Country Music Star Roy Clark Dead At Age 85

Country star Roy Clark, the legendary singer and guitar player who headlined “Hee Haw” for nearly a quarter century has died. He was 85.

A representative for the singer said Clark died on Thursday at his Tulsa, Oklahoma home due to complications from pneumonia.

Fox News Supporting CNN’s Jim Acosta

UPDATE–No ruling today but another hearing to be scheduled for Friday at 10:00 A.M.

Fox News is supporting CNN in its legal fight against the Trump administration for White House access. Fox News president Jay Wallace released a strong statement and also filed an amicus brief.

“Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized. While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the president and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people,” Wallace said in the statement.

According to the CNN public relations Twitter account, Fox News is now far from the only outlet to stand up for CNN. ABC and CBS News expressed their support for CNN and Jim Acosta, filing friend-of-the-court briefings of their own.

A number of free press organizations have also condemned the White House’s move to ban Acosta from having White House access.

The administration on Wednesday asserted “broad discretion” to regulate journalists’ access to the White House, a sweeping claim that could have a dramatic impact on news organizations’ ability to cover government officials if it is upheld in court. Judge Timothy Kelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia heard arguments Wednesday in the lawsuit.

The judge in the CNN lawsuit against the Trump administration to reinstate White House reporter Acosta is supposed to issue a decision by 3 P.M.

Yes, It Was A Very Good Mid-Term Election For Democrats

I follow state governments both in terms of policy ideas—-and there are some good ones–and the politics, too. That is why this election was so exciting to me.

Democrats made significant advances on the state level. They took control of seven legislative chambers: the state Senates in Colorado, Maine, and New York; the House in Minnesota; and both chambers in New Hampshire. The state Senate in Connecticut used to be evenly split; it’s now in the hands of Democrats. The GOP lost its supermajorities in the Michigan and Pennsylvania Senates and in both chambers in North Carolina.

Democrats also flipped seven governorships, and now control all three statehouse branches in 13 states as well as the mayor’s office and council in Washington, D.C., compared to seven before the election.

So when you hear Republicans try to counter with their rhetoric, which is mixed with crying jags and gin, you can counter with the facts.

Election Turnout History

The last time midterm election turnout was this high, US senators had just become directly elected & women did not have a universal right to vote.