Politician – Dawn For Governor http://dawnforgovernor.org/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 16:20:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://dawnforgovernor.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-1.png Politician – Dawn For Governor http://dawnforgovernor.org/ 32 32 Should Sunil Chhetri have fired a Ponting at the politician? Look! https://dawnforgovernor.org/should-sunil-chhetri-have-fired-a-ponting-at-the-politician-look/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 07:36:20 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/should-sunil-chhetri-have-fired-a-ponting-at-the-politician-look/ A video showing Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri being pushed away by West Bengal Governor La Ganesan went viral after Sunday’s Durand Cup final where the Blues beat Mumbai City FC to win the cup. As social media were furious at this unacceptable behavior towards the Indian captain, another video surfaced involving an Indian sportsman […]]]>

A video showing Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri being pushed away by West Bengal Governor La Ganesan went viral after Sunday’s Durand Cup final where the Blues beat Mumbai City FC to win the cup.

As social media were furious at this unacceptable behavior towards the Indian captain, another video surfaced involving an Indian sportsman and politician. This clip dates back to 2006 when the Australian cricket team were crowned champions at the ICC Champions Trophy held in India.

The video shows Sharad Pawar, then president of BCCI, holding the trophy and posing, almost trying to monopolize the limelight. But, captain Ricky Ponting patted Pawar on the shoulder and demanded the trophy.

After the trophy was presented, an Australian cricketer bumped into Pawar and guided him offstage! In light of the recent incident, should Sunil Chhetri have taken inspiration from Ponting’s book? I guess we’ll never know.

Watch the 2006 video here:

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David Blackey: Career politician label not on track | Letters to the Editor https://dawnforgovernor.org/david-blackey-career-politician-label-not-on-track-letters-to-the-editor/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 13:45:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/david-blackey-career-politician-label-not-on-track-letters-to-the-editor/ The letter from Bill Feehan (Pfaff is the career politician running for Congress) is dishonest. Frankly, I want to know the opinions of a politician as they emerge from the votes. First, Feehan ran for state senate two years ago and lost. To his credit, he made his views known, and they were rejected by […]]]>

The letter from Bill Feehan (Pfaff is the career politician running for Congress) is dishonest. Frankly, I want to know the opinions of a politician as they emerge from the votes.

First, Feehan ran for state senate two years ago and lost. To his credit, he made his views known, and they were rejected by voters. He wanted to be a career politician. He backed Scott Walker for governor, even though he was a career politician.

Now he supports Derek Van Orden, who boasts of his military service, which does not qualify him for public office. Van Ordan argues that Pfaff is responsible for the loss of family farms. This loss has lasted since World War II. No one in particular is responsible. Van Orden says he will prevent politicians from becoming lobbyists. It’s an old saw, and no politician is serious about it. Veterans of both parties became lobbyists after service. How can a congressman like Van Ordan stop this practice? It’s a BS argument. Remember that Feehan was one of the bogus voters last year.

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Unlike Feehan, I’m not a Democratic agent. I’ve voted Republican several times, most recently Lee Dreyfus for Governor and Steve Gundersen for Congress. I’d be interested to know if Feehan ever voted Democrat.

We can have a reasonable debate, but let’s not be hypocrites.

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Press wins spelling bee after politician misses ‘whangdoodle’ https://dawnforgovernor.org/press-wins-spelling-bee-after-politician-misses-whangdoodle/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 16:33:14 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/press-wins-spelling-bee-after-politician-misses-whangdoodle/ It was Wang’s first mistake, and the bee gave each contestant two — or four in the case of Illinois Republican Rep. Rodney Davis, because Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Madeleine Dean didn’t. could not make its scheduled appearance. With teams unbalanced, organizers decided that the first politician eliminated would get some sort of reincarnation — Davis […]]]>

It was Wang’s first mistake, and the bee gave each contestant two — or four in the case of Illinois Republican Rep. Rodney Davis, because Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Madeleine Dean didn’t. could not make its scheduled appearance. With teams unbalanced, organizers decided that the first politician eliminated would get some sort of reincarnation — Davis called it a recount — to keep the teams tied.

Pappas entered the NSFSB round with a strike already, having added an “a” before the final “e” in “anemone”. Then, after Wang landed his first hit, Pappas was knocked out on “whangdoodle”, omitting the “h” in the word which means either poppycock or “an imaginary creature of indefinite character”, according to Merriam-Webster, the bee- dictionary approved.

Pappas is unleashing a storm on Wednesday night, alongside members of the press and fellow lawmakers. (Courtesy of the National Press Club)

Pappas took it well, perhaps because the night before the embattled Democrat learned his opponent in November won’t be the one the GOP super PACs spent millions to help in the New Hampshire primary. He certainly wasn’t calling the competition rigged, even though there had been two rounds of spelling dog names and Wang’s past assignments included covering the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

Other lawmakers in the contest were Democratic Representatives Don Beyer of Virginia, Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon and Jared Huffman of California. The press team also included Farnoush Amiri of The Associated Press, Ramtin Arablouei of NPR, John M. Donnelly of CQ Roll Call, Eric Geller of Politico and Martine Powers of The Washington Post.

Ahead of Wednesday’s competition, the press and politician teams had been split, 3-3, since 2013 when the spelling bee was revived. It was first held at the club when Woodrow Wilson was chairman.

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Wike becomes a famous politician and receives influential Nigerians daily (Al-mustapha, the last visitor) – 9News Nigeria https://dawnforgovernor.org/wike-becomes-a-famous-politician-and-receives-influential-nigerians-daily-al-mustapha-the-last-visitor-9news-nigeria/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 14:11:37 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/wike-becomes-a-famous-politician-and-receives-influential-nigerians-daily-al-mustapha-the-last-visitor-9news-nigeria/ BY IKECHUKWU AGADA Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike met privately with Action Alliance presidential candidate Hamza Al-Mustapha at his private residence in Port Harcourt on Monday evening, in-depth inquiries have revealed. Major Al-Mustapha (retired) was the head of security for the late former head of state, Sanni Abacha. The latest visit comes more than a […]]]>

BY IKECHUKWU AGADA

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike met privately with Action Alliance presidential candidate Hamza Al-Mustapha at his private residence in Port Harcourt on Monday evening, in-depth inquiries have revealed.

Major Al-Mustapha (retired) was the head of security for the late former head of state, Sanni Abacha.

The latest visit comes more than a week after 17 People’s Democratic Party gubernatorial candidates for the 2023 general election met with Wike in Port Harcourt.

Like many recent visits by presidential candidates to the governor, the agenda for Al Mustapha’s meeting was not revealed at the time of this report.

A government source told our correspondent that neither Al Mustapha nor his host spoke to reporters after the private meeting which lasted about an hour.

This visit was a continuation of the consultations for the 2023 elections.

The governor had hosted presidential candidates and prominent politicians across the country from all parties since the PDP presidential primary. Recently, it hosted the Sultan of Sokoto.

The rift between Wike and PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar has yet to ease as sources said his group pledged to work against PDP interests in the 2023 presidential election.

9news Nigeria

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Urgent actions needed to prevent Bangkok from plunging underwater, says senior Thai politician https://dawnforgovernor.org/urgent-actions-needed-to-prevent-bangkok-from-plunging-underwater-says-senior-thai-politician/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 11:40:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/urgent-actions-needed-to-prevent-bangkok-from-plunging-underwater-says-senior-thai-politician/ BANGKOK, September 11 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Defeated Bangkok gubernatorial candidate Suchatvee Suwansawat on Sunday accused city authorities of mismanaging the canal’s drainage and allowing flooding from the east of Bangkok. The senior Democratic Party politician said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) needed to take urgent action to avoid further flooding in the capital. He added […]]]>

BANGKOK, September 11 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): Defeated Bangkok gubernatorial candidate Suchatvee Suwansawat on Sunday accused city authorities of mismanaging the canal’s drainage and allowing flooding from the east of Bangkok.

The senior Democratic Party politician said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) needed to take urgent action to avoid further flooding in the capital. He added that BMA needs to evacuate the water from the canals to allow the floods to flow into the eastern districts.

Writing on Facebook, he said he voices his opinions and the issues he faces as a resident and not as a politician.

“I can’t leave the house. If the water from Klong Prawet is not lowered or pumped through Klong Phra Ong Jao, we will be underwater tomorrow,” he wrote.

“There were no flood sensors on Lat Krabang Road and no water pumps had been installed,” he added.

He said errors in water management had left Lat Krabang Road flooded with no relief in sight.

He said Lat Krabang Road, Luang Paeng Road and Hua Ta Ke have been flooded for several days now.

– He urged the BMA to take the following emergency measures:

– Deploy water pumps to non-hazardous neighborhoods for use on either side of Lat Krabang, Luang Paeng and Hua Ta Ke roads. He said the roads are very long but few pumps were used there. Worse still, authorities were just pumping floodwaters back and forth without a comprehensive drainage plan.

– Urgently reduce the water levels of Klong Prawet and tributary canals, which have been overflowing for three consecutive days. Suchatvee said the BMA strategy did not include lowering the levels of Klong Prawet and tributaries such as Klong Lam Pla Thiew, the main drainage system in eastern Bangkok. Their high water levels have prevented authorities from draining floodwaters from the roads.

– Draining flood waters via the Bang Pakong River in neighboring Chachoengsao Province.

– Install flood sensors in Lat Krabang to enable timely water management actions

– Remove sandbags around drainage openings on Lat Krabang Road. The sandbags did not prevent water from coming out of the sewers, but rather rainwater from flowing out, he said. – The Nation Thailand/ANN

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The Cowboys for Trump founder is the first politician to be removed from office on January 6. Could others be next? https://dawnforgovernor.org/the-cowboys-for-trump-founder-is-the-first-politician-to-be-removed-from-office-on-january-6-could-others-be-next/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 16:39:23 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/the-cowboys-for-trump-founder-is-the-first-politician-to-be-removed-from-office-on-january-6-could-others-be-next/ A New Mexico judge ruled on Tuesday that Couy Griffin, Otero County Commissioner and founder of the group Cowboys for Trump, was disqualified from holding public office because of his participation in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol. . The historic decision marks the first time an elected official has been removed […]]]>

A New Mexico judge ruled on Tuesday that Couy Griffin, Otero County Commissioner and founder of the group Cowboys for Trump, was disqualified from holding public office because of his participation in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol. .

The historic decision marks the first time an elected official has been removed from office for participating in or supporting the Capitol Riot. It is also the first time a judge at any level has found that the events leading up to and on January 6 – when a violent mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol temporarily preventing Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election – amounted to “insurrection.”

Some legal experts predicted Tuesday’s decision could have serious implications for other current or former officials — including Trump himself — who were involved on Jan. 6 and may be hoping to return to government.

Couy Griffin rides a horse on Fifth Avenue on May 1, 2020 in New York City. (Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)

“If this holds up on appeal, then it’s an important precedent for the next election cycle,” said Gerard Magliocca, a constitutional scholar and professor of law at Indiana University. Magliocca told Yahoo News that “the most obvious way it works is if Mr. Griffin is disqualified for what he did on January 6, why isn’t Donald Trump disqualified for what he did? did on January 6, what was more?

In his 49-page decision, State District Court Judge Francis Mathew ruled that Griffin, who was convicted earlier this year of trespassing on Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, should be immediately removed from office. office and barred from holding any future elected state office. or at the federal level.

“He was sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States… [and then] committed to this insurrection after being sworn in,” Mathew wrote. “The Court finds that the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol and the planning, mobilization and incitement surrounding it constituted ‘insurrection’ within the meaning of Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

Couy Griffin speaks to reporters outside federal court in Washington.

Couy Griffin speaks to reporters in federal court in Washington on June 17. (Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP)

Mathew cited a rarely invoked constitutional provision that sought to bar members of the Confederacy from holding public office after the Civil War. It states that anyone who “has engaged in insurrection or rebellion against it, or aided or comforted its enemies” after “having previously taken an oath” to “uphold the Constitution” is prohibited from holding “any office , civil or civil”. military, under the United States or under any state. The provision does not require a public servant to be criminally convicted for participating in an insurrection in order for them to be disqualified from performing their duties.

According to the Congressional Research Service, the last time Congress invoked Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was in 1919, when it was used “to refuse to seat a socialist congressman accused of having aided and comforted Germany during the First World War”.

More recently, progressive groups have unsuccessfully sought to use the provision in other lawsuits filed in Arizona, New Mexico, North Carolina and Wisconsin that sought to block Republican lawmakers accused of supporting Jan. 6 rioters. to continue to perform their duties.

A crowd of Trump supporters battle with law enforcement as they storm the Capitol.

Trump supporters fight with members of law enforcement at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. (Leah Millis/Reuters)

In May, a federal appeals court ruled in a lawsuit against Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R.C., who spoke at the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol, which insurgents could be banned from performing their duties. However, the decision came after Cawthorn had already lost its primary, rendering the case effectively moot.

In a separate case challenging the candidacy of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., a Georgia state judge ruled that the Jan. 6 riot constituted an insurrection, but the challengers had “produced insufficient evidence to to show that Representative Greene” was engaged in this insurrection. Meanwhile, in Arizona, a state court has dismissed lawsuits seeking to prevent Trump-allied Republican Representatives Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar from voting.

Unlike those lawmakers, who tried to overturn the 2020 election results from inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, Griffin’s presence among the rioting crowd outside made him a slightly easier target for defenders seeking to hold those responsible accountable for their role in the attack.

Donald K. Sherman, senior vice president and chief counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), suggested that Tuesday’s decision on New Mexico “provides a roadmap” for future challenges for officials. who could have encouraged or supported the rioters without physically storming the Capitol themselves.

Sherman and other CREW attorneys discussed the judge’s decision — and its potential implications for other officials — on Twitter Spaces on Tuesday afternoon. CREW represented three New Mexico residents who filed a civil lawsuit against Griffin in March, seeking that he be removed from office for his participation in the Jan. 6 insurrection.

In particular, Sherman pointed to Mathew’s conclusion that Griffin “helped the insurgency even if he did not personally engage in violence”.

The judge’s decision, Sherman said, “makes it clear” that “the Constitution’s disqualification clause applies to the events of January 6. … And the mobilization and support of January 6, whether individuals were violent or not on this day, was an insurrection under the Constitution.

“There are certainly other members of government and outside of government who would qualify as insurgents under the legal precedent,” he said.

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the Capitol.

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the Capitol. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

Griffin, an ardent conspiracy theorist and founder of Cowboys for Trump, a group of riding supporters of the former president, was one of three elected commissioners for Otero County in New Mexico since 2019. Within weeks leading up to January 6, 2021, he promoted the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, including as a speaker on a multi-city bus tour organized by Women for America First, one of the groups who coordinated Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C., on January 6.

In March, Griffin became the second defendant in the Justice Department’s extensive Jan. 6 investigation to stand trial for his involvement in the riot. He was acquitted of disorderly conduct but was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of trespassing on Capitol grounds. In June, a DC federal judge sentenced him to 14 days in jail with time served and a year of supervised release for the trespassing conviction, which he said he planned to appeal.

Griffin, who said he plans to run for sheriff when his commission term ends later this year, has continued to promote unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in his role as county commissioner and has declined to certify the results of his county’s primary election in June. .

“That’s why you don’t want the insurgents to stay in power because they will continue to use their position to undermine democracy,” Sherman said Tuesday.

Griffin represented himself at a brief bench trial last month after the Otero County Commission denied a request to fund his personal legal representation in the lawsuit. During the trial, in which attorneys for CREW, along with a team of New Mexico-based attorneys, called multiple witnesses to testify about his actions on Jan. 6, Griffin criticized Mathew for refusing to file the case. case and insisted he was at the Capitol as a peaceful protester.

However, Mathew found that Griffin always acted in support of the insurrection, even without engaging in violence. In his ruling, the judge wrote that Griffin not only helped “mobilize and inspire thousands across the country to join the mob” in Washington, but that “by joining the mob and entering restricted grounds of the Capitol, Mr. Griffin helped delay the Congressional election-certification process”.

Sherman said this particular aspect of Mathew’s decision could have “significant implications for any current or former or aspiring … [officeholder] who took part in the uprising.

Griffin did not respond to a request for comment, but he reportedly told CNN after the ruling Tuesday that he was ordered to clear his office at the county commissioners office. He told Reuters he planned to appeal Mathew’s decision.

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American students ‘will never be the same again’: Uvalde politician https://dawnforgovernor.org/american-students-will-never-be-the-same-again-uvalde-politician/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 01:25:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/american-students-will-never-be-the-same-again-uvalde-politician/ Memories are kept at the final resting place of 10-year-old Jailah Silguero, who was killed in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, United States, August 31, 2022. As students in Uvalde, Texas returned to school on Tuesday, Sept. 6, more than three months after a gunman killed 21 people at Robb Elementary […]]]>
Memories are kept at the final resting place of 10-year-old Jailah Silguero, who was killed in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, United States, August 31, 2022.

As students in Uvalde, Texas returned to school on Tuesday, Sept. 6, more than three months after a gunman killed 21 people at Robb Elementary School on May 24, the state senator of Texas, Roland Gutierrez, who serves Uvalde, said the emotional wounds haven’t healed.

“There are still kids going through trauma therapy every day,” Gutierrez said outside Dalton Elementary School on Tuesday. “There were kids at Robb who were in adjoining classrooms who were stuck in those classrooms. They’ll never be the same again.”

Since Robb Elementary will be demolished in the future, Uvalde elementary students went to three separate schools in the district. Kindergarten through Grade 2 students attend Dalton, located about two and a half miles from Robb.

While 8-foot security fencing was recently built at Dalton and other schools in Uvalde, Gutierrez said that was not the case for all schools in the district. The state senator also wants further investigations into law enforcement in Robb on May 24.

“We had enough ammunition, enough training, enough people on site that the Texas Rangers and the Department of Public Safety could step in and do this job appropriately,” Gutierrez said. “And that never happened. And so, where we are today, we’ve got a frustrated community demanding accountability, certainly asking for additional security measures.”

Joining Gutierrez on Tuesday was Nancy Thompson, the founder of Mothers Against Greg Abbott, a political group targeting the incumbent Texas governor who is running for re-election in November. Thompson said gun safety policies in the state should go beyond raising the legal age to purchase an AR-style rifle.

“We just want to see common sense gun laws like minimizing the capacity of magazines that are sold,” Thompson said. “So they don’t have the capabilities that they have now.

(Source: Reuters)

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‘Another Russia’ Podcast Offers Listeners Insight into Putin and a Politician Who Opposed Him | Comments https://dawnforgovernor.org/another-russia-podcast-offers-listeners-insight-into-putin-and-a-politician-who-opposed-him-comments/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/another-russia-podcast-offers-listeners-insight-into-putin-and-a-politician-who-opposed-him-comments/ On February 27, 2015, Vladimir Putin’s main political rival was shot dead outside the Kremlin. His name was Boris Nemtsov, a Russian governor whose Western capitalist ideals had won him visits from the likes of Britain’s Margret Thatcher and the presidential endorsement of Boris Yeltsin himself. The “Another Russia” podcast debuted in July and is […]]]>

On February 27, 2015, Vladimir Putin’s main political rival was shot dead outside the Kremlin. His name was Boris Nemtsov, a Russian governor whose Western capitalist ideals had won him visits from the likes of Britain’s Margret Thatcher and the presidential endorsement of Boris Yeltsin himself.

The “Another Russia” podcast debuted in July and is co-hosted by Nemtsov’s daughter, Zhanna Nemtsova, and former US deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes. Rhodes and Nemtsova combine their knowledge of world politics with their personal experience to tell the gripping story of a young Russian politician who rose to power following the fall of the Soviet Union.

In each episode of the half-hour podcasts, listeners learn about the life of Boris Nemtsov, a man who achieved great national popularity and was at one time the favorite to replace Yeltsin as President of Russia.

Nemtsov’s story is closely tied to the history of post-Soviet Russia, a period of turmoil when plutocrats became oligarchs, controlling the media and taking over the political arena. Nemtsov opposed these oligarchs and the politicians who allowed their rise to power.

The podcast details this opposition and its consequences, as Russian media defamed Nemtsov on air in a bid to bring candidates like Putin to the fore in the upcoming presidential election. As is now clear, these attempts helped put Putin in power.

Nemtsova and Rhodes show how, after the elections, Nemtsov exerted continued pressure on Putin’s Soviet ambitions. In the 2000s and 2010s, Nemtsov faced multiple arrests for his ongoing fight against Russian corruption.

Nemtsov’s battle for another Russia, free from authoritarianism, ended with his death in 2015. But his dreams are still alive. Nemtsova and Rhodes lay out these dreams and explain how they turned into modern movements.

“Another Russia” is a top podcast in terms of production value, with a clear and engaging story, original background music, incredibly knowledgeable hosts, and educational content. “Another Russia” can be streamed on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, RSS, iHeart and Stitcher.

Whit Peters is an incoming junior at Selah High School.

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Black politician wonders why Democrats championed civil rights | Comment https://dawnforgovernor.org/black-politician-wonders-why-democrats-championed-civil-rights-comment/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 12:59:00 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/black-politician-wonders-why-democrats-championed-civil-rights-comment/ RICHMOND, Va. – The definition of seduction is “gently or innocently charming: winning, engaging”. Virginia Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears is all of that, but she’s also tough and has convictions on issues she believes should be important to Virginians and the nation. As President Joe Biden commemorated “Slave Remembrance Day,” Sears told me in an […]]]>

RICHMOND, Va. – The definition of seduction is “gently or innocently charming: winning, engaging”.

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears is all of that, but she’s also tough and has convictions on issues she believes should be important to Virginians and the nation.

As President Joe Biden commemorated “Slave Remembrance Day,” Sears told me in an interview, “If you want to live in the past, go ahead, don’t drag me around with you.” On election night last November, she drew cheers from her supporters when she noted how much everything had changed since the start of the civil rights movement: “We (meaning people of color ) have water fountains. We had a black president elected twice…”

The former Marine and Jamaican immigrant (she says her father arrived in America with $1.75 in his pocket) is now the second most powerful office holder in the state and the first female lieutenant governor. Sears can charm if necessary, but his boldness in discussing controversial topics reveals a backbone other Republicans should emulate.

I ask Sears why the media seems to ignore or misrepresent black conservatives like her and why so many black people continue to vote for Democrats. “For (the Democrats) to keep winning,” she says, “they have to get 80 to 90 percent of the black vote. That’s why they’re so full of hate when conservatives like me, or libertarians, don’t think like them. … We don’t really care. Slaves did not die in the fields to be beholden to the Democratic Party. They wanted their freedom…for their families to be reunited…and for their children to have a good education.

Sears said she was mystified by how “the Democratic Party has become synonymous with black people. (the Democrats) were the ones holding us back. Then there’s this other thing that’s going on with black women not having their babies. And they call me a white supremacist for saying we want more black babies. Democrats have to make up their minds.

Sears said she believes Donald Trump won more non-white votes in 2020 than in 2016 because he created jobs for minorities and “black entrepreneurship grew to about 400% of what ‘it was”. She also notes Trump’s dedication of a funding stream to historic black colleges and universities (HBCUs). “He’s forgiven $360 million in debt they owed from the days of (Hurricane) Katrina.”

I ask him questions about what some call “Christian nationalism”. Sears, who is candid about his Christian faith, replies, “I think what we have to be careful of as Christians is that no one is on the throne but Christ. … We know that God can use anyone. He even used a donkey to talk to Balaam (an Old Testament story) to tell him he was taking the wrong path. So if he can use a jerk, he can use anyone.

How would she measure success? “What the world considers a success, I don’t do. I have come to believe it as the Lord defines it. Have you been obedient? She recalls the biblical stories that seemed to define failure back when “they killed the prophets. … All he wants to know is did you obey me?

Yet she is amazed at her own accomplishments. “Winsome wasn’t born here,” she said. “It’s not her country, it’s not her culture, and yet here she is – second in command in the former confederation capital. The KKK must be turning in their graves.

Only in Virginia… and America.

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Politician and top judge murdered in Houthi-held Sanaa https://dawnforgovernor.org/politician-and-top-judge-murdered-in-houthi-held-sanaa/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 20:20:07 +0000 https://dawnforgovernor.org/politician-and-top-judge-murdered-in-houthi-held-sanaa/ The war has turned the Syrian regime into a ‘narco-state’ smuggling drugs into the Gulf, expert says CHICAGO: Although President Bashar Assad continues to survive the civil war that has raged in Syria since 2011, he controls only 60% of the country and his regime’s main source of income is now drug trafficking, according to […]]]>

The war has turned the Syrian regime into a ‘narco-state’ smuggling drugs into the Gulf, expert says

CHICAGO: Although President Bashar Assad continues to survive the civil war that has raged in Syria since 2011, he controls only 60% of the country and his regime’s main source of income is now drug trafficking, according to an expert from the geopolitical history of the country.

Charles Lister, senior fellow and director of Syria and counterterrorism and counter-extremism programs at the Middle East Institute, told the Ray Hanania radio program on Wednesday that for several years the Syrian regime turned to distributing Captagon, a methamphetamine-based drug often referred to as “poor man’s cocaine”, its main source of export revenue.

He described Syria as a “narco-state” which in 2021 generated more than $30 billion from illegal drug distribution, mostly in the Gulf region. That compares to just $800 million a year from legitimate exports, he added.

“Because of the crisis in Syria and the fact that it has been going on for so long, the Syrian regime has now become a narco-state of global significance, an issue that almost never reaches our television screens and newspapers” , Lister said.

“But last year, in 2021, the Syrian regime, in a series of factories across the country run mainly by the Syrian army’s 4th (armoured) division, which is led by Bashar Assad’s brother, Maher , exported around $30 billion worth of methamphetamine, called Captagon, mostly around the Middle East. $30 billion.

“To put that figure into perspective, legal exports from Syria that same year were worth $800 million. Thus, the drug industry, an illegal drug industry run by the regime, is now literally the only significant element of the Syrian economy.

“This is a narco-state in the heart of the Middle East that exports drugs mainly to the Gulf, which is of enormous importance for regional stability. The Europeans are beginning to worry about its arrival on their shores. Several ports in Africa have seized Syrian-made Captagon in the past two years.

Just this week, Saudi authorities seized narcotics with a street value of up to $1 billion and arrested eight expatriates in what would be the Kingdom’s largest known smuggling attempt and largest drug seizure ever.

Agents found 47 million amphetamine tablets hidden in a shipment of flour during a raid on a warehouse in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The drugs have an estimated street value of between $470 million and more than $1 billion, according to figures cited in the International Addiction Review.

Six Syrians and two Pakistanis were arrested, Maj. Mohammed Al-Najidi, spokesman for Saudi Narcotics Control, told SPA.

Syria is effectively partitioned and controlled by several major geopolitical powers. Russia and the Syrian regime control about 60% of the country, including the central spine and western regions. The United States and its partners control about 30% of the country in the northeast and east. Turkey and its opposition partners occupy between 9 and 12% of the north and northwest of the country.

One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Syrian crisis is Iran, which Lister says uses areas controlled by the Syrian regime as distribution points for the weapons Tehran supplies to its partner militias that target Western and Israeli forces.

“Iran is a whole different story,” he explained. “Iran is not carrying out all the blows in Syria, but since the 1979 revolution, it has sought to establish this channel of influence from Tehran to the Mediterranean, via Israel and Palestine. And that is unquestionably what they succeeded in doing.

“In Syria, this is arguably the most strategic type of crown jewel for this Iranian regional strategy. And that is precisely why we see Israel carrying out these rather large rounds of airstrikes over the past few years, targeting anything from ballistic missiles to precision guidance technology and air defense systems in which the Iran flew, often using its state aircraft carriers, to Damascus International Airport.

“And they sought to truck them across the border into Lebanon. Or station them in Syria, pointed directly at Israel. For Iran, this is of absolutely enormous importance and they have undoubtedly achieved what they need.

Complex international entanglements in Syria, including Iranian and Russian presence, mean there is no immediate prospect of an end to a conflict, Lister said, in which there have been dramatic flare-ups, such as when Daesh hit American targets and the United States responded by sending warplanes.

“The Syrian crisis is far from over,” he explained. “There are several ongoing conflicts in the country, not just one. And all of the root causes that led to the uprising and the crisis of 2011, all of those root causes are still there today. Most of these root causes are worse today than they were in 2011.

“Over the years, the Syrian crisis has deteriorated and escalated to such an extent, and also become so complicated, that various international actors have intervened in pursuit of their own interests over the years and I think that therefore Syria is really best described now as a geopolitical conflict There are the Turks, there are the Iranians, the Russians, of course the Syrian government, the Israelis, the global coalition against ISIS he added, using another term for the terrorist group Daesh.

“And within that there is a whole variety of different terrorist organizations, as well as the opposition, the Kurds and the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) who have supported and been our partners in the fight against the “Islamic State. It was an incredibly complicated crisis. At its core, it’s a crisis and there are a lot of layers to it.

Over the past two years, Israel has carried out at least 200 rounds of airstrikes on territory held by the Syrian regime, Lister said.

Regional divisions in the country have resulted in a de facto standoff of violence and simmering tensions, he added. If there weren’t so many major geopolitical players involved, he suggested, the conflict might have been resolved long ago.

“If there had been a (major) player, we would have seen the Syrian crisis resolved, one way or another,” Lister said. “We would have seen it resolved by a victory on one side or the other, or by some sort of negotiated settlement.

“In reality, no player holds all the cards and that is precisely why, more than 11 years later, this crisis continues and all of these root causes remain unresolved.

“At the end of the day, I think the Russians probably changed the dynamic imbalance in Syria the most of anyone. When they intervened in 2015, the regime was on the brink of collapse and implosion and the Russians unquestionably turned the tide and put the regime back in an advantageous position. But they clearly failed to ‘win’ the conflict in the years that followed and that is why we are in this geopolitical stalemate.

Lister appeared on The Ray Hanania Radio Show on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. It airs on the US Arab Radio Network in Detroit and Washington DC and rebroadcasts in Chicago on Thursdays. You can listen to the radio show’s entire podcast by visiting ArabNews.com/rayradioshow or any other major podcast provider.

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