Alleged Drug Dealer Sends Complaint Against Four Nashville Police Detectives to Community Oversight Board

Members of the Metro Nashville Community Oversight Board (COB) this week considered a complaint that an alleged drug dealer filed against four Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) detectives. The complainant, a female, alleged improper search and seizure. She also said the four detectives threatened her with eviction if she did not consent to the search.

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Lt. Gov. McNally and Speaker Sexton to Consider Additional Special Session for COVID Mandates

Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) on Friday announced that the two leaders will consider an additional special legislative session to address COVID-19 mandates throughout the state.

The response from the two state legislature leaders follows a decision by Governor Bill Lee to call a special session to advance work for the new Ford electric vehicle and battery plant.

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Tennessee Senator Blackburn Grills Facebook Head of Safety on Teen Health and Safety Impacts

Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R) and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) led a bipartisan grilling of Facebook’s Antigone Davis Thursday about apparent troubles the company’s photo-sharing platform causes for teenagers.

Davis, Facebook’s global head of safety, testified before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Security, of which Blumenthal and Blackburn are respectively chair and ranking member. The meeting focused largely on the psychological hazards that Facebook has quietly acknowledged its photo-album application Instagram has posed to children and teens.

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Governor Bill Lee Extends Executive Order to Allow Parents to Opt Children Out of Mask Mandates

Bill Lee on the State House floor

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee (R) announced on Thursday that he is extending an executive order that allows parents to opt their children out of mask mandates in schools.

The decision by Lee follows rulings by multiple judges that blocked the implementation of the order in Knox, Shelby, and Williamson counties.

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House Passes Rep. Harshbarger’s Bill to Increase Transparency Within the Department of Homeland Security

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Contract and Reporting Act of 2021, introduced by Representative Diana Harshbarger (R-TN-01).

The goal of the legislation is to provide both Congress and American citizens a better understanding of how DHS decides to utilize taxpayer funds, increasing transparency.

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Smith & Wesson Headquarters Coming to Tennessee

On Thursday, firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson announced that they were moving their headquarters and significant elements of their operations from Springfield, Massachusetts to Maryville, Tennessee in 2023, creating 750 new jobs in Blount County. The move to Tennessee is an investment worth more than $125 million.

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Commentary: Elite Wokeists and Their Orwellian Hypocrisies

What were we to make of multimillionaire Barack Obama’s 60th birthday bash at his Martha’s Vineyard estate, and the throng of the woke wealthy and their masked helot attendants?

Was socialist Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) suffering for the people when she wore a designer dress to the more than $30,000 a ticket Met gala? Her entourage needs were certainly well attended to by masked Morlock servants.

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Senator Hagerty Opposes Democrats’ Spending Package, Citing Unvetted Refugee Resettlement

Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) on Thursday voted against a bill that would fund the government through early December and avoid a government shutdown.

Hagerty, who joined 34 other Senators in opposing the measure, explained that his vote against the legislation was due the fact that an amendment proposed by Senator Tom Cotton failed to be included in the measure.

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LinkedIn Again Caught Censoring Profiles on Behalf of Chinese Government

LinkedIn reportedly blocked the profiles of several journalists this week for featuring content prohibited in China, continuing the social media company’s practice of censoring on behalf of the Chinese government.

Several journalists, including Axios’ Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Vice’s Melissa Chan, and author on Tibet Greg Bruno, reported they had received email notifications from Microsoft-owned LinkedIn informing them their profiles had been blocked in China.

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Former Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf: ‘This Administration Says Anyone Who Wants to Come into the Country, Come on in’

Thursday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed former Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf live from Washington, D.C. to discuss illegal immigration policies and the current administration’s dereliction of duty.

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Marine Jim Walden Describes the Death of His Son at the Hands of an Illegal Alien

Thursday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Marine Jim Walden and the father of deceased Marine Jimmy Walden who was killed by an illegal alien.

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Congressional Candidate Calls for Investigation of How Zuckerberg-Funded Nonprofit MCELA Influenced 2020 Election in Michigan

  Congressional candidate and current State Representative Steve Carra (R-59) is calling for a legislative investigation into the role of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in funnelling outside money into the 2020 election. Carra is a first-term Republican representative for House District 59 in Southwest Michigan and has been…

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Former Congressman Tom Tancredo Describes Why He Left the Swamp and His New Team America PAC

Thursday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed former Congressman Tom Tancredo and Founder of Team America PAC live from Washington, D.C. to discuss his new mission and why he left the swamp.

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Immigration Reform Institute’s Executive Director and General Counsel Dale Wilcox Shares Its Mission for American Immigration Policy

Thursday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Immigration Reform Institute’s Executive Director and General Counsel Dale Wilcox live from Washington, D.C. to discuss their not-for-profit and immigration policy for America.

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Harford County, Maryland Sheriff Jeff Gahler Explains the Success of Section 287(g) Program

Thursday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Sheriff Jeff Gahler of Harford County, Maryland live in Washington, D.C. to discuss the success of the 287(g) program and the attempts to stifle it.

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Commentary: Second Thoughts About That FBI Report of a 40 Percent Spike in Anti-Black Hate Crime

The FBI’s latest annual report on hate crimes seemed to deliver more grim news about race relations in America, announcing a nearly 40% rise in anti-black hate crimes in 2020. Major news outlets trumpeted the headline-grabbing statistic, noting that it coincided with a rise in “white nationalism” and came amid a surge in anti-black “hostility” caused by summer 2020 protests. Attorney General Merrick Garland quickly promised “a comprehensive response” by the Department of Justice.

But a closer look at the data reveals a more complicated picture. Some of the biggest increases in anti-black hate crimes occurred in Democratic Party strongholds yet, perhaps surprisingly, almost no increases were reported in major cities riven by the racially tinged protests and riots after George Floyd’s murder. It’s no surprise, then, that experts caution against using these numbers to claim an epidemic of anti-black crime – both because of the FBI data’s limitations, as well as the small absolute and relative size of the reported increase.

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Angel Mom Michelle Root Describes the Injustice for Her Daughter’s Death by Drunk Illegal Alien Five Years Ago

Thursday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Angel Mom Michelle Root to the microphones to describe the death of her daughter at the hands of a 19-year-old drunk illegal alien who escaped justice through the American criminal system.

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FAIR Communications Director Ira Mehlman Describes How the Biden Administration Is Playing Russian Roulette with America

Thursday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed FAIR Communications Director, Ira Melman to the microphones live in Washington, D.C. to discuss the intentional destruction of America by the Biden administration.

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CDC Says It Is ‘Urgent’ for ‘Pregnant People’ to Get Vaccinated

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that they strongly recommend pregnant women get a COVID-19 vaccination.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended “urgent action” Wednesday for “people who are pregnant, recently pregnant … who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future” as 125,000 COVID-19 cases reported among pregnant women have resulted in 22,000 hospitalizations and 161 deaths.

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Deborah Elkins Relives the Murder of Her Son by Illegal Alien in Springfield, Missouri

Thursday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed the Mother of a son who was murdered by an illegal alien, Deborah Elkins live in Washington, D.C. to describe her story.

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Report: Mexican Government Played a Central Role in Del Rio Border Crisis

Mexican immigration officials played a central role in the migrant crisis in Del Rio, Texas, Center for Immigration Studies Senior National Security Fellow Todd Bensman told the Daily Caller News Foundation Wednesday.

While Mexico was preparing to celebrate El Grito, the country’s independence day, federal officials told around 20,000 migrants they had three days to clear out of the region where they were waiting to be processed on Sept. 12, according to Bensman. Mexican officials responded to several groups of migrants who rioted in an attempt to get past the National Guard troops near Tapachula, Mexico, after delays in processing.

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Deputy Director of Numbers USA, Chris Chmielenski Talks Immigration and Remain in Mexico Policy

Thursday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Deputy Director of Numbers USA, Chris Chmielinski live from Washington, D.C. to explain his mission and the Remain in Mexico policy.

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Vaccine Mandates Will Worsen Police Shortage as Crime Spikes, Republican Attorney General Warns

Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt of Missouri warned that vaccine mandates nationwide could lead to a greater police officer shortage even as crime surges.

Schmitt, Missouri’s chief law enforcement officer, said he is worried that mandates will only worsen the wave of police officer retirement triggered by the “defund the police” movement last year.

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Jobless Claims Jump to 362,000, Unexpectedly Increase Again

The number of Americans filing new unemployment claims increased to 362,000 last week as the economy continues to slowly recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics figure released Thursday represents an increase in the number of new jobless claims compared to the week ending Sept. 18, when 351,000 new jobless claims were reported. Jobless claims were expected to decline to 335,000, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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Florida Lawmaker Proposes Ballot Measure to Establish ‘Minimum Working Wage’

Florida State Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-FL-52) filed a ballot proposal to establish a “minimum working wage” for employees. The wage would be for new hires so that employers may ay their inexperienced workers at a lower rate before being legally required to pay the constitutionally mandated increased minimum wage.

The resolution, SJR 382, first has to pass through the Florida Legislature to be placed on the general election ballot in 2022. Then, Florida voters will have to approve the measure with at least 60 percent of the vote.

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Ohio House Hits Brakes on Bill to End COVID Vaccination Mandates

An Ohio bill that would give most Ohio workers and students the ability to refuse COVID-19 vaccination mandates was poised to pass the House on Wednesday before Republicans sent it back to the House Rules and Reference Committee.

House Bill 435, The Vaccine Fairness Act, would stop any entity from mandating a COVID-19 vaccine that has not been fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and would prohibit government-ordered vaccine passports.

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Phoenix Union High School District to Mandate Vaccination to Participate in Sports and Other Activities

Phoenix Union High School District (PXU) announced on Thursday that the school district will require all students and staff who participate in sports or certain extracurricular activities to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

All individuals involved in the programs must submit proof of vaccination by November 1 or commit to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.

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Another Election Analysis Firm Shifts Rating to Show a More Competitive Virginia Gubernatorial Race

Inside Elections updated their Virginia gubernatorial race rating Wednesday, shifting from Likely Democratic to Lean Democratic.

“Former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has had a consistent advantage over Republican Glenn Youngkin in the commonwealth, but some Democratic strategists are concerned about President Joe Biden’s drag on the race and about the lack of urgency on the Democratic side,” Inside Elections’ Nathan Gonzales wrote. “The public polling points to a very competitive race. McAuliffe is ahead of Youngkin by three points in both the FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics polling averages, neither of which have changed much in the last six weeks.”

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Poll: Majority of Americans Believe Those Refusing Vaccine Should Not Lose Job

New polling on President Joe Biden’s federal vaccine mandate shows the majority of Americans do not think unvaccinated workers should lose their jobs.

Convention of States Action released the poll Wednesday, which reports that 65% of surveyed voters “do not believe Americans should lose their jobs if they object to taking the COVID-19 vaccine.”

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Owner of Russian Energy Company Sentenced in Georgia for Evading U.S. National Security Trade Sanctions

Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia have sentenced the owner of a Russian energy company to federal prison for his role in a scheme to evade U.S. national security laws. This, according to a press release that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia published this week.

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Court Dismisses Lawsuit over McAuliffe Election Paperwork Signature

A Richmond judge dismissed a lawsuit over a missing signature on Terry McAuliffe’s election paperwork on Wednesday. Attorney Amina Matheny said she’s appealing the lawsuit to the Virginia Supreme Court.

“Our position was that the Department of Elections should not have accepted an unsigned declaration of candidacy,” Matheny said, “And the judge ruled that candidates do not have to sign the declaration of candidacy.”

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Michigan Senate Passes Election Integrity Bills, Head to Gretchen Whitmer for Predicted Veto

The Michigan Senate passed a series of election integrity bills on Thursday, sending them to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) desk for a predicted veto.

The bills, part of a 39-bill package making its way through the legislature, “would limit who can access Qualified Voter File, prohibit poll books from being connected to the internet, require specific training for poll challengers and change how municipalities decide where to hold polling locations,” Mlive reported.

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Wisconsin Rep. Tiffany Opposes Pick for Director of Bureau of Land Management

Wisconsin Rep. Tiffany (R-WI-07) tweeted that he opposes the pick for the director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wednesday, saying that Tracy Stone-Manning’s “history of eco-terrorism makes her unfit to lead our nation’s largest federal land agency.”

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Visit Florida to Ask Florida Legislature for $75 Million

Florida’s state tourism-marketing agency, Visit Florida, announced Wednesday that it plans to ask Florida lawmakers to increase the agency’s funding, and extend the expiration or “sunset” date of the agency.

At an Enterprise Florida Board of Directors meeting where the announcement was made, Visit Florida Chairman, Danny Gaekwad said the agency will request $75 million, and ask for its sunset date to be once again extended past its current date of October 1st, 2023.

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Georgia General Assembly Special Session to Feature Hearings on Buckhead’s Proposed Separation from Atlanta

Members of the Georgia General Assembly are scheduled to convene a three-week long special session starting November 3 where they will hold hearings and discuss whether Buckhead should incorporate as a municipality separate from Atlanta. This, according to a press release that members of the Buckhead City Committee emailed this week.

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Line 3 Pipleine Construction Completed, Set to Begin Operating Friday in Minnesota

Enbridge has successfully completed its Line 3 replacement project, announcing Wednesday that the pipeline will begin operations on Friday, Oct. 1.

Replacement construction on Line 3 began more than seven years ago, according to Reuters, with the project costing $8.2 billion altogether. The replaced pipeline will transport more oil from Canada through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin than it had previously transported due to its “age and corrosion.”

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Michigan’s Second Largest City Declares Racism a ‘Public Health Crisis’

Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second-largest city and the hub of the more conservative western side of the state, declared racism as a “public health crisis.”

The Grand Rapids city commission approved a resolution that read in part, “We know that racism is deep and pervasive throughout many systems and policies impacting health. Examples include health care, public education funding structures, criminal justice and sentencing, housing, and wealth-building opportunities.”

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