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Conservative Loses Bid to Oust Arkansas Supreme Court Justice

Justice Karen Baker prevailed against challenger Gunner DeLay, who sought to push the state’s highest court further to the right with his stances on the death penalty and abortion. But the right forced a second justice into a runoff.


Shortly after news broke earlier this month that the U.S. Supreme Court was poised to overturn Roe vs. Wade, Gunner DeLay took to Facebook to post a brief video. After introducing himself as the “conservative choice” for Arkansas Supreme Court, he implored voters to appreciate the heightened stakes of his upcoming election. “We learned as a nation that Roe vs. Wade will be overturned…, which means that issue will go back to the states,” he said. “In my opinion, that makes the race for the Arkansas supreme court the most important race on your ballot because the next round of legal battles will be fought before the supreme court of our state.”

DeLay lost handily on Tuesday. Justice Karen Baker, an incumbent who has been on the court since 2011 prevailed 64 percent to 36 percent against DeLay, who is a lower-court judge. In the state’s other contested supreme court election, though, Justice Robin Wynne fell just short of the 50 percent threshold that would have won him an additional term outright and avoided a runoff election. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, he received 49.6 percent, with Chris Carnahan, the former longtime chair of the Republican Party, at 29 percent, and David Sterling, another right-wing candidate, at 22 percent.

Wynne, a former Democratic lawmaker, and Carnahan will now move to a June 21 runoff, giving conservatives another shot at picking-up a seat. Judicial races are technically nonpartisan in Arkansas. But conservatives pushed to oust Baker and Wynne this year and lock in right-wing dominance on the court with challengers who have close GOP ties. Many supreme courts are seeing similar tussles for power this year.

The Arkansas supreme court is already no refuge for civil rights. In April, it dismissed a lower-court ruling that had stayed a series of new Republican restrictions on voting rights. Weeks later, in a 4-3 ruling, the court’s most conservative justices eroded the rights of plaintiffs to seek tort remedies. But the court occasionally issues opinions that anger state conservatives, who have come to dominate all other state institutions. In April, the court enabled a school district to impose a mask requirement, reversing a lower court’s restraining order that had blocked it. DeLay used the ruling as part of his arsenal of attacks against Baker.


Putin's 'Foot Soldier' Ramzan Kadyrov Vows to Take Poland 'in Six Seconds' After Ukraine


Chechen leader and Putin ally Ramzan Kadyrov claims Russia’s war in Ukraine is already won and Poland is next on the agenda.

In his latest propaganda video posted to social media, Kadyrov appeared to try to counter reports of humiliating setbacks and plunging morale among Russian troops.

“Ukraine is already a settled issue,” he said. “I am interested in Poland. After Ukraine, if there is a team, we will show what we are capable of in six seconds. Better take your weapons and your mercenaries,” he said, apparently addressing Poland.

The Chechen strongman’s troops in Ukraine, known as Kadyrovtsy, have been accused of some of the most heinous war crimes since the full-scale invasion on Feb. 24, but Kadyrov himself has gained attention more for his far-fetched boasts on social media and clumsily staged videos that depict him playing an active role on the front line.

Read it at New Voice Ukraine

Punchbowl News AM: Schumer's gun gamble


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the chamber’s top lawmaker for all of 490 days, is temporarily setting aside his natural “punch-Republicans-in-the-nose” instincts. Instead, Schumer is casting his lot with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in a bid to notch a gun control deal after back-to-back deadly mass shootings in two of the nation’s largest states. The legislative and political impacts here are worth dwelling on for a moment.

Schumer, who is quite attuned to political optics, is allowing the Senate to leave D.C. without taking a gun vote even though 19 children and two adults were shot to death Tuesday in a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school. On May 17, in Schumer’s own state, 10 Black people were murdered in a racist shooting at a supermarket. Schumer could’ve put any number of background check bills on the floor this week, forced Republicans to vote against them and scored a short-term political victory against a GOP he describes as beholden to the gun lobby. It seemed to be a tempting political option for Schumer. He came under pressure from his party to do something – and quickly.

Instead, Schumer is allowing Murphy – the Senate’s staunchest gun control advocate – to once again try to cobble together a bipartisan coalition to tighten federal gun laws. Schumer and Murphy understand the task at hand is daunting, the prospects of success are dim. Murphy hasn’t been able to achieve this consensus in more than a year. Murphy has to essentially write off roughly 35 of the 50 Senate Republicans, most of whom would never consider any tightening of gun laws.

Instead, Murphy needs to see if he can find 10 Republicans out of the remainder to support putting in place red flag laws and/or strengthening background checks, while also balancing the political reality that interest in a compromise will wane as time goes on. Momentum is important in an institution like Congress. The Senate is scheduled to leave later today for a 10-day Memorial Day recess. Which Republicans are in play for Murphy? That’s the question of the moment. Based on our reporting and dozens of conversations we’ve had with lawmakers over the last few days, the following GOP senators have expressed various levels of interest in considering gun legislation: Susan Collins (Maine), Mitt Romney (Utah), Pat Toomey (Pa.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (La.).


Fuck Toad had the jacobs to smear Beto: people doing political theatre need to remember glass houses

fuck off Toad!!!

Per the Texas Rangers (via MSNBC) the death count is now 18 children and 3 adults

Senator Joe Manchin says he will not support ending the filibuster to pass gun safety legislation



Ruben Gallego is taking on the other obstructionist:


a collection of hot shit-takes from Freeperville (TX school shooting)

Per MSNBC (via Gov Abbott) 14 children and a teacher now dead, plus the suspect is dead as well

Uvalde, Texas is around 80% Latino/Hispanic

14 students, one teacher killed in Texas elementary school shooting

An 18-year-old suspect was fatally wounded by responding law enforcers, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said.


The Supreme Court Just Said That Evidence of Innocence Is Not Enough

The same court that appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade in order to protect innocents before they are born seems to lose interest when it comes to innocents later in life.


Last December, the Supreme Court gathered to hear oral arguments in Shinn v. Ramirez, a case that could mean life or death for Barry Jones, who sits on death row in Arizona for the rape and murder of his girlfriend’s 4-year-old daughter, Rachel.

In 2018, a federal court overturned Jones’ conviction, concluding that he had failed to receive effective counsel, a violation of his Sixth Amendment rights. Had that happened, a federal judge ruled, “there is a reasonable probability that his jury would not have convicted him of any of the crimes with which he was charged and previously convicted.”

After losing in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Arizona’s attorney general appealed the decision to the Supreme Court. During those oral arguments, state prosecutors repeatedly argued that “innocence isn’t enough” of a reason to throw out Jones’ conviction.

On Monday morning, by a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court concurred: Barry Jones’ innocence is not enough to keep him off of death row. The state of Arizona can still kill Jones, even if there exists a preponderance of evidence that he committed no crime.


'I Was Just 16': Pastor's 'Adultery' Confession in Church Goes Off the Rails

Prosecutors in Indiana are now investigating after a woman took the stage to confront the pastor. “The lies and the manipulation have to stop,” she told him.


A church pastor in Indiana publicly confessed to his congregation this week that he’d committed “adultery” two decades ago—but he was quickly called out by a woman who took the stage to say she had only been 16 when he preyed on her. The public confrontation that played out Sunday at the New Life Christian Church and World Outreach in Warsaw has now sparked an investigation by local prosecutors in Kosciusko County, according to local reports.

Video of the incident shot by an attendee quickly went viral on Facebook, where commentators applauded the woman for coming forward. The footage shows the pastor, John Lowe II, announce his resignation from the stage after he revealed that he had “committed adultery.” “It was nearly 20 years ago. It continued far too long. It involved one person, and there’s been no other, nor any other situations of unbecoming conduct for the last 20 years,” Lowe told parishioners.

As soon as he walked off the stage, a man and a woman walked up and grabbed the microphone to drop a bombshell. “For 27 years, I lived in a prison … prison of lies, lying to protect the Lowe family. For years, I thought I was a horrible person, having suicidal thoughts, not realizing what had truly been done to me,” the woman, identified only as Bobbi, said.

“I would still be in a prison if my brother... had not approached me just two weeks ago with what he had seen as a teenager that bothered him all these years: his pastor in bed with his younger sister, a T-shirt and underwear on,” she told the shocked crowd. “The lies and the manipulation have to stop. I was a prisoner and you kept me in your prison. I’m a prisoner no longer. I was just 16 when you took my virginity on your office floor. Do you remember that?” “You did things to my teenage body that had never, and should have never, been done,” she told Lowe directly, adding, “you are not the victim here.”


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