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6 More Judicial Nominees Advance in Trump Bid to Reshape Judiciary

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President Donald Trump is completing a strong week, and is set to kick off a strong next week, in his push to reshape the federal courts, with Senate Republicans forcing votes on six more of his judicial nominees.

Despite the Democratic minority in the Senate using procedures to delay many confirmation votes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, have prioritized pushing through appeals court judges, and 2017 was a record year for confirmations.

“This week, the Senate will consider another slate of extremely well-qualified nominees for seats on the federal bench,” McConnell said in a statement Monday. “A thoughtful, independent, and expert judiciary is a cornerstone of our constitutional order. It’s been the case since the very beginning.”

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The Double Standards of the Mueller Investigation

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The Armed Citizen® April 20, 2018

Swansboro, N.C., lost a little of its small-town charm one day in February, when a law enforcement officer and someone he had pulled over for a traffic violation got into a tussle. Fortunately for officer Aaron Thompson, an armed citizen who was not too far behind, prevented the situation from escalating. Thompson had been on patrol when he noticed a box truck being driven erratically. The vehicle pulled over when Thompson flashed his lights and siren, but when the police officer exited his car, the truck driver took off. Thompson caught up and the vehicle stopped again. This time, the police officer ordered the driver out of the truck and took him to the side of the road, where the culprit started “fighting or pulling away from the officer,” according to Swansboro Police Chief Ken Jackson. A passing armed citizen saw the two men wrestling in the roadside ditch. He stopped his car, grabbed his Smith & Wesson handgun and yelled at the scoundrel to stop resisting. Upon noticing the gun, the suspect complied. (Jacksonville Daily News, Jacksonville, NC, 2/19/18)

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It’s Clear ‘White Flight’ to Suburbs Isn’t Reason Cities Struggle

  Walter E. Williams / / /

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Detroit, where these abandoned homes are located, went from a population of nearly 1.8 million in 1950 to about 673,000 today. (Photo: Patrick Gorski/ZUMA Press/Newscom)


When World War II ended, Washington, D.C.’s population was about 900,000; today it’s about 700,000. In 1950, Baltimore’s population was almost 950,000; today it’s around 614,000. Detroit’s 1950 population was close to 1.85 million; today it’s down to 673,000. Camden, New Jersey’s 1950 population was nearly 125,000; today it has fallen to 77,000. St. Louis’ 1950 population was more than 856,000; today it’s less than 309,000.

A similar story of population decline can be found in most of our formerly large and prosperous cities. In some cities, population declines since 1950 are well over 50 percent. In addition to Detroit and St. Louis, those would include Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

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Court calls involuntary annex election

Weatherford Democrat, Maggie Fraser, 04/09/2018 –

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WD PhotoMembers of the Stop Involuntary Annexation in Parker County group gathered Monday at the courthouse to see the commissioners court call an election on the issue of involuntary annexation.

The Parker County Commissioners Court called an election on Monday that will allow voters outside a city’s limits to decide whether or not that city can annex their land, the first election of its kind in Texas history.

Stop Involuntary Annexation in Parker County collected far more than the required number of signatures for a petition to call the election in November, Elections Administrator Don Markum told the court.

The required number of signatures was 8,926, and the elections office received 15,026 signatures.

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A year in, Trump’s pick makes waves at high court

The Hill, by Lydia Wheeler, 04/04/18 –

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Nearly one year into his tenure, Neil Gorsuch seems to be having the time of his life.

The Supreme Court’s newest justice is reveling in his role, diving into arguments with gusto and so far fulfilling the expectation that he would be a rock-ribbed conservative in the mold of his predecessor, the late Antonin Scalia.

In doing so, he’s shaken up the dynamics of the highest court in the land.

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City residents concerned over downtown bypass

By Christin Coyne ccoyne@weatherforddemocrat.com

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A number of people showed up Tuesday night to share their concerns about plans for the redirecting traffic off the Weatherford downtown square. WD photo/Christin Coyne

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A group of Weatherford residents showed up to the Weatherford City Council meeting Tuesday evening to voice their concerns about a plans to move traffic off the Weatherford downtown square.
The city earlier this month announced that it received $11.5 million in state and local government funding for the northern bypass that expected to help the city move traffic off the downtown square.
Weatherford plans to work with impacted residents to develop a route for the southern downtown bypass.

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Here Are 8 Stubborn Facts on Gun Violence in America

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Global statistics show that higher rates of gun ownership are not associated with higher rates of violent crime. (Photo: DmyTo/Getty Images)

In the wake of the tragic murder of 17 innocent students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students, educators, politicians, and activists are searching for solutions to prevent future school shootings.

As emotions morph from grief to anger to resolve, it is vitally important to supply facts so that policymakers and professionals can fashion solutions based on objective data rather than well-intended but misguided emotional fixes.

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Juveniles Sought in Criminal Mischief March 14, 2018.

by on March 14, 2018

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CRIME OF THE WEEK

 

Parker County Sheriff’s Investigators are seeking the identity of the juveniles who own two bicycles, left at the scene of a criminal mischief call.

On Monday, March 12, Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 200-block of Sandy Oaks Road, in Springtown, around 3 p.m.

The complainant stated four males, possibly juveniles, were reportedly inside an abandoned trailer house, damaging the house and property.

Deputies located four young males at the cul-de-sac near the abandoned home, and attempted to make contact with them. When the juveniles observed the deputies approaching them, they dropped two of the bikes, fled on foot and jumped into a ravine.

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