Today is May 13, I am DML, and the stories below are catching headlines this morning.
1-Trump-factor influencing special elections
Candidates backed by President Trump were outperforming expectations in two closely watched congressional special elections on Tuesday night, as former Navy combat pilot Mike Garcia inched closer to retaking Democrat Katie Hill’s California seat and Republican Tom Tiffany easily prevailed in Wisconsin.
Garcia grabbed a substantial early lead Tuesday in the fight for the open U.S. House seat north of Los Angeles in the swing 25th District, giving California Republicans a chance to claim a Democratic-held congressional seat in the state for the first time since 1998. With 76 percent of precincts reporting and approximately 143,000 ballots counted, Garcia was leading Democrat Christy Smith 55.9 percent to 44.1 percent.
But, California routinely counts large numbers of votes after election day, and mail ballots can arrive as late as Friday and still be counted as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday. An unknown number of ballots remained uncounted and Los Angeles County, where most of them are located, was not expected to update its tally again until Friday.
In Wisconsin, Republican Tom Tiffany, a state senator endorsed by Trump, easily won a special congressional election Tuesday in the state’s heavily conservative, rural 7th Congressional District.
Tiffany’s win over Democrat Tricia Zunker in northern Wisconsin’s 7th District comes in the state’s second election amid the coronavirus pandemic the past five weeks. Tiffany will replace former reality TV star Sean Duffy, a Republican who retired in September. The district, which covers all or parts of 26 counties, has been vacant since Duffy’s retirement.
DML – This is a tell sign for November, or so I hope.
2-NY TIMES admits reporter went “too far” in blasting White House
The New York Times said that one of its reporters “went too far” with his blistering criticism of the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak in a recent TV appearance.
Donald McNeil Jr., the paper’s science and health reporter, went on a tear against several members of the White House task force, including Vice President Mike Pence, who he suggested was a “sycophant” of President Trump, during a conversation with CNN International’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.
A Times spokesperson said in a statement to Fox News, “In an interview with Christiane Amanpour today, Donald McNeil, Jr. went too far in expressing his personal views. His editors have discussed the issue with him to reiterate that his job is to report the facts and not to offer his own opinions. We are confident that his reporting on science and medicine for The Times has been scrupulously fair and accurate.”
DML – Real journalism is dead.
3- CALIFORNIA: Ten years no rent payments proposal
California Democrats on Tuesday proposed giving tenants struggling during the coronavirus pandemic 10 years to pay their rent.
The state would purchase unpaid rents and allow renters a decade, starting in 2024, to pay it back without interest, under the proposal by Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, tthe Sacramento Bee reported. Landlords would receive a tax credit dependent on committing to not evict tenants.
“This is not a giveaway,” Democratic state Sen. Steven Bradford said, according to The Associated Press. “Our goal is to keep tenants houses and keep landlords out of foreclosure.”
More than 4 million Californians have filed for unemployment benefits since Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order March 19, the AP reported, prompting state and local officials to seek ways to delay evictions.
DML – The time for California to become it’s own country has arrived.
4- State wants restaurants to log names of customers
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s office on Monday issued a set of coronavirus requirements that restaurants must abide by when they reopen, one of which requires them to create a “daily log” of their customers’ comings and goings.
The state is now entering phase two of a four-phase plan to reopen businesses in the state. Restaurants that want to offer dine-in services must “create a daily log of customers and maintain that daily log for 30 days, including telephone/email contact information, and time in,” according to The Seattle Times.
The measure is said to lay the groundwork for a trace program if the government decides to start tracking the movement of its citizens. Eight state counties have reportedly been approved to move forward: Stevens, Wahkiakum, Skamania, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Columbia, Garfield and Lincoln counties have all been given the green light.
DML – If I was one of these owners, my log would look like this: Man, Woman, Man, Man, Woman, Man, Man, Woman, Child, Child, Man…. These liberal governors redefine the term, “f*cking idiots.”
5- MICHIGAN can say farewell to sports this year
Sports fans in Michigan who are expecting a return to normal in the months ahead from a coronavirus shutdown received some disappointing news Tuesday from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
“Life’s going to be different,” Whitmer said, referring to the state’s eventual emergence from her virus-response order. “We’re not going to be filling stadiums in the fall.”
That appeared to be bad news for fans of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, as well as college football teams in the state, such as the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans.
DML – I reiterate my comments from #4. This woman is a complete and utter idiot, and this is what people get for voting Democrat. With this in mind, smart people understand that the best defense in COVID-19 is not the destruction of the sports world or the economy, but the build up of one’s immune system. Miss Mary had me run the free specials another few days, but those days have passed and we are ending it this weekend, Sunday for certain. Please take advantage of the DMLcbd.com/power and DMLcbd.com/gum3 specials we offer. Get your free units today.