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Dispatch from The American West

Posted on Monday, April 19, 2021
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westThough Western states and their legislatures are making some of the most critically important political news in America, the corporate newsrooms back east in Washington and New York are entirely missing those stories.

AMAC Newsline will not make that mistake. Today, we are introducing a new series that will provide regular updates on political events in the American West.

We do so, understanding that this isn’t the first time the West has led the nation.

In 1893, famed historian Frederick Jackson Turner  argued that “American democracy was born of no theorist’s dream” but came from the gritty, day-to-day, real-world encounter of American settlers with the wilderness and that our nation and our democratic experience “gained new strength each time it touched a new frontier.”

The West, in other words, made America. If Turner was right—that our frontier creates the forces which ripple back and shape our politics—it might explain why the Washington media so often misses those forces.

So here’s the latest news from this freedom-loving frontier that you will never hear from journalists trapped inside the New York-Washington bubble.

Last week, Arizona became the latest state to ban outside, private funds from election administration. Arizona’s legislature, like a growing number of state legislatures, took up the effort when suspicion grew during the 2020 election cycle that private donations, particularly those made by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, flowed into election administration accounts and skewed those activities toward partisan purposes.

In Arizona, about $5 million went toward so-called election “administration” efforts, particularly in Democrat-leaning counties. Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, received almost $3 million alone.

In signing the bill banning so-called “Zuckerbucks,” Governor Doug Ducey explained that “with public confidence in our elections in peril,” the state’s “elections must be pristine and above reproach—and the sole purview of government.”

Representative Jake Huffman, one of the bill’s sponsors, celebrated that “the passage and signing of House Bill 2569 makes Arizona the first in the nation to fully ban billionaires from influencing the administration and management of Arizona elections.”

Meanwhile, in Nevada, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman is standing up to the Democrat governor’s crippling lockdown–saying that Governor Steve Sisolak’s ongoing and indefinite state of emergency “smacks of tyranny.” Mayor Goodman explained that, from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Las Vegas’s tourism and hospitality-driven economy demanded a more “nuanced” and “moderate” approach than one-size-fits-all mandates and lockdowns.

Always a vocal opponent of universal lockdowns, Goodman has finally had enough. The Mayor says that “America is the land of the free, but Americans in SOME STATES, not all, have been forced to subjugate their freedoms to the will of a single individual, seemingly in perpetuity.” That’s a pointed shot across the bow at the Governor—and more action both from the Mayor’s office and the statehouse is expected in the coming days.

Finally, Kansas, Texas, Wyoming, and South Dakota are among the fewer-than-fifteen states which continue to successfully resist expanding Medicaid to able-bodied adults under ObamaCare.

Among the provisions of the $1.9 trillion federal bill pushed by President Joe Biden and passed with only Democratic votes is a new twist which applies even more pressure. The bill promises that if these states finally give up their fight against ObamaCare, the federal government will boost funding to their programs by five percent for the next two years.

In other words, in exchange for more government spending, the government will spend even more. Yet after two years, these states would be required to cover this new entitlement for working-age, able-bodied adults all on their own. States which have already expanded have seen their budgets explode far beyond projections.

So far, Kansas, Texas, Wyoming, and South Dakota are holding the line despite the pressure. As Wyoming State Senator Lynn Hutchings put it recently, “Where are we going to get the money to fund this program?” Medicaid expansion wouldn’t run Wyoming into debt, Hutchings said, “we’re sprinting into debt.”

At least in the West, the American spirit is alive and well.

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FRANK DUPREE
FRANK DUPREE
3 years ago

Thanks for letting me hear a different viewpoint.

Honey
Honey
3 years ago

I love this article!

I just saw a video of a regatta formed in Tampa that is held annually only this year they decided to make it a MAGA event to thank President Trump. They said it was the biggest one ever. As I looked at the video I sobbed because I was glad to see some action from my side.

I have been in the worst mood since the election was stolen and since Rush died. And with these jerks in office now doing their best to ruin my beloved country, it sure doesn’t help my mood.

As the Regatta lifted me, so does this article. Thank you.

Brenda Blunt
Brenda Blunt
3 years ago

Finally, progress being made. More eyes and common sense is forthcoming!

David B.
David B.
3 years ago

The liberal/marxist/commie attack on America continues. Our enemies within (dems), are as dangerous as our global enemies, and need to be dealt with accordingly.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 years ago

Do Dispatches from SE, Midwest, NE NW US & Hawaii
All issues,
Cover CA recall & candidates

Betty
Betty
3 years ago

I hop EVERYONE that is against the Democratic plan will VOTE nd contact their congress rep. and senators both Democratic and republican concerning their votes on these bills. If we give up and do not vote and talk , then we contribute to the destrution of our country.

DJames
DJames
3 years ago

States need to assert their rights against the Commie Joe tyranny. We need to start to kick Federal A** anyway we can.

John
John
3 years ago

I believe it is time we took back our government and if necessary state by state telling the feds to take their rules and shove them. The people of the states have to govern themselves instead of having radical individuals from radical parties tell us how we should live our lives. People have to get out and vote to change things and state legislatures have to grow some balls to do the right thing for the people. I salute the western states for leading the way.

Phyl
Phyl
3 years ago

We’d better forget about money. The “left” wants it all as in all communist countries. We had better spend what’s left in our pockets for emergency gear to live after God zaps the world into unconsciousness
Better get water on hand and know where to get it after the 3 days darkness. If you don’t know about that – better find out. Gods going to send all bad people to hell with their followers
Get a blessed candle to give light during the 3 day’s!

Walter
Walter
3 years ago

The 2020 election is a fraud! It was bought and paid for by big Tech money like Z and crooked Democratic Politicians. Those people involved with this corrupt voting should GO TO PRISON. I no longer trust our voting. Are you kidding with something so important to our Great Country as Elections, who can oppose not showing a legal ID. You need one to get on an airplane etc. This corrupt election is corrupt! Biden may be your President but not mine.

Dan Hinrichs
Dan Hinrichs
3 years ago

Bravo! Giving the “other” more important washingtonians a view of what the truth is and what is going on with our great frontier is exactly why I left AARP and joined Amac. Thanks

LauraC
LauraC
3 years ago

One wonders why we haven’t seen election officials as well as Mr. Z prosecuted for misdeeds in relation to elections. This sounds like bribery, unless I’ve misread. Surely that kind of influence peddling is illegal.

Sally
Sally
3 years ago

Thank you so much for what you do. It is awesome to get good news too.

Rex Croson
Rex Croson
3 years ago

Great article showing states with governors whom will stand up for the rights of of its citizens the tax payers. If enough states stand up and cancel the federal actions against the Aerican public.

J. Farley
J. Farley
3 years ago

And Colorado, and New Mexico are controlled by the Demonrats, (The Dim’s or Democrats) and don’t give a Flying Flip about the rest of America, Colorado is a haven for bicycle seat
smelling socialist and tree huggers, Colorado works hard at making its self last in America.

jocko
jocko
3 years ago

libs = CANCER AND ARE THE ENEMY OF OUR NATION

jocko
jocko
3 years ago

CANCER HEAD, biden NEEDS TO BE TAKEN OUT OF OFFICE FOR BREAKIG his OATH OF OFFICE BY NOT PROTECTING OUR BORDERS

J. Q. Voter
J. Q. Voter
3 years ago

When are we going to correct the election fraud (Dominion fractional counting, tally insertions via internet, trucked in ballots, etc) from the 2020 election. Or are we just supposed to shut up and live with cheats like Biden?

Mike D
Mike D
3 years ago

It is extremely disheartening to see the constant unrelenting assault on our way of life, as I have known it, from people in this country. It all began with the communist movement of the 1930’s gathering steam in the 1960’s and has permeated the education and political systems to the point where the country is unrecognizable. I wish there were more persons who would be steadfast in the resolve to regain the common sense that is so lacking.

Robert
Robert
3 years ago

There has never been a republic form of government that has lasted more than 200 years. Mainly due to progressives who allowed the “socialistic movement” to infiltrate government and society. It would seem that our nation is beginning to “walk in thin ice “ and when we finally break through the drowning will finally cause our nation’s death. But who is willing to scream from the roof tops about it?

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