This morning’s stunning and historic announcement from the U.S. Supreme Court is being applied differently by officials in different states.
Just an hour ago the U.S. Supreme Court officially declined to hear any of the seven same-sex marriage cases in five states which were being appealed from lower court rulings. All those lower rulings from appeals courts supported same-sex couples, and now,Â same-sex marriage will be legal in not just those five states, but in eleven more states, bringing the number to 30.
But different state officials are applying the high court’s decision differently.
In Virginia, where the State — after Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe Â and Attorney General Mark Herring were elected — declined to defend the marriage ban in court, same-sex marriages will begin “later today,” AG Herring announced.
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Dane County Clerk just said he will begin issuing marriage licenses immediately to same-sex couples. Clerks in Outagamie County and Winnebago County are reportedly going to begin issuing licenses as well.Â Â
“In light of the action by the United States Supreme Court,” Gov. Scott Walker’s office states, “Wisconsin will uphold the law as set by the federal Court of Appeals.”
In Oklahoma, which is one of the states from which the Supreme Court specifically denied to hear a case, “Oklahoma County Court ClerkÂ Tim RhodesÂ says his office won’t issue licenses until a stay is lifted by the 10thÂ U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals,” the APÂ reports.
Fortunately, the 10th Circuit wasted no time whatsoever, paving the way for marriages in Utah, along with Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wyoming, to legally begin.
Breaking: 10th Cir in Utah case: “[T]he stay of the mandate directed in our decision dated June 25, 2014 is lifted.” pic.twitter.com/seDdBIcpBR
â€” Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) October 6, 2014
And the first same-sex couple to marry in Utah rejoiced:
â€” Seth Anderson (@jsethanderson) October 6, 2014
Despite that news, the Utah County Clerk says they’re not issuing marriage licenses yet:
â€” Amy Joi O’Donoghue (@Amyjoi16) October 6, 2014
But the Salt Lake County clerk is:
Salt Lake County clerk announces: Same-sex couples can get marriage licenses. http://t.co/C7yPGELmeS
â€” Erin Alberty (@erinalberty) October 6, 2014
In Indiana, theÂ Monroe County Chief Deputy Clerk is waiting for theÂ county attorney to review the Court’sÂ announcement to begin issuing licenses, assuming the attorney gives the green light. Indiana is one of the states the Supreme Court declined casesÂ from.
And the Elkhart County, Indiana county clerk is also refusing to issue licenses until they have clear legal direction.
â€œWeâ€™ll be contacting our attorney forÂ determination on how this affects what we do with issuing licenses and the standing of licenses already issued,â€ the Elkhart Truth reports. â€œWeÂ need a legal opinion of where we stand and what we can do based on this ruling.â€
In Colorado, the Boulder County Clerk made this announcement:
Great news SCOTUS! We’e reviewing what this means with Supreme Court stay issued. Hope to be issuing licenses soon. #MarriageEquality
â€” Hillary Hall (@HillHall) October 6, 2014
And, more updates:
On gay marriage decision refusal: Winnebago County Clerk Sue Ertmer said “I need some legal direction. At this point, nothing has changed.”
â€” Holly Meyer (@HollyAMeyer) October 6, 2014
RT @KSLPaul BREAKING: Salt Lake County DA Sim Gill has told the County Clerk to once again issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
â€” KSL NewsRadio (@kslnewsradio) October 6, 2014
Howard County clerk waiting on official word from AG that stay is lifted before issuing same-sex marriage licenses
â€” Lauren(Fitch)Slagter (@LaurenSlagter) October 6, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS WI marriage equality for all – Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell “We’re a go here,”
â€” David Schlosser (@actorguydavid) October 6, 2014
Shelby County Clerk Vicki Franklin said her office will do nothing until it gets direction.
â€” Paul Gable (@PaulGableTSN) October 6, 2014
County Clerk’s offices awaiting word to issue same-sex marriage licenses http://t.co/OZMNWHiOxC
â€” FOX28 – WSJV (@FOX28News) October 6, 2014
Meanwhile, LGBT and civil rights groups across the nation are filing suit to have marriage bans removed, after today’s Supreme Court announcement.
Editor’s Note: This is a fast-moving story and details may change quickly.
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Watch: Republican Wrongly Tells Constituents ‘Of Course’ Inflation Is 40% in Ad Shopping, Complaining About Prices
A sitting U.S. Congresswoman who may have violated a federal conflict of interest law by incorrectly reporting receipt of $500,000 in stocks took a page out of Dr. Oz’s playbook Wednesday, cutting an ad showing her shopping – not for crudité, but for back-to-school supplies as she complains about prices while falsely claiming U.S. inflation is 40%.
Rep. María Elvira Salazar, Republican of Florida, who voted against the Inflation Reduction Act, recorded the ad (below) in Spanish with English subtitles inside a Target and posted it to her personal Twitter account.
In it she falsely states the rate of inflation. Current U.S. inflation is 8.5% annually. For the month of July it was at zero percent, which caused the annual rate to drop from 9.1% in June to 8.5%.
Many other countries have much higher inflation. The UK’s annual rate just jumped to 10.1%, a quarter of what she claimed the U.S. inflation rate is. Inflation is highest in Venezuela at 1198%. Sudan is at 340%. Argentina is at 51.2%, and Turkey is at 36.1%.
Congresswoman Salazar voted against the Inflation Reduction Act, as did every House and Senate Republican. Defensively, after she posted her video, on Twitter she wrote: “Let me be clear: the Inflation Reduction Act will do NOTHING to reduce inflation. Instead, it’s going to raise your taxes, send American jobs overseas, and weaponize the IRS to come for your hard-earned dollars.” All of which is false for the vast majority of Americans.
In a press release targeting Rep. Salazar the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced the House passed “the Inflation Reduction Act, broadly popular legislation that will lower the cost of prescription drugs, health insurance, and everyday energy costs — all while reducing the deficit and carbon emissions, by making the wealthiest corporations finally pay their fair share.”
According to reported Insider, Salazar “appears to have violated a federal conflicts-of-interest law by improperly disclosing a 6-figure stock trade.”
“On June 10, Salazar disclosed in a congressional financial filing that, on February 14, she had received up to $500,000 worth of publicly traded stock in Cano Health Inc., a company that provides health care services for seniors.”
Watch Rep. Salazar’s video below or at this link:
Hoy es el primer día de clases en Miami-Dade y los precios de los útiles escolares están por las nubes. El aumento de la inflación en Miami es el resultado directo de las malas decisiones tomadas en Washington… ¡Los padres no pueden pagar esto!
— María Elvira Salazar 🇺🇸 (@MaElviraSalazar) August 17, 2022
Weisselberg Expected to ‘Criminally Implicate’ Trump Organization in Plea Deal Admitting to 15 Felonies: Reports
Allen Weisselberg, the ex-Trump Organization CFO who has worked for the former president’s family since 1970, is expected to plead guilty to 15 felonies and “criminally implicate” the real estate empire.
“The Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer will admit to conspiring with the Trump Organization and Trump Payroll Corporation in a 15-year tax fraud scheme while head of the company’s finances at a Manhattan Supreme Court hearing on Thursday,” the Daily News reports. “Allen Weisselberg is expected to criminally implicate Trump’s family real estate business when he pleads guilty to criminal tax fraud charges, a source familiar with the matter told The News on Wednesday.”
Weisselberg is also expected to agree to testify against the Trump companies, and agree to a five-month sentence at Rikers Island, the horrific New York City jail that is slated to be shut down by 2026.
The New York Times calls the impending plea deal “a serious blow to the company that could imperil its chances in an upcoming trial.”
This is a breaking news and developing story.
Dr. Oz Trounced in Newsmax Interview as Host Demands Explanation for ‘Wegner’s’ and ‘Crudité’ Ad
Republican Mehmet Oz is having a tough time in his entrance to Pennsylvania politics. The multi-millionaire celebrity TV doctor, running for a U.S. Senate seat, released a video which this week went viral with liberals – and his Democratic opponent, Lt. Governor John Fetterman – picking it apart.
In the video, an attack ad on President Joe Biden, who he is not running against, Dr. Oz says he’s shopping at “Wegner’s,” a grocery store that does not exist. Internet sleuths deduced he was shopping at Redner’s, although some believe he was at Wegmans — including a Newsmax TV host, who Oz did not correct.
Why did he get something as simple as the name of a beloved Pennsylvania grocery store wrong?
“I was exhausted,” Oz told Newsmax, after “campaigning 18 hours a day.”
He also admitted he gets the names of his children wrong.
Curiously, the 39-second video Oz recorded is from April, and it got criticized then, but he left it up – only for the Fetterman campaign to go after it again. Back in April it led to questions about his tremendous wealth, put at around $400 million, and calls of being a “carpetbagger,” as many say he actually lives in New Jersey, not Pennsylvania.
Inflation is hurting American families. Under Joe Biden, gas prices are skyrocketing and food prices are rising. We must stop the reckless spending. This is outrageous! Thanks a lot, Joe. pic.twitter.com/8kNil6upn8
— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) April 6, 2022
Politico reports the Fetterman campaign “said it had raised more than $500,000 from the crudité video alone — including a sticker of the non-existent ‘Wegners.’ ‘Oz clearly has never been in a grocery store before. That’s why this is resonating with supporters across Pennsylvania,’ said Brendan McPhillips, Fetterman’s campaign manager.”
The Fetterman campaign appears to have created a “Wegner’s Groceries” account on Twitter, and is pounding Oz with snark.
First ad campaign pic.twitter.com/nzSGbr1mK1
— T.J. Harley (@tj_harley) August 16, 2022
Mmmmm 😋 crudité pic.twitter.com/SVqQDGOKEd
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) August 16, 2022
— T.J. Harley (@tj_harley) August 16, 2022
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania voters do not appear to be impressed with Oz.
One Republican poll shows Fetterman beating Oz by 18 points.
“New poll conducted by GOP firm Public Opinion Strategies for Pittsburgh Works Together shows big leads for Dems in the PA Senate and governors races. Fetterman up 18 points over Oz,” reports Politico’s Alex Isenstadt. The Democratic nominee for governor, Josh Shapiro is up 15 points over Republican Doug Mastriano, he adds.
Back over at Newsmax, here was host Shaun Kraisman hammering Oz:
Asked about mispronouncing ‘Wegmans,’ Mehmet Oz: “I was exhausted…I’ve gotten my kids’ names wrong as well. I don’t think that’s a measure of someone’s ability to lead the Commonwealth” pic.twitter.com/OZDjy0iN4d
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) August 17, 2022
“As you know, this video went viral,” Kraisman says, as Mediate reports. “You were at Wegmans going through the veggie aisle, essentially hitting on inflation and how things cost more, putting together a plate of crudité would cost you more than 20 bucks. You said that you were at Wegner’s – this is a very popular local grocery in this region called Wegmans.”
Kraisman later says, “I don’t mean to fixate on it, but just for those watching in Pennsylvania, you know how particular many people are about their groceries, what happened with Wegmans and Wegner’s? Can you explain that to them?”
“Yeah. I was exhausted. Well, you’re campaigning 18 hours a day. I’ve gotten my kids’ names wrong as well. I don’t think that’s a measure of someone’s ability to lead the Commonwealth.”
Kraisman also says, “it does get to the factor: Is Dr. Oz relatable to the everyday, hardworking American there in Pennsylvania?”
“We’ll do whatever we need to do to make sure the people of Pennsylvania respect what we’re about,” Oz replies, “and that we’re going to work as hard as we can to fix their problems. It’s what I’ve done my whole life. It’s what I’ll continue to do. I challenged my opponent. What have you done? Rolling your sleeves up in your own life to make life better for the people of Pennsylvania?”
Before he was elected Lt. Governor, Fetterman was elected mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, four times, and served for 13 years.
Oz concludes, “I’m the person who put us on the right track and addressed many of the challenges. Cost of living, crime, and our schools that afflict so many Pennsylvanians.”
Some have also questioned if Oz understands what job he’s running for.
U.S. Senators don’t have tremendous responsibility over their state’s cost of living, crime, and school issues. Nor do they “lead the Commonwealth,” as he said to the Newsmax host.
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