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Breaking: Mike Huckabee Announces He Is Running For President. Again.



Ordained Baptist minister and former Republican governor Mike Huckabee will bring his unique blend of Southern charm and anti-gay hate to the 2016 presidential race.

He’s been a staffer for a televangelist, a pastor, the Lt. Governor and then Governor of Arkansas, a Fox News TV show host, an author, and now, once again, Mike Huckabee wants to be President. This morning, as expected, the 59-year old Hope, Arkansas native returned to his hometown to formally announce what he’s made increasingly clear. 

After walking through his bio, growing up in Hope Arkansas, Huckabee told his audience, “I am a candidate for president of the United States of America.”

Huckabee “leaked” a less-than-impressive campaign teaser last week, positioning himself as the man who battled and won against the Clinton machine in Arkansas, despite the fact that he succeeded, and not by running against, Bill Clinton. 

In 2008, Huckabee also tried to win the GOP nomination, but lost to John McCain. In 2012, amid wide speculation he would try again, he teamed up with Donald Trump to announce he would not, stating he just did not have the burning desire in him to run.

Most voters might think that would have disqualified him from seeking higher office ever again, but no, he’s in it to win it, supposedly. And if not, Huckabee will have done what most GOP presidential candidates set out to do: make more money.

Huckabee is widely known primarily for invoking his Christian orthodox faith and using it as a sword, sometimes against his critics, but mostly against gay people. Over the past decade the Southern Baptist has taken every possible opportunity to criticize, attack, lambast, and denigrate same-sex marriage, the LGBT community, and its allies. He’s pandering to his base, of course, but in a country where over six in ten Americans now believe same-sex couples should have the legal right to marry, 35 percent of likely voters say they are less likely to vote for a candidate who doesn’t support same-sex marriage.

The Arkansas Republican has told states repeatedly thy should ignore the Supreme Court if it rules for same-sex marriage. In a more embarrassing episode, he claimed that marriage equality is discriminatory because it denies bisexual people two spouses. He took the opportunity of speaking at a Holocaust tour to claim same-sex marriage will destroy civilization. And he’s flat-out lied about the facts surrounding same-sex marriage, including in a Facebook rant about an Idaho wedding chapel being “forced” to marry same-sex couples.

Huckabee’s policies, like his bible, will never change.

He is vehemently anti-choice, anti-immigration reform, anti-marijuana legalization, anti-gun control, anti-Cuba, and anti-gay. He’ll work to repeal Obamacare and destroy the social safety net, including social security and Medicare for future generations, while increasing defense spending. And he won’t hesitate for one minute, despite his Ten Commandments, to take us to war. And he’s obsessively pro-Israel, for all the wrong, i.e., religious reasons.

Importantly, Americans likely realize that while Huckabee has no real shot at the White House, he will turn the 2016 campaign ugly, and force what will ultimately be his almost two dozen GOP opponents to the far right, the last thing America needs.

Huckabee’s announcement puts him in the race early, to gain access to the millions of dollars in campaign cash that await him. He joins Ted Cruz, Rand Paul Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, and Ben Carson, but there will be many, many other joining soon.

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight Politics dove into all the numbers, and concluded that for Huckabee, it may be the same way his 2008 campaign did.


This is a breaking news and developing story and will be updated.

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MN Police Officer Sentenced 3.5 Years for Death of George Floyd



Former Minneapolis police officer J. Alexander Keung has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for aiding and abetting manslaughter in the death of Black city resident George Floyd.

Keung, age 29, had accepted a plea deal in order to avoid an additional charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. His guilty plea acknowledged that the restraining holds used by police on Floyd were excessive and likely to cause serious harm.

Video of Floyd’s May 25, 2020 murder at the hands of city police captured footage of Keung kneeling on Floyd’s back while another officer knelt of the man’s neck. for over nine minutes, officers applied pressure to Floyd while he laid face down in the street, crying and telling officers that he couldn’t breathe while also calling out for his mother.

Video of Floyd’s murder sparked international outrage and inspired protests against institutional racism and police brutality.

Keung is the fourth and final police officer to receive prison time for his role in Floyd’s death. He will serve his new sentence and a federal sentence for Floyd’s death concurrently, serving a total of about 2 1/2 years for the killing.

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Virginia Republican Files Bill Defining a Fertilized Egg as a Human




Virginia State Delegate Marie March (R) has pre-filed House Bill 1395, a law that would define life as beginning at fertilization.

“Life begins at conception and each person is accorded the same rights and protections guaranteed to all persons by the Constitution of the United States,” the proposed bill states.

The proposed bill would effectively outlaw all abortions in the state and even endanger the use of Plan B (aka. “The morning-after pill”), a medication that prevents fertilized egg cells from attaching to a woman’s uterine wall.

The bill could also effectively criminalize in vitro fertilization, a method of inducing pregnancy that uses fertilized eggs and discards any unused ones.

Even though Republicans control the state’s House of Delegates, it’s unclear if the bill would have any chance of passing the state’s Democratic-led Senate. The legislature won’t reconvene until January 11, 2023.

Virginia currently allows a woman to get an abortion within roughly 26 weeks of pregnancy. Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) has proposed passing a law that would reduce that window to 15 weeks, a period of time in which most women may not even realize they’re pregnant.

In response to March’s bill the Virginia Reproductive Equity Alliance said in a statement, “In the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and despite the vast majority of Virginians who oppose it, Virginia’s anti-abortion elected officials keep proving there are no limits to their extremism and true intentions to ban abortion for all Virginians.”

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Georgia GOP Says Its Voting Restrictions “Backfired” & Helped Dems Win Senate Seat



When two Republicans lost Georgia’s special runoff senate elections in January 2021, state Republicans in the General Assembly re-wrote voting laws to restrict absentee ballots and give voters fewer days to vote in future runoff elections.

However, after Republicans lost yet another runoff election for Georgia’s Senate seat — with Herschel Walker losing to his Democratic competitor, Rev. Raphael Warnock, earlier this month — state Republicans want to re-re-write the rules, hopeful of a more favorable outcome.

Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), the official who oversees the state’s voting procedures, said he plans on giving three proposals to lawmakers when they return to the General Assembly in January.

“[The proposals] include forcing large counties to open more early-voting locations (in an attempt to reduce the hours-long lines some voters waited in) … lowering the threshold candidates must achieve to avoid a runoff from 50 percent to 45 percent; and instituting a ranked-choice instant-runoff system that would not require voters to come back to the polls again after the general election,” The New York Times reported.

To be clear, it’s unclear whether these changes would’ve helped Walker win. But they stand in contrast to the changes state Republicans made to voting laws following their failed January 2021 Senate runoff ambitions.

The changes after that time severely restricted the types of people eligible to receive an absentee ballot. While 24 percent of the January 2021 vote came via mail-in absentee ballots, the rule changes resulted in 5 percent of mail-in votes coming in for the January 2022 runoff.

Republicans also lowered the number of in-person early voting days to five (though the rule change allowed counties to add extra days.) The Times found that 28 of Georgia’s 159 counties opted to add extra in-person early voting days — 17 of the counties that did largely backed Warnock while 11 backed his challenger.

Before the recent run-off election, Raffensperger also tried to enforce a state law forbidding in-person early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. However, Warnock successfully sued to prevent the law from going into effect.

Overall, the changes may have “backfired,” Republicans told The Times, actually encouraging Democratic voters to come out in greater numbers.

While Republicans point to the large turnout of runoff voters as “proof” that their changes didn’t discourage voting, Warnock’s campaign criticized the changes, saying that such restrictions shouldn’t make it harder for people to vote in the first place.

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