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“Unfortunately, this Republican Party has no backbone to fight for what is right and for life.”

Missouri Sen. Rick Brattin, who leads the Freedom Caucus in the state Senate, regarding proposed legislation to make it harder to amend the state’s constitution, an effort partly aimed at thwarting an upcoming ballot measure on abortion rights. The GOP-led Senate adjourned Friday morning without passing the top-priority legislation. (Associated Press — May 17, 2024)

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  • Billboard placed by the Laramie County, Wyo., sheriff’s department in Denver. Sheriff Brian Kozak paid $2,500 to put up the message during National Police Week, seeking to recruit deputies and chiding Denver’s supposedly soft-on-crime prosecutor. (Fox News — May 14, 2024)
  • Allen County, Ind., Superior Court Judge Craig Bobay, regarding his ruling as to what type of establishment can be built in an 11,000-square-foot strip mall in Fort Wayne. The Allen County Plan Commission had denied a Famous Taco restaurant from being located in the strip mall partially based on a “written commitment” that restauranteur Martin Quintana, owner of Famous Taco, had accepted to limit any restaurant not to serve alcohol, allow outdoor seating and would only sell “made-to-order or Subway-style sandwiches.” Bobay ruled that the original commitment did not restrict restaurants solely to American-style sandwiches, and would also permit made-to-order Greek gyros, Indian naan wraps or Vietnamese Banh mi. (The Hill — May 14, 2024)
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Jill Karofsky, regarding an earlier absentee ballot ruling that said that nothing in state law allowed for absentee drop boxes to be placed anywhere other than in election clerk offices. The state’s highest court flipped to liberal control last year and now is showing signs of overturning its previous ruling. (Associated Press — May 13, 2024)
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