5 Things for Tuesday
Quite the shakeup happened last night concerning health care (if it wasn’t rocky already). Two more Republican senators, Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah, said they would not vote for the Senate’s new health care bill. That brought the for sure “no” votes to 4, obviously more than 2, the only amount that could be allowed for the bill to pass.
This left Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scrambling- the vote already being postponed due to Sen. John McCain’s surgery. Ultimately, McConnell decided to take a break on the whole measure. The Senate will now vote on a clean repeal of Obamacare- that wouldn’t take effect for 2 years. Not exactly the quick repeal President Trump asked for, but we’ll have to wait and see how the new vote goes.
Minneapolis residents have been rocked by a recent fatal shooting, especially since there are still more questions than answers. On Saturday, Justine Ruszczyk (an Australian bride-to-be who was also a dual U.S. citizen) called the police to report a possible sexual assault near her home. The police showed up, and Ruszczyk was shot dead by one of the officers. There is no clear picture of what happened, especially because for some reason, the officers’ body cameras were turned off. Her family is begging for answers.
Later today, a bond hearing will be held for Douglas Wayne Ponthieux, Sr., who is facing second degree murder charges after the death of 56-year-old Connie Ducote Patterson in Pineville. It was in March that officers responded to a 911 call about a medical emergency, and found that a crime of domestic violence had occurred, leaving Patterson unconscious. She later died, and Ponthieux, Sr. was arrested.
His current bond is set at $510,000 for second degree murder and second degree battery. He is asking a judge to consider reducing his bond because "the potential charges stemming from this arrest are non-capital in nature." We’ll have to see what happens at the hearing later today.
Yesterday President Trump wielded a baseball bat made in Baton Rouge as a part of his “Made in America” week. The Marucci Sports bat represented Louisiana, as the President toured around and saw products supplied by manufacturers from all 50 states. This week-long activity encouraging U.S. production continues today with the announcement that our country will be increasing the number of seasonal worker visas, upping the foreign workforce by 15,000.
The Texas legislative session begins today, and with that comes another controversial bathroom bill. This bill would restrict access to bathrooms for transgendered people in the state, and failed to pass just a couple of months ago- but it’s coming back up again. There are fierce opponents who claim this bill is discrimination, and are currently making sure their voices are heard in Austin.