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LetMyPeopleVote's Journal
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March 13, 2021

Trump allies counting on Ron DeSantis to refuse extradition to New York if ex-president gets indicte

This is a really stupid idea

Donald Trump could be in real trouble back in New York, where he lived and worked most of his life -- and the former president's allies are hoping the governor in his new home state will bail him out.

Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance Jr. has cranked up the heat on his investigation into Trump's dealings before his tenure ends, and he'll likely be forced to decide whether to charge the twice-impeached one-term president before leaving office -- but Trump allies see a possible out, reported The New Yorker.

"Among his social circle in Palm Beach, speculation abounds that Florida's Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, an ally, might not honor an extradition request from New York if a bench warrant were issued for Trump's arrest," reported the magazine's Jane Mayer.

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Trump has managed to skate on a number of alleged crimes and misdemeanors -- including two House impeachments in just over a year -- but legal experts say he might not be able to defy an extradition order, with or without help from DeSantis, who did not respond to a request for comment on the report.
March 13, 2021

Judge sides with Austin in Texas mask lawsuit

Joe is a member of the Texas Democratic Lawyers Association and is a good guy

A Texas judge has sided with the city of Austin in Attorney General Ken Paxton’s (R) lawsuit over the city's mask mandate.

Judge Lora Livingston on Friday declined to grant the state a temporary injunction, according to NBC affiliate KXAN.

The ruling keeps the mandate in place for at least two more weeks and another hearing is set for March 26, KXAN reports. Livingston could change her ruling after hearing more arguments.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler praised the ruling on Twitter, saying “Good news! We learned this morning that Austin's mask rules will remain in effect for the next two weeks. We return to court March 26.”

“No matter what happens then, we will continue to be guided by doctors and data. Masking works,” he tweeted.
March 11, 2021

Airlines, travel groups 'urge' White House to develop COVID passports


Major U.S. airlines and nearly 30 travel and labor groups are urging the Biden administration to develop temporary COVID-19 health credentials that would allow travelers to show digital proof of their coronavirus test results and vaccination status.

Various technology companies and trade groups around the world have already launched digital COVID-19 passports, but travel industry leaders believe a standardized, government-backed credential is necessary to "accelerate safe economic activity and recovery."

"The U.S. must be a leader in this development," the groups wrote in a letter to COVID-19 Recovery Team Coordinator Jeff Zients on Monday. "The current diverse and fragmented digital health credentials used to implement different countries' air travel testing requirements risk causing confusion, reducing compliance, and increasing fraud."

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