No Senate Republicans voted to advance the stimulus package that’d give most Americans $1,400 one-time checks

No Senate Republicans voted to advance stimulus package that give Americans $1400, one-time checks

  • The Senate voted Tuesday on a budget resolution that could speed coronavirus aid through Congress.
  • No Republicans voted to advance the measure, which was introduced by the Democratic majority.
  • The phrase “No Republicans” trended on Twitter after the vote.                    

Senate Republicans issued a mass rebuke of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package on Tuesday night, with none voting to advance it.

In a strict party-line vote, all 50 Senate Democrats voted to advance a budget resolution to speed the aid package through Congress without Republican support. Forty-nine Republicans voted against the resolution. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania was absent because of snow.

The phrase ” No Republicans ” was trending on Twitter after the vote.

“We are not going to dilute, dither, or delay,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said before the vote, adding: “We welcome cooperation. There is nothing about the process of a budget resolution or reconciliation, for that matter, that forecloses the possibility of bipartisanship.”

Read more : Democrats are moving ahead with Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus – with or without Republicans. Here are the 4 main sticking points that could blow things up.

The package on the line includes a round of $1,400 direct payments for most Americans, $350 billion to state and local governments, an increase in federal jobless aid to $400, and a proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $15, among other aid.

All four measures have proved to be sticking points between the two parties.

Republicans want the relief checks capped at $1,000 and allocated only to people making less than $50,000 a year. They say the money for state and local governments isn’t needed and didn’t include any local funding in their counteroffer. They want the current federal jobless aid to remain the same and continue through June. Biden’s plan would increase it and extend it through September. And while some Republicans support increasing the federal minimum wage, few wish it to be as high as $15.

The bill also includes $130 billion to reopen schools, a major expansion of the child tax credit , $50 billion toward COVID-19 testing, and $20 billion toward a national vaccine program in partnership with states, localities, and tribes.

The budget-reconciliation process allows Democrats to pass the plan with only 51 votes, instead of the 60-vote supermajority usually required of bills.

Biden hosted Republicans on Monday to discuss the party’s $618 billion counteroffer .

According to The New York Times, some Republican senators considered Biden more receptive to compromise than his staff or Schumer during the meeting, though Biden has signaled that $600 billion is too little.

“They’ve chosen a totally partisan path,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told The Times about Senate Democrats.

McConnell used reconciliation to pass tax cuts during his time as majority leader. He also employed the measure in a failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act .

Senate Democrats could approve the resolution as soon as Friday.

According to Roll Call, the House will vote on its nearly identical measure Wednesday and then will have to vote again on final adoption of the joint measure after the Senate makes additions.

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Body lies at the corner of Cardinal and GrossUpdate: Suspect sheriff’s officials Friday night identified the man as Steven Verdone, of Homosassa.  A lot of people are walking today especially if they’re in walking distance, to the store, to the bus stop all around the county! The morning of Jan 22, 2021, Friday was a little different for the suspect who  Amanda Glode and Jason Dennis said walked down their street, Cardinal map of locationStreet, everyday. Today was different though, they had seen him trying to jump in front of moving cars and when he got to Amanda Glode fence, he started swearing at her dogs, she gathered her two mastiffs up and then tried to reason with the man but he

would have none of it and as he went off shouting obscenities’ saying he was sick of living! Glode and Dennis called the police and it wasn’t 45 seconds later that they heard 3 gunshots and the man who didn’t want to live, lived no more. Cardinal street was blocked off into the evening and the current status is unknown.

Steven Verdone

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‘Game of Thrones’ Ended in the Worst Way Possible


This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.

You survived eight long years of Game of Thrones, and somehow, you still expected more. But this is no longer the show that made its lead character headless before season two. It’s not the show that killed off many of its central characters in the Red Wedding. This isn’t that Game of Thrones, the global phenomenon that upended any expectations from the fantasy genre. Instead, the biggest surprise of the show’s series finale, “The Iron Throne,” is that every predictable thing happened in the worst way possible.

Audiences knew by episode five that a Stark would end up on the throne, but it was the do-nothing Bran who was the lucky winner. Sure, viewers believed that Daenerys had to be stopped after her Mad Queen turn in the last episode, but all it took was a Tyrion pep talk to get Jon Snow to stab his aunty mid-kiss

Game of Thrones continued to chase the same themes around politics, espionage, and spectacle until the final credits rolled. But the season eight shortchange—largely brought on by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ desire to end the show before it was ready—produced one of the worst endings in prestige TV history.

While there’s going to be plenty of time to break down what brought a phenomenon to a sputtering finish over these last two seasons, it’s painfully easy to pick out the more obvious elements that made the series finale so ridiculously frustrating.

Inexplicably, Bran is King

It’s hard to justify this one. GoT has a penchant for twists and all that—this is Benioff and Weiss material, after all—but only the Three-eyed Raven saw this one coming. We’re supposed to believe that it would only take a well-placed suggestion by Tyrion, a man who all parties distrust, to suddenly place Bran as the best choice to rule? We’re supposed to buy that a series that spent entire seasons reveling in political tug-of-wars and in-fighting about governance, just determined it all from Tyrion’s elevator pitch about folks with the best stories?

Even if you forgive all of this, there is nothing gratifying about Bran’s story. For the entirety of season five, he played hooky as a visible player. In season six, he was that Westeros guy nibbling on psychedelic weirwood bark, mumbling endlessly about being “the Three-Eyed Raven” and not “wanting” anything. And now that the Night King is defeated, this series has done nothing to lay the groundwork for the new leader, Bran the Broken, who’s apparently ready and willing to take the throne.

So it’s the ultimate finesse: that Bran who truly knew of the past, present, and future, spent whole seasons silently staring down other characters, with the knowledge that he was destined to be king. Forget the thousands burned by a dragon. Forget the countless innocents who could have been saved from his foresight. Self-servingly, Bran knew this would happen all along. That doesn’t feel right.

Daenerys deserved more

After a heated conversation with Tyrion—because he’s what passes for reason in this episode—a battered Jon Snow confronts aunty Daenerys about her roast of King’s Landing. One thing leads to another, and Jon hugs Dany, proclaiming her his queen before kissing her. Then he kills her.
It is so cold and out of character for a protagonist known as being stupidly loyal and honorable to side-step Dany’s advances for three episodes, only to slide his tongue down her throat as he stabs her. It took her Mad Queen transformation one episode to reach an extreme, and this kill had the same energy. It was the cheapest and quickest way to rid Thrones of a huge problem it wrote into existence, regardless of believability. The pained relationship between these two required an equal amount of time to undo. Dany was a complicated character who lost her family, home, son, dragons, and friends, over eight seasons’ worth of TV, only to go out in this way in an instant. Every throw-away character on this show was given a chance at redemption, but Daenerys wasn’t given the same shake.

Drogon can understand symbolism now?

What’s Drogon’s deal? In one episode, he can’t take on a fleet of ships led by a deranged pirate. In the very next one, he not only destroys those ships, but takes down King’s Landing, too. And now, when he finds his mother dead by Jon’s hands, he reacts by melting down the Iron Throne with unrelenting fire. It’s a little too on the nose.

Dragons were once thought to be unstoppable weapons, but in the show’s final season their abilities were inconsistent. An indestructible weapon would pose issues from a storytelling perspective, so the thought of a dragon being important enough to kill a certain god-tier character wouldn’t exactly work. But it’s hard not to wonder why Drogon didn’t turn his wrath toward Jon Snow, who just knifed his mother. Instead, the dragon turned the Iron Throne to lava, destroying a symbol that has caused plenty of destruction of its own. Satisfying? Yes. Cheesy? Very.

Brienne wasted her final moments

As Game of Thrones wrapped up its serving of Northern fromage, we spotted Brienne in the same golden armor Jaime wore. She's now the head of Bran's Kingsguard, and as a duty, it's her responsibility to fill out " The White Book," which records the actions of every member that served. In the last few minutes of the episode, Brienne doesn't note herself as being the first woman to be knighted in the history of Westeros. She doesn't even start her own page. What she does instead is update Jaime's page—the same Jaime who bailed on her—by painting him as a hero and stubborn romantic. 

It's bad enough that her arc this season teased at a woman who seemed fiercely independent, only to reduce her into a woman heartbroken by an a twincest lover. But to make her last thoughtful moments defined by that same man is the worst possible ending for the purest character on this show. 

Arya Columbus

Arya is on her Christopher Columbus ship now. For those with a long memory, back in season six, she asked a Lady Crane about the west of Westeros, to which Lady Crane referred to it as the edge of the world. Arya later smiled and said that she'd like to see that. 
Arya's arc is one of the more forgiving, despite the fact that it took a single conversation with The Hound for her to abandon years of assassination training. She's always been the Stark who refused to settle down, and it's within reason to imagine that she'd end things on a boat to god knows where. But even still, she didn't wear a single face during this entire season which makes a good portion of her arc feel like filler.

This ‘Game of Thrones’ Theory Suggests a HUGE Lannister Plot Twist

From Marie Claire

  • Following last week’s episode, “The Bells”, Game of Thrones fans are speculating as to whether Jaime an
  • d Cersei Lannister really did die, or whether they could still be alive.
  • The brother and sister were finally reunited, but were seemingly crushed by falling rubble as King’s Landing was brought down by Daenerys.
  • With one episode to go, theories suggest that Jaime may have sacrificed himself to protect his sister-or that Jaime could still be alive to complete his character arc and redemption.

This is it, you guys. We’re on the home stretch to the Game of Thrones finale, and I’m already having palpitations. The stress is mainly a result of the endless online theories, which are getting more dramatic and desperate by the day. Whether it’s the dragons representing some kind of secret code, clues about Arya and her destiny, or even the possibility that George R. R. Martin has already revealed the ending… Yeah, it’s a lot right now.

But one potential theory that fans seem to really be getting on board with revolves around Team Incest, Jaime and Cersei Lannister. Last week’s episode saw the two tragically reunited amidst the fiery chaos, before being buried under the rubble of King’s Landing. Somewhere, Brienne was cackling.

Photo credit: HBO

The drama of the moment entirely implied that the Lannisters had perished together, both dying under their crumbling childhood home as Daenerys brought it to the ground. Plus, there was the fact that the gross Euron had managed to inflict a fair few stab wounds onto Jaime earlier in the episode, so the odds weren’t exactly in his favor.

Online reaction seemed to suggest that GoT fans were somewhat disappointed by the underwhelming demise of two of the show’s biggest villains. People wanted a bigger comeuppance for the pair. So maybe it’s sheer desperation that people are now theorizing that one or both of them could still be alive-or maybe it really is a legit possibility.

There’s definitely some evidence to make the argument. Firstly, the wider cast haven’t acknowledged actors Nikolaj Coster-Waldau or Lena Hadley in the same way that they have others who we’ve seen clearly die on screen. Similarly, the actors themselves have yet to say goodbye to their onscreen counterparts in the heartfelt way that others like Alfie Allen and Nathalie Emmanuel have.

Secondly, Entertainment Weekly, which has been sharing a steady stream of interviews with departed Game of Thrones actors following their characters’ deaths, are yet to share their chat with Coster-Waldau. Reporter James Hibberd mysteriously tweeted that he was “holding that one for a bit…”

With that in mind, fans are also in disagreement as to whether one or the other, or both Lannisters could still be alive. Some say that Jaime may have sacrificed himself in order to protect Cersei, knowing that his stab wounds would bring his demise anyway. Could he have protected her with his body considering he knew he was going to die from the stabbing? Could Cersei be the one that isn’t dead? And now she has to live on, knowing that everyone and everything she ever loved is gone?

Or could it be Jaime who is still be alive while Cersei is gone? It would be punishment for him to be left with a body that doesn’t allow him to fight anymore, and to be left at the mercy of whoever finds him in the ruins of King’s Landing. REST OF STORY HERE

Bipartisan Plan Could Block Hundreds of Thousands of Gun Sales

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Redding Vice mayor and the owner of a gun shop Patrick Jones, right, shows a customer, John Robinson of Redding a shotgun in his store, February 19, 2013. Shasta County has the highest per-capita rate of gun background checks of any county in California. California has some of the nation’s strictest gun laws.Photo credit: © Dai Sugano/TNS/

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In late March, a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation making it easier for authorities to block gun sales to people who cannot legally buy guns but lie about their status on background checks — i.e. “lie and buy.”

The NICS (National Instant Criminal Background System) Denial Notification Act would require federal authorities to tell state law enforcement within 24 hours when those purchasing guns falsify their records in order to close their purchase.

The bill is sponsored by a bipartisan group of senators including Chris Coons (D-DE), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Doug Jones (D-AL).

If the legislation becomes law, it could potentially block gun sales to hundreds of thousands of people who don’t pass background checks but currently slip through the cracks because of poor coordination among enforcement agencies.

The Left Hand and the Right Hand

Currently, 37 states and Washington, DC, rely on the FBI to conduct some or all background checks for public gun purchases, as mandated by the 1993 Brady Bill. The background checks structure was done primarily through the creation of a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). But a lack of communication by those parties often means that local and state officials are not notified when prohibited purchasers fail a background check.

“The American people have called on Congress to act, and the NICS Denial Notification Act is one common sense step we should take. By ensuring that federal and state law enforcement can work together to prevent those who shouldn’t be able to buy a gun from getting one, we can make our communities safer,” Coons said.

“This proposal is a layer of protection to help ensure that people who shouldn’t have access to guns don’t,” Kyleanne Hunter, vice president of programs for the Brady Campaign, told WhoWhatWhy.

Hunter noted other benefits of the bill as well. The lack of enforcement (i.e. proper notification to local law enforcement by the federal government of failed background checks) has led many gun buyers to feel safe, almost cocky, she observed.

“I can lie, I can still get a gun and that’s fine … This act would give more empowerment at the local level to prosecute those that try to lie to purchase a firearm,” Hunter said.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, named after James Brady, former press secretary to President Ronald Reagan, is a nonprofit organization that advocates for gun control and against gun violence.

“When someone who is legally barred from owning a firearm tries to buy a gun, it’s both a warning sign and a crime — but in many states, they can walk out of the store scot-free because state law enforcement is never informed of the failed check,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said.

Everytown for Gun Safety is another nonprofit organization advocating for gun control.

Thirteen states currently conduct their own background checks using the NCIS systems and other databases, known as a Full Point of Contact (POC) system. Because these states are more self-sufficient and manage their own background checks, it is estimated that Full-POC states blocked prohibited purchasers from buying guns about 20 percent more frequently than they would have were they Non-POC states.

If the legislation were signed into law, tens or hundreds of thousands of guns could be kept out of the hands of people who legally can’t buy them, Hunter asserted. And while the 37 non-POC states would most likely see the biggest drop in gun-related crimes, they would not be the only ones that benefit.

“In a state like New Jersey that actually does a very good job, the vast majority of guns recovered in crimes come from out of state. They come from states, like Virginia [and] the Carolinas, that are non-POC states. If we are starting to strengthen the non-POC states, it is going to shore up everybody,” Hunter said.

A Bipartisan Effort

In contrast to past political battles over gun control issues, this legislation has surprisingly wide bipartisan support. Republicans Toomey and Rubio have signed on as sponsors. And support for the legislation also comes from other organizations normally associated with the conservative side of the political spectrum.  REST OF STORY HERE..

DICK’S Moving EOC’s first entry into the Good Bad and Ugly Businesses of Citrus County

Dick’s Moving of Homosassa FL (Citrus County) begins our list of an “UGLY” business in Citrus County with a disrespectful staff that upon learning your on a tight schedule begins to slow down and when ask to pick up the pace they became insulting and abusive especially to the elderly. Seniors should avoid this business resulting in EOC UGLY classification and this business should be avoided.. All reviews originally published on EOC will be archived to the EOC “Good Bad and Ugly” Business page for Citrus County.


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Former Walmart Santa arrested after police find his children’s bodies buried in his yard

Ashley May USA TODAY

Published 8:27 AM EST Dec 27, 2018

Elwyn Crocker Sr., Candice Crocker, Kim Wright and Roy Praeter have been arrested in connection with the deaths of Mary Crocker and Elwyn Crocker Jr.

Effingham County Sheriff’s Department

A man who previously worked as a Walmart Santa Claus has been arrested after police found bodies of his son and daughter buried in his backyard.

Last Thursday, Georgia’s Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies searched Elwyn Crocker’s home after receiving a tip that his 14-year-old daughter Mary Crocker was missing.

Deputies found two bodies buried “just inside the wood line,” according to the sheriff’s office. Effingham County Coroner David Exley told USA TODAY the bodies, found feet away from each other, were identified as Crocker’s two children.

Mary hadn’t been seen since October 2018 and her brother Elwyn Jr. hadn’t been seen since November 2016, but police said an official missing child report wasn’t filed for either child. Elwyn Jr. would have been 16 years old this year. Rest of story here

The Good Bad and Ugly

In 1936, the last public display of capital punishment took place, and prisoner Rainey Bethea was subjected to a public hanging. Afterward, laws were passed that said all capital punishments should take place in private.
In 1936, the last public display of capital punishment took place, and prisoner Rainey Bethea was subjected to a public hanging. Afterward, laws were passed that said all capital punishments should take place in private.

This announcement will soon be removed however each new business that enters The Good Bad Ugly page will have an article here and then will be found on the page GBU located wtih the other pages under the Citrus County Courthouse above!, the good bad and ugly and it will be devoted to letting citizens know about businesses that are good bad and ugly. So if you have a business that you’ve dealt with and were treated badly or good, let us know! There are plenty of good operations out there and they need to be given credit. And then there are the others. Details, details and more details, send them to us while still fresh in your mind! ALSO ANY news events or anything you think the public has the right to know while it’s fresh in your mind!  Clicking the the E-MAIL US NOW! below will open a new window with your default email account, if you don’t want to wait for that, the email address is: and you must use the subject line with goodbadugly in it as it is here!





Vocal Minority-Vocal Concerned Citizens: Response to Chronicle: Guest Contributor-Claude Strass

Once again the Chronicle editorial board has found an opportunity to fault what they call the vocal minority. Ocala tried to bring in the New York Yankees winter training. For the privilege of having them here and bringing in the mystical new jobs and growth the citizens were going to have to come up with a mere $80 million in new taxes. The vocal minority expressed concerns and questioned the validity of the project which the Yankees felt created a hostile environment to the plan and withdrew the idea. The Chronicle folks used this opportunity to express concern that our vocal minority might derail the medical corridor and port projects. My first question is what is a vocal minority? There are citizens that express concerns about various projects. What makes the Chronicle think they are a minority? Have we as citizens had an opportunity to vote on any of the proposals? Yes we do elect representatives but that does not mean they do as we want. In many cases these elected officials like in the last commission race did not win with a 51% vote but a simple majority of three candidates. Hopefully the Chronicle is not advocating that we ill-informed citizens just keep our opinions to ourselves and trust our elected officials to do the right thing. I don’t have room in this letter to go over the many missteps that have occurred in local, state and federal government by our fine trustworthy elected officials.

Vocal Minority-Vocal Concerned Citizens: Response to Chronicle: Guest Contributor-Claude Strass  EYEONCITRUS.COM

In my humble opinion every citizen has a right and responsibility to question the actions of our elected officials when they have concerns. I also believe it is the responsibility of our elected officials to provide citizens with the information they require. Regarding the two projects that the Chronicle brought up I have a few comments to offer. Let’s start with the port idea first. Was there any public display of preplanning? No. Does the county own any property in the port area? No. Did the county even realize before starting this project that a feasibility study had already been done that rejected the idea? No. Should the citizens have questions? Yes! The next idea that surfaced out of the blue was the medical corridor. Was there a detailed public plan outlining the project objectives and costs offered to the citizens before starting this project? No. Many citizens are still confused since 491 is already filling up with medical buildings without the medical corridor designation. An attorney from Tampa comes up with an idea at a meeting, the board jumps on the concept agrees to pay a very large sum of money to the attorney without going out for Request for Proposals (RFP) and the project moves forward. Should the citizens have concerns? I would definitely say Yes!! Interesting this is the same attorney that came up with the port idea that he presented privately to each commissioner at his Tampa office prior to the public presentation. I can continue with other issues in this county like the outrage over the MSBU. Was there a needs assessment done by the Sheriff prior to the MSBU debate? No. Has there been any attempt by the Sheriff or the Commission to detail, based on facts as to why the additional money is needed. No. The argument that other boards did not fund the fire service is not sufficient. The lack of funding might be the cause of the problem but the problem has not been documented with facts to the public and there has been no strategic plan offered to address the problems other than give me more money. So my advice to the Chronicle editorial board, not that they would ever take advice from what they call the vocal minority, is to stand up for those that are question government actions. Those of us that do so are exercising our duty as citizens of this country. I would suggest that instead of calling us a vocal minority you might want to change that to vocal concerned citizens

American Blackout Starts tomorrow? Nov 13 and Nov 14

The Federal Government and (organization that most electric utilities belong to)are having what is called “Cyber Storm 4” a planned scenario, rehearsal, drill, on what would happen if an attack to the electrical grid system were to shut down the power across North America. This drill is scheduled and whether or not it will take place, is anybody guess at this time. Listen to the podcast below for more information.

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