Politically Speaking – January 12, 2016

Politics
January 12, 2016

On Tuesday Obama will deliver his last State of the Union address. Last week he said he would not support anyone who doesn’t support gun control. Interesting! If I were running for President, the last person I’d want supporting me is Barack Hussein Obama.

What I’m finding across the board is Trump is holding strong and getting stronger among the well educated as well as the great common sense blue collar worker, the backbone of our country. The young college group and young entrepreneurs are leaning towards Bernie Sanders, and I get that. Not that I support him, but I get it! And as of Sunday, Bernie has almost caught up with Hillary in Iowa.
I’ll close on this issue by saying I’d rather see Bernie be the nominee over Clinton. I’m stunned that anyone continues to support Hillary Clinton. But to each their own!

The GOP is fearful of Trump but is maybe more so of Ted Cruz. If you disqualify Trump, you help Cruz. If you disqualify Cruz, you help Trump. The GOP establishment doesn’t want that! But it’s too late!
Going to Iowa, it’s going to be hard to beat Cruz. He has the advantage in Iowa. Many Iowans are digging in against Trump!

Over the weekend, Cruz brought up his birth citizenship again. In my opinion, this issue is beginning to get to him, and so it should. As he put it, the good people of the media are going through rabbit holes to find a story. I would correct him. There aren’t a lot of good people left in media; too many are twisting truth, like CNN. And it’s not rabbit holes. His legal right to be the President is a fair question.

We know others have said he’s qualified to be the Prime Minister of Canada! But eighteen months ago, Cruz renounced his Canadian citizenship. However, President of the U.S. is another thing. Needless to say, I’m not a Cruz supporter and there is a real question about his qualifications.
At this point I have to admit I’ve joined the Trump supporters. It’s not that I like him, but because at this point, in my opinion, he’s our only last great hope.

As promised last week, below are just some of the new Illinois laws. Be aware, you’ll find more on our website at www.theshoppersweekly.com. And the complete list of new laws is online at Sen. Kyle McCarter’s legislative website at www.senatormccarter.com/.

• A new law taking effect Jan. 1, spearheaded by Sen. Kyle McCarter, goes after designer drug manufacturers. SB 1129/PA 99-0371 combats dangerous synthetic or designer street drugs by targeting how they are made and allowing prosecutors to not have to wait as long for lab tests to show if the synthetic drug involved was illegal.

• Those who call 9-1-1 in 2016 better be sure it’s a legitimate emergency. Individuals convicted of making false or prank calls to 9-1-1 call centers or making other false reports to emergency responders could be held responsible for reimbursing the costs incurred by the responding emergency agency under HB 3988/PA 99-0160.

• Illinois joins several other states Jan. 1 with a new law that can help save or prolong people’s lives. Terminally-ill patients in Illinois will have access to clinical-trial, experimental medical treatments and medications, thanks to the Right to Try law (HB 1335/ PA 99-0270) sponsored by Sen. Michael Connelly.

• Hunting is a very popular activity, especially in downstate Illinois. In 2016, under a new law spearheaded by Sen. Sam McCann, hunters will be able to hunt bobcats to control overpopulation and keep the animal at healthy numbers. HB 352/PA 99-0033 sets the dates for the bobcat hunting season from Nov. 1 through Feb. 15.

• In the classroom in 2016, to help high school students better understand government and the democratic process, a civics course requirement has been added to high school curriculum through HB 4025/PA 99-0434.

• Animal Welfare Owner ID (HB 4029/PA 99-0310): Requires animal control facilities to check for microchips and other ID means to determine owner. If an owner is identified, the facility must contact via mail at least seven business days before transfer, foster home, or euthanasia. Before transfer, foster home, or euthanasia the facility is required to check a second time for microchip and make sure original information obtained, if any, was correct.

• Humane Care for Animals (SB 125/PA 99-0311): States that, “No owner of a dog or cat may expose the dog or cat in a manner that places the dog or cat in a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time in extreme heat or cold conditions.”

• Youth Hunting License Age (HB 3234/PA 99-0307 – Sen. Chapin Rose): Raises age cap for youth hunting licenses from 16 to 18.

• Smart Phone Theft Protection Act (SB 66/PA 99-0327): Creates the Smart Phone Theft Protection Act. Creates new regulations on vendors that buy and resell smart phones. Prohibits minors from trading in smart phones. Defines resale businesses that have 25 of more locations in the state (i.e. AT&T or Verizon) to ensure such business can enter into trade-in agreements for promotions and upgrade offers.

Last week we asked you to give your opinion on the question, “Do we have a decent choice for President in this election?” And boy, did we get the responses! See them on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/shoppers.weekly/. Some were deleted due to language; however, I would say overall it was yes, and you got it — Trump.

Last but not least, going back to my favorite saying, “You can’t fix stupid,” the epitome of stupidity this week is Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia.

Police officer Jesse Hartnett was sitting in his squad car Thursday evening when he was shot several times by Edward Archer. After being arrested the shooter said — not once, not twice but three times — “I follow Allah. I pledge allegiance to the Islamic State.” And what does the Mayor of Philadelphia say in a statement, playing down the Islamic connection following the shooting? “This shooting had nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Muslim faith.” Even though the shooter said, according to Commissioner Ross, “Police bend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran.” In my opinion, this idiot has been listening to his Commander-in-Chief too long and needs to get a grip on reality. I hope the good people of Philadelphia run this jerk out of office.

Until next week.

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