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Alabama, California, Colorado, Texas | July 11, 2021

House Republicans Call for Comprehensive Audit of Pandemic-Related Unemployment Insurance Fraud

Alabama, California, Colorado, Texas | July 11, 2021

Thirty House members, all Republicans, asked the Labor Department acting inspector general to do an “official audit” of unemployment insurance fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is past time we learned how much of American taxpayers’ dollars have actually been given to fraudulent claims,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter (pdf) to Acting Inspector General Larry Turner on July 8. “We therefore urge that United States Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General conduct an official audit to determine to what extent did fraud occur in COVID-related unemployment assistance programs.”

Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), and 25 other House Republicans coauthored the letter.

The Republicans said that fraudulent activities are still running rampant across the country in unemployment insurance programs, citing a report from Turner’s office and a media report….

(Excerpts from Epoch Times)

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Colorado | June 14, 2021

CSU Students for Life push back against student government’s ‘pro-abortion’ resolution

Colorado | June 14, 2021

The Students for Life group at Colorado State University isn’t backing down after the university’s student government passed a resolution banning reproductive resource centers which discourage abortion from advertising their services on campus.

During an April 21 hearing, Resolution 5008 passed, which was aimed in particular at the Alpha Center, a pregnancy resource center near CSU’s campus that’s rooted in Christian values and offers a variety of services to its patients at no charge, including professional counseling, STD testing, pregnancy tests and limited ultrasounds. The resolution effectively forbid the Alpha Center and others resource centers like it from promoting their services on campus, calling it “misinformation.”

Father Rocco Porter, pastor of St. John XXIII Parish, which serves CSU’s students, expressed disappointment at the resolution.

“It just proves that they’re not actually ‘pro-choice,’” he said. “They don’t want people to have choices. They’re pro-abortion.”..

(Excerpts from Denver Catholic)

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Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee | June 7, 2021

Migration Study Shows Big Cities Continue Losing Population During First Quarter

Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee | June 7, 2021

Americans in the first quarter of 2021 continued their 2020 pattern of moving from expensive, densely populated areas to warmer, more tax-affordable states, according to a new study from Updater Technologies.

Updater Technologies is an online platform that allows people to use a centralized hub for moving, including finding a moving company, connecting internet and utility services and updating their address. The company says the inbound and outbound data it uses is more reliable than tabulating mail forwarding forms because it captures fully completed permanent moves in real time. It also indexes cities and states based on population, since using raw numbers would skew toward the most populated areas based on sheer volume.

Out of roughly 300,000 household moves during the first quarter, only 16 states had a greater percentage of inbound moves than outbound: Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Colorado, Georgia and Maine.

Half of those states are considered to be year-round warm weather states. In addition, four of them – Nevada, Florida, Tennessee and Texas – do not levy a state income tax.

“It’s been fascinating to watch migration patterns shift away from cities and to warmer weather climates during the pandemic,” said Updater CEO David Greenberg. “With vaccinations underway, restrictions lifted in some of our hardest-hit cities, and companies rolling out permanent hybrid working solutions, we’re anticipating a summer moving season unlike any other with a series of new, atypical patterns.”

Updater said its first quarter data for 2020 showed a higher-than-expected volume of moves, but that plummeted in March as the coronavirus pandemic hit and many states issued shelter in place orders. Move volume did not reach expected summer levels until the third quarter, and the fourth quarter of last year showed typical volumes that would be expected in a non-pandemic year…

(Excerpts from the Virginia Star)

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Colorado | June 3, 2021

The War On Children

Colorado | June 3, 2021

I know many of you are deeply concerned about our country today, as I am. It is rocking and reeling like a ship on a stormy sea. Everything we have cherished about America is under assault, encompassing the entire Judeo-Christian ethic. Where do we start to preserve what we can’t afford to lose? Specifically, what should be our highest priority in the battle to save our crumbling culture? It is my conviction that above all else, we must rise to the defense of this generation of children. Their minds and souls are in severe jeopardy.

When I survey what is being done to the most vulnerable members of society, I become alarmed and angry. Children are the future of the human race. You and I will soon pass from the scene, and today’s younger generation will “inherit the earth.” The Marxist-Leftist activists and liberal politicians who are engineering today’s revolution understand this dynamic fully. They recognize that everything they and their socialist predecessors have sought to achieve for many decades is suddenly within reach. This is why they are throwing hell itself at the young. They are striking while the iron is red hot.

Life offers us only a few brief years to introduce our kids to Jesus Christ, and to teach them the biblical principles on which tomorrow’s civilization will depend. Their eternal destinies will rely on our fulfillment of this charge. Arrayed against us are formidable foes who hate what we hold dear. They are armed with powerful weapons that include the leftist educational establishment, the entertainment industry, the liberal courts, the pornography business, the nation’s universities, the Internet, and almost every center of power. Each of these entities and many more are increasingly hostile to the traditional family and to the values that once provided the foundation for Western Civilization. You—moms, dads and grandparents—are rapidly losing your progeny…

(Excerpt from Dr. James Dobson)

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Colorado | May 16, 2021

Space Force Officer Relieved After Denouncing Marxism, Critical Race Theory in Military

Colorado | May 16, 2021

A U.S. Space Force commanding officer was removed from his post after publishing a book that warned of the spread of Marxism and critical race theory in the military.

The Space Force confirmed that it relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, a former instructor and fighter pilot, as commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron.

“Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Space Operations Command commander, relieved Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier of command of the 11th Space Warning Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, May 14, due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead,” the Space Force said in a statement to various news outlets over the weekend.

“This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast. Lt. Gen. Whiting has initiated a Command Directed Investigation (CDI) on whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity,” according to the statement…

(Excepts from the Epoch Times)

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Colorado | April 9, 2021

Rep. Ken Buck Condemns Biden’s Actions on 2nd Amendment Rights

Colorado | April 9, 2021

Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., pushed back on President Joe Biden’s assertion that his executive orders and other actions do not violate the Second Amendment, condemning his nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Appearing on Newsmax TV on Thursday, Buck was responding to Biden’s announcement earlier in the day that outlined several executive orders on firearms and unveiled David Chipman, adviser to the Giffords gun control advocacy group, as his choice to run the ATF.

”The first thing that he did that will seriously infringe on our Second Amendment rights is the nominee he has for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms,” Buck said on “Spicer & Co.” “This guy is a known constitutional infringer…

Buck claimed that Biden is avoiding attempting to enact new gun control measures through legislation because the Democrats don’t have the votes in Congress. ”They will do it through their executive actions, through rules, regulations and executive orders, he said, ”what they can’t do through Congress because Americans recognize the constitutional protections we have.”…

(Excerpt from Newsmax)

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