HealthVerve Food Manufacturing USA, Inc. officials announced Thursday that the company will invest $2.2 million to establish new manufacturing operations in Livingston. HealthVerve was founded in 2006 and is a high-value food manufacturer that specializes in canning processes and invests in research and development to bring wholesome and nutritional products to the public.Read More
Day: December 17, 2022
Judge Blocks Biden Admin’s Push to Scrap Trump-Era Border Policy
A federal judge in Texas blocked the Biden administration from scrapping the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk issued a pause on the Biden administration’s decision to end the program, according to the judge’s order. The policy forces certain illegal immigrants to return to Mexico as they await court proceedings.Read More
Baylor Pediatrics Professor Who Is a Fauci Disciple Rips Medical Freedom Movement as ‘Anti-Science Aggression’ and ‘Major Killing Force’
A fervid follower of retiring Dr. Anthony Fauci said the global medical freedom movement should be called “anti-science aggression” because it has become a “major killing force … linked to far extremism on the far right” and has led to the deaths of 200,000 Americans “who needlessly lost their lives because they refused a COVID vaccine.”
In a political rant against those who have exposed the collusion between the federal government, and the giants of technology and the pharmaceutical industry in promoting the mRNA COVID shots, Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology at Baylor College of Medicine, posted a video message to Twitter that was retweeted by the World Health Organization (WHO).Read More
Kentucky Supreme Court’s Ruling Dismantles State’s School Choice Program
The Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday against the state’s school choice program created in 2021.
The Education Opportunity Accounts (EOA) Act created a privately funded needs-based assistance program for those seeking a private education. Those who donated to the program received a nearly “dollar-for-dollar” tax credit which the court ruled violated Kentucky’s Constitution which prohibits the collecting of a “sum” for “education other than in common schools.”Read More
FBI Sued for Suspending Analyst, Military Vet for Espousing ‘Conspiratorial’ January 6 Views
The government watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit against the FBI for having put on administrative leave an analyst for espousing “conspiratorial views” that suggest support for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The suit was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina on behalf of FBI analyst Marcus Allen.Read More
Worldwide Coal Use Set to Hit an All-Time High Due to Energy Crisis
Global coal consumption will reach an all-time record by the end of 2022 as shortages of natural gas have driven up energy prices, forcing countries to burn more coal, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The international community is set to use over 8 billion tons of coal in 2022, representing a 1.2% increase in coal consumption compared to 2021, as countries began using coal as a cheaper alternative to natural gas after prices spikedfollowing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the IEA’s annual coal report which was released Friday. The agency predicts that coal consumption will hover around such levels until 2025 as although coal demand could fall in the West, it remains high in developing Asian nations like China and India.Read More
Inflation Remains Large Concern for Business Owners in Tennessee
A new nationwide small business survey showed that 32% of small business owners believe that inflation is the single-most important issue their business is facing.
The survey, from the National Federation of Independent Business, also showed that 44% of all owners reported job openings they could not fill.Read More
Minnesota Department of Health Pushes COVID-19 Vaccine for Infants but Parents Are Resisting
The Minnesota Department of Health is once again urging parents to get children as young as six-months old vaccinated against COVID-19, citing low vaccination rates among kids.
According to MDH, fewer than 17% of children between the ages of 6 months and 4 years have received at least one dose and fewer than 5% of kids in this age group are up to date on their vaccines.Read More
Michigan Businesses Worry About Dropping Labor Force
The lifeblood of Michigan’s economy – workers – fell to a record low as COVID-19 continued to disrupt the workforce.
Michigan’s labor force participation rate – the proportion of working-age people working or actively looking for work – fell to a record low rate in 2020 and has slightly rebounded, according to St. Louis Federal Reserve data.Read More
State Audit Raises New Questions About Wisconsin’s Coronavirus Supplemental Spending
Gov. Tony Evers’ office dictated where to spend most of Wisconsin’s $5.7 billion in supplemental coronavirus relief money without writing down or tracking how he came to those decisions.
A new report from the Legislative Audit Bureau dings the governor for a lack of transparency.Read More
Ohio Judge Blocks Columbus From Enforcing Gun Laws
A judge in Fairfield County granted Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s request for a temporary restraining order temporarily stopping Columbus’ new restrictive gun laws from going into effect for 14 days.
Judge Richard Berens issued the ruling Thursday morning, immediately enjoining the ordinances.Read More
Yuma County Declares Emergency at Southern Border as Title 42 Nears End
The Yuma County Board of Supervisors (BOS) officially declared a state of emergency regarding the southern border Wednesday, citing concerns with health and the potential increase of migrant activity in the coming month.
“More than 300,000 apprehensions have been made by Yuma Sector agents in fiscal year 2022. The number of asylum seekers is expected to increase sharply with the expiration of Title 42 on Wednesday, December 21. The emergency declaration will allow for additional flexibility and resources to address the evolving issue,” according to the declaration.Read More
Commentary: Biden-Created Border Crisis About to Get Whole Lot Worse
One of the last serious border enforcement policies left under the Biden administration is just days away from being removed.
If it can be believed, things look to become much worse at the southern border, where tens of thousands of illegal immigrants and asylum-seekers are currently gathering.Read More
Philadelphia Brings Back School Mask Mandate
Philadelphia officials will require masks again in public schools in January, claiming the move is “proactive” against winter viruses.
“In an effort to be proactive in supporting healthy environments and maintaining in-person learning following students and staff returning from winter break, the District will implement mandatory masking from January 3 through January 13, 2023,” school officials said Wednesday, as The Daily Mail reported.Read More
Del. Bagby Withdraws and Endorses Sen. McClellan in VA-04 Race as Democrats Unite Against Sen. Morrissey
Delegate Lamont Bagby (D-Henrico) has withdrawn from the race for the nomination for the open VA-04 congressional seat and endorsed Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), a move that comes as top Virginia Democrats try to block controversial Senator Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond) from taking the nomination for the safe-Democratic seat. After Morrissey announced for the race, endorsements from top Democrats like Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) started to come in, with more coming in after Bagby’s Thursday withdrawal.Read More
Florida State Rep. Eskamani Files Bill to Get Rid of Diaper Sales Tax
A bill has been refiled that could permanently nix Florida’s sales tax from diapers and adult incontinence products.
Florida state Rep. Anna V. Eskamani filed House Bill 29, a continuation of an already existing sales tax exemption for children’s diapers, that are tax-free until June 30, 2023. If passed, the exemption would be expanded to also help reduce the cost for the elderly, their families, and those who use adult diapers and other incontinence products.Read More
Attorney General Carr Signs onto Letter Asking Tech Companies to Increase TikTok App Content Rating
Attorney General Chris Carr has signed on to a letter asking Google and Apple to change TikTok age ratings to reflect content on the platform. The TikTok app is rated 12+ in Apple’s app store, and “T” for teen in Google’s app store.Read More
Commentary: Tennessee Sets Example for Rest of the Country on Forced Unionization
On November 8, Tennesseans overwhelmingly voted to enshrine right-to-work in the state constitution. For 75 years, Tennessee law has protected its workers from being forced to join a union and pay dues as a condition of employment. It had been such a longstanding tradition that when I began urging state officials and business leaders to consider making right-to-work a constitutional protection, I was met with tremendous reluctance. Why do this now when this state law has been unchallenged for nearly a century?Read More
Ohio Lawmakers Pass Bill Revising Ohio’s Unemployment Compensation System to Stop Fraud
Ohio lawmakers gave final approval Thursday, on a Republican-backed bill that aims to cut down on unemployment fraud by revising and updating the state’s unemployment compensation system.
Senate Bill (SB) 302, sponsored by State Senators Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) and Bob Hackett (R-London), looks to tighten the rules for verifying the identity of applicants for unemployment benefits in the state.Read More
Georgia Taxpayers to Pay $1 Million for Workforce Training at New Cosmetics Plant
Georgia taxpayers are on the hook to cover more than $1 million in workforce training for a global beauty company opening a Savannah-area facility.
On Wednesday, state officials confirmed KISS USA, a global beauty company, will spend $121 million on a Bryan County facility. Company officials said they plan to create more than 395 new jobs at the facility at The Cubes at Interstate Centre II.Read More
Maricopa County’s Party-Specific Voter Turnout Heat Maps Raise New Election Integrity Concerns
Maricopa County, Ariz., uses in-person voter turnout data from prior elections for planning where to place vote centers for future elections, but the county also categorizes the data by political party, raising election integrity concerns that voters of different parties could possibly have different Election Day experiences based on their location.
On Monday, a picture of a Republican in-person Election Day and early voting turnout heat map at Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center (MCTEC) was tweeted by Kari Lake’s campaign Twitter account, linking to an UncoverDC article.Read More
Youngkin Bans TikTok on State Devices, WiFi
Governor Glenn Youngkin banned TikToK and WeChat on state devices and WiFi on Friday, the same day Attorney General Jason Miyares signed on to a letter asking Google and Apple to change TikTok age ratings to reflect content on the platform.
“TikTok and WeChat data are a channel to the Chinese Communist Party, and their continued presence represents a threat to national security, the intelligence community, and the personal privacy of every single American,” Youngkin said in a press release announcing his executive order.Read More
Becca Bowen Releases Debut Album
Several years in the making, Music Spotlight artist Becca Bowen has released her debut album, Like You’ve Never Been Loved, and it is not to be missed.Read More
Anti-Abortion Group Seeks Total Ban in 2023 Alabama Legislative Session
Abortion may seem like an issue of the past for many in the state, but some are making its complete abolition a priority in the 2023 legislative session.
End Abortion Alabama (EAA) is an abortion abolitionist organization that seeks an uncompromising end to abortion, a distinction they believe sets them apart from the majority of pro-life organizations.Read More
Small Businesses Report Hardship Due to Inflation This Christmas Season
Small businesses around the country still see inflation as a top concern this Christmas season.
Goldman Sachs released survey data that found that 52% of surveyed small business owners say that their profitability “has not met expectations. Even while an overwhelming 79% have increased prices compared to last year.”Read More
U.S. House Passes Bill Calling for Referendum on Puerto Rico’s Political Status
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill allowing a referendum in Puerto Rico to decide the future of the territory.
The referendum would allow Puerto Rican voters to choose between three options: becoming an independent nation, becoming a state, or becoming a sovereignty with a formal U.S. association. The options do not include Puerto Rico’s current status as a territory.Read More
Commentary: Trump Stands Up for Free Speech
In a speech this past week, former President Donald Trump vowed that if reelected he will make a point of ending the federal government’s censorship of Americans’ free speech.Read More