MIAMI — Of the 33 law enforcement officers in South Florida who lost their lives in the line of duty over the past two years, three were killed by gunfire, one died in a car crash and another lost his life to a work-related injury. The other 28 were felled by COVID-19. The deadly virus didn’t discriminate. It attacked law enforcement agencies from Miami to West Palm Beach. It killed corrections officers and federal Customs and Border Patrol agents. It took the life of a U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officer in West Palm Beach. Statewide, there were at least 53 deaths in the ra...
Oklahoma's GOP governor says MLK would have backed his opposition to giving land to Native Americans
On Monday, at a Martin Luther King Day event, Oklahoma GOP Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-OK) invoked the name of Dr. King to trash the Supreme Court's decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma, a 2019 ruling that held Oklahoma must honor a treaty granting large swathes of Eastern Oklahoma to Native American tribes with respect to law enforcement jurisdiction.
"I believe that freedom fighters like Dr. King would be astounded, maybe even disgusted, by the McGirt ruling," said Stitt. "The ruling created two sets of rules for Oklahomans based on their race. In Eastern Oklahoma right now there is not equal protection under the law."
Here is the video of Gov. Stitt's comments on McGirt during MLK event:pic.twitter.com/3mw3kD58Yl— Zach Rael (@Zach Rael) 1642447394
Stitt's comments drew immediate outrage, with House Minority Leader Emily Virgin and Cherokee Nation Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. weighing in.
Tell me you haven\u2019t studied MLK without telling me you haven\u2019t studied MLK\u2026\n\nTo equate the Civil Rights Movement with a wrongheaded fight against the McGirt decision and recognizing tribal sovereignty is really something.https://twitter.com/kocozach/status/1483139095979347978\u00a0\u2026— Emily Virgin (@Emily Virgin) 1642444404
You can\u2019t make this stuff up. I\u2019m certain Dr. King would not join Governor Stitt in his effort to destroy the reservations of Indian nations. In any case, this day should be about unity and joining together to shine a light on darkness.https://twitter.com/kocozach/status/1483139097858297858\u00a0\u2026— Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. (@Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr.) 1642446613
Dr. King, ironically, was a supporter of Native American rights and spoke forcefully against the U.S. atrocities against them.
Stitt, who is himself a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, has made his opposition to McGirt a pet issue, although often his attacks on the ruling have fallen on critical ears; one forum last year saw his attacks on the ruling shouted down by Native Americans in the audience.
Virginia school districts furious after Youngkin flip-flops on promise to allow local boards to decide mask mandates
For months Virginia’s incoming Republican governor has been promising he would neither mandate masks in schools nor ban school districts from requiring them.
“Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) will not outlaw local COVID-19 mandates when he takes office in January,” reported the far right wing website Daily Wire back in November.
Local ABC affiliate 8 News, also in November reported, “Youngkin won’t try to block local mask, vaccine mandates like other Republican governors.”
Glenn Youngkin was sworn into office on Saturday, January 15, 2022.
Business Insider reports that on Saturday, after Youngkin was sworn into office, he “signed an executive action that banned schools from requiring that students wear masks to stem the spread of COVID-19, instead allowing parents to decide when their children wear masks during the school day.”
Youngkin’s first act as governor was to sign eleven executive orders. Among them: effectively banning any mask mandates in schools across the state, by allowing parents to opt-out for any reason or no reason.
In other words: flip-flopping on his promise.
Youngkin is using his Lt. Governor to threaten angry school districts. Fox News’ John Roberts:
Virginia Lt. Gov. @WinsomeSears says @GlennYoungkin may withold state education money from school districts that defy his Executive Order making masking optional. So far, Fairfax, Arlington and Richmond have said their mask mandates will stay in place.— John Roberts (@John Roberts) 1642446539
Pundit and political analyst Bill Scher:
For all people saying Youngkin is just doing what he said he would do by banning local school mask mandates ... nope! \n\nIn November he said, "Localities are going to have to make decisions the way the law works" (h/t @terrellwrites )https://www.wric.com/news/yougkin-wont-try-to-block-local-mask-vaccine-mandates-like-other-republican-governors/\u00a0\u2026— Bill Scher (@Bill Scher) 1642453386
Youngkin made a big deal over the weekend claiming schools have to “listen to parents” and if they oppose his mask ban they aren’t listening to parents.
Exclusive: Governor Youngkin on Arlington school system saying it will require masks, despite Youngkin\u2019s order stating that schools can\u2019t do that. He threatened to use state resources to force schools to comply - but we still don\u2019t know what that means exactly. @WTOP https://twitter.com/apsvirginia/status/1482481768229969922\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/SnC4dcCIar— Nick Iannelli (@Nick Iannelli) 1642360540
Gov. Youngkin is the one not listening.
Trump ally Roger Stone is ramping up the war of words against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
As reported by The Daily Beast's Zachary Petrizzo, Stone on Monday described DeSantis as "fat, slow, and dumb" in a diatribe against the man who could be Trump's rival for the 2024 GOP nomination.
Stone also said of DeSantis that "the Yale Harvard governor will never be president" because, among other reasons, he "opposes constitutional open carry.”
Trump and DeSantis have now been trading barbs for weeks, with DeSantis slamming Trump for not firing Dr. Anthony Fauci at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Trump implying DeSantis was "gutless" for refusing to say that he received a booster shot against COVID-19.
Trump has also reportedly called DeSantis "dull" and is angry that the Florida governor is not giving him more deference and gratitude for helping him launch his political career.