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(RepublicanWire.org) – Kentucky Senate Democratic nominee, Charles Booker, released a disgusting ad attacking Senator Rand Paul with the suggestion that he’s pro-lynching.

Charles Booker, a former state lawmaker who is the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, released a video Wednesday that attacks Paul for opposing an anti-lynching bill in 2020. The ad does not mention why Paul opposed the bill, or that he co-sponsored a new bipartisan version of that legislation this year that went on to become law.

“My opponent?” he continues, as an image of Paul grimacing appears. “The very person who compared expanded health care to slavery. The person who said he would have opposed the Civil Rights Act. The person who single-handedly blocked an anti-lynching act from being federal law.”

“The choice couldn’t be clearer,” Booker states as the camera shifts back to him. “Do we move forward together? Or do we let politicians like Rand Paul forever hold us back and drive us apart?”

The ad takes Rand Paul’s remarks and positions out of context, especially with regard to the anti-lynching proposal that he blocked.

In 2020 Paul held up a bill that would make lynching a federal hate crime, however, that’s not the full story. Paul said at the time that lynching should be “universally condemned,” but objected to language in the bill that included non-fatal injuries as lynching.

“If you’re gonna call something an anti-lynching bill, but you’re gonna have a new conspiracy charge for someone who has minor bruising, we don’t think that’s appropriate. And someone has to read these bills and make sure they do what they say they’re going to do rather than it be just a big PR effort, and then everybody gets up in arms and wants to beat up anybody who wants to read the bill, and actually make the bill stronger,” he told reporters.

In 2022, Paul co-sponsored an updated version of that bill with Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) that addressed his concerns.

“Strengthening the language of this bill has been my goal all along, and I’m pleased to have worked with Senators Cory Booker and Tim Scott to get this right and ensure the language of this bill defines lynching as the absolutely heinous crime that it is,” said Dr. Paul. “I’m glad to cosponsor this bipartisan effort and urge the Senate to quickly pass it.”

The ad by Booker, was called “powerful” by some media organizations.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has taken aim at California Gov. Gavin Newsom after he chastised his party for being absent on abortion rights.

“Democrats have failed to target Republicans,” he said about his own party on Wednesday.

“Where is the Democratic Party – where’s the party?” he said. “Why aren’t we calling this out? This is a concerted, coordinated effort and, yes, they’re winning. We need to stand up. Where is the counter offensive?”

The Speaker spoke with “Face The Nation” on CBS on Sunday and pushed back on the governor’s comments.

“I have no idea why anybody would make that statement unless they were unaware of the fight that has been going on,” the Speaker said of the California governor.

“The fact is that we have been fighting for a woman’s right to choose – and that is to choose. We have been fighting against the Republicans in the Congress constantly,” she said.

“This is a constant fight that we’ve had for generations – decades I should say, in my case, in the Congress,” she said. “The science hasn’t changed, but the court changed.”

The host, Margaret Brennan, asked Pelosi why the Democrats never codified Roe V Wade into law when they could have.

“Back when Democrats held majorities in the House and the Senate in 2009 when you were Speaker, President Obama was asked about codifying Roe v. Wade and said ‘abortion is a moral and ethic issue’ and ‘not the highest legislative priority,” she said to the Speaker.

“Do you think it was a mistake for him – for other presidents – not to push harder when Democrats had the majority?” she said.

“I think that this is a waste of time. The fact is in 2009 we really did not have a pro-choice Democratic party,’ Pelosi explained. ‘I had to fight against some of the people who did not want to pass the Affordable Care Act because they were concerned it would enable more freedom of choice,” Pelosi hit back.

“Right now we do have a pro-choice Democratic Congress and we passed the law months ago,” she said.

But they did not pass a law. They passed a bill in the House that never had a chance to be passed in the Senate.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas gives warning to the protesters who are furious at the leaked draft opinion that reported the end Roe V Wade protections for abortion.

The Associate Justice, who appeared on the majority in ending Roe V Wade, spoke at a judicial conference on Friday and said that the court cannot be “bullied” into doing what certain people want them to do.

The Justice warned that as a society, “we are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don’t like.”

“We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want. The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that,” he said.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who spoke at the same conference said that the leak “absolutely appalling” and said that it would not effect the final decision.

“A leak of this stature is absolutely appalling,” he said. “If the person behind it thinks that it will affect our work, that’s just foolish.”

On Tuesday the Chief Justice confirmed in a press release that the leaked draft published by Politico was authentic and that he has instructed the court’s Marshal to take action.

“Yesterday, a news organization published a copy of a draft opinion in a pending case. Justices circulate draft opinions internally as a routine and essential part of the Court’s confidential deliberative work. Although the document described in yesterday’s reports is authentic, it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case,” the press release said.

“To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed. The work of the Court will not be affected in any way,” the Chief Justice said.

“We at the Court are blessed to have a workforce – permanent employees and law clerks alike – intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law. Court employees have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the Court. This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here,” he argued.

“I have directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak,” he said.

President Joe Biden also commented on the leak, but he did not address the severity of the leak, only the proposed decision which he disagrees with.

“We do not know whether this draft is genuine, or whether it reflects the final decision of the Court,” the president said prior to Chief justice Robert’s confirmation of the document.

“With that critical caveat, I want to be clear on three points about the cases before the Supreme Court.

“First, my administration argued strongly before the Court in defense of Roe v. Wade. We said that Roe is based on ‘a long line of precedent recognizing ‘the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty’… against government interference with intensely personal decisions.’ I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental, Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned,” he argued.

“Second, shortly after the enactment of Texas law SB 8 and other laws restricting women’s reproductive rights, I directed my Gender Policy Council and White House Counsel’s Office to prepare options for an Administration response to the continued attack on abortion and reproductive rights, under a variety of possible outcomes in the cases pending before the Supreme Court. We will be ready when any ruling is issued,” the president said.

“Third, if the Court does overturn Roe, it will fall on our nation’s elected officials at all levels of government to protect a woman’s right to choose. And it will fall on voters to elect pro-choice officials this November.  At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law,” he said.

(RepublicanWire.org) – The filibuster is a means often used to prolong debate on a bill or prevent a vote on a bill altogether. Debate in the Senate is ended through a cloture vote. A successful cloture vote requires 60 senators, and the current party breakdown of the chamber is 50-50.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats are calling for an end to the filibuster once again following a draft opinion of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization being leaked Monday.

Based on the draft, the high court plans to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide.

Schumer wants to codify Roe into federal law, but he would need to end the filibuster to do it, thanks to Republicans opposition.

Manchin told reporters he will not vote to end the filibuster.

“The filibuster is a protection of democracy,” he said, according to Axios.

Besides his opposition to ending the filibuster, Manchin voted against legislation to codify Roe earlier this year.

Sinema wants Roe to remain the law of the land, but is not willing to end the filibuster to do it.

“A woman’s health care choices should be between her, her family and her doctor. Overturning Roe v. Wade endangers the health and well-being of women in Arizona and across America,” she said.

But she noted that the filibuster has been used to protect women’s “health care choices” multiple times.

“Protections in the Senate safeguarding against the erosion of women’s access to health care have been used half-a-dozen times in the past 10 years, and are more important now than ever,” she said.

The senator further explained her opposition to ending the filibuster on ABC’s “The View” last summer, saying no one likes it when their party is in the majority.

“People seem to not like the filibuster when they’re the ones who want to pass the legislation,” she said. “But when we’re in the minority — we being either Democrats or Republicans — we use the filibuster a lot to force dialogue, to bring people together and to make changes.”

“So thinking about this from the long term rather than the just right-now term, I think it’s really important,” she added.

In other words, Sinema is looking down the road and seeing a time when Republicans will be back in the majority, perhaps as early as this November.

Further, if the GOP also regains the White House in 2024, the filibuster would potentially be the only tool Democrats have to block or to change legislation they don’t like.

Manchin and Sinema saved the nation from Build Back Better in the fall, which would have likely resulted in even greater inflation than Americans are experiencing now.

(RepublicanWire.org) – In the never ending liberal game of “guess what’s racist today,” Democrats in Washington State are now saying that the word “marijuana” is “racist.”

Washington Democrats are now demanding that the legislature comb through its laws, rules, and statutes to eliminate the word “marijuana” because it somehow now means “black people.”

“The term ‘marijuana’ itself is pejorative and racist,” bill sponsor Washington state Democrat Rep. Melanie Morgan, said during testimony for the bill last year. Morgan then tried to prove her case by bringing up the Spanish origins of the word.

She insisted that marijuana use became more popular, “it was negatively associated with Mexican immigrants.” The state lawmaker claimed it is “racist terminology” and was used “to lock up black and brown people.”

Some pot companies in the state agree because the word does have a long history in the U.S. of being connected to criminality, KIRO-TV reported.

One legal pot grower, Joy Hollingsworth, said that the word is “traumatic” for black people because so many had been arrested for illegal use of the drug.

“We have a lot of people, especially in the black community that went to prison over cannabis for years. That were locked up, separated from their nuclear family, which is huge,” Hollingsworth said, adding the word “triggers” black people. “It’s really painful for people to hear that word and it triggers them.”

Leftist Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill into law March 11. The changes will take effect in June.