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Joe Biden Wants Texas Hero Disarmed

Joe Biden Wants Texas Hero Disarmed

Well, Joe Biden said something stupid—again. I know diarrhea of the mouth is the former vice president’s lifelong issue, but this time it was rather unsettling, especially after such a tragic event. Devin Kelley murdered 26 people and wounded 20 more when he opened fire on a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5. He was by all accounts disturbed. An Air Force veteran, he was court martialed in 2012 for domestic abuse. He was convicted, sentenced to a year in jail, and then given a bad-conduct discharged in 2014. He was able to obtain weapons because the Air Force did not forward his criminal record to the FBI. That’s how he was able to pass a background check, despite being a prohibited person. Domestic abusers are not allowed to own firearms; there’s no argument there. And it’s been law for years, despite the anti-gun Left’s amnesia on the matter.

Stephen Willeford lived near the church. His daughter alerted him of the gunshots and a man in tactical near the church, which prompted him to grab his AR-15 rifle. He ran across the street—barefoot—and engaged Kelley, preventing him from inflicting more violence on the innocent churchgoers. Willeford is an NRA member and was a certified instructor. Yet, that part was glossed over by Biden, who answered questions during a Today Show town hall event on Monday. A woman asked the former vice president how the Democratic anti-gun agenda could be justified since Willeford, a legal gun owner (a good guy with a gun is more like it), stopped the carnage from being more extensive in Texas. Biden said said that Willeford shouldn’t have been carrying the weapon he was carrying because he’s for a so-called assault weapons ban (via Washington Examiner) [emphasis mine]:

How do you justify Democratic view on gun control when TX shooter was stopped by man who was legally licensed to carry gun? Crowd asks Biden

During an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, an audience member asked Biden asked how he would “justify the Democratic view on gun control when the shooter was stopped by a man who was legally licensed to carry a gun.” But Biden talked more broadly about the need for gun control.

First of all, the kind of gun he was carrying, he shouldn’t be carrying,” Biden said in an apparent reference to the Texas church shooter. He then mentioned a gun control law he had introduced while in the Senate.

Oh, Joe: Former Vice President Says NRA Member Who Engaged Texas Shooter Shouldn’t Have Had An AR-15

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Posted: Nov 15, 2017 1:15 PM
Oh, Joe: Former Vice President Says NRA Member Who Engaged Texas Shooter Shouldn't Have Had An AR-15

Well, Joe Biden said something stupid—again. I know diarrhea of the mouth is the former vice president’s lifelong issue, but this time it was rather unsettling, especially after such a tragic event. Devin Kelley murdered 26 people and wounded 20 more when he opened fire on a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5. He was by all accounts disturbed. An Air Force veteran, he was court martialed in 2012 for domestic abuse. He was convicted, sentenced to a year in jail, and then given a bad-conduct discharged in 2014. He was able to obtain weapons because the Air Force did not forward his criminal record to the FBI. That’s how he was able to pass a background check, despite being a prohibited person. Domestic abusers are not allowed to own firearms; there’s no argument there. And it’s been law for years, despite the anti-gun Left’s amnesia on the matter.

Stephen Willeford lived near the church. His daughter alerted him of the gunshots and a man in tactical near the church, which prompted him to grab his AR-15 rifle. He ran across the street—barefoot—and engaged Kelley, preventing him from inflicting more violence on the innocent churchgoers. Willeford is an NRA member and was a certified instructor. Yet, that part was glossed over by Biden, who answered questions during a Today Show town hall event on Monday. A woman asked the former vice president how the Democratic anti-gun agenda could be justified since Willeford, a legal gun owner (a good guy with a gun is more like it), stopped the carnage from being more extensive in Texas. Biden said said that Willeford shouldn’t have been carrying the weapon he was carrying because he’s for a so-called assault weapons ban (via Washington Examiner) [emphasis mine]:

Video:

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/11/15/oh-joe-former-vice-president-says-nra-member-who-engaged-texas-shooter-shouldnt-have-been-armed-n2409648

During an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, an audience member asked Biden asked how he would “justify the Democratic view on gun control when the shooter was stopped by a man who was legally licensed to carry a gun.” But Biden talked more broadly about the need for gun control.

First of all, the kind of gun he was carrying, he shouldn’t be carrying,” Biden said in an apparent reference to the Texas church shooter. He then mentioned a gun control law he had introduced while in the Senate.

“Number two, it’s just rational to say certain people shouldn’t have guns. Now the fact that some people with guns are legally able to acquire a gun and they turn out to be crazy after the fact, that’s life. There’s nothing you can do about that,” Biden said. “But we can save a lot of lives and we stopped tens of thousands of people from getting guns who shouldn’t have guns.”

Of course, the law he touted in his answer was the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, which was pat of an omnibus crime bill signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton. It did nothing to reduce gun crime. Moreover, shotguns and rifles are rarely used gun gun crimes. Liberals just find the AR-15 scary.

We can debate this, but it’s dumb. He’s obviously trying to articulate the point that if we extended the ban, this wouldn’t have happened. No, Joe—if the government did its job and was able to update NICS properly—then, this shooting would have been prevented. Leaving out the caliber round it fires, the AR-15 operates no differently that any other weapon on the civilian market. It’s semi-automatic (i.e. fires one round per trigger pull) and can carry a high-capacity magazine. Remember, liberals think anything that holds 15 or more rounds is high capacity. Besides revolvers and 1911s, a lot of handguns are accompanied by 15-round magazines, or have ones that fire more the 10. That still gives liberals the jitters, but to say that Willeford, a hero, shouldn’t have been carrying an AR-15 as the opening line to the answer to this question just shows you why Democrats lose on gun policy. Moreover, we can see why Biden has never won nationally with his presidential bids; he just talks himself right out of a rational response. Willeford should have been unarmed? Are you kidding me, Joe?

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North Korea Sentences Trump To Death For Insulting Kim Jong Un

RYAN PICKRELL
China/Asia Pacific Reporter Dilly Caller

North Korea lashed out at President Donald Trump Wednesday, declaring that he has been “sentenced to death.”

During the president’s address in South Korea, he “painted a black picture of the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], spouting all sorts of rubbish against it,” North Korean state media asserted. Trump’s “worst crime,” though, “is that he dared malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK,” the Rodong Sinmun asserted, appearing to reference his tweet, which suggestedthat the noticeably pudgy despot is “short and fat.”

Asserting that Trump “can never be pardoned,” the North stressed that the president is “a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean People.” The state-run outlet called Trump an “old lunatic, mean trickster, and human reject.”

“He will be forced to pay dearly for his blasphemy,” the Rodong Sinmun wrote, further asserting, “The Korean people will regard the face of Trump as a symbol of wolf-like U.S. imperialism and as a target of merciless retaliation.” The North threatened to “send him to the hell he likes so much to tout,” a reference to the president’s speech, during which Trump called North Korea a “hell that no one deserves.”

North Korea appears to have taken offense to Trump’s detailed description of North Korea’s bleak human rights situation during his speech before South Korea’s National Assembly and his call for reunification.

The state-run media outlet criticized Trump for slandering “the happy life of the great Korean people” by presenting real, well-documented examples of North Korean atrocities against its own people, such as the brutal prison camps where hundreds of thousands of people experience unimaginable horrors and the theft of state resources by elites as the people starve.

“The reckless remarks spouted by Trump during his junkets cannot but be viewed as the final confirmation of the White House’s policy hostile to the DPRK, a total denial of the existence of the DPRK, and an open declaration of war,” the North Korean report said. Pyongyang has a long history of interpreting U.S. actions as supposed declarations of war against it and the North Korean people.

To stress their bravery in the face of America’s overwhelming military might, the paper concluded: A “rabid dog’s barking can never frighten the Korean people.” During his address in South Korea, Trump warned North Korea not test the U.S.

“Do not underestimate us. Do not try us,” the president warned. “America does not seek conflict or confrontation, but we will never run from it. History is filled with discarded regimes that have foolishly tested America’s resolve.”

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Will County approves $551 million budget Cutting the Tax Rate Again

Will County approves $551 million budget

The Will County board unanimously passed its 2018 balanced budget, calling for expenses of $551 million while holding the line on taxes.

Republicans hailed the budget as being “much more transparent” and reflective of “true costs.”

Democrats said they hoped to provide more money to ensure the financial health of a growing county and provide for essential human services.

It represents a reduction in corporate revenues of $887,300 on top of the $1.6 million decrease in state funds, according to Finance Committee Chairman Mike Fricilone, R-Homer Glen.

It adds $1.3 million for overtime for the sheriff’s department, and $357,000 more for the Health Department, while reducing the tax rate by 2 percent, to .5933, he said. The total tax levy approved by the board was $121 million.

For the last several years, board members have questioned why a budget is passed that does not reflect the true cost of overtime and other personnel costs, Fricilone said.

“It’s one pot of money. To give more to one we have to take something away from another,” he said.

While allowing more for overtime for the sheriff, Fricione said with the state’s new Bail Reform Act that allows offenders of nonviolent, minor crimes to be released without posting bail, they will work to close one of the six pods at county jail to reduce costs there.

While Fricilone said this will result in 200 fewer inmates, Undersheriff Bob Contro told the Finance Committee recently that it might mean 50 to 70 fewer inmates.

Corporate revenues were reduced by not adding a 1 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index to the tax levy, said Fricilone, noting that the county will receive more tax dollars by adding the value of new construction.

In presenting his budget proposal in September, Democratic County Executive Larry Walsh proposed increasing the tax levy by 1 percent to make up for the loss in state funding.

“Just because government can raise taxes, doesn’t they have to,” board member Steve Balich, R-Homer Township, said.

In increasing funds for the Health Department, the county was able to cut $830,000 in expenses at Sunny Hill Nursing Home, which reduced its population because of its switch to private rooms.

Fricilone said this reduction is the “first of several years” as they work to achieve the necessary staffing and supplies for 156 residents.

Salary expenses were reduced by $1 million, affecting nearly every department, and travel costs were reduced 50 percent across the board.

The budget called for an increase in the county board’s contingency fund to $970,000 from $700,000, which officials previously said, could be used to cover budget shortfalls.

County board member Jackie Traynere, D-Bolingbrook, said while the board is “getting better about being transparent” about the real costs of operations, “we aren’t quite there yet.”

The board approved a new labor agreement — with wage increases — with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees but did not put “those exact dollars” into the budget, she said.

“We expect each department to live by the budget, but we are not giving them the actual money we said we would pay for salaries,” she said. “We have to be honest with the salary line items.”

“Just because they get a raise, does not mean we increase appropriations,” said board member Chuck Maher, R-Naperville.

Board Speaker Jim Moustis said “nothing” was cut from the budget, but funds were “reallocated.”

“We cut additional spending and taxation,” he said.

The new budget year begins Dec. 1.

 

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Discussion of the Budget starts at 26:00 minutes

Source: Will County News

Progressives” Suddenly “Woke” to Sexual Harassment!

“Progressives” Suddenly “Woke” to Sexual Harassment!
Written by Laurie Higgins

Youngish Democratic Strategist Christy Setzer, apparently so profoundly ignorant of history, believes that the country has just now become “woke” to the seriousness of the offense of sexual harassment.

During an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday night when asked by Carlson about the dismissive or hostile responses of liberal politicians and their media sycophants to women who accused miscreant Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct, Setzer revealed either her ignorance or her deceitfulness or both:

I think when you look back at what happened 25 years ago with the hindsight that we have now, particularly with the national, collective moment that we’re having where women are coming out of the woodwork to finally be able to tell their stories of being sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, being …

Perhaps someone should have told her before she appeared on a national political talk show that Second-wave feminism was well under way when Bill Clinton was grabbing, kissing, exposing himself to, raping, soliciting oral sex from and otherwise abusing his power over women. Prior to late 2017, women did come out of the woodwork and tell their stories of Clinton’s abuse, and liberals savaged them.

When Carlson tried to explain that the Clinton mess took place 30 years after the feminist revolution and two years after liberals got the vapors when Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of making sexually explicit remarks, Setzer condescendingly responded, “and that was 25 years ago.”

Simone de Beauvoir’s influential book The Second Sex came out in 1949, Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique in 1963, Kate Millet’s Sexual Politics in 1969, Shulamith Firestone’s The Dialectic of Sex in 1970, and Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch in 1970 as well. Feminist legal scholar Catharine MacKinnon’sbook “Sexual Harassment of Working Women” was published in 1979. The allegations against Bill Clinton surfaced in the mid-1990’s. Does Setzer actually believe that society was not “woke” to sexual harassment in the 1990’s?

In an attempt to prove that Democrats are more far more committed to exposing, punishing, and eradicating sexual harassment than are Republicans, Setzer pointed out that while President Trump and Roy Moore have retained their positions in the Republican Party (Moore’s fate remains to be seen), Anthony Weiner is in jail. Setzer ignores the fact that Weiner is in jail because he had an inconvenient habit of leaving a trail of weiner photos in his exhibitionist wake. Democrats weren’t able to avail themselves of their modus operandi of publicly maligning his accusers.

Carlson brought up the response of liberals to Ted Kennedy’s culpability for the drowning death of 29-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne. Carlson asked Setzer about a 2009 Huffington Post article by Melissa Lafsky in which Lafsky  wondered “what Mary Jo Kopechne would have had to say about Ted’s death.” Lafsky continued, “Who knows—maybe she’d feel it was worth it.”

Astonishingly, Setzer said, “They were talking about an incident that happened what, in the 60’s?”

Word to Setzer, the Huffington Post piece was published in 2009, but even before the collective consciousness of Americans was raised by Second-wave feminism, Americans—including even unwoke Democrats—would have known that letting women drown was not cool.

Carlson was correct. The reason liberals gave a pass to Clinton and Kennedy is that these moral barbarians supported “progressive” legislation.

Unfortunately, the impulse to defend party over principle is not limited to Democrats. While Republicans crow about the hypocrisy of Leftists, they remain guilty of it as well. If anyone believes that had the IRS scandal or Benghazi happened under a Republican administration, Republicans would have done anything different than Democrats did, I’ve got 68 square miles of swampland to sell you.

Character and courage count. Principles matter.


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Source: Will County News

Homer 33C Students share appreciation for military members through essays, drawings Honored by Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

For Immediate Release:

Nov. 17, 2017

Students share appreciation for military members through essays, drawings

Honored by Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club

 

A group of Homer Junior High School and Schilling School students were recognized Nov. 17 for expressing the pride they feel for veterans.

 

The students participated in a Military Appreciation project organized by the Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club (HGJWC).

“These students took time to write essays and draw some great pictures relating to their pride of our veterans,” said HGJWC member Cheryl Neylon.

 

Students were asked to compose a one-paragraph essay or draw a picture about “Pride” as it relates to a family member who has served (or is currently serving) in the U.S. military.

 

Twenty-six Homer 33C students, including 24 Homer Junior High School students and two Schilling School students, responded.

Nearly half wrote about their mothers, fathers, grandparents or older siblings. Others wrote about veterans in general because they do not have a family member in the military.

 

On Nov. 17, the HGJWC handed out certificates and Hershey bars to every student who participated in the Military Appreciation Project.

 

“We felt students should be recognized for their work, even if they did not meet the parameters of the contest (by writing about a family member),” said Neylon.

 

Students who did write about a family member received a gift card to Jimmy John’s, along with their certificate and Hershey bar.

 

“We appreciate your efforts,” HGJWC member Lisa Johnson told students as she handed out the certificates and Hershey bars, along with a flyer explaining the significance of the chocolate bars.

During World War II, soldiers carried a fortified version of the chocolate bar (called D ration bar) in their pockets.

 

“Food had to be lightweight, nutritious and very high in energy,” according to the U.S. Army Historical Society.

 

“We thought it would be the perfect token when recognizing our Military Appreciation Project participants,” said Johnson.

 

 

 

 

 

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California cracks down on glyphosate weed killers as lawsuits abound

California cracks down on glyphosate weed killers as lawsuits abound

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Jack McCall was a fixture at the local farmers market, where he sold avocados and other fruits he grew on his 20-acre ranch in Cambria, on California’s Central Coast.

The U.S. postal worker and Little League coach was “very environmentally friendly,” said Teri McCall, his wife of 41 years. He avoided chemicals, using only his tractor-mower to root out the thistle and other weeds that continually sprouted on the flat areas of the ranch.

But he did make one exception to that rule — a fateful one, his wife now believes. For more than three decades, on the hilly parts of the ranch where he grew the avocados, and around newly planted fruit trees, Jack donned a backpack sprayer and doused weeds with the widely sold herbicide Roundup.

“He believed Roundup was safe,” Teri McCall said, noting that St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. has regularly touted its flagship product as harmless to people and pets.

In 2012, the McCalls’ 6-year-old dog, Duke, who regularly accompanied Jack around the farm, fell ill with swollen lymph nodes in his neck and died shortly afterward of lymphoma — a type of blood cancer. Three years later, Jack discovered swollen lymph nodes in his own neck, Teri said. The diagnosis: a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which killed him on Dec. 26, 2015.

“I thought, ‘That’s kind of a coincidence that they both got lumps in their neck,’” Teri recalled. “Then I thought about all the time Duke spent sticking his nose in grass that had been sprayed with Roundup.”

In March 2016, McCall filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Monsanto, alleging that the company concealed the cancer risk posed by a chemical called “glyphosate,” the active ingredient in Roundup, which she now blames for the deaths of her husband and their dog.

Hundreds of similar lawsuits are pending in federal and state courthouses around the United States.

Monsanto vigorously contests them.

“To be clear: The underlying science behind glyphosate is not at question,” said Scott Partridge, the company’s vice president of global strategy. “Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicides have a long history of safe use and have been studied in real-world application, including the largest study ever of the actual use of pesticides by farmers.”

Monsanto’s Partridge contended that “cherry-picking isolated documents out of context is an attempt by the plaintiffs’ attorneys in pending litigation to distract from the science, which is not on their side.”

The use of glyphosate has grown exponentially in the past two decades. The chemical has found its way into the food chain — and into people’s bodies. A study published this week in the medical journal JAMA showed that the number of Southern California adults who tested positive for glyphosate in their urine rose dramatically from 1993 to 2016, as did the amount of the chemical in those who excreted it.

In July, California added glyphosate to its list of cancer-causing chemicals under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. The act, also known as Proposition 65, requires businesses to warn consumers if their products or facilities contain potentially unsafe amounts of any toxic substances known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

California is the first state in the U.S. to “take regulatory action to protect our residents from this chemical,” said Olga Naidenko, senior science adviser for the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization. The move is “a huge step and has global implications.”

The state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, which is responsible for listing chemicals under Proposition 65, has proposed a threshold of 1.1 milligrams of glyphosate a day for an adult weighing 70 kilograms, or 154 pounds. That’s about 122 times more stringent than the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s safety guideline.

The state agency is studying more than 1,300 written public comments, along with oral testimony from a June hearing, to decide whether it should implement or revise its proposed limit.

The Prop. 65 listing requires warning labels beginning next July.

Other companies, including Dow AgroSciences and DuPont, also sell products containing glyphosate, since Monsanto’s patent expired in 2000.

California’s decision to list the chemical was triggered by a 2015 study from the World Health Organization that described the chemical as “probably carcinogenic to humans” and cited “convincing evidence that glyphosate also can cause cancer in laboratory animals.”

The organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer found a “positive association” between exposure to glyphosate and malignancy in humans, though it added that other explanations could not be excluded. In particular, the international agency found a possible link to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the type of cancer that killed Jack McCall.

Monsanto sued in state Superior Court to overrule the California listing but lost in March, and it has appealed that decision. Its bid to temporarily halt the cancer listing pending trial was rejected by a state appellate court and the California Supreme Court. The company says that labeling glyphosate a cancer risk is unjustified.

It argues that the International Agency for Research on Cancer erred by neglecting to consider data suggesting no link between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. That research was in an unpublished part of the multiyear and multifaceted Agricultural Health Study, which assesses the effects of pesticide exposure on farmers. The international cancer agency, an independent panel of scientists, said it weighs only published, peer-reviewed studies.

Other studies also have failed to establish a convincing link between glyphosate and cancer. Earlier this year, the European Union’s chemical safety regulator determined there was not sufficient evidence to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen, though it did say the compound could cause eye damage and long-term harm to aquatic life.

But the international cancer agency, which said it examined about 1,000 studies, determined there was enough information to support its finding of a link between glyphosate and cancer.

Advocates for farmers say California’s plan to require warning labels for glyphosate-based products is wrong-headed. At a June hearing, Cynthia Cory, environmental affairs director for the nonprofit California Farm Bureau Federation, told the board of the health hazard assessment agency that the herbicide is an important tool for farmers. It ultimately benefits the environment, she said, because “it allows us to reduce our tractor passes, which means you have cleaner air.”

Dr. Michelle Perro, a pediatrician who treats children for glyphosate exposure, offered the board a different viewpoint. “What I am seeing is sicker kids,” she said.

Research suggests that Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides may be linked not only to cancer but to a variety of other health problems. Recent studies link the compound to DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells, kidney failure, chronic kidney disease, intestinal disorders, Celiac disease and autism.

About 250 million pounds of glyphosate were sprayed on U.S. crops in 2014, a ninefold increase in just under two decades, according to a study in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe. Two-thirds of all the glyphosate used in the U.S. during the 40 years from 1974 to 2014 was sprayed in the last decade.

And you don’t need to live next to farm fields to be exposed to it, said Dr. Paul Winchester, a clinical professor of neonatology at Indiana University School of Medicine and medical director of the neonatal unit at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis. “It turns out it’s in almost every (non-organic) food.”

That concerns him in light of a study that suggests chromosomal damage caused by pesticides has the potential to embed in DNA and get passed down to future generations.

Teri McCall said she applauds California’s decision to list glyphosate as a carcinogen and hopes it will help protect others from the kind of loss she’s suffered.

Since her husband’s death, “it’s kind of like my life of living color has gone to black-and-white,” she said. “My life with Jack was just so full of joy and laughter and fun, and this has just left a huge void. … Every day is just a series of efforts to escape the loss and there’s just no escaping it.”

— Stephanie O’Neill
Kaiser Health News

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(Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.)

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©2017 Kaiser Health News, Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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Meet the 13 Republicans who voted ‘no’ on the tax bill

Meet the 13 Republicans who voted ‘no’ on the tax bill

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WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders cheered passing a major tax overhaul Thursday, but 13 Republicans voted bucked their party and voted against the bill.

All but one of the Republicans hailed from New York, New Jersey or California — each a high-tax state. These lawmakers largely opposed the legislation because it eliminated the state and local taxes deduction, or SALT. Six of the lawmakers are in competitive races in 2018 according to races ratings by Roll Call’s Nathan L. Gonzales. Eleven of the 13 Republicans are being targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Here are the Republicans who voted against the tax bill:

— Dan Donovan, R-N.Y.: Like other New Yorkers, Donovan opposed the bill over repealing the SALT deduction. Donovan was first elected in a 2015 special election and won his first full term by 26 points. Trump won the 11th District by 10 points. Donovan also voted against the GOP health care bill and faces a primary challenge from former GOP Rep, Michael Grimm, who was convicted of tax evasion. Democrats are targeting the seat, which is based in Staten Island, and a crowded field is vying for the Democratic nomination. Gonzales rates the race Likely Republican.

— John Faso, R-N.Y.: Faso also opposed repealing the SALT deduction and said the bill contained too many loopholes. He is the third most vulnerable House member on Roll Call’s list of vulnerable incumbents. Trump won the 19th District but the central New York district voted twice for former President Barack Obama. A crowded Democratic field is vying to take on the first-term congressman, with two contenders outraising Faso in the last fundraising quarter. Gonzales rates the race Tilt Republican.

— Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J.: Frelinghuysen’s position was unknown heading into the final vote, but he opposed the bill. He is a DCCC target in 2018 and is in a race rated Likely Republican. Two Democrats vying to take on Frelinghuysen outraised him by nearly three times in the most recent fundraising quarter. Trump won his district by 1 point in 2016 and Frelinghusyen won re-election to a 12th term by 19 points.

— Darrell Issa, R-Calif.: The most vulnerable incumbent so far, Issa opposed the bill over the SALT repeal and its effect on families. He faced a closer-than-expected re-election last year, winning by just half a point. Hillary Clinton won his district by 8 points. Mitt Romney carried the seat in 2012, while Obama won it in 2008. Gonzales rates the race a Toss-Up.

— Walter Jones, R-N.C.: Jones is one of the few Republicans to reject the bill over concerns about increasing the deficit. He also voted against the GOP health care bill, and has been known to buck party leadership. America First Policies, the pro-Trump outside group, launched a $100,000 cable TV and digital ad urging Jones to support the tax plan. Jones has fended off primary challengers in recent cycles and won re-election to a 12th term by 34 points in 2016. North Carolina district is rated Solid Republican.

— Peter King, R-N.Y.: King also voted no due to the SALT repeal, and he warned passing the tax bill would cause Republicans to lose House seats next year. The 13-term congressman is a new DCCC target though Trump won the 2nd District by 9 points. One of the Democrats hoping to take on King, Tim Gomes, has loaned his campaign $1 million. The race is rated Solid Republican.

— Leonard Lance, R-N.J.: Lance also opposed the SALT repeal. The five-term congressman is a DCCC target next year in a race rated Likely Republican. Clinton won his district by one point in 2016. Lance also opposed the GOP health care bill.

— Frank A. LoBiondo, R-N.J.: A member of the moderate Tuesday Group, LoBiondo opposed the tax bill because of the SALT repeal and said in a statement it would be “detrimental to New Jersey residents.” LoBiondo, who also opposed the GOP health care bill, recently announced he is not running for re-election, making his seat more vulnerable to a Democratic takeover. Trump won his district by nearly 7 points in 2016. The race is rated Leans Republican.

— Tom McClintock, R-Calif.: McClintock, who opposed the elimination of the SALT deduction, is also a new DCCC target. Trump carried the district by 16 points and McClintock won re-election by 24 points. Gonzales rates the race Solid Republican.

— Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif.: Rohrabacher told Roll Call before the vote that his vote would be determined by how his constituents would fare if the bill became law. He is one of the most vulnerable House members in 2018, in part because of his ties to Russia. He is a top DCCC target. Clinton won his district by two points in 2016 while Rohrabacher won re-election to a 15th term by 17 points. The race is rated Tilt Republican.

— Chris Smith, R-N.J.: Smith was also opposed to eliminating the SALT deduction. Smith, who was first elected in 1980, is in a Solidly Republican New Jersey district. Trump won his district by 15 points in 2016.

— Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.: She joined her New York GOP colleagues in opposing the bill due to the repeal of the SALT deduction. The two-term congresswoman is head of recruitment for the National Republican Congressional Committee and a DCCC target. Trump won her upstate New York district by 14 points in 2016, and she was re-elected to a second term by 35 points. Gonzales rates her race Solid Republican.

— Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y.: The Long Island congressman also voted against the bill because of the SALT elimination. Zeldin is a DCCC target. Trump won his district by 12 points and Zeldin won re-election by 16 points. The 1st District race is rated Solidly Republican.

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-Bridget Bowman (Simone Pathe and Lindsey McPherson contributed to this report.), ©2017 CQ-Roll Call, Inc., All Rights Reserved, Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Source: Will County News

ISRA Thursday Bulletin – November 16, 2017

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin – November 16, 2017

 

Executive Directors Message

The events of the past several weeks have brought about two distinctly different reactions as to how best to handle mass killers.  The first, as you might guess, is the traditional anti-gun screech for more gun control.  This happens every time something significant happens.  Not that the events in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs were not terrible, but the siren call of the anti-gunners is certainly not the answer.  Many have come to realize that what they propose would only disarm the intended victims, leaving them even more vulnerable.
The other reaction is to become more proficient at defending yourself, your family, and those around you.   Many churches and other places of worship have taken the latter approach.  I have spoken to a couple of people who belong to churches that are forming their own defense teams.  One church in New York points out that “this is not a gun free zone” on their message board.
For quite a while, certain firearm schools have been teaching classes that go beyond just concealed carry.  The first of these are skill development classes.  Skill development classes do just what their title suggests.  Everyone should take the time for these classes.  If you have a combat league near you, it is certainly a cheaper way to develop your skills over a longer period of time.
The next step in the training continuum is training with another person who lives with you, or someone you work with on a daily basis.  If you have an encounter, they are most likely the people you will be with.  If you were trained together on team tactics, it would be a huge advantage for both of you and would certainly increase your chances of survival.  Any bad guy, with any sense at all, would extract themselves from the situation.  Of course, there may be multiple bad guys.  Either way, you have an advantage.
The next step is classes that deal with active shooter incidents.  An active shooter can be a deranged person, a terrorist or a gang.   These classes are designed for civilians in self-defense situations that may occur in churches, schools or businesses.  Gunsite Academy, in Arizona, has one of the best classes but I am sure there are others out there.
The skill enhancement classes are an important first step before taking any of the partner classes or the active shooter classes.  There are many of these classes around and everyone should seriously consider taking one of them.   The ISRA will offer these classes though several instructors in 2018.  Next year, Massad Ayoob will offer his MAG 80 class at our ISRA Range, from June 6th through 10th.
The prerequisite is his MAG 40 class.  MAG 80 is on the upper end of the training continuum.  Remember, ISRA members receive a discount on this class.
It is interesting to note that the October 2017 NICS checks are the second highest in history.  The year 2017 may be the second highest in history, despite a somewhat slow start.  A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal survey indicates gun owning households have jumped from 41% to 48%.  It looks like less and less people are buying into the “government will protect you” baloney.
With the Holiday Season quickly approaching, consider an ISRA gift membership for that special person in your life!
Thanks for being a member.
Upcoming events: ISRA Calendar
For more information, visit www.isra.org
Sunday, November 19, 2017
ISRA Bullseye Match
 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
ISRA 10 Meter International Air Gun League
ISRA Wednesday Air Gun League
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Glock League
Check out ISRA’s website at www.isra.org! Tell us what you think!
Follow the ISRA on Twitter and Facebook.

Give the gift of an ISRA membership.   Not an ISRA Member?  Join Today!

Illinois State Rifle Association, PO Box 637, Chatsworth, IL 60921

Source: Will County News

Two more chances to sign up for Homer 33C’s FREE community tech classes Courses open to all Homer 33C residents

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

For Immediate Release:

Nov. 16, 2017

 

Two more chances to sign up for Homer 33C’s FREE community tech classes

Courses open to all Homer 33C residents

 

   Unsure how to protect your privacy on Facebook or use Twitter to stay up to date on your favorite people or subjects?

 

Then sign up for Homer School District 33C’s FREE community courses for parents and community members.

 

Only two classes remain in this year’s course offerings:

 

Staying Safe on Facebook6 p.m. Nov. 29, Hadley Middle School Library

Learn how to better protect your privacy and stop oversharing on Facebook, the leading communication tool for friends and family.

 

Twitter & Digital Citizenship6 p.m. Nov. 30, Hadley Middle School Library

Learn how to engage in the online world ethically and safely while staying up to date on your favorite subjects or people with the fastest social media platform out there.

 

Courses are open to all Homer 33C residents on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Register today at:  https://goo.gl/forms/umolccLrG9x8uorL2

 

For more information, call 708-226-7600.

 

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Steve Weber Tax tips for Farmers

Farmers Weekly

Tax tips for Farmers

Let’s talk about the details behind the tax reform legislation. All they talk about is whether it will pass or not. We want the details. I am pulling this information from the Journal of Accountancy that I scan when I put down Field and Stream. The House Ways and Means Committee released a draft of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R.1. This tax reform bill will cut federal revenue by up to $1.5 trillion over 10 years and require only 51 votes in the senate for passage.

Individuals will benefit from the four new tax rates: 12%, 25%, 35%, and 39.6%, effective for tax years after 2017. The 25% tax bracket would start at $45,000 of taxable income for single taxpayers and $90,000 for married filing jointly. The 35% tax bracket would start at $200,000 for single and $260,000 for MFJ. The 39.6% would apply to taxable income over $500,000 for single and $1 million for MFJ. The standard deduction would increase from $6,350 to $12,200 for single and move from $12,700 to $24,000 for MFJ. Single filers with at least one qualifying child will get an $18,300 standard deduction. Most deductions will be repealed, including the medical, alimony, casualty loss, and tax preparation fees. Mortgage interest deductions on existing mortgages would remain the same. For new mortgages (after 11/2/17), the limit would be reduced to $500,000 from the current $1.1 million. The overall limit of itemized deductions would also be repealed. The current limit of 50% of charity would bump up to 60%. The state and local income tax deduction would go away. The child tax credit would increase from $1,000 to $1,600, with the first $1,000 of the credit refundable. The college credits will be rolled into one credit, providing a 100% tax credit on the first $2,000 of higher education expenses and 25% credit on the next $2,000. Alternative minimum tax (AMT) will go away, thank goodness.

Estates tax would be repealed after 2023, another great idea. In the meantime the exclusion amount will double (currently at $5,490,000, indexed for inflation). Don’t ask how they came up with that number. The top gift tax rate will be lowered to 35%, that’s very giving of them. S Corporations or pass through entities would be taxed at a maximum rate of 25% instead of the ordinary individual income tax rates. Pay attention to this one on section 179 limits. The bill will provide 100% expensing of qualified property placed in service after 9/27/17 and before 1/1/23.  It would also increase tenfold the Sec. 179 expensing limitation ceiling and phaseout threshold to $5 million and $20 million, respectively.

In these heavy tax times and families living paycheck to paycheck, we can use a break.  I hope our leaders can grasp the impact this will have on our economy and get behind it. I am pretty excited and will push my leaders to support it. Thanks and happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

Steve Weber, CPA

Source: Will County News