The Daily Populous

Saturday April 8th, 2023 night edition

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He issued an executive order on Tuesday indicating that, unlike in some Republican-controlled states, New Jersey is open and welcoming to everybody regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

In addition, he says New Jersey is a “safe haven” for those seeking gender-affirming care.

Gov. Phil Murphy directed all state departments and agencies to implement protective measures to protect gender-affirming healthcare providers and recipients with his executive order 326.

The Williams Institute at UCLA reports that more than 30,000 nonbinary and transgender people live in New Jersey.

According to the order, individuals who provide, receive, or otherwise facilitate gender-affirming healthcare services legal in New Jersey cannot be extradited to another state.

Moreover, the order prohibits New Jersey officials from cooperating with other states’ investigations into whether someone sought medical care in New Jersey and prevents extradition.

Currently, four states ban transgender youth health care, and 110 state laws restrict or attack the rights of transgender youth, according to the ACLU. »

Clarence Thomas slammed from across political spectrum, as former House GOP member says he 'should not be allowed anywhere near a judicial decision'

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A former House Republican said Thomas "should not be allowed anywhere near a judicial decision.".

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Thursday faced criticism from both sides of the political aisle for reportedly taking lavish vacations paid for by a GOP megadonor — with one former House Republican saying Thomas "should not be allowed anywhere near a judicial decision.".

"Clarence Thomas should not be allowed anywhere near a judicial decision," said Riggleman, who was a staffer on the now-defunct House select committee investigating January 6. »

Filipinos nailed to crosses despite church objection

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SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — Eight Filipinos were nailed to crosses to reenact Jesus Christ’s suffering in a gory Good Friday tradition that draws thousands of devotees and tourists to the Philippines despite being rejected by the Catholic church.

About a dozen villagers registered but only eight men participated, including 62-year-old sign painter Ruben Enaje, who was nailed to a wooden cross for the 34th time in San Pedro Cutud.

In the past, Gareth said tourists were “genuinely inspired and I think they left with a newfound respect for people’s beliefs.”. »

North Dakota senators vote to boost their own meal reimbursements after rejecting free school lunch bill

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The Senate voted 26-21 on Thursday, April 6, to pass Senate Bill 2124, which would raise the meal reimbursements received by state employees during travel within North Dakota.

Thirteen Republican senators, including Majority Leader David Hogue and Assistant Majority Leader Jerry Klein, voted to increase meal reimbursements after voting against the free school lunch bill.

He said North Dakota lawmakers often are asked to devote state funds to expand federal programs, like the National School Lunch Program or Medicaid. »

California seeks federal help for salmon fishers facing ban

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A federal regulatory group has voted to officially close king salmon fishing season along much of the West Coast after near-record low numbers of the fish, also known as Chinook, returned to California's rivers in 2022.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California officials want federal disaster aid for the state’s salmon fishing industry, they said Friday following the closure of recreational and commercial king salmon fishing seasons along much of the West Coast due to near-record low numbers of the iconic fish returning to their spawning grounds.

Dealing a blow to the salmon fishing industry, the Pacific Fishery Management Council unanimously approved the closure Thursday for fall-run chinook fishing from Cape Falcon in northern Oregon to the California-Mexico border. »