New Jersey state Sen.-elect Edward Durr (R), who is set to replace the state Senate’s president, “deleted his Twitter as well as his Facebook” after making “misogynistic, racist, and xenophobic comments on his social media,” Insider reports.
“South Dakota lawmakers are pressing Gov. Kristi Noem’s (R) administration to hand over a document that could prove whether there was a plan in place to give her daughter another chance to win a real estate appraiser license prior to a meeting last year that has spurred conflict-of-interest questions,” the AP reports.
“The Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee is readying to initiate a subpoena on Monday if the Department of Labor and Regulation doesn’t hand over a signed agreement between the governor’s daughter, Kassidy Peters, and state regulators.”
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) “apologized and admitted to drinking alcohol to the point of feeling sick and having to be helped out of the Oct. 30 football game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University,” the Detroit News reports.
Said Nessel: “I laid low for a while, but my friends recommended that I leave so as to prevent me from vomiting on any of my constituents.”
She referred to the incident as “tailgate-gate.”
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) “directed the State Department of Health to stop issuing birth certificates listing a nonbinary option instead of designating a gender, despite a settlement agreement in a civil case in which the agency agreed to do so,” the AP reports.
“A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order prohibiting mask mandates in schools violates the Americans with Disabilities Act — freeing local officials to again create their own rules,” the Texas Tribune reports.
“The effects of 2021’s ‘Great Resignation’ may have reached the halls of the Arizona Legislature, with 11 lawmakers departing this year,” the Arizona Republic reports.
“So far in 2021, one lawmaker has died and 10 voluntarily quit the positions to which they were originally elected to serve.”
“Kansas Republicans predict they have enough support to call the Legislature into special session later this month to fight COVID-19 vaccine mandates imposed by businesses and the federal government,” the Kansas City Star reports.
“The South Dakota Legislature for the first time in state history has begun the process of considering the impeachment of a duly elected public official,” the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports.
Associated Press: “A sizable majority of the Republican-dominated House voted to have a committee prepare a report and recommend whether Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg should be impeached. It could take weeks for the committee of seven Republicans and two Democrats to delve into the crash investigation. The committee is a mix of Ravnsborg’s political allies and those who have called for his ouster.”
“After more than a week of silence, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) finally revealed the reason he canceled his trip to Scotland for the United Nations climate conference: spending Halloween with his kids,” the Sacramento Bee reports.
“Newsom and his wife… had planned to attend the conference from Nov. 1-3 in Glasgow, which would have forced them to miss Halloween. That upset the four Newsom children — ages 5, 8, 10 and 12 — so they staged what Newsom called an ‘intervention’ at dinner.”
“Newsom said he explained to his kids why he and Siebel Newsom needed to go. But the next morning he woke with a knot in his stomach and decided he had to cancel.”
From the site: “We need a Texas Attorney General whose top attorneys working for him have not found it necessary to send a letter to the FBI urging an investigation into corruption of their boss.”
“California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has not appeared publicly since abruptly canceling a visit to Glasgow, Scotland on Oct. 29 for a climate change conference, stirring considerable online speculation,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
“The governor’s office originally said Newsom would not make the trip due to ‘family obligations,’ and when reached for comment Monday, offered no additional details on why the governor backed out. In the time since, Newsom has held no press conferences or public appearances of any kind, which is uncommon for the usually highly visible governor.”
North Dakota state Rep. Jeff Hoverson (R), who is organizing a rally protesting vaccine mandates, will miss the event after contracting Covid-19, the Fargo Forum reports.
“Another rural, conservative county in Oregon has expressed interest in becoming part of Idaho,” the Seattle Times reports.
“Harney became the eighth of Oregon’s 36 counties to vote for considering adjusting Oregon’s border to put much of rural eastern and southern Oregon in Idaho.”
As the South Dakota Legislature prepares to undertake impeachment proceedings against Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg (R), who killed a pedestrian with his car in 2020, a new Mason-Dixon poll shows that 67% of state residents favor removing him from office.
When the undecided respondents are removed, support for removal is even stronger, with 83% of those who have formed an opinion supporting removal.
“Ohio Republican lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would ban all abortions in Ohio — going further than the Texas anti-abortion law argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Monday,” the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
“While Texas’ law bans abortions performed at least six weeks into a pregnancy, HB480 would prohibit any abortions from being performed in the state. HB480 also includes no exceptions for rape or incest.”
“Maine voters passed the nation’s first ‘right to food’ constitutional amendment on Tuesday,” the Portland Press Herald reports.
Arizona Senate President Karen Fann (R), who led the push for the 2020 Arizona ballot review, announced that she will retire from the Legislature when her current term ends in January 2023, the Arizona Republic reports.
“The Georgia election official who defied pressure by Donald Trump to “find” votes and overturn his 2020 election loss in the state says the brutal condition of American politics could lead to more protests and violence like the Jan. 6 insurrection by Trump supporters,” USA Today reports.
Said Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger: “What really bothers me the most is that people are now trying to minimize what happened on January 6. I find that really, highly objectionable … People need to know people did that.”
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