Week-ends (11/09/19)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…


Mike Nowacki

Ivan Mazurkiewicz


Elizabeth Warren

ABC News

Oakland County, Michigan

The NY Times

Clifton Blackwell


“If I was a total cynic I’d say, ‘Keep your damn mouth shut,’ but I’m not. I want them to be forthcoming. I want them to be professional. That’s why we hired them. To think that they’re going to have to keep their mouth shut for the next, who knows — four years — in order to get approved by this Senate, this is just absolute bullshit.”
Gov. Tony Evers referring to other cabinet members who have not yet been approved by the state Senate. Evers spoke after Republicans in the state Senate refused to confirm his agriculture secretary Tuesday.

“Governor Evers is right about one thing: farmers are struggling. Unfortunately, his pick for DATCP secretary was part of the problem, not the solution. He tried to place burdensome rules on Wisconsin farmers at a time they can least afford it and repeatedly engaged in partisan political games targeting the Legislature.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald

“Republicans essentially just told 80 percent of Wisconsinites and a majority of gun owners, ‘go jump in a lake,’ because they didn’t have the courage to take a vote — much less have a dialogue.”
WI Gov Tony Evers after GOP leaders of the Assembly and the Senate each took less than one minute to ignore a special legislative session called by Evers to take up two bills that expand background checks on firearm sales and implement a new so-called red flag law

“There’s just not any momentum in the caucus to take up either one of the bills that the governor has offered.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald

“If you commit a crime, certainly you should not have a weapon. If you make a threat, same thing. But if someone’s worried you might do something? That’s not what America is about.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on the proposed red flag law that would allow guns to be temporarily taken away from people deemed by a judge to be dangerous

“We have all done things that we regret. I mean if we’re talking about bringing the discourse down, Joy. You have worn blackface. Whoopi — You said that Roman Polanski, it wasn’t rape rape when he raped a child.”
Donald Trump Jr. shocking “The View” hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg by calling out their own controversies

Pelosi defended the House decision to drag out their investigation of the president with formal public hearings, saying “if we don’t have a system of checks and balances, we might as well all just elect a president and go home.” With all due respect, Madam Speaker, impeachment was never intended to be a part of the routine checks and balances between Congress and the executive. That’s what the president’s veto power and Congress’ override are for. Impeachment was reserved for those rare moments when a president actually may have committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.” It’s tragic to see Democrats turning impeachment into a tool to discredit a president merely because he belongs to a different party or they find him objectionable.
Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D, is a former Lt. Governor of New York State

“Trump is surrounded by too many people who do not support him. They leak information and say one thing to his face and do another behind his back. The establishment people in Washington from both parties do whatever they can to protect the status quo. It is one of the areas of agreement across party lines. Nobody gets in unless they are connected to someone else inside. This leads to an incestuous environment. People who leave are replaced by the next-in-line career insider. This ensures that no new people from the outside can infiltrate the club, thereby, in part, making it very difficult for President Trump to drain the swamp.”
Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

“Today marriage is profoundly in crisis: Married priests and their wives would be exposed to the effects of this crisis, and their human and spiritual condition wouldn’t be able to avoid it.”
Cardinal Camillo Ruini — a conservative who was St. John Paul II’s vicar for Rome and head of the Italian bishops conference — criticized a proposal to allow Catholic priests to marry and said he “hopes and prays that the pope … doesn’t confirm it”

“I would never charge people to walk into the store. No. It’s just not classy. Bookstores are havens. They’re one of the few public spaces left. It’s my responsibility as a bookstore owner to figure out how to stay competitive. Charging admission? What about children? What about teen-agers? Absolutely not. I’d rather close.”
Miles Bellamy, the majority owner of Spoonbill & Sugartown, in Williamsburg, NY, on a proposed pay-to-browse admission fee for bookstores


Parents outraged as public schools sneak sexually explicit books into kids’ libraries


The Project Veritas video on ABC spiking the Epstein story


Washington Nationals player Kurt Suzuki wears MAGA hat at White House ceremony


Murderer ‘Dies,’ Is Resuscitated, Then Says He Completed His Life Sentence


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