Lawmakers in Texas Bolt Out of Town in Protest
After the 2020 elections, lawmakers in 17 states created new legislation: Nearly 28 election laws have been passed in a few short months. Many cover areas like voter I.D., stopping political parties from sending unrequested applications for mail-in ballots to voters, adjusting voting times, and increasing criminal penalties for election interference. But Texas Democrats refused to participate.
Last week, 30 Texas lawmakers fled the state to shut down a special session that would allow state Republicans to pass a new voting law. Democrats claim that the bill restricts the right to vote in Texas, so they fled to Washington, D.C., where one of them – state Representative Chris Turner – said: “We are determined to kill this bill.”
But Texas Governor Greg Abbott had a different reaction. Abbott laid down the law: “Once they step back into the state, they will be arrested and brought back to the Capitol, and we will be conducting business.”
A Real Big Fish Story in Minnesota
How is it that a tiny goldfish can wreak havoc on an entire ecosystem? Well, according to the Carver County website, the one-time pets “reproduce rapidly and are hardy… They can live to be 25 years old, and once established, no easy solution exists to remove an invasive species like goldfish.” And they know this first-hand: Last fall, more than 50,000 goldfish were captured at Big Woods Lake in a suburb of Minneapolis in Carver County, not far from Burnsville. Officials there are still attempting to restore the waterway.
Just north of Minnesota, in neighboring Canada, authorities estimate that as many as 50 million goldfish may inhabit Lake Ontario. Goldfish thrive in exceptionally cold conditions and low-oxygenated waters. As a result, the setting free of goldfish or other species is against the law in nearly every state.
The Long-Awaited Olympics Under Covid-19 Emergency Status
Sportspeople have been told to stay put in the Athletes Village; there is to be no roaming around and taking in the sights before or after a competition. Parents, family, media, and International Olympic Committee Members and ancillary participants have been told they must shuttle between hotel and venues for the first 14-days, sign a pledge to adhere to rules, and that they understand GPS could monitor their movements.
The Tokyo Olympics may go down in history as the safest – and least fun – Games in history.