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Washingtonians Say No to Race Based University Quotas At The Polls

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Washington State voters rejected an affirmative action initiative on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

This initiative, I-1000,  would have restored affirmative action in public college admissions.

According to Inside Higher Ed, “The latest vote totals are 48.23 percent in favor of restoring affirmative action, and 51.77 opposed.”

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Back in 1998, voter-approved I-200 banned the consideration of racial and ethnic preferences in 1998, however the Washington State Legislature voted earlier this year to lift the ban. This subsequently led to a petition drive to put the issue on the ballot.

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Based on state election results, the measure passed in only three of the state’s counties and lost by wide margins in the more rural counties.

Groups like Washington Asians for Equality played a big role in gathering enough signatures  to challenge I-1000 via popular referenda.

This result marked a big win for those who believe in meritocracy and are not fixated in politically correct sub-divisions of racial groups.

Affirmative action is a policy that greatly expands the administrative state and sows racial tension even more by using public administration to benefit certain groups at the expense of others.

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Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign

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The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.

At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.

Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.

“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.

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Fallon added:

I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.

“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:

This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.

I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.

Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.

“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”

“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.

“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.

Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.

A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.

Election Day will be on September 29.

Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.

 

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