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The New American – “Time to repeal 17th Amendment. Founders had it right — Senators chosen by state legislatures. Will work for their states and respect 10th amid,” tweeted former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee late last week, in calling for the repeal of the 17th Amendment. The 17th Amendment altered the method of Senate election devised by the Founding Fathers from election by their respective state legislatures to direct, popular election, as was already the case with the House of Representatives.
Huckabee was incensed when the Senate failed, 49-51, to vote for the “skinny repeal” of ObamaCare. The so-called skinny repeal would have ended the individual mandate and defunded Planned Parenthood. It was the latest modification or repeal of the so-called Affordable Care Act (popularly known as ObamaCare) to fail to pass in the Senate, despite repeated Republican promises in the 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 election campaigns that a Republican House of Representatives, Senate, and White House would do away with ObamaCare.
In this instance, three Republicans — Senator John McCain (Arizona), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Susan Collins of Maine — voted against repeal. Had even one of them voted “yes,” then Vice President Mike Pence, in his capacity as President of the Senate, would have broken the tie, and the bill would have passed.
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Agracel1.com – Last week we shared the story of Toyota donating a former laboratory to a local school system to be converted to a high school focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math). This week, we are sharing a great piece that appeared on Forbes.com regarding vocational education. We firmly believe that there is a need for STEAM and vocational studies in our school systems. In fact, after eliminating some vocational classes in years past, two local school systems are exploring ways to bring back some classes. We hope this trend continues.
Why We Desperately Need to Bring Back Vocational Training in Schools
Nicholas Wyman, Forbes contributor
Throughout most of U.S. history, American high school students were routinely taught vocational and job-ready skills along with the three Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic. Indeed, readers of a certain age are likely to have fond memories of huddling over wooden workbenches learning a craft such as woodwork or maybe metal work, or any one of the hands-on projects that characterized the once-ubiquitous shop class.
But in the 1950s, a different philosophy emerged: the theory that students should follow separate educational tracks according to ability. The idea was that the college-bound would take traditional academic courses (Latin, creative writing, science, math) and received no vocational training. Those students not headed for college would take basic academic courses, along with vocational training, or “shop.”
The backlash against tracking, however, did not bring vocational education back to the academic core. Instead, the focus shifted to preparing all students for college, and college prep is still the center of the U.S. high school curriculum.
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For a fourth consecutive time, a court has rejected an attempt by Gov. Roy Cooper to block the law creating a bipartisan state elections and ethics enforcement board.
On Wednesday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals denied the governor’s motion to delay a superior court panel’s order that he appoint members to the new bipartisan board. The same superior court panel dismissed his lawsuit challenging the law earlier this month.
The state has not had a functioning board to enforce its elections and campaign finance laws for weeks, but Cooper is refusing to appoint any members while he continues his legal wrangling.
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) issued the following joint statement:
“While Gov. Cooper attempts to sue his way out of following state law, North Carolina’s bipartisan elections and ethics board sits vacant with no accountable oversight of lobbying, ethics or campaign finance. Our state’s chief executive needs to listen to the courts, do his job and execute the law.”
NC 11th Congressional District GOP
“building teams for success”
In tributes across the nation this week, we honored the heroic memory of the fallen men and women of law enforcement. We also vowed to honor their sacrifice by ensuring that those who protect and serve have the support, resources, and training that they deserve.
In order to make America safe again we must also restore the tradition of respect and honor that is owed to every member of the law enforcement community in America.
Read more about the President’s week below.
Congratulating The Coast Guard Class Of 2017
President Trump delivered a commencement speech at the US Coast Guard academy congratulating the men and women on all their hard work. These fine young cadets are about to take their rightful place on the front line of defense for the United States of America. They deserve not only the congratulations but the gratitude of each and every American. They chose the path of service. They chose hard work, high standards, and a very noble mission to save lives, defend the homeland, and protect America’s interests around the world. They chose the Coast Guard.
Standing With Our Men And Women In Blue
President Trump commemorated the hard work of peace officers in the United States. Each May, during Police Week, new names of fallen police officers are added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial. This year, 394 brave souls join the over 20,000 men and women who gave up their lives in the line of duty to protect us. Words cannot express the depths of our gratitude, but President Trump hopes that our actions will show our brave men and women in blue how deeply we care and how strongly we feel about protecting those who protect us. President Trump will always stand strong with you.
Celebrating Women’s Health Week
Women’s Health Week started on Mother’s Day last Sunday. President Trump recognizes the importance of providing women access to the best health information and care. Our President is committed to working with Congress to help mothers—and fathers—have paid family leave so that childcare is accessible and affordable, and to invest in the comprehensive care that women receive at community health centers.
Completing The President’s Cabinet And Putting America First
This week, Robert Lighthizer was sworn in as the new United States trade representative. With this swearing in ceremony, President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is finally complete. President Trump made a promise to the American people — to fight for trade that puts America first. And in choosing Robert Lighthizer as the U.S. Trade Representative, President Trump is keeping his promise to put America first.
Strengthening The Asian American And Pacific Islander Communities
Vice President Pence welcomed an outstanding group to the White House to join in a celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. For the better part of our nation’s history, the people of Asia and the Pacific have come to America in search of a better life and a brighter future, and now our history books are literally filled with the names of trailblazers. And today, Americans of Asian and Pacific Island descent are the fastest-growing group in America. More than 20 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders now call the United States their home, and they make a difference in the life of our nation every single day.
President Trump is making his first trip abroad as President of the United States to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome, and finish in Sicily before returning home.
With the safety, security, and interests of the American people as his priority, he will strengthen old friendships and will seek new partners.
President Trump will ask them to unite for a future of peace and opposition opportunity for our peoples and the peoples of the world.
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