Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally Believes Special Legislative Session Is Unnecessary

A spokesman for Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) on Thursday shared McNally’s views on whether state legislators should still convene for a special session. “While Lt. Governor McNally is firmly against government vaccine passports, he is extremely reticent to place restrictions on private business,” said McNally spokesman Adam Kleinheider, via email.

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Law Enforcement Officers Force Unvaccinated MTSU Nursing Student Out of Class

Avery Garfield

An attorney for a Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) nursing student said law enforcement officers on Thursday morning removed her client from class because she has not taken the COVID-19 vaccine. Nashville-based attorney Russell Newman spoke to The Tennessee Star on Thursday evening about his client, Avery Garfield.

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Washington Correspondent for The Star News Network, Neil McCabe on Military’s Afghanistan Shame and the Media’s Turn on Biden

Thursday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed The Star News Network’s Washington Correspondent Neil McCabe to the newsmakers line to give his take on the shame felt by American veterans and mainstream media’s 180 on Biden.

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Commentary: Biden’s Job Approval Has Entered Dangerous Territory

In 1880, Americans did something momentous: They all elected their congressional delegations in the same year. Prior to that, elections had been a hodgepodge affair. For example, the first elections for the 28th Congress, which ostensibly met from 1843 to 1845, were held in Missouri on Aug. 1, 1842. But only five other states held elections that year; almost all other states held them over the course of the odd numbered year of 1843. Maryland finally got around to holding its elections on Feb. 14, 1844, a half-year before the presidential election and less than a year before the next Congress convened.

Even after 1880, a truly uniform Election Day did not arrive until 1960, when Maine gave up its stubborn insistence on holding its congressional elections in September. But for all intents and purposes, 1882 marks the birth of the phenomenon we know today as the midterm election year.

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No Update on California Schoolchildren Stranded in Afghanistan

There is no update as of Thursday on the 30 American schoolchildren who are stranded in Afghanistan. 

American troops packed up and left the Taliban-controlled nation at the end of last week, ending a nearly 20 year war in the country.

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State Department Says It Doesn’t Have Data on Number of Americans Rescued Since Last Kabul Flight

A spokesperson for the State Department said he did not “have data” on whether Americans have been rescued from Afghanistan since the last U.S. flight out of Kabul at a press briefing on Wednesday.

“I don’t have data to provide on that front,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said at the briefing when asked if he had a number.

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2nd Vote’s Executive Director Amy Wilhite Joins Host Leahy as 2ndvote.com Score Test Shows Where His Dollars Go

Thursday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed 2nd Vote’s Amy Wilhite in studio while he scores himself on 2ndvote.com to see where his consumer dollars go.

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January 6 Commission Taps Cheney as Vice Chair While Republicans Move to Oust Her from Their Caucus

Democratic Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson announced Thursday that he would tap Rep. Liz Cheney as the vice chair on the committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, a day after some GOP lawmakers called for the Wyoming Republican to be ousted from the House Republican caucus.

“Representative Cheney has demonstrated again and again her commitment to getting answers about January 6th, ensuring accountability, and doing whatever it takes to protect democracy for the American people,” Thompson said in a statement. “Her leadership and insights have shaped the early work of the Select Committee, and this appointment underscores the bipartisan nature of this effort.”

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Biden: Supreme Court Abortion Ruling ‘Insults the Rule of Law’

President Joe Biden condemned a ruling by the Supreme Court on Texas’ Heartbeat Act Thursday, saying the court’s decision “insults the rule of law.”

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 late Wednesday night to deny abortion providers’ requests for injunctive relief against Texas’ new law banning abortion after 6 weeks. The president weighed in on the ruling Thursday morning, calling it an “unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade.”

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Weekly Jobless Claims Sink to 340,000, Hit New Pandemic Low

The number of Americans filing new unemployment claims decreased to 340,000 in the week ending Aug. 28, as the economy continues to slowly recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics figure released Thursday represents a slight decrease in the number of new jobless claims compared to the week ending Aug. 21, when 354,000 new jobless claims were reported. That figure was revised from the 353,000 jobless claims initially reported last week.

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Pro-Antifa Teacher in California to Be Fired After Project Veritas Video

A schoolteacher in California who voiced his support for the far-left domestic terrorist organization Antifa is set to be fired from his job after his support for terrorism was revealed by a Project Veritas video, as reported by Fox News.

Gabriel Gipe, who taught social studies at Inderkum High School in Sacramento, was the subject of a 10-minute video by Project Veritas, a group of investigative journalists who specialize in going undercover within far-left organizations and secretly recording confessions of wrongdoing, radical beliefs, and other scandals.

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Report: U.S. Left Behind Majority of Afghan Allies Who Applied for Visas

The U.S. abandoned more than half of all interpreters and Afghans who applied for special immigrant visas (SIV), a senior State Department official told The Wall Street Journal.

The official didn’t share specific information or figures, but estimated that a majority of the visa applicants were left behind in Afghanistan, the WSJ reported. The Department of State doesn’t have exact data on who was evacuated from the Middle Eastern nation after the Taliban took control of the capital city of Kabul, due to the urgent nature of the operation.

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Michael Patrick Leahy Talks About Pop Up Nonprofits Used for Partisan Political Purposes

  In a special interview, Thursday on First Principles with Phill Kline – host Kline talked with Michael Patrick Leahy, CEO, and editor-in-chief of The Star News Network who uncovered partisan non-profit popups in swing states and the importance of election integrity as the deciding fate of America’s constitutional Republic.…

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Hennepin County Sheriff Candidate Tells Minneapolis Residents to Vote No on Police Charter Amendment

Hennepin County Sheriff candidate Jai Hanson told Minneapolis residents to vote no on the Yes 4 Minneapolis police charter amendment. In a tweet, Hanson said “Politicians like Keith Ellison and Ilhan Omar want to pass the amendment because they’re only interested in dismantling the police, not public safety.”

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Proclaiming Justice to the Nations’ Laurie Cardoza Moore Talks About Her New Campaign, Taking Back America’s Children

Thursday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed PJTN’s Founder and President Laurie Cardoza-Moore to the newsmakers line to talk about her Taking Back America campaign.

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Georgia Congressman Co-Sponsoring Bill to Mandate Daily Reports About Americans Still Stranded in Afghanistan

U.S. Representative Rick Allen (R-GA-12) said his Republican colleagues are co-sponsoring legislation that would require the U.S. Secretary of Defense to submit daily reports to Congress about the evacuation of Americans from Afghanistan. Allen announced the news during a Tuesday telephone town hall with his constituents.

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Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs Calls on Leader McCarthy to Remove Cheney, Kinzinger from GOP Conference

Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ-05) and more than a dozen other GOP lawmakers penned a letter to Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23), urging him to remove Representatives Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) from the Republican conference.

Specifically, the GOP members of Congress requested a reconsideration of a GOP Conference Rule change that would remove members who accept committee assignments or serve on a committee without recommendation from the Republican Steering Committee or the Republican Leader.

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At Least 45 Dead in the Northeast in Wake of Hurricane Ida

The death toll in the Northeast reached 45 on Thursday following the remnants of Hurricane Ida hitting the coast.

Those who were killed ranged geographically from Maryland to Connecticut, the Associated Press reported. At least 12 of those dead were in New York City, with 11 dying in flooded basement apartments and one in a car.

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Minnesota Legislators Respond to Upcoming ‘Squad’ Visit Regarding Line 3

Several Minnesota legislators responded to an upcoming visit from members of the “Squad” that will be taking place on Friday afternoon.  According to a press release from Representative Ilhan Omar’s (D-05-MN) office, they are planning to speak out against Line 3.

Representatives Michelle Fischbach (R-07-MN), Pete Stauber (R-08-MN), and Tom Emmer (R-06-MN) issued a statement saying that Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-05-MN), Cori Bush (D-01-MO), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-14-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-07-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-13-MI) are “seeking soundbites.”

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SCOTUS Abortion Ruling Triggers Fury at Arizona Sen. Sinema

After the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of a law passed in Texas banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) once again finds herself on the hot seat, facing criticism from her own party. 

“Every Dem who ever gave Kyrsten Sinema a dime should demand a refund,” far-left activist Pam Kieth said on Twitter. 

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Four Ohio Nonprofits Secure $215 Million in New Market Tax Credits for Community Development Projects

Four nonprofit development agencies in Ohio will share $215 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocations from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to support housing and economic development projects in distressed communities and neighborhoods throughout much of Ohio.

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Former President Trump Endorses State Sen. Burt Jones for Georgia Lieutenant Governor

Burt Jones

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed State Senator Burt Jones (R-Jackson) in his campaign for Georgia Lieutenant Governor.

In the statement, Trump highlighted the record of the state lawmaker, calling Jones a “Patriot” and that he will “always stand up for America First.”

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Former President Trump Formally Endorses Georgia GOP Senate Candidate Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker

Former President Trump on Thursday formally endorsed former NFL running-back Herschel Walker in his quest to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate.

The move by Trump does not come as a surprise, as Trump strongly encouraged Walker to launch a campaign for the position.

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Finalists for Florida Public Service Commission Appointments Sent to Governor DeSantis

Governor DeSantis will make two appointments to the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) out of six finalists who were sent to the Governor on Tuesday by the Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council (PSCNC).

The two positions are opening due to current commission members Art Graham and Andrew Fay’s terms expiring in January 2022 – both of whom are among the six finalists and looking for reappointment.

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House Armed Services Committee Passes Bill Protecting Three Guided Missile Cruisers Based in Virginia

A major defense bill passed out of the House Armed Services Committee Thursday, with spending for Virginia. Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA-01) said that Republicans led an effort to include an amendment that, in part protects three guided-missile cruisers based in Virginia from decommissioning. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 passed 57 to two. It includes a top-line spending level of $740 billion, up from President Joe Biden’s proposed $715 billion, according to Defense News.

“While defense is often and rightfully viewed as a national priority, here in Virginia, this additional funding fuels economic growth and the creation of jobs. This growth will further translate to funding for state priorities such as roads, schools, and law enforcement. With many of these ships built, maintained and repaired in Virginia, the Commonwealth’s economy especially stands to benefit from the passage of the FY22 NDAA,” Wittman said in a press release.

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Hospital Association Head Encouraged with Latest Florida COVID Trends

The Florida Hospital Association President Mary Mayhew said she has been encouraged with the latest trends regarding COVID in Florida.

Mayhew appeared on MSNBC last week and said she is hopeful given the drop in hospitalization numbers.

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Donald Trump Joins the John Fredericks Show to Discuss Intel Agencies, American Manufacturing, Taiwan, and RINO Republicans

Wednesday morning on the John Fredericks Radio Show, host Fredericks welcomed the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump to the line to discuss Intel agencies, Taiwan, and election integrity.

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Ohio University Latest to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccine

Ohio University

Ohio University is the latest school to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine among students, faculty, and staff, according to a letter from school President Hugh Sherman.

“Public health experts are tracking an increase in cases in Ohio and on our campuses due to the extremely contagious Delta variant, and we need to do everything we can to continue to show our care and respect for one another and do our part to help keep the entire community safe and healthy,” the letter says. 

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Federal Judge Denies Halt to Michigan State University’s Vaccine Mandate

A federal judge denied a temporary restraining order sought by a Michigan State University employee who sued over the school’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, claiming she has natural immunity.

Jeanna Norris is a supervisory administrative associate and fiscal officer at MSU. The university has threatened disciplinary action, including termination, if employees do not comply with the school’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for the Fall 2021 semester, according to a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

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Arizona Attorney General Brnovich Leads 16 States to Stop Biden’s Lack of Immigration Enforcement Related to Crime

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich led 15 other attorneys general to file an amicus curiae brief on August 30 in a lawsuit requesting to halt the Biden administration’s “Interim Guidance” policy of not enforcing laws against illegal immigration when it comes to crime. The lawsuit was filed against the Biden administration on April 6 by the attorneys general of Texas and Louisiana accusing Biden of endangering Americans by no longer arresting or deporting nearly all illegal immigrants involved in crime. Brnovich and the coalition asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to deny Biden’s request for a stay of his policy while his administration appeals a trial court’s ruling halting the policy. 

“The Biden Administration continues to intentionally violate federal immigration laws and endanger all Americans,” said Brnovich in a statement. “We continue to see the release of convicted felons, COVID-19 positive migrants, and record levels of dangerous drugs into cities across our country. These reckless policies are illegal, unconscionable and disgraceful. The Biden Administration must be held accountable.”

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Florida Attorney General Joins Fight over Mask Mandates

Florida’s Attorney General, Ashley Moody (R), has entered into the fight against rogue school districts defying state law. She voiced her opinion after a court decision earlier this week saying Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ mask mandate ban was unconstitutional and unenforceable.

DeSantis said they will be quickly filing an appeal to the decision in another attempt to “defend the law and parents’ rights in Florida.”

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Florida Gov. DeSantis Attracting Big Name Donors, More 2024 Rumors Swirl

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been attracting national attention for his handling of the COVID pandemic and after taking different campaign trips across the country he has attracted some of the GOP’s biggest donors.

According to Friends of Ron DeSantis’ campaign documents, Kenneth Griffin, founder of Citadel, a Chicago-based hedge fund, as donated $5 million. David MacNeil, founder of WeatherTech, donated $500,000 in May, and Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus gave $250,000.

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Ohio Redistricting Commission Misses First Deadline

Ohio’s new redistricting commission missed its first constitutional deadline for redrawing legislative maps, and one of the group’s co-chairs laid the blame at the feet of the federal government.

House Speaker Bob Cupp, R-Lima, said late data from the U.S. Census Bureau was the reason the Ohio Redistricting Commission missed the Sept. 1 deadline to present its first maps and failed to hold three public hearings on those maps.

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Wisconsin Representative Calls United States Department of Agriculture Masking Requirement in Small Town Meat Plant ‘Absurd’

Wisconsin Representative Thomas Tiffany (R-07-WI) said that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) demand that employees at a small Wisconsin meat processing plant wear masks “absurd.” As was reported by Empower Wisconsin, the USDA warned Nolechek’s Meats that they would not conduct any inspections unless all employees were properly masked. Not having it’s products inspected would mean that the plant would lose any out-of-state business.

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Richmond’s Robert E. Lee Monument to Come Down After Virginia Supreme Court Dismisses Lawsuits Blocking Removal

The Virginia Supreme Court dissolved injunctions blocking the removal of the Lee monument in Richmond, according to an opinion and an order published by the court on Thursday. In June 2020, Governor Ralph Northam ordered the removal of the monument, which sits on a small piece of land owned by Virginia in the middle of Richmond. Courts issued injunctions to prevent removal while considering two lawsuits challenging the legal authority to remove the monument.

In Taylor v. Northam, plaintiffs argued that documents from the late 1800s prevent the removal. But the court said that the restrictive covenants are unenforceable, and said that they unreasonably try to force government speech indefinitely.

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Williamson County Citizen Group Presents Solutions to Restore Trust in Tennessee’s Elections

FRANKLIN, Tennessee – The Williamson County Voters for Election Integrity citizen group presented solutions to restore trust in county and statewide elections in Tennessee that was damaged in the November 2020 election, in large part due to the actions of others in other states.

The group, comprised of business professionals including two former chief information, a library science data analyst, a 40-year IT professional, a process engineer and several communication executives, over the last 10 months has been “studying voting machines, voting processes and the need to institute best practices to help government officials fix election vulnerabilities found in both Williamson County and across Tennessee following last November’s voting,” said team member Frank Limpus in a press release. (INSERT LINK TO PRESS RELEASE HERE)

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