Below the fold – Mar 14, 2021

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Below The Fold: The news that do not make the headlines but is important. By PL Hade.

  1. “Republicans want to take away your constitutional right to vote.” The wording of this statement reflects the wording that the GOP constantly uses and is seen as an effective message. (It also is true, unlike many of the GOP statements lately.)
  2. HR8. Background Checks Act: Van Drew voted No. All other NJ Reps voted Yes
  3. HR 1446 Enhanced background check: Van Drew voted No. All other NJ Reps voted Yes
  4. The House passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, the most significant expansion of labor rights since the New Deal: All NJ Reps voted Yes
  5. N.J. farmer charged with assaulting police during U.S. Capitol riot.
    • Customer ID’d him to FBI. Ezekiel Stecher, of Sewell in Mantua Township, is charged with five crimes related to the Jan. 6 riot, including assault on a federal officer and violently entering the Capitol…/nj-farmer-charged-with-assaulting…
    • N.J. man charged in U.S. Capitol attack is member of the Oath Keepers militia. Feds say Roberto Minuta, 36, of Hackettstown, was arrested this past weekend on three federal charges accusing him of obstructing and tampering with Congress and entering a restricted building. Minuta operates a tattoo shop in Newburgh, New York,…/nj-man-charged-in-us-capitol…
  6. The next time these GOP claim they are worried about their children’s future pull this out: 12 Republican state attorneys general sue President Biden over climate change order Arkansas, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah
  7. FEMA ordered to help with influx of migrant children at U.S.-Mexico border. “A Border Patrol facility is no place for a child,” said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas.…/fema-ordered-help-influx…
  8. Covid19
    • 535,425 Americans have died of Covid19 in the year since our first death.
    • NJ: 3264 new positives, Rate of Transmission 1.02
    • Counties with the highest positives: Morris 447, Monmouth 334, Bergen 315, Essex 301
    • Increased mortality for #B117—New study finds 64% higher risk of mortality for #B117 versus previously circulating variants (95% confidence interval 1.32–2.04
    • HUGE INCREASE IN KIDS—New Swedish data showing a sudden dramatic surge in pediatric #COVID19 cases across Sweden since Jan.

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