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Kelli Ward Wins Arizona GOP Chair Seat in Upset

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Two-time U.S Senate candidate and former state legislator Kelli Ward won the Chair position of the Arizona Republican Party Saturday, in an upset victory over incumbent chairman Jonathan Lines.

The election for the position was held at a state party meeting at Church for the Nations in Phoenix, with votes cast by Arizona precinct committeemen and women. A final tally of votes was said to break for Ward, with 636 in her favor and 524 for Lines.

2018 had been a difficult statewide election for Republicans in Arizona, with congresswoman and party nominee Martha McSally losing a bitterly contested U.S Senate election to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. Ward had run against McSally for the nomination and lost, after challenging John McCain in a primary election in 2016. The deceased former Senator’s daughter expressed her disappointment with the outcome of the party chair election.

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Conservative Precinct Committeemen expressed a desire for a fresh face as the leader of Arizona Republicans after a disappointing midterm election. Arizona, formerly reliably red, now more closely resembles a purple state in great part because of population growth, both in the form of Americans moving to the state from other parts of the country and immigration from outside the country.

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It’s possible that the state could serve as one the most pivotal battleground states in 2020, likely being essential to President Trump’s re-election prospects.

Chairman Lines expressed his congratulations to Ward after her victory, exhorting his supporters to remain engaged in supporting the party.

Dr. Ward pledged to work to unify the Arizona Republican Party in order to bring about a resounding victory for President Trump and down-ballot Republicans in 2020.

 

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott Ends Statewide Mask Mandate: “It’s Time to Open Texas 100%”

Enough is enough.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott finally announced an end to statewide mask and closing mandates on Tuesday, charting a path away from coronavirus lockdowns.

All businesses within the state of Texas will be able to open “100%” after the Governor’s proclamation. After a full year of coronavirus restrictions, Abbott has determined that it’s time for Texans to make their own decision on following health and safety mandates.

The decision to end lockdown restrictions in Texas follows Florida’s approach, and Texas is easily the biggest state to end restrictions on everyday life in the United States. Texas had a varied experience with the coronavirus, with Governor Abbott at one point reinstating restrictions after a second wave of the disease.

Governor Abbott cited the success of President Trump’s life-saving coronavirus vaccine in bringing an end to COVID-19 restrictions. He indicated that the risk of the virus will remain, but that vaccinating vulnerable populations and allowing businesses was the right course ahead for the Lone Star State. The restrictions end on Wednesday.

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Abbott believes that nearly all Texans ages 60 and older will be vaccinated by the end of the month, with the vaccinated population reaching critical mass by April.

Abbott did state that he would consider reinstating coronavirus restrictions in the state if COVID test positivity rates went above 15% in areas of the state.

With a full year of arbitrary restrictions and questionable advice from supposed medical experts, Abbott’s decision to end restrictions in place for a year may serve as a dam-buster in finally doing away with lockdown policies. With Trump no longer in office, blue states may soon follow, having lost their excuse.


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