Democrat Katie Hobbs defeats Republican Kari Lake in Arizona governor's race

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Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, has defeated Republican Kari Lake in the state's 2022 gubernatorial election — the Associated Press made the race call on Monday.

"Democracy is worth the wait. Thank you, Arizona. I am so honored and so proud to be your next Governor," Hobbs tweeted.

\u201cDemocracy is worth the wait. \n\nThank you, Arizona. \n\nI am so honored and so proud to be your next Governor.\u201d
— Katie Hobbs (@Katie Hobbs) 1668479229

Arizona's current governor, Doug Ducey, is a Republican who entered office in 2015.

Former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who announced last month that she was ditching the Democratic Party, had endorsed Lake in the Arizona governor's race.

But Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming had said that if she lived in Arizona, she would vote for Democrats for governor and secretary of state. When an ad by a Cheney-sponsored PAC targeted Lake, the gubernatorial candidate responded by suggesting that the ad amounted to a "generous in-kind" campaign contribution.

"Thank you for your generous in-kind contribution to my campaign," Lake declared in a message directed toward Cheney. "Your recent television ad urging Arizonans not to vote for me is doing just the opposite. Our campaign donations are skyrocketing and our website nearly crashed from traffic as people rushed to learn more about my plan to put Arizona First and join our historic political movement."

The Arizona governor's race is not the GOP's only high-profile loss this year in the state — Republican candidate Blake Masters lost to incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in a U.S. Senate contest.

"For my people who knocked on doors in 115 degree heat, and for the million+ Arizonans who put their faith in me, we are going to make sure that every legal vote is counted," Masters tweeted Saturday. "If, at the end, Senator Kelly has more of them than I do, then I will congratulate him on a hard-fought victory. But voters decide, not the media; let's count the votes."

— Blake Masters (@Blake Masters) 1668272282

Liberal media attacks Blake Masters after he made fun of the AP's widely derided Federal Reserve diversity story

Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters was accused Monday of suggesting that diversity at the Federal Reserve has hurt the economy by the mainstream press, which attacked him over a sarcastic Twitter post.

Masters, a venture capitalist who is running for Senate in Arizona, shared a widely derided Associated Press story about the new, diverse leadership at the Federal Reserve. The article celebrated how there are "more female, Black and gay officials contributing to the central bank's interest-rate decisions than at any time in its 109-year history."

Conservatives, including Masters, mocked the AP and the Federal Reserve for touting diversity as an accomplishment amid record high levels of inflation — which the Fed is supposed to keep under control by manipulating interest rates.

"Finally a compelling explanation for why our economy is doing so well," Masters tweeted sarcastically, joining a chorus of Twitter users who poked fun at the story.

\u201cFinally a compelling explanation for why our economy is doing so well\u201d
— Blake Masters (@Blake Masters) 1661742143

But the New York Times and NBC News didn't get the joke. The Times published a deadly serious piece announcing that Masters "Links Fed Diversity to Economic Woes." “The sarcastic barb from Mr. Masters, which was widely condemned, was in response to a report of increased diversity at the Federal Reserve," the paper reported.

NBC News went further with a headline that reads, "Senate GOP candidate Blake Masters suggests diversity at Federal Reserve is harming the economy."

"Blake Masters, the GOP nominee for a Senate seat in Arizona, suggested in a sarcastic tweet this week that the sluggish economy and the high rate of inflation were tied to diversity in the high ranks of the Federal Reserve," NBC's evening politics reporter Zoë Richards wrote.

Masters obviously was not suggesting anything of the kind, as National Review's Nate Hochman explained in a post responding to the New York Times' coverage: "The entire premise of the piece — that Masters was arguing that the Fed’s increased diversity caused the economic downturn — is patently absurd," Hochman wrote.

He observed that the Times even acknowledged that Masters' tweet "aligned with some of his fellow Republicans, who also criticized the focus on diversity at a time of high inflation."

"Those are two wildly different things, actually: Suggesting that diversity is causing an economic recession, and arguing that diversity is a silly thing to focus on in the midst of a recession, are not the same," Hochman wrote.

The reports went on to raise questions about Masters' viability as a Donald Trump-endorsed GOP candidate for Senate in Arizona. The Times raised doubts as to whether Masters "can appeal to voters beyond his right-wing base." NBC News cherry-picked some of Masters' most controversial statements related to race, noting for example that in April he told "The Jeff Oravits Show" that "black people, frankly," were responsible for the majority of gun violence in the United States — referring to gang violence in big cities like Chicago and St. Louis.

NBC also reported that Masters "disparaged Black women" by criticizing Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman confirmed to the high court, as a "horrible pick" and an "affirmative action candidate."

Many Republicans and conservative commentators were critical of the Jackson nomination and specifically of President Joe Biden's campaign promise to exclusively nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court for his first appointment.

Masters responded to the controversy over his tweet Monday night, calling the coverage "fake news."

\u201cI'm declaring war on Joe Biden's dysfunctional affirmative action regime\u201d
— Blake Masters (@Blake Masters) 1661811701

"Look, I don't care if every single employee at the Fed is a black lesbian, as long as they're hired for their competence and not because of what they look like or who they sleep with," Masters said in a view posted to Twitter.

"Race quotas are wrong. Gender quotas are wrong. They're unjust. They're illegal," he said. "But the Democrats are addicted to this kind of identity politics garbage."

Outrage mob tries to cancel 'cis white male' Bill Burr for Grammy's appearance where he mocks feminists

Bill Burr was a top trend on Twitter early Thursday evening, not for one of his many highly-rated comedy specials or his role as Migs Mayfeld in "The Mandalorian." Instead, the stand-up comedy veteran was being assailed by the outrage mob, who were actively trying to cancel him for jokes he made during the 2021 Grammy Awards.

In an unusual move, the comedian presented the Grammy Award for "Best Regional Mexican Album,” which aired before the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. Burr, who is never shy to tell the audience exactly what he is thinking, angered many people with his brash and unapologetic comedy style.

From the get-go, Burr set the tone that he was not going to be your typical Grammy's Award presenter. The comedian joked, "Was I the only one who wanted to kill himself after that piano solo."

Then he did some self-deprecating humor and called himself a "moron" for buying a new suit to present an award during the pre-Grammy's show that was done remotely and nobody would see.

Bill Burr came out to present at the Grammys after a piano performance “Was I the only one who wanted to kill hims…
— gifdsports (@gifdsports)1615753361.0

Burr then awkwardly mispronounced the winner's name, Natalia Lafourcade.

Bill Burr butchers women’s name and then is awkwardly forced to accept the award for her at the Grammys
— gifdsports (@gifdsports)1615754111.0

While presenting the "Best Tropical Latin Album," Burr made a joke about feminists. "How many feminists are like going nuts, 'Why is this cis white male doing all this Latino stuff?'"

Bill Burr the GOAT LololRare comedian that will joke about stuff like this
— Tmo (@Tmo)1615752578.0

The wisecrack mocking woke culture hit a nerve and unleashed hundreds of tweets demanding the comedian be canceled for saying a joke.

There were furious calls to "ban all white men" and "for all white men to be kept in cages." Another commenter inexplicably said he was "making fun of civil rights movements." One person said Burr doesn't have a comedic bone in his body. Burr has six comedy specials and was a regular on "Chappelle's Show."

(Content Warning: Explicit language):

ban bill burr. actually just ban white men. a disgrace.
— bora (@bora)1615751340.0

btw this is a bill burr hate tweet, mf can’t make a single joke without punching down and making fun of civil right…
— miqo🌤 (@miqo🌤)1615752270.0

People who think being an offensive asshole on purpose is funny are the actual least humorous people alive like jus…
— leah⁷ (@leah⁷)1615751623.0

Idk what he said but god I love bill burr
— Blake (@Blake)1615752531.0

Who decided Bill Burr was a good idea? Ugh.
— Audrie⁷ ♡ (@Audrie⁷ ♡)1615751478.0

The @RecordingAcad needs to own up to this failure of selecting Bill Burr as a presenter. What a terrible choice. H…
— ♡ binniebear⁷ (@♡ binniebear⁷)1615752221.0

If Bill Burr presenting these nominees isn't an accurate representation of the Academy @ non white artists..
— WYWYG 💗 (@WYWYG 💗)1615751542.0

There were plenty of people defending Burr for telling jokes, and lampooning those who were said to be outraged over his comedy.

Bill Burr is a Rorschach test as to whether you have the slightest sense of humor or a huge stick up your ass. He'…
— LB (@LB)1615757842.0

It’s the quarterly attempt at cancelling Bill Burr for being hilarious I see.
— Bridget Phetasy (@Bridget Phetasy)1615752962.0

Bill Burr is trending so I'm assuming all the right people are mad about something.
— Stephen L. Miller (@Stephen L. Miller)1615752201.0

I don’t know what #BillBurr said to piss marshmallows off, but I AGREE.
— Maj Toure (@Maj Toure)1615758066.0

GenZ calling Bill Burr a racist... 😬😳Bill Burr and his beautiful wife Nia. 💕
— 𝒜𝓂𝒷𝑒𝓇 (@𝒜𝓂𝒷𝑒𝓇)1615752332.0

Bill Burr after being cancelled
— Brent Edge-ucated Hawkings (@Brent Edge-ucated Hawkings)1615753698.0

*Bill Burr intentionally makes Politically incorrect jokesTwitter:
— Tyler Mills🤘🏻 (@Tyler Mills🤘🏻)1615753938.0

One Twitter user shared a video clip from Burr talking to Bill Maher about cancel culture from a few years ago, where he dismissed his haters.

reminder that bill burr doesn't give a fuck about the culture war bullshit between performatively "woke" liberals a…
— ☀️👀 (@☀️👀)1615756220.0

Bill Burr also obliterated cancel culture when he hosted "Saturday Night Live" in 2019. The comedian also defended his fellow "The Mandalorian" star Gina Carano when she was canceled from the hit Disney show.

DC anchor suspended for tweeting he's 'annoyed' obese people prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines

A news anchor for WTTG-TV out of Washington, D.C., has been suspended following backlash he and the station received after he tweeted that he was "annoyed" over "obese people" being prioritized for the coronavirus vaccines over essential workers like him.

What are the details?

On Tuesday, McCoy tweeted, "I'm annoyed obese people of all ages get priority vaccine access before all essential workers. When most stayed home, we went into work everyday last March, April, May and everyday since putting ourselves & loved ones at risk."

He argued, "Vaccinate all essential workers. Then obese."

McCoy took heat from fellow Twitter users over his post and deleted the message. Within hours, he tweeted, "Earlier today I Tweeted something insensitive and offensive. I truly regret my words and want to apologize. I have deleted my tweet and ask that you accept my sincere apology."

Earlier today I Tweeted something insensitive and offensive.  I truly regret my words and want to apologize.I have…
— Blake McCoy (@Blake McCoy)1614118147.0

But McCoy continued to be lambasted by users who claimed his apology wasn't sincere, pointing to an earlier response he sent that explained his original tweet and appeared to defend his position.

He wrote, "I deleted because, frankly, who has the time to argue with strangers on the internet. But many people I know have quietly cut the line through various ways in various states. Rules seen as inequitable or unjust erode confidence in system & drive urge to cheat it."

What was the LGBTQ response?

LGBTQ Nation called McCoy's apology "tepid" and lambasted the anchor (who happens to be gay), accusing him of hypocrisy because McCoy "broadcast from his home at the beginning of the pandemic."

The outlet further reported, "McCoy has been traveling around the country for trips, but he's upset people with a health condition can get a vaccine before he can. He's an 'essential worker.'"

The Washington Blade, which hails itself as "America's LGBT News Source," noted Wednesday that McCoy is gay and reported he has now been suspended, after people called his employer to complain over his tweet.

According to the outlet, a spokesperson for WTTG confirmed "the suspension was related to McCoy's Twitter post about obese people and the COVID vaccine."

The Washington Blade wrote that McCoy could not be immediately reached for comment. He has served as a weekday co-anchor for the station.

Kyle Rittenhouse released from Kenosha jail on $2 million bail

Kyle Rittenhouse was released on bond to await trial for fatally shooting two men and wounding a third during the Jacob Blake riots in Kenosha, Wisc.

19-year-old faces felony charges for supplying Kyle Rittenhouse with rifle used in Kenosha shootings

Prosecutors have charged the suspect who allegedly gave 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse the rifle he used to fatally shoot two men and injure a third during the Jacob Blake riots in Kenosha.

Kyle Rittenhouse’s bail set at $2 million in Kenosha for murder charges

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Kyle Rittenhouse's attorney tells judge he faces political prosecution after being defamed by Joe Biden

Rittenhouse's lawyer argued that the Illinois teen shouldn’t be sent back to Wisconsin to face homicide charges, because "this is not a legitimate criminal prosecution; it is a political prosecution."

Joe Biden defames Kyle Rittenhouse in new ad about 'white supremacy'

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden smeared 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse in a new campaign advertisement against white supremacy and right-wing militia.

Lawyer says officer who shot Jacob Blake was trying to protect a child

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