Jowei Chen, a political science professor at the University of Michigan, had a computer draw 1,000 versions of Kansas congressional maps, using non-partisan and traditional guidelines. The results? The map Kansas lawmakers passed this year had more Republican districts than 98.8% of Chen's simulations. "This extreme, additional level of partisan bias ... can be directly attributed to the map-drawer's clear efforts to favor the Republican Party," Chen said in a written report filed in Wyandotte County District Court. A trial over the map approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature is set ...
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On Monday, "Cheers" actor Kirstie Alley was reported to have died after a brief illness. “We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered,” wrote her children True and Lillie Parker in a statement.
But according to VICE News, this explanation from her loved ones did not satisfy the QAnon movement, an infamous group of believers in an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that America is controlled by cannibalistic, child-trafficking Satanists. Many of them are now convinced that Alley, an outspoken anti-vaxxer, was assassinated for her opposition to the COVID vaccines.
"On the QAnon message board the Great Awakening, members concluded that the sudden nature of Alley’s death was a clear sign that her death was part of a global plot to silence critics of the COVID vaccines," reported David Gilbert. "'I wholly believe the [deep state] has a way of dosing people with poisons that create aggressive cancers,' one member wrote. Another added: 'She either just drew the short straw or she was poisoned by the Deep State for being a public Patriot.'"
Alley previously claimed that she would be "ignoring" vaccine mandates until they "can prevent me from getting COVID or prevent you from getting it." In fact, the vaccines do both those things. A supporter of former President Donald Trump, Alley has also promoted QAnon content herself.
As the report noted, the QAnon movement often attributes any sudden death of a public figure to the COVID vaccines, spurred by the recent release of a debunked antivaxxer propaganda film, "Died Suddenly." Because Alley was well known not to have taken the vaccine, some believers are now speculating that she was forcibly given the shot, in order to kill her.
"Some conspiracy theorists claimed on extremist message boards, as well as social networks like Truth Social, Gab, and Telegram, that because she had recently joined the cast of The Masked Singer Alley would have been 'forced' to get a vaccine against her will. Others speculated, without any evidence, that she would have had to be vaccinated in order to receive treatment for her cancer," said the report. "One member of a conspiracy group on Telegram claimed they had called the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, where Alley was being treated to try and find out if patients there needed a COVID vaccine in order to be admitted. The person got no answer but encouraged others to call the hospital on Tuesday morning to try and get an answer. 'Can't help but wonder if 'they' got her in another way,' another member of the group wrote."
Michael Cohen spoke out after the guilty verdict against the Trump Organization on Tuesday. A jury convicted the company of 17 charges involving tax fraud and other forms of financial wrongdoing.
"Despite the quick and accurate determination by the jury convicting the Trump Organization on all counts, once again the man behind all the decisions and actions at the company escapes culpability," Cohen told Raw Story in a statement.
Trump has been ranting for the past several weeks that his actions over the past 15 years were just "fringe benefits" that all companies do. It doesn't, however, mean that it is legal.
Speaking to MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace after the verdict was announced, Cohen explained that he was shocked that Allen "Weisselberg has been less than truthful, despite the potential consequences of a lengthy prison sentence."
Weisselberg made was that he would tell the truth and if he didn't, he would be sent to prison for much longer than just a few months. Testifying before the court, Weisselberg refused to cooperate and did not fully implicate Donald Trump. Weisselberg even went so far as to say that he was the one responsible for the fringe benefits. The jury, however, found that Weisselberg was lying, finding the Trump Org. guilty of a company-wide conspiracy.
Cohen also mentioned the recently renewed investigation in Alvin Bragg's Manhattan District Attorney's Office.
He explained that he's spoken with the DA's office more than a dozen times and that it has made Trump "very nervous."
"Without getting into the specifics, I don't think it's right for the case, especially as it looks like there might be a case being brought. I can tell you he should be very uncomfortable. Alvin Bragg to have looking at this new attorney Matthew Colangelo, he really should be quite concerned," Cohen closed.
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On Tuesday, WMBF reported that the FBI is investigating a hoax bomb threat called into a restaurant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina that was hosting a drag queen event.
"The Myrtle Beach Police Department said officers responded to the Mr. Fish location on Sunday after the threats were reported," said the report. "'Right now, a lot of people are angry,' said a performer at the event, who did not want to be identified. 'As much as I want to be strong about it and not let hate win, it kind of wants me to rethink a little bit. I’ve been doing this for over 30 years. A lot of raw emotions right now.' After authorities evacuated the restaurant to search for explosives, they said nothing was found."
"A Facebook post from Mr. Fish shows that the restaurant was hosting a 'Drag Me to Brunch' event early Sunday afternoon. It isn’t clear if the threat was directly related to the event," said the report. "Officials said an investigation is now underway to determine the source of the hoax, with the involvement of the FBI."
“It's just really sad for me and breaks my heart that people are targeting businesses in the area,” said local Pride leader Terry Livingston, who added that groups in South Carolina are pushing for the state to adopt a hate crime law — as one of only two states that doesn't have one on the books.
While the motivate hasn't yet been proven, drag shows around the country have been targeted with threats and harassment after a campaign of demonization against them by Republican lawmakers, some of whom have even claimed with no basis these events are sexually "grooming" children.
These incidents have led to an atmosphere of fear and suspicion. Some on social media have even speculated that this week's attack on a series of North Carolina substations that plunged portions of the state into blackouts may have been motivated by a local drag show in Moore County, although state officials have stressed that the motive for the attack has not yet been established.