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Court: No right to carry concealed weapons in public

From the Associated Press: Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public. In a dispute that could ultimately wind up before the Supreme Court, a divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said local law enforcement officials …

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Washington’s school superintendent says it’s time to consider closing public schools

Notice how progressives use the courts to create law instead of the legislative branch. From the Seattle Times: Randy Dorn says it could be time to close Washington state’s K-12 public schools. You wouldn’t expect the state superintendent of public instruction to say that. But Dorn, who isn’t seeking re-election, argues in a court brief …

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Zika virus leads to serious blood shortage in Spokane

Via KXLY: If you’ve ever thought about donating blood, now is the time. Our area is facing a serious blood shortage due to the Zika virus. The Inland Northwest Blood Center said the virus decreased donations and low performing drives have affected the blood supply, dropping inventory to critically low levels during a historically high-need …

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14 states have passed laws this year making it harder to get an abortion

From the Washington Post: As state legislatures across the country wrap up their 2016 sessions, one of the most active areas of legislating hasn’t been red-hot LGBT issues or immigration. It’s been the decades-old issue of abortion. And on that issue, social conservatives are on a roll. This year, antiabortion advocates passed some 30 laws in 14 …

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Republican state senator Suspended his GOP membership over Trump’s nomination

David Johnson, Iowa Republican state senator, has suspended his GOP membership over Trump’s nomination. He compares Trump’s campaign to the rise of Adolf Hitler. Via the Des Moines Register:  State Sen. David Johnson, one of the senior members of the Iowa Senate, says he has suspended his Republican Party membership to protest “the racist remarks and …

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Republican Sen. Mark Kirk reverses course, says he will not support Donald Trump

GOP U.S. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois is withdrawing his previous endorsement of Donald Trump. He’s the first Republican U.S. Senator to do that. Via the Washington Post:  Sen. Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican facing a difficult re-election campaign, reversed course Tuesday and withdrew his support for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Kirk is …

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Feds spend nearly $20,000 to settle every refugee

Taxpayers dish out $20,000 just to settle each refugee and asylum seeker, who are then immediately eligible for cash welfare, food stamps, housing and medical aid, according to a new report on the “refugee industry.” From the Washington Examiner: The report provided federal budget figures showing that the government spends $19,884 on each refugee the …

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HuffPo writer advocates violent response to Trump

This is what you get when progressives become fascists. A writer for the Huffington Post is defending his recent op-ed that “a violent response” is the “logical” approach to stopping presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Jesse Benn wrote in the op-ed titled “Sorry Liberals, A Violent Response To Trump Is As Logical As Any,” posted …

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Moscow man held on $20,000 bond for child pornography charges

As reported in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. A 26-year-old Moscow man is being held in Lath County Jail on a $20,000 bond after being charged with 11 felony counts of possession of child porn. A warrant was issued for William Ames’ arrest June 1 after police learned he had left Moscow for Utah following an interview …

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Idaho #1 in job growth

The Gem State is at the top of the list for job growth and Bannock County economic experts say it’s because of a favorable climate for businesses in the state. Personal finance and business website Kiplinger highlighted Idaho and nine other states with employment gains ranging from 2.7 percent to 3.5 percent. According to the …

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Labrador’s Dem challenger calls him out on Trump comments

From Eye on Boise:  James Piotrowski, the Democrat who’s challenging Idaho GOP 1st District Rep. Raul Labrador, sent out a news release today calling on Labrador to clarify how he can support presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump after Trump’s comments about a federal judge and the judge’s Mexican heritage. Labrador hasn’t responded to multiple requests …

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Labrador: ‘I think I can work with’ Obama on justice system reforms

From the Idaho Statesman:  Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador says momentum is building in Congress for major criminal justice reforms aimed at reversing decades of focus on long prison terms that hit even nonviolent and first-time offenders. “I believe that we’re going to see some of the greatest reforms in a generation,” Labrador told a …

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Idaho’s Crapo, Simpson join critics of Trump’s comments on judge

From the Idaho Statesman:  U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo and U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson have joined a growing chorus of high-profile Republicans calling on their party’s presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump to retract racially charged comments about a federal judge. Trump has said that a federal judge presiding over a fraud case involving Trump University can’t …

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UC Irvine College Republicans to hand out baby pacifiers to students in campus ‘safe zone’

Via Breitbart:  “Members of the UCI College Republicans are aggressively combating ‘Political Correctness’ by distributing 100 infant baby pacifiers at a school administration directed ‘safe zone training’ event that was created in response to the club bringing conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos to campus,” the CR’s press release states, adding: “Leftists have killed Traditional Liberalism on …

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Millennial Women Don’t Care That Hillary Clinton Is a Woman.

According to Asche Schow with the Washington Examiner, Hillary doesn’t wow millennial women for a variety of reasons, including being stuck in the past: Clinton appears to be fighting the battles of her generation of women, not today’s. She still tells stories of past sexism (or questionable accounts of current sexism) that just don’t appeal to …

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Uber lowers the rate of fatal accidents and arrests for DUI, disorderly conduct, and assaults

This is from economists Sean Mulholland and Angela Dills research paper Ride-Sharing, Fatal Crashes, and Crime: The advent of smart-phone based, ride-sharing applications has revolutionized the vehicle for hire market. Advocates point to the ease of use and lower wait times compared to hailing a taxi or pre-arranging limousine service. Others argue that proper government oversight is necessary …

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Video: African hairbraider Melony Armstrong’s inspiring story

The Melony Armstrong describes the high cost of senseless licensing requirements. Why must she receive a state license to braid hair? Via Mark J. Perry:  Melony Armstrong is a petite, 40-year-old African-American mother of four who owns Naturally Speaking, a hairbraiding salon in Tupelo, Mississippi. When she began her hairbraiding business, she met an unexpected obstacle: …

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