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June 22, 2024

Yes, his last name is pronounced, "Frisky" .......

.....you can't make this stuff up

Police request sexual assault and weapons charges for Republican lawmaker arrested Thursday

(Michigan Advance) State Rep. Neil Friske (R-Charlevoix) could face three felony charges, following his arrest early Thursday morning.

According to a records obtained through the Michigan State Police Internet Criminal History Access tool, Lansing Police have requested charges of felony sexual assault, assault and a weapons-related offense against Friske.


In a statement, Ingham County Prosecutor John Dewane said the Lansing Police Department responded to an incident on Thursday for a report of a male with a gun, as well as possible shots that were fired. During the course of the initial investigation, law enforcement officers learned of a possible sexual assault of an adult female, and they arrested a 62-year old male, Kornelius Friske, Dewane said, which is the lawmaker’s legal name.


Rep. Phil Skaggs (D-East Grand Rapids) called for Friske to resign in a post to X on Thursday.

“While we do not yet have all the details of the incident, Neil Friske himself knows exactly what happened. I call on Rep. Friske to look to his conscience and do the right thing. If these allegations are true, Friske should resign from the Michigan House immediately,” Skaggs said. ....................(more)


June 22, 2024

Trump vows to bring back the auto industry to Michigan. But it never left.

Trump vows to bring back the auto industry to Michigan. But it never left.

JUNE 22, 2024 4:15 AM

(Michigan Advance) Goodbye, Motor City. Hello, “Auto Country?” Yee-haw!

Former President Donald Trump proposed Michigan’s new moniker during a recent roundtable discussion at a Black Detroit church filled with white people. You may have heard that Trump is seeking the White House again.


Trump said he’s going to work with “our senator” to bring the industry back to Michigan. He probably was not referring to Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, who is considered one of the most effective lawmakers in Congress.


The obvious fact is the auto industry never left Michigan. It certainly has had and continues to have its challenges, but it is still the state’s signature industry and is highly profitable.

Michigan autoworkers build about 19% of all cars and trucks manufactured in the U.S., more than in any other state. Twenty-six automakers have tech centers and other facilities in Michigan. Ninety-eight of the top 100 North American suppliers have a presence here. Sixty-five of those suppliers are headquartered in Michigan. ................(more)


June 22, 2024


Morgan Wallen isn't the only person facing criminal charges for throwing chairs off buildings ... 'cause a guy in New York is accused of doing the same thing, which was caught on video.

Video of a wooden chair being thrown off a New York City high rise last week is making the rounds on social media -- and for good reason ... it's absolutely terrifying, and it wasn't the only thing this man allegedly chucked off the side.

The NYPD tells us they arrested a 33-year-old man from South Florida for allegedly throwing a chair from the 20th floor of a tall building in midtown Manhattan -- in addition to other pieces of furniture, which cops say he started chucking from a terrace.

Some of the other furniture items cops claim he hurled ... tables and benches, as well as what appear to be panels of some sort -- the latter of which were filmed fluttering down too. ...................(more)


June 22, 2024

Nevada judge tosses 2020 "fake electors" case

Nevada judge Mary Kay Holthus threw out the state’s case against six Republicans who attempted to subvert the will of Nevada voters and elect Donald Trump by presenting themselves as fake electors in 2020.

Per the New York Times, Holthus told state prosecutors that they filed their case in the wrong venue, an assertion that Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford disputed.

“We disagree with the judge’s decision and will be appealing immediately,” spokesperson John Sadler told the Times.

A Nevada grand jury indicted the six Republicans, including Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald, last December for their plot to serve as fake electors, accusing them of tampering with and submitting official documents. .................(more)


June 21, 2024

"Alarm bells about Obergefell": Sotomayor pens blistering dissent on SCOTUS marriage attack

(Salon). Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor used her dissent in a case that struck at non-citizen and citizen marriage rights to issue a stark warning on the future of gay marriage rights.

The 6-3 ruling penned by Trump appointee Amy Coney Barrett in Department of State v. Muñoz held that a citizen has no “fundamental liberty interest in her noncitizen spouse being admitted to the country,” denying a couple’s plea after a U.S. citizen’s husband was denied a visa.

Opening her dissent with the central holding of the landmark 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges, that “the right to marry is fundamental as a matter of history and tradition,” the justice laid into her conservative colleagues’ destruction of the right to marry for Muñoz.
“Despite the majority’s assurance two terms ago that its eradication of the right to abortion ‘does not undermine . . . in any way’ other entrenched substantive due process rights such as ‘the right to marry,’... the Court fails at the first pass,” Sotomayor wrote in the dissent, joined by liberal justices Elana Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson. ................(more)


June 21, 2024

Michigan GOP lawmaker facing possible sexual assault, assault, felony weapons charges

LANSING — Lansing police requested three felony charges against a Republican state lawmaker after he was arrested following a disturbance early Thursday morning, records show.

Records the Free Press obtained Friday through the online Michigan State Police criminal background service, the Internet Criminal History Access Tool, show police requested felony charges of sexual assault, assault, and a weapons-related offense against state Rep. Neil Friske, R-Charlevoix.

Michigan State Rep. Neil Friske, R-Charlevoix
Friske, 62, who is being held at the Lansing police lockup, has not been arraigned and it is not clear those are the charges he will ultimately face. An arraignment is expected Friday or Saturday, though it is possible Friske could be released ahead of his arraignment if prosecutors require more time to make charging decisions. An attorney for Friske could not be reached. ...…...........(more)


June 21, 2024

A Key Voting Bloc Is Backing the GOP Into a Corner

(Slate) Last week, Megan Messerly ended up somewhere a little strange for a health care policy reporter: a religious convention. It was the Southern Baptists’ annual gathering, this year, in Indianapolis. It’s a “politically powerful denomination,” she said. Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, and Mike Johnson are all Southern Baptists.

Messerly reports for Politico, so you can see why she wanted to show up. She was particularly interested in a resolution church leaders were bringing forward opposing in vitro fertilization. And last Wednesday, thousands of church representatives—they call themselves messengers—put reproductive technology up to a vote. Picture a huge convention hall, filled with people with little cards in their hands that they use to vote yay or nay. And anyone can get up and speak. “It was pretty emotional. There was one man who came forward, he was from an Ohio church, and he had actually had a son through IVF,” Messerly said.

After listening to a couple of these stories, each messenger had a choice to make. The vote was overwhelmingly in support of the resolution opposing IVF, but there was some hesitation among the crowd. The people behind this resolution had anticipated a certain ambivalence. The text of this resolution builds a step-by-step case for why IVF is biblically wrong. That argument is that embryos are human beings from the moment of fertilization. Some people call this an argument for “fetal personhood.” The resolution is also nonbinding—basically, a conversation starter for Southern Baptist churches all over the country.

The expectation is that now the work of changing minds will begin. “A lot of the folks that I talked to who do have concerns about IVF see this as the beginning of another decadeslong push like there was on abortion,” Messerly said. “This is a long campaign to change hearts and minds. ..............(more)


June 21, 2024

Michigan Senate passes bill to ban 'gay panic' defense

(Michigan Advance) A bill that would bar the “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses from being used in court was passed Thursday by the Michigan Senate.

House Bill 4718 would prohibit using a legal defense that would either partially or completely excuse crimes such as murder and assault on the grounds that the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity were to blame.

It passed 24-14, with four Republicans — Sens. Mark Huizenga (R-Walker), Dan Lauwers (R-Brockway), Jonathan Lindsey (R-Sturgis), and Ed McBroom (Vulcan) — joining all Democrats voting in favor.

That was in contrast to when state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia) put forward the bill last year and it passed the House on a 56-53 party line vote, with every Republican who was present voting against it. .................(more)


June 21, 2024

Louisiana asks SCOTUS for more theocracy

Louisiana's mandatory Ten Commandments law invites the Supreme Court to impose more theocracy
Christian nationalists might as well force Trump Bibles into in every classroom, too

Senior Writer
PUBLISHED JUNE 21, 2024 6:00AM (EDT)

(Salon) Not that I usually feel reporters should be in the business of giving politicians pop quizzes, but for this, I'd make an exception. Now that Louisiana's Republican Gov. Jeff Landry has signed a clearly unconstitutional law requiring the Ten Commandments displayed in every public school and university classroom, it would be a good time to ask the law's supporters to list the commandments, in order. Most Republicans do a better job than Donald "Two Corinthians" Trump at performing Christian piety for the cameras, but still, it's a safe bet that few of the people reviving this tedious culture war flashpoint have read the actual Ten Commandments in quite a while. Many probably think "thou shalt not watch 'RuPaul's Drag Race'" is somewhere on there.


Even in passing this law, Louisiana Republicans are violating the spirit of "honor thy father," as they thumb their nose at the men they love to call the Founding Fathers. The founders were quite clear in their intentions for a secular state, in no small part to avoid exactly the conflict that is being teed up here. About one-third of Americans aren't Christian, a percentage that rises to almost 40% when looking at people under 30. Mandatory Christian iconography — and that's how this is meant, no matter how much they disingenuously toss the word "Judeo" around — sends a clear and unmistakable message: Only Christians are "real" Americans.

Which is to say, Louisiana Republicans are signing onto an overt Christian nationalist agenda. This isn't about wanting to "respect the rule of law," as Landry claimed or he would respect the First Amendment. It certainly isn't morality from a party lined up behind Trump, who is breaking multiple commandments at any hour of the day. It really isn't about sincere religious faith, either, which is being polluted by this association with open bigotry and crass politicking.


But this is much more serious than that, and not just because, as the Sam Alito flag controversy shows, symbols do matter. This law builds on years of the Supreme Court chipping away at both religious freedom and the separation of church and state. It's an open invitation to the court to go even further, and strike down the very premise that the U.S. government should not be telling its citizens what gods to worship or what religious strictures control their lives. This isn't just Republicans taking a petty swipe at their neighbors who believe differently than they do. It's about the ongoing threat of encroaching theocracy. ..............(more)


June 21, 2024

Chasing a stripper with a gun at 2:45 a.m.? If it didn't involve a Michigan GOPer, that might seem odd.

A Republican lawmaker from northern Michigan was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning after police responded to reports of a man with a gun and possible shots fired.

Neil Friske, 62, has a record as a hardline conservative and has put faith and family at the heart of his campaign to be reelected to the state House of Representatives.

He was arrested after chasing an adult dancer following a disagreement, according to the Michigan Information and Research Service, which covers the state capitol.

His campaign quickly issued a bizarre statement suggesting the case was politically motivated.

'As many of us know, Rep Friske is always exercising his Second Amendment right,' it said. ...............(more)


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