THE SPICE – America’s Spicy Political News Read – 6.12.2019 – Kamala Harris Wants Tax Hike – Buttigieg Wants “Repeal and Replace” American Military Force


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Buttigieg : “Repeal and replace” use of American military force by HISPOLITICA

Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg(D), who’s been a rising star in this election season, has not only been involved in a rivalry with President Trump, but he has also been captivating Democrats with his passionate pleas for a better America….

“Kamala Harris wants estate tax increased to pay teachers” by HISPOLITICA

Like the entire field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are doing, Sen. Kamala Harris is running a left of center campaign to win over the Democratic Party’s progressive base of support.

Harris has a “big idea” that is focused on bolstering education helping teachers, but it will cost Americans in a ‘big’ way. READ MORE



“Uncle Joe” or “Sleepy Joe” as Trump calls him, is taking another jab at the president. He’s actually getting better at this game

“President Trump thinks his tariffs are being paid by China. Just like he thinks Mexico is building the wall.”Joe Biden

Elizabeth Warren pushes for equal pay for the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team, saying that they raise more revenue than the men’s team. The U.S. men’s soccer team really sucks.

Bernie Sanders is out proudly championing abortion. Sanders is jubilant and “proud” that Vermont “reaffirmed” a woman’ right to an abortion.

Kamala Harris wants to hike the estate tax to pay teachers. See above

Pete Buttigieg : “We must put an end to endless war and refocus on future threats. We must promote American values by working to reverse the rise of authoritarianism abroad. We must treat climate change as the existential security challenge it is.”

Roberto “Beto” O’Rourke is saying and doing all the right things to appease the Democratic Party’s progressive base of support, but his polling numbers have plateaued, and in some cases dropped.

Hong Kong protests over China extradition bill by CNN

1M Protestors were pushed back by police with pepper spray, tear gas, water cannons to prevent then from storming the cities government building…

U.S. Women’s soccer team defeats Thailand 13-0 by NBC News

The historic trouncing wasn’t without incident or drama, as Megan Rapinoe refused to place her hand over her heart or sing the National Anthem in protest. She said that she may never acknowledge the anthem ever again.

“GOP leader, Ocasio-Cortez give boost to lawmaker pay hike” by The Hill

The effort got a significant boost Tuesday when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) offered support for a pay bump, saying he doesn’t want Congress to be a place where only the wealthy can afford to serve.

Freshman progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), meanwhile, forcefully made a case to her nearly 4.5 million Twitter followers, defending giving members of Congress the cost-of-living adjustment.

Trump looks to squash Amash by POLITICO

The president has discussed with aides backing a primary challenge against the lone Republican impeachment supporter.

Donald Trump and his top allies are moving to make Justin Amash pay for becoming the sole Republican congressman to call for the president’s impeachment.

DeSantis signs death warrant for anti-gay murderer by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres

This is DeSantis’ second death warrant, and still has a way to go to surpass Gov, Rick Scott’s record 23 death warrants signed

Trump Wants to Face “Mentally Weak” Biden by The Floridian’s Daniel Molina

President Trump continues chipping away at “Sleepy Joe” Biden as the former Vice President continues to slip in the most recent public opinion polls…

Rick Scott says “Democrats need to show up and start doing their jobs” by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres

Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) continues to find it hard to believe that congressional Democrats continue to refuse to secure the U.S. border to Mexico, even after the majority of Americans oppose illegal immigration.

Marco Rubio says Trump’s tariff threat worked by The Floridian’s Javier Manjarres

Even though he has been his own man in the senate, pushing back against some of Trump’s proposed executive measures, Rubio has proven himself to be a supporter of the president’s economic and foreign policy agendas.

Money continues to flow into Andrew Gillum’s committee by News Service of Florida

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum’s political committee, Forward Florida, which is playing a key role in Gillum’s voter-registration drive, received nearly $370,000 in May, according to a campaign finance report filed Monday…

“DeSantis plans to sign $91.1B budget next week,” by POLITICO Florida’s Matt Dixon: “Gov. Ron DeSantis says he will sign the state’s $91.1 billion budget next week, more than 40 days after lawmakers passed the spending plan. ‘I’ve done my first glance through everything, all the line items,’ he said Tuesday at a bill signing ceremony in The Villages.”

Georgia’s film business is on the ropes – A phrase often inaccurately attributed to Socrates is, “The only thing I know is I know nothing.” Regardless of attribution, the phrase carries with it an element of eternal truth, and that element lives in the debate as to whether the film and television industry will depart Georgia en masse in the wake of House Bill 481 abortion restrictions becoming law.

The unanswered question is will a negative reaction by this billion-dollar industry cause significant detrimental effects to the state?

The outlook is decidedly cloudy. Read more

Retiring Rep. Rob Woodall (R) had a lot to say on his recent appearance on MSNBC:

“We’ve got to get out of that business of celebrating our failures more than we celebrate our successes,” Woodall told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt. “I would argue 90 percent of the men and women in Congress, again both sides of the aisle [Republicans and Democrats], just want to get something done. We’ve got those opportunities, transportation, infrastructure. The question is: Will we be able to take yes for an answer?”

Heartbeat – Georgia’s controversial abortion law is threatening business as usual. More and more CEO’s are voices their concern that these types of laws will hurt business, or “bad for business.” CNBC

Governor Brian P. Kemp takes a page out of Florida Gov Ron DeSantis trade book as the Peach State’s head honcho will travel to S. Korea to try to drum up business. DeSantis recently traveled to Israel to do the same

Rep. Doug Collins (R) was one of the few members of congress who attended the Jon Stewart congressional committee hearing to discuss 9/11 first responder victims. Kudos to Collins, and shame on the others who didn’t bother to stop by.

Gov Greg Abbott ‘s Presser on his signing of school finance legislation

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today signed into law landmark legislation to reform school finance, increase teacher pay, and provide property tax relief. The Governor was joined by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Senator Larry Taylor, and Representative Dan Huberty who helped spearhead the effort in the legislature.

“The people of Texas demanded that we take bold action to fix our state’s broken school finance system, which is why I made school finance reform an emergency item this legislative session,” said Governor Abbott. “Thanks to the tireless efforts of those gathered here today, I am proud to sign into law transformative legislation to fix our school finance system.

This law provides additional funding to recruit and retain the best teachers for the most challenging classrooms, employ effective strategies to better educate our students, and provide lasting property tax relief to homeowners.”

More Abbott…He like’s him some Chick-Fil-A

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed the so-called “Save Chick-fil-A” bill into law, a new provision supporters say protects religious freedoms and and opponents say welcomes discrimination against LGBT Texans.

Abbott, a Republican, did not hold a public signing ceremony, but had previously tweeted his support. The new law, which will go into effect on Sept. 1, stops the government from taking adverse action against a business or person for their contributions or memberships in religious organizations. The bill was born out of the city of San Antonio’s vote to boot Chick-fil-A from the airport based on its charitable donations to certain Christian organizations.-Dallas News

Sen. Ted Cruz (R) wants Texans to sign his petition to ban former members of congress from ever lobbying. >>> Petition

Sen. John Cornyn (R) just introduced bipartisan legislation (Central American Women and Children Protection Act of 2019) to protect Central American migrant women and children. Sen. Marco Rubio, Todd Young, Bob Menendez, and Tim Kaine, are cosponsors

Rep. Veronica Escobar (D) joined the rest of the House Democrats in approving contempt charges against AG William Barr.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro (D):

I stand with the people of Hong Kong. Their peaceful protest this past weekend made a courageous statement against extradition laws that would severely undermine the rule of law and Hong Kong’s independence under one country, two systems.

Speaking out against injustice matters..

Rep. Ben Crenshaw (R) owns reporter who question his 9/11 bona fides, posts this little x-ray of his injury

Sens. Martha McSally (R) and Kyrsten Sinema (D) are once again coming together (they were at each others throats during the 2018 senate race) to help fight injustice in Arizona.

These two women aren’t, umm, ‘taking any crap’ form anyone, as they try to help the City of Nogales’ poop problems. Residents are being forced to pay for poop that isn’t even Nogales poop.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) is one busy bee up in Washington, pushing her LEGION ACT, backing a resolution for Glioblastoma Awareness, and protecting AZ students from unfair tax hikes.

Sinema press release:

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today approved a bipartisan resolution supported by Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema that designates July 17th as Glioblastoma Awareness Day. The resolution, introduced by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.), calls for a greater national effort to advance treatment options, caregiving, and general care for brain cancers. Sinema seeks to honor the legacy of legendary Arizona Senator John S. McCain III, who passed away in 2018 from brain cancer.

“John McCain was a hero and his leadership is a constant inspiration to me. I miss him terribly, and I hope this resolution helps advance new treatments for glioblastoma and all brain cancers,” said Sinema.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D) is not only a combat veteran and devout Trump critic, he is also a bit of a weather man. Gallego is warning Arizonans of a heat warning issued in that state, and is reminding them to “stay hydrated.”

Rep. Andy Biggs (R) calls House Democrats “radicals” over the recent vote to go after AG William Barr. Biggs says this is just another maneuver Democrats are making to eventually impeach President Trump.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D) is railing against the Trump administration fro banning Pride flags from being hoisted at US embassies around the world. The ban only for those Pride flags to be raised on the flagpole, not anywhere else.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

“Someone should call Obama up. The Obama Administration spied on a rival presidential campaign using Federal Agencies. I mean, that seems like a headline to me?” @TuckerCarlson It will all start coming out, and the Witch Hunt will end. Presidential Harassment!

Rep. Ted Deutch @RepTedDeutch

Rep. Ted Deutch Retweeted The New York Times

We will go to court to enforce our subpoenas. The Trump Administration cannot continue to stonewall basic Congressional oversight.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have all benefitted from Biden’s poll drop. Just look at this average of polls. This can’t be good for Biden.


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