Neil Gorsuch, nominated by President Trump to the Supreme Court, bears a name many Republicans would just as soon forget: that of his late mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford, a controversial administrator of the Environmental Protection Administration under President Ronald Reagan, and the first Cabinet-level official to be cited for contempt of Congress.
Anne Gorsuch, who died in 2004, was a little-known Colorado state legislator when she was tapped by Reagan in 1981 to head the EPA. Together with her fellow Westerner, James Watt — Reagan’s pick for secretary of the interior — she personified the “Sagebrush Rebellion” of the 1970s and 1980s, an attempt by ranchers, farmers, miners and oil interests to overturn federal land-use and environmental regulations.
She did her part, cutting her agency’s budget by 22 percent, curtailing research and enforcement activities and scaling back regulations on air and water pollution. (Carbon dioxide and climate change, the most contentious issues facing the EPA today, weren’t yet on anyone’s agenda.) She even attempted to relax limits, imposed in the 1970s, on lead additives to gasoline, regulations that are credited now with preventing the poisoning of large numbers of children. A New York Times editorial in 1983 said she had taken one of the most effective government agencies and left it “reeking of cynicism, mismanagement and decay.”
Source : USA Today
Setting up a high-stakes legal and political battle, President Trump said Monday he will announce his Supreme Court choice in a prime-time address Tuesday night, two days earlier than initially scheduled.
Trump did not disclose the identity of his nominee, but told reporters that his pick is “unbelievably highly respected” and people will be “very impressed” by the selection.
The scheduling announcement came via Trump’s Twitter feed: :I have made my decision on who I will nominate for The United States Supreme Court. It will be announced live on Tuesday at 8:00 P.M. (W.H.).”
Source : USA Today
Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, has again been appointed to chair the Arizona Senate’s education committee, and is optimistic about the future of education in Arizona. The senator, entering her fourth term, said that education and teacher wages are a priority, but that she doesn’t want to increase taxes “because of where we are with the economy.”
Source : WMI
President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Thursday launching an investigation into unfounded claims of massive voter fraud that Trump says have produced up to 5 million illegal votes in last year’s election.
“It will be a follow up on the announcement yesterday of his commitment to better understand voter fraud, faulty registration, et cetera,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said. “That’s our intent right now.”
The order will be the latest move in a saga that began Monday night, when Trump told members of Congress that 3 million to 5 million illegal voters cost him the popular vote against Clinton. He repeated the unsupported assertion in an interview with ABC News on Wednesday — complaining that his remarks were intended to be confidential, and claiming he would have won the popular vote if not for fraud.
“There are millions of votes, in my opinion,” he said. “And I will say this, of those votes cast, none of ’em come to me. None of ’em come to me. They would all be for the other side.”
Congressional leaders and election officials from both parties have said there’s no evidence to back Trump’s claims.
Source : Yahoo