Helena’s News Roundup.

Helena gathers top stories of the week for our readers to review.

Helena gathers top stories of the week for our readers to review.

Democrat Senator Says Progressive Supreme Court Top Goal

Why Trump must win and keep control of the Senate! “Sen Schumer has reminded us how important the upcoming pres election will be in shaping the fed judiciary, calling getting a progressive Supreme Court his “number one goal…The next president will appoint at least one justice to the Supreme Court and could fill 1/3rd of judgeships on the lower courts by the end of two terms.The high court has been closely divided on a number of contentious issues in recent years: the 2nd Amend (Heller, McDonald), religious liberty (Hobby Lobby, Town of Greece), the 1st Amend (Citizens United), racial preferences (Fisher I), and the death penalty (Glossip), among others. One vote made the difference in each of these cases, which most consider as victories for the conservative wing of the court.”

Ron Maxwell: Hillary’s Totalitarian Moment

Must Read! “The dehumanization and objectification of political adversaries as justification for mass murder came into focus as a weapon during the French Rev. The specific insults morphed to fit the circumstances and the times, but each insult is designed to have the same effect- to dehumanize and to objectify a group of people in opposition to the dominant group that has seized power and the legal mechanisms of the State.Here is a partial list of the defamatory names of condemnation as utilized by tyrannical regimes as well as the fate meted out to people branded as such:1793, France-Enemies of the people-Enemies of the revolution-Girondists-Indulgents-Aristocrats-Criminal Clergy-Criminals against Liberty-Mass executions by guillotine in Paris and cities across France.Genocide against the Catholic clergy, nuns and laity of La Vendee.”

Adorable squealing baby steals the show at Trump’s childcare speech

“Trump unveiled a far-reaching childcare tax-deduction plan Tues night, but 18-month-old Tristan stole the show.The toddler fidgeted and waved at reporters from his mom arms in the back of the Aston Comm Center..And then, as Trump mentioned that childcare savings accounts created by his plan could also be spent on ‘enrichment activities’ for kids, Tristan squealed with joy…The central concept of Trump’s proposal is to treat the cost of childcare as a business expense – a drag on take-home pay – instead of seeing it as part of running a household.He aims to bring decades-old laws in line with more modern employment scenarios that include more and more parents of both sexes.The GOP nominee’s plan would change the U.S. tax code to let parents deduct from their income taxes childcare expenses for up to four children and elderly dependents.”

Murphy, Rubio agree to two debates — as sparks fly over more debates

Murphy has formally agreed to 3 televised debates and a forum with Sen. Rubio, including an Oct. 17 event moderated by POLITICO Florida, Orlando’s WFTV-9 and Cox Media Group.But Rubio’s campaign isn’t going along with half of them, saying two of the events – a League of Women Voters debate and a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches forum — are too affiliated with Murphy donors.The League of Women Voters president said the charge was unfair. And Murphy’s campaign accused Rubio of dodging and questioned his sincerity. Rubio’s campaign – which had initially challenged Murphy to 6 debates – said Murphy was the one ducking.“Why is Patrick Murphy so afraid of a real debate schedule? Half of the events he’s agreed to are from organizations led by his donors,” Rubio’s adviser, Harris, said. “These are great organizations but they are hardly impartial.”

Citrus Land Drop-Off Continues Across Florida

Very Disturbing!”Coming off their worst harvest in five decades, citrus growers in Fl have fewer acres to work with, as they struggle to maintain the state’s signature crop against an incurable bacterial disease.The citrus industry lost 4% of its grove land, 21,275 acres, over the past year..The industry, now with less than half a million acres for production, has for years had to confront construction and population growth. Since 2005, the industry has also worked to fend off the ravages of citrus greening disease, which is deadly to the crop and has infected nearly all of Fl’s commercial citrus groves..”The long-term future of Fl citrus, as well as the thousands of jobs and rural communities it supports, entirely depends on a breakthrough in the search for a solution to the existential threat that is greening,” Adam Putnam said.”

Hillary Clinton’s shielded medical gets new scrutiny

A list of Hillary’s known ailments!” Hillary’s medical history- and her tendency to keep personal and medical information far from view- is coming in for new scrutiny following revelations that the candidate got diagnosed with pneumonia Fri in advance of her stumble in NY. Clinton’s stumble after she had to leave Sept. 11th memorial services after about an hour and a half, was the latest in a line of health spats that have made it into the news during her career.’Antibiotics can take care of pneumonia. What’s the cure for an unhealthy penchant for privacy that repeatedly creates unnecessary problems?’ asked David Axelrod in a tweet Mon – a message promptly retweeted by Trump’s campaign manager Conway.Below is a compilation of Clinton’s ailments and health incidents that have entered the public record:”

Former DNC chairman calls for Clinton contingency plan

“A former DNC chairman says Obama and the party’s congressional leaders should immediately come up with a process to identify a potential successor candidate for Hillary for the off-chance a health emergency forces her out of the race..Fowler said he expects Clinton to fully recover from her bout with pneumonia But he said the Democratic Party would be mistaken to proceed without a contingency plan. The party’s existing rules empower the DNC to name a replacement candidate but include few guidelines or parameters…Former PA Gov. Rendell, who served as gen chair of the DNC during the 2000 election, agreed that the party’s vacancy rules should be modernized, but he said that discussion should wait until after the election.“There is absolutely no chance Hillary will withdraw from running for the presidency,”

EXCLUSIVE: John Kerry’s State Department Funneled MILLIONS To His Daughter’s Nonprofit

Another corrupt Secretary of State? “More than $9 million of Dept of State money has been funneled through the Peace Corps to a nonprofit found started and run by Kerry’s daughter.The Dept of State funded a Peace Corps prog created by Dr. Vanessa Kerry and officials from both agencies. The Peace Corps then awarded the money without competition to a nonprofit Kerry created for the program. Initially, the Peace Corps awarded Kerry’s group, now called Seed Global Health, with a 3-year contract worth $2 million of State Dept money on Sept. 10, 2012. Her father was then chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, which oversees both the Dept of State and the Peace Corps. Seed secured a 4-year extension in 2015, again without competition. This time, the Peace Corps gave the nonprofit $6.4 million provided by the Dept of State while Kerry was secretary of state.”

Tim Kaine’s radical roots

Kaine’s Marxist Roots “According to the media, Tim Kaine took a life transforming “mission” trip to Latin America in 1980. Conveniently left out of these stories, are the radical reality of the Cold War in Latin America and Kaine’s Soviet sympathizing mentors. In fact, whatever Kaine’s intentions, he more likely met Karl Marx than Jesus Christ while there. Connect the dots with a little history, and an alarming picture emerges of Kaine’s adventures with radicals and revolutionaries in 1980s Latin America. Reports indicate that in Honduras, “Kaine embraced an interpretation of the gospel, known as liberation theology …”This wasn’t mainstream “Catholic thought” at the time. It was a radical, Marxist-based ideology at odds with the Church, the pope, and the US, but supportive of (and supported by) the Soviet Union.”

Three Leading Florida Supreme Court Contenders Named Already

Justice Perry’s mandatory retirement from the Fl Supreme Court will give Gov. Scott his first opportunity in 7 years to make an appointment to the high court.”It’s not such a wide field,” said Gonzalez, .. “Justice Perry is the only member of the Supreme Court from the Fifth District, so the appointment will be limited to applicants from that district.”Gonzalez names 3 as the most likely contenders..C. Alan Lawson, chief judge of the Fifth District Court of Appeal. A strong conservative. Lawson graduated from Fl U Law School in 1987 with highest honors. Daniel J. Gerber, partner in the law office of Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell. Gonzalez, says Gerber is “a strong and respected conservative, Gov. Scott trusts him and his brother is well known on the Fourth DCA.”Wendy Berger, district Judge, Fifth District Court of Appeal.Scott is well-acquainted with Berger — he appointed her to the Fifth District DCA.

What the Media, Academics Get Wrong on Crime Rate

Must Read! “Some are puzzled by the dishonesty, lack of character, and sheer stupidity of many people in the media. But seeing as most of them are college grads, they don’t bear the full blame. They are taught by dishonest and irresponsible academics. Let’s look at it.. Thomas Sowell presents some readily available statistics: Homicide rates among black males went down by 18% in the 1940s and by 22% in the 1950s. It was in the 1960s, when the ideas of Justice Warren and others triumphed, that this long decline in homicide rates among black males reversed and skyrocketed by 89%, wiping out all the progress of the previous 20 years. Academics and the media blame poverty and discrimination for today’s crime. No one bothers to ask why crime was falling in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, when blacks faced far greater poverty and discrimination.”

Paul Ryan op-ed: Obama and the true measure of progressivism

Must Read!”It’s clear Obama saw himself as the latest in a long line of progressive leaders. This certainly explains the sheer breadth of issues he tried to take on, whether it was cap-and-trade or immigration or gun control..But his legacy will be showing the country that progressivism just doesn’t work..Obama promised that Obamacare would cover every American and cut the typical premium by up to $2,500 a year. Despite people’s disapproval, he rammed the bill through a Democratic-led Congress. 6 years later, there are still 33 million people without insurance, and the average premium has risen by almost $5,000…We’ve also seen consolidation in banking. Since Dodd-Frank became law, our country has lost on average one community financial institution per day. There are now fewer than 6,500 banks in total, the lowest level since the Great Depression.”

BREAKING: The House Just Stuck It To Obama With Huge Vote – ‘Must Be Stopped…’

Outright fraud! “The House passed legislation to block Obama from funding favored political organizations through penalties levied against banks.The final tally of votes for the “Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ” was 241-174…the Obama administration appears to be employing ways to get around Congress and fund its favorite organizations,. After forcing multi-billion settlements with most major banks in the country over mortgage practices, the DOJ offered them the option of paying back some or all of the amounts owed on a better than a two-for-one dollar basis by “donating” to approved organizations, rather than remitting all the money to the Treasury.. Bank of America donated “$1.15 million to the Nati’l Urban League, which counts as if it were $2.6 million against the bank’s settlement. Similarly, $1.5 million to La Raza takes $3.5 million off the total amount owed by the bank.,”

Retired 4-Star General Just Blew The Lid Off One Of Obama’s Most Disturbing Secrets

No wonder the US is in such a mess!! “Retired four-star gen Gen.Keane says disagreeing with Obama can be dangerous for the careers of military leaders. In an interview, Keane said there is a pattern of generals who disagree with the president leaving the military earlier than expected.“It’s also a fact that a number of our general officers were asked to leave before what would normally be accepted as the routine tenure for that particular position, and Gen. Mattis is a case in point who had very strong views on Iran,.” Keane has been a longtime critic of Obama’s foreign policy, even going so far as to warn Congress that we are losing the war with ISIS, and adding, “Moreover, I can say with certainty that this [Obama’s] strategy will not defeat ISIS.”

Trump Unveils $20 Billion School Choice Proposal

Excellent proposal by Trump! “Trump unveiled his policy on school choice Thurs, revealing a $20 billion plan Trump believes will shift public education in the right direction.Trump said he would redirect $20 billion federal dollars into state funding to establish a block grant for states to use to help poor children attend different public schools, private schools or magnet schools.”Each state will develop its own formula, but the dollars should follow the student,” Trump said.States would provide up to $12,000 per student to attend a different school. Trump also said he would support merit-pay for teachers, which bases teacher salary on how well a student performs on standardized tests. Trump slammed the tenure system, which is a virtual guarantee of employment for life if a teacher works anywhere from 5 to 10 years in the field.”