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OUTSIDE OF DALLAS – Dana Loesch strides with purpose in chunky black unlaced boots. Past the wrought-iron chandelier and red upholstered dining-table chairs that evoke some medieval castle. Alongside the “predator wall” of horned creatures (mostly fakes), then a leopard-print banquette that seems only slightly smaller than a compact car. She was once the punk-rock
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Before being declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden was unabashed in his support for restricting Second Amendment rights. A lengthy section of his campaign website described his ambitions for new gun control, with headings such as “Keep guns out of dangerous hands” and “Make sure firearm owners take on the responsibility
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The Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium at the Rockefeller Institute of Government published a policy brief promising “Policy Solutions to Address Mass Shootings.” The Rockefeller Institute is a think tank within the State University of New York system and founded by the governors of northeastern states to offset the supposed lack of research from federal
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Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson is a hyper-conservative Republican and self-proclaimed “man of God,” Since his election as the state’s Lieutenant governor last year, he instituted a task force to review public school systems and the teaching styles used in them to compile the “Indoctrination in North Carolina Public Education Report.” That report, Robinson claimed, would
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Annette Meeks  |  Your Turn It was disappointing to read former U.S. Sen. David Durenberger’s July commentary on these pages defending the multi-state lawsuits being pursued by several states’ attorney generals including Minnesota’s Attorney General Keith Ellison. Durenberger (R-Minn.) says in that column that “taxpayers are unfairly shouldering costs of climate change” and that these lawsuits against the energy
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Yesterday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee took up the suspense file and passed SB 264, with amendments that narrow the scope of the bill to prohibit firearm, ammunition, and parts sales in the 32nd District Agricultural Association (Orange County/Costa Mesa), and SB 715, legislation that limits when a hunting license can be used for firearm purchases. These bills will now head to
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky is restarting the agency’s discontinued gun violence research program, expanding the bureaucracy’s mission beyond controlling and preventing infectious disease to include studying what President Joe Biden has called a “gun violence public health epidemic.” In an interview with CNN published Friday, Walensky called gun violence
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HOUSTON — The National Rifle Association on Tuesday, citing COVID-19 concerns, announced it has canceled its annual meeting. That meeting was to take place in Houston over three days in September. Retweeting the NRA’S announcement concerning the cancellation, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, a Democrat, wrote, “Sending thought and prayers.” As of Wednesday morning, the county
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With help from Leah Nylen, Alex Guillén and Daniel Lippman PROGRAMMING NOTE: Morning Energy will not publish from Monday Aug. 30-Monday Sept. 6. We’ll be back on our normal schedule on Tuesday Sept. 7. Editor’s Note: Morning Energy is a free version of POLITICO Pro Energy’s morning newsletter, which is delivered to our subscribers each
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The National Rifle Association (NRA) announced Tuesday that it was canceling its annual Texas meeting due to safety concerns amid rising coronavirus infections around Houston.  In a statement on its website, the gun rights advocacy group said its “top priority is ensuring the health and well-being of our members, staff, sponsors, and supporters.”  “We make
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President Biden and his Attorney General, Merrick Garland, have championed “red flag” laws that authorize courts to temporarily prohibit individuals from possessing or accessing guns based on unproven and uncorroborated allegations by family members, coworkers, law enforcement officers or others. A key feature of these laws is an initial order that is imposed “ex parte” – without notice
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The National Rifle Association announced Tuesday it was canceling its annual meeting in Houston due to Covid-19, as the recent surge of the delta variant threatens to overwhelm hospitals throughout Texas. “Due to concern over the safety of our NRA family and community, we regret to inform you that we have decided to cancel the
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