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The Michigan Senate voted in favor of legislation that would strengthen the punishments for some voting fraud crimes.

Under the legislation that passed on Wednesday, providing false statements on the application or forging a signature on a ballot would be a felony crime. The Michigan Senate also voted to outlaw “ballot harvesting” by making it a felony crime to fill out an application to receive multiple ballots. The legislation was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Kevin Daley who acknowledged that the bill received bipartisan support in a vote of 32-6.

“I think the strong support shows that both Republicans and Democrats can agree that securing our elections is important,” Daley told MLive. “It’s amazing what we can do when we work together. We should all be able to trust the outcome of elections — win or lose.”

Currently, providing false information on an absentee ballot is a misdemeanor crime punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and 93 days in jail. The new punishment, if the legislation becomes law, will be a felony crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $1,000.

The House already passed the two pieces of legislation with bipartisan support on Sept. 24, meaning that they only require a signature from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to become law.

Author: Madison Dibble

Source: Washington Examiner: Michigan Senate votes to upgrade punishment for voter fraud crimes

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had her hair styled in a salon without wearing a mask, according to the salon’s owner.

Security footage from eSalon in San Francisco appeared to show the California Democrat walking through the salon without a face mask while salons in the city are supposed to be closed because of the coronavirus. Erica Kious, the salon owner, told Fox News she was appalled to see Pelosi in the salon on Monday.

Kious said that one of the stylists who rented a chair in the salon notified her that Pelosi had requested an appointment. Kious said she was shocked to see that Pelosi had made the request, given that local ordinance only allowed outdoor services as of Sept. 1.

“I was like, are you kidding me right now? Do I let this happen? What do I do?” Kious said.

Kious noted that she “can’t control” what chair renters in her salon do, so the appointment went on as scheduled. Security footage shows employees donning masks while Pelosi walks through the room unmasked, though it does appear that Pelosi could have had a face covering around her neck.

Pelosi’s spokesman said that the speaker “always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements.” Kious said that wasn’t the case and noted that Pelosi had her hair blown out, which violated the coronavirus guidelines.

“It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can’t work,” Kious said. “We’re supposed to look up to this woman, right?”

Kious said she decided to share the security footage in solidarity with the other businesses across the country that have been struggling with government-mandated shutdowns.

“This is for everybody,” she said. “I am sharing this because of what everyone in my industry and … what every small business is going through right now.”

Author: Madison Dibble

Source: Washington Examiner: Nancy Pelosi had her hair styled in a California salon that was supposed to be closed, owner says

Protesters aiming to spend the night outside the Tennessee Capitol could be hit with a felony.

The state legislature voted on Wednesday to make it a felony to camp outside the state Capitol as a response to a protest-filled summer with repeated overnight demonstrations in Nashville. The legislation, which will become law immediately after Republican Gov. Bill Lee signs the bill, makes it a Class E felony to camp on state property. Those charged could face up to six years in jail and a loss of their voting rights. Some who opposed the legislation thought the punishment was too severe.

“We are using a bazooka to go after a housefly here,” said Senate Minority Leader Jeff Yarbro, a Democrat. “Are we really saying that a citizen of this state can be punished with a year in prison and have a felony record because they camped on public property? That should be a bridge too far.”

The legislation also made it a misdemeanor to spit or throw bodily fluids at a law enforcement officer. The elevated punishment includes a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days in jail if convicted. The legislation also made it a felony to trespass on property owned by elected officials to prevent protesters from targeting the homes of lawmakers. It also established a mandatory minimum sentence of 45 days in jail for aggravated rioting and made it a felony crime to block an emergency vehicle that is responding to an emergency call.

The legislation passed with a party-line vote in both the House and the Senate, with the exception of one Republican senator who voted against it. Sen. Kerry Roberts, a Republican, said he is not concerned about the legal ramifications that protesters will face if they break the new laws.

“The thing is, what I wish I could convey to people is that it’s really hard to be sympathetic to what someone is saying when they are yelling at you, when they’re trying to shame you, when they’re calling you names and so forth,” Roberts said.

Rep. Jason Hodges, a Democrat, said that he believes the legislation was only passed because the demonstrations outside the Capitol have been led by Black Lives Matter supporters. He noted that there was no discussion from Republicans to charge armed anti-lockdown protesters earlier in the year.

“We seem not to worry about protesting when white people show up with AR-15s. But when black people show up with signs, we try to pass legislation … maybe that’s why they’re out there in the first place,” Hodges said.

Author: Madison Dibble

Source: Washington Examiner: Tennessee legislature makes camping outside of state Capitol a felony to quash protests

House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a “bitch” during her acceptance speech after winning a Republican primary election in Georgia.

Greene told her supporters on Tuesday that she was going to get Pelosi removed from Congress after winning her runoff election against John Cowan to become the GOP nominee for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District.

“She’s a hypocrite. She’s anti-American. And we’re going to kick that bitch out of Congress,” she said.

Greene also had harsh words for some of the Republican leaders in Congress. Several top Republicans had disavowed her candidacy because of videos she had posted using racist language and for her ties to the conspiracy theories touted by QAnon. GOP leaders such as Whip Steve Scalise had revoked their endorsements after the videos of Greene surfaced.

Greene may have lost the support of many House Republicans, but President Trump commended her for her win on Wednesday morning, calling her a “future Republican star.”

“Congratulations to future Republican Star Marjorie Taylor Greene on a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent. Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up — a real WINNER!” he tweeted.

Greene thanked Trump for his endorsement, writing, “Thank you @realdonaldtrump. I love America, it’s the greatest country in the world! You inspired me to run and fight to Save America and Stop Socialism!! No one will fight harder than me!!”

Author: Madison Dibble

Source: Washington Examiner: QAnon-tied GOP candidate vows to ‘kick that b—-‘ Pelosi out of Congress after winning primary

Amazon pulled the plug on their new headquarters in New York City, taking with them the billions of dollars that would have gone into the project — and their blaming political hostility from people like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)

As IJR previously reported, Ocasio-Cortez was “outraged” when Amazon picked her district for its new headquarters. When rumors started to swirl that Amazon was reconsidering the move, she took to Twitter to celebrate.

Well, Ocasio-Cortez got her wish. On Thursday, Amazon announced that they were pulling the plug on their New York City location because of the pushback from New York politicians.

In a statement, Amazon said:

“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens. For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term. While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”

So in other words, Ocasio-Cortez and politicians like state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-N.Y.) forced Amazon to pull out of the deal and take with them the 25,000 jobs and $2.5 billion campus they planned to build in Long Island City.

Amazon thanked New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for their efforts and said they would consider future deals with the city if the political climate allows, saying:

“Thank you again to Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and the many other community leaders and residents who welcomed our plans and supported us along the way. We hope to have future chances to collaborate as we continue to build our presence in New York over time.

Many took to Twitter to mock New York City for letting the opportunity slip through their hands.

Amazon said they would not be picking another location to replace the New York City headquarters, instead, they will divide the resources between their new developments in Northern Virginia and Nashville, as well as their other locations nationwide.

UPDATE [2/14/2019, 2:20 p.m. ET]: Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a response to Amazon’s decision.

Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” she wrote.

Author: Madison Dibble

Source: ijr: Thanks to AOC and Her Fellow Democrats, Amazon Just Pulled the Plug on Their NYC Headquarters

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