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Glenn Youngkin’s Inauguration Brings High Expectations for a New ‘Trajectory’




RICHMOND, Virginia — As Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) term comes to a close, the Saturday inauguration of Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin brings with it lofty goals and high expectations from Virginians who sought a new path after eight years of Democrat governors and two years of full Democrat control of government.

Youngkin himself set the expectations high, as he closed out his campaign setting “day one” transformative goals ranging from firing the Commonwealth’s entire five-member parole board after a series of scandals to restoring parents’ rights to make educational decisions for their children.

“It’s time for Virginia to be the place where everyone wants to live, not leave, a place where the relentless pursuit for a better life for prosperity is not burdened or blocked by self-interested politicians who are more focused on their futures than those they were elected to serve,” he said as part of his victory speech in November.

The upset Republican win in the blue-leaning Old Dominion — which saw not just Youngkin defeat former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, but also Republican wins in the lieutenant governor’s office, attorney general’s office, and the lower chamber of the General Assembly — was marked by record-breaking turnout and education becoming a dark horse issue against Democrats who decided to almost entirely focus their campaign on former President Donald Trump, not the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Thus, excitement among conservatives is high for the first time in a long time, as many Republicans appeared to have given up on statewide victory after a series of defeats.

In Youngkin’s victory speech, he called the election a “defining moment,” promising, “Together, we will change the trajectory of this commonwealth, and, friends, we are going to start that transformation on day one.”

He promised to “restore excellence in our schools,” referencing the issue that many believe propelled him to the winner’s column. Education became the defining issue in the race as parents across the Commonwealth appeared to set the stage for a nationwide debate over the teaching of the Marxist indoctrination scheme critical race theory, the implementation of sweeping transgender policies that would allow male students to use the restrooms and locker rooms of female students, and draconian coronavirus policies detrimental to students’ educations, social development, and mental health.

But Youngkin’s education goals are more than those high-profile issues, as he also promised “expanding the education budget to invest in teachers’ pay, school facilities, and special education, and implementing an ambitious initiative to expand charter schools.”

Before Virginia’s General Assembly — the oldest continuous lawmaking body in the New world — are several bills that could prove transformative. In a press conference previewing the legislative agenda, Speaker-designee Del. Todd Gilbert said they will be pursing items in a “direct response to what we heard from voters on the campaign trail.”

“Throughout the campaign, voters consistently told us they were worried about their children’s education, inflation was making it harder to take care of their families, and they wanted to see the safety of their communities improved,” he said.

“We will pass legislation that ensures advanced math classes remain an option for our students, and advanced diplomas remain a goal for our high school students to achieve,” Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), who chairs the House Education Committee, said.

“We will allocate more resources not only for our teachers, but also crumbling buildings, and we will open the door to more innovation by making it easier to create charter schools in Virginia, and make it easier for parents to choose and pay for non-public options,” he continued. “We will work to see that funding follows students, not buildings.”

Some of the bills proposed are less controversial, like funding for school construction and renovation, others, like reinventing the way school boards approve charter schools — something they have been standoffish about in the past — or making it easier to fire underperforming teachers are more controversial.

Davis also said he expects “we’ll see bills that address the [Virginia Department of Education] supplements that deem victims-slash-oppressors on the basis of race,” referring to critical race theory, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

The new government may also face local media opposition, as the Pilot also attempts to further the Democrat talking point that critical race theory is “shorthand for elementary and secondary school lessons that say racism remains a problem in the country.”

On top of legislative reforms, the terms of three of nine members of the state Board of Education expire this year, and three more expire in 2023, which will give Youngkin a chance to appoint school-choice advocates for six positions by the end of his term.

Youngkin has already appointed “two women with track records of opposing ‘critical race theory’” to top education positions. And while the Virginia Mercury is also furthering Democrat talking points on the subject, saying critical race theory is “a conservative catch-all term for racial equity and diversity initiatives in public schools,” Virginians still expect this issue to be addressed fully by the incoming Youngkin administration.

One of the appointees, former Wyoming superintendent of public instruction Jillian Balow, sought measures in her former position against “the indoctrination found in the critical race theory curriculum that has been pushed by the far-left and has found its way into some classrooms.”

For assistant superintendent of public instruction, Youngkin tapped former Fairfax County School Board member and senior fellow for Parents Defending Education Elizabeth Schultz.

“Under my direction,” Youngkin said of the appointees in a statement, “they will get to work on ensuring our schools remain safely open, ban critical race theory and political agendas from our classrooms, and rebuild our crumbling schools.”

Other “day one” goals for Glenn Youngkin includes cutting several types of taxes, including the grocery tax, suspending a recent increase in the gas tax, and doubling the Commonwealth’s standard deduction. Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach), who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, confirmed this tax plan as part of the legislative agenda.

Standing against calls to defund the police, Youngkin vowed to “comprehensively fund law enforcement because they stand up for us, and we are going to stand up for them.”

Del. Rob Bell (R-Albemarle), who chairs the House Courts of Justice Committee, said:

For the past two years, the House has passed laws that put the interests of those who commit crimes ahead of those who are their victims. We have seen a mass exodus from law enforcement, dangerous felons being released early from prison, and communities that are less safe. House Republicans will end this trend.

Youngkin’s inauguration will also highlight a positive message from his campaign about the “spirit of the Commonwealth.” On the campaign trail, Youngkin would frequently walk out to Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” at rallies as a way to introduce the theme.

Great way to kick off the weekend with prayer and service at the Reconciliation statue in Richmond. Thank you to those who joined me in service and reflection.

— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) January 14, 2022

In his final rally the night before Election Day, Youngkin said, “That spirit in the sky is telling us that this a moment, a defining moment for the future of our Commonwealth, a defining moment where we get to stand up and say no to this left, liberal, progressive agenda that’s trying to take us over. No!”

“We can build a new day, a new day for Virginians where, yes, we soar, and we never settle, a new day where all Virginians, all of us, can deserve to look forward to grabbing, to aspiring, to dreaming, and then achieving that great Virginia promise,” he continued.

The theme will be revisited at the inauguration, as the ceremony will be followed by the “Spirit of Community Inaugural Parade.”

While the outgoing Northam, in consultation with Youngkin’s team, has on the 14th declared a state of emergency due to a winter storm set to bring snow, ice, and sleet, His Excellency Glenn Youngkin — the archaic and royalistic honorific Virginia has chosen to grace its governors with since Jamestown — will be sworn into office at 12:05 p.m. Eastern on January 15 at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia.

Breccan F. Thies is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.

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Gonzaga Suspends Legendary Alum John Stockton’s Season Tickets over Mask Refusal




Former NBA star John Stockton, Gonzaga University’s most famous alumni, has had his season tickets revoked by the school because he won’t wear a mask at home games.

The famed Utah Jazz point guard recently told the Spokane, Washington, Spokesman-Review that the school canceled his season tickets because he refused a demand that he wear a mask because, as a prominent spectator, his mask refusal is conspicuous.

#Gonzaga has suspended the season tickets of its most prominent alum, John Stockton, for failing to comply with the school’s mask mandate.

What’s next for Stockton and his alma mater?

“I’m sure we’ll get through it, but it’s not without some conflict.”

— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) January 23, 2022

“Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit,” Stockton said. “And therefore, they received complaints and felt like from whatever the higher-ups – those weren’t discussed, but from whatever it was higher up – they were going to have to either ask me to wear a mask or they were going to suspend my tickets.”

Stockton reported that Gonzaga Athletic Director Chris Standiford let him know of the school’s decision to bar him from the stadium. Still, he also noted that several officials had asked him to wear a mask.

John Stockton is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony on September 11, 2009 in Springfield,...

SPRINGFIELD, MA – SEPTEMBER 11: John Stockton is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony on September 11, 2009, in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Standiford would not comment on the situation with Stockton but did say that the athletics department is only adhering to rules set forth by the school and the state. Standiford also cited the closing of concessions as an example of the school’s efforts at COVID mitigation.

Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh also noted that masks are required, telling the paper, “it is imperative that we commit to wearing face coverings while in indoor, congregate settings. Masks are required in all classrooms, labs, and common areas such as offices, study lounges, hallways, library spaces, and places where others are present (with obvious exceptions, such as dining and certain fitness center activities). Students, ticket-holders, and all those attending basketball games at McCarthey Center and sporting events indoors are required to wear masks at all times.”

Stockton did say that while the masking and vaccination demands have put stress on his relationship with the school, he does not consider it a deal-breaker at this time.

The famed NBA player is known as a vaccine skeptic. Even in the Spokesman-Review interview, he claimed that more than 100 pro athletes had died immediately after being vaccinated. He also said that tens of thousands have died from taking the COVID vaccine.

The CDC claims it has received reports of 11,468 deaths of Americans in the weeks following vaccination. However, the agency has not determined if any of those deaths are related to the various coronavirus vaccines themselves or are from other causes.

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Dr. Robert Malone Claims COVID Vaccines Can Permanently Damage Children’s Brains, Hearts, Immune Systems





 By Andrew White

 January 23, 2022 at 5:50pm

Dr. Robert Malone, inventor of modern mRNA vaccine technology, issued a stark warning to parents in America and across the world about vaccinating their children for COVID-19 during a powerful speech at the Defeat the Mandates Rally in Washington DC today.

Banned-yet-popular mRNA vaccine technology inventor Dr. Robert Malone issued a grave warning to American parents today who are considering vaccinating their children for COVID-19 during a powerful speech in front of thousands of protestors at the Defeat the Mandates Rally in Washington DC.

Malone warned that the controversial COVID-19 vaccine injections can cause permanent harm to American children, urging parents to get informed about the risks before making the decision for their child.

“As a parent, those that are parents or going to be parents, it is ultimately your responsibility to protect your children. If they’re harmed by these genetic vaccines, you are the one who will have to take care of them. And you will carry the burden for the rest of your life and theirs. On average, between 1-in-2000 and 1-in-3000 children that receive these vaccines will be hospitalized in the short-term with vaccine-caused damage. Only the passage of time will we know what long-term damage may occur to these children,” Dr. Malone said.

“The vaccines do not protect our children from becoming infected with Omicron. They do not prevent infected children from infecting others. In contrast, the pharmaceutical companies and the government are almost fully protected from any damages these products might cause them.”

“If your child is damaged by these vaccines, you will be let alone with both your grief and the burden of care. These genetic vaccines can damage your children,” Dr. Malone said.

“They may damage their brains, their heart, their immune system, and their ability to have children in the future. Many of these damages cannot be repaired,” he continued. “So I beg you, please get informed about the possible risks. Your children may be damaged by these experimental products.”

You can watch Dr. Malone’s full speech here.

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Minneapolis Restaurants File Lawsuit Against Democrat Mayor Jacob Frey’s Vax Mandate




Numerous Minneapolis restaurants are suing Democrat Mayor Jacob Frey over the city’s vaccine mandate that went into effect on Wednesday.

The mandate, issued on January 14, requires that “everyone entering an establishment that serves food or drink in Minneapolis must show proof of either being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or having a negative PCR or antigen test taken within three days.”

Seven establishments have filed a joint lawsuit against Frey’s order, according to KMSP. The complaint was filed Thursday in Hennepin County Fourth Judicial Court.

The complaint, obtained by KMSP, states the order “is calculated and purposed to attempt to prod the general public toward vaccination.”

The lawsuit later reads in part:

48. Minneapolis bars and restaurants are being used as pawns to further Mayor Frey’s agenda of pushing for and convincing the public to get vaccinated. Whether the end being sought is noble, the scheme is forcing restaurants and bars to lose additional patrons and business that have already been reduced over the past two years and incur new costs and burdens to enforce the requirements of Emergency Regulation 2022—5.

49. These actions constitute misuse of mayoral power aimed to further at best long-term public health policy, and at minimum personal agenda item of Mayor Frey, and are certainly not the intent or purpose for which the emergency powers outlined in Minneapolis Code of Ordinances §§ 128.50 or 128.60 or Minn. Stat. 12.29.

One of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs, Francis Rondoni, spoke with KMSP regarding the lawsuit.

“Jacob Frey does not have the power to do what he did. You cannot just act by edict or fiat, as they say. There’s a legislative process that has to occur and he bypassed that,” Rondoni said. 

Rondoni made clear to the outlet that his clients are not against vaccinations, adding they want to be treated the same as other Minneapolis businesses. 

“To put bar owners in a situation where they are arguing with patrons about whether they can get in or not is also a safety issue,” Rondoni stated. 

The plaintiffs include: 

Bright Red Group, LLC (d/b/a Smack Shack), 90’s Minneapolis, LLC (d/b/a The Gay 90’s), PJ. Hafiz Club Management, Inc. (d/b/a Sneaky Pete’s), Urban entertainment, LLC (d/b/a Wild Greg’s Saloon), Urban Forage, LLC (d/b/a Urban Forage), and MikLin Enterprises, Inc. (d/b/a Jimmy John’s), Inc. (d/b/a Bunkers Music Bar 8t Grill)

Frey’s Office sent a statement to KMSP:

Mayor Frey’s approach is straightforward: keep our hospitals from being overwhelmed and keep our valuable small businesses open. That is precisely why he moved forward with this temporary and flexible approach in anticipation of the rising case numbers and hospitalizations. Doing nothing in the face of clear public health data was not an option.

“A hearing on a temporary restraining order is scheduled for Monday,” KMSP reports.

The case is Bright Red Group, LLC (d/b/a Smack Shack) v. City of Minneapolis, No. 27-CV-22-867, in District Court of Hennepin County, Minnesota.

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