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► Police continue to investigate a deadly shooting in a wealthy suburb of Chicago on the Fourth of July. As The Associated Press reports:
The gunman who targeted an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago fired more than 70 rounds and evaded initial capture by blending into the fleeing crowd, police said Tuesday.
The assailant’s shots were initially mistaken for fireworks before hundreds of panicked revelers fled in terror in Highland Park, a close-knit community on the shores of Lake Michigan that has long drawn the rich and sometimes famous…
..Authorities detained a suspect Monday evening in a traffic stop that led to a brief chase. Police initially described the man as a person of interest, but a spokesman for the Lake County Major Crime Task Force said Tuesday that he is now considered a suspect.
Charges were expected to be announced soon, according to a spokeswoman for the Lake County state’s attorney, Sara Avalos. Authorities offered no motive for the attack.
The shooting in Highland Park marked the 311th mass shooting in the United States in 2022.
This deserves to be repeated: The Highland Park mass shooting was the 311th mass shooting in this country JUST THIS YEAR. To put that in perspective, today is the 186th day of 2022. As NBC News reports, the Highland Park shooting was one of just several mass shootings to have taken place over the Fourth of July weekend.
Alan Gionet of CBS Colorado looks at how mass shootings are changing the way we live our lives in Colorado:
“I do sometimes think you know, I’m not sure if I want to go to that public event,” said Beverly Kingston, a PhD in sociology and director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at CU Boulder.
Kingston studies violence and ways to prevent them and absorbs the stress of that. But that stress is reaching many of us.
“I think we’re all trying to deal and process with the level of violence that we’re experiencing in the nation,” Kingston added…
…Raymond James noted how he didn’t want to take his family into the area around Civic Center Park and felt more comfortable around the lake, where he might be able to see someone like a shooter coming from a greater distance.
► The Colorado Sun looks at (almost) final turnout numbers from the June 28th Primary Election:
More than 231,000 unaffiliated voters cast Republican primary ballots this year, about 100,000 more than chose to vote in the GOP primary in 2020 and 130,000 more than voted in the 2018 GOP primary.
Democratic political consultant Ian Silverii doesn’t think this portends much for November, mostly because Democrats didn’t have many contested races in the Primary Election:
“There’s no evidence at all that primary votes with an uncontested Democratic ballot and an almost completely contested Republican ballot will have any bearing on the general election whatsoever,” he said.
The number of unaffiliated ballots cast for Republicans is expected to rise as more ballots are processed in the coming days. There were about 40,000 unaffiliated ballots across the state that still had to be tabulated as of Friday morning, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.
Meanwhile, it looks like 2022 may be the year with the lowest number of Democratic primary ballots cast by unaffiliated voters.
► As The Washington Post reports, Republicans around the country are defying President Biden and using COVID relief money for tax cuts:
As gas prices climbed toward record highs this May, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) secured a pause on the state’s fuel taxes — a $200 million plan he helped pay for with a pot of federal funds awarded earlier in the pandemic.
The policy was intended to save money for local drivers and state coffers alike. But it also appeared to mark a potential violation of federal law — and the latest skirmish in an escalating clash between GOP officials and the White House over how states can use generous federal stimulus dollars.
More than a year after Congress approved a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, Republicans in nearly two dozen states have ratcheted up efforts to tap some of those funds for an unrelated purpose: paying for tax cuts. The moves have threatened to siphon off aid that might otherwise help states fight the pandemic, shore up their local economies or prepare for a potential recession.
► As The New York Times reports, there are new concerns that recent Supreme Court rulings on abortion could drastically restrict the availability of in-vitro fertilization for couples having trouble conceiving a child.
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