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1 – Former mayor launches GOP challenge against Trump
The Hill reports: Steve Laffey, the former mayor of Cranston, R.I., launched a 2024 presidential bid on Thursday, becoming one of the first Republicans to officially challenge former President Trump for the GOP nomination.
“I’m running because our country needs to directly confront its problems,” Laffey said in a video announcement. “My party and the elected leaders of our country simply refuse to do so.”
The former mayor touted his background as a financial expert with experience in the private sector in Thursday’s announcement, while seemingly taking a jab at Trump.
“We don’t need just a businessman. We don’t need career politicians. We have a financial crisis, and we need specific solutions,” he said.
Laffey served as mayor of Cranston, a city just outside of Providence, R.I., from 2003 to 2007. He also made an unsuccessful bid for Senate in 2006.
ANNETA G: Somehow I can’t see this campaign ever even getting off the ground. What do you think?
2 – Democrats demand removal of Lincoln Emancipation Memorial in DC
Fox News reports: House Democrats proposed legislation Wednesday to remove the Emancipation Memorial from Lincoln Park in Washington, D.C., which they said portrays a racially insensitive image of President Abraham Lincoln freeing an enslaved man.
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., reintroduced legislation to remove the statue Wednesday – the first day of Black History Month. She first announced her plan to propose the bill in the House in 2020. The delegate noted that the statue was initially paid for by freed slaves, but said the design was not representative of their struggles.
“Although formerly enslaved Americans paid for this statue, the design and sculpting process was done without their input or participation, and it shows,” Norton said in a statement announcing the legislation.
“The statue fails to depict how enslaved African Americans pressed for their own emancipation. At the time, they had only recently been liberated from slavery and were grateful for any recognition of their freedom. However, in his keynote address at the unveiling of the statue, Frederick Douglass pointedly did not praise the statue, and, indeed, in private remarks, went as far as to say, it ‘showed the Negro on his knee when a more manly attitude would have been indicative of freedom.’”
Six Democratic representatives backed Norton’s legislation as cosponsors. The bill was referred Wednesday to the House Committee on Natural Resources. The previous version of the bill did not receive a vote in the House.
I kicked off #BlackHistoryMonth by introducing my bill to remove the Emancipation Statue from Lincoln Park, which depicts an enslaved Black man on his knees.
The statue belongs in a museum where it can be better contextualized.https://t.co/BuprwtQL9y pic.twitter.com/0D3uPeERgK
— Eleanor #DCStatehood Holmes Norton (@EleanorNorton) February 1, 2023
ANNETA G: This is the same woman who keeps trying to push a bill to make Washington, D.C. a state.
3 – Indiana to Consider Offering Illegal Immigrants In-State Tuition Despite Republican Supermajority
Breitbart reports: The Indiana State Legislature, where Republicans hold a supermajority, is considering a bill that would offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.
Senate Bill 135 would offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants attending public Indiana colleges, so long as they had previously attended Indiana schools for four years and graduated or received the equivalent to a high school diploma.
The bill would also require students to file an affidavit with their school promising that they will apply for legal status when they are eligible.
The legislation currently enjoys bipartisan support and has been sponsored by Republican State Sens. Blake Doriot and Linda Rogers, as well as Democrat State Sen. David Niezgodski.
Indiana again considers extending in-state tuition to students without legal U.S. residency https://t.co/LOY7eN7Mnt
— Chalkbeat Indiana (@ChalkbeatIN) February 2, 2023
ANNETA G: Sometimes, I’m just speechless. This was sponsored by two REPUBLICANS?!
4 – POLL RESULTS: Is journalism dead?
Here’s how you responded to yesterday’s poll:
- 88.58% – YES
- 9.14% – Somewhat
- 1.79% – No
- .49% – I’m not sure
5 – BONUS VIDEO: Rep. Wesley Hunt delivers POWERFUL remarks
Last time I checked, I’ve been black for a long time. I’ve been a minority for a long time. Am I racist for calling what’s happening at the southern border, an invasion? No. I’m a Congressman who is tired of this administration using racism as a scapegoat for everything. -WPH pic.twitter.com/HbTkEMw5Ks
— Rep. Wesley Hunt Press Office (@RepWesleyHunt) February 1, 2023
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Look up SC H3243. This bill was headed that way too. So they are passing these things in baby steps. This BILL allows immigrants to obtain sc licenses if the federal government says they are here legally, like DACA. IT HAS PASSED IN THE HOUSE AND IS SITTING IN THE SENATE. it originally gave illegals in state college tuition rates, access to lottery scholarships, and more. Something Americans can’t get if they come from another state. It was written by Republican Neal Collins of Easley SC. 98 house reps voted for it. Only 5 republicans voted against it.
So teachers, nurses, HVAC techs, plumbers, doctors etc. will now compete with illegals and immigrants.
Laffey couldn’t even get elected to the Senate and he thinks he can get elected President lol. Trump probably won’t even acknowledge him.
Even Giuliani a popular mayor of a big city could not even get 10 percent or more during a primary for President, what makes Laffey electable as a small-town mayor where not many people heard of it? LOL.
Anneta I’m with YOU about the GOP dude running for President. I have never heard of him, I have never seen him, he looks like he’s drunk or half asleep…And he needs to USE A COMB!!! Hahaha
Laff-at-me says it all. Not a snowballs chance in. Death Valley. As respects removing the statute,. This woman makes me I’ll!
What the are the DEMOCRATS DOING TO REMOVE THE LINCOLN STATUE LEAVE IT ALONE. THE DEMOCRATS STARTED ALLOWING TO REMOVE ALL THE STATUES DOWN WHEN IDIOT DRUG GEORGE FLOYD DIED. THE STATUES HAVE BEEN THEIR FOR CENTURIES AND THEY BROKE ALLIF THEM. ALL THIS DEMOCRATS ARE SO EVIL AND VERY RACIST. A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT WILL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REPLACE ALL THE STATUES THAT WERE BROKEN AND REMOVED. THE DEMOCRATS HAVEDONE ALOT OF BAD THINGS TO OUR COUNTRY SINCE DEMENTIA BIDEN BE AME THE PRESIDENT. JUST GO TO HELL ALL YOUBAD DEMOCRATS.
Keep it up. Next they’ll be erasing the evidence of the holocaust!!!! Who decided that history can be erased!?
Dems were the ones that started the civil war.
They are the ones who opposed freeing slaves, civil rights, women votes, the list goes on.
Why wouldn’t they want to remove statutes of the man who defeated them and freed their slave laborers?
Remove all of history and replace them with mlk and George Floyd figures and name more roads after them. These dummies want to rewrite history to fit their biased racist narrative. Take a ride through the inner cities to see history being made to what once was a nice safe community, now happening to the suburbs. That’s a history lession
Washington DC Is in the constitution as a neutral area. It cannot become a state without a constitutional amendment. Stop floating the stupid idea.
If you destroy history, then you are bound to repeat it…