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Jason Chaffetz: Andrew McCabe headlining Democratic banquet in Pa. is ‘terribly tone-deaf’

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For ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to headline an upcoming banquet for Democrats in Lancaster County, Pa., is “terribly tone-deaf,” former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said Wednesday.

McCabe should instead be concerned with the fact he was subject of a scathing inspector general’s report and could be mentioned in a forthcoming report from another federal prosecutor, Chaffetz, a Fox News contributor, said on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“He’s on the receiving end of one of the most scathing IG reports there’s ever been,” Chaffetz said. There’s at least two more IG reports coming out.”

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“We know that Mr. Durham, a U.S. attorney, is looking into these details,” he continued, referencing a Justice Department-sanctioned probe into the origins of the Russia investigation — which is being headlined by Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham.

Of McCabe, Chaffetz said his credibility has taken a hit over the past several months.

“He accomplished something that almost no other federal employee did — and that is, he got fired. … A career professional recommended his firing because he was lying, he was less than candid when being interviewed by federal investigators,” he said.

In 2018, McCabe was fired just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after it was determined that he lied to investigators reviewing the bureau’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

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“Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately,” then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

Later this month, McCabe will headline the Democratic fundraiser at a hotel in Lancaster, a city of about 59,000 residents, about 70 miles west of Philadelphia. Lancaster is Pennsylvania’s eighth-largest city.

According to the Lancaster County Democratic Committee’s website, Chairwoman JoAnn Hentz and other members recently held a conference call with McCabe.

Some of the topics the fired bureaucrat said he would discuss at the dinner include, “Russian meddling in the 2016 election,” and his own “one-on-one interactions with Donald Trump.”

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“Lest anyone thinks this will be a gloomy take on things, Mr. McCabe says he is sure there are brighter days ahead and will talk about why he feels this way,” the LCDC’s post said.

While McCabe criticized the president — even calling for Trump’s impeachment — the fundraiser appeared to represent his first official attempt to campaign against Trump since leaving the administration.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman, Jake Gibson and Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey apologizes for wearing blackface in college sorority skit

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey apologized on Thursday for her role in a racially insensitive skit involving blackface that her sorority put on when she was a student at Auburn University in the 1960s.

Ivey said in a statement on Thursday that while she has no recollection of the skit, or of wearing blackface, she has “genuine remorse” over her participation.

Though her fiance at the time, Ben LaRavia, “is the one on tape remembering the skit – and I still don’t recall ever dressing up in overalls or in blackface – I will not deny what is obvious,” Ivey said. “As such, I fully acknowledge – with genuine remorse – my participation in a skit like that back when I was a senior in college.”

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She continued: “While some may attempt to excuse this as acceptable behavior for a college student during the mid-1960s, that is not who I am today, and it is not what my administration represents all these years later. I offer my heartfelt apologies for the pain and embarrassment this causes, and I will do all I can – going forward – to help show the nation that the Alabama of today is a far cry from the Alabama of the 1960s.”

The apology by Ivey, a Republican, comes after photos emerged earlier this year of an Alpha Gamma Delta pledge class at Auburn – she was president – wearing blackface. While none of the photos featured Ivey herself, audio from a radio interview conducted during the sorority event features LaRavia describing the future governor as wearing blue coveralls and having “had put some black paint all over her face,” according to local news media.

“We were acting out this skit called ‘Cigar Butts,'” LaRavia said in the interview, which the governor’s office released. “I could not go into a lengthy explanation, but to say the least, I think this skit, it did not require a lot of talent, as far as verbal talent. But it did require a lot of physical acting, such as crawling on the floor looking for cigar butts and things like this.”

Ivey’s apology comes more than six months after the first reports of her wearing blackface in her sorority’s skit surfaced in a report by The Auburn Plainsman, and her statement on Thursday was quickly condemned by Democratic state lawmakers, with some urging her to resign.

“I don’t care if it was 52 years ago or yesterday,” state Rep. Juandalynn Givan said. “She is the governor of the state of Alabama, which is still considered one of the most racist states in the U.S. This is who she was then. It is who she is now.”

Givan added: “I don’t accept her apology. She should have stood before the people of Alabama herself. … She should resign. I don’t think she should have been elected, and I think she is a racist.”

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Ivey’s apology also comes months after another governor from another Southern state was accused of having worn blackface.

Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam received calls earlier this year from both sides of the political divide to step down after a photo surfaced from his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook featuring a man in blackface and a second person cloaked in Ku Klux Klan garb.

Northam at first apologized for the photo, but then said he was not one of the men in the photo. Northam did concede he’d worn blackface around that time, though, saying he’d once used shoe polish to darken his face as part of a Michael Jackson costume for a 1984 dance contest in San Antonio, Texas.

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Pennsylvania school district’s typo costing it nearly $900G, report says

A typo is saving homeowners in one Pennsylvania county about $32 each in property taxes but is costing the school district about $895,000, according to a report.

In June, an interim business administrator in the Pennsbury School District board resolution in Bucks County incorrectly stated the millage rate for this school year at 170.076 mills instead of the correct 171.076.

The error was discovered by the district’s new chief financial officer, Christopher Berdnik, when he started at the beginning of July – after tax bills had been mailed, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

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Makefield Elementary is one of the 16 schools affected. (Google Maps)

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Any retroactive changes could also leave the school district open to lawsuits.

Berdnik said property values are higher than they were assessed and the school district’s tax collection rate is high, which will account for $700,000 owed and the incorrect millage rate is 1.5 percent higher than last year. A resolution expected to be passed by the school board this month will refund much of the remaining debt.

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No one caught the error initially because the millage rate wasn’t read aloud at the June meeting, The Inquirer reported.

Sixteen schools in the district are affected.

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GOP becoming endangered species in California, as key stronghold turns blue

Former President Ronald Regan said during his 1984 reelection campaign that Southern California’s Orange County is the place where “good Republicans go to die.”

For decades, the wealthy, suburban county – about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles – has been a conservative stronghold in a state that has become increasingly liberal. But since the 2018 midterm elections, the so-called “Orange Curtain” has come down and Democrats have made huge gains in an area once dominated by Republicans.

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The shift speaks to the GOP’s ever-shrinking foothold in the Golden State. Just recently, the number of registered Democrats surpassed the number of registered Republicans in Orange County for the first time since the Watergate era, with the county Registrar of Voters – as of Wednesday – having 548,952 Democrats compared with just 548,095 Republicans.

While not an enormous advantage, it does mark a drastic shift from the Republican Party’s halcyon days of the early 1990s, when it enjoyed a 22-percentage point advantage over Democrats, and mirrors a trend seen in recent years across California’s more conservative areas.

In the last few years, neighboring San Diego County flipped to the Democrats and, on election night last November, California’s 25th Congressional District went Democrat for the first time since 1993 when upstart politician Katie Hill defeated incumbent Republican Steve Knight. The 2018 midterm elections also saw all of Orange County’s districts go Democratic as well as most of San Diego County – turning the state’s congressional delegation, and statehouse, an even deeper shade of blue.

Republicans now hold only seven of the state’s 53 congressional seats, and both seats in the Senate are held by Democrats.

“We have seen since 2016, and even before that, that we’re becoming bluer and bluer,” Ada Briceño, the chair of the Orange County Democratic Party, told Fox News. “We know that trend is going to continue. The changes in our demographics are going to ensure that and the fact that we have activists and leaders on the ground working extremely hard to make sure that we are moving and speaking and enamoring people.”

Both Democratic and Republican leaders have cited the changing demographics and voter base in the region as one of the main reasons for the shift in political alignment in recent years.

The immigrant population of Orange County, for example, grew five times as fast as the general population between 1980 and 2000 and, despite a slowing influx of new immigrants, the region’s Asian and Latino populations are likely to continue on an upward trajectory thanks to the children of immigrant families born in the United States.

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In California’s 48th Congressional District, which last fall saw longtime Republican fixture Dana Rohrabacher lose to Democrat Harley Rouda, the Latino population went from 38,803 in 1980 to 145,585 in 2017 – or from 8 percent of the district’s population to 21 percent.

Similarly, in the state’s 45th Congressional, where Democrat Katie Porter won last November against incumbent Republican Mimi Walters, the Asian-American population skyrocketed from 14,528 in 1980, or 4.4 percent, to almost a quarter of the district’s total population in 2017 with 175,540.

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People vote at an Orange County polling station inside a fire station during the midterm elections in Huntington Beach, California, on November 6, 2018. (Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican leaders in California admit that they need to do a better job of fielding candidates that appeal to a diversifying voter base, but say that Democrats are playing “identity politics” and that eventually the pendulum will swing back toward the right.

“The Democrats are really good at playing identity politics, but identity politics is a sugar high,” Tony Krvaric, the chair of the Republican Party of San Diego County, told Fox News. “Eventually people are going to wake up and realize Democrats have done nothing for them.”

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Democrats balk at this assertion, arguing that while they have certainly worked to recruit younger and more diverse voters, the spike in registrations to their party has included people from all walks of life and has been buoyed by the party’s stance on issues ranging from immigration to the environment compared with those of the Republicans – and, in particular, the hardline rhetoric of President Trump.

“The rhetoric that Trump is putting out there is really turning Orange County folks off,” Briceño said. “We had a guy in his 70’s who had been a Republican for over 20 years come into the office just the other day and switch over to become a Democrat because of Trump’s rhetoric.”

“[Trump] has given us a nice gift,” Briceño added.

Political observers in the state tend to agree with this assertion, recalling the last time a place like Orange County flipped to the Democrats was following Richard Nixon’s resignation from White House in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

“Trump people all think it’s some conspiracy, while people who don’t like him say it’s a big change in ideology,” Will Swaim, the president of the California Policy Center, told Fox News. “But anytime you see a sudden shift in voter registration, it’s not a shift in philosophy or ideology. It’s about the person at the top of the ticket.”

Swaim added that while many Republicans in the region may agree with some of the Trump administration’s policies, specifically regarding the economy and trade, the president’s boisterous and combative style has also rubbed many the wrong way.

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“It’s really the president’s way of behaving that offends people,” he said. “They may like his policies, but they don’t like how he behaves.”

Despite the recent shift toward the Democrats in places like Orange and San Diego counties, Swaim said that, if historic trends are any indication, the areas will revert back to the GOP.

“The last time this happened, the phenomenon was pretty short-lived,” he said. “Conservative principles will continue to thrive here, but the Democrats have made some inroads.”

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Washington state lawmaker linked to group allegedly preparing for ‘biblical warfare’

Newly leaked emails reportedly link an Eastern Washington state lawmaker with a group that allegedly trained young men for biblical warfare, according to several reports.

The 2016 emails, provided to The Guardian, were sent from Patrick Caughran, identified as the founder of Team Rugged, a group that reportedly trains teen boys and men in their early 20s for religious combat in the state.

Before his election last year, Washington state Sen. Matt Shea denied that a document called “Biblical Basis for War,” that he distributed to supporters, was advocating for a holy war between Christian “patriots” and Muslim “terrorists,” according to The Spokesman-Review of Spokane.

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Washington state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, speaks in Olympia, Wash., Feb. 8, 2012. (Associated Press)

Shea, who represents Spokane Valley, claimed the document, which described how a “Holy Army” should kill those that disobey “biblical law,” had notes for a scholarly sermon about the Old Testament.

Team Rugged’s website describes itself as “a Christian organization that strongly believes in building manly character and the capability to stand in adversity in young men,” according to The Guardian.

An email from Caughran to Shea, however, stated the group’s entire purpose was to “provide patriotic and biblical training on war for young men, according to The Spokesman-Review.

“Everything about it is both politically incorrect and what would be considered shocking truth to most modern Christians,” he wrote. “There will be scenarios where every participant will have to fight against one of the most barbaric enemies that are invading our country, Muslims terrorists.”

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“There will be biblical teaching … on biblical warfare, the responsibilities, regulations, principles and mindset,” Caughran wrote about the training, according to The Guardian, “so that our young men will be better prepared to fight against physical enemies, and to do so, God’s way and with His blessing,” The Guardian reported.

Shea has been open about his ties to the group before. In 2017, he posted a Facebook video showing him interviewing members of Team Rugged at the annual God and Country Celebration in Marble, Wash., Seattle’s Q13 FOX reported.

The Washington state House of Representatives has hired a private investigator to figure out if Shea was promoting political violence, The Spokesman-Review reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Steve King hit for pondering whether civilization would have survived without rape and incest

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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is facing a new backlash over his comments Wednesday questioning whether humanity would exist anymore if not for rape and incest throughout history.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” King said at the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale, Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register. “Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that.”

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King’s comments came as he was arguing against exceptions for rape and incest in anti-abortion legislation in Congress. The Iowa Republican contends that just because the circumstances surrounding conception were bad that does mean that the result isn’t a human being.

“It’s not the baby’s fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother,” he said.

King — who has a well-documented history of making provocative, far-right statements — was almost immediately criticized by lawmakers and politicians.

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, a 2020 presidential primary candidate, was quick to tell King what she thought of him, tweeting: “[Steve King] You are a disgrace. Resign.”

Another 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, plugged the man challenging King for his seat in 2020, J.D. Scholten, in his tweet regarding King’s comments.

“My friend [J.D. Scholten] is standing up and fighting back against Steve King, and he needs all of our help — because no matter where you live, you know there’s no place for Steve King’s racism, bigotry, and hatred in Congress,” O’Rourke tweeted.

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Earlier this year, the Iowa congressman was stripped of committee assignments and faced condemnation for telling the New York Times, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

“I think I was pretty clear, and our entire House leadership was very clear last week,” Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the third-ranking House Republican, said at the time. “His comments were abhorrent. They were racist. We, under the guidance of Leader McCarthy, stripped him of his committee assignments. And I think there’s simply no place for that language in any of our national discourse.”

In November of last year, King drew a strong rebuke from the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee after comments relating to white nationalists and supremacists.

King had publicly endorsed a white nationalist candidate for mayor in Toronto. The candidate, Faith Goldy, has promoted books espousing anti-Semitic ideas and defending the white supremacist “14 words” slogan, according to the Toronto Star.

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King also has drawn criticism for posts on Twitter, such as in 2017 when he wrote that “culture and demographics are our destiny” and said we “can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

And last September, King came under renewed scrutiny after traveling to Austria and giving an interview in which he said, “If we don’t defend Western Civilization, then we will become subjugated by the people who are the enemies of faith, the enemies of justice.”

In 2013, he commented that while he has some sympathy for some undocumented immigrants, “they aren’t all valedictorians, they weren’t all brought in by their parents — for everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

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San Jose mayor proposes first-in-nation insurance requirement for guns following mass shootings

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In the wake of three mass shootings in two weeks across the country, the mayor of San Jose, Calif., on Monday proposed what is being called a first-in-the-nation move to require all gun owners to carry liability insurance for their weapons.

Under the proposal by Mayor Sam Liccardo, the insurance would cover any accidental discharge of a firearm and any intentional acts carried out by a person who has stolen or borrowed the gun. It would not cover the policyholder for any intentional discharge that he or she carries out.

Liccardo is also exploring a possible ballot measure that, if passed, would tax all ammunition and firearm purchases in San Jose.

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“A mayor doesn’t have the luxury of just offering ‘thoughts and prayers,'” Liccardo said, according to local media. “We have to solve problems. While this is far from a complete solution, it is something we can do to reduce the harms of firearms, without waiting for Congress to take action.”

The House has passed two bills that would tighten up background checks, but they have stalled in the Senate, which is on recess until September.

Liccardo’s moves come two weeks after a 19-year-old gunman opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., resulting in four deaths and 13 injuries. Keyla Salazar, 13, and Stephen Romero, 6, both of San Jose, were killed in the shooting, along with 25-year-old Trevor Irby before the gunman, Santino Legan, took his own life.

Liccardo said that his plan is based on similar laws in California that make it illegal to drive a vehicle without insurance.

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“We require motorists to carry automobile insurance, and the insurance industry appropriately encourages and rewards safe driver behavior,” he said. “We tax tobacco consumption both to discourage risky behavior and to make sure non-smokers are not forced to subsidize the substantial public health costs generated by smoking-related illnesses and deaths. These successful public health models inspire a similar ‘harm reduction’ approach for firearms.”

Liccardo added that he is reaching out to other cities in California and throughout the country to encourage them to pass similar legislation.

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Ohio man who posted that AOC ‘should be shot’ arrested on weapons charges

An Ohio man who posted to Facebook that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “should be shot” was arrested Thursday on weapons charges, federal officials said.

Timothy James Ireland Jr, 41, of Toledo, is charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of being a fugitive in possession of a firearm and one count of making interstate threats, the Justice Department said in a statement Friday.

Authorities say that on July 23, someone sent the Capitol Police a screenshot of a Facebook post linked to Ireland that featured a news story about the New York Democrat with a caption that read: “She should be shot. Can’t fire me, my employer would load the gun for me.”

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Timothy Ireland, 41, is charged with threatening  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., over Facebook and weapons charges. (Lucas County Jail)

“There is absolutely no place in the marketplace of ideas for threats of violence against any person, especially those who are elected to represent the American people,” U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Justin Herdman said in a statement. “Disagreement on political issues cannot lead to acts of violence, and if it does, we will seek federal prison time.”

When interviewed by investigators over the phone last week, Ireland said he was “very proud” of the post and noted that he carries concealed firearms, goes hunting and that he has guns for sport, according to a criminal complaint.

Ireland also said that “Everyone that he knows has guns,” the complaint said.

Capitol Police and agents with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched Ireland’s home on Thursday, finding three rounds of .32-caliber ammunition and four rounds of .45-caliber ammunition.

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A background check revealed Ireland had outstanding warrants for failing to appear in a Sarasota, Fla. court on a charge of violating his probation and failing to appear in court for a marijuana possession charge in Cook, County Ga., authorities say. The complaint adds that in October 1996, Ireland was also convicted in Florida of four felony counts of dealing in stolen property.

Ocasio-Cortez has said she has been the target of numerous death threats since taking office. Last month, two Louisiana police officers were fired for suggesting on Facebook that she be shot.

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Plan for Straight Pride rally rejected – but California city offers alternative idea

Organizers of a planned Straight Pride rally received some bad news from city officials in Modesto, Calif., on Friday. They will not be permitted to hold their event in a city park as planned on Aug. 24.

However, the city has offered to allow the group to rally in a space near the city’s convention center – provided the organizers file a permit application by Tuesday, the Modesto Bee reported.

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City officials said the original plan to use Graceada Park raised safety issues because the organizers’ liability insurance had been voided, according to FOX 40 in Sacramento.

“If you don’t have insurance, you can’t reserve one of our parks,” city spokesman Thomas Reeves told Sacramento’s KOVR-TV.

The latest development follows a contentious City Council meeting on Wednesday evening, at which critics contended the organizers didn’t wish to celebrate heterosexuality, as the event name suggests, but to instead communicate an anti-gay agenda.

Co-organizer Mylinda Mason of the National Straight Pride Coalition, however, insisted there was no hidden intent.

“Everyone is trying to sensationalize this event and it’s going to be much like a church service,” Mason told FOX 40. “I know everybody likes to go and celebrate sodomy but we actually want to celebrate heterosexuality.

“Everyone is trying to sensationalize this event and it’s going to be much like a church service. I know everybody likes to go and celebrate sodomy but we actually want to celebrate heterosexuality.”

— Mylinda Mason, co-organizer of proposed Straight Pride event

“They’re looking to amp it up into something that it’s not,” Mason said of the critics. “It’s really going to be much more like on the purview of a church service, really. It really is just celebrating our beautiful country.”

But Mason’s 28-year-old son, Matthew Mason, who is openly gay, was among those opposing the plan for a Straight Pride event.

“This isn’t ‘straight pride,’ this is ‘hate pride,’” the son told FOX 40. “This is the woman who raised me, actively working against my rights as a human being, who I am as a person.”

In a Thursday interview, National Straight Pride Coalition organizer Don Grundmann told USA Today that his organization’s First Amendment rights should be respected.

He accused the Modesto City Council of “working overtime” to block his event.

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“We’re saying that it’s OK to be a man. It’s OK to be a woman,” the organizer of a planned Straight Pride rally says. (iStock)

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“We’re being viciously smeared and lied about that we’re racists,” he told the paper. (At the public meeting a night earlier, Grundmann drew laughter from his critics when he misspoke and described his organization as “a totally peaceful racist group,” the Bee reported.)

“We’re saying that it’s OK to be a man. It’s OK to be a woman. It’s OK to have a natural family, a man, woman and children.”

— Don Grundmann, co-organizer of proposed Straight Pride event

“Our culture is under attack on multiple fronts, such as just being men. There’s so-called toxic masculinity. There’s actually college courses being taught that men are an inherent problem, there’s something wrong with them,” he said. “We’re saying that it’s OK to be a man. It’s OK to be a woman. It’s OK to have a natural family, a man, woman and children.”

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Ohio city’s ban on hiring smokers, vapers could be ‘slippery slope,’ some fear

More bad news for smokers and vapers: The city of Dayton, Ohio, says it will no longer hire anyone who uses nicotine or tobacco.

The rationale: City officials say they want to encourage a healthier workplace and environment – and also save money.

“Studies indicate that employees that smoke cost approximately an additional $6,000 per year in direct medical costs and lost productivity,” Kenneth Couch, the city’s director of human resources, told the Dayton Daily News.

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But leaders of labor unions say they fear the new city policy could be a “slippery slope” that could lead to employees facing more scrutiny of their personal habits and private lives that have little or nothing to do with their job performance.

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Employees already working for Dayton, Ohio, won’t be affected by a new policy against hiring smokers and vapers, city officials say, but the plan also includes the elimination of designated smoking areas around city property. (iStock)

“We are not thrilled about it,” Rick Oakley, president of the Dayton Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 44, told the newspaper. “But we also understand where the city is coming from because the biggest part of their health care costs are from nicotine-related illnesses.”

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Oakley’s union represents about 365 police employees, the paper reported.

Employees already working for the city won’t be affected by the new policy, city officials say, but the plan also includes the elimination of designated smoking areas around city property, according to the Daily News.

Ann Sulfridge, president of AFSCME Local 101, which represents city workers in blue-collar and clerical jobs, told the paper she fears that employees’ weight could be the next health factor to face new rules.

A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union in Ohio told the newspaper that the organization opposes policies that discriminate against employees’ personal behavior but adds that Ohio’s “at will” employment laws are an obstacle in challenging the policy in court.

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According to the Daily News, 30 states and the District of Columbia have made it illegal to make an employment decision based on off-the-job smoking, and California and Connecticut prohibit discrimination based on any activity that is legal.

Meanwhile, the percentage of Ohioans who smoke has dropped to 18 percent now from 26 percent in 1995, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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