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  • Babin requests voter fraud investigation

    Babin for WebU.S. Representative Brian Babin (R-Woodville) Courtesy of https://babin.house.gov/

    By Chris Edwards

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Brian Babin (R-Woodville) announced on Monday, Dec. 21 that he will object to the Jan. 6, 2021 vote in the House of Representatives on certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

    Babin, along with 18 congressional colleagues spearheaded by GOP Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, sent a letter to request a hearing with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) and several other congressional committee chairs from both chambers. The aim of Babin and the others who signed on to the letter is to urge the congressional leadership to investigate and conduct hearings regarding voter fraud and election theft. “Confidence in our election process must be restored,” Babin said.

    According to a news release that accompanied the letter, if Congress refuses to act before the Jan. 6 date, Babin said he will object to the Electoral College vote as submitted on the House floor “on behalf of the millions of Americans, myself included, who do not trust the validity of this election.” The date of Jan. 6, 2021 is when Congress will count all of the Electoral College votes in a joint session.


    The Presidential race between President Donald Trump and Biden was met with controversy and allegations of voter fraud even before the election was called in Biden’s favor by the Associated Press and most major media outlets on Nov. 6.

    Trump had warned of the potential for fraud prior to the election with the use of mail-in, or absentee, ballots, and has alleged fraud in several states in which Biden carried the majority of electoral votes.

    In total, this year’s general election was a historic one for the Presidential race with a record turn-out, and record-breaking popular vote totals for both candidates. Biden won about 81.2 million votes, according to the AP, while Trump won about 74.2 million. Those tallies place both men at first and second place, respectively, in American history for vote earners in the Presidential race.

    The Electoral College certified the election win for Biden on Dec. 12 with the projected number of winning votes (306) to Trump’s 232.

    State Rep. James White (R-Hillister) voiced support for Babin’s move on social media. “Congressional objections to electors is constitutional and statutorily consistent. I fully support Congressman Babin in this constitutional function,” White said.

    In an interview on Newsmax show Greg Kelly Reports, conducted last week, Babin spoke to the issue. He referred the voter fraud as “an enormous risk to our democratic, constitutionally based republic.”

    “We haven’t had our day in court…we’re going to get our day in Congress on January 6,” Babin said.

    Babin also said in the interview that he had spent time on Monday with the President, some of the other legislators who signed onto the letter, Vice President Mike Pence and the President’s lawyer Rudy Giuiani.

    The President has continued to allege that widespread voter fraud was responsible for Biden’s win, and has made many claims on Twitter articulating such. On Christmas Eve, Trump tweeted that voter fraud is not “a conspiracy theory, it is a fact.”

    Many allegations of voter fraud have concerned the use of Dominion Voting Systems hardware and software, while some have claimed that deceased voters were not removed from the rolls. Earlier in the month, Babin penned the “You Must be Alive to Vote” act.

    Election officials uncovered one such case of a dead person voting in Pennsylvania. A man named Bruce Bartman is accused of unlawful voting and perjury over allegations that he pretended to be his dead mother in order to cast a ballot for Trump in November’s election.

     

  • Brookshire Brothers pharmacies offer COVID-19 vaccine

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    Special to the News-Standard

    LUFKIN — As distribution of the highly anticipated COVID-19 vaccine begins at a rapid pace, Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy is proud to be one of the first retailers in the nation to offer the vaccine, as it becomes available.

    To maximize access to COVID-19 vaccines for all Americans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced a governmental partnership with large chain pharmacies and networks that represent independent pharmacies and regional chains — including those in retail and grocery chains — to further increase access to the vaccine across the country — particularly in traditionally underserved areas.

    Brookshire Brothers is honored to partner with HHS and the states of Texas and Louisiana in offering COVID-19 vaccine.

    The vaccine will be available in a phased approach, with the first doses being offered to healthcare workers and residents of long-term health care facilities, followed by essential workers and other high-risk individuals. It is expected to be available to the general public by spring or early summer of 2021 and will be administered at no cost to patients.

    At the Tuesday, Dec. 22, Trinity County Commissioners’ Court meeting, Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Steptoe said that the Brookshire’s in Trinity has secured 40 vaccinations, and the Brookshire’s in Groveton has secured 10.

    “Ensuring access and affordability of the COVID-19 vaccine for all Americans is a top priority for the Trump Administration,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “We are leveraging the existing private sector infrastructure to get safe and effective vaccines supported by Operation Warp Speed into communities and into arms as quickly as possible with no out-of-pocket costs. The vast majority of Americans live within five miles of a pharmacy, and our new agreement with pharmacy partners across America is a critical step toward making sure all Americans have access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines when they are available.”

    Many pharmacists, such as the ones who work at Brookshire Brothers, are trained to provide immunizations and are already important immunizers in their communities. Pharmacists have been heralded for playing a vital role in the public health response to COVID-19 by counseling patients and expanding access to childhood vaccinations during the pandemic. By working with these partners, the federal government will rapidly expand access to COVID-19 vaccines.

    “This is consistent with our commitment to being a trusted resource for our communities. Pharmacists and their staff are some of the most accessible healthcare professionals in the nation, and we stand ready to help increase access and convenience for people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, once it is approved and available to us,” said Laura Edmundson, Director of Clinical Pharmacy Programs at Brookshire Brothers.

    For more information, visit BrookshireBrothers.com/pharmacy.

  • Joe Biden and the Presidency

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