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Republican Legislator Announces Ethics Complaint Against Representative Caught Hiding Bibles at State Capitol

May 3, 20234 min read
Three Arizona State Representatives, Justin Heap (R-Mesa), David Marshall (R-Snowflake), and Lupe Diaz (R-Benson), announced Monday that the group filed an ethics complaint against Representative Stephanie Stahl Hamilton (D-Flagstaff) after it was discovered she was removing Bibles on display at the State Capitol and hiding them from sight. "Today I, @DaveMarshallAZ & @LupeDiaz4AZ filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Stephanie Stahl Hamilton. We will not allow a single Member to decide for the whole Legislature & the millions of faithful Arizonans that their beliefs & values are no longer welcome in government," Heap shared.

Lizzo Welcomes Drag Queens on Stage at Knoxville Show to Protest Tennessee Drag Show Laws

Apr 25, 20232 min read
Pop star Lizzo invited drag queens onto the stage in her weekend performance in Knoxville, apparently in protest of a Tennessee law that bans drag shows near children. "In light of recent and tragic events and current events, I was told by people on the internet, ‘Cancel your shows in Tennessee,’ ‘Don’t go to Tennessee,'" Lizzo said during her show. "Their reason was valid, but why would I not come to the people who need to hear this message the most? "The people who need to feel this release the most?"

Republican Presidential Candidates Preach Faith, Freedom and ‘Revival’ to Iowa Evangelicals and Veterans

Apr 24, 20235 min read
In a campaign conversation Sunday with veterans in Des Moines, biotech entrepreneur and GOP presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy called for a rejection of the idea of a “national divorce” in favor of the beginning of a national revival.  Ramaswamy, who describes himself as an unapologetic America First candidate, told a packed VFW Post 9127 hall in the city's Beaverdale neighborhood Sunday morning that his is more than a presidential campaign —  it’s a mission to reclaim the soul of America. 

Republican Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Arm Wisconsin School Employees

Apr 16, 20234 min read
Two Wisconsin lawmakers, looking to stop school shooters before they have a chance to take more innocent lives, have introduced a bill that would allow teachers and staff members to carry firearms on school grounds. State Representatives Scott Allen (R-Waukesha) and Cory Tomczyk (R-Mosinee) recently introduced a bill that would create an exception to the state’s prohibition on guns at schools.

Nashville Students Walk Out for Anti-Gun Protest

Apr 3, 20233 min read
Monday marked another day of anti-gun protests in Nashville, as hundreds of Metro Nashville Public School (MNPS) students walked out of school and marched to the Tennessee State Capitol demanding gun control.  "HUNDREDS of students, activists, and community members in Nashville walked out of school this morning with us and are walking to the state Capital to DEMAND action against gun violence," said the anti-gun group March For Our Lives on Twitter, attaching a video of some of the student protestors. 

Liberty University Board of Trustees Appoints New President and Chancellor

Apr 2, 20232 min read
Liberty University, the largest Christian college in the United States, just announced the appointment of a new president and a new chancellor.  The board of trustees voted earlier this week to appoint Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Dondi E. Costin to be the university's sixth president and Pastor Jonathan Falwell to be chancellor. 

Long-Serving Wisconsin Secretary of State La Follette About to Cash in on Lucrative Taxpayer-Subsidized Pension

Mar 29, 20235 min read
Secretary of State Doug La Follette’s sudden retirement from the post he’s held for nearly half a century raised questions, particularly when Governor Tony Evers swiftly appointed former state treasurer and Democratic Party political climber Sarah Godlewski to take La Follette’s place.  But it’s the millions of dollars La Follette -- and his survivors -- could take home in retirement benefits that may really raise eyebrows. 

New York Attorney General Hosts Drag Queen Story Hour with Drag Group Receiving City Contracts

Mar 21, 20234 min read
The attorney general of New York State hosted a drag queen story hour event for young children in New York City to protest a perceived “rise in anti-LGBTQ+ protests, rhetoric, and policies.” In a press statement following the event Sunday, James’ office said “nearly 200 guests enjoyed four back-to-back Story Hours hosted by the Drag Kings, Queens, and Royalty of Drag Story Hour NYC at The Center, which has been a home and resource hub for the LGBTQ+ community and allies since its founding in 1983.”

Lt. Governor Randy McNally ‘Grateful for the Support of My Caucus’ after Surviving State Senate Republican Caucus’ Vote of Confidence

Mar 21, 20232 min read
Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally won a vote of confidence Monday from members of the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus. In total, 19 members voted in support of McNally’s continued leadership as Lt. Governor while seven did not, according to a statement emailed to media following the private caucus vote. "I have always been honored, humbled and grateful for the support of my caucus. I remain so today," McNally said. "We have a lot of important work left to do as we complete the legislative session, including the budget. I look forward to getting to it."

Hazardous Dioxin Chemicals Were Produced During the East Palestine Burn ‘It’s Not a Question of Maybe,’ Chemist Says

Mar 15, 20235 min read
Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ordered rail company Norfolk Southern to test for dioxins following the catastrophic February 3rd train derailment, and says that East Palestine suggests a "low probability" of dioxin contamination a retired chemist told The Ohio Star that dioxins "were produced" during the burn "it's not a question of maybe." The EPA has maintained there is a “low probability” that dioxins were released from the derailment based on its sampling for “indicator chemicals” that it says would signal the presence of dioxins in East Palestine.

Pennsylvania Readies to Send Out $62 Million for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Mar 15, 20232 min read
As Pennsylvania officials discuss an electric vehicle fee to replace the gas tax, federal funds are available to build out the EV charging infrastructure in the commonwealth. On Monday, PennDOT announced its first round of funding will open on March 27 and close May 5 for EV stations across Pennsylvania. The money will flow through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure grant program, with $25 million available for fiscal year 2022 and $37 million for fiscal year 2023, according to a news release.

Wisconsin Assembly Passes Bills Requiring Schools to Get Transparent on School Crimes

Mar 15, 20234 min read
Sick of the recurring violence going on in classrooms, hallways and gymnasiums, parent Kate Bertram last week told the Wauwatosa School Board that the “new pandemic in Wauwatosa schools is a lack of accountability.”  A Republican-led bill passed Tuesday in the Assembly demands more accountability from Wisconsin’s schools in tracking crime. 

City of Nashville Sues Governor Bill Lee Over Law Reducing Size of Metro Council

Mar 14, 20232 min read
The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County filed a lawsuit Monday in the Davidson County Chancery Court against Governor Bill Lee for his recent signing of a bill (SB87/HB48) that requires the Metro Nashville City Council - composed of 40 members- to be cut in half.

As Lawmakers Mull Major School Policy Changes, Tennessee Education Commissioner Schwinn Keeps a Busy Travel Schedule

Mar 13, 20234 min read
While Tennessee state lawmakers debate third-grade reading retention policies, and local school superintendents implement Tennessee's new school funding formula, Tennessee's Commissioner of Education continues to travel the country promoting Tennessee's education initiatives. Last quarter's travel expenses filed with the state, reveal trips to Austin, Arlington, Boston, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Washington D.C. In February she was in D.C. to help the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) launch the Alliance for Learning Innovation (ALI), a bipartisan initiative co-led with Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC, to increase education research and development investments across the federal government.

Tennessee Star Editorial: Lt. Governor McNally Must Resign from Leadership Now

Mar 12, 20233 min read
It is painfully obvious to anyone who has watched the confused public responses of 79-year-old Tennessee Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) to the controversy surrounding his inexplicable social media postings that he has lost a step mentally. McNally also faces health and physical challenges not unusual for a man of his age. In February he underwent a medical procedure to install a heart pacemaker.