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Missouri, Texas, Utah | July 27, 2021

3 GOP Senators Urge Supreme Court to Overturn Roe v. Wade

Missouri, Texas, Utah | July 27, 2021

Three Republican senators have filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to return the power to make legislation concerning abortion to the states by overturning the historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision, The Epoch Times reported.

Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri, Mike Lee of Utah, and Ted Cruz of Texas, said in the brief on Monday that Roe v. Wade’s approach “proved controversial, and conceptually flawed, from the outset,” while the Parenthood v. Casey decision’s undue burden standard is ambiguous and has made it difficult for courts to consistently apply it, calling it “too subjective” and is “unworkable and unpredictable.”

Roe v. Wade prohibits states from banning abortions prior to when the fetus is deemed “viable,” with the ruling asserting that a woman has a constitutional right to an abortion in the “pre-viability” period and that state laws dealing with abortion would have to pass the strict scrutiny standard, the highest and most stringent standard of judicial review that courts use to determine the constitutionality of laws….

(Excerpts from Newsmax)

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Utah | July 16, 2021

Sen. Lee warns ‘reckless government spending is finally catching up with us’

Utah | July 16, 2021

Editor’s note: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) took to the Senate Floor this week delivering a sobering speech explaining to Americans what is really going on with Washington’s out-of-control spending and the impact it is having on Americans. We are printing his speech in its entirety and hope you will share it with others to help educate them about what is at stake.

For far too long, the federal government’s simply been spending and borrowing far more money than it should.  It’s been borrowing and spending money that it doesn’t have. For individuals, for businesses, even for states and local governments this kind of conduct is not just inadvisable.

Sure, people can get away with that for a short period of time but the laws of mathematics very quickly catch up with them and so they they can’t do it.  But the federal government is unique in this regard. There’s something about the size of the U.S. economy, coupled with the status of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. It’s a combination of factors that has given the federal government this ability that’s somewhat unique you see because it has access to essentially what amounts to a printing press in Washington, DC that prints out more and more money with reckless abandon. So the federal government just spends more money as if the laws of mathematics did not apply…

(Excerpts from The Daily Torch)

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Utah | July 9, 2021

36 States Sue Google over Alleged Anticompetitive Practices in Play Store

Utah | July 9, 2021

State attorneys general of 36 states and the District of Columbia filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google on Wednesday alleging the company engaged in anticompetitive practices in its Play Store for Android.

The complaint argues Google holds and unlawfully maintains a monopoly in the market of “Android app distribution,” using anticompetitive tactics such as blocking competitors from accessing the Play Store, discouraging the creation of competing app stores, and acquiring smaller app developers. The complaint also alleges Google charges app developers up to a 30% commission when customers purchase their products through the Google Play Store.

“Google has taken steps to close the ecosystem from competition and insert itself as the middleman between app developers and consumers,” the plaintiffs argue.

The plaintiffs claim that Google’s size and anticompetitive tactics have made it so app developers have no choice but to use Google’s software, which puts developers at the mercy of Google’s policies and fees.

“Google Play Store distributes over 90% of all Android apps in the United States. No competing Android app store has more than 5% of the market,” the complaint reads.

The complaint also argues that Google’s practices harm consumers. The plaintiffs claim the tech giant’s policy requiring all Play Store apps sell digital in-app content through Google’s billing service creates a monopoly on in-app payment processing, which the company can then abuse…

(Excerpts from the Virginia Star)

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California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont | June 2, 2021

Red States Top Those with Lowest Unemployment Rates

California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont | June 2, 2021
by Bethany Blankley
Republican-led states and Vermont reported the lowest unemployment rates in April, according to a new report by the U.S. Commerce Department. States led by Democratic governors recorded the highest jobless rates, according to the report.

Unemployment rates were lower in April in 12 states and the District of Columbia and stable in 38 states, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

States with the highest unemployment rates in April were Hawaii (8.5%), California (8.3%), New Mexico and New York (both at 8.2%), and Connecticut (8.1%). All five states with the highest unemployment are run by Democratic trifectas, meaning Democrats control the governor’s office and both houses of the state legislature.

The four states with the lowest jobless rates in April were all run by Republican trifectas: Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Utah, with 2.8% each. Vermont, with a Republican governor and a Democratic-controlled state House and Senate, ranked fifth-best with an unemployment rate of 2.9%.

Overall, 31 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. national average of 6.1%. The majority – 26 – are Republican-led states. Of the 19 states and the District of Columbia with jobless rates higher than the national average, 14 are led by Democrats…

(Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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District of Columbia, Utah | May 24, 2021

DOJ Seizes $90,000, Charges Black Lives Matter Supporter Who Allegedly ‘Stormed Capitol,’ Sold Footage to News Outlets

District of Columbia, Utah | May 24, 2021

The Department of Justice (DOJ) seized $90,000 from a Utah man who sold footage of Ashli Babbitt being shot during the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, according to court filings filed by federal prosecutors.

John Earle Sullivan, a political activist who reportedly attended Black Lives Matter protests last year and who allegedly agitated rioters inside the Capitol, was also charged with new weapons charges, according to the documents unsealed last week…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Utah | May 20, 2021

Utah Passes Bill Banning Mandatory Masks in Public Schools and Universities

Utah | May 20, 2021

The Utah legislature passed a measure on Wednesday prohibiting public schools and universities from requiring masks in the next school year.

Earlier this year, 30-40 parents in their Granite School District got so heated during a board meeting that police were called on them.

The Associated Press reports that bill sponsor Rep. Val Peterson said “county officials would still be able to invoke mask orders in consultation with local health officials in schools that have coronavirus outbreaks. The legislation only applies to COVID-19 and would not prevent people from wearing face coverings.”

“At some point this has to end,” Peterson said. “What this bill is really about is making sure we have those assurances to our students that they can go forward next fall and get right into the school year without the thought of masks and what that might mean.”..

(Excerpts from the Gateway Pundit)

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