At first glance, the final presidential debate might have seemed like a draw, but a closer look shows that Trump was the big winner. Trump landed blows that damaged Biden with a constituency Biden desperately needs to win the presidency — African American voters. Trump cleaned Biden’s clock on race.
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Democrats are threatening to pack the Supreme Court if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed, but they might not have the Senate votes if the chamber is closely divided. No problem: The number of seats in the Senate, as on the High Court bench, can be adjusted to fit Democrats’ evolving ideological preferences.
In June the House for the first time passed a bill that would make the District of Columbia a state, and Barack Obama in July called Puerto Rican statehood a progressive priority.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said recently that he’d “love to make them states.” This can be done with an act of Congress, so a 104-seat Senate would be on the table with a Democratic sweep.
The late Tom Petty unwittingly vocalized lyrics aptly prophetic of the current perspective of Connecticut's ruling emperor Ned Lamont. "It's good to be king just for a while / To be there in velvet, to give them a smile / It's good to get high and never come down / It’s good to be king of your own little town."
I can't blame the governor for seizing power from a docile, Democrat-controlled legislature eagerly willing to roll over for a gentle political belly rub while the outnumbered and impotent Republican leadership weakly feigns opposition, resulting in the vexatious simulated white noise that fades harmlessly into our subconscious. Connecticut's long-standing one-party rule has quickly become a one-person rule and the citizens have been cast as the Serfs.
Absolute power is intoxicating and it's easy to envision the governor sitting on his velveteen throne, barking executive orders to his scurrying minions. Apparently, democracy in the Nutmeg State is old fashion as recently the governor commented on his expanded powers saying, “Having everything up for a vote by 151 people is not the way to go." Clearly Connecticut is the newest benefactor of a benevolent dictator.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was leading a hunt Sunday for a gunman who shot two deputies multiple times in an ambush Saturday night.
Both deputies were in critical condition, officials said.
The deputies, who worked in the department’s transit services bureau, were shot while sitting in their parked patrol vehicle near the Compton station of the Metro A Line, a light rail in Los Angeles. The gunman walked past the passenger side of the car shortly before 7 p.m., the officials said, then turned around and fired several rounds from a pistol into the vehicle. He then fled on foot, the officials said.
In July, Connecticut state government employees received a 5.5 percent combined pay increase on the backs of taxpayers while hundreds of thousands of people across the state remained unemployed. That’s clearly not right. Democrats insisted the governor could not do anything about it, despite the state of emergency, because the raises were part of a collective bargaining agreement.
It does not bode well for Connecticut taxpayers that our elected officials refused to even try to delay raises for their own employees at the height of a crisis. The choices for fiscally strapped states like Connecticut, Illinois and New Jersey will only get harder over the next few years.
Here is the dilemma: These three states have committed to unsustainable pension, insurance and debt obligations at the behest of the special interests. And while New York state’s pension is currently well-funded because of its high taxes, it could also face trouble meeting its contractual obligations if the post-pandemic exodus from the city keeps growing.