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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey faces a deadline Tuesday to sign or veto legislation revamping the state’s sex education laws that would make them some of the strictest in the nation when it comes to teaching about LGBTQ issues.

The proposed law would prohibit all discussions about gender identity, sexual orientation or HIV/AIDS in sex education classes unless parents are notified in advance and specifically opt in for the instruction.

The proposal applies outside of sex ed classes as well, requiring parents to agree to have their children learn about historical events such as a discussion of the modern gay rights movement that sprang from the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York.

It also bans any sex ed classes before 5th grade, which opponents have said will put young students who now learn about “good touch-bad touch” to avoid molestation at greater risk.

Ducey has not indicated whether he will sign or veto the legislation. When asked last year about a similar proposal that would have barred sex education before 7th grade but never reached is desk, he responded that he was comfortable with what his sons were taught in Arizona schools when they were younger and had talked with them about it.

“I don’t know exactly what the problem is we’re trying to solve,” he said of the 2020 proposal.

Social conservative groups that backed the measure call it a needed parental rights issue, arguing that parents deserve to know and approve of what their children are taught in school. Arizona currently allows parents to review all learning material and already requires an opt-in for sex ed classes.

The bill passed the Republican-controlled Legislation over unified opposition from Democrats, who called it an attack on LGBTQ students who are already marginalized and dangerous to young students.

The legislation comes two years after the Republican governor signed a repeal of a 1991 law banning HIV/AIDS instruction that “promotes a homosexual lifestyle.” That bill emerged as the state faced a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law that the Republican attorney general and Democratic schools chief refused to fight.

Arizona is among several Republican-led states where lawmakers considered similar changes to sex education this year.

Moving to give parents more control over what their children may be taught about LGBTQ issues is new. It comes amid other efforts pushing back on social changes, including legislation in some states to ban transgender athletes

 from competing on school teams of their identified sex, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights group that tracks such legislation.

Arizona is one of five states that already require parents’ permission before children can attend sex education classes, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The new proposal would essentially require a double opt-in for HIV/AIDS instruction that addresses sexual orientation or gender identity. Additional permission would be needed for LGBTQ discussions in any other class.

Idaho legislation also would require notifications and opt-ins, including for discussion of sexual orientation outside of sex education classes. It has passed the House and awaits Senate action.

Lawmakers in Tennessee enacted a measure the governor pledged to sign and the Missouri Legislature is considering one that would require parents to be notified before instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity but would exclude historical references.

In Montana, the Legislature passed a bill earlier this month initially aimed at requiring parents to opt in to sex education. But the legislation was changed after criticism from education groups. It now allows parents to opt their children out of sex ed and awaits action by Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte.

Advocates for comprehensive sex education say such legislation can have far-reaching negative effects under the guise of parental rights by limiting fact-based education that young people need to stay safe.



California Restaurant, Fed Up With Restrictions, Encourages ‘Unvaccinated’ Customers Only





Arestaurant in California that has been defiant against COVID-19 restrictions for months is now displaying signs encouraging its customers to show “proof of unvaccination.”

Basilico’s Pasta e Vino in Huntington Beach has frequently rebuffed coronavirus lockdowns and mandates, often going against the state’s suggestions to provide safety measures to slow the spread of the virus.

In December, it refused to shut down during a lockdown order initiated by Governor Gavin Newsom. Then, when officials issued several orders for establishments to mandate face coverings, the Orange County restaurant declared itself a mask-free zone and required that diners remove them before entering.

Now, Basilico’s Pasta e Vino is displaying multiple signs on its door encouraging its customers to be “unvaccinated.”

“More American counties, cities, and businesses doubling down on anti-American lockdown mandates? Well ‘Basilico’s Pasta e Vino’ just tripled down: From day one, never complied, banned masks, and now … requiring proof of being Un-vaccinated!,” the restaurant wrote in a social media post.

The signs on display read “Notice: proof of being UNvaccinated required,” with a message underneath stating, “We have zero tolerance for treasonous, anti-American stupidity. Thank you for pondering.

“Though the signs suggests that proof is required to enter the building, an employee of the restaurant told the Los Angeles Times that they are not actually checking patrons for information regarding their vaccine status.Nonetheless, restaurant owner Tony Roman said the message represents another “missile of defiance.”

“With warning signs of another impending lockdown, and many business owners again emboldening those who I refer to as ‘the lockdown tiny tyrants’—this time by imposing proof-of-vaccination policies—we chose to fire another missile of defiance to further make our point in defense of American liberty and freedom,” Roman said, according to The Times.

The restaurant has been hit with more than $152,000 in fines from the state Division of Occupational Health and Safety (Cal/OSHA) for violating COVID-19 safety precautions, according to The Times.But in a video posted to the restaurant’s Instagram in July, Roman said that he does not intend to pay the fines to the “American traitors at OSHA.”

Basilico’s latest action comes amid a startling rise in COVID-19 cases across the state. In the past week, California has reported an average of nearly 5,000 new coronavirus cases a day, more than four times the number from a month ago, according to data compiled by The Times.

As the virus continues to spread, largely due to the highly contagious Delta variant, one-third of California counties have begun encouraging even fully vaccinated people to wear face coverings indoors.In San Mateo, where nearly 90 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated, officials reinstated a mask mandate on Monday “out of an abundance of caution.”The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a mask mandate for all public school students in early July that opposes July 9 guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stating that vaccinated students could remain unmasked during in-person classes.On Monday, Newsom said that 75 percent of California’s eligible population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, while 77 percent of the adult population have done the same.”Get vaccinated. Protect yourself. Protect your loved ones,” Newsom tweeted.

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Larry Elder Wins in Court: California Must Put Him on Recall Ballot





Conservative talk show host Larry Elder won his court challenge Wednesday to California Secretary of State Shirley Weber, who must place him on the list of candidates in the Sep. 14 election to recall incumbent Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).

As Breitbart News reported Tuesday, Elder’s campaign sued the Secretary of State after she excluded him from the list of 41 candidates to replace Newsom, if a majority of voters choose to recall him. The reason given was that Elder allegedly failed to file complete tax returns. Elder’s campaign denied that accusation, noting that he had turned in five years of tax returns on time, and also arguing that the law requiring candidates to submit tax returns did not apply to recalls anyway.

Elder also noted the Secretary of State had exempted Newsom from the requirement, saying he was not a “candidate.”

Judge Laurie Earl agreed with the latter point: “Preliminarily … I am not convinced that Election Code section 8902 applies to recall election, and if it did, I am of the opinion, I am inclined to find that Mr. Elder substantially complied.”

After lawyers for all parties had a change to present their case, Earl made her ruling final:

I don’t find that the recall election is a direct primary election ballot … By reaching that finding, I don’t find that Mr. Elder was required to file tax returns at all … I would grant the petition, and issue a peremptory and writ of mandate, directing the respondent, and all persons under her control, to file Mr. Elder’s nomination documents … qualifying him as a candidate and place his name and ballot designation on the ballot, and any sample ballot and voter pamphlet for a candidate for Governor of the State of California in the September 14th recall election.


She also required the Secretary of State to include Elder’s statement of qualifications to be included in the voter pamphlet.

She ruled that while she did not need to order Weber to review Elder’s tax returns, the Secretary of State could give him the opportunity to file supplemental tax returns if necessary.

If Democrats hoped to keep Elder — a charismatic black conservative with a devoted popular following — off the ballot, the move may have backfired, as he has scored an important victory against the Democrat-run state government.

Former Monterey Park mayor Betty Chu, who also sued on behalf of Elder, had called the Secretary’s attempt to exclude Elder from the ballot “voter suppression,” throwing Democrats’ recent allegations against Republicans back at them.

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Fireworks Accidentally Explode at Ocean City Beach, One Injured





Fireworks went off Sunday at Maryland’s Ocean City Beach, injuring a worker who was setting up for a July 4 celebration.
Videos of the explosion appeared on Twitter at approximately 10:30 a.m.. including one from Gilly Gene, who was at the beach and saw the incident.

So this just happened in Ocean City, MD.
— Gilly Gene (@GillyOfThe412) July 4, 2021

Another video of the incident showed the explosion and a massive pillar of smoke as people passed by on bikes and others watched the scene unfold:

BREAKING: Truck full of fireworks exploded in Ocean City, Maryland
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) July 4, 2021

In a Facebook post, the Ocean City Fire Department said it was notified of a vehicle fire at Dorchester Street and the beach.

However, firefighters arrived at the scene to find no vehicle on fire but “an unintentional discharge of fireworks that were being set up on the beach for the Town’s fireworks show,” the department explained.

The post included photos of emergency crews and vehicles at the scene:

“During the unintentional discharge, employees of the fireworks company received minor injuries and refused transport to the hospital by Ocean City Paramedics. No beach or boardwalk patrons were injured,” the fire department continued.
According to Fire Chief Richie Bowers, fire marshals were on the scene and investigating the initial cause of the discharge.

“Prior to the fireworks being off loaded from the vehicle, Fire Marshals secure a safe zone around the fireworks and put other safety protocols in place. It is this very zone and safety protocols that kept anyone else from being injured,” he noted.


The OSFM is monitoring the fireworks explosion in @OCMaryland. Ocean City Fire Marshals Office is the lead agency and will be conducting the investigation into the incident. They have released a statement of their FB page. #OCFireworksExplosion
— Maryland State Fire Marshal (@MarylandOSFM) July 4, 2021

According to WBAL, a fireworks show was scheduled for later in the day for July Fourth celebrations near North Division Street and the Boardwalk.
Meanwhile, Americans are still expected to honor the nation’s 245th birthday with numerous fireworks displays to celebrate patriotism and freedom, Breitbart News reported.

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