Month: April 2020

Trump supporters endanger themselves and the country by protesting social distancing orders. Jamie Squire / Getty Images Here’s your daily roundup of all the local and national news about COVID-19. (Like our coverage? Please consider donating to the Mercury to keep it comin’!) • As of today, Oregon’s total number of COVID-19 cases is 1,986
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April 20, 2020 By Jon King / jking@whmi.com A full slate of nine Democratic candidates is running for seats on the Livingston County Commission in the 2020 election. According to a release from the Livingston County Democratic Party, the nine candidates include a farmer, teachers, a banker, a lawyer, a home repair specialist, a stay-at-home
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Protests against state stay-at-home orders have attracted a wide range of fringe activists and ardent Trump supporters. They have also attracted a family of political activists whom some Republican lawmakers have called “scam artists.” A family-run network of pro-gun groups is behind five of the largest Facebook groups dedicated to protesting the shelter-in-place restrictions, according
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A network of pro-gun activists and numerous prominent Republican groups are behind at least some of the protests of coronavirus restrictions seen around the country in recent days. Some of the largest Facebook groups calling for protests around the country are run by three far-right gun activists who believe the National Rifle Association (NRA) is too liberal,
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A trio of far-right, pro-gun provocateurs is behind some of the largest Facebook groups calling for anti-quarantine protests across the country, offering the latest illustration that some seemingly organic demonstrations are being engineered by a network of conservative activists. The Facebook groups target Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, and they appear to be the
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A trio of far-right, pro-gun provocateurs is behind some of the largest Facebook groups calling for anti-quarantine protests across the country, offering the latest illustration that some seemingly organic demonstrations are being engineered by a network of conservative activists. The Facebook groups target Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, and they appear to be the
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The online activity helps cement the impression that opposition to the restrictions is more widespread than polling suggests. Nearly 70 percent of Republicans said they supported a national stay-at-home order, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. Ninety-five percent of Democrats backed such a measure in the survey. Still, the Facebook groups have become digital hubs
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Shooting ranges and game farms will be allowed to reopen tomorrow following the issuance of Governor Tim Walz’s Executive Order to lessen restrictions on outdoor recreation.  Thankfully, this order also loosens restrictions on hunting and fishing, allowing Minnesota citizens to once again take to the field and resume enjoying America’s oldest traditions. Today’s order comes
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  Our Second Amendment rights are being threatened. The City of Portland needs to hear from you now! In response to COVID-19, the Portland Mayor and City Council adopted Order No. 156-19/20 on April 14th, which replaced the list of essential businesses previously authorized by the city.  The order stated that “Gun shops shall not be considered an essential business or service within
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Late yesterday, NRA and other pro-Second Amendment plaintiffs filed a motion in federal court seeking a TRO (temporary restraining order) in the lawsuit previously filed against anti-gun Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.  If the motion is granted, the state will be prohibited from enforcing the closure of gun stores and shooting ranges under the Governor’s COVID-19
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DATE:    April 16, 2020 TO:       USF & NRA Members and Friends FROM:   Marion P. Hammer   USF Executive Director   NRA Past President   While THE TRACE, another Bloomberg creation, is touting a bogus study that attempts to claim guns are used more in suicides than for self defense, facts show otherwise.   According to data
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Georgia state representative Vernon Jones, apostate. Photo: Georgia House of Representatives Nothing excites the pro-Trump media quite like an African-American public figure endorsing the Boss. On the rare occasion it happens, there is much excitement about this being the tip of an emerging iceberg of black support for the man who Made America Great Again
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Former President Barack Obama endorsed Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and his own former VP, in a roughly 12-minute video posted to YouTube on Tuesday. He lauded Biden’s career, family, and personal values while pledging support for the ways Biden could take the reins of the United States’ fluctuating economy amid the COVID-19
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Pet stores are considered essential. So are landscapers. Hair salons aren’t. Neither are shops that sell books or clothes. The Trump administration’s labeling of industries considered “essential” is quickly creating winners and losers as coronavirus shuts down swaths of the economy. It’s also setting off a lobbying frenzy among industries — from battery makers to
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In recent years, the Bay State’s two highest-ranking public officials have been at war with the Second Amendment. In 2016, Attorney General Maura Healey (D) unilaterally perverted a state law that had been on the books for 18 years in order to prohibit thousands of legal semi-automatic firearms. In 2018, Governor Charlie Baker (R) undermined the government’s system of checks and
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The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, has come under fire in recent weeks for unloading stock holdings right before the market crashed on fears of coronavirus and for a timely sale of shares in an obscure Dutch fertilizer company. Now the North Carolina Republican’s 2017 sale of his Washington, D.C., home to
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Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-53) is circulating a letter to Governor Newsom asking that all firearm and ammunition sales in California be halted during the COVID-19 crisis to “mitigate undue risks to our public.”  Once again, California anti-gun extremists are wasting no time taking advantage of the national crisis to read from the same script: while the emergency is
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