7. Get your woke out of my retirement fund
- Republicans passed a disapproval resolution that puts the brakes on Biden’s rule to force Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metrics into retirement plans. Biden implemented a Department of Labor rule which pushes private retirement plan companies to look at ESG metrics when making decisions about how to invest the retirement money of millions of Americans.
- U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), who led the bill, said, “President Biden wants to sacrifice seniors’ retirement savings to fund his political agenda.” Both the Senate and House passed it, but now it heads to Biden’s desk, and he’s already threatened to veto it, in which case it would then need a two-thirds majority to pass. Democrat U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) voted with the GOP.
6. Stop speed racing
- State Rep. Allen Treadaway (R-Birmingham) has had enough of the reports of street racing and is ready to introduce penalties for street racing, exhibition driving, burnouts, and donuts in both public roads, and public and private parking areas. For the first conviction, drivers could face 5-90 days of jail time and a fine of $25-500. The penalties increase from then, with felony charges and driving bans.
- This bill comes following several incidents in Birmingham and Gadsden. 16 people were hurt in an exhibition incident in Birmingham and two teenagers in a separate incident, leading to calls for action. Currently, such activities can only be prosecuted as reckless driving or reckless endangerment and Treadaway hopes this bill will act as more of a deterrent.
5. Childcare costs rise 11% in Alabama
- Childcare costs keep rising, with some families in Alabama paying a staggering $10,000/year. Childcare costs rose 11% over the past four years, with the average cost for a year of center-based childcare coming in at $6,814. None seemed to get away with paying less than $5,000.
- According to national data, Central and North Alabama come with the highest childcare prices. There also seems to be a shortage of licensed childcare programs, which makes it harder for people in some areas to even find good childcare. Some parents are even seeing decreases in cost as they move kids from daycare to private school.
4. Public schools all over the country are making the case for REAL school choice
- A training session in a Kansas city school district is the latest to encourage teachers to push LGBTQ+ topics on young children and keep parents in the dark. The training presentation, titled “LGBTQ+ Students: Pronouns and More,” stated “the lack of using pronouns could lead to death … To allow a parent’s wishes to not use the students’ preferred pronouns and/or names is to allow yourself to be deputized to discriminate. This is not acceptable.”
- Apparently, now it’s up to teachers and school districts to decide what parents should or should not be allowed to do and know about their children. Teachers are supposed to gather information about a student’s preferences through a questionnaire and even seek to designate a “go-to” adult at school, to replace their parents. REAL school choice now.
3. Cruz KOs Garland
- U.S. Sen, Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland absolutely had it out in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. They fought over the DOJ’s disinterest in protecting Supreme Court Justices after the Dobbs decision, their personal addresses were leaked and the DOJ’s disinterest in prosecuting those who attack crisis pregnancy centers.
- “When rioters descended on the homes of six Supreme Court Justices, night after night after night, you did nothing. The department did nothing,” Cruz exclaimed. Cruz would also accuse Garland of failing in his duty to protect Americans, politicizing the Justice Department, persecuting pro-lifers, and covering up the Hunter Biden laptop incident.
2. Tuberville tells Colorado delegation to blast off
- Democrats continue to pressure President Joe Biden to play politics and reverse the placement of Space Command Headquarters (not Space Force) in Alabama at Redstone Arsenal while saying the move was politics. U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) isn’t having any of this.
- Tuberville said, “Huntsville and the state of Alabama was the place to put it because of missile defense, because of NASA, because of everything that’s going on in Huntsville.” Tuberville also noted that three different studies have found Alabama is the No. 1 choice for this command, and a U.S. Government Accountability Office report found Colorado to be fifth best place for it.
1. The government cannot be honest about the Hunter Biden laptop story
- FBI Director Chris Wray incorrectly claimed that “The FBI does not, is not in the business of functioning as the truth police. We don’t tell social media companies to censor anything or remove account information.” This is a lie. As is shown in released Twitter files which show that multiple people at the bureau asked Twitter to ban accounts to help suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story.
- Wray also wants the American public to believe the FBI has no bias and cares only about facts, completely dismissing instances of breaking standard policy, politics permeating the bureau, and a failure of leadership to admit it and attack it. No one is convinced by the FBI playing the victim.
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