The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

The Top 10 Links of the Day, Conservative Snapshot and Morning Local News Briefing

“Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.” -Plato

Here are today’s Top 10 articles you need to read, Conservative Daily Snapshot and your morning news briefs from ‘The Rock of Talk‘

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  1. Governor’s office says while some stores ‘can be open, that doesn't mean they should be’

  2. Socorro mayor barricades COVID-19 hotel

  3. Northern New Mexico ski resorts forced to delay openings

  4. Michigan’s largest county fails to certify election results over absentee ballot concerns

  5. Americans are Finally Growing Weary of Lockdowns

  6. Another Wave of Business Closures Devastates the Suffering Restaurant Industry

  7. EIA expects U.S. crude oil production to remain relatively flat through 2021

  8. Drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan Are More Responsible Than Staying Forever

  9. Obama’s Second Memoir Doubles Down On His Divisive, Arrogant Smear That Disagreeing With Him Is Racist

  10. Megyn Kelly Vs. Yankee Radio Rwanda

Conservative Daily Snapshot

  • The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that an intermediate appellate court erred in requiring observers to be given visual access to ballot processing. The five Democrat judges stated that the observers need only be in the same room, not that they had to be able to look at the ballots. Another PA case is ongoing.

  • During the Senate hearings for Big Tech bosses Dorsey and Zuckerberg, Mazie Hirono (D-HI) tacitly suggested that President Trump should be banned from the platform. The hearing was apparently to question whether these companies were engaged in censorship. Maybe she misunderstood the memo?

  • Wayne County, Michigan, has voted to certify the election. This move comes after the two Republicans had initially said they would not.

  • MSNBC warns that Trump may start a media empire and that this could be more “dangerous than his presidency.” Are they perhaps suggesting – four years too late – that a bias media can do damage to the Republic?

  • Social media companies appear determined to play wingman to the press in coverage of stories related to election fraud. Despite well-documented evidence and convictions of fraud over the years, they are flagging any suggestion that the same might have occurred in 2020.

  • Gavin Newsom is in hot water again as photos reveal he went against his own COVID rules by attending a birthday party with a dozen others at a San Francisco restaurant. He apologized and said that he needs to “preach and practice, not just preach.” This incident comes as families are being told to limit their own Thanksgiving celebrations. Rules for me, but not for thee.

MORNING NEWS BRIEFS FOR NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. - A new leader has emerged atop the Republican minority contingent in the New Mexico state Senate. Sen. Gregory Baca of Belen was chosen as Republican minority leader during a caucus meeting on Tuesday. The leadership slot previously was held by Sen. Stuart Ingle of Portales. Democrats successfully defended Senate and House majorities in the general election. Political jockeying is underway for the Senate president leadership position that wields influence over committee assignments. Baca is an attorney and war veteran who represents a district spanning most of Valencia County, the Native American community of Isleta Pueblo and portions of Bernalillo County.

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico would add 28 electric vehicles to its fleet for state agencies under a budget request to legislators from the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Adding the electric vehicles would cost about $1 million under a request from the General Services Department. Agency Secretary Ken Ortiz on Tuesday urged a panel of legislators to include the spending in draft legislation. He says the transportation sector is the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after electricity. General Services is nearing completion of 30 charging stations at state campuses in Santa Fe as it modernizes the state motor pool and reduces carbon emissions.

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico has hit a new high in virus deaths and infections. State officials reported 28 coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday and over 2,000 new confirmed cases. Meanwhile, education officials are working to locate 12,000 students who have disappeared from public school rolls and haven't said why they left. Schools in New Mexico are funded based on the number of students they have on the 40th day of the school year, so the emerging exodus could result in a drop in school funding. The Public Education Department is trying to track down those 12,000 students and enr oll them if possible.

SANTA FE, N.M. - State legislators are keeping a wary eye on trends in oil prices and production as the number of active drilling rigs and new wells has plummeted from pre-pandemic levels, threatening a crucial source of state income amid the coronavirus pandemic. A report from the budget and accountability office of the Legislature found that drilling for new petroleum wells in New Mexico's share of the Permian Basin declined precipitously. Spending cuts are proposed next year at a variety of state agencies to help conserve financial resources. New Mexico's governor says she wants to call a special legislative session to provide new economic relief to the unemployed and hard-hit businesses.