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Heidi Cruz Likens Husband's Campaign to Efforts to End Slavery

Drawing a parallel between the long-term efforts of her husband's supporters and the fight to end slavery, Heidi Cruz said Tuesday that it took "a lot longer than four years" for the latter fight to be successful.

On a conference call with the campaign's National Prayer Team, Heidi Cruz portrayed Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, which ended a week ago, as one part of a broader journey similar to the abolition of slavery.

“I don’t want you to feel like any of this was in vain," Heidi Cruz said. "I believe in the power of prayer. This doesn’t always happen on the timing of man, and God does not work in four-year segments."

"Be full of faith and so full of joy that this team was chosen to fight a long battle," she continued. "Think that slavery — it took 25 years to defeat slavery. That is a lot longer than four years."

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2016/05/10/heidi-cruz-likens-husbands-efforts-slavery/

Arizona News - 5/11/2016

Former state health care official sentenced to 10 years

Tucson pulls a coup landing Caterpillar

Arizona tribal gaming group splits over West Valley casino

Governor signs 2 gun bills and vetoes another

Governor signs $9.6 billion budget

Developers will not be allowed to levy taxes

Legislators fail to fix polling location issue that plagued primary

Roll out the red VP carpet. Donald & Jan--they'll make a nice couple.

$8.05 an hour is plenty to live on according to Republicans

Horse ownership is a large investment

Skittles "game" one parents need to know about

Commentary is included at each of the links.

Nevada News - 5/11/2016

Station Casinos parent company buys Palms for $312.5 million

LVCVA: Not demolishing Riviera could cost area economy $15.8 billion over 30 years

Nevada panel, tribe call out NRC on Yucca groundwater contamination concerns

Cliven Bundy sues Obama, Reid and federal judge over criminal case

Ex-church treasurer pleads guilty to defrauding his congregation of $1.5 million

Nevada asked for records linked to Panama Papers shell companies

Clinton interested in opening files on Area 51, UFOs

BLM pulls plug on Nevada mustang fertility project

Former owner of Lake Tahoe Brewing Company sought by Carson City Sheriff's Office

Utah News - 5/11/2016

Rocky Mountain Power wants to sign Utah on to a multistate power grid that some fear could make California king

Salt Lake County prosecutor jumps from parking tower, dies

NAACP investigates Utah teacher’s use of racially charged word

Utah Transit Authority says its committee meetings are no longer public

Doctors unsure how to comply with new 'unnecessary' Utah fetal pain law

Utah lawmakers consider allowing lawyers in academic hearing

Chiropractor's fraud case proceeds to jury trial

Opponent questions Chaffetz’s use of campaign funds

Colorado News - 5/11/2016

Civil trial over Colorado theater shooting security begins

Alcohol sales compromise bill receives initial OK in Colorado House

Aurora theater shooting victims cite security flaws as civil trial opens

Planned Parenthood shooter's competency to be decided Wednesday

Lawsuit against marijuana company over deadly Denver shooting could be first of its kind

Colorado GOP sues alleged sender of "We did it. #NeverTrump" tweet

Colorado lawmakers finish session with little progress on top issues

Charges dropped against 94-year-old accused of sex assault

Bill to keep taxpayer refunds denied by Colorado Senate Republicans

Primary bill goes nowhere in Colorado Legislature

House Democrats kill ballot measure for transportation

Ignite: After Dark canceled over sexual content, liquor law woes

Fort Collins CDC lab faced secret sanctions for mishandling bioterror germs

Colorado inmate claims Prince is his father, seeks DNA test

Florida News - 5/10/2016

Florida man who threw gator into drive-thru window agrees to plea deal, faces sentencing

Florida attorney popular for anti-drunk driving commercials

Miami-Dade County ex-commissioner convicted in ’90s for bribery is found dead in Georgia; wife charged

Poll shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump neck and neck in Florida

Orlando OKs citations for marijuana possession in small amounts

New death penalty law illegal, Florida judge rules

Tavares mayor declares: 'I am completely innocent'

Wasserman Schultz condemns Republicans over anti-Planned Parenthood law

Hillary Clinton to speak in Fort Lauderdale at Trayvon Martin Foundation event

Sarasota Salvation Army official is arrested

Florida pension system looks strong — for now

Poll shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump neck and neck in Florida

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are running neck and neck in Florida, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll that finds Clinton with 43 percent support and Trump with 42 percent.

It looks like a Women are from venus, men are from Mars election: She leads Trump by 13 points among women, and he leads Clinton by 13 points among men.

Republicans’ weakness among minority voters is well known. But the reason this race is so close overall is Clinton’s historic weakness among white men. In Florida, she is getting just 25 percent from white men,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.

Quinnipiac's April 27 through May 8 telephone poll also surveyed likely voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio, finding Clintin leading 43 to 42 percent in Pennsylvania, and Trump leading Ohio 43 percent to 39 percent. The margin of error in each poll was plus or minus 3 percent.

Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/poll-shows-hillary-clinton-and-donald-trump-neck-and-necck-in-florida/2276667

South Carolina News - 5/10/2016

Gov. Nikki Haley undecided on whether she’ll attend GOP Convention in July

Haley farm bill veto may mean hardships for South Carolina farms

Gov. Nikki Haley says gun background check system needs a look before changes are made

Refugee-monitoring bill narrowly advances in South Carolina House

Failed Fort Jackson dam target of $20 million suit

South Carolina government offices closed Tuesday for Confederate Memorial Day

University of South Carolina trustee, 3 others to plead guilty in hawk killing

South Carolina Senator Pinckney remembered in solemn Washington ceremony

South Carolina Senate, House leaders hint of override of farm bill veto

Duke Energy to construct $55M power facility on Duke University campus

DURHAM — Duke Energy has announced plans to construct a 21-megawatt power facility on Duke University’s campus, which would use waste heat from generating electricity to produce thermal energy and steam.

The facility — a natural gas combined heat and power plant — is subject to approval by the North Carolina Utilities Commission under a 35-year agreement and is estimated to cost $55 million. If approved, the plant is expected to start operations in 2018.


“This partnership will provide value for Duke University and will accelerate our progress towards climate neutrality,” Duke University’s executive vice president Tallman Trask said in a statement. “By combining steam and electricity generation systems, we can increase efficiency and reduce our overall consumption by millions of units of energy each year, and have a positive effect on the community at large.”

Read more: http://democratsforever.freeforums.net/thread/8186/energy-construct-power-facility-univers

NAACP calls for full federal investigation of Harnett County Sheriff’s Office

Lillington -- The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP has asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to send federal officials to Harnett County to protect residents from the deputies sworn to protect them.

The NAACP cites an News & Observer investigation, “Deadly Force,” in its request for federal intervention. The series highlighted several incidents in which residents say they have been battered or harassed by Harnett sheriff's deputies. Two men died; others have been shot with Tasers, sprayed with toxic pepper spray, punched and kicked.

“This means the problem is systematic,” Rev. William J. Barber II, state president of the NAACP, told a crowd of media and relatives of those who lost loved ones at the hands of Harnett County law enforcement. The NAACP held a press conference at the county courthouse in Lillington Monday morning.


Family members of some victims stood behind Barber as he spoke. Dolly Griggs, mother of Christian Griggs, told the crowd that her son’s 2013 death was covered up by Harnett deputies. A cousin of Brandon Bethea, who died after being shot with a Taser by a Harnett detention officer while being held in the jail in March 2011, broke into tears as she tried to explain how he was left to die in a cell. Carmen Cardwell, the sister-in-law of John Livingston, told the crowd that Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Kehagias had not been punished for killing Livingston.

Read more: http://democratsforever.freeforums.net/thread/8185/naacp-federal-investigation-harnett-county
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