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7 Things: Omicron variant reaches America, Alabama politicians weigh in on SCOTUS abortion case, Tuberville says Amazon workers have been clear about the union and more …

7. I thought Stacey Abrams was already governor of Georgia

  • Activist and Democrat Stacey Abrams announced that she’ll be running for governor again in 2022. Abrams ran in 2018 and lost to current Governor Brian Kemp (R). The activist has kept her name in politics by advocating for changes in voting laws.
  • In her campaign announcement, Abrams said she would give “leadership that knows how to do the job, leadership that doesn’t take credit without also taking responsibility, leadership that understands the true pain that folks are feeling and has real plans.” Abrams never conceded in 2018, and in the 2020 presidential election, she was tied to a voting rights advocacy group that was accused of voter fraud.

6. Fauci supports more restrictions

  • The Biden administration is trotting out Dr. Anthony Fauci to promote a new series of partial travel restrictions and quarantine rules for foreign travelers and American citizens who return to the U.S. These rules only apply to those who enter the country legally.
  • As usual, Fox News’ Peter Doocy is the only member of the press willing to question the logic here. Doocy asked Dr. Fauci a question about people crossing the southern border illegally and Fauci bristled, “That’s a different issue.”

5. More FedEx packages have been dumped

  • While there have already been hundreds of FedEx packages found in a Blount County ravine in Alabama, more have been found dumped in a second location. There were about 20 packages found in Chilton County on the side of the road.
  • FedEx has said that they’re working to remedy the situation and get things delivered where they should be. In the Blount County incident, it’s believed that there were about 450 people impacted. It was previously announced that the initial driver who had dumped packages in Blount County no longer works for the company.

4. There’s a KKK caucus, apparently

  • As the conflict between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives continues, U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) (D-NY) has now accused House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) of “working with his Ku Klux Klan caucus” to gain power. This comes after outrage that followed U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) referencing a “Jihad Caucus” as she sparred with U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
  • Omar has since received a death threat. AOC stated, “Kevin McCarthy is so desperate to be Speaker that he is working with his Ku Klux Klan caucus to look aside & allow violent targeting of woc members of Congress. This cannot be ignored.”

3. Bessemer Amazon employees don’t want to unionize

  • Amazon workers in Bessemer will get the chance to vote in favor or against joining a union again. U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) on Wednesday weighed in on the issue and discussed how workers have made it clear they don’t want to join a union.
  • Tuberville stated, “The unions aren’t going to quit.” He added, “They want to be able to collect money from all the employees where they can get involved in politics.” Tuberville went on to say that the workers are “educated and they understand that they would rather take money and use for their families other than giving it to the union bosses and to the political entities that they support.”

2. Supreme Court starts considering abortion case from Mississippi

  • The Mississippi case that seeks to ban abortion after 15 weeks has gone before the U.S. Supreme Court and oral arguments have been heard. This is seen as a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. All abortions would be banned after 15 weeks “except in a medical emergency or in the case of a severe fetal abnormality.” Legal experts believe the case is moving towards a ruling that will allow states to set their own abortion laws.
  • Alabama lawmakers were eager to weigh in. Governor Kay Ivey stated, “Today, we turn our attention to SCOTUS hearings for the Dobbs case. It not only matters to MS, it matters to AL & all 50 states. People’s interest should be protected through their elected legislators & governors.” U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) accurately pointed out what this case is really about by saying, “States should be able to protect life!”

1. First official Omicron case found in California

  • The first official case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been diagnosed within the United States, specifically in California. Dr. Anthony Fauci made the announcement at the White House and detailed that the person diagnosed was also fully vaccinated.
  • The person in California with the Omicron variant recently returned from travel to South Africa on November 22 and had tested positive for the coronavirus a week later. Officials have admitted that there is still limited information on the variant and how severe infections could be.