Political Charge Weekly Recap 4/1

Indictment Week!

In a first for our country, an ex-president was indicted for a crime. What we know right now is that the grand jury voted to indict Trump after being presented with sufficient evidence. And that there are 30+ charges in the sealed indictment. We may learn more when Trump is arraigned in court next Tuesday. You can find my thoughts on the indictment over on TikTok or Instagram.

Good News

A New York grand jury voted to indict Trump — he faces more than 30 counts related to business fraud in the investigation regarding hush money payments to a porn star

Ron DeSantis wanted to punish Disney for opposing his “Don’t Say Gay” bill so he got the legislature to pass a bill to dissolve the independent board that oversees and controls the land in and around Disney World… but Disney outsmarted him and legally pushed through restrictive covenants that strip DeSantis’ new handpicked board of cronies of any power other than maintaining the roads

Finland, which has a 800+ mile border with Russia, won final approval to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and will officially join within days

A judge denied granting summary judgment to Fox News in its attempt to get Dominion Voting System’s $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit thrown out, meaning the case will go to trial in mid-April

A new Harvard Institute of Politics poll found that 63% of young Americans support stricter gun laws

A federal jury found Anton Lazzaro, a one-time Minnesota Republican political operative and top donor, guilty on all counts of sex trafficking five girls, ages 15 and 16

The FDA said that Narcan, a prescription nasal spray that reverses opioid overdoses, can now be sold over the counter

Attempts to stop out-of-state students from voting in their campus towns and to roll back preregistration for teenagers have failed in New Hampshire and Virginia

Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) plans to return to the Senate the week of April 17

The Senate voted 66-30 to revoke the law that authorized military operations for the Iraq war

Election Reminder

The two HUGE elections on this upcoming Tuesday, April 4 are the Wisconsin Supreme Court race and the Chicago mayoral runoffs. But the following states also have a multitude of local elections, so be sure to check HERE to see if you have an election to vote in this week: Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

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  1. Good collection. I have to say the Disney situation gives me the giggles. The land Disney controlled they also paid to maintain… roads and so on. A couple years ago I saw that DeS was trying to attack that, and I couldn’t figure out what that would do other than stick Florida with really significant maintenance costs. That and the in perpetuity clause was a really brilliant piece of attorney work that saves Disney money, sticks DeSantis with the costs, and hamstrings his “board”. Carl Hiassen, I wish you were still writing novels!

  2. Good news! At least we are getting some movement on holding Trump accountable! And, Disney out-smarting DeSantis? More please 🙏

    • Oh, the Disney story is such a good one. You should seek out a story or two on that. But essentially, neither DeSantis nor his cronies paid attention when the Reedy Creek board announced and held a public meeting, in accordance to Florida law, where they put these restrictive covenants in place. They essentially require the new board to get Disney’s permission on everything. Furthermore, the new covenants are in effect until “the last of King Charles’ current descendants have passed.” Recall that Harry’s youngest daughter is only 21 months old. 😆

      • It’s even more glorious than that: the wording says the declaration is valid until “21 years after the death of the last survivor of the descendants of King Charles III, king of England”. So not just current descendants, but also future ones, and then there are an additional 21 years after the last one has died…

      • A lawyer told me that the crucial words after the bit you included in your comment states “as of the execution of this document.” Which they said means it has to be 21 years after the death of the last descendent alive as of that particular contract. In contracts, there has to be a definable end point, otherwise it could be seen as “in perpetuity” which isn’t allowed.

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