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THE LAST OF THE BLUE DOG DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE IS NOT AT ALL AMUSED BY 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE’S PROPOSAL TO FORCIBLY CONFISCATE AR-15 AND AR-15-STYLE RIFLES. THE WAY WEST VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC SEN. JOE MANCHIN TELLS IT, THE NO-HOPE 2020 CANDIDATE IS A BIGMOUTH WHO IS DOING MORE THAN ANYONE TO ADD TO THE PERCEPTION THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS HOME TO LUNATIC GUN-GRABBERS.GUN RIGHTS GROUPS IN CANADA SAY THEY'RE MOBILIZING MEMBERS BEFORE THE OCT. 21 ELECTION. A RE-ELECTED LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BAN SOME TYPES OF "ASSAULT-STYLE" RIFLES, AS WELL AS INTRODUCE ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON WHERE FIREARMS CAN BE POSSESSED OR STORED, ACCORDING TO BILL BLAIR, WHO HAS BEEN THE PARTY'S POINTMAN ON GUN CONTROL. THE PLANNED MEASURES WILL BE ANNOUNCED "VERY, VERY SHORTLY" AS PART OF THE LIBERALS' CAMPAIGN PLATFORM, BLAIR SAID IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FIFTH ESTATE. TWO SHOOTINGS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. LEFT TWO PEOPLE DEAD AND SEVEN INJURED LATE ON THURSDAY, REPORTS BY POLICE AND SEVERAL MEDIA OUTLETS SAID, AS AUTHORITIES ON FRIDAY HUNTED FOR A PAIR OF SUSPECTS FROM ONE OF THE ATTACKS LIKELY ARMED WITH AN ASSAULT RIFLE.BETO O’ROURKE LIT INTO SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER ON GUN CONTROL ON THURSDAY, ACCUSING HIM OF DOING “ABSOLUTELY NOTHING” ON THE ISSUE. “ASK CHUCK SCHUMER WHAT HE’S BEEN ABLE TO GET DONE,” THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TOLD REPORTERS AFTER A TOWN HALL HERE, RESPONDING TO SCHUMER’S RECENT DISMISSAL OF O’ROURKE’S CALL FOR A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS. “WE STILL DON’T HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS. DIDN’T HAVE THEM WHEN HE WAS IN THE MAJORITY, EITHER. SO THE GAME THAT HE’S PLAYED, THE POLITICS THAT HE’S PURSUED HAVE GIVEN US ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AND HAVE PRODUCED A SITUATION WHERE WE LOSE NEARLY 40,000 OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS EVERY YEAR.”PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON THURSDAY POURED COLD WATER ON PROSPECTS FOR A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE ON GUN LEGISLATION, EVEN AS ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR CIRCULATED A DRAFT PLAN ON CAPITOL HILL TO EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN SALES. IN A FOX NEWS INTERVIEW THAT AIRED THURSDAY, TRUMP SAID NO DEAL IS IMMINENT, MORE THAN SIX WEEKS AFTER MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS AND OHIO KILLED MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE. “WE’RE GOING VERY SLOWLY,” TRUMP SAID, ADDING THAT WHILE HE DOESN’T WANT “BAD PEOPLE” TO HAVE WEAPONS, HE WON’T ALLOW ANY PLAN TO MOVE FORWARD THAT TAKES GUNS AWAY FROM LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE OR RESTRICTS SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

Republican House Plans Friday Vote on Emergency Removal of Gray Wolves from Endangered List

November 16, 2018 – Wolves in every state in the lower 48 may become fair game for hunters if House Republicans are able to pass a bill today. This could be a “last gasp” opportunity for the GOP to get federal protections for wolves removed from the Endangered Species Act before turning the House chamber over to Democrats in January.

While wolves have either been repopulated in some western states in recent years and have become a problem mainly to states along the country’s northern border and in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain states, animal welfare groups have always lobbied for federal protections to remain in place indefinitely. While most people directly affected by wolf predation are either livestock producers or horse owners, wolves have aggressively killed or attacked even domestic pets and, as a result, put some rural residents at risk, as well.

Historically, wolves and other apex predators such as grizzly bears were decimated during the 20th Century with populations of those wild species either reduced to thin margins or became extinct.  Efforts mainly by federal wildlife agencies within the Department of the Interior have resulted in relocation, reintroduction and/or restrictions on hunting or treating wolves and some bears as unwanted predators.

Grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park began receiving protection in the 1050s-1970s after researchers and wildlife protectionists cooperated in programs that helped the bears return to natural food sources rather than a reliance on garbage dumps in the Park. Wolves that had been basically exterminated in the Rocky Mountain West and forced back into territorial regions in Canada, were reintroduced into the Yellowstone ecosystem in 1995 and allowed to expand by repopulation.  Both grey wolves and grizzly bears have been successfully established to the point where limited hunting as a management control tool has been either allowed or at least limited to assure sustained numbers of each species.

Areas mainly effected and where hunting is either allowed or being considered include Wyoming, Montana and Idaho as well as eastern Washington and Oregon and parts of Utah. Grey wolves were more recently introduced in some areas of California.

The lame duck session of Congress, especially in the House, makes the effort to remove wolves from the ESA critical for farmers, ranchers and other interests in the West. Once Democrats take over the House in the 116th Congress, animal protectionists will encourage legislation that would result in permanent federal protection for the aggressive predators.

“This bill is bipartisan,” said Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, who chairs the House Rules Committee that approved rules of debate for the wolf bill. Sessions said both Republicans and Democrats from western states, where many gray wolves in the U.S. live, made a push to get the bill through. “I hope that there’s agreement that it needs to be handled,” he said, then added, “But it’s an emotional issue for people that don’t live in the west.”

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BREAKING :
THE LAST OF THE BLUE DOG DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE IS NOT AT ALL AMUSED BY 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY CANDIDATE BETO O’ROURKE’S PROPOSAL TO FORCIBLY CONFISCATE AR-15 AND AR-15-STYLE RIFLES. THE WAY WEST VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC SEN. JOE MANCHIN TELLS IT, THE NO-HOPE 2020 CANDIDATE IS A BIGMOUTH WHO IS DOING MORE THAN ANYONE TO ADD TO THE PERCEPTION THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS HOME TO LUNATIC GUN-GRABBERS.GUN RIGHTS GROUPS IN CANADA SAY THEY'RE MOBILIZING MEMBERS BEFORE THE OCT. 21 ELECTION. A RE-ELECTED LIBERAL GOVERNMENT WILL BAN SOME TYPES OF "ASSAULT-STYLE" RIFLES, AS WELL AS INTRODUCE ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS ON WHERE FIREARMS CAN BE POSSESSED OR STORED, ACCORDING TO BILL BLAIR, WHO HAS BEEN THE PARTY'S POINTMAN ON GUN CONTROL. THE PLANNED MEASURES WILL BE ANNOUNCED "VERY, VERY SHORTLY" AS PART OF THE LIBERALS' CAMPAIGN PLATFORM, BLAIR SAID IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FIFTH ESTATE. TWO SHOOTINGS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. LEFT TWO PEOPLE DEAD AND SEVEN INJURED LATE ON THURSDAY, REPORTS BY POLICE AND SEVERAL MEDIA OUTLETS SAID, AS AUTHORITIES ON FRIDAY HUNTED FOR A PAIR OF SUSPECTS FROM ONE OF THE ATTACKS LIKELY ARMED WITH AN ASSAULT RIFLE.BETO O’ROURKE LIT INTO SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER ON GUN CONTROL ON THURSDAY, ACCUSING HIM OF DOING “ABSOLUTELY NOTHING” ON THE ISSUE. “ASK CHUCK SCHUMER WHAT HE’S BEEN ABLE TO GET DONE,” THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TOLD REPORTERS AFTER A TOWN HALL HERE, RESPONDING TO SCHUMER’S RECENT DISMISSAL OF O’ROURKE’S CALL FOR A MANDATORY BUYBACK OF ASSAULT WEAPONS. “WE STILL DON’T HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS. DIDN’T HAVE THEM WHEN HE WAS IN THE MAJORITY, EITHER. SO THE GAME THAT HE’S PLAYED, THE POLITICS THAT HE’S PURSUED HAVE GIVEN US ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AND HAVE PRODUCED A SITUATION WHERE WE LOSE NEARLY 40,000 OF OUR FELLOW AMERICANS EVERY YEAR.”PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON THURSDAY POURED COLD WATER ON PROSPECTS FOR A BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE ON GUN LEGISLATION, EVEN AS ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR CIRCULATED A DRAFT PLAN ON CAPITOL HILL TO EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR GUN SALES. IN A FOX NEWS INTERVIEW THAT AIRED THURSDAY, TRUMP SAID NO DEAL IS IMMINENT, MORE THAN SIX WEEKS AFTER MASS SHOOTINGS IN TEXAS AND OHIO KILLED MORE THAN 30 PEOPLE. “WE’RE GOING VERY SLOWLY,” TRUMP SAID, ADDING THAT WHILE HE DOESN’T WANT “BAD PEOPLE” TO HAVE WEAPONS, HE WON’T ALLOW ANY PLAN TO MOVE FORWARD THAT TAKES GUNS AWAY FROM LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE OR RESTRICTS SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS.