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Written by on July 14, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) To begin their first full-day of self-imposed exile in Washington, D.C., the Texas House Democrats who fled the state Monday afternoon spoke in front of the U.S. Capitol Tuesday to explain why they felt they had no choice but to skip town to prevent Texas Republicans from forcing through new election restrictions.

According to House Democratic Caucus Chairman Chris Turner of Grand Prairie, 57 House Democrats informed House leadership Tuesday morning they were out of state and requested that their voting machines be locked until their return, making it official that the 150-member House didn’t have the constitutionally required 100 members present to pass legislation.

“Our intent is to stay out and kill this bill this session,” Turner said, “and use the intervening time — I think 24 or 25 days now — before the end of the session to implore the folks in this building behind us to pass federal voting rights legislation to protect voters in Texas and across the country.”

2) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling on President Biden to stop denouncing and spreading “misinformation” about a sweeping election reform bill backed by Lone Star State Republicans.

In a video posted Tuesday evening to Twitter, the governor began by remarking on the commander-in-chief previously accusing him of “Neanderthal thinking” for reopening his state earlier this year.

“It turned out he was wrong,” Abbott said.

“Well, now President Biden is calling Texas names again,” he continued. “This time, he’s chastising us for making it easy to vote but hard to cheat. And once again, President Biden ignores the facts.”

3) President Biden is being ripped for calling the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol the “worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.”

“January 6 was worse than 9/11? Or Pearl Harbor?” prominent journalist Glenn Greenwald asked of the president’s claim to Congress Wednesday night used as apparent proof that he was leading the US out of crisis.

4) Lose your COVID-19 vaccination card? There’s an app for that – at least in New Jersey.

The state’s Department of Health on Monday has signed on to use Docket, an app that officials say will eventually streamline public access to all records from the New Jersey Immunization Information System. For now, though, Docket will only provide proof of one’s vaccination against COVID-19.

“To be absolutely clear, this is not a passport,” Gov. Phil Murphy said during Monday’s coronavirus briefing. “Docket is intended to solely give residents easy access to their COVID vaccination record, especially if their vaccination card has been damaged or lost.”

Today’s Guests:

1) Thomas Renz, Attorney, America’s Frontline Doctors

2) Christiana Holcomb, Legal Counsel; Alliance Defending Freedom

3) Erik Finman, Youngest Bitcoin millionaire; Creator, The Freedom Phone

4) Mimi Crouere, Author and Commentator; Ringside Politics All-Star