Former Vice President Joe Biden recently confessed that, if elected president, he would form a commission to investigate whether to “pack” the Supreme Court. His flirtation with the far left on this issue is alarming. Court packing would be an egregious act. Biden and every Democratic Senate candidate should be forced to explain their position on it to voters.
What is court packing? It occurs when Congress and the president pass a law that adds new seats to the Supreme Court, which the president and Senate can then fill with new justices. It is an odious practice that allows a political party to create a majority that shares its views of law and policy. In today’s context, it would involve Democrats adding four new seats to turn a (so-called) 6–3 conservative court into a 7–6 liberal court.
Some argue that if Democrats control the executive and legislative branches, they should pack the court to undo the Roberts court’s conservative precedents. Yet, contrary to such claims, the Roberts court actually has been moderate. As it shows, the court decided 52% of its decisions in the liberal direction during the 2019 term and 54% during the 2018 term. In fact, the Roberts court rarely has deviated from moderation. Of the top 10 most “extreme” court terms since 1946, nine came under the liberal Warren court, while only one came under the Roberts court. Even if the court does become more conservative with Justice Barrett, it still is unlikely to be as extreme as the Warren court. Simply put, the data refute the claim that a rightward shift demands immediate court packing
More importantly, court packing will subordinate every citizen’s constitutional rights to the fickle mercy of politicians. Suppose an extreme Congress wants everyone to pay an abortion tax to cover taxpayer-funded partial-birth abortion. To overcome the court’s current First Amendment jurisprudence, legislators could simply pass a law that adds four more justices to the court. Voila! Problem solved.
If your politics approve of that outcome, consider the flip side: Suppose a conservative Congress and president believe the Constitution envisions a liberty of contract that precludes any state or federal laws addressing wage or working conditions in the marketplace. Court packing thus subjects everyone’s life, liberty, and property to the winds of politics.
Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails obtained by The Post.
The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” the email reads.
An earlier email from May 2014 also shows Pozharskyi, reportedly Burisma’s No. 3 exec, asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf.
The blockbuster correspondence — which flies in the face of Joe Biden’s claim that he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings” — is contained in a massive trove of data recovered from a laptop computer.
The computer was dropped off at a repair shop in Biden’s home state of Delaware in April 2019, according to the store’s owner.
Other material extracted from the computer includes a raunchy, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter, who’s admitted struggling with addiction problems, smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images.
The customer who brought in the water-damaged MacBook Pro for repair never paid for the service or retrieved it or a hard drive on which its contents were stored, according to the shop owner, who said he tried repeatedly to contact the client.
The shop owner couldn’t positively identify the customer as Hunter Biden, but said the laptop bore a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation, named after Hunter’s late brother and former Delaware attorney general.
Photos of a Delaware federal subpoena given to The Post show that both the computer and hard drive were seized by the FBI in December, after the shop’s owner says he alerted the feds to their existence.
Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of
Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492, and Columbus Day
2020 is on Monday, October 12. It was unofficially celebrated in a
number of cities and states as early as the 18th century, but did not
become a federal holiday until 1937. For many, the holiday is a way of
both honoring Columbus’ achievements and celebrating Italian-
The Sangamon County Republican Office will be closed on Monday,
October 12th in observance of Columbus Day.
Rosemarie Long, Chair
Sangamon County Republican Central Committee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgSchneider statement on Pritzker muzzling Frerichs
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider today released the following statement after Governor JB Pritzker forced State Treasurer Michael Frerichs to call off his press conference to explain the details of Pritzker’s plan to tax retirement income if the constitutional amendment passes:
“Earlier today, Governor Pritzker put the muzzle on Treasurer Frerichs who was minutes away from telling the people of Illinois the truth: Pritzker has a plan to tax retirement income in Illinois and needs the constitutional amendment to get it done. Pritzker can muzzle Frerichs all he wants but the secret is already out. To protect retirement income from Pritzker’s tax plan, Illinois voters must vote no on the constitutional amendment.”
Eyes Opened, gasps heard, and calls are being made following a very confrontational Committee of The Whole Meeting on 9/8/2020. This following a Labor Day weekend full of grill-outs, gatherings, and yes boat parades all over the country.
But in Springfield, Illinois, One Alderwoman, Ward 6 Alderwoman Kristin Dicenso was appalled by what she saw on Lake Springfield.
This is what upset Alderwoman Dicenso. What has been described as a parade of boats on the Lake Springfield, with American Flags Waving and yes, Donald Trump flags waving in the wind, was to the Alderwoman, offensive.
Many described the peaceful event as beautiful no matter what side of the political aisle you sit on, Dicenso described it after the meeting, as horrid and unacceptable and according to sources is now vowing to put a stop to these displays by Springfield Citizens in the future.
However, her actions, and how she addressed the issue may now end up with an investigation by the City Inspector General for Abuse of Power and Misconduct.
The first exchange started about 29 minutes and 17 seconds into the meeting.
Here is the link to the entire meeting, but fast forward to 29:17 for the boat parade exchange.
Dicenso: I’m sorry I forgot something under new business. Umm, I was out at the lake over the weekend enjoying a beautiful day with my son and my niece, and umm, a political parade, boat parade was taking place. And since Lake Springfield is Our Lake I was wondering if there was permission that was granted to this boat parade? Umm, there were several other boat parades around the country just like this one, umm, and just wondering if they needed a permit? I’ve had several questions about it, I’ve had several complaints about it, umm, they were out there hootin and hollering and tooting their horns, and having a jolly old time on Lake Springfield, and I don’t, the last I knew is we couldn’t conduct political activities at City Hall or anyplace else so just trying to get a little clarity on how the Lake gets used and if that is appropriate or not?
Ward Two Alderwoman Doris Turner: I think that is all changing now, (smiles)
CLWP’S Doug Brown: Yeah there was no, umm I guess request for parade from the utilities point of view, and I can’t say there was actually a time that a parade, or a trail of boats or whatever you want to call it.
Dicenso: And that’s the comment I got from people standing around me, like in all my years of coming out to the lake or sitting around the lake we have never seen anything like this. It was…something to see.
Ward 10 Alderman Ralph Hanauer: People have a right to free speech, If I put a flag on my boat I’ve got people who want to go and get a bunch of people, it’s free speech, Kristin, just because you don’t like the person that they are…..
Dicenso: Have I said anything about that? I haven’t even said anyone’s name, I haven’t said a word, all I said was there was a parade, a boat parade on Lake Springfield.
Hanauer: My question is what’s it hurt? Are we going to stop boats from doing whatever to drive across the lake now.
Dicenso: We have regulations! Yes! We have regulations on the Lake.
Hanauer: There are no regulations that people can drive that people can’t drive a group of boats, there’s no regulations.
Dicenso: That’s what I’m asking!
Mayor Jim Langfelder: Gavel hitting desk….Thank you, Chairman, I ask corporation counsel to weigh on in that because the only Item I remember is the Blessing of the Boats that happen every year and there is a parade of boats then, but as far as, I know people on the Party Cove, they lock boats together and things of that nature, so I ask corporation counsel with respect on using lake waters.
Corporation Council Jim Zerkel: I need to look at exactly what the regulations are, normally there is umm, safety related regulations, safety, speed and how boats operate that sort of thing. I don’t off the top of my head recall a situation where there has ever been a parade request on the lake umm that is something, I don’t recall that’s happened before. Generally speaking, however, on public property such as sidewalks and different areas, there is a strong policy, you know streets , people marching in the streets, holding signs doing different things of that nature, Generally speaking, the courts are going to protect freedom of speech. So absent a public safety, public safety concerns, boats too close, driving too fast, people jumping out of the boats into the water, things of that nature, Then again, I would be happy to look at it closer Mayor, but Generally speaking there has been a preference to support the first amendment generally provide however that does not keep us from enforcing criminal laws or public safety requirements. And that’s the same rule that would apply to streets or sidewalks for any of those types of activities. I am not aware of there ever been a request for boat permits
Dicenso: That’s all I was asking. And now we know who you are voting for (Directed at Hanauer)
Hanauer: I don’t there is any doubt on that.
The Day after this meeting City Hall Officials report that some Alderman have been flooded with calls from angry residents who watched the exchange, claiming Alderwoman Dicenso of abuse of power for attempting to use her position to limit free speech and political speech.
Two Alderman are reporting that Dicenso is now going a step further. Stating Dicenso has informed them she is going to make a proposal preventing political signs and Flags on Lake Property. The Alderman claims her proposal will not even allow Lake Residents to display political signs or any kind of Flag, Including the American Flag in the yards of their homes.
One Alderman stated, “This all was not brought up by accident. This was by design and I fear more radical proposals like this are in the works. You’ll be hearing about those very soon.”
It’s this proposal, and what some claim the “calling out” of Ralph Hanauer’s support for Donald Trump, that is being taken by some, as a threat and an abuse of power on the part of Alderwoman Dicenso.
Several Residents say despite fearing retaliation, they will be filing a complaint with the Inspector General for the City Of Springfield.
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By law all complaints filed are to be kept anonymous.
Labor Day is usually celebrated with parades, picnics, and barbecues. For most family’s it means saying good-bye to summer and the start of a new school year. With COVID-19 this year, many of the traditional events and celebrations may not be happening. But the meaning of Labor Day is still important, and it is still important to recognize the labor movement and the
contributions of laborers to America. As a country, we have been celebrating Labor Day since 1984. It falls on the first Monday in September. It is a time for all of us every year, to pay tribute to all the workers who have made this country great through their hard work and dedication. So, on this Labor Day 2020, when many of us would be enjoying traditional Labor Day activities, lets take a moment out of our day and reflect on the commitment and dedication of those men and women who have made this county what it is through their efforts.
Rosemarie Long, Chair
Sangamon County Republican Central Committee
Sangamon County Republican Central Committee thanks all who attended and the volunteers who worked the drive-thru lunch to honor the heroic individuals during these uncertain times which was held on Saturday, July 18th. We were fortunate to have extra lunches and they were taken to the workers at St. Johns and Memorial Hospital. Lunches were taken to most of the Fire Departments. They were very appreciative. Thanks to Don Gray, Sangamon County Clerk for providing the pulled pork for the sandwiches, Jim Allmon, Sangamon County Coroner provided a bag of chips, and Brad Carlson, Rich Berning and Alysse Aiello Hewell of the Capital Township Republican Team provided a cookie. Water was also handed out.
Thanks to all.
Rosemarie Long, Chair of the Sangamon County Republican Party
An endowed scholarship has been established at Lincoln Land Community College as a memorial to Frank and Cinda Edwards. The Edwards Family Memorial Scholarship is funded by contributions made by family and friends.
It is designated for a Chatham Glenwood High School graduate enrolled full-time in LLCC’s associate degree nursing program.
Frank and Cinda Edwards, Glenwood High School alums, were known for their community service. Cinda, an LLCC nursing alum, was a member of the LLCC Board of Trustees from 2007–2013 and served as chair for two years. She was appointed Sangamon County Coroner in 2011. Cinda was awarded the 2015 LLCC Honored Alum Award and was recognized as the Illinois Community College Trustees Association Honored Alum in 2016. Frank served in the Illinois National Guard and worked for the Springfield Fire Department, retiring as chief in 2002. He then served as Springfield’s Ward 1 Alderman. He also served as interim-mayor from December 2010 to April 2011.
Samantha McCarrel of Pawnee has been named the first recipient of the Edwards Family Memorial Scholarship. She has worked as a certified nursing assistant in the cardiac unit at St. John’s Hospital while also attending classes full-time and maintaining a 3.82 GPA. In the last year, she has earned several awards from patients and colleagues.
“I have learned how much I enjoy helping people and working together in a team environment,” McCarrel says. She plans to continue working at St. John’s Hospital as a registered nurse after graduating from the LLCC associate degree nursing program in spring 2021. She also plans to pursue a master’s degree in nursing to one day teach.