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GOP-appointed justice ‘shunned’ by fellow Republicans for ruling against gerrymandering in Michigan

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A GOP-appointed Michigan Supreme Court justice said she was ‘shunned’ by her fellow Republicans for ruling against gerrymandering.

The Detroit News reported that special interest groups tried to pressure her into voting against a November ballot measure that will allow a nonpartisan outside group to “fix” the state’s gerrymandered legislative districts. When she decided to vote for it, she said the party turned its back on her.

In July, Clement was one of two GOP-appointed Michigan Supreme Court justices who backed the ballot proposal 4-3.

The ballot proposal was approved soon after Michigan’s Bridge Magazine reported on leaked emails that illustrated the Republican urge to redraw districts that would actively hurt “Dem garbage.”

Clement told the News that certain “outside interests” pressured her to vote against the measure while she was deliberating — but refused to identify what those interests were.

Justice David Viviano, the other Republican-nominated justice who voted in favor of the ballot measure, corroborated his colleague’s account and said it was an unprecedented move.

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“People are entitled to their own viewpoints on how a case should be decided,” Viviano told the News. “But it is inappropriate to direct those views at a member of the court while the case is being decided.”

The Michigan Republican Party recently left Clement’s name off of door hangers featuring candidates up for election in November at the behest of volunteers who cited a “multitude of rulings” the justice made that they disagreed with.

In spite of refusing to name the groups who she says pressured her, the justice claimed there has “absolutely been an effort at bullying and intimidation.”

“I would hope that people would look at me as an example and have faith in the judicial system that we stand up to it,” Clement said. “I swore an oath to the people, not to special interests to do their will.”

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Michigan’s Gov. Rick Snyder, who nominated Clement, issued a statement supporting her to the News that touted her as a “great asset to the Supreme Court” who brings “varied experience to the bench.”

“Gov. Snyder supports Justice Clement as much today as he did the day he appointed her,” the statement read, “when he said she was ‘someone who will faithfully adhere to the proper role of the judiciary.'”

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quit’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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