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Hawaii island may have broken national rainfall record

HONOLULU — The National Weather Service says preliminary data indicates the Hawaiian island of Kauai broke a national 24-hour rainfall record during recent flash flooding.

The agency's Honolulu office said Wednesday a rain gauge in Waipa recorded 49.69 inches of rain during the 24-hour period ending 12:45 p.m. on April 15.

If this total is certified, it would break the current record of 43 inches recorded July 25-26, 1979 in Alvin, Texas.

The Waipa gauge is about one mile west of Hanalei on the island's north shore. It's operated by a non-profit organization.

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/news/local/hawaii-island-may-have-broken-national-rainfall-record/HYmtVe8LvEi87FOOm6VZtM/

Florida woman says HOA member told her to remove rainbow flag

BREVARD COUNTY, FLA. — A rainbow flag has created controversy in a Brevard County, Florida, neighborhood -- so much so that one HOA member compared it to the Confederate flag.

A renter in Rockledge's Ashwood Lakes subdivision said she was told to lower a gay pride flag after having flown it for two years.

"It's a symbol of acceptance, tolerance and equality," said Jenifer Raymond, a mother of three. "They're saying it's offensive. To me, that's like saying I'm offensive because I exist."

Raymond said her landlord received an email from a member of the neighborhood's architectural review committee, saying only American, state or military flags may be flown.

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/news/national/florida-woman-says-hoa-member-told-her-remove-rainbow-flag/LNPbK27DlxG0YUQqTm8JvO/

Democrats confront Texas nominee to federal appeals court

Democratic U.S. senators unleashed a flurry of tough questions during Wednesday’s confirmation hearing for Andy Oldham, the top legal adviser to Gov. Greg Abbott nominated to a lifetime seat on a federal appeals court.

Oldham responded with cautious answers and frequently declined to discuss specific controversies, including queries on whether discrimination against voters is a continuing problem and whether racism pervades the criminal justice system, saying it would be improper for a judicial nominee to address political matters.

Oldham also brushed aside questions about legal arguments and speeches he had made as Abbott’s general counsel and, before that, as a lawyer in the Texas attorney general’s office, saying his actions as an advocate would have no impact on his performance as a judge.

The approach frustrated several Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will vote in the coming weeks on Oldham’s nomination to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Approval by the full Senate also is necessary.

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/news/local/democrats-confront-texas-nominee-federal-appeals-court/vnhkXSsZPfH8dvB8rBjgyH/

Louisiana Republicans Fear Expanded Bestiality Law Would Lead to More Gay Butt Sex

Republicans are fighting an effort to strengthen Louisiana’s bestiality law, because they fear it is part of an underhanded effort to repeal the state’s unconstitutional ban on sodomy.

Louisiana’s current “Crimes Against Nature” statute prohibits “the unnatural carnal copulation by a human being with another of the same sex or opposite sex or with an animal.”

A proposal to strengthen the bestiality law would remove the words “or with an animal” from the Crimes Against Nature ban, and create a new statute with requirements for mental evaluations and penalties for trafficking.

However, the Associated Press reports that GOP lawmakers fear the proposal would “untangle” the bestiality law from the sodomy ban.

Read more: http://www.outsmartmagazine.com/2018/04/louisiana-republicans-fear-expanded-bestiality-law-will-lead-to-more-gay-butt-sex/

Some Democrats pledge to break Foxconn contract as Wisconsin governor

Among the vast field of Democrats seeking to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November, there is much agreement. But on the issue of the state's contract with Foxconn, some daylight is beginning to emerge between candidates.

"To be quite frank, it is highly unlikely that Foxconn will adhere to this contract. It’s possible but it’s unlikely. We’re going to monitor that contract very closely. If they breach it we are going to sue them," said state Rep. Dana Wachs, D-Eau Claire, in an interview earlier this month. "When they break this contract, we will find a way to end it."

Wachs is one of only a few Democrats in the field to suggest the state would find a way out of the contract if elected governor — but none of them are singing its praises.

The state representative called it "the worst economic deal that has ever happened in our state."

Read more: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/election-matters/some-democrats-pledge-to-break-foxconn-contract-as-wisconsin-governor/article_3fe28a50-16dc-52f4-803d-9b67fb541846.html

Cathy Myers launches teachers, students program to mobilize voters

Cathy Myers, a Janesville School Board Member and Democrat running for Congress in Wisconsin’s 1st District, announced the launch of Teachers and Students for Cathy.

The program, which will employ students and teachers as summer organizers, is the campaign’s newest initiative to mobilize and engage voters in the district now represented by House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Myers faces Randy Bryce in the Democratic primary set for August.

“As a parent, and a teacher, I know that our public education system is crucially important — and now, it’s under repeated attacks by Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos," Myers said in a news release. "I’m running for Congress to bring an educator’s perspective to the halls of the Capitol and protect public education from the Trump administration’s shameful attacks."

Read more: http://www.wisconsingazette.com/news/cathy-myers-launches-teachers-students-program-to-mobilize-voters/article_17d7b486-48b7-11e8-87b3-cf6b0403486d.html

DNR approves Racine's application to divert Lake Michigan water for Foxconn

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources issued approval on April 25 allowing the city of Racine to divert an annual average of 7 million gallons a day of water from Lake Michigan for its customers in Mount Pleasant. Most of the water would be used in the Foxconn Technology project. Foxconn is preparing to build a plant to produce liquid crystal flat-screen panels.

Racine requested 7 million gallons per day withdrawal from Lake Michigan for the village of Mount Pleasant, which straddles the divide between the Lake Michigan basin and Mississippi River basin.

The DNR, in a news release, said, "This withdrawal would still put the Racine water utility under its existing withdrawal capacity and below its 1995 average day water sales number as cited in its application."

The approval allows the Racine Water Utility to extend public water service to the 8 percent of the village that is in the Mississippi River basin, "partially including the Foxconn facility site," according to the DNR statement.

Read more: http://www.wisconsingazette.com/news/dnr-approves-racine-s-application-to-divert-lake-michigan-water/article_29a8d8b2-48c5-11e8-9250-07febd339297.html

Evers says he's leading 'one-person race' for Dem guv nomination

State DPI Superintendent Tony Evers said he’s leading the large field of Democrats running for governor and it’s a “one-person” race at this point.

In an interview on “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” Evers said the results of a poll commissioned by one of his opponents, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, are consistent with other polling done in the race.

Soglin released the results of the poll, done by Democratic firm FM3 Research, at a WisPolitics.com luncheon event last week.

The poll showed Evers in the lead at 30 percent, followed by Soglin at 17 percent.

Read more: https://www.wispolitics.com/2018/upfront-evers-says-hes-leading-one-person-race-for-dem-guv-nomination/

Pence in Milwaukee says national optimism 'soaring' due to Trump's policies, tax overhaul

MILWAUKEE — Vice President Mike Pence says due to the federal tax overhaul and other policies backed by President Trump, optimism is “soaring.”

The former Indiana governor said consumer confidence is now at an all-time high and the unemployment rate is the lowest in 17 years. He said since Trump took office, 3 million new jobs have been added, 36,000 of those in Wisconsin.

“Jobs are coming back, confidence is coming back, and under President Trump, America is coming back, and we’re just getting started,” Pence said at an America First Policies event in Milwaukee this afternoon.

He also praised Gov. Scott Walker, noting the unemployment rate is at lowest level in Wisconsin history and that income and property taxes are lower than when Walker took office.

Read more: https://www.wispolitics.com/2018/pence-at-milwaukee-stop-says-national-optimism-soaring-due-to-trumps-policies-federal-tax-overhaul/

Representative Sargent Deals With NRA Death Threats!


As my friend, Assembly Rep Melissa Sargent found out tonight. If you have a D tacked on to your last name you are open game and no one cares.

Rep. Sargent posted that she proudly would accept no money from the terrorist group AKA the NRA. Then the positive things that the Walker told us the WISGOP stand for, showed up:

Josh Muth
You will hang with the rest of your ilk once found GUILTY.

He wants to hang Democrats and we will see today if anyone cares in the press or the police. Next thing you know White Supremacists like Josh Muth, who are empowered by the Donald, will be shooting up a waffle house or blowing themselves up making bombs. Yet the poor Republicans will continue to play the victim and the reality, as always is something completely different.

Read more: https://www.cogdis.me/2018/04/representative-sargent-deals-with-mra.html
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