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Dem lawmaker criticizes Biden for ritzy White House State Dinner serving ‘200 Maine lobsters’

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A Democratic lawmaker is pushing again on President Biden’s pompous White Home celebration, the place 200 dwell lobsters will likely be served for visitors Thursday throughout a State Dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron.

The night time earlier than the dinner, the place visitors are anticipated to get pleasure from lobster and caviar, Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, took to Twitter to induce Biden to satisfy with the lobstermen his administration is “at the moment regulating out of enterprise.”

“If the Biden White Home can prioritize buying 200 Maine lobsters for a elaborate dinner, [Biden] must also take the time to satisfy with the Maine lobstermen his administration is at the moment regulating out of enterprise,” Golden stated in a tweet.

The purple, white, and blue-themed dinner with Macron, France’s first woman Brigitte Macron, and others would be the first state go to Biden has allowed on the White Home since 2021 as different occasions had been canceled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

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Golden’s tweet is his newest name on Biden to uphold his guarantees to guard Maine’s lobster trade, particularly amid a brand new dispute with whale conservationists.

The Maine lawmaker launched an announcement in Oct. saying Biden broke his promise to Maine lobstermen.

“In 2020, whereas operating for president, Biden pledged ‘I’ll work to guard the livelihood and security of the fishing group’ in reference to lobstermen. He has but to take a single motion to make good on that pledge,” Golden stated.

“You can’t espouse being a president for working folks whereas concurrently overseeing the destruction of a whole blue-collar fishery and its group’s heritage and lifestyle,” he added. “I implore you to acknowledge and oppose these proposed proper whale conservation measures and to satisfy with Maine’s congressional delegation in addition to leaders of the lobster group to seek out frequent sense options to make sure that Maine’s lobster and fishing industries and the suitable whales will survive for generations.”

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The continuing lobster debate with conservationists was spurred by reviews Maine’s lobster trade poses a risk to uncommon whales, which may turn out to be entangled in fishing gear. The Marine Stewardship Council and Seafood Watch lately pulled their lobster endorsements over these issues.

WASHINGTON, DC  November 30, 2022: White Home Govt Chef Cris Comerford and White Home Govt Pastry Chef Susie Morrison current the dishes on the menu throughout the media preview of the state dinner for the President of France within the State Eating Room of the White Home on Wednesday November 30, 2022.
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Entanglement in gear is without doubt one of the greatest threats to a local whale species, of which there are solely about 340 on the earth, they stated.

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Final month, Complete Meals introduced that it might cease carrying Maine lobsters at a whole bunch of its shops across the nation as a result of these environmentalist issues.

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Maine’s politicians, together with Golden, Gov. Janet Mills, Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Rep. Chellie Pingree denounced the choice.

“We’re disenchanted by Complete Meals’ determination and deeply pissed off that the Marine Stewardship Council’s suspension of the lobster trade’s certificates of sustainability continues to hurt the livelihoods of hardworking women and men up and down Maine’s coast,” the assertion reads.

PORTLAND, ME - JULY 22: A normal looking lobster next to a bright orange lobster that was caught while fishing in deepwater canyons in the Gulf of Maine with his steersman Brian Skillings Wednesday, July 22, 2015. 

PORTLAND, ME – JULY 22: A standard wanting lobster subsequent to a vibrant orange lobster that was caught whereas fishing in deepwater canyons within the Gulf of Maine along with his steersman Brian Skillings Wednesday, July 22, 2015. 
(Gabe Souza/Portland Portland Press Herald through Getty Photographs)

Previous to the controversy, Maine’s lobster trade noticed a growth of success in 2021, when the Division of Marine Assets introduced its lobster harvest was probably the most useful in its historical past.

MAINE 2021 LOBSTER HARVEST MOST VALUABLE EVER FOR STATE

“The extraordinary worth earned final yr by Maine lobster harvesters is a transparent reflection of sturdy client confidence within the Maine lobster model and the merchandise and folks it represents,” stated Maine Division of Marine Assets Commissioner Patrick Keliher.

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He continued, “Final yr was one for the books and it must be celebrated. However there are lots of challenges forward, and it is vital that fishermen stay engaged in administration discussions that may attempt to make this inventory resilient for future generations.”

The 2021 harvest noticed a 75% enhance in worth over the 2020 complete, the DMR stated.

The day earlier than the White Home dinner, First Girl Jill Biden known as the meal an “expression of welcome and friendship [and] a method to join by means of a language that kind of transcends phrases.”

“We’re so glad to welcome them to the White Home as the primary couple of our oldest ally, France,” she stated.

“As every dish involves the desk, so too does the which means behind it,” Biden continued. “The design of this dinner was impressed by the shared colours of our flags, purple, white and blue, and our frequent values liberty and democracy, equality and fellowship.”

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“These kind the bedrock upon that are enduring friendship was constructed on the tables are vivid purple roses and blue Delphiniums alongside white irises, that are the symbols of our nation’s capital and of France,” she additionally stated. “From photographs on the pavilion partitions to the chandeliers that may cling above us, to the dishes and shows on the tables are symbols and celebrations of the numerous ties that bind our nation collectively.”

She additionally stated the meal included a cheese course, together with Roe River Blue, which gained a 2019 World Cheese Award.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 30: A place setting at the White House on November 30, 2022 in Washington, DC. 

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 30: A spot setting on the White Home on November 30, 2022 in Washington, DC. 
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The White Home meal was ready by White Home Govt Chef Cris Comerford and White Home Govt Pastry Chef Susie Morrison.

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Golden most lately gained re-election in a key contest in 2022 towards former Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin. He additionally beat Republican Dale Crafts in 2020, and first entered workplace by defeating Poliquin, the then-incumbent, in 2018.

Fox Information’ Yael Halon contributed to this report.

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The Key Senate Races to Watch in 2024

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In Michigan, which has an open seat, Consultant Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat who comfortably gained re-election in November, can be taking steps towards a potential Senate run in 2024. Her strikes embody forming a nationwide marketing campaign staff and assembly with leaders throughout the state, an individual near the congresswoman confirmed final week.

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Freedom Caucus stand against McCarthy inspires conservatives to fight ’50 swamps in the 50 states’

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Freedom Caucus lawmakers on the state degree throughout the nation are pushing to empty the “swamp” of their states after being impressed by the 20 conservatives within the U.S. Home of Representatives who insisted on concessions earlier than permitting Kevin McCarthy to change into the following Home speaker.

“We’ve got 10 Freedom Caucus state Freedom Caucuses up and operating proper now. And due to what the Home Freedom Caucus did in January through the speaker combat, that has created such an enormous inspiration amongst state lawmakers all around the nation,” Andrew Roth, president of the State Freedom Caucus Community, advised Fox Information Digital.

“One factor that folks might not understand is that there are 50 swamps within the 50 states,” Roth stated. “Swampiness,” he stated, shouldn’t be unique to Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and Home Freedom Caucus members through the battle for the Home speaker gavel.
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The State Freedom Caucus Community launched on the finish of 2021 with the assist of the influential Home Freedom Caucus and politicians like Mark Meadows. The group consists of Republicans Roth says advocate for “open, accountable and restricted authorities, the Structure and the rule of regulation and insurance policies that promote the freedom, security and prosperity of all People.”

“We do that by offering state freedom lessons with the instruments, techniques, sources and techniques to assist them efficiently advance professional development restricted authorities coverage options,” Roth stated.

HOUSE FREEDOM CAUCUS MOVES TO EXPAND REACH TO STATE LEVEL, EMPOWER CONSERVATIVES

He stated the community provides state lawmakers the “skill to satisfy with one another and focus on learn how to cease unhealthy laws and promote good laws.” The community is succeeding, Roth says, “as a result of we’re offering just a bit little bit of help for David to go up in opposition to Goliath.”

He says that battle is taking part in out within the states of South Carolina and South Dakota.

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Former congressman and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows helped launch the State Freedom Caucus Network.

Former congressman and White Home chief of workers Mark Meadows helped launch the State Freedom Caucus Community.
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Final week, Fox Information Digital reported that South Dakota Freedom Caucus members are difficult Gov. Kristi Noem’s workplace, saying it has “overstepped” its constitutional authority by sponsoring laws within the state legislature.

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These members say Noem’s workplace is exploiting a loophole within the state lawmaking course of that permits businesses to introduce payments into the legislature with no legislative sponsor, an act some Republicans within the state say is crossing the road too regularly into an space that must be managed by lawmakers.

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas., during the House speaker race.  

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas., through the Home speaker race.  
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“A battle has ensued within the South Dakota legislature, and tensions are escalating,” the South Dakota Freedom Caucus stated in an announcement final week.

In South Carolina, Freedom Caucus members are accusing Republican leaders within the statehouse of asking all Republicans to signal a “Soviet-style pledge” or face removing from the GOP ranks.

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Roth says that as their numbers develop, so will their affect in nationwide politics.

“The place there as soon as had been 1,000 gentle conservative voices, there may be now a really loud, unified, conservative voice in every of the states that we’ve a Freedom Caucus. And when that voice will get louder and louder, and amplifies … the reason for freedom, it is gonna put individuals in a tricky spot,” he stated.

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Utah governor signs gender-affirming health care ban, school choice bills into law

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Utah Gov. Spencer Cox on Saturday signed a invoice banning gender-affirming surgical procedure on minors who haven’t been recognized with gender dysphoria. 

The state’s Republican-dominated Legislature prioritized the ban and regarded a primary draft of the measure lower than 10 days in the past, two days after the Legislature opened this 12 months’s session Jan. 17. Gov. Cox signed it a day after the Legislature despatched it to his desk. 

FILE: Utah Gov. Spencer Cox speaks throughout an interview on the Utah State Capitol on March 4, 2022, in Salt Lake Metropolis. 
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The governor mentioned it was necessary to pause “these everlasting and life-altering therapies for brand spanking new sufferers till extra and higher analysis might help decide the long-term penalties.”

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“Whereas we perceive our phrases might be of little consolation to those that disagree with us, we sincerely hope that we are able to deal with our transgender households with extra love and respect as we work to higher perceive the science and penalties behind these procedures,” he mentioned.

Among the many critics is the ACLU of Utah, which on Friday urged Cox to veto the invoice.

In a letter to Cox, the civil rights group mentioned it was deeply involved about “the damaging and probably catastrophic results this regulation can have on individuals’s lives and medical care and the grave violations of individuals’s constitutional rights it should trigger.

“By slicing off medical therapy supported by each main medical affiliation in the USA, the invoice compromises the well being and well-being of adolescents with gender dysphoria. It ties the fingers of docs and fogeys by limiting entry to the one evidence-based therapy out there for this severe medical situation and impedes their means to satisfy their skilled obligations,” the letter mentioned.

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The invoice’s sponsor, state Sen. Mike Kennedy, a Republican household physician has mentioned authorities in a single day is important for very important well being care coverage associated to gender and youth. 

People gather in support of transgender youth during a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Salt Lake City. 

Individuals collect in help of transgender youth throughout a rally on the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Salt Lake Metropolis. 
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“Laws that impacts our most weak youth requires cautious consideration and deliberation. Whereas not an ideal invoice, we’re grateful for Sen. Kennedy’s extra nuanced and considerate method to this terribly divisive difficulty,” Cox mentioned in an announcement. 

“Increasingly specialists, states and nations all over the world are pausing these everlasting and life-altering therapies for brand spanking new sufferers till extra and higher analysis might help decide the long-term penalties.”

Utah’s invoice comes as lawmakers in no less than 18 states take into account comparable payments focusing on well being take care of younger transgender individuals.

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Cox additionally signed one other measure that might give college students school-choice type scholarships to attend colleges exterior the general public schooling system. The invoice additionally elevated instructor pay and advantages in an effort to ease the state’s instructor scarcity.

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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