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Texas Gains House Seats While New York Loses in Census Count

Source: Bloomberg

Texas will gain the most new seats in the U.S. House of Representatives under new Census numbers released Monday, while states in the Northeast and Midwest will lose seven seats, shifting some political clout to Republican strongholds before the 2022 midterms.

The U.S. Census Bureau released its every 10 year count of state populations Monday, reshuffling the 435 House seats among the 50 states to account for population changes over the last decade.

Those changes alone could be enough to decide the balance of power: Democrats hold a narrow advantage in the House now, with a margin of less than half a dozen seats.

The states gaining seats are largely ones that former President Donald Trump won in 2020, while states President Joe Biden won -- including the so-called “Blue Wall” states of the industrial North -- are losers.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-26/texas-gains-house-seats-while-new-york-loses-in-census-count

Troy Carter wins 2nd Congressional District seat over Karen Carter Peterson

Source: nola.com

Troy Carter fulfilled a long-held ambition Saturday when voters elected him to represent the 2nd Congressional District, triumphing over Karen Carter Peterson after a bruising campaign between two Democratic state senators from New Orleans who agreed on issues more often than not.

WWL-TV projected Carter as the winner just before 9:30 p.m. With 76% of precincts reporting, Carter led by more than 8,500 votes, 56% to 44%.

By all accounts, Carter will be a reliable supporter of President Joe Biden and the Democratic agenda in Washington, and he will likely work well with the other seven members of the state’s congressional delegation -- all Republicans -- for Louisiana spending projects.

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nola.com/news/politics/elections/article_adfe1c50-a527-11eb-8407-bb5d7601ace2.amp.html

Broward schools superintendent Robert Runcie arrested on perjury charge; School Board attorney also

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was arrested Wednesday morning on a charge of perjury in an official proceeding. School Board attorney Barbara Myrick was also arrested.

Runcie, 59, was taken into custody by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and has since been released from the Broward County Main Jail.

According to his indictment, Runcie lied under oath between the dates of March 31 and April 1 while testifying under oath to a state grand jury.

MORE: https://www.local10.com/news/local/2021/04/21/broward-county-public-schools-superintendent-arrested-on-perjury-charge/

Ducey to send Arizona National Guard to border, declares an emergency in multiple counties

Source: KOLD-TV

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday, April 20, the state will set aside up to $25 million to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border to help support local law enforcement.

He also declared a state of emergency in Cochise, Pima, Maricopa, Yuma, Pinal and Santa Cruz counties in response to an influx of migrants seeking asylum in Arizona.

The state is set to send up to 250 guardsmen to border communities to help with medical operations at detention centers, install and maintain border cameras, collect data from public safety cameras and analyze trends in known smuggling corridors, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

“The situation in our border communities is just as bad — if not worse — than the coverage we’ve been seeing,” the governor wrote in a statement. “It’s become evidently clear that Arizona needs the National Guard, and the White House is aware of that. Yet, to this day, there has been no action from this administration, and it doesn’t look like they are going to act any time soon. If this administration isn’t going to do anything, then we will.”

Read more: Link to source

Derek Chauvin Judge Cahill Says Maxine Waters 'Confrontational' Comments Could Cause Mistrial

Source: Newsweek

Derek Chauvin Judge Peter A. Cahill on Monday said that U.S. Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters could have given the defense grounds to overturn the trial on appeal.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson asked for a mistrial after more than five hours of closing arguments on Monday. He pointed to the heightened media attention and remarks made by Waters on Saturday night during a protest outside the police department in the city of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

Cahill denied the motion, but sympathized with the defense's concerns, according to the StarTribune.

"I'll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result on this whole trial being overturned," Cahill said.

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newsweek.com/derek-chauvin-judge-cahill-says-maxine-waters-confrontational-comments-could-cause-mistrial-1584833%3famp=1

U.S. Supreme Court lets FCC loosen media ownership rules

Source: Reuters

April 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for the Federal Communication Commission to loosen local media ownership restrictions, handing a victory to broadcasters in a ruling that could facilitate industry consolidation as consumers increasingly move online.

In a unanimous ruling, the justices overturned a lower court decision that had blocked the FCC's repeal of some media ownership regulations in 2017 for failing to consider the effects on ownership by racial minorities and women. Critics of the industry have said further consolidation could limit media choices for consumers. (Reporting by Andrew Chung in New York; Editing by Will Dunham)

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/finance.yahoo.com/amphtml/news/u-supreme-court-lets-fcc-141146800.html

Anyone remember when Matt Gaetz defended Katie Hill?


I guess it makes a lot more sense now.

DHS secretary says border is closed: 'The message is quite clear, do not come'

Source: The Hill

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Sunday urged migrants not to travel to the United States, as the Biden administration struggles with a surge of incomers, especially unaccompanied minors, at the southern border.

"The message is quite clear, do not come. The border is closed, the border is secure," Mayorkas told host Martha Raddatz on ABC's "This Week."

"We are encouraging children not to come. Now is not the time to come. Do not come, the journey is dangerous. We are building safe, orderly and humane ways to address the needs of vulnerable children. Do not come," Mayorkas added.

On Saturday, the U.S. government was housing approximately 15,500 unaccompanied migrant minors, CBS News reported, including 5,000 teenagers and children in Border Patrol facilities not equipped to handle them.

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/544201-dhs-secretary-the-message-is-quite-clear-do-not-come%3famp

Ex-officer on trial for George Floyd's death asks to show jury an earlier arrest

Source: https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN2B82

Almost exactly a year before George Floyd was killed in a deadly arrest by Minneapolis police officers in May 2020, he found himself in another encounter with police in which he became distressed as an officer pointed a gun at him.

On Tuesday, a lawyer for Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer on trial for murder charges for Floyd's death, asked the judge to allow the jury to see evidence of the earlier episode.

In the arrest of May 6, 2019, a panicking Floyd swallowed several opioid pain-killer pills as police approached. Eric Nelson, Chauvin's lead lawyer, has argued that the main cause of Floyd's death a year later, which was ruled a homicide, was the opioid fentanyl found in his blood at autopsy.

"The similarities are incredible, it's the exact same behavior in two incidents almost exactly one year apart," Nelson told the court before the resumption of jury selection, noting Floyd called out for his "mama" in both arrests, according to video footage.

Read more: Reuters

Groping accusation against Cuomo referred to Albany police

Source: The Hill

An allegation of groping made by an aide of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) who said he fondled her at the Executive Mansion last year has been referred to police in Albany.

Albany Police Department spokesperson Steven Smith told The New York Times on Thursday that the department received the referral Wednesday night by New York State Police after The Times Union of Albany published additional details of an account by a sixth woman who accused the governor of unwanted sexual behavior.

The aide did not file a formal complaint over the incident. Cuomo has denied the allegation.

Smith told The New York Times that the referral doesn't mean that the department has begun investigating, but that it has offered the victim services "as we would do with any other report or incident."

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/542785-groping-accusation-against-cuomo-referred-to-albany-police%3famp
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