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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Wisconsin Republicans Seek To Block Special Elections They Might Lose

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After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker refused to allow special elections in two vacant legislative districts, he was sued by voters in those districts and voting rights activists.

On Thursday, Dane County Circuit Judge Josann Reynolds ordered Walker to schedule those elections, saying, “To state the obvious, if the plaintiffs have a right to vote for their representatives, they must have an election to do so.”

Now Republicans in Wisconsin have a brilliant idea: change the law to make what Walker did legal.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a Republican, is considering legislation to block Reynolds’ order, saying the logistics are too “messy” to allow elections.…

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On Eve Of March, NRA Taunts Parkland Survivors

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In what can only be described as a desperate plea for attention, the NRA has released a new video that takes aim at survivors of the Parkland shooting, telling them that if their friends hadn’t died, “no one would know your names.”

The video, titled “A March for Their Lies,” was posted to NRA-TV’s YouTube channel just ahead of the student-led March for Our Lives event scheduled for Saturday in Washington, D.C.

In the clip, NRA-TV host Colion Noir lashed out at the teens who survived last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, mocking them for their youth and even taunting them about the deaths of their classmates.…

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Kellyanne Conway’s Bizarre Advice About Opioids

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Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway had a bizarre piece of advice Thursday for college students while speaking at a forum on drug abuse.

“Eat the ice cream, have the French fry, don’t buy the street drug,” she said.

The remarks came after she correctly emphasized the dangerous of fentanyl, noting that the synthetic opioid is far more deadly than heroin. Her suggestion that students should eat ice cream or French fries struck many as bizarre and seeming to completely misunderstand the nature of drug abuse.

Unfortunately, the shallowness of Conway’s advice is reflective of the administration’s backward approach to the opioid crisis.…

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