A Portland small business owner is suing the state of Oregon for denying her fair opportunity to coronavirus pandemic relief funds intended solely for the state’s black population.
Maria Garcia is the owner of Revolucion Coffee House in Portland. After being denied for relief funds for not identifying as black, Garcia filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against Governor Kate Brown, citing a violation of her 14th Amendment rights under the constitution. The 14th Amendment requires the state to provide equal protection to its citizens.
The Oregon Cares fund is described on its website as “a Fund for Black people, Black-owned businesses, and Black community based organizations.” The state legislature has allocated more than $62 million dollars for the fund, which is intended solely for those who identify as black.
Garcia has received backlash from far-left Portlanders, who insist that the operator of the Mexican coffee house is “racist” for challenging the state’s discriminatory coronavirus relief practices. A logging company has also sued Oregon for reserving relief funds for members of one race, with Governor Brown firing back at Great Northern Resources for challenging the constitutionality of the Cares Fund. Brown, a far leftist, has alleged that racially discriminatory stimulus practices are needed to reverse the impact of what she claims is “400 years of racial violence and strategic divestment from the Black community, deepened here in Oregon through intentional policy and practice.”
Oregon may be forced to significantly alter its black-only coronavirus relief fund in response to the lawsuits, as its unconstitutionality seems relatively obvious. Oregon’s Legislative Counsel has warned administrators of the state’s coronavirus relief board that the structuring of the Cares Fund violates the 14th Amendment, and it’s unlikely to stand up to scrutiny in federal court.
Dr. Kelli Ward Reelected to a Second Term as Arizona Republican Party Chair
Ward received the full endorsement of President Trump.
Dr. Kelli Ward was re-elected to a second term as the chair of the Arizona Republican Party on Saturday, with precinct committeemen and women narrowly voting to keep Ward in place. The physician and former Arizona State Senator had the benefit of President Donald Trump’s endorsement.
Ward narrowly won reelection 51.5% to 48.5% in a runoff election, defeating challenger Sergio Arellano. Arellano congratulated Ward on her victory and pledged to work on behalf of Arizona Republicans for victory in the 2022 midterm election.
The last two election cycles have proven difficult for Arizona Republicans. The state’s Republican Party, once dominated by establishment operatives loyal to Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, has faced renewed competition in a once-reliably red state with a rapidly changing demographic and population model. Ward took over from Jonathan Lines after the 2018 election.
Republican Martha McSally was appointed to a Senate seat by Governor Doug Ducey, even after losing the Senate 2018 election to Kyrsten Sinema. McSally was again defeated by Mark Kelly in the 2020 election, giving the state two Democratic Senators. Some have speculated that President Donald Trump would’ve secured a narrow victory in Arizona in the 2020 election with a winning Senate candidate, having run ahead of McSally by tens of thousands of votes. However, Republicans have maintained majorities in both chambers of the state legislature.
Ducey, Jeff Flake, and Cindy McCain were censured by Arizona Republican Party precinct captains at the yearly state meeting. The latter two campaigned vociferously for Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 election, largely eschewing any loyalty to the Republican Party in favor of the establishment Democrat politician.
Arizona is now primed to conduct its third US Senate election in as many election cycles, with Republicans receiving a second chance to defeat Mark Kelly, who is finishing since-deceased Senator John McCain’s 2016 term. Republicans such as Andy Biggs of the House Freedom Caucus, Debbie Lesko, and Matt Salmon have been suggested as Senate candidates in an election where the party will have an opportunity to regain its footing in the purple state.
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