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Proposed Florida Senate map headed to chamber floor




The full Senate could vote on the map next week.

A proposed Senate map (S 8058) advanced from committee on Thursday. Now, the cartography that will dictate the chamber’s future potentially for a decade could land on the Senate floor as soon as next week.

The Senate Reapportionment Committee voted up on legislation generated over months. At the meeting, senators approved an amendment from Sen. Ray Rodrigues, the Estero Republican chairing the committee, that ensures fewer cities end up in split districts. That included making whole Laurel Hill, Holly Hill, Titusville, Winter Haven and Pembroke Pines, all cities that originally had portions pushed into adjacent districts in a staff produced map (S 8046).

That means the committee actually approved a map submitted by Rodrigues.

“The result is a map that would yield only 22 cities in which the entire population is not contained in one district, outside of Tier 1 requirements,” Rodrigues said. The Tier 1 requirements require minority access districts not to diminish in the redistricting process.

The Senate also held a card-drawing procedure to determine which proposed districts end up with even or odd numbers, a matter of political consequences that had to be determined randomly per court edict.

Of note, the subcommittee rejected another amendment, this one from Sen. Audrey Gibson. The Jacksonville Senator expressed concern that Senate District 5, analogous to the Senate District 6 she now represents, doesn’t best serve many constituents in the Jacksonville area. She favored a prior proposal where the borders of the district nestled into the borders of the proposed Florida’s 5th Congressional District as it appears on a Congressional map (S 8040) advanced by the committee earlier in the day.

She said the duck-shaped district that made it on the final Senate draft map lacked the economic development opportunities that would come in extending to the west. The district as proposed by Gibson included First Coast and Cecil.

“I’m making the point that the district can be constitutional, and (we can) still make sure that there’s grocery stores and things like that within the district,” she said.

Gibson ultimately cast a vote against advancing the final map, as did Ocoee Democratic Sen. Randolph Bracy.

From here, the Senate will take the map to the floor next week, and then wait for the House to finish its process, one proving more lengthy as House staff draws a legislative map with 120 districts as opposed to the Senate’s 40.

The map as drawn brings significant political consequences.

Sen. Tina Polsky, a Boca Raton Democrat, has already indicated she will run in now-proposed Senate District 30 — a jurisdiction represented now by Sen. Gary Farmer, a Lighthouse Point Democrat, as Senate District 34. The proposed map actually puts Polsky’s current home in the new Senate District 26, with Sen. Lori Berman, a Delray Beach Democrat.

The districts would place Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book in the same district as Rosalind Osgood, who won a primary on Tuesday to represent the existing Senate District 33 following Sen. Perry Thurston’s resignation to run for Congress. Book and Osgood both live in the proposed Senate District 32.

The map selected by Rodrigues puts Farmer in Senate District 37, which is represented now by Sen. Jason Pizzo, a Miami Democrat, in the existing Senate District 38. Pizzo’s candidate address with the Division of Elections now lies in the proposed Senate District 36, which is represented by Republican Sen. Ileana Garcia in current Senate District 37. Notably that appears to be a commercial address and Pizzo’s address is exempt as he is a former prosecutor. Garcia ends up in proposed Senate District 38.

As for partisan performance, an analysis of the lines by MCI Maps run by Democratic consultant Matt Isbell looked at how voters in proposed districts performed in the 2020 presidential election. On the proposed map, 23 districts favored Republican Donald Trump and 17 favored Democrat Joe Biden. The current Senate make-up includes 24 Republicans and 15 Democrats, with one seat vacant in a Democrat-leaning district.

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New York Times Complains CDC Victimized by ‘Imperfect Science’



Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on June 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Top federal health officials discussed efforts for safely getting back to work and school during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo …
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been victimized by “imperfect science,” the New York Times complained Monday.

While the establishment media throughout the pandemic have urged Americans to “trust the science” because it is the “only method we have of understanding the world,” the Times acknowledged that science is imperfect.

The revelation about the fallibility of science was a reason for the Times to scapegoat President Biden’s failing coronavirus response. In an article titled, “The C.D.C.’s New Challenge? Grappling With Imperfect Science,” the publication warned readers that federal government mandates, recommended by health experts, cannot keep pace with the CDC’s science.

“The Omicron coronavirus variant is moving much faster than researchers can, worsening a longstanding problem: The agency (CDC) must make tough decisions with scant data,” the article read.

The absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science. It’s astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity.

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 28, 2021

The Times suggested there is urgency for Biden’s CDC to recommend mandates at “breakneck” speed yet admitted the decisions are prone to problems because science is revealing “insufficient evidence”:

Because decisions must be made at a breakneck pace, the agency has issued recommendations based on what once would have been considered insufficient evidence, amid growing public concern about how these guidelines affect the economy and education.

The paper continued to assert the CDC’s medical decisions, based on its scientific method, have become “demoralizing” for a “bureaucracy staffed primarily by medical professionals” due to the shifting scientific evidence.

“The most recent example, the isolation advice, left turmoil within the agency over the way in which it was established and announced,” the paper wrote about the CDC’s ever-changing coronavirus health guidelines.

The Times‘ warning that the CDC’s science is imperfect comes as Biden’s top medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, claimed in November to be synonymous with science.

“If they get up and really aim their bullets at Tony Fauci, well people can recognize that there’s a person there, so it’s easy to criticize, but they’re really criticizing science because I represent science,” the doctor defended himself against accusations of fallibility.

Last week, scientific health experts defended Fauci’s credibility and professed their “unreserved respect and trust as a scientist and a national leader.”

“His advice has been as well informed as data and the rapidly evolving circumstances allowed,” the letter continued. “And importantly, he has given his advice with humility, being clear about what we know and what is unknown, but requires judgment.”

Follow Wendell Husebø on Twitter @WendellHusebø

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Salt Lake Tribune Calls For ‘Mass Vaccination Campaign,’ National Guard To ‘Ensure’ Unvaccinated Aren’t ‘Allowed, Well, Anywhere’





 By Andrew White

 January 17, 2022 at 12:33pm

The Editorial Board for The Salt Lake Tribune thinks the state of Utah should conduct a totalitarian mass vaccination campaign involving National Guard troops, who would “ensure that people without proof of vaccination would not be allowed, well, anywhere.”

Editors for The Salt Lake Tribune believe that Utah Governor Spencer Cox should deploy National Guard troops in his state to enforce a totalitarian mass vaccination campaign and seemingly isolate the unvaccinated from society, according to a piece they wrote titled “Utah leaders have surrendered to COVID pandemic, the Editorial Board writes.”

In the beginning of the piece, the editors accuse Utah leadership of “waving the white flag of surrender in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.”

According to them, the state government should have launched a post-9/11 or post-Pearl Harbor style government campaign, and apparently martial law, to implement tyrannical mask and vaccine mandates at the start of the pandemic.

The Utah government’s reluctance to deploy troops on the streets, combined with an alleged COVID-19 test shortage, and the spread of “misinformation” upsets the editors at the Tribune.

“For more than two years now, officials at all levels and in all branches of our government have missed chance after chance to get a handle on this rapidly spreading and rapidly evolving virus,” they complained.

“Rather than call for the kind of patriotic coming together that Americans responded to after Pearl Harbor and 9/11, we were assured that it was not a real problem, that it would ‘magically disappear,’ even that it was all a hoax, a plot to extend the power of the federal government and/or further enrich Big Pharma.”

They further claim that while Governor Cox advocates for the COVID-19 vaccines, which do not prevent individuals from catching or spreading the virus, he has not done enough.

They especially took issue with how the state’s congressional delegation and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes “so proudly stood against” mandating the controversial injections, and that the U.S. Supreme Court declared Joe Biden’s OSHA vaccine mandates unconstitutional.

Would you support a mass vaccination campaign?

The editors wrote that the newly discovered Omicron variant, which has been infecting vaccinated people, was “predictable.”

“And the challenge is the same as it was with alpha and delta: Most people weather it OK, but the serious cases are still enough to overwhelm hospitals,” wrote the editors, without acknowledging the possibility that Utah hospitals firing unvaccinated healthcare workers may have something to do with poor hospital functionality.

At the end of the piece, the editors fantasize about a military-imposed mass vaccination campaign, as well as the apparent oppression of those who do not provide proof of vaccination to the authorities.

“We might have headed off omicron with a herd immunity-level of vaccinations, but that would have required a vaccination mandate, which our leaders refused. Instead, we get, ‘No one could have seen this coming.’ That is patently untrue. They were told what to do, and they refused,” they wrote.

“Were Utah a truly civilized place, the governor’s next move would be to find a way to mandate the kind of mass vaccination campaign we should have launched a year ago, going as far as to deploy the National Guard to ensure that people without proof of vaccination would not be allowed, well, anywhere.”

Emphasis added by National File.

About the Author:

Andrew White is a Northern Virginia native. His work here at National File has been previously featured on Alex Jones’ Infowars and Revolver News. White is a constitutionalist Patriot, who focuses on social issues, election integrity, globalism, US politics, as well as general corporate and government corruption.

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Clyburn: People Stopping Build Back Better, Voting Rights Legislation ‘Supporting Autocracy Over Democracy’




Monday on MSNBC’s “Craig Melvin Reports,” Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) slammed his congressional colleagues who helped stall President Joe Biden’s so-called “Build Back Better” agenda and voting rights legislation.

Clyburn, who admitted he had run out of patience, argued that the people who stopped the two Democrat bills “are supporting autocracy over democracy.”

“[T]he same people who are stopping this, they’re stopping Build Back Better. And the child tax credit that we need in place now is in Build Back Better. Affordable housing that we need for people who lost their houses and lost their wealth is now — has got less than half the wealth that white people have, we need the affordable housing bill. That’s in a Build Back Better,” Clyburn outlined. “And so people who are stopping Build Back Better, stopping voting, they are trying to go to the heart of what’s needed in the African American community in order for us to maintain this pursuit of perspective that we have been on for a long, long time.”

“These people are supporting autocracy over democracy, and that’s the big issue here,” he added. “It would have come earlier if the president had put this out there earlier.

Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent

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