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Trump’s Record on Race is Better than Biden’s

First Step Act, Funds for Black Colleges, Enterprise Zones, Lowest Black Unemployment on Record vs. 1994 Crime Bill

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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Packing the U.S. Senate

104-seat Upper Chamber is goal if Democrats sweep the election.

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.


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Serfs await the next edicts of good King Ned

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.


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Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept Hunts Gunman Who Shot Two Deputies in Ambush Attack

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.


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Democrat governors ignore huge threat to NJ, CT and IL

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.


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Progressive district attorneys are undermining the law

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One reason for the surging, often protracted violence in US cities is the rise of a host of progressive prosecutors who actually tilt against law and order.

The trend is most glaring in places known for their kooky left-wing politics, like Portland and San Francisco, but extreme leftists have also taken over as district attorneys in cities like Chicago and Boston. Many owe big thanks for their elections to funding from far-left fatcat George Soros.

In Portland, violent “protests” have dragged on for months, thanks to the idiocy of Mayor Ted Wheeler, who let hoodlums drive him out of his own condo — but also to Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt, who dropped charges against hundreds of people arrested for offenses like interfering with cops, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and rioting. Schmidt also made it harder to prosecute assaults on cops.

In Contra County, Calif., outside San Francisco, DA Diana Becton will now consider looters’ “needs” when weighing criminal charges. At Politico, she and four other black, female DAs (from Chicago, Boston, St. Louis and Durham) actually slammed the very criminal-justice system they were elected to enforce — ludicrously claiming it was “constructed to control Black people and people of color” and that it’s now doing just that.


The Bay City’s DA is Chesa Boudin, the son of Brink’s robbery cop-killers who was raised by radical Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. He, too, has adopted rules making it harder to prosecute suspects.


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DC Mayor Muriel Bowser fears ‘race war.’ Blames ‘outside agitators.’

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The mayor of Washington, DC, said she fears a “race war” is brewing — blaming “outside agitators” who come “armed for battle.”

Mayor Muriel Bowser said there was a “stark contrast” when outside militants disrupted peaceful protests, with police revealing that more than 70 percent of those arrested in recent days were from outside the district


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The Myth of Systemic Police Racism

Hold officers accountable who use excessive force. But there’s no evidence of widespread racial bias.

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George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis has revived the Obama-era narrative that law enforcement is endemically racist.

This charge of systemic police bias was wrong during the Obama years and remains so today. However sickening the video of Floyd’s arrest, it isn’t representative of the 375 million annual contacts that police officers have with civilians. A solid body of evidence finds no structural bias in the criminal-justice system with regard to arrests, prosecution or sentencing. Crime and suspect behavior, not race, determine most police actions.

In 2019 police officers fatally shot 1,004 people, most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous. African-Americans were about a quarter of those killed by cops last year (235), a ratio that has remained stable since 2015. That share of black victims is less than what the black crime rate would predict, since police shootings are a function of how often officers encounter armed and violent suspects. In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population.


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It’s now basically Donald Trump vs. Kamala Harris for president

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Considering Joe Biden’s age — and endless fumbling — the selection of a vice president has never been more important. Heck, even many Democrats aren’t so sure Biden is going to finish his first term. So the question now is: Do you want a President Harris?

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Profile in Courage

Democrat, Cop Commissioner, Ex-Cop Bucks His Party on CT Police Reform Bill

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TRUMBULL — The chairman of Trumbull’s Police Commission has come out against a legislative attempt to reform Connecticut’s policing, and opposing what he termed the “knee-jerk” nature of current legislative efforts.

Former First Selectman Raymond Baldwin Jr., who also spent 14 years as an officer in the Trumbull Police Department, wrote to Trumbull’s legislative delegation Saturday, a day after the state General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee held a 13-hour listening session on the proposed legislation, LCO 3471.

“I wish to express my serious concern about legislation being proposed in the Connecticut State Legislature which I believe will greatly impede our police officers’ ability to protect, not only our citizens, but our officers themselves,” Baldwin wrote. “These proposed measures will also make recruitment of new officers and the retention of currently employed ones extremely difficult.”

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