January 3, 2018


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Today's Commentary:  Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch announces retirement -- New laws ushered in -- Cali spotlight -- Oregon court rules -- The hunt for women accusing Trump was well-funded  -- North Korean Olympic team? -- Additional Mike Huckabee commentaries


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It’s official: Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, has announced his intention to retire at the end of his current term. After winning seven electoral contests for the Senate since his first in 1976, he says won’t be standing for re-election this year.

Over four decades, he has authored more bills that have become law than any legislator alive today. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, he played a huge role in recent months in the passing of Trump’s tax legislation. So he’ll be going out on a high note, but as he said In a statement that gave loving credit to his wife Elaine, “Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves.”

As the country seemed to be getting more and more divided, he maintained a reputation as someone who could lead in a bi-partisan way to get things done. On the very day when Sen. Al Franken is officially resigning his seat because of allegations of sexual misconduct, it’s refreshing to witness the classy exit of someone who has given many years of public service.


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New laws ushered in

By Mike Huckabee

As is always the case with new years, January 1st ushered in a lot of new laws across the US. Some of the more unusual ones: Barbers will now be allowed to make house calls in Tennessee. Employers in Vermont can’t ask or require workers to share their social media profiles (although if you want to keep stuff a secret, it probably isn’t a good idea to post it on Facebook in the first place.) Several of the weirdest new laws are, not surprisingly, in Illinois, where corn is now the official state grain, dogs will be treated more like children in divorce cases (with spouses being allowed joint custody), and August 4th is now officially a state holiday called Barack Obama Day, but you won’t get off from work or school for it (however, if you leak classified information on that day, you will get off.)

Strangely enough, one of the most contentious new laws is in Oregon, where some residents are up in arms that gas stations will now be allowed to offer self-service gas pumps.


Cali spotlight

By Mike Huckabee

Of course, no discussion of crazy new laws would be complete without California. New laws will make it harder for local law enforcement to cooperate with federal authorities in dealing with illegal immigrants. And with the legalization of recreational marijuana, Californians will no longer have to pretend to have diseases that can only be cured by puffing pot (like blurry vision or annoying clear-headedness), they can just go ahead and smoke all the weed they want. Although a look at the politicians they’ve been electing in recent years suggests that the new law is only a formality.


Oregon court rules

By Mike Huckabee

The Oregon Court of Appeals last week ruled against a Christian couple who lost their bakery due to heavy fines for declining a job making a same-sex wedding cake. Their attorneys are deciding whether to appeal. Let us hope that the Supreme Court will look at the damage they’ve unleashed on First Amendment religious liberty protections in ruling on a similar case and make an appeal of this one moot. In the meantime, let’s all reflect back on just a few years ago, when proponents of legalizing same-sex marriage laughed off objections by religious Americans because, after all, how could it ever possibly harm them?...


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The hunt for women accusing Trump was well-funded

By Mike Huckabee

More political news you’re not likely to hear much about (thanks, Al Gore, for giving us the term “inconvenient truth”): Look who funneled about $700,000 to feminist attorney Lisa Bloom during the election to help her “find” women to accuse Donald Trump of sexual harassment.



North Korean Olympic team?

By Mike Huckabee

South Korea’s President is hoping to reduce the belligerence from North Korea by calling on Kim Jong-Un to send a team to the Olympics in South Korea, and Kim said he’s willing to send a delegation to discuss it. Details at the link. One problem: everyone in North Korea who can run really fast has already either escaped or been shot trying.


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  • Anita

    01/03/2018 06:33 PM

    Please leave links to social media on ur newsletters. Ppl need to know & hear the truth which is being decimated - forget about what they are doing to the truth of God's Word. Thank you as always. Blessings, Happy New Year.