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Last straw: Fed-up Arizona Democrats censure Sen. Sinema

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Last straw: Fed-up Arizona Democrats censure Sen. Sinema

PHOENIX — U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is growing increasingly isolated from some of her party’s most influential officials and donors after playing a key role in scuttling voting rights legislation that many consider essential to preserving democracy.

Leaders of the Arizona Democratic Party voted Saturday to censure Sinema, citing “her failure to do whatever it takes to ensure the health of our democracy” — namely her refusal to go along with fellow Democrats to alter a Senate rule so they could overcome Republican opposition to the bill. While the rebuke is symbolic, it is striking given that only three years ago, Sinema was heralded for bringing the Senate seat back into the Democratic fold for the first time in a generation.

Donors are threatening to walk away. Several groups are already collecting money for an eventual primary challenge, even though she’s not on the ballot until 2024. Young activists are holding a second hunger strike to draw attention to Sinema’s vote.

The moves offer a preview of the persistent opposition Sinema will likely face within her own party in the two years before she next appears on a ballot. The independent streak that has given her tremendous leverage over the agenda in Washington has enraged many Democrats back home who are intent on preventing her reelection.

“Any reservoir of goodwill that she had is gone,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego, an Arizona Democrat who may challenge Sinema from the left.

Sinema’s defenders say nobody who’s watched her for the past decade should be surprised by her position. She often bucked her party in the House, ran an aggressively moderate campaign for Senate and has never wavered in her support for upholding the filibuster.

“During three terms in the U.S. House, and now in the Senate, Kyrsten has always promised Arizonans she would be an independent voice for the state — not for either political party,” Hannah Hurley, Sinema’s spokesperson, said in a statement before the censure vote. “She’s delivered for Arizonans and has always been honest about where she stands.”

Hurley repeated her comments in response to the censure.

Sinema’s influence is driven by the Senate’s 50-50 split, which essentially gives any senator the ability to kill legislation, an option Sinema has repeatedly exercised.

But she faces political dynamics unlike the other Senate moderate thwarting Democratic ambitions, Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Representing a state that former President Donald Trump carried by nearly 39 percentage points in 2020, Manchin is unlikely to face a progressive challenger who would gain traction.

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Man who fled police, his passenger killed in Anoka crash, authorities say

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Man who fled police, his passenger killed in Anoka crash, authorities say

A driver who fled police and his passenger were killed after their car smashed into a pickup truck late Tuesday night in Anoka, according to authorities.

Just after 11:30 p.m., a Coon Rapids officer tried to make a traffic stop on 2000 Buick LeSabre on Hanson Boulevard near Gateway Drive Northwest, but the driver took off and a short pursuit began, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said in a Wednesday statement.

The pursuit was called off by Coon Rapids police as the car entered Anoka, where about a mile down the road it crashed into a 2006 Dodge Ram on Main Street near Ferry Street, the sheriff’s office said. The driver of the fleeing vehicle died at the scene, while his passenger — also a man — was transported to a hospital, where he died of his injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck had minor injuries and was released at the scene.

The names of the men killed are being withheld by authorities pending notification of family.

The crash remains under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol, Anoka and Coon Rapids police and the sheriff’s office.

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Insiders: Season 2 Episode 1 – May 19 Release, Time And What Is It About?

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Insiders: Season 2 Episode 1 – May 19 Release, Time And What Is It About?

Insiders is a reality television series whereby contestants are filmed constantly, sometimes even without their prior knowledge. The differences between their behavior on and off camera are then confronted. It’s a Spanish television series with Najwa Nimri as the host. This show has everything a fan could ask for, including drama and twists!

The past winner Nicole del ago Espinosa, 27, is a social media personality and a proud trans woman. She required the money for surgery to express her gender on the exterior; also she wouldn’t go down without a fight, and she didn’t! She won the show and the hearts of all the viewers.

Will Season 2 Be As Dramatic As Season 1?

Season 1 contained 7 episodes with a running time of 40-60 minutes, which brought a lot of drama into the scenario. It has also received an average 6-point rating for all the episode.

Viewers compared it to the American television series Unreal in Spain; As the baseline of season 2 is similar to season 1, it all comes down to the current season’s contestants.

The official synopsis presented on Netflix about this season is, “Twelve people think they’re in the final casting around for a reality show. “As acknowledged from this statement, the drama would be of the same level as season 1, but with different contestants this time.

Insiders Season 2 Episode 1 – May 19 Release Time

Contestants Of Insiders Season 2 

There are 11 participants in the season 2, including Nowa (29, from Mérida, a social worker), Tania (35 from La Rioja, a store clerk), Ramón(30 from Ibiza, a private chef), Lorenzo (34 from Ciudad Real, Graphic designer), Adan (30 from Seville, Businessman), Raquel (29 from Madrid, Model), Marta (25 from Madrid, a human resource worker), Pablo (29 from Huelva, engineer), Alex (34 from Madrid, commercial advisor) and Sofia(25 from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a Business Administration student).

Release Date And Where To Watch?

The first 3 episodes of Insiders season 2 will release  on Netflix on 19th May 2022. So, if you’re planning on binge-watching, the first 3 episodes will be available on Netflix.

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UCF offers Daytona Beach Mainland 2024 safety Zay Mincey

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UCF offers Daytona Beach Mainland 2024 safety Zay Mincey

The last few players rom Daytona Beach Mainland High to play for UCF turned out to be quite productive. Knights coaches are hoping 2024 safety Zavier “Zay” Mincey is next.

Mincey was offered a scholarship by UCF on Tuesday, one of numerous offers the big defensive back — 6-foot-3, 190 pounds — has picked up recently. Mincey now has 13 offers from schools including Auburn, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, so the Knights have their work cut out for them to win him over,

Mincey, a multi-sport standout, competed at the Florida Track and Field Championships in Gainesville this past week. He didn’t have his best performances, but finished 10th in the long jump (21 feet, 4¾ inches) and 11th in the high jump (5 feet, 11½ inches).

Last season for Mainland, Mincey averaged 3.2 tackles per game and had 1 tackle for loss. He also had 2 interceptions and 6 pass deflections.

The recent history of success for Mainland players at UCF was highlighted by the self-proclaimed fastest man in college football Adrian Killins, who finished his UCF career as the fifth-best rusher in UCF history with 2,459 career rushing yards and 25 touchdowns. Killins was last in the NFL as a roster player with the Denver Broncos. He is a free agent.

Offensive tackle Marcus Tatum also had a solid stay at UCF after transferring from Tennessee. Tatum earned all-AAC honors in each of his final two seasons as a Knight. Tatum recently signed a free-agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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