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New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, in a tweet on Nov. 27, regarding the thousands of flight cancellations and delays on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. An estimated 4.5 million Americans were expected to fly over the holiday. Many expect this year’s holiday season to be especially busy for travel. (NPR — Nov. 27, 2022)
U.S. House of Representatives member Kevin McCarthy, calling on Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to step down for the Biden administration’s lenient policies that have encouraged more U.S.-Mexico border crossings. (Reuters — Nov. 22, 2022)
President Joe Biden, while he was welcoming turkeys Chocolate and Chip to be pardoned in front of hundreds of people on the South Lawn on Monday, Nov. 21. Chocolate and Chip each weighed nearly 50 pounds and were driven up from North Carolina the day prior to the event. (Associated Press — Nov. 22, 2022)
Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez, regarding at least two people who helped to subdue the gunman in the Club Q shooting that left five people dead and at least 25 others injured late on Saturday. (NPR — Nov. 21, 2022)
Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, refusing to concede the race to Democrat Katie Hobbs. The Associated Press has called the race for Hobbs, but Lake says she plans to assemble lawyers and evidence to prove that long lines at polling places and ballot printer errors in Maricopa County inhibited voters’ ability to cast their ballots. (Associated Press — Nov. 18, 2022)
Rev. Fletcher Harper, an Episcopal priest and executive director of GreenFaith, regarding a new report that found that highly religious Americans are far less likely than other U.S. adults to be concerned about global warming. (Associated Press — Nov. 17, 2022)
Blackstone Inc. Chief Executive Stephen Schwarzman, one of Wall Street’s biggest donors to Donald Trump’s election campaigns, regarding his announcement that he will not support the former president in his 2024 bid. Schwarzman spent $35.5 million to support Republicans ahead of last week’s midterm elections. (Reuters — Nov. 16, 2022)
Jeff Bezos, regarding what customers and business owners can do to help themselves during this economic decline that could stumble into a recession. Amazon is planning to lay off approximately 10,000 employees this week. (The Hill — Nov. 15, 2022)
Jay Jacobs, New York State Democratic Party chair, commenting on how many of his critics may consider him the worst person in the world, but believes he only ranks as third or fourth worst. Jacobs claims that many of his critics misunderstand his role as state party chair. (The Intercept — Nov. 12, 2022)
Veronica Lightning Horse Perez, one of the lead proponents behind the successful psilocybin legalization effort in Colorado. (NBC News - November 11, 2022)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s director of tobacco products Brian King, regarding the need to reduce adolescent use of nicotine products. Recent data found that 3.08 million U.S. middle and high school students reported using a tobacco product in the last 30 days, a decrease from the previous two years. However, one in nine U.S. teenagers were currently using a tobacco product. (Reuters — Nov. 10, 2022)
Michael McDonald, a political science professor at the University of Florida, regarding minor issues that occurred on Election Day. Possibly the biggest problem was in Maricopa County, Ariz., where a printer issue rendered nearly 20 percent of ballot counters unusable early in the day, though county officials said the problem was fixed just a few hours later. (NPR — Nov. 9, 2022)
Jan Auld, vice president of the Right to Life group of Lea County, N.M., regarding the city of Hobbs’ decision to ban abortions, despite the procedure being legal in the state. The town is advertising itself as a “sanctuary city for the unborn.” The all-male Hobbs City Commission voted on the issue unanimously. (Reuters — Nov. 8, 2022)
Brenda Lawrence, Michigan’s only Black member of Congress, who is retiring, regarding the importance of having Black representation on Capitol Hill. For the first time in almost 70 years, Detroit will not have a Black Democrat in Congress. Residents could elect a Black Republican to the U.S. House, but GOP candidates face a voting block from the predominantly Democratic city. (NPR — Nov. 7, 2022)
Ellen Gustafson, co-founder of the Vet the Vote campaign, which recruits veterans and military families to serve as poll workers. So far, the group has enlisted more than 63,000 people to volunteer as poll workers nationwide. (NPR — Nov. 4, 2022)
Mital Ghandi, a parent from northern Virginia, regarding the tip line that Gov. Youngkin set up for people to submit complaints about the education system. While there was some positive feedback, the majority of the emails sent to the tip line were expressing anger or frustration with teachers, administrators and school policies. (Associated Press — Nov. 3, 2022)
U.S. District Court Judge Michael Liburdi, regarding his order that members of Clean Elections USA could not monitor ballot drop boxes in Arizona and must stay at least 250 feet away from the locations. The ruling came following complaints that people wearing masks and carrying guns were intimidating voters. (Associated Press — Nov. 2, 2022)
David Becker, founder and director of the Center for Election Innovation and Research, regarding various groups’ attempts to create uncertainty in the elections systems to further their own political agendas through doubt and mistrust. The majority of candidates running for top election offices in their state oppose hand counting ballots, which is more expensive, more time-consuming and more error prone than using machines to tabulate the vote, according to the Associated Press. (Governing — Nov. 2, 2022)
Mason Tvert, a partner at the marijuana policy and public affairs firm VS Strategies, regarding the widespread support of legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Five states will vote on legalization of recreational marijuana on Nov. 8: Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota. Nineteen other states have already legalized personal recreational use and 37 allow weed for medical purposes. (NPR — Oct. 31, 2022)
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan tweeted early on Friday, Oct. 28, after Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter was confirmed the night prior. Many Republicans are cheering Musk as the new CEO of the social media platform. (The Hill — Oct. 28, 2022)
Herschel Walker, denying the allegations that he encouraged and paid for a second woman’s abortion in 1993. Walker, an anti-abortion Republican running for a Georgia U.S. Senate seat, dismissed the allegations as “foolishness.” (Associated Press — Oct. 27, 2022)
Kathy Boockvar, a former top election official for Pennsylvania, regarding the fears of voter intimidation and violence that could disincentivize people from volunteering as poll workers or going to cast their ballots. A poll found that 43 percent of registered voters were concerned about threats of violence or voter intimidation while voting in person. Two-thirds of voters are worried that extremists will commit acts of violence after the election. (Reuters — Oct. 26, 2022)
David Zebolsky, chairman of Nebraskans Embracing Life. Republicans are expected to dominate in the statewide polls in November, but it’s uncertain whether they will be able to flip enough seats to push through an abortion ban. (Associated Press — Oct. 25, 2022)
Oklahoma County District Attorney candidate Kevin Calvey, in a primary forum last year, regarding the police killing of 15-year-old Stavian Rodriguez outside of a convenience store last year. Oklahoma City police have rarely faced criminal charges for police shootings, but current District Attorney David Prater broke that pattern in 2021 when he charged five officers for Rodriguez’s killing. Calvey has said that he would “support the police, not persecute them.” (Bolts — Oct. 24, 2022)
Oprah Winfrey, in a prerecorded chat with Stacey Abrams that appeared on Abrams’ campaign website on Thursday, Oct. 20. Abrams pursues a rematch for Georgia governor against Republican incumbent Brian Kemp. (Associated Press — Oct. 21, 2022)
Los Angeles City Council President Paul Krekorian, regarding Councilman Kevin de Leon’s refusal to resign, despite his involvement in making crude, racist remarks in a recently leaked tape, the same leaked tape which drove former-President Nury Martinez to resign earlier this month. The Council cannot expel members, it can only suspend a member when criminal charges are pending. (Associated Press — Oct. 20, 2022)
Gail Gitcho, Herschel Walker’s campaign strategist, regarding the campaign’s decision to distribute 1,000 imitation police badges at an upcoming fundraiser after his opponent Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock accused Walker of pretending to be an officer after pulling out a fake police badge at a debate last week. Walker will use the moment to reinforce his support of law enforcement. (NPR — Oct. 19, 2022)
Amazon Labor Union President Chris Smalls, regarding an Amazon Albany, N.Y., warehouse’s vote to not unionize its workers. More than 900 employees were eligible to vote and 406 votes were cast against forming a union. However, Smalls has accused Amazon of intimidating workers and otherwise influencing the election outcome. (NPR — Oct. 18, 2022)
California Assemblymember Lori Wilson, regarding a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom that allows all state drivers to use digital license plates, which allow motorists to renew their registration automatically and slightly modify the plate’s appearance. Digital license plates are also legal in Arizona and Michigan and, for commercial fleet vehicles, Texas; 10 other states are considering adopting the technology. (NPR — Oct. 15, 2022)
Woodrow Glass, a 74-year-old retiree in Raleigh, N.C., regarding the mass shooting done by a 15-year-old late in the afternoon on Thursday, Oct. 13. While the type of gun the gunman used is not yet clear, Glass noted the gun had enough power to kill five people and wound two others. Glass was the neighbor to Nicole Conners, one of the victims of the shooting. (Associated Press — Oct. 14, 2022)