What happened to the airplane…
No one is saying YET.
Pearls being clutched…
Trump is helping some on the right come around…
The first thing you should know about Trump’s SCOTUS list is that it picks up five of the eight candidates recommended by the movement-conservative Heritage Foundation earlier this year: Willett, everybody’s favorite judicial radical, plus circuit court judges William Pryor, Diane Sykes, Steven Colloton, and Raymond Gruender. Any of these worthies can be counted on as a hard-core vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, uphold or even extend Citizens United, and (certainly in the case of Willett) consider the revival of early-20th-century jurisprudence invalidating social programs and business regulations on a broad scale. A sixth Heritage favorite who did not make the cut, Sen. Mike Lee (presumably being punished for dragging his feet on a Trump endorsement), could feel satisfaction in the fact that his brother, Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee, is on Trump’s list.
The other five Trump SCOTUS possibilities are less illustrious, but all have very solid Republican and conservative credentials. Two women other than Sykes are on the list, both of them pretty recent state Supreme Court appointees: Joan Larsen of Michigan, a former Scalia clerk; and Allison Eid of Colorado, who clerked for Clarence Thomas. David Stras of the Minnesota Supreme Court is another former Thomas clerk. Two more Circuit Court judges, the Sixth Circuit’s Raymond Kethledge and the Third Circuit’s Thomas Hardiman, fill out the list.
Cynics will note that seven of Trump’s would-be Supremes are from potential general-election battleground states: Colorado, Iowa, Michigan (2), Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. I’m sure that’s a coincidence.
What’s not a coincidence is that ten of these people (all but Pryor) are under the age of 55. Trump-phobic conservatives are being encouraged to think of Trump as a short-term sacrifice with a big long-term payoff: a right-wing Justice who’ll be on the Court for 20 or 30 years.
Oh, did I forget to mention? All 11 of them are white. Guess there’s enough diversity on the Court for the time being, right?
Under attack and drowning, that’s how Madison City Schools Superintendent, Dee Fowler, described Madison City Schools in a joint meeting.
Wednesday night the school system and Madison City Council gathered to discuss funding and taxes. Specifically they discussed tax money from 1,800 students living on the Limestone County side of Madison, that isn’t going to the district.
It was a jam packed meeting, with the Madison City Council and School Board, Senator Bill Holtzclaw and Limestone County Commissioner, Jason Black, all gathered together to discuss the tough reality the school system is facing.
“We don’t have $1.7 million that we had last year,” said Fowler. “And we’ve got to find a way to balance our budget.”
Madison City Schools leaders said the community’s growth is leaving them in limbo. Now school leaders want the city to take some drastic action.
Superintendent Dee Fowler said one of the options he’s considering is asking Madison leaders to stop annexing properties into the city limits. He said the second option is to ask Madison leaders to stop issuing building permits.
Fowler said the City of Madison needs to think about growing smarter. Adding more neighborhoods is great but it also brings on some growing pains that they’re having to confront now.
Fowler also pointed to Limestone County which he said was taking $1.7 million a year from Madison and he plans on discussing that with city leaders at the meeting on Wednesday.
The financial issues are really hurting the system because Fowler said some schools are hitting capacity and they have a need to build new schools but can’t.
“Let us catch our breath. Let us find a way to get this funding resolved. We’re very excited that they’re coming to the table, we’re coming to the table, and I bet they have even better ideas than we do,” said Fowler.
Madison City Schools did get a small boost in their funding problems for Pre-K after Governor Bentley awarded two grants to the school system on Tuesday.
No more building permits?
Former Democrat Governor tells the truth…
Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell says Donald Trump’s past comments on women will likely come back to haunt him because Rendell says “there are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women.”
What is so terrible about this? Besides the fact that it doesn’t help push the narrative that Republicans hate women.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized “unreservedly” for making physical contact with a female opposition member of Parliament who said Trudeau elbowed her in the chest as he waded through a group of mostly opposition lawmakers.
Opposition lawmaker Ruth Ellen Brosseau said she was elbowed in the chest and had to leave the House of Commons chamber Wednesday.
“I was elbowed in the chest by the prime minister and then I had to leave. It was very overwhelming,” she said. “I missed the vote because of this.”
Footage from the House of Commons television feed shows Trudeau wading into a clutch of lawmakers, mostly opposition members, and pulling a lawmaker through the crowd in order to get the vote started. As Trudeau turns around to pull the lawmaker through, Brosseau can be seen reacting in pain.
Trudeau, a boxer and former bar bouncer, later stood up in Parliament and said it wasn’t his intention to hurt anyone as he attempted to escort the lawmaker though a throng of opposition lawmakers in the chamber. Trudeau said he thought the man was being impeded as he walked up the aisle of the chamber and wanted to help him.
“I took it upon myself to go and assist him forward, which was I now see unadvisable as a course of action,” said Trudeau, who characterized his actions as “unacceptable.”
Former senior immigration and border officials are skeptical, to put it mildly. Deportations have peaked recently at about 400,000 a year, so the increase in scale to reach Mr. Trump’s goal would be exponential. And many legal procedures and constitutional constraints on the police did not exist in the Eisenhower era.
“I can’t even begin to picture how we would deport 11 million people in a few years where we don’t have a police state, where the police can’t break down your door at will and take you away without a warrant,” said Michael Chertoff, who led a significant increase in immigration enforcement as the secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush.
Finding those immigrants would be difficult, experts said. Police officers across the country would need to ask people for proof of residency or citizenship during traffic stops and street encounters. The Border Patrol would need highway checkpoints across the Southwest and near the Canadian border. To avoid racial profiling, any American could expect to be stopped and asked for papers.
To achieve millions of deportations, the Obama administration’s focus on deporting serious criminals would have to be scrapped, said Julie Myers Wood, a director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE, under Mr. Bush. “You would not care if the person had a criminal record,” she said.
Large-scale raids, rare under Mr. Obama, would resume at farms, factories, restaurants and construction sites, with agents arresting hundreds of workers and poring over company records. And prosecutors would bring criminal charges against employers hiring unauthorized immigrants.
The Louisiana House passed a bill today requiring dancers at adult clubs to be at least 21 years old. If one lawmaker had his way, however, the new regulations would have put a weight limit on those dancers as well.
Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson, proposed an amendment to the exotic dancer age limit bill that would require strippers to be younger than 28 and weigh no more than 160 pounds.
“Entertainers whose breasts and buttocks are exposed to view shall perform only upon a state at least 18 inches above the immediate floor level and removed at least three feet from the nearest patron and shall be between 21 and 28 years of age and shall be no more than 160 pounds in weight,” Havard’s amendment said.
Havard later withdrew his amendment and the original bill – which only sets a minimum age of 21- passed unanimously. Female lawmakers criticized Havard’s proposal as sexistbut he said he only introduced the measure as a commentary on overreaching government regulations.
The bill requires all strippers in the state to be legal drinking age and is an increase of three years over current requirements. It is designed to combat human trafficking of young teens, proponents said.
HASHTAG ACTIVISM WORKS!
No it does not.
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