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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, rebutting arguments that stricter gun-control laws would help reduce firearm deaths, claiming that Chicago, Los Angeles and New York have stricter gun regulations and higher rates of firearm-related deaths; Abbott’s claims are not supported by federal health data. California, Illinois and New York record lower firearm death rates than Texas does. (Associated Press — May 26, 2022)
Alabama state Sen. Tommy Tuberville, regarding the way to prevent mass shootings, like the one that occurred on Tuesday, May 25, in which an 18-year-old gunman killed 21 people, including 19 children, at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. ( — May 25, 2022)
California Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham, regarding his proposed bill that would allow parents to sue social media companies for harming their children who have become addicted to the platforms. Parents will be able to sue the companies for up to $25,000 per violation. The bill passed the Assembly on Monday, May 23. (Associated Press — May 24, 2022)
Aaron Berg, a representative of Moonlight, the certified printer for the election system for Clackamas County, Ore., commenting on as many as 60,000 ballots that were printed with blurred barcodes, making them unreadable by vote-counting machines. The printing mistake wasn’t caught until ballots were already being returned for the state’s primary election. Up to 200 county employees are being redeployed on Tuesday, May 24, to begin hand-transferring the unreadable ballots’ votes to a fresh ballot that can be scanned. (Associated Press — May 20, 2022)
Kendra Cotton, a member of the Black Southern Women’s Collective, regarding the relationship she sees between her Christian faith and abortion rights. She believes that restricting the state restricting what a person can do with their own body is reminiscent of slavery and being under someone else’s control. (Associated Press — May 20, 2022)
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, regarding the severity of the racist mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., which many are now calling an act of domestic terrorism. Legislators in both the Senate and the House have proposed legislation that would bolster federal resources against domestic terrorism, requiring the Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to create an interagency task force to combat white supremacy in the military. The House passed its bill in a nearly party-line vote late on Wednesday, May 18. (Associated Press — May 19, 2022)
John Bursch, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, regarding a Michigan judge’s decision to grant a temporary injunction to block the enforcement of a state abortion ban, which was enacted in 1931 and deemed unconstitutional in 1973 by the Supreme Court’s ruling of Roe v. Wade. (Reuters — May 17, 2022)
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, regarding Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis’ decision that California’s law that required publicly held companies to include women on their boards was unconstitutional. Another challenge also recently struck down the state’s law mandating corporate board diversity based on race and sexual orientation. (Reuters — May 17, 2022)
Malcolm Graham, the brother of Cynthia Graham-Hurd, one of the nine parishioners who were fatally shot by an avowed white supremacist in Charleston, S.C., in 2015, regarding the mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., this weekend in which a white man targeted people because of their skin color. Sunday’s supermarket shooting was the nation’s 198th mass shooting so far in 2022, just 19 weeks into the year, averaging to about 10 mass shootings a week. (Associated Press, NPR — May 15 and 16, 2022)
Marc Molinaro, a Dutchess County, N.Y., executive who is trying to run for Congress, but the state unexpectedly invalidated the new congressional district in which Molinaro was attempting to run. Then Molinaro’s likely opponent, Rep. Antonio Delgado, took a job as the state’s lieutenant governor, leaving Molinaro without an opponent until a special election fills the roll, just months before the November election. (New York Times — May 11, 2022)
Louisiana Rep. Danny McCormick, arguing that the state’s existing trigger laws, which would ensure that abortion will be a crime if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, are inadequate to give fetuses equal protection under the law, claiming that women who have an abortion should be in the same legal position as one who takes the life of a child after birth. McCormick proposed legislation that would make women who end their pregnancies subject to criminal homicide prosecutions. Gov. John Bel Edwards, who is anti-abortion, has said he’d veto the legislation. Late in the evening on May 12, 2022, McCormick withdrew the bill from consideration. (Associated Press, Reuters — May 12 and 13, 2022)
Joseph Charles, owner of Rock City Pizza in Boston, regarding the immense challenges inflation has created for business owners, specifically restaurants. (NPR — May 11, 2022)
Geoff Schumacher, vice president of The Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Nev., referring to a body that was found in a barrel in Lake Mead. As the lake’s surface levels drop due to severe drought and climate change, many expect more bodies to resurface. (Associated Press — May 10, 2022)
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, in a tweet responding to the attack against the Madison headquarters of anti-abortion group Wisconsin Family Action just three days after the leaked Supreme Court draft. The building had its windows broken, the inside of an office was burned and the message “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either” was graffitied on the outside. The fire department responded shortly after 6 a.m. on Sunday, May 8. (Wisconsin Public Radio — May 8, 2022)
Karine Jean-Pierre, commenting on her nomination as President Biden’s second White House press secretary, making her the first Black and the first openly gay press secretary in White House history. Jean-Pierre will replace Jen Psaki later this month. (NPR — May 5, 2022)
Levi Strauss & Co., in a statement on Wednesday, May 4, regarding its assurance that it would help employees cover the cost of traveling out of state to seek health services, including abortions. Strauss is not the only company to assist workers' in their access to reproductive services; Amazon, Yelp, Uber and Lyft have also announced similar assistance efforts. (NPR — May 4, 2022)
Karina Gould, the Canadian minister of families, children and social development, regarding the availability of abortions to Americans who are able to travel across the northern border if the U.S. Supreme Court reverses federal abortion protections. Gould also expressed concern over the reduced access to abortions for Canadian women who don’t live near a major city in Canada so would cross the border to access services in the United States, if Roe v. Wade is overturned. (NPR — May 4, 2022)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, indirectly calling for an investigation into the leak of the draft U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down Roe v. Wade abortion protections. (Reuters — May 3, 2022)
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, commenting on the upcoming primary elections in which several Trump-backed candidates are running for office. Hogan, a Trump critic, has defended incumbent GOP governors in Georgia, Ohio and Idaho. Thirteen states have primaries in May. (Associated Press — May 2, 2022)
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, said in a hearing on Thursday, April 28, regarding his opposition to federal tax credits for electric vehicles. This is not the first time Manchin has expressed his opposition to EV policies; in November 2021 he called the incentives “wrong” and “not American” and in March 2022 he said he was “very reluctant to go down the path of electric vehicles.” Manchin makes millions of dollars annually from the coal industry. (Ars Technica — April 29, 2022)
Tennessee state Rep. Jerry Sexton, regarding what he would do with books that are removed from school libraries. The comment came amid a contentious debate about a House bill that would require public school librarians to submit lists of books for state approval. The House passed the bill on Wednesday. (Washington Post — April 27, 2022)
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California spokesperson Rebecca Kimitch, regarding the district board’s declaration of a water shortage emergency and requirement that cities and water agencies implement a water cutback on June 1 or face hefty fines. The Metropolitan Water District uses water from the Colorado River and the State Water Project to provide water to about 40 percent of the state’s population; the State Water Project estimates it will only be able to deliver about 5 percent of its usual allocation due to dry conditions. (Associated Press — April 27, 2022)
Florida activist Chaz Stevens, in his petition sent to public school superintendents across the state requesting the removal of the Bible from schools. Stevens, who is known for his tongue and cheek petitions to local governments, sent the petition in response to state lawmakers’ decision to ban 54 math books and to highlight the hypocrisy of the policy. (NPR — April 26, 2022)
Alex Linser, deputy director of the Hamilton County, Ohio, election board, regarding the impact that the 2020 presidential election had on election misinformation. Now, mis- and disinformation spreads across social media and other Internet sites and sows distrust in secure and fair election systems that have worked for decades. (Associated Press — April 23, 2022)
A spokesperson for the Philadelphia Board of Health, regarding the city’s decision to end its indoor mask mandate just days after reimposing the order. (Reuters — April 21, 2022)
Nicole Polit, a civilian social worker, regarding vulnerable people’s increased trust in Philadelphia’s SEPTA police officers. In a pilot project called Serving a Vulnerable Entity, police and “outreach specialists,” or social workers, work together to patrol the transit system and look for people who may be in need of services, such as temporary shelter, food or drug treatment. (NPR — April 21, 2022)
Tim Burney, of Wasilla, Alaska, regarding his support for Sarah Palin in her bid for the U.S. House seat of the late Rep. Don Young. Some voters still see Palin as the “only anti-establishment, truly conservative” candidate while others, though skeptical of Palin’s personal life, believe she could be a good political candidate. (Associated Press — April 20, 2022)
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, asking the Legislature to repeal a 1967 law that allows Walt Disney World to operate a private government over its properties. The statement comes after Disney announced that it would suspend political donations in the state after the commonly called “Don’t Say Gay” bill that bars teachings about sexual orientation and gender identity in early grades. Disney is one of the state’s biggest private employers. (Associated Press — April 19, 2022)
Tina Maloney, a real estate investor from St. Charles, Mo., regarding Eric Greitens’ candidacy for a U.S. Senate seat, despite allegations from his ex-wife that Greitens physically abused her and one of his children. In 2018, Greitens stepped aside as Missouri’s governor due to accusations of blackmail, bondage and sexual assault. Many Republicans want Greitens, who is also a Republican, to end his candidacy though Greitens has shown no sign of stepping back. (Associated Press — April 18, 2022)
Marccus Hendricks, assistant professor of urban studies and planning at the University of Maryland, regarding the importance of investing federal spending dollars in infrastructure projects that are better adapted to climate change and heavier rainfalls, such as rain gardens or plants along street medians. The heaviest storms in the Northeast produce 55 percent more rain today than they did in 1958. (NPR — April 15, 2022)