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Written by on March 17, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) President Biden discouraged would-be migrants from coming to the United States, telling ABC News on Tuesday, “I can say quite clearly: Don’t come.”

The President continued: “We’re in the process of getting set up. Don’t leave your town or city or community.”

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas continued that theme in today’s House hearing, saying: “The border is secure and the border is not open” when asked by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to succinctly describe his border policy and moving migrant children to temporary sites.

“We are expelling under the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) public health authority in light of the pandemic. Single individuals who arrive at the border. We are expelling families under that same public health authority, limited only by the capacity of Mexico to receive them,” he added.

2) President Biden said he supports bringing back a requirement that senators must be present and talking on the floor to block bills, as Democrats explore ways to smooth the path for their policy agenda by revising the legislative filibuster rule.

The comments Tuesday marked a shift for Mr. Biden, who represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate for 36 years and has previously said he would prefer to preserve the filibuster rather than get rid of it, as some Democrats have advocated.

Mr. Biden’s remarks came the same day Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell threatened to grind the Senate to a halt if Democrats make any changes to the filibuster.

“This chaos would not open up an express lane to liberal change. It would not open up an express lane for the Biden presidency to speed into the history books,” Mr. McConnell (R., Ky.) said in a speech Tuesday. “The Senate would be more like a hundred-car pileup. Nothing moving.”

3) Mix a governor’s hypocrisy with a touch of elitism and perceived incompetence and you can create a killer negative campaign ad.

On the positive side for Gov. Gavin Newsom, he carries California’s vastly preferred political brand — Democrat — has a clean image, is gifted with telegenic looks and seems to always be trying.

Newsom’s positives should be enough to win him reelection in 2022, especially since his ability to raise campaign money is practically unlimited.

4) Atlanta massage parlor shooting suspect Robert Aaron Long took “responsibility” for the string of Tuesday night attacks that left eight people dead and another person injured, authorities said Wednesday.

Police officials said the investigation is ongoing, but the events were not believed to have been racially motivated. Instead, they believe Long opened fire because he saw the locations as “an outlet for him” to succumb to purported sex-addiction temptations, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Jay Baker said during a news conference.

“He apparently has an issue, what he considers a sex addiction, and sees these locations as …. a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate,” Baker said.

Today’s Guests:

1) Louis Gurvich, Chairman of LA Republican Party – joins the show to talk about elections and the state of the Republican party both locally and nationally.

2) Mimi Crouere, Ringside All-Star – rendezvous with Jeff to opine and take callers.

3) Dr. Ruth Miller, Author of Spiritual Success & Uncommon Prayer – calls in to discuss her latest book, her role as a futurist, and the importance of dispelling the negativity in your life.