https://www.nolabels.org/), an American political organization composed of Republicans, Democrats and Independents whose mission is to “usher in a new era of focused problem solving in American politics.” Since 2014, Senator Lieberman, and former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, have Co-Chaired the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense (https://biodefensecommission.org/), which has provided recommendations to improve the United States' efforts in the biodefense arena, particularly as it relates to biosecurity and pandemic preparedness. Senator Lieberman is also on the Board of Trustees for The McCain Institute for International Leadership, the Board of Trustees for the Institute for the Study of War, and the Board of Directors of the Center for a New American Security. Senator Lieberman is also an accomplished author with his most recent book, The Centrist Solution: How We Made Government Work and Can Make It Work Again (https://www.amazon.com/Centrist-Solution-Made-Government-Again/dp/1635769043), recently released in Oct 2021.
Michigan's Attorney General Says She Won't Enforce Michigan Abortion Law. Matt DePerno responds 6-25-22Get the links to each show here:http://JustinBarclay.comJoin us on Locals!http://JustinBarclay.Locals.comSAVE on Gas?A revolutionary new product is making available the secret savings mining companies have raked in over the last 15 years.A fuel treatment and additive is saving people at the pump. And it works with any combustion engine..From boats to cars, RVs and even your lawn mower.Yes, it works on diesel too!And it comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee.Take the Test Drive..http://TestDriveWithJustin.comPatriots are making the Switch!What if we could start voting with our dollars too?Now, you can spend your hard-earned money with family-owned businesses and "made in the USA" products that won't send it on to woke political causes that don't support our values.Discover how you can join the revolution when you select Justin Barclay from the drop-down menu at PatriotSwitch.comThe stories you won't hear anywhere else..Grab gear in Justin's store and help support the cause to bring you the stories you won't hear anywhere else.http://JustinBarclay.com/storeNo matter what's coming, you can be ready for your family and others.http://PrepareWithJustin.comJustin's book "Good News: Hope and Encouragement for Trying Times" is out now!Grab your signed copy today.http://JustinBarclay.com/storeDown 96 pounds!What's my secret?http://JustinBarclay.com
When I first saw the work this woman was doing, I was impressed and in awe of her ambition. Not only was Blanca reaching a new audience, she was doing it in a different language. For the Latin communities, MLM's are an epidemic of affinity fraud and theft by deception, so learning there was someone who was filling the gaps in the education of the movement filled me with pride. While Blanca was lucky enough to avoid joining one, she's been pitched and preyed upon too many times to count. We dive into culture, education, politics and the "deslumbrado" of the promise of living your wildest dreams. Show Notes Blanca's YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/BlancasLife Blanca's IG - https://www.instagram.com/blanca_perdomo_/ Blanca's TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@blanca_perdomo_ Blanca's Backup - https://www.tiktok.com/@blancaperdomo_ The Pandemic Leaves more Latinos Vulnerable to Illegal Pyramid Schemes - https://projectpulso.org/2020/10/28/the-pandemic-leaves-more-latinos-vulnerable-to-illegal-pyramid-schemes/ Latino Entrepreneurs Need Federal Protection from Pyramid Schemes - https://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/economy-budget/319625-latino-entrepreneurs-need-federal-protection-from-pyramid?rl=1 MLMs: Predatory Scams or Entrepreneurial Opportunities? - https://www.business.com/articles/mlms-target-women-and-immigrants/ Multi-Level Marketing Companies Profit Off of Economic Exploitation - https://dailytitan.com/opinion/multi-level-marketing-companies-profit-off-of-economic-exploitation/article_3ae748fd-4a4e-5e0d-a493-9cd1c1cea723.html An Inside Look at the the Day Without Immigrants Demonstration in DC - https://www.latinorebels.com/2022/02/14/dayiwithoutimmigrants/ Carlos Eduardo Espina's TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@carlos_eduardo_espina Dr. Steven Hassan's BITE Model - https://freedomofmind.com/cult-mind-control/bite-model/ Ponzinomics by Robert L. FitzPatrick - https://amzn.to/3q16oJb How can you help? Report false income and health claims here: https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/ Or go to: https://www.truthinadvertising.org You can also report to your state Attorney General's office! https://www.naag.org/find-my-ag/ Not in the U.S.? Go here: https://www.ftc.gov/policy/international/competition-consumer-protection-authorities-worldwide Support the Podcast! Buy me a Taco and leave me a note!
Its been lonely here at FITSNews HQ this week with our founding editor Will Folks soaking up the rays (and possibly grease from fried fish). Easy, ladies In Will's absence we've pulled out all the stops to put together a great show for you. I'm most excited for you to see the special report put together by our researcher extraordinaire Jennifer Wood on the potential for federal involvement in the Murdaugh murders crime and corruption saga.But before we debut Jenn's special report I walk you through two other important developments: the fallout from last week's partisan primaries and a new way for the governor to hold Palmetto State school district leaders accountable.S.C. Attorney General candidate Lauren Martel led a “MAGA slate” protest of her partisan primary loss. Martel was soundly defeated in her bid against third-term incumbent attorney general Alan Wilson.Martel's protest was centered around the failure of election workers to be administered an oath required by law. While I am in support of following all laws that legitimize our elections, I characterized Martel's challenge as “frivolous” in this week's episode.I gave slightly more credence to house district 43 candidate Mark Corral, who announced late Tuesday night that he too was submitting a letter disputing the election. Unlike Martel, Corral lost by a far narrower margin of 139 votes (or 3.84 percent) to incumbent Randy Ligon.Corral protested the relocation of precinct polling places because he alleged that one location was moved outside of an adjacent precinct in violation of S.C. Code §7-7-910.Both Corral and Martel had to prove that their races would have turned out differently had the issues they cited not occurred, and none of the candidates who challenged their primary results were able to cross that evidentiary threshold in a hearing held before the S.C. GOP executive committee on Thursday evening.I then moved on to the run-off election in the Republican primary between candidates Ellen Weaver and Kathy Maness for the state superintendent of education position.Potentially more important for the day-to-day operation of S.C. schools is how governor Henry McMaster‘s investigation into Richland School District Two proceeds in the coming weeks.Following months of allegations of improprieties by district leadership, the governor has formally requested that S.C. state inspector general Brian Lamkin investigate the district and provide him with a report of his findings.We end the episode with FITSNews researcher Jennifer Wood's special report on RICO charges and what would need to happen for them to be applied in the Murdaugh case.
Brett Tolman, Right on Crime Executive Director and the former Utah United States Attorney, is this week's guest on Liberty & Justice with Matt Whitaker, Episode 20. Brett and Matt discuss the Supreme Court's term including recent opinions like Dobbs-which overturned Roe- and the New York conceal carry case plus conservative criminal justice reform. Every episode of Liberty & Justice can be watched at Whitaker.tv.SAVE MISSOURI VALUES PAC is this week's sponsor.Brett L. Tolman is the executive director for Right on Crime (rightoncrime.com). He was a leading figure in the drafting and passage of the First Step Act, one of the most sweeping reforms of the federal criminal justice system in decades. Tolman continues to advise the White House and many members of Congress on such issues. He is an attorney and founder of the Tolman Group focusing on public policy and government reform. Previously, he was a shareholder at Ray Quinney and Nebeker and served as chair of the firm's White Collar, Corporate Compliance, and Government Investigations section. For the past 10 years, Tolman has defended corporations and executives in all manner of state and federal criminal and regulatory actions across the country.Prior to entering private practice, Tolman was appointed by President George Bush in 2006 as the United States Attorney for the District of Utah and held that office for nearly 4 years from 2006-2009. As U.S. Attorney, he was responsible for cutting-edge cases addressing such issues as international adoption fraud, mortgage fraud, international marriage fraud, sex and human trafficking, terrorism, and breaches of national security. In 2009 he handled the prosecution of Brian David Mitchell, the alleged kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart. From 2008-2009 he was selected by Attorney General Michael Mukasey to serve as special advisor to the attorney general on national and international policy issues affecting United States attorneys and the Department of Justice. Prior to his appointment as U.S. Attorney, Tolman served as chief counsel for crime and terrorism to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.During his career, Tolman has testified multiple times in the United States Congress and assisted in drafting and passing many pieces of legislation affecting state and federal criminal justice systems. These include the First Step Act of 2018, the Corrections Act, the Sentencing Reform Act, the Justice for All Act of 2004, Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (2005), the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005, the USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005, and the Adam Walsh Protection and Safety Act (2006). He is a frequent contributor on Fox News and No Spin News with Bill O'Reilly.SAVE MISSOURI VALUES PAC is this week's sponsor.Matthew G. Whitaker was acting Attorney General of the United States (2018-2019). Prior to becoming acting Attorney General, Mr. Whitaker served as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General. He was appointed as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa by President George W. Bush, serving from 2004-2009. Whitaker was the managing partner of Des Moines based law firm, Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff LLP from 2009 until rejoining DOJ in 2017. He was also the Executive Director for FACT, The Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust, an ethics and accountability watchdog, between 2014 and 2017. Mr. Whitaker is Author of the book--Above the Law, The InFedBiz'5 is Your Definitive Resource to Accelerating Government SalesSeries of 5-minute podcasts designed to help federal contractors find and win businessListen on: Apple Podcasts Spotify
Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, email@example.com or @townsquaretalk. In light of the Supreme Court effectively overturning Roe v. Wade - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has declared today a “Sanctity of Life” Holiday – closing all of the Office of the Attorney General offices across the state. Meanwhile, those who support abortion rights are gathering in large numbers across the country to protest the supreme Court ruling. In addition to discussing abortion rights in general, many feel the need to take a closer look into other rights such as birth control, contraceptives, and even same-sex laws. What are your thoughts, feeling and opinions, about the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization? In this episode, we take listener calls, while experts help continue the conversation about the U.S. Supreme Court decision on overturning Roe v. Wade and how it impacts Texas. Guests: Amy O'Donnell Texas Alliance for Life Charles W. "Rocky" Rhodes Charles Weigel II Research Professor of State & Federal Constitutional Law at South Texas College of Law Houston Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore Retired judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. Audio from today's show will be available after 5 p.m. CT. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.
On today's Hacks & Wonks week-in-review, Crystal is joined by Co-Founder and Editor of PubliCola, Erica Barnett. They start off breaking down the Supreme Court's official opinion on Dobbs, which overturns Roe v. Wade. They discuss how we got here, the immediate repercussions on Washington and the country, and what we can do about it. Next, they look at the motivations behind Seattle Pride's decision to ask for no uniformed police to participate in this year's festivities. In housing news, they question Mayor Harrell's decision to veto a bill from the City Council asking landlords to report how much rent they charge, and look at what's next for Seattle's Social Housing Initiative now that it's gathered enough votes to qualify for the November ballot. Finally, they discuss the reasoning behind Gov. Inslee signaling that he's not interested in following Biden's lead in creating a gas tax holiday in Washington state. As always, a full text transcript of the show is available below and at officialhacksandwonks.com. Find the host, Crystal Fincher, on Twitter at @finchfrii and find today's co-host, Erica C. Barnett, at @ericacbarnett. More info is available at officialhacksandwonks.com. Resources Abortion Funds: Northwest Abortion Access Fund - https://nwaafund.org/donate Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest - https://www.weareplannedparenthood.org/onlineactions/cOJVhOyrzkq4uBcxVekXFA2?sourceid=1000065&affiliateID=091810&_ga=2.195968876.195061633.1656097315-413517584.1656097315 National Network of Abortion Funds - https://secure.actblue.com/donate/supportabortionfunds?refcode=nnafwebsite –--------------- “What the end of Roe v. Wade means for Washington state” by Melissa Santos from Axios: https://www.axios.com/local/seattle/2022/06/24/end-roe-v-wade-means-washington-state “Democrats seek to stop hospital mergers that limit abortion access” by Melissa Santos from Axios: https://www.axios.com/local/seattle/2022/06/22/democrats-stop-hospital-mergers-limit-abortions “Seattle Police officers won't march in pride parade, frustrated chief says” by Anika Varty from The Seattle Times: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/law-justice/uniformed-seattle-police-officers-will-not-march-at-seattle-pride-parade/ “Harrell vetoes plan to require Seattle landlords to report the rent they charge” by Heidi Groover from The Seattle Times: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/harrell-vetoes-plan-to-require-seattle-landlords-to-report-the-rent-they-charge/ “Social Housing Initiative Pushes Forward, Fact Checking-Harrell on Homelessness” from PubliCola: https://publicola.com/2022/06/23/social-housing-initiative-pushes-forward-fact-checking-harrell-on-homelessness/ “A Photo-Finish for Seattle's Social Housing Initiative” by Hannah Krieg from The Stranger: https://www.thestranger.com/news/2022/06/22/75442679/a-photo-finish-for-seattles-social-housing-initiative “Inslee signals no interest in WA gas tax ‘holiday'; others skeptical too” by David Kroman from The Seattle Times: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/inslee-signals-no-interest-in-a-wa-gas-tax-holiday-others-skeptical-too/ Transcript [00:00:00] Crystal Fincher: Welcome to Hacks and Wonks. I'm Crystal Fincher, and I'm a political consultant and your host. On this show, we talk with policy wonks and political hacks to gather insight into local politics and policy in Washington state through the lens of those doing the work with behind-the-scenes perspectives on what's happening, why it's happening, and what you can do about it. Full transcripts and resources referenced in the show are always available at officialhacksandwonks.com and in our episode notes. If you like the show, please feel free to leave us a good review. Today, we're continuing our Friday almost-live shows where we review the news of the week. Welcome back to the program, friend of the show and today's cohost: Seattle political reporter, editor of PubliCola, cohost of the Seattle Nice podcast and author of Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery, Erica Barnett. [00:01:02] Erica Barnett: Hey Crystal. [00:01:04] Crystal Fincher: Hey, Erica. Well, it's been a morning. [00:01:09] Erica Barnett: It sure has. [00:01:12] Crystal Fincher: Because the overturning of the Roe vs Wade decision is now official. The Supreme Court, with the Dobbs decision, has ended the right to abortion for women in this country and signaled a potential end to other critical rights that are pretty basic and fundamental. And it's just rough. Where are you at with this? [00:01:44] Erica Barnett: Yeah. I tweeted out this morning, because if you're not on Twitter, do you even exist? I said basically - don't interpret the silence of people who re suffering today and who will continue to suffer because of the end of abortion rights - don't interpret our silence as consent or believing that this is okay. We've been screaming our heads off about this for years and no one listened. And now all of a sudden, everybody is screaming too. Boy, with the way I'm describing this, is way too long for a tweet. I said something much more pithy, but basically - look, I am feeling overwhelmed, but I'm also not in the state of shock that the New York Times Editorial Board appears to be, or a lot of mainstream pundits appear to be, because we knew this was coming. And we knew it was coming long before the Supreme Court even took up this case, and before the the leaked opinion - this is part of the theocracy that I would argue started long before Trump, but certainly accelerated with Trump - an illegitimate president installing Supreme Court justices for life, so I'm feeling - emotionally, I'm feeling pretty numb. But yeah, that is not by any means, it's not meant to imply that I am okay with this, or complacent, or anything of the sort. [00:03:18] Crystal Fincher: Of course. [00:03:19] Erica Barnett: I'm very upset. I'm just so upset, I can't - I can barely talk about it. [00:03:23] Crystal Fincher: Yeah. I think a lot of us are in a similar situation - certainly, there is, I will say there is, some frustration that I feel with people who are shocked about this right now, or even shocked about it when the opinion leak came out. I get how people land there, so I totally get it, but there have been so many people warning that this was coming for years. And this basically became the inevitable conclusion as soon as Trump was elected, and we knew that he was going to be making more Supreme Court picks and making a Roe vs Wade-proof majority on the Court. And so there's - I've also on Twitter, this morning, and have tweeted some stuff about it, been in some group chats about it. But man, I've said this before, listen to the people who are impacted. They know what's coming, they have to be vigilant because they know that they're going to be the people most exposed to the problem first. So yes, they're great at picking up the warning signs before other people are, and yes, they're warning and no, it may not have been on the front page of the New York Times until years later and lots of pundits, especially white male pundits, have downplayed this outcome. But this was so obvious this was coming, and the time to fight against it and to get serious about fighting against it was a long time ago. Does not mean that we cannot still fight and we absolutely need to, but I wish we would get better collectively about listening to people who are in the most impacted, most marginalized groups, most subject to harm - when they warn about things, we need to take it seriously. [00:05:33] Erica Barnett: Yeah, and I feel like what's gonna happen now is a lot of women, and people who take contraception of any kind, have been warning that contraception is next. There's a lot of things that I think are "next" on the list of rights that the Court's gonna try to strip away, but I think contraception is probably one of the very next. And I think that still, to this day, when you bring that up and you say they're gonna start banning the women's right, people's right, not to get pregnant - that people - you get laughed at, like that's absurd. In the same way that the notion of overturning Roe was absurd, maybe I don't know, back in the 90s when it was still, in retrospect, a fairly new decision, 20, 25 years old. It seemed absurd and now I think everything is just accelerated, and I think the right to access an IUD is going to be next because a lot of sort of Christian-ist right-wing pundits and politicians and people in the Court believe that that is abortion. And I won't go into all the details about their thinking there because it's absurd, but that is going to be next. And then it's going to be all kinds of rights that the Supreme Court will use this decision in the reasoning to say - that it wasn't in the Constitution and it hasn't been established law - it wasn't established law at the time in the 1800s and before, so it can't be established law now. It's everything from same sex marriage, same sex relationships, interracial marriage. The list just goes on and on and on of rights that could be impacted and probably will be impacted by this decision. So, I feel like also - in screaming my head off all these years, I have tried to say - it is not just women I know that no one cares about women. That is a well-established right, or well-established fact, that I have seen again and again in my lifetime. But this isn't "just women" and people who can get pregnant - it's all marginalized people who are going to have their rights stripped away because of the reasoning behind this decision. [00:08:00] Crystal Fincher: Yeah, we're talking about the stripping away of a lot of fundamental privacy rights, really, and that does impact marginalized populations. And this occurring at the same time where we basically have a surveillance-based economy is just really alarming, and people are justifiably scared, and harm is going to occur because of this to lots of different people, not only women. And so it is just - it's a challenge. This morning in a chat I was in, lots of people were - this is hard, distraught, and really troubled and furious. And just feeling the whole range of emotions. And someone asks - well, where is our power in this? - and people just wondering what do we do. And I think that's an important question to ask, I absolutely think the range of feelings that people are feeling are entirely justified - this is hard and rough. I hope people have grace for people that they're around because this is just another thing on top of so many other things that we're dealing with that is just hard and unjust and unnecessarily cruel, but we do still have power and we need to exercise all of our power, all of the levers that we have - because this is so critical and so fundamental, and just the beginning of the attempt to dismantle rights and dismantle privacy for people who they just view as beneath them, or they financially benefit from being beneath them. So I think it's important to continue to, at every turn, even if federal action has not occurred and they are not jumping to do that now. They do respond to pressure and if we apply all of the levers of pressure to let them know that this is a priority - we've gotta be in the streets, every town hall, every meeting, every fundraiser - people should be asking - Hey, are you, do you support ending the filibuster, do you support taking this vote? We have to codify it. There has to be a vote. We have to do what's necessary, which does involve ending the filibuster for this and so many other things, ways to protect rights - the filibuster is not more important than that. They should be asked about this by Democrats, by everyone, all of the time. They should know that this is front and center on people's minds and that people are not willing to accept anything less than action, urgent action. And so we should be demanding that of them - organizations who do endorsements should reopen those endorsements - and ending the filibuster, calling for a vote should be a basic requirement for an endorsement. It's a different change in process, but part of the signaling of this is an emergency, this is urgent is treating things like that from an institutional and from organizational points of view. Organizations have to signal that this is a right that we can't do without. Even organizations that are not thought of as women's organizations or reproductive rights organizations - this affects everyone who you deal with - this affects our community, this affects people's financial mobility, ability to not live in poverty, to dictate their own healthcare - everyone should be standing in solidarity. Every organization should be saying - okay, you want support, then these are the basic things that are gonna need to happen. You can choose not to, but we need to put our energy and effort and resources towards people who are. In the State, legislatively - we absolutely need to make sure that our legislators take action to make sure that access is available. We have a lot of areas in this state where there have been mergers - Catholic hospitals, in some cities, are the only hospitals that some communities have access to - who don't provide abortion care. We're gonna be seeing an influx of people coming from other states to get abortion care - those who have enough money to come from other states - we need to be taking action now, legislatively, to ensure that that access is available and that we're supporting just the capacity of our healthcare system to provide that. And Jay Inslee should call a special session to make that happen. He says he wants to, he supports the introduction of a constitutional amendment to protect abortion rights. I think that is a great idea. Even if it doesn't - may be close or they're saying, okay, well, Republicans may not vote for it, it may not hit the threshold - well, let's get people on record and see what they say. Let's actually force the vote. Let's let people know who stands where and what they're voting for 'cause there's been a lot of silence from Republicans in this state. And everyone should be held accountable and everyone should have the opportunity to act to do this and it should happen now. These are things that we absolutely need to do. And being involved just in mutual aid organizations, supporting those that already exist - abortion care funds - supporting those reputable ones that already exist is absolutely necessary. We're gonna have to be here for each other in community like we have not been in a long time, and organizing starts with your neighbors and being there for one another and building that network out. So just there are things that we can do, that we need to do, that we can demand of our legislators that can help protect and fortify abortion rights and access in this state, while we work hard and apply pressure to get them reinstated federally. [00:14:18] Erica Barnett: Yeah, and I think also, your point on abortion access right now is really key, because overturning the filibuster and then getting a law and then getting a law that will hold up in court, given this decision, and et cetera, et cetera is a very long process that has many maybes in it. But one thing you can do right now is give money, if you have it, to local abortion funds. And because I was mentioning to you Crystal, before we went on air, that I used to work at NARAL Pro-Choice Washington - we would get a lot of calls from people who were trying to come in from out of state, from Alaska, from Idaho to access abortion because a lot of states that even do technically have access, it is much, much harder to get a later-in-pregnancy abortion. It has been for a long time. So, if you don't have the money early on, if you don't have the access, if you don't have the permission of your parents, all sorts of reasons. And the fact was that people would call and say - can you give me money to get out here? And we didn't do that - we were an advocacy group - so we would refer them to the abortion funds in the state that have very, very limited resources. And so, the way that - there's going to be, there's this notion that there's going to be a flood of abortion refugees to Washington State, and I think that is true - in the same way that New Mexico has become a refuge state for people seeking abortions from Texas. But the fact is that you can't get an abortion out-of-state unless you have the means independently, or you're lucky enough to get funding from an abortion fund that doesn't have enough money for everybody. And so, if you have money, that is a critical place to put it right now. [00:16:14] Crystal Fincher: Absolutely. Very well said. Absolutely true. We'll continue to follow this. There is also another piece of legislation that has been introduced, that can be taken up in the special session or soon thereafter, to prevent mergers. We're giving our state's Attorney General the power to deny mergers if it does impact access to abortion and other critical healthcare needs. So there are definitely things that can happen locally, there's pressure that can be applied nationally. This is going to take everybody getting involved, it's gonna take ally organizations signaling that this is critical and an emergency. This is literally a life-or-death situation for some women. And again, this is the beginning. This is the beginning of - we've seen laws in other states forcing, explicitly saying that women must be forced to carry an ectopic pregnancy. That's a death sentence. And just people who have no understanding of what basic biology actually is, and how women's cycles work and can vary - and they vary all the time - and applying and attaching punishments to things that happen naturally and that aren't preventable at all is - it's terrifying as a person needing healthcare. And I just - we have to hold power accountable. This is not a - hopefully they get to it. This is a - they need to get to it and we need to let them know that votes are at stake. [00:17:59] Erica Barnett: And can I just say, just real quickly before we get off this topic, that's great that the Attorney General is now concerned to this extent about the mergers of Catholic hospitals, but this is another thing that abortion rights advocates have been absolutely screaming our heads off about for years and years. And it is frankly infuriating to me to see - great, go for it, by all means, better incredibly late than never, I guess. But this is something that needed to happen 10 years ago, 15 years ago. And again, we were told we're hysterical and there's never gonna really be a problem. And there's always gonna be other options you can choose to go to if you're having, for example, a miscarriage and it's an emergency - you can have the ambulance take you to the hospital that you happen to know will actually let you have a managed miscarriage. And we were just told we were hysterical. And it's so infuriating now - and this is why I can't talk about it, honestly, 'cause as soon as I start going down an avenue, I start getting so mad - but this is one that really does piss me off because this is something that was actionable at the State level years ago and the State took no action. [00:19:17] Crystal Fincher: Absolutely justifiable point and I will say to those listening, there's - I'm a political consultant, I work for Democrats - but hearing the mantra "Vote Blue, No Matter Who," just "Vote Blue, this is wrong - Vote Blue." Well, we vote blue to prevent things like this from happening. We vote blue and we elect a president and congressional majorities and legislative majorities to ensure that things like this don't happen, so that they take action to prevent things like this from happening, so that they do everything in their power to keep women from losing this right. And everything in their power does include ending the filibuster - that's within their power - and just being in the situation where it's like voting rights, disability rights, women's rights, healthcare just falling at the whim of one or two Congresspeople in a filibuster - when we see more energy being applied to sometimes more progressive people for rocking the boat. Well, yeah, we're gonna rock the boat if this is where the boat is headed - we've gotta turn this thing around and you have to earn the ability to say - we vote for Democrats so that this won't happen. You can't let this happen. You have to fight with everything you have and do everything in your power. They have not done everything in their power, right? So we have to see that - I'm gonna be voting for the Democratic nominee for president, right? I'm going to, but I'm not going to be surprised at low turnout and bad outcomes, if we don't have leaders who are willing to step up and use their power to prevent real, immediate, tangible harm. And in some cases, death, which absolutely will occur, which absolutely will occur. You have to earn this. You have to act. You can't find it easier to give an excuse than to fight to convince people why it's worth taking this vote and taking this fight on. If we spent as much energy collectively making the case for why this needs to happen, instead of coming up with excuses why it can't, and applying pressure - so at least we're doing everything in our power to pressure Joe Manchin to make it happen, in the way that we've seen other people pressured. And not - well, we'll wait for his - when they wanna make life hard for someone, they can. When they want to apply pressure, they can. They choose when to and when not to, and to allow everyone else to experience these consequences while we're watching people in relative comfort not take action, is absolutely infuriating to people being harmed. They're looking at people, they're like - I hear sometimes - well, why aren't we just mad at Republicans? Trust me, we are. But we know who they are. And Democrats are saying that they're people who stand against this and who fight against this, so we're waiting to see the fight. We need to see the fight. We need to see action now. And I am as frustrated as anyone else by not seeing people do everything in their power to help this, because this has such wide-ranging ramifications immediately. There are several states that have trigger laws that make abortion illegal immediately, or sometimes up to a month in these states. But it is coming and we need action, and we should hold people accountable for taking action. I also get furious about this. You can tell I'm a bit frustrated and trying to moderate the emotion but it's infuriating, it's absolutely infuriating. It's something in a long line of things that are infuriating. Just - I'll leave it there. With that said, there are some other things that happened this week that we could talk about, including - Pride is coming up, Pride Parade is coming up this weekend. We're coming back together in person, it's an exciting time for a lot of people. But we've had a conversation here locally that has taken place in a lot of different cities and countries - in should police be allowed to march in Pride? Should they be excluded from Pride? What is happening here? [00:24:33] Erica Barnett: Well, I would say, and perhaps this'll be an odd framing, but I would say that the police department in Seattle has sort of - Pride has asked, the main Pride Parade organizers have asked, have said that they are not, that police officers in uniform are not welcome. The way that I would frame it though, is that the police department then sort of made it into a bigger story than it would've been by issuing a lengthy statement from Police Chief Adrian Diaz, saying that this is unacceptable and almost prejudicial to not allow this. The sort of reasoning, which may be obvious, is that LGBTQ+ rights were were won against the force of the state - Stonewall was a riot sparked by police violence. [00:25:27] Crystal Fincher: Against police brutality. Yeah. [00:25:29] Erica Barnett: Yeah, and so it would be inappropriate for armed police officers to be marching in the parade and sort of giving a rainbow sheen to the police department. And so that's what's happened - this is the, I believe the second year in a row, there's been a clash over this, maybe the third year. No second year, 'cause obviously we had a pandemic. But I think the police are being a little provocative. They are still permitted and there are many LGBTQ+ police officers - and I think that is something that is somewhat getting lost in this debate and something that Diaz did attempt to rather clumsily to point out - but the issue is not whether those officers are themselves individually allowed to participate in the parade. The issue is marching in uniform and sort of saying the police are big supporters of LGBTQ rights, and so I think that is the crux of the issue. And ultimately, Pride can say what they wanna say and they can ban who they wanna ban, and what are the police gonna do - show up unwanted? That just seems that would be an act of provocation that would be absolutely outrageous and a distraction, I think, from the joyfulness and the excitement of Pride weekend. [00:26:54] Crystal Fincher: It absolutely would be, also wouldn't be a surprise to see that happen. But to me it's pretty simple - given the origin of Pride, it absolutely makes sense that you would not want to have armed officers. It was about literally fighting against that, fighting against the harm that it has caused. I think the community being impacted and harmed has the right to dictate their response to that harm. And I - it's one thing if the police want to characterize themselves as wonderful, lots of people wanna characterize themselves as wonderful. But if a person is saying you have harmed me, you've continued to harm me, you've been a harmful force in my community - that's their thing, that's their right, they have experienced that harm. And this is their community celebration. I wouldn't walk into a religious celebration and say - you must allow different people - this is a community that has been harmed, that this celebration came out of fighting to reduce that harm and fighting for themselves and for their survival. And so why are we not centering whatever it is around the concerns and cares of that community and letting this group force themselves, feel entitled to be part of it? It just seems like - they are being provocative. They're also finding time to meet about this and spending a lot of time talking in the media and everything. Where was this time at, when they decided they couldn't investigate sexual assault? [00:28:53] Erica Barnett: Well, I do wanna introduce just a tiny bit of nuance, which is that - that no community is is monolithic and to say that LGBT people have certain political beliefs on - or LGBTQ+ people in the military or in the police force are not real members of that community - I know it's not what you're saying, but there is a slippery slope there. And I do think that it is important to acknowledge that the people who are in SPD, who are members of that community, do exist. They are legitimate members of that community. And I understand some of the hurt that they are feeling as well. And I don't wanna just totally diminish that by saying - cops are bad and they shouldn't be allowed to participate because of the origin of Pride. But I do think, but again, that is a bit of nuance - I think that the mutual provocations here are around this issue of whether they should be able to be essentially marching in formation, in military-style uniforms, in the middle of a Pride Parade. And I think - let's just take that off the table and say that's not gonna happen. And how are we going to invite individual officers, not in uniform, to participate in a celebration of their community - that's a more appropriate question and let's just leave the whole possibility of cops marching in formation out of it. [00:30:32] Crystal Fincher: I would just say two things. One, you're absolutely correct. The community is not a monolith - no community is - and that's evidenced in the variety of Pride celebrations. And we've seen that, and have talked about that in various ways before. But I do think as the organizers of this particular event, if not legally - but certainly seems like they can legally - but just ethically and morally, they get to dictate the terms of participation. And especially if they feel they're centering the safety of the community that they're putting on this event to celebrate. And the other thing I would say is that I don't think it's always so easy to just dismiss the possibility of the police showing up. People have to prepare for that, because they have in other situations and because that can create harm, it can escalate it. So organizers have to think about that, the community needs to plan around that, people who may be impacted by that do have to think about that. And they have to think about that because of provocations that they've seen in other situations. So it's almost a privilege to not be, to be like - ah, don't worry about it. Because you do have to worry about it - and that's the crux of the problem - that is something that is a known possibility. And that, in and of itself, is its own thing that you have to prepare for that's not that pleasant, and have contingency plans for and all of that, because that is a wild card that could happen. Or some escalation happens, right? So it's - I just don't think it's as simple as - ah, let them be nice. They have a - we see the complaints and the reports and the investigations - there is a history in town here of them engaging in harmful ways, and escalating in situations, and inserting themselves into situations, where investigations of them have found that they have escalated situations. So I think they have to think about it, right? But they shouldn't - it would be nice that they didn't have to. At the same time, your point that there are people in the LGBTQ community, in the Seattle Police Department and others, is absolutely true. And - hey, if they wanna have a Cop Pride Parade, where they're marching in uniform, they could absolutely do that. I haven't seen those, but that seems like that would be a great thing for the police department, if they are primarily concerned with supporting their community and their officers, that they could do. And yeah, I think that's the thing, but it'll continue - we'll see how it goes. Also this week, or within the past couple weeks, Mayor Harrell vetoed a plan that would have required Seattle landlords to report the rent they charge. Why did he do that? [00:34:05] Erica Barnett: Well, this is a really interesting bill, which I covered from the beginning back in March when they first started discussing it, because the original purpose of the bill - and it came from Alex Pedersen, one of the more conservative members of the council - the original purpose was to basically get landlords to provide some information about the rents they charge, in order to essentially demonstrate that small landlords are good and need to be preserved. Because the theory, the hypothesis went that they charge lower rents. And so, during the upcoming comprehensive plan - this is really a zoning bill, weirdly enough - during the upcoming comprehensive plan, they could not make changes that would increase density, so as to preserve these small landlords. So it was conceived as a pro-landlord bill. Then it got support from Councilmember Sawant and Tammy Morales on the left, who are eager to get just this information out there, because it's really hard to know when you're renting an apartment, what the average rent is in that area. You can go on all kinds of websites that tell you all different things, you can sort of look and see what else is available in the area, but that doesn't give you a real sense. And so they were like - this is great, we need more information so that renters can have the same kind of information that home buyers do about mortgages and housing costs. So, the mayor, to answer your question, ultimately vetoed it 'cause he said it was too anti-landlord and that it would've been too onerous on landlords, it would've violated their rights by requiring them to reveal so-called proprietary information, i.e. what they were charging in rents. And that it would be unreliable because people, landlords would essentially just choose to opt-out or they would choose to lie. So, a whole bunch of what I would call very unconvincing arguments. I think the real purpose was to protect landlords from having to to reveal something that might ultimately have caused them to have to lower their rent because the rents they're charging are unreasonable, and it also would've increased renter's ability to have some information parity, if no other kind of parity with the landlords that charge them rent. So, it was an anti-renter and a pro-landlord veto in very, very short. [00:36:32] Crystal Fincher: No, I think you summed it up quite well, and in this time where Bruce Harrell loves a dashboard - he talks about data and wanting to get more information. It seems like when there is a widely acknowledged housing affordability crisis that is exacerbating the homelessness crisis, doing everything we can - and the Harrell administration, all of it, all of the plans and all of his announcements have started with we need to gather the data and we'll get a dashboard up and all of that. This seems like a very basic step to do that. Landlords ostensibly advertise their rent when they're doing that anyway, which was one of the very basic things and I think Alex Pedersen - who is one of the more conservative members of the Council - it sounded perfectly reasonable, and he's taking this step to address housing affordability. I love the - funny enough, it comes down to zoning - as a former land use and planning board commissioner - man, everything comes down to zoning. [00:37:40] Erica Barnett: Yep. [00:37:41] Crystal Fincher: But it's - this was so basic and common sense, and it just seems - wow, we ask a lot from homeowners. We actually require homeowners to give a ton of personal, extremely personal information to landlords. We require people getting rental assistance and other assistance to give a ton of extremely personal information over to government entities and man, what a difference when it just comes to asking landlords to report what they're charging - which they have to report already in various formats - just really confounding and seems like a very clear and bold statement about where, who's being centered in this policy. And where, if we're talking about this housing affordability crisis, where help is not likely to come from. And it's just unfortunate 'cause if this is hard, then doing the actual things to increase affordability are a lot harder than this. So it's just troubling that that was a hard thing, when it initially would've been very basic - received a lot of pushback from Sara Nelson on the Council, and it looks like Mayor Harrell wound up feeling very similarly to Councilmember Nelson. [00:39:12] Erica Barnett: Well, it's very interesting that Councilmember Nelson sort of said several times - well, renters can just go and look on Craigslist or whatever - obviously a statement from somebody who hasn't had to rent in a very, very long time. It is so hard to know. It is so hard to even know what the place that you're trying to rent rents for, honestly, because a lot of times it'll be a range, and it'll be five months free or whatever, and then the deposit is huge. So in comparison - you wanna buy a house - you can go see what it's sold for the last five times it sold, you can see what the asking price is, you can see what the adjacent houses sold for - just, there's a tremendous amount of information. And this information, by the way, used to be available - there was a private company that provided it. And that company went out of business and that is what precipitated this legislation. So there's a long precedent of this information actually being available. The fact that it is not available is a new thing, not a longstanding situation. [00:40:13] Crystal Fincher: Yeah, and relevant to so many people in the City - about half of the City's residents are renters. And so this is very meaningful and very impactful for a lot of people in the City. And so we'll see what the next plan is, but action is needed. Housing is so expensive and continues to rise in and around Seattle and the State. So hopefully more action is figured out, or there are questions brought to Bruce Harrell to say - okay, so what is the plan? If we can't gather basic data, what are you going to do to make housing more affordable? Lots of things are on the table, action is needed - what is going to get done? Also - that we see here - is the Social Housing Initiative turned in their signatures. They exceeded the threshold. What happened here? [00:41:19] Erica Barnett: So this is the initiative to create a public development authority which would, and I'm sure your listeners already know this - I'm repeating myself, I'm sure - but basically it would create an authority that could build affordable housing, publicly-owned housing, permanently affordable housing. They turned in, I believe, around 29,000-something signatures, and they did not get as many signatures as they wanted. So when you turn in signatures for an initiative, a lot of them tend to get thrown out because they are illegible, they have addresses outside of Seattle, they're not eligible voters, et cetera. So they had hoped to turn in 35,000, they got around 29,000. And I think it remains to be seen, and they said this week at a press conference that it remains to be seen, whether that's going to end up being enough valid signatures. They do have an opportunity if it's just a few, or a few hundred, short to go out and collect those signatures. They get 20 days to do that, so this very well could be on the ballot in November. They did say that if they don't achieve their goal this time, they're not giving up, they're gonna keep pushing for this social housing measure. So either way, it's not gonna go away, but it could be on the ballot as soon as November. [00:42:40] Crystal Fincher: Well, and the very last thing that we'll cover super quickly - Inslee signaling no interest in suspending Washington's gas tax, as President Biden has signaled a potential easing of the federal gas tax for a period. What is Inslee thinking? [00:43:03] Erica Barnett: Well, I don't know exactly what Inslee's logic is, but my guess is that, in the same way that the the Biden proposal is not certain to lower gas taxes, neither is a local proposal or a state proposal, and you lose a lot of money. The gas tax in Washington State funds transportation projects and primarily, almost exclusively roads. So you can argue over some of those specific roadway expansion projects, but nonetheless it's a blunt instrument to suddenly eliminate a huge tax resource, without any real guarantee that gas companies won't just further increase the prices so that they make even more profit, since in the same way that this is not Biden's fault - Biden does not hold the main levers to actually decrease gas prices substantially, the oil companies do and they're making record profits. So I think that there's probably some caution about that. Are we gonna cut this tax, lose a lot of money, and gain nothing for consumers - that's a real risk. [00:44:11] Crystal Fincher: That is definitely a real risk and Biden is certainly receiving some of that feedback on his proposal. Gas prices are up around the world, the percentage increases that we're seeing in the United States are not close to the highest increases that other people have seen in some other countries. A lot of this is a supply problem, which easing the gas tax does not allow, and in fact it could make the supply problem a little worse if it encourages more people to buy gas. And it does rob folks of revenue, it does allow oil companies to - essentially if they wanted to - just pocket the difference and not pass along this to consumers. We're funneling this through essentially Big Oil, who is not known for being really generous and magnanimous and they like a lot of profit for themselves. And if anything - man, this money could be invested in helping reduce our reliance on this, to build infrastructure that enables more people to safely and efficiently use other methods of travel for short or long trips or commutes or all of the above. It just is - it's something, but sometimes doing something, even though it is something - if it doesn't fix the problem, why do it? And so I actually think Inslee is right on on this, because it's not actually a solution to the problem. With that, we will conclude today's conversation. Thank you for listening to Hacks & Wonks on this Friday, June 24th, 2022. The producer of Hacks & Wonks is Lisl Stadler - who just had a baby! - and assistant producer Shannon Cheng with assistance from Bryce Cannatelli, and our wonderful cohost today is Seattle political reporter and editor of PubliCola, Erica Barnett. You can find Erica on Twitter @ericacbarnett - that's Erica with a "c", and then another "c", Barnett - and on PubliCola.com. 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It is blockbuster Supreme Court decision season, and this week was historic with rulings on abortion and gun rights. On Pro Say, we'll explore the court's most consequential expansion of the Second Amendment in over a decade. Also this week, we're joined by Law360 senior reporter Xiumei Dong, who's been investigating an alarming spike in data breaches at smaller law firms; we discuss South Dakota's Attorney General who was removed from office after he killed a man with his car; and, finally, we dive in to the website of a small liquor company that's been blocked from selling its whiskey using hilarious descriptions and names inspired by Lehman Brothers. If you want to hear more about the takeaways from the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, check out a special episode of our sister show, Law360's The Term.
Several states have trigger laws that go into effect within 30 days of today's ruling. But Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement following today's ruling, saying abortions in the state are now illegal. For more, KCBS Radio news anchors Jeff Bell and Patti Reising spoke with Bloomberg News Editor Brendan Walsh.
Today on Boston Public Radio: Attorney General Maura Healey shares her reaction to the recent Supreme Court decision on Dobbs v. Jackson. She also answers listeners' questions for this month's “Ask the Attorney General.” Healey is attorney general of Massachusetts and a candidate for governor. Judge Nancy Gertner discusses the future of abortions in the US, including the trials that will face those who seek abortion in light of the Dobbs v. Jackson decision. Gertner is a retired federal judge and is now a senior lecturer at Harvard Law School. Callie Crosley discusses the fate of other court-granted rights in the face of the Supreme Court decision. Crossley hosts GBH's Under the Radar and Basic Black. Then we turned to President Joe Biden's address concerning the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, and continued taking calls about the Dobbs decision. Dr. Cheryl Hamlin talks about her advocacy for abortion access, and the state of her practice and colleagues considering the Dobbs decision. Dr. Hamlin is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. She travels to the Jackson Women's Health Organization in Mississippi each month to provide abortion care, the clinic at the center of the Dobbs v. Jackson case that is being decided by the Supreme Court. We return to listeners' reactions to the Dobbs decision. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley calls for the declaration of a public health emergency in light of abortion restriction. We end the show with more listener calls.
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On todays show we'll talk about the declining number of people in our country that say they believe in God.... You'll never guess what side of the aisle they're onWe'll give a thumbs up to the CEO of Chevron for pushing back on Biden for his continued propaganda about the oil companies price gouging and being greedyChurches and Pro-Life clinics continue to come under attack while the Attorney General of the Unites States remains oddly silent about itAll of that along with our Rights and Wrongs of the week, and the always popular Come On Man segment of the day!
J. Christian Adams of the Public Interest Legal Foundation joined Brett Winterble to discuss a win for those in favor of voter identification laws in North Carolina in the N.C. Supreme Court. Adams explained how the North Carolina legislature decided to push for the power to assist the Attorney General in defending the voter ID laws that were being challenged as well as why they needed that power. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
GOP Attorney General hopeful Jim Schultz joins us in studio. He needs to defeat Keith Ellison if we hope to get crime under control in this state. We address emails from the political rant of yesterday's show. Johnny Heidt with guitar news.
This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the primary race for eastern Oklahoma's Congressional District Two where 14 Republicans are vying for the chance to replace Markwayne Mullin and G-O-P candidates for Attorney general and State Superintendent are failing to lead in their races despite endorsements from Governor Stitt. The trio also discusses other primary races from statewide and congressional races as well as elections for legislative seats and Oklahoma County District Attorney.
Rob and Joseph talk the season finale of Obi-Wan Kenobi and episode three of Ms. Marvel before discussing the GOP's politicized reaction to diverse casting in Lightyear and new Star Trek show. We also talk about the January 6 hearings, the fallout from a county election in New Mexico, where a group of chuds refused to certify the election, and South Dakota's Attorney General finally getting removed from office two years after he killed a man. We wrap up with the new gun control legislation, the link between Bored Ape Yacht Club and Nazism, Elon Musk‘s continued attempt to buy Twitter, and Texas maybe seceding. A long week in the middle of a long summer, and we're still going on about that! Recorded on June 23, 2022. Get your YSGOAT tees, totes, mugs, and more in our store HERE. Check out Rob's Etsy shop to buy his prints, stickers, original artwork, and more HERE. You can also get a wide variety of Rob Israel tees, totes, mugs, and more in his Teepublic store HERE.
WDAY First News anchor Se Kwon gets you caught up on everything you need to know for Thursday, June 23. Get your first three months of unlimited access to our entire network of news sites for only ninety-nine cents a month! Inforum.com/subscribe
As the January 6th hearings continue, Errol sits down with the former Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, to discuss his brand new, critically acclaimed book, “Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote - A History, a Crisis, a Plan." The conversation covers the idea of a “democracy under attack,” and the way the media should be responding. Also, Holder talks about how the civil rights movement consists of more than just the names we all know, and how he is the head of the national democratic redistricting committee that has been fighting the problem of gerrymandering and voter suppression. JOIN THE CONVERSATION Weigh in on Twitter using the hashtag #NY1YouDecide or give us a call at 212-379-3440 and leave a message. Or send an email to YourStoryNY1@charter.com
A new exhibit in St. Johnsbury displays art created by detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Plus, Gov. Scott names a new interim Attorney General, COVID cases remain low, Leahy opposes a gas tax holiday, and Vermont Law School rebrands.
On this episode of Deep State Radio, David Rothkopf is joined by Rosa Brooks of Georgetown Law School and Ed Luce of the Financial Times. They discuss the latest testimony from the January 6th hearings with a particular focus on whether or not there has been enough evidence to bring charges against the former president as well as whether the Attorney General would even consider taking the case. You can read Ed Luce's piece on the subject in in the Financial Times as a primer for this episode. Don't miss it.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/deepstateradio. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this episode of Deep State Radio, David Rothkopf is joined by Rosa Brooks of Georgetown Law School and Ed Luce of the Financial Times. They discuss the latest testimony from the January 6th hearings with a particular focus on whether or not there has been enough evidence to bring charges against the former president as well as whether the Attorney General would even consider taking the case. You can read Ed Luce's piece on the subject in in the Financial Times as a primer for this episode. Don't miss it.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/deepstateradio. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Christina Bobb is a journalist, Marine, and attorney. On the podcast we discuss her working on election integrity at President Trump's Save America, the importance of getting involved at the polls, Mark Brnovich mistakes as Attorney General, Trump endorsed candidates Blake Masters, Kari Lake, Dr. Oz, Russia/Ukraine, the border, if she was AOC's maid of honor what she would plan for her bachelorette party, and how she remains tremendously optimistic and hopeful. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE LIKE AND SHARE THIS PODCAST!!! Social Media Twitter https://twitter.com/christina_bobb Instagram https://www.instagram.com/christina_bobb/ Truth Social https://truthsocial.com/@christinabobb
Today's guest is only the second person in history to ever hold the office of U.S. Attorney General twice. Bill Barr served as the 77th Attorney General for President George H.W. Bush and the 85th Attorney General for President Donald Trump. His storied law career has taken him from the CIA and the Reagan White House to the Justice Department to General Counsel of major corporations like GTE and Verizon. He recently released his #1 New York Times best selling memoir, One Damn Thing After Another: Memoirs of an Attorney General. The book includes a lifetime of lessons from Barr's childhood through Iran Contra, Pan Am 103 and the LA riots, and takes an unfiltered look at his time serving in the Trump Administration through Russiagate and the Mueller investigation, COVID, civil unrest, election results, and January 6, 2021. Sponsors: Navy Federal Credit Union: Today's episode is presented by Navy Federal Credit Union. Learn more about them at navyfederal.org Black Rifle Coffee: Today's episode is also brought to you by Black Rifle. Purchase at blackriflecoffee.com/dangerclose and use code: dangerclose20 at checkout for 20% off your purchase and your first coffee club order! The Terminal List: This episode is also brought to you by the new Amazon Prime Video series, The Terminal List, starring Chris Pratt and based on Jack Carr's best-selling novel. The show releases on July 1. Featured Gear: SIG: This episode is sponsored by SIG Sauer. You can learn more about SIG here. Vickers Tactical BMW Motorcycles
Here's a look at the top headlines from around the Northland for Wednesday, June 22, 2022. The Duluth News Tribune Minute is a product of Forum Communications Company and is brought to you by reporters at the Duluth News Tribune, Superior Telegram and Cloquet Pine Journal. Find more news throughout the day at duluthnewstribune.com. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting our work with a subscription at duluthnewstribune.news/podcast. Your support allows us to continue providing the local news and content you want.
We discuss the Supreme Court, border, immigration, and more. Our Guests Are: Liz Yore, Ben Bergquam, Todd Bensman, CPT. Maureen Bannon Stay ahead of the censors - Join us warroom.org/join Aired On: 6/21/2022 Watch: On the Web: http://www.warroom.org On Gettr: @WarRoom On Podcast: http://warroom.ctcin.bio On TV: PlutoTV Channel 240, Dish Channel 219, Roku, Apple TV, FireTV or on https://AmericasVoice.news. #news #politics #realnews
The Attorney General's race of Arizona is heating up and Rodney Glassman has a plan for what he will do in that office.
Attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton announced that his agency has convicted a Texas woman of 26 counts of voter fraud. Specifically, according to an official statement that came from the Texas Attorney General's office Election Integrity Unit, a woman who formerly served as a deputy registrar in southeast Texas pleaded guilty to 26 felony counts of voter fraud—voter fraud that she committed, reportedly, on behalf of a local corporation. ⭕️ Sign up for our NEWSLETTER and stay in touch
This episode is sponsored by Credit Karma! Visit CreditKarma.com to find the right offer for you! *Content Warning* In this episode we talk about topics relating to diet culture, including disordered eating, food restriction, orthorexia and other triggering topics. Please use discretion. To continue our education into the circle diagram that is the diet industry and MLMs, today we're talking with Jennifer DAmato, an Intuitive Eating Counselor and Body Image coach. Jen and I chat about our own experiences with some toxic diet culture firsts; being fat shamed, starting our first diets, and the food police under our own roofs. We break down some facts about the $70B+ diet industry, talk about healthy ways to look at food and what orthorexia is and what to do if you think you may have it. Show Notes Follow Jen on IG - https://www.instagram.com/jennifer_healthcoach4life/ Jen's website! - https://www.healthcoach4life.com/learn-more Jen's Podcast - Health, Life & More for Women - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/health-life-and-more-for-women-podcast/id1479547170 Exercise, metabolism, and weight: New research from The Biggest Loser - https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/exercise-metabolism-and-weight-new-research-from-the-biggest-loser-202201272676 Easy Beef Stroganoff Recipe - https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/easy-beef-stroganoff-recipe/ What is Orthorexia? - https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/eating-disorders/what-is-orthorexia Dr. Steven Hassan's BITE Model - https://freedomofmind.com/cult-mind-control/bite-model/ Ponzinomics by Robert L. FitzPatrick - https://amzn.to/3q16oJb How can you help? Report false income and health claims here: https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/ Or go to: https://www.truthinadvertising.org You can also report to your state Attorney General's office! https://www.naag.org/find-my-ag/ Not in the U.S.? Go here: https://www.ftc.gov/policy/international/competition-consumer-protection-authorities-worldwide Support the Podcast! Buy me a Taco and leave me a note!
June 19th: Attorney General Announce David Ortiz's Murder Mistake (2019) Some mistakes have deadly consequences. On June 19th 2019 the Attorney General announced that a big mistake led to the attempted murder of a beloved baseball player. A mistake that, depending on who you talk to, may or may not be the real story behind the shooting of David Ortiz. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_David_Ortiz, ,https://abcnews.go.com/International/david-ortiz-shooting-2nd-suspect-arrested-gunman-sought/story?id=63653164 https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/david-ortiz-s-suspected-gunman-arrested-video-shows-coordinated-attempt-n1016956, , https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2855629-it-was-a-confusion-the-shooting-of-david-ortiz, https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/06/29/mastermind-david-ortiz-shooting-arrested-dominican-republic-police-say/, https://www.si.com/mlb/2019/07/23/david-ortiz-shooting-boston-red-sox, https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelsandler/2019/06/12/police-david-ortiz-shot-by-hitmen-in-8k-murder-plot/?sh=6584ae701478
This week, the House select committee held two more hearings to review its astonishing findings on the events of January 6, 2021, featuring testimony from onetime enablers of President Donald Trump: Bill Barr, the former Attorney General, and Bill Stepien, Trump's former campaign manager. These hearings are revealing the extraordinary drama that was unfolding that day, not just on the Capitol lawn but also in the top ranks of the government, where Vice-President Mike Pence was being coerced to overturn the election. As Susan B. Glasser put it in her column for newyorker.com this week, “On Thursday, the House committee devoted its hearing to attempting to explain Trump's scheme to pressure Pence—which unfolded in a series of inflammatory Presidential tweets, angry phone calls, and bizarre White House meetings that were a mix of constitutional-law seminars and live reënactments of ‘The Godfather.' ” In the second installment of a special series for the Politics and More podcast, three members of The New Yorker's Washington bureau—Glasser, Evan Osnos, and Jane Mayer—take us through the big developments at the hearings this week.
In this episode, Dinesh and Debbie discuss Mayra Flores' historic flipping of a Democratic seat in Debbie's home district in South Texas. They also discuss the implications of the Texas Supreme Court of Criminal Appeals' ruling which makes the Attorney General's job of prosecuting voter fraud in Texas impossible. Dinesh explores the latest revelation of plagiarism by Princeton's leftist historian Kevin Kruse. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.