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Senator Just Delivered Devastating News To Nike – They Should Have Listened!

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The anthem kneeling protest controversy is yet again in the headlines. This time, it is because of Colin Kaepernick and Nike. The apparel company is making corporate decisions that are not sitting well with the American public.

While major news outlets are in a frenzy about it, so are politicians. And not just the ones in Washington DC. A Tennessee State Senator took umbrage with Nike’s actions and is now officially investigating them.

New Channel 19 reported,

“Tennessee State Senator Bo Watson says he asked the state’s office of legislative budget analysis to look into which state-financed colleges & universities have Nike contracts. That’s according to a tweet Senator Watson shared Saturday evening. This comes after the sports apparel giant released an ad featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick

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Kaepernick has drawn criticism for kneeling during the National Anthem prior to NFL games to protest police brutality towards minorities in the United States. Following the ad’s release, several sports programs across the country have cut ties with Nike, including the College of the Ozarks in Missouri. More recently, Liberty University in Virginia says the school is debating dropping Nike as an apparel supplier.

We have reached out to Senator Watson for further comment, but at this time, we have not received a reply. Depend on us to bring you updates to this story on-air and online as they are made available.”

The Times Free Press reported,

“Controversy over a Nike ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and first athlete to kneel during the national anthem over police shootings involving blacks, is headed to the General Assembly. And quite possibly the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. In a Friday tweet, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Bo Watson, R-Hixson, said he has asked the Office of Legislative Budget Analysis to “review what TN state-financed colleges & universities have Nike contracts and report findings.”

Watson said in a Times Free Press interview Saturday that he asked for the review as a result of constituents who are upset about the Nike ad unveiled last week and now asking him whether any public higher education schools in Tennessee have Nike contracts. While the senator didn’t name any campus, UT-Knoxville began an eight-year Nike contract in 2015 that’s worth a total of $34.9 million in cash, equipment and other services, the Times Free Press and other news organizations reported at the time. Efforts to reach UTK athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak by email about the contract were unsuccessful Saturday afternoon. Another official noted his hands were likely full with the Tennessee Vols playing East Tennessee State University.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has a contract with Adidas, according to previous Times Free Press news accounts. In his tweet, Watson linked to another tweet, this from conservative Fox News talk show host and commentator Sean Hannity, who cites the College of the Ozarks, a private Christian college in Point Lookout, Mo., which last week announced it would no longer use Nike products. “IT BEGINS,” Hannity’s tweet states. “College Removes NIKE LOGO from All Athletic Gear Over Kaepernick Ad.”

A number of critics have taken to social media with photos or video of them setting fire to or defacing Nike products. Meanwhile, MarketWatch and other news outlets reported Saturday that Nike online sales jumped 31 percent after release of the Kaepernick ad. Watson said neither he nor others are denying Kaepernick’s constitutional right to speak nor Nike’s right “to endorse that behavior.” “But I think when people make expressions, when state dollars are involved at state institutions, I think we should at least review those and be pretty sure that the companies best represent Tennessee,” he said.

The first order, Watson said, is determining whether any public institutions have Nike contracts for uniforms and the like. “Is that a contract in the best interest of the state of Tennessee and the taxpayers?” Watson asked. “That’s a discussion for another day until we know exactly what the data is. I’m probably not alone as a legislator for having people asking what state universities in Tennessee have contracts with Nike.” The senator also noted “Nike has made political statements which of course there is a fair debate about it. Nike has decided to make a political statement and I’m not sure if the university, a land grant university, is in business or should be in business to make political statements.””

The legislature in Tennesse is controlled by Republicans. Often they have weighed in on various social issues involving UTK. The spot, which lasts a full two minutes, highlights several athletes such as Serena Williams and LeBron James. Additionally, it touches upon the anthem kneeling controversy, racial inequality, as well as police brutality.

Kaepernick is the one who narrates the ad for its duration. But he only appears on the screen midway through the advertisement. He ends the advertisement by saying, “believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”

Democrat Randy Price from Chattanooga will be facing Watson in the November general election. Price responded to Watson’s reaction to the Nike ad. In the quote he provided media he indicates that it was odd for Watson to focus on contracts and an investigation instead of racial inequality and police brutality.

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Florida Dem Candidates For Congress Shalala & Mucarsel-Powell Won’t Return Money From Castro Supporting Rep

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In what could be a gift for Republicans, two Democrat candidates for U.S. House, Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, announced they won’t return campaign contributions from Dem Rep Barbara Lee (CA) who praised Fidel Castro.

The two Dems are in tight races and that was probably a huge mistake as they are both in Florida and many Cuban-Americans absolutely hate Castro, for good reason. Voters came out & voiced their opposition to the candidates, Castro, socialism, and Pelosi who appeared with them for a fundraiser.

Get out & vote Republican if you’re in their districts! Vote for Republicans Carlos Curbelo, and Maria Elvira Salazar! They could decide who’s in control of the House, Dems or Reps!

The Miami Herald reported:

“Barbara Lee never came to Miami.

But the mere mention of the California lawmaker’s name on the programming flier for a campaign event in Coral Gables was enough to trigger a protest, a call for South Florida Democratic candidates to divest from her campaign contributions and an attack ad from a Super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The congresswoman, who turned heads in 2016 by praising former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro after his death, was listed as an expected guest at a “Get Out the Vote” event on press releases issued by the campaigns of Democrat Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.

Despite the protest flare-up outside the event Wednesday — a crowd of mostly Cuban-American demonstrators yelled and waved anti-communism signs — Shalala and Mucarsel-Powell said Thursday that they will not return the $5,500 Lee donated to their campaigns ahead of the November election.

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Lee, whose name was scrubbed from the event without explanation, donated $2,000 to the campaign of Shalala, who is running in Florida’s 27th Congressional District against Republican Maria Elvira Salazar.

Lee also donated $3,500 to Mucarsel-Powell, who is running in Florida’s 26th Congressional District against incumbent Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo.

In a statement to the Herald, Salazar campaign spokesman Jose Luis Castillo hammered Shalala for agreeing to appear alongside Lee and declining to return Lee’s donations.

“[Her] total disconnect and lack of empathy with this community is appalling,” he said. “Barbara Lee’s longtime admiration for Fidel Castro is deeply offensive to the Cuban community, as well as all freedom-loving people everywhere.”

After Castro’s death in 2016, Lee told the San Jose Mercury News that “we need to stop and pause and mourn his loss” and that she was “very sad for the Cuban people.”

“He led a revolution in Cuba that led social improvements for his people,” Lee said then, adding that during her eight meetings with Castro over the years, she found him to be a “smart man” and a “historian” who “wanted normal relations with the United States, but not at the expense of the accomplishments of the revolution.”

The candidates said they disagreed with Lee’s sentiments toward Castro and argued that the views of their donors are not necessarily representative of their own views, although demands that candidates return money from unsavory or controversial figures have already been an issue in the race for District 26.”

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AZ Dem Senate Candidate Kyrsten ‘Taliban’ Sinema: Stay-At-Home Moms ‘Leech Off Their Husbands’

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We thought her statement about not caring if Americans join the Taliban to fight would do her in, but if it doesn’t, this should!

Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema once said that stay-at-home moms are leeches, and aren’t real feminists.

I’d say goodbye to a lot of women voters, Sinema!

The Daily Wire is reporting:

Arizona Democratic senatorial candidate Kyrsten Sinema not only thought it was okay for Americans to join the Taliban, disparaged the citizens of her home state as racists, and accused former President George W. Bush of “Crowning himself King of the World for Life” and putting arsenic in the country’s water, she has made plain her contempt for stay-at-home moms.

In a 2006 interview with the Scottsdale nightlife magazine 944, Sinema went off the rails when describing stay-at-home moms, blustering, “These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they’re choosing to live that life. That’s bulls**t. I mean, what the f*** are we really talking about here?”

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Sinema was married to a BYU classmate before later divorcing him. She has no children, and is a vehement abortion rights supporter. She co-sponsored the Women’s Health Protection Act. As Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, told the Senate Judiciary Committee:

“We find the formal title or marketing label, “Women’s Health Protection Act,” to be highly misleading. The bill is really about just one thing: stripping away from elected lawmakers the ability to provide even the most minimal protections for unborn children, at any stage of their development. The proposal is so sweeping and extreme that it would be difficult to capture its full scope in any short title. Calling it the “Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act” would be more in line with truth-in-advertising standards.

The bill would subject any law or government policy that affects the practice of abortion, even indirectly, to an array of sweeping legal tests, designed to guarantee that almost none will survive. The general rule would be that any law that specifically regulates abortion would be presumptively invalid. The same would be true of any law that is not abortion-specific but has the effect or claimed effect of reducing access to abortion. It is apparent that those who crafted this bill believe that, where abortion is involved, immediate access to abortion, at any stage of pregnancy, is the only thing that matters.”

In her little-known 2009 book, “Unite and Conquer: How to Build Coalitions That Win — And Last,” Sinema wrote, “I don’t mean that we should all of a sudden abandon our principles and adopt moral relativism. I just mean that we should consider the idea that perhaps people with views different from our own come about those ideas honestly and that those ideas aren’t inherently evil.”

Just as long as those ideas aren’t about moms raising their children the way they have for centuries, apparently.”

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