North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee turns back on ‘elitist’ and ‘socialist’ Democrats. Joins GOP: Looking forward to making America great again
The Blaze relays a flip from the soclalist-Democrat side to the American side.
North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee (D) says that he’s joined the GOP and is leaving “elitist” and “socialist” Democrats in the dust.
Lee announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the Democratic Party and becoming a Republican.
He appeared Tuesday on “Fox & Friends,” where he cited what he said are the party’s “elitist” and “socialist” ways for his abrupt departure.
“In the Democratic Party of Nevada, they had an election recently for leadership, and four of the five people were card-carrying members of the socialistic [sic] party,” he said. “It’s not the party that I grew up with 25 years ago in this environment, and it’s not the party I can stand with any more.”
According to the outlet, Lee was referring to elections for the Nevada State Democratic Party, “in which a slate of candidates affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America were elected to most of the party’s top leadership spots.”
He added, “The working class, the working men and women of this country and also the small business owners are not a part of the conversation any more. It all has to do with the elitists and it all has to do with the socialists. That is not the agenda that I have in mind for this country or the future.”
Lee concluded, “When you’re a pro-life Democrat, a pro-gun Democrat, and you’re a very conservative person, that’s not really well known in the Democratic Party any more. And so for me to hang on as long as I did, hoping the party would change, it didn’t, it got worse. So therefore, I found a new place that I can put my allegiance to and help. Once again, forget about the last eight years. It’s the next four years that predict the future.”
(Read more, including the tweets and info on who may run for governor, at The Blaze)
This is a movement that continues
Hopefully, we will see an increased number of politicians willing to support the rights of their constituents rather than bow to the powers in the Democrat party. Nevada has a mostly-Republican base with a Democrat stronghold built around the state capitol. The same applies to Oregon and Washington. Therefore, maybe more of the traditional Democrats in the rural counties will turn a leaf.
Arizona governor signs bill to defy any new federal gun control laws
The Epoch Times reports how Governor Ducey applied the tenets of our constitution and stood up to Joe Biden’s overreach.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation on April 6 that would prohibit police and sheriffs in the state from enforcing new federal gun laws that may violate the Constitution’s Second Amendment.
Proponents of the bill have argued that it would ensure that the rights of gun owners are protected from what they have described as potential overreach by the federal government, while critics say the law will undermine cooperation between Arizona law enforcement and federal officials.
“The state of Arizona and its political subdivisions are prohibited from utilizing any financial resources or state personnel to administer, cooperate with or enforce any law, act, order, rule, treaty or regulation of the federal government that is inconsistent with any law of this state regarding the regulation of firearms,” according to the text of the legislation.
President Joe Biden has said he’s seeking a ban on certain firearms and gun magazines in the wake of two mass shootings last month. Top Democrats such as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said two House bills that expanded background checks would be taken up by the Senate, although it’s not clear when that will occur.
(Read more at The Epoch Times)
Texas, sadly, is behind the times, but catching up
The last time I heard, Texas had 36 pro-Second-Amendment bills pending (including one that would disallow any official from Texas from enforcing any federal measure “that purports to regulate a firearm, a firearm accessory, or firearm ammunition if the statute, order, rule, or regulation imposes a prohibition, restriction, or other regulation, such as a capacity or size limitation, a registration requirement, or a background check, that does not exist under the laws of this state.”) However, pending bills don’t really mean diddly.
Biden administration officials sued by Arizona AG over immigration executive orders
The Epoch Times tells us how Arizona Attorney General Brnovich has sued the Biden administration over immigration executive orders.
The office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is filing a lawsuit against White House and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials over allegedly harmful immigration orders and is now asking a court to void President Joe Biden’s executive actions to halt the construction of the border wall and reverse the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.
Brnovich is arguing in court (pdf) that those orders have violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which requires federal agencies like the DHS to weigh environmental considerations before taking any significant federal action.
The DHS and federal officials didn’t provide environmental impact statements or environmental assessments after the agency stopped construction of the U.S.–Mexico border wall and started permitting entry to illegal immigrants after ending the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the Remain in Mexico policy, which were started under the Trump administration, according to Brnovich’s office.
“It’s the pinnacle of hypocrisy for the Biden Administration to claim it wants to protect our environment, while not enforcing federal statutes that are specifically designed for that purpose,” the Republican attorney general said in a statement April 12. “We’re not going to sit idly by as the Biden Administration ignores real harms to our state resulting from its heavy-handed executive orders.”
Biden halted construction of the border wall on his first day in office. Days later, he ordered the DHS to stop the policy.
(Read more at the The Epoch Times)
Hopefully, this will get Biden to reverse course
If it does not get the Biden administration to consider the average American and reverse some of his destructive policies, maybe it will slow him down.
Ten state AGs sue Biden admin for ‘social cost of carbon’ executive order
Fox News informs us of ten state attorneys general who have filed suit against the Biden administration over the “social cost of the carbon executive order.”
The lawsuit was announced on Friday, with the group calling the president’s executive order on tackling climate change “an act of executive overreach that will kill thousands of jobs throughout the country threatens to impose more burdens and harms on the American people.”
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr warned that Biden’s order would have “life-altering consequences” for the people of his state.
“This executive order is nothing but a license for gross federal overreach that will have potentially life-altering consequences for hard-working Georgians,” Carr said, “The President is using arbitrary numbers to justify regulating anything and everything, and we will not allow this egregious overstep of Executive Branch authority.”
The attorneys general wrote that the order creates a group of federal officials that “were required to establish a damages value based on global environmental damages from climate change.”
“These values are referred to as the social cost of carbon,’ the ‘social cost of methane’ and the ‘social cost of nitrous oxide’,” the group wrote. “The President further required federal agencies to immediately begin applying these numbers in regulatory actions and, vaguely ‘other’ decision-making.”
The team of attorneys general charged that Biden’ actions “improperly and illegally change the way federal decision-making is conducted,” which includes modifying the “cost-benefit analysis” for almost every important action undertaken by federal agencies.
“This means federal agencies could use these estimates to arbitrarily assign massive costs or massive benefits, whichever they choose, to every regulatory action, to environmental impact studies, and to establish mitigation costs, and more,” the team wrote.
(Read more at Fox News)
While this will not help the welder in South Dakota whose house has been foreclosed, it might be a road to recovery.
All of the communities that have been devastated by Biden’s first-day fiat on the Keystone pipeline are still in ruins. Still, this might be the first step to getting them back to real work.
AG Paxton sues Biden administration for ‘encouraging spread of COVID-19’ at U.S-Mexico Border, again
San Antonio NBC affiliate KXAN lets us know of Ken Paxton’s law suit against the Biden administration over “encouraging spread of COVID-19” at U.S-Mexico border.
On Thursday, Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the Biden administration for “encouraging the spread of COVID-19 at the border,” by suspending the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) program, according to a press release.
The attorney general stated that the administration is encouraging the spread by “allowing illegal aliens, potentially infected with COVID.
“President Biden’s outright disregard of the public health crisis in Texas by welcoming and encouraging mass gatherings of illegal aliens is hypocritical and dangerous. This reckless policy change stifles the reopening of the Texas economy at a time when businesses need it the most and when our children need to get back to in-person learning as soon as possible.”
ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN PAXTON VIA A PRESS RELEASE.-19, to gather in a congregated care setting.”
The complaint filed by Paxton states that the administration violated the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Public Health Service Act of 1994 and the Administrative Procedure Act when the MPP was suspended.
(Read more at KXAN)
Paxton has a point. How can Biden force us to wear masks and take vaccines when he allows a population of 2 million that is up to 50% infected through the border?
Either Biden needs to drop his border policy or his COVID policy. He cannot keep both.
Biden administration cannot be allowed to change past budgets
Government Executive says that the Biden administration seems to be aware that it violated the Constitution by blocking funding from last year’s budget that was approved for the border wall. Still, Biden works to get around his obligation to implement the law.
The Biden administration is still deciding how to handle the border wall contracts from the previous administration, after a deadline from the president recently passed.
President Biden issued a proclamation on January 20 to pause construction on former President Trump’s signature U.S.-Mexico border wall, to the extent legally allowed, and direct the Defense and Homeland Security secretaries, in consultation with the Treasury secretary, attorney general and Office of Management and Budget director and any other appropriate agency officials to create a “plan for redirecting funding and repurposing contracts.” Biden said the plan should be formulated “within 60 days from the date of this proclamation,” which was March 21 (Sunday).
“When the administration took office, funds had been diverted from military construction and other appropriated purposes toward building the wall, and wall construction was being challenged in multiple lawsuits by plaintiffs who alleged that the construction was creating serious environmental and safety issues,” an OMB spokesperson told Government Executive when asked for comment on the plan. “Under those circumstances, federal agencies are continuing to develop a plan to submit to the president soon.”
DHS and the Defense Department deferred to OMB for comment. The Treasury and Justice departments did not immediately respond for comment.
The deadline came four days after 40 Republican senators asked the Government Accountability Office to determine if Biden’s pausing construction on the wall and freezing funds violated the Impoundment Control Act, which prevents the executive branch from withholding funds for policy reasons and outlines a process for seeking to delay funds appropriated by Congress. The Republicans said they believe the Biden administration violated this law.
A GAO spokesperson told Government Executive on Tuesday the watchdog accepted the request on Monday.
The senators wrote “not long ago” the watchdog “applied these legal principles to a set of factual circumstances remarkably similar to the ones here,” referencing GAO’s report in January 2020 that said OMB violated the law by withholding security aid to Ukraine for policy reasons. The funding situation was the subject of Trump’s first impeachment in the House. However, Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who signed the letter, was the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump.
“As these unlawful pauses have proceeded, the rate of illegal crossings has surged, creating a crisis across our southern border, at times with tragic consequences,” the senators added.
Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette, government affairs manager for the watchdog group Project on Government Oversight, told Government Executive, “the real issue here is that we need more information from OMB as to precisely what funding the administration is intending to halt or redirect” with the proclamation, which is one of several early actions on immigration taken by the administration, “and what the legal basis is for that decision.”
(Read more at the Government Executive)
If this is allowed to stand, budgets mean nothing
If this is allowed to stand, Congress no longer holds the purse strings.
Democrats and Republicans need to stand up against this grab for power.