Kid Rock says fans won't have to worry about vaccine mandates or wearing masks at his upcoming tour. In a video message posted to his social channels on Thursday, the Michigan rocker says he anticipates COVID-19 precautions will be finished at concert venues by the time he hits the road for his 2022 tour. "And if they're not, trust me, you don't have to worry," he said. "You're going to be getting your money back, because I won't be showing up either." Rock said he thinks it would be hypocritical to require mask-wearing or vaccine mandates at his concerts. "If you think I'm going to sit out th...
Florida Republicans effectively 'nullified' Black state rep's election by refusing to send certification letter
Florida Republicans are refusing to allow a Democratic state representative take his seat until the current legislative session is nearly over.
Daryl Campbell was elected to the Florida House on Jan. 11, but the secretary of state appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis won't send a letter certifying his election until at least March 8 -- which is three days before the annual legislative session ends, reported the Sun-Sentinel.
“I remain hopeful," Campbell told the newspaper. "Am I surprised? I am not. It’s just unfortunate that our constituents … now are being faced with a situation where their voice does not get heard.”
Campbell went to Tallahassee to learn his way around and hoped to be sworn in next week, when the full House of Representatives meets, but secretary of state Laurel Lee won't send a letter to the legislature declaring him the winner of the universal primary election until March 8, which would have been the date of a general election that ultimately was not needed because only Democrats came forward to run for the seat.
“As a courtesy, we will send a letter to the House and the Senate listing the winners of the elections, but not until after the general election,” said Lee's communications director Mallory Morgan. “Ultimately, it is up to the Legislature to decide who has been elected and when to seat those members."
The state Constitution does make the House of Representatives the “sole judge of the qualifications, elections, and returns of its members,” so that allows House Speaker Chris Sprowls, a Republican, to make the final determination when Campbell might be seated, and GOP leadership has made clear that wouldn't happen until he's certified the winner.
“The secretary of state has one job in this instance, and that’s certifying the election," said House Democratic leader Evan Jenne. "If anything, they’ve stopped all the parts from moving. They’ve completely put us on some sort of list of ‘do not respond.' I can’t get any answers."
Jenne said he walked to the secretary of state's office to get some answers, but he waited nearly four hours without a meeting.
“No one has called or showed up,” Jenne said. “They’re not responding to anyone. Neither myself as minority [party] leader or, more importantly, no one is responding to Representative-elect Campbell and his ability to represent 170,000 people in Broward County has been nullified.”
Maddow lays out a damning timeline as she slams Arizona's attorney general for ignoring phony electors scandal
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow did not mince words when she criticized Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) for his failure to look into the fake electors' scandal after the case was forwarded to his office from the Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.
On Thursday, January 28, Maddow discussed the timeline of events noting that the investigation goes back to December 22, 2020. At the time, Hobbs' office had received fake electors' documents from two different sets of Republicans. Both sets of documents included the state seal.
In a letter to those who crafted the fake electors' documents, Hobbs pointed out a number of offenses, including the illegal and unauthorized use of the Arizona state seal. She also confirmed that her office would be forwarding the case to the attorney general's office for potential prosecution.
"By affixing the state seal to documents containing false and misleading information about the results of Arizona's November 3, 2020 General Election, you undermine the confidence in our democratic institutions," Hobbs wrote at the time.
The following day, on December 23, 2020, Hobbs' office made a formal criminal referral to Brnovich's office. The referral included all documents from the Arizona residents who purported to be state officials. Hobbs offered all of the material she'd received and laid out a clear case to support the charges she'd highlighted in the first letter.
However, after the case was turned over to Brnovich, nothing else happened. Now, it's been more than a year since any action was taken to advance the case.
She also raised two questions. Maddow wondered why only one of the cases had been reviewed when there were two cases of fake electors over the course of a number of days. She also wondered why no federal investigation was launched into the second case, as well. Or was it?
So what has Brnovich been doing in the meantime? According to Maddow, he has been more focused on appeasing former President Donald Trump in hopes of getting an endorsement for his U.S. Senate campaign. The MSNBC primetime host lambasted Brnovich for attempting to appeal to his constituents even though he is failing to do his current job.
Maddow shared highlights from a critical op-ed written by Arizona Central columnist Laurie Roberts. "Anyone waiting breathlessly for Attorney General Mark Brnovich to launch an investigation into the fake Trump electors who participated in a scheme to overturn Arizona’s vote should wait no longer," Roberts wrote.
She also highlighted how Brnovich may be doing Trump's bidding for the sake of his campaign. Since Trump has shown support for Bronvich's opponent, Blake Masters, he appears to be apprehensive about further rocking the boat.