Wednesday, June 24, 2020
The law is being challenged by the ACLU on behalf of a transgender “female” who wants to try to join the Boise State University women’s cross country team.
In Idaho, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act was signed into law on March 30, 2020. It goes into effect in July 2020. It essentially says that biological males, even if they gender identify as women, are not allowed to participate on women’s sports teams. Critics have called the law the “anti-transgender bill.”
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Friday, June 19, 2020
A group of roughly 20 people — none who were arrested — wrapped an American flag around the bronze statue, lit it on fire and finished off their vandalism by applying “Big Floyd,” “F– cops,” and other graffiti related to slavery.
Footage of the event, which took place at NE Sandy Boulevard and NE 57th Avenue, went viral on Twitter.
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Monday, June 15, 2020
Photos obtained by Oregon Live show the base of the monument was spray-painted in black with “slave owner” and “George Floyd.”
Read more, here.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
According to a report by Campus Reform, student protesters at the University of Missouri are calling for the removal of a Thomas Jefferson statue from campus on the grounds that it is “racist.”
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Beijing claimed it is prepared for a “long-term” conflict with the U.S. after it effectively stripped Hong Kong of its sovereignty this week in an editorial published in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) newspaper Global Times on Wednesday.
The editorial read:
Since China is determined to push forward the national security legislation for Hong Kong, it has been prepared for any possible reaction from the U.S. Many Chinese people have realized that some U.S. politicians are seizing China by its throat. A long-term rivalry between China and the U.S. is inevitable. In the face of U.S. aggression, China should … be prepared to engage in a long-term battle with the U.S.
On Thursday, the CCP’s rubber-stamp legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), passed a draft law terminating Hong Kong’s historic autonomy from mainland China. Under the proposed law, acts that Beijing deems as inciting “secession” or threatening “national security” may be punished as crimes. World leaders have condemned the move for violating China’s international obligations. On Thursday, the U.S. and some of its allies — the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada — issued a joint statement denouncing the legislation and expressing “deep concern” for Hong Kong’s future:
“China’s decision to impose the new national security law on Hong Kong lies in direct conflict with its international obligations under the principles of the legally binding, U.N.-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration,” the statement read. This refers to Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” framework, which allowed the former British colony certain freedoms after it was transferred back to China in 1997. Since then, “Hong Kong has flourished as a bastion of freedom,” the statement said.
In a separate article on Thursday in the People’s Daily, another Communist Party mouthpiece, Beijing argued that the United States’ “failure” to properly address its Wuhan coronavirus outbreak demonstrates the shortcomings of American democracy, suggesting that this proves America’s political system is incompatible with that of the Communist Party. The framing further bolsters Beijing’s claim in the Global Times on Wednesday that a “long-term rivalry between China and the U.S. is inevitable.”
“[T]he … practices of the U.S. politicians have not only hurt the life and health of the Americans and led to the global spread of the virus, but also exposed the true colors of the American democracy,” the People’s Daily article stated. “[T]hey tried every means to seek selfish political gains, such as … downplaying the COVID-19 [Wuhan coronavirus] pandemic at home and fantasizing that the virus will disappear. These conducts have revealed the indifference and cold-bloodedness of the U.S. politicians and ran completely against democracy.”
On May 10, CCP authorities detained Zhang Xuezhong, a constitutional law professor, after he openly criticized the CCP’s political and legal systems. Zhang was abducted from his home in Shanghai after writing an open letter to the Chinese government in which he condemned its handling of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and decried the CCP’s suppression of free speech. A former defense lawyer for Chinese human rights activists, Zhang had long been a vocal critic of the CCP.
In his letter, Zhang argued that the absence of scrutiny inherent in China’s political system allows the CCP to suppress information, limiting the peoples’ ability to protect themselves.
“[T]he outbreak and spread of the Covid-19 [Wuhan coronavirus] epidemic is a good illustration of the problem,” he argued. The lawyer also denounced China’s “backward” system of governance for lacking a modern constitution. Zhang was released by authorities on May 11.
The Wuhan coronavirus pandemic — which originated in Wuhan, China, late last year — is now responsible for at least 361,270 deaths worldwide. The Communist Party’s cover-up of China’s initial outbreak in Wuhan has been universally condemned by global health authorities and world leaders, who blame the CCP’s lack of transparency for allowing an isolated epidemic to evolve into a pandemic and global economic crisis.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
By Mia Suchoski
Republican Candidate for Benewah County Commissioner – District 1
Hello, Everyone. I hope everyone is staying safe and well in these uncertain times. My name is Mia Suchoski and I’m a real estate broker for Timber Realty, property manager for St. Maries Property Management, and a manager for Interstate Drilling & Pump. My husband (Ryan Suchoski) and I – together as a team – started all three companies among others.
Within these companies, there are several roles for which I am responsible: navigating clients through the complexities of buying, selling or investing in real estate; managing building/development projects; facilitating commercial/business opportunity transactions; as well as overseeing remodels and building new homes. I have over 20 years of experience in all aspects of real estate including investment, building, development and management.
I have also been involved in starting and sustaining numerous businesses which have included septic service, commercial cleaning service, women’s retail store, jewelry store, antique stores, furniture importation, deli, early education programs, patents, well drilling/pump installation, and more. I am a firm believer that if you work hard and believe in yourself…anything is possible.
I support less government involvement in property that should be owned and developed by the private sector. I support community involvement. I believe that government should be ruled by the people, not the other way around. I also believe that less land should be sold to the State because such sales take land off the tax rolls thereby making them unavailable for development.
I attended Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College. I have Associate degrees in Early Childhood Education and in Child Development. I hold a Real Estate Broker’s License and am a Certified Commercial Sales Specialist, Certified Staging Expert, e-Pro, Accredited Buyer’s Representative and Residential Sales Specialist. But, mostly it’s the hands-on, real life expertise I’ve acquired in real estate & in other areas of business that I can put to work for the benefit of our community.
The logging industry is the heart and soul of our county. We can build on the logging industry to balance out economic development and job growth in our area. We are in definite need of more jobs for folks in our county. The first step is to help sustain existing businesses in the county. We need to support our fellow business owners and help them with resources to improve or expand their business. The second step is to create a team of well-positioned professionals to serve as a resource to members of our community who want to own/operate their own business by helping connect them with the right investors. Third, we need to expand our horizons by actively soliciting outside companies that find St. Maries an attractive and viable place to relocate/build their business. This plan is definitely doable, and we can achieve it in a short period of time.
Next, I’d like to focus on building more affordable housing. As more and more people move to our area, the real estate values are being driven higher. It’s become difficult for local people to purchase a home in the area given the base rate of employment wages. With my business connections, this plan is also very achievable. There are builders & developers who understand that we, as Benewah County locals, would like more housing without sacrificing the qualities that are integral to why we all live here.
Finally, our roads suck. Some of our roads are downright dangerous. I’d like to focus on improving county roads to make them safer for everyone. In an effort to achieve this goal, I’ve read through the general road expenditures for the last five years and I believe there is room for more money to be allocated for road improvements.
I would be honored if you vote for me so I can use my business expertise to take our county into the future. Change is good when everyone is involved in the plan. When we all work together as a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) we all win.
You can call/text me at 208-582-1216 if you have any questions for me or would like to discuss concerns you may have.