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1 – Georgia’s Raffensperger among witnesses for next 1/6 hearing
AP NEWS reports: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is set to testify Tuesday at the House Jan. 6 committee about the extraordinary pressure he faced from former President Donald Trump to “find 11,780” votes that could flip the state to prevent Joe Biden’s election victory
Raffensperger, along with his deputy Gabe Sterling and Arizona’s state House Speaker Rusty Bowers, are scheduled to be the key witnesses when the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection resumes on Tuesday.
The focus will be on how the former president and his allies vigorously pressured officials in key battleground states with schemes to reject ballots or entire state tallies to upend the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Here we go. The January 6 Committee has announced that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will testify at tomorrow’s hearing.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) June 20, 2022
MY TAKE: Here we go indeed… to La La Land.
2 – VP Harris botches Juneteenth history lesson about ‘400 years of slavery’
NY Post reports: Vice President Kamala Harris bungled a history lesson about the Juneteenth holiday Monday, telling kids that black people were enslaved in America for 400 years — overstating the actual time period by more than 150 years.
“I think that we all know today is a day to celebrate the principle of freedom,” Harris told a group of about two dozen elementary school-aged children at the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington. “And think about it in terms of the context of history, knowing that black people in America were not free for 400 years of slavery.”
“Let this be a day that is a day to celebrate the principle of freedom, but to speak about it honestly and accurately, both in the context of history and current application,” Harris went on during her apparently extemporaneous remarks.
The first African slaves in the American colonies arrived in 1619 in Virginia. Slavery was abolished through the 13th Amendment, which was ratified in 1865 — ending 246 years of the practice, not 400.
VP Harris spoke to an art class at the National Museum of African American History and Culture during a Juneteenth event. 😄🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/pXuDXDYRRF
— Sky (@skylikeajedi) June 20, 2022
“It is our God-given right to have freedom,” VP Harris told a group of grade-school children Monday at the National Museum of African American History & Culture to mark #Juneteenth https://t.co/kOv52fx1a2 pic.twitter.com/pwPGa6oUtM
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) June 20, 2022
MY TAKE: Wow. But, hey — we already know she’s not that good with details. For example:
3 – California eyes banning loitering for prostitution arrests
ABC News reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Monday finally sent Gov. Gavin Newsom a hot potato of a bill that would bar police from making arrests on a charge of loitering for prostitution, nine months after the measure passed the Legislature.
Democratic Sen. Scott Wiener and other supporters said arrests for loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution often rely on police officers’ perceptions and disproportionately target transgender, Black and Latino women.
Critics see it as a further erosion of criminal penalties that tie the hands of police on quality-of-life issues like shoplifting and car burglaries. Greg Burt, a spokesman for the California Family Council, and other opponents fear it’s part of an eventual effort to decriminalize prostitution.
“This bill seems to be perfect if you want sex trafficking to even increase in California,” he said. “This bill is really going to affect poor neighborhoods — it’s not going to affect neighborhoods where these legislators live.”
California lawmakers are sending Gov. Gavin Newsom a bill that would bar police from making arrests on a charge of loitering for prostitution, the author of the bill announced Monday. https://t.co/TmwtwBoYKI
— KTVU (@KTVU) June 20, 2022
MY TAKE: And why not? Nothing to see here, folks. Just another step towards NO rules, NO order. Just feelings and desires.
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