List of George Soros Owned District Attorneys

Chances are, if you live in any large city in America, George Soros owns your District Attorney. This is why DAs obediently satisfy their Sugar Daddy Soros’ plan to keep liberal demonstrators, drug gang members, Jussie Smollett type celebrities, and local corrupt politicians out of jail.

A growing trail of violent crime is sweeping across America with an ample percentage coming from illegal aliens and invaders. However, countless murders, robberies, assaults and property destruction are the result of “woke” district attorneys who run their offices with little to no accountability, limited prosecutorial experience, a propensity for crime, and a trend of unfairly prosecuting political adversaries.

At the state level, far-left radical beneficiaries of the George Soros “Secretary of State Project,” the American non-profit, progressive 527 political action committee, focused on electing “reform-minded progressive” Secretaries of State in battleground states. These offices typically oversee the election process in their state–thus, the 2020 election fiasco. The Project is funded by Soros and members of the Democracy Alliance. 

The original intent in 2006 was to protect Obama by having control of secretary of state offices in five key states — Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio. The initiative expanded and is a major reason President Trump is not in the White House today.

Among some of the Secretary of State offices who benefited by this Soros group are Michigan’s Jocelyn BensonColorado’s Jenna Griswold, Arizona’s Katie Hobbs, and Pennsylvania’s Katherine Bookvar.

On the local level, violent crimes and election fraud against Americans continue to surge due to district attorneys and state attorneys funded by Soros and his affiliated foundations. Cities that have been specifically targeted by this progressive approach include Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Phoenix, St. Louis, New York, Baltimore, Albuquerque, Orlando, and more.

Some of the counties include Contra Coasta, California; Orange and Osceola, Florida; Ulster, New York; Bexar, Dallas, Fort Bend and Harris, Texas; Loudain and Northfolk, Virginia.

Since 2016, when Soros first began to back the campaigns of district attorneys there has been some $30 million in funding tracked from Soros through a personal network of political action committees (PACs) formed specifically to back radical, left-wing DA candidates.

George Soros District Attorneys, Commonwealth Attorneys and Circuit Attorneys

Here is list by state and jurisdiction of every DA identified by the Capital Research Center (CRC) as receiving Soros funding, and some notable details about each. Some of the commentary comes from CRC observations.

California

Diana Becton—Contra Costa County, California. Backed by $275,000 from Soros in 2018, Becton became the first woman and first African American elected to serve as DA for Contra Costa County. She is also one of the first in the position to have zero prior experience as a prosecutor. During Becton’s first years in office four Contra Costa cities made the list of the top 100 most dangerous cities in California in 2018, and both violent crime and property crime increased by several percent during 2019.

George Gascon—Los Angeles County, California. Soros has spent a combined $6 million on California DA races, much of it wasted on failed candidates, but almost half was spent on the successful campaign of George Gascon for Los Angles DA. Soros was the largest spender in the race, and Gascon won easily.

Since the election, his implementation of left-wing policies led to a crime wave that has become the stuff of legend. Homicide rates soaredorganized shoplifting sprees ravaged the city, trains were stopped and ransacked by mobs of looters. Under Gascon’s watch the city of Los Angles has rapidly become a national disgrace.

Florida

Monique Worrell—Ninth Judicial Circuit (Orange and Osceola County), Florida. Monique Worrell is the second Soros candidate to become state attorney for Orange and Osceola County. Her predecessor, Aramis Ayala, was a “long-shot candidate” elected in 2016 with the help of more than $1.3 million in spending by the Florida Safety and Justice PAC. Ayala immediately earned a reputation for her activist approach, which led to her removal from multiple high-profile murder cases by two different Republican governors. During Ayala’s tenure, violent crime increased dramatically, with murders increasing by 26 percent during 2020.

After Ayala left office to run for Congress, Worrell filled her shoes, with $1 million from Soros’s Democracy PAC surging into the race at the last minute to help her claim victory against her moderate opponent in 2020.

Georgia

Darius Pattillo—Henry County, Georgia. Receiving just under $150,000 from Soros through the Georgia Safety and Justice PAC, Patello was elected in 2016 and has remained the most unremarkable Soros-backed DA elected to date. In fact, Soros’s funding of Patello nearly went unreported, possibly because Patello does not seem to share the radical views of his fellow Soros DAs.

Illinois

Kim Foxx—Cook County (Chicago), Illinois. Probably the most famous Soros-backed DA, Foxx was boosted into office with the help of $2 million in Soros cash. Foxx has most recently been in the news for potential ethics violations in her 2019 decision to drop charges against Jussie Smollet for his infamous hate crime hoax. (Smollett was recently convicted on the same charges.) Foxx has also made headlines for presiding over Chicago’s largest spike in homicides in more than 30 years while her office dropped charges against 30 percent of felony defendants during 2020.

Louisiana

James Stewart—Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Probably the least well-known and least radical Soros-funded DA, James Stewart was elected as the DA of Caddo Parish, Louisiana, in 2015 with the help of more than $930,000 in funding from Soros. Stewart has enacted few radical reforms since his election, potentially a disappointing result for Soros. His opponents at the time worried that his progressive views on criminal justice would be “detrimental to the safety of Caddo Parish.”

Mississippi

Scott Colom—Circuit Court District Sixteen, Mississippi. Another of the lesser-known Soros-funded Das, Colom quietly received over $926,000 in funding from Soros to help unseat a long-time incumbent in 2015. Colom oversees  District 16 in Mississippi, which includes Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay, and Noxubee Counties. Colom was recently recommended by Rep. Bernie Thompson (D-MS) for a position as a judge for the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Mississippi. Meanwhile, violent crime, specifically gun violence, remains a serious and growing problem for cities and counties in the 16th Circuit, a problem that Colom has been accused of doing little to combat.

Jody Owens—Hinds County, Mississippi. Aided by a $500,000 contribution from Soros’s Mississippi Justice and Public Safety PAC, Owens was elected in 2019 after running on a platform that promised reform and “alternatives to incarceration.” Owens brought controversy with him to the DA’s office. In 2019, Owens was accused of sexually harassing his female colleagues while working at the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization with a well-documented proclivity for enabling and ignoring sexual harassment in the workplace.

Owens has also recently brought highly questionable murder charges against two police officers. The charges were dismissed with prejudice for lack of evidence that officers “caused any injury” to the alleged victim. Under Owens, Jackson has become one of the deadliest cities in the nation, and in 2021 the city saw over 150 homicides (98 murders per 100,000 residents), an all-time high.

Missouri

Kim Gardner—St. Louis, Missouri. One of the most famous and polarizing Soros-backed DAs, Kim Gardner has served as the circuit attorney of crime-ridden St. Louis since 2017 and has repeatedly used her office to prosecute conservatives while allowing criminals to walk free.

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In 2018, Gardner launched a bogus criminal investigation against Missouri’s Republican governor, which led to a special investigation into her office that found probable cause that Gardner engaged in professional misconduct by hiring a private investigator who has since been charged with perjury and evidence tampering. Gardner was also the lead attorney in the absurd prosecution of Mark McCloskey, but was removed from the case by a judge who wrote “the Circuit Attorney’s conduct raises the appearance that she initiated a criminal prosecution for political purposes.”

Gardner was caught lying about police officers who pulled her over for driving without headlights at night, has admitted to campaign finance violations, and has badly mishandled murder cases. The year after Gardner’s election, St. Louis became the murder capital of the nation, but this did not stop Soros from contributing $116,000 to aid her reelection in 2020. In early 2021, St. Louis became one of the deadliest cities in the world.

New Mexico

Raul Torrez—Bernalillo County (Albuquerque), New Mexico. Although his ties to Soros are less well known and his ideas are slightly less radical, Albuquerque’s DA also got his start from $107,000 in Soros cash that boosted his unopposed campaign in 2016. As of mid-November, Albuquerque had experienced 102 homicides in 2021, the highest number ever recorded, compared to the 67 reported at the same time last year.

Meanwhile, Torrez is busy campaigning for New Mexico Attorney General. Soros’s money is likely to make an appearance in that upcoming race as well.

New York

Alvin Bragg—Manhattan, New York. One of Soros’s newest DA’s, Bragg was elected in 2021 as the DA of Manhattan, largely thanks to approximately $1.1 million given by Soros that year to groups supporting Bragg. Even though Bragg has barely been in office, his tenure is already shaping up as a disaster. After Bragg released a memo stating that his office would not be seeking prison sentences for crimes such as armed robbery, drug dealing, and burglary, more than nine prosecutors in Manhattan quit. Interestingly, one area where Bragg is not expected to be overly lenient is an investigation into President Donald Trump’s business practices, which Bragg conveniently took over after assuming office.

David Clegg—Ulster County, New York. Soros cash to the tune of at least $184,000 was used to push Ulster County DA David Clegg across the finish line in his 2019 election, but it was also the source of a major controversy at the time. In an embarrassing guffaw, the New York Justice and Public Safety PAC paid for mailers that featured Clegg shaking hands with a prominent criminal and left-wing activist. Under Clegg, gun crimes and shootings have surged dramatically, and high profile cases have been badly mishandled, including a murder case in which the suspect was released because Clegg’s office failed to file an indictment on time.

Pennsylvania

Larry Krasner—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Among the most famous Soros-backed DAs, Krasner has been supported by more than $2 million from Soros funneled through the Pennsylvania Justice and Public Safety PAC and the Philadelphia Justice and Public Safety PAC. Krasner was reelected in 2021 with the help of a $259,000 contribution from Soros. Under Krasner’s watch, crime rates have soared, and in 2021, Philadelphia became the murder capital of the United States with the highest per capita homicide rate of the country’s 10 largest cities.

Jack Stollsteimer—Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Lesser known but also well financed by Soros, Stollsteimer was the first Democratic DA ever elected in Delaware County, boosted by roughly $100,000 in ads paid for by Soros during 2019. While still undoubtedly a progressive, Stollsteimer is much less radical than Krasner and has not been openly hostile to police. He did, however, recently feud with police over the graphic details of a report on a rape in broad daylight on a train with many witnesses, none of whom tried to intervene. During Stollsteimer’s first year in office, homicides in Delaware County increased 127 percent, though many attribute this to the county’s proximity to Philadelphia.

Texas

Joe Gonzalez—Bexar County (San Antonio), Texas. George Soros has even dared to mess with Texas. Joe Gonzalez is one of Soros’s favorite DAs, receiving nearly $1 million in backing from the billionaire during his 2018 campaign, upsetting incumbent Democrat Nico LaHood in the primary. Just as in Dallas, violent crime reportedly increased by 15 percent in San Antonio under Gonzalez, while convictions dropped by 17 percent.

John Creuzot—Dallas County, Texas. Backed by an estimated $236,000 from Soros, Creuzot became the DA of Dallas County in 2018 and immediately moved forward with a plethora of radical reform policies, including decriminalizing theft under $750, criminal trespass, and drug possession. During his first year in office crime reportedly increased by 15 percent while total convictions dropped by 30 percent. Most recently, Creuzot failed to get a conviction in straightforward case against Billy Chemirmir, a Kenyan immigrant charged with murdering and robbing 18 elderly women in assisted living facilities. He was found with his alleged victims’ personal papers and jewelry in his possession at the time of his arrest.

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Brian Middleton—Fort Bend County, Texas. Although it went unnoticed and unreported by the media, Soros played a major role in the 2019 campaign of Fort Bend County DA Brian Middleton, spending nearly $200,000 on advertising in support of his campaign. Middleton has been extremely moderate as far as Soros-backed candidates go, and as a result Fort Bend County has not seen a dramatic spike in crime.

Kim Ogg—Harris County (Houston), Texas. In 2016, Kim Ogg became the state’s first Soros-backed DA after Soros spent more than $600,000 on the race. As one of the first reform DA’s backed by Soros, Ogg is also one of the most moderate. She has stopped prosecuting marijuana offenses, but often seeks high cash bail, causing her to be ostracized by many progressives and apparently Soros.

José Garza—Travis County (Austin), Texas. In 2020, Garza was elected as Austin’s DA with the aid of more than $400,000 in ads paid for by the Texas Justice and Public Safety PAC, one of Soros’s private PACs that has received roughly $3.6 million from the billionaire since its creation in 2018. Since assuming office, Garza has developed a reputation for letting violent offenders go free on little to no bail.

In 2020, Garza released hundreds of inmates from jail over COVID-19 protocols, even though only six people in Austin at the time were known to have COVID-19. In 2021, Garza released a man with eight prior felony convictions after he was caught toting a gun in a meth-fueled car chase with police. After his release with an ankle monitor, the man allegedly went on a crime spree committing 10 armed robberies. Since Garza was elected, police budgets have been slashed, and Austin has experienced skyrocketing crime rates and a record number of homicides.

Virginia

Parisa Dehghani-Tafti—Arlington County and City of Falls Church, Virginia. Backed by over $600,000 from the Justice and Public Safety PAC, one of George Soros’s many personal PACs, Dehghani-Tafti won her 2019 election by toppling a moderate Democratic incumbent and has been a center of controversy ever since. Dehghani-Tafti, along with several other Soros-backed DAs in Virginia, is facing a recall petition after crimes like felony aggravated assault rose 40 percent during her first year in office.

Steve Descano—Fairfax County, Virginia. Steve Descano, who is also facing a recall petition, was elected in 2019 and has endorsed a progressive platform typical of the left-wing DA faction. Descano has made it his office’s official policy not to prosecute more than 20 different crimes including shoplifting for goods under $1,000, prostitution, and indecent exposure. Descano’s initial campaign benefitted from approximately $600,000 from Soros.

Buta Biberaj—Loudoun County, Virginia. As Loudoun County District Attorney, Buta Biberaj has championed an anti-incarceration approach to the job, but made headlines for personally seeking jail time for Scott Smith, a father who was arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct at a Loudoun County School Board meeting while protesting the School Board’s cover-up of his 14-year-old daughter’s rape by a transgender boy in a school bathroom. Smith’s defense attorneys reported that it was “completely unheard of” for a DA to personally handle a misdemeanor, much less to pursue jail time, court-ordered anger management, and a hefty fine. Biberaj’s campaign in 2019 was boosted by over $650,000 in Soros cash, and she is now facing a recall petition.

Ramin Fatehi—Norfolk County, Virginia. One of the latest additions to Soros’s collection of rogue prosecutors, Ramin Fatehi was one of very few Democrats to win a Virginia election in 2021, largely thanks to about $220,000 in funding from Soros. Fatehi has yet to make a name for himself as DA, but he ran on the typical progressive platform of promising to abolish cash bail and decriminalize marijuana possession.

Using the same playbook successfully followed in Hungary, Greece, Britain, and a dozen other countries, Soros-funded groups were behind anti-Trump mobs that blocked streets, set fires, injured police officers, and destroyed property the day after his 2017 national election. As expected, they turned up the volume in 2020.

Fantasies of Being a God

An alarming trait of George Soros comes from many interviews over the years when he admitted he has a fascination and fantasy of being “a god.”

“I admit that I have always harbored an exaggerated view of self-importance — to put it bluntly, I fancied myself as some kind of god,” he wrote as far back as 1987.

“It is a sort of disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out,” he revealed to The Independent in 1993.

On British television he bragged, “Next to my fantasies about being God, I also have very strong fantasies of being mad.”

In 2002, Soros was convicted by a French court of insider trading, but his political power became so great it didn’t matter. His mode of operation was to buy out judges, prosecutors and local leaders. The same greed successfully worked on national politicians and administrations too.

Soros and his Open Society Foundations (OSF) is a major funder  illegal immigration into Europe and now America.

Leaked documents from Soros’ OSF show that the organization’s goal behind funding the Black Lives Matter movement is ultimately to federalize America’s police forces.

A Wikileaks release revealed that Soros’ far-left group, “Demos,” main goal is to ensure “the complete globalization of America’s culture in order to balkanize and effectively destroy the very nature of what it means to be an American. 

This is by the same playbook Soros groups have used very effectively throughout Europe.

This goal includes the implementation of two specific United Nation agendas to “eradicate National sovereignty to the United Nations in favor of a globally controlled centralized government, which includes the diaphanous agenda of climate change.”

In his own words, documented on video, Soros said his paid groups are “transforming the public narrative” to elevate the values of community and racial equity, which is really just a “gentler way of alluding to the elimination of US free speech and America’s individual 1st amendment rights, a thing that has already been augmented in Europe.”

 In the Soros funded Demos document is the playbook being used by liberal governors and mayors throughout America. It entitled “Police Reform: How to Take Advantage of the Crisis of the Moment and Drive Long-Term Institutional Change in Police-Community Practice.”

Soros is so powerful that, through then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United States taxpayers spent $9 millions on the Soros-backed campaign to take over Albania politics in 2016.

Documents secured by the political watchdog Judicial Watch, using the American Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), revealed American funds were into a ‘Justice for All’ campaign to reform the judicial system in Albania in 2016. The campaign was run by Soros’s East West Management Institute. 

“The Obama administration quietly spent at least $9 million in US taxpayers’ dollars in direct collusion with left-wing billionaire George Soros’s backing of a socialist government in Albania,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton stated.

Soros is a billionaire and “shouldn’t be receiving taxpayer support to advance his radical left agenda to undermine freedom here at home and abroad,” Fitton added.

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The same game plan is in action as used in Greece a decade ago, London eight years ago and Bahrain three years ago. Soros’ “non-profit” American groups promote abortion, euthanasia, overpopulation, atheism,  homosexuality, same-sex marriage,  feminism, and transgenderism.

In 2019, using his now tried and truly perfected playbook, game plans mean his owned politician slaves use taxpayer money to “destabilize” countries as they did in 2019 with the democratic government of the Balkan nation of Macedonia, north of Greece.

“The cash flows through the State Department and the famously corrupt U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID), which is charged with providing global economic, development and humanitarian assistance,” Judical Watch reported.  

The group obtained FOIA records revealing President Obama’s U.S. ambassador to Macedonia, Jess L. Baily, “has worked behind the scenes with Soros’ Open Society Foundation to funnel large sums of American dollars for the cause.”

During Obama’s presidency, Judicial Watch proved the White House Administration secured pipelines through the southern border to get more illegal immigrants into the U.S.

In one instance, per the Soros plan, immigrants were being smuggled in from Somalia and other African nations.

Testimony and records reveal Homeland Security officials were busing them into strategic locations across the country to deliberately change vulnerable populations. Read that as taxpayer monies funding future voters for Soros funded causes. 

Democracy Alliance has steered more than $500 million in funding to progressive organizations and infrastructure since its founding in 2005.

Each member secretly contributes at least $200,000 annually to Soros groups like Media Matters for America, American Civil Liberties Union, and the Center for Popular Democracy, along with dozens of other left-wing organizations.

Soros’s lobbying group, the Open Society Policy Center, hosted a session called “After Kavanaugh,” to strategies for future judicial nomination fights. Pelosi and mainstream media puppets are actively taking orders and preparing propaganda for the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy due to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s death. 

“The fight over the Kavanaugh nomination saw unprecedented grassroots activity to defeat an unpopular and damaged nominee,” the leaked Soros agenda explains. “But as we now know, it was insufficient. With a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court, how should we prepare for the next vacancy, and what will be needed to bring a similar sense of urgency to the lower federal courts and the state courts?”

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GOP Wins Virginia Majority Control of State House Chamber

Two recounts in Virginia recent elections have confirmed Republicans won a 53-48 majority in the House Chamber.

🔹On Dec. 8, a three-judge circuit court panel ruled Aijalon Cordoza (R) the winner of the election in Virginia House of Delegates District 91.

🔹On Dec. 3, Officials in District 85 confirmed that Karen Greenhalgh (R) defeated Alex Askew (D) in that recount.
 
Although certified results released on Nov. 15 showed Republicans winning 52 races and Democrats winning 48, the winning candidates’ margin of victory in District 85 and District 91 were within 1% of the total votes cast. Under Virginia law, the second-place finishers may request a recount within 10 days of results being certified. Askew and Mugler filed court petitions for recounts on Nov. 17.
 
Prior to the election, Democrats controlled the chamber with a 55-45 majority. Republicans needed to gain six seats to take control of the chamber in 2021, and Democrats needed to hold at least 51 seats to maintain their majority.

Five of the ten preceding elections in the chamber saw net shifts of six seats or more: twice in Republicans’ favor and three times in Democrats’. On average, 6.6 seats shifted control per election cycle during that same time frame.
 
The outcome of the House elections, in addition to the state’s 2021 gubernatorial election, also determined Virginia’s trifecta status. Virginia became a Democratic trifecta in 2019 for the first time since 1994. Since Republicans won control of the House and the governorship in 2021, they have ended Democrats’ trifecta control of the state.

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Who Is Ahead in the 2021 Legislative Elections?

Americans continue to push back on the media, political, and judicial corruption of the 2020 Presidential Election. They have showed up to vote in 2021.

In 2021, six states held elections for executive, legislative, or judicial seats, including elections for three of the nation’s 99 state legislative chambers, 15 appellate court seats, and two gubernatorial offices.

The current results of the 2021 elections shows control of at least 13 seats (5.9%) flipped from one political party to another.

Republicans have taken over 12 seats from the Democrats. The Dems took just one seat away from the GOP.

Democrats lost control of the Virginia House of Delegates, while they maintained their majorities in the New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly. Control of seven seats flipped in Virginia, while the control of the other four flipped in New Jersey.

Three state executive offices changed partisan control, with all three switching from Democratic to Republican control, giving Republicans a net gain of three offices.

All three partisan changes took place in Virginia in 2021, with Republicans winning control of the governorship, lieutenant governorship, and office of attorney general.

November 2020

Following the 2020 Senate elections and the January 2021 runoffs in Georgia, Democrats and Republicans split the chamber 50-50. This gave Vice President Kamala Harris (D) a tie-breaking vote, and Democrats control of the U.S. Senate via a power-sharing agreement.

Elections to the U.S. Senate will be held on November 8, 2022, and 34 of the 100 seats are up for regular election. Those elected to the U.S. Senate in the 34 regular elections in 2022 will begin their six-year terms on January 3, 2023.

Fourteen seats held by Democrats and 20 seats held by Republicans are up for election in 2022. Republicans are defending two Senate seats in states Democrats won in the 2020 presidential election: Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Democrats are not defending any Senate seats in states Donald Trump (R) won in 2020.

state government trifecta is a term used to describe when a single party controls the governorship and both chambers of a state’s legislature.

As of December 1, 2021, there are 23 Republican trifectas, 15 Democratic trifectas, and 12 divided governments where neither party holds trifecta control. As a result of the 2021 elections, Democrats lost one trifecta. States with divided government—no trifecta for either major party—increased by one. Republicans neither gained or lost trifectas.

state government triplex is a term used to describe when a state’s governor, attorney general, and secretary of state are all members of the same party.

As of December 1, 2021, there are 20 Republican triplexes, 18 Democratic triplexes, and 12 divided governments where neither party holds triplex control.

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Critical Race Theory School Board Member Could Be Recalled

Signatures submitted to Loudoun County Circuit Court to recall school board member Brenda Sheridan

Supporters of a recall against six of the nine members of the Loudoun County Public Schools school board in Virginia near Washington D.C. submitted signatures against Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan on Nov. 9. Supporters indicated they filed 1,859 signatures. A total of 803 signatures are required to move the recall forward.

The recall effort is sponsored by the Fight For Schools political action committee (PAC) because:

🔹the district was using Critical Race Theory in its employee training and student curriculum, which they opposed.

🔹school board members’ were involved in a private Facebook group, which they said was a violation of Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act.

🔹the school board’s Code of Conduct was breeched because the members discussed public matters in a private setting.

The signatures were submitted to the Loudoun County Circuit Court, where the petition will be reviewed by a judge. If the case is accepted, a trial will be held. At the trial, recall supporters must “demonstrate the officer engaged in neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance” in order to remove Sheridan from office.

Five other members were also included in the recall effort. One member passed away in August, and another resigned in November before a trial could take place. Petitions against the other three members have not been filed.

Interim Superintendent Scott Ziegler said the district uses a Culturally Responsive Framework that “speaks to providing a welcoming, affirming environment and developing cultural competence through culturally responsive instruction, deeper learning, equitable classroom practices and social-emotional needs for a focus on the whole child.”

A group called Loudoun For All formed a political action committee to counteract the recall effort. “There is no reason equity in our schools should be this controversial,” Rasha Saad, president of Loudoun For All, said in a statement.

However, the school district has made consistently coordinated efforts to ensure that critical race theory is institutionalized despite public opposition, emails obtained by Judicial Watch indicate.

Contained in the emails are communications from both former LCPS Superintendent Eric Williams and current LCPS Superintendent Scott Ziegler to various school board members, teachers, and even some parents about the district’s inclination toward implementing racist curriculum for teachers and students.

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Blue Flipping to Red and Other November 2021 MAGA Hits

As the clock turns past midnight on November 3, 2021, patriots are carefully on alert, watching and documenting for any voting and ballot scams. All indications reveal state and local election results are flipping many historical Democratic blue strongholds to turning red.

Americans are closely monitoring.

Here are some breaking highlights of elections and other news as of 1:45 a.m. Eastern Time.

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Quick Rundown of Major State Elections for Nov. 2021

 With 31 days until the Nov. 2 general election, some voter registration deadlines are approaching. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of those deadlines.

Texas: the voter registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 4Voters can check their registration status here.

  • Ballot measures: Voters in Texas will decide eight statewide ballot measures at the general election. All eight measures are constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the Texas State Legislature.

Virginiathe voter registration deadline is Oct. 11.Voters can check their registration status here.

  • State executives: Three state executive offices are on the statewide ballot this year: governorlieutenant governor, and attorney general. Democrats currently hold all three positions but only one incumbent—Atty. Gen. Mark Herring (D)—is seeking re-election, leaving the other two offices open. 
  • State legislative: All 100 seats of the Virginia House of Delegates are also up for election making this the first election cycle since 1999 with Democrats defending a majority in the chamber. 

New Jerseythe voter registration deadline is Oct. 12Voters can check their registration status here.

  • State executive: Voters will cast their ballots for governor and lieutenant governor as incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy (D) faces former state Assm. Jack Ciattarelli (R) and three others. In New Jersey, the outcome of the gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election defines the rest of the executive branch: the offices—elected on a joint ticket—are the only directly-elected executive officials in the state, with the remainder being appointed by the governor. 
  • State legislative: All state legislative seats in the state Senate and General Assembly are also up for election. Democrats currently hold majorities in both chambers. 
  • Ballot measures: Voters will also decide two statewide ballot measures, both of which are constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the legislature. 

Pennsylvania: the voter registration deadline is Oct. 18Voters can check their registration status here.

  • State courts: Pennsylvanians will elect a new state supreme court justice. Justice Thomas Saylor (R) could not seek re-election due to reaching the mandatory retirement age of 75. Voters will decide his replacement between Maria McLaughlin (D), a judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, and Kevin Brobson (R), a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge. In addition to the supreme court election, seven positions on the state’s intermediate appellate courts are also up for election. Three of those are partisan elections while the other four are retention elections.
  • Ballot measures: Voters will also decide four statewide ballot measures, three of which are constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the legislature. The fourth measure is a legislatively referred state statute.

Washingtonthe voter registration deadline is Oct. 25. Voters can check their registration status here.

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Texas Attorney General Joins Multi-State Coalition in Defending Religious Liberty

BREAKING NEWS FROM AUSTIN

 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has joined a multi-state amicus brief in support of religious liberty in a Virginia case, arguing that the City of Fredericksburg violated the First Amendment when it denied a property tax exemption to a residence owned by a church and occupied by two of its pastors.

New Life in Christ Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Contrary to long-standing constitutional doctrine that protects religious entities from judicial intrusion, the Virginia court dismissed the church’s theological assessment of its doctrine and substituted its own, in concluding that the pastors did not count as “ministers.”

“The Virginia court refused a religious organization’s tax exemption by taking the law into its own hands, and the First Amendment prohibits this kind of governmental interference in faith and religion,” Attorney General Paxton said.

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“Courts cannot refuse to acknowledge religious liberties when the facts and the Constitution specifically support them.”

On August 2, 2021, First Liberty Institute, Christian Legal Society, and the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLC, on behalf of the New Life in Christ Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia, asked the Supreme Court of the United States to reverse a state court decision denying the parsonage exemption to property occupied by the church’s college ministers.  

“Government officials have no right to substitute their theology for that of the church,” said Kelly Shackelford, President, CEO, and Chief Counsel for First Liberty Institute.  “New Life in Christ Church considers its college campus ministers’ actions to be essential functions of the ministry of the church, and the city should abide by that decision.”

“The city’s own interpretation of this church’s doctrine and what is a minister unnecessarily requires the government to delve into issues of faith and doctrine in a way that violates the First Amendment.”

“For over 150 years, the Supreme Court has protected the rights of churches to determine in good faith who serves as their ministers,” explained Allyson Ho, partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and veteran Supreme Court advocate.  “The New Life Church deserves that same protection.”

“The Constitution requires all government officials to respect a religious congregation’s good faith understanding of who serves as its ministers,” explained Kim Colby, Director of the Christian Legal Society’s Center for Law and Religious Freedom. “New Life in Christ Church simply seeks the respect that the Constitution guarantees.”

New Life in Christ Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia, has a parsonage that is presently occupied by its college ministers, a married couple.

University of Mary Washington

The couple ministers to the students at nearby University of Mary Washington, hosting Bible studies and times of worship at the parsonage.

The City of Fredericksburg denied a tax exemption to the church for the parsonage because, according to the city, the college campus ministers do not qualify as “ministers” as they are not ordained.

In addition, according to the city’s interpretation of the Presbyterian Book of Church Order, they are not qualified to be “ministers.”

The Circuit Court of the City of Fredericksburg upheld the city’s determination and the Virginia Supreme Court denied to review that decision.

In their petition, attorneys for New Life in Christ Church argue, “The Court should summarily reverse the decision below because it reflects a ‘demonstrably erroneous application of federal law.'”

“For over 150 years, the Court has confirmed that civil authorities may not second-guess religious organizations on ‘questions of discipline, or of faith, or ecclesiastical rule, custom, or law.’”

The petition continues, “It is a foundational premise of our constitutional system that religious organizations enjoy ‘power to decide for themselves, free from state interference, matters of church government as well as those of faith and doctrine.’”

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‘We Will Not Let You Have Our Souls,’ Parents Warn Liberal Virginia School Board

Some call it the “richest county in America” and it’s garnering international attention for their school district’s liberal stances on critical race theory curriculum and transgender pronouns.

Loudoun County Schools in Virginia has paid approximately $500,000 to a racial consulting firm. District employees are also required to undergo racial ‘equity’ training.

“We will not yield. We will not let you have the souls of our children,’ said Monica Gill, a self-described Christian parent, to the board at their public meeting Tuesday. “We will not let you have our souls.”

Sitting right outside of the nation’s capital, Virginia’s wealthiest school district is Loudoun County Public Schools. The average household in this section of the suburbs surrounding Washington, D.C., pulls down nearly $130,000 per year in income. Among the residents are Deep State government workers who depend on federal jobs to maintain their cushy existence.

One Virginia mom who chastised a local school board at a public meeting Tuesday is also receiving worldwide support in her stance against schools teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT).

Franklin Graham explained to his thousands of followers:

“Critical Race Theory is a very dangerous socialist, communist idea that has now made it mainstream in our schools by school boards who are supporting this leftist socialist ideology,” Graham said. “Parents must rise up against the school boards and let their voices be heard.”

“I would encourage Christians in these communities to be involved and run for school boards,” he continued. “How important it is for Christian men and women to take over the school boards so they can influence for the good.”

The mother, Xi Van Fleet, knows what she is talking about. She lived through Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution.

Xi Van Fleet, who survived Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution, speaking before the Loudoun County school board Tuesday.

Xi Van Fleet, who survived Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution, speaking before the Loudoun County school board Tuesday. (LCPS)

“I’ve been very alarmed by what’s going on in our schools,” Xi Van Fleet told the Loudoun County School Board members. “You are now teaching, training our children to be social justice warriors and to loathe our country and our history.”

She likened CRT, which critics deride as a form of “neo-racism,” to China’s Cultural Revolution, a Mao-led purge that left between 500,000 and 20 million people dead from 1966 to 1976. The estimates vary greatly and many details have been shrouded in secrecy for decades.

School District’s New Public Administration Office Building

Van Fleet, whose son graduated from Loudoun High School in 2015, shared some of her experience growing up in China’s Sichuan province with Fox News exclusively Wednesday evening.

The Cultural Revolution began when she was 6 years old, she said, and immediately pitted students and teachers against one another by hanging “Big Posters” in hallways and the cafeteria where students could write criticisms against anyone deemed ideologically impure.

“One of the teachers was considered bourgeoisie because she liked to wear pretty clothes,” Van Fleet said. “So the students attacked her and spit on her. She was covered with spit… and pretty soon it became violence.”

Communist squads would raid homes and destroy any relics of China’s past culture, history, governments or religion, she said. 

“Everything that was considered ‘old,’ feudalist, a vase, Buddhas, everything was taken out and smashed,” she said.

There were thought crimes, too.

“We were asked to report if we hear anything about someone saying anything showing that there’s a lack of complete loyalty to Mao,” she said. “There were people reporting their parents, and their parents ended up in jail.”

At 26 years old, she said, she finally made it out, traveling to the U.S. – where she immediately found freedoms she had never been able to enjoy before.

“I felt like it’s such a free country, meaning I have free access to all sorts of information – books on both sides of the issues,” she said.

American Freedoms Are Eroding

In the current political and cultural climate in the U.S., however, she said she felt some of that freedom eroding.

“I can’t really just say what I mean, even though the other side can say whatever,” she said. “To me, and to a lot of Chinese, it is heartbreaking that we escaped communism and now we experience communism here.

In her speech to the school board, which officials made her shorten to fit the one-minute limit, she drew direct parallels between what she saw back then in China and what she sees in the United States today.

“The Communist regime used the same critical theory to divide people,” she said. “The only difference is they used class instead of race.”

She said she witnessed students and teachers “turn against each other” during the pogrom and saw schools change their names “to be politically correct.”

“We were taught to denounce our heritage, and Red Guards destroyed anything that is not communist…statues, books and anything else,” she continued. “We were also encouraged to report on each other, just like the Student Equity Ambassador program and the bias reporting system.”

“This is indeed the American version of the Chinese Cultural Revolution,” she said. “The critical race theory has its roots in cultural Marxism. It should have no place in our school.”

“I just want Americans to know that their privilege is to be here living in America, that is just the biggest privilege,” Van Fleet said over the phone to Fox News Wednesday. “I do not think a lot of people understand. They are thinking they are doing the right thing, ‘be against racism’ sounds really good. But they are basically breaking the system that is against racism.”

The Loudoun County school board has doubled down on its embrace of left-wing policies, including CRT, in recent months.

Illustrating Van Fleet’s point, a group of Loudoun County parents and teachers were accused of “racketeering” and intimidating conservative parents who raised questions about the radical proposals.

Members of the “Anti-Racist Parents of Loudoun County” allegedly compiled a list of outspoken conservatives in their community in order to track, hack and “doxx” them – or even scare them into self-censorship, according to David Gordon, director of the Virginia Project, a Republican PAC.

Earlier this week, a judge ordered the district to reinstate suspended elementary school phys ed teacher Byron “Tanner” Cross after he was punished for speaking his mind during the public comment portion of a hearing on new transgender policies last month. 

Cross declared that he wouldn’t “affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it’s against my religion. It’s lying to a child, it’s abuse to a child, and it’s sinning against our God.”

Tanner Cross

He was speaking out against a district policy proposal that would require teachers and other school staff to address “gender-expansive or transgender students” with their preferred name, pronouns and gender.

On June 1, Cross filed a lawsuit against the district’s superintendent Scott A. Ziegler and Lucia Villa Sebastian, the assistant superintendent for human resources, claiming his First Amendment rights had been violated. The president of Alliance Defending Freedom — the conservative Christian nonprofit legal group representing Cross — celebrated the ruling as a win for free expression.

3 Hours of Public Comments, 1 Minute Each

121 individuals signed up to speak at the board meeting causing that agenda item to continue for 3 hours.

River Bend Middle School 7th Grade Dean Melissa Dober said in the public comment period, “I am here to stand with Tanner Cross in defense of his first amendment rights. Like Tanner, when staff members are hired we do not surrender our rights under conditions of employment.”

She continued, “In the culturally responsive framework, equity training, and Policy 8040, it states we are to affirm students struggling with gender identity. This goes against my first amendment rights since it is against the truth of what I believe as a Christian and as a former science teacher. ”

Ian Prior, the father of two students attending Loudoun schools, said Van Fleet’s remarks to the school board “should serve as a stark warning” Wednesday.

“I think for a while now, school systems have really put this stuff in the schools right under our very noses, and we just weren’t aware,” he said. “When your kids go to school and you let them go through those doors, you’re trusting the school system to do the job that they’re supposed to do…And it took a pandemic and all the information that parents could see with this distance learning to understand exactly what was going on.”

In October, 2020 the school board set a policy to command oversight to employee speech in all forms of communication, including social media, both during and apart from school hours:

“Employees are expected to support the school division’s commitment to action-oriented equity practices through the performance of their job duties, as the Division engages in the disruption and dismantling of white supremacy, systemic racism, and language and actions motivated by race, religion, country of origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or ability.”

Another Historic Statue is Removed From United States Capitol

Hillary Clinton’s former vice president running mate Tim Kaine was on hand to watch the removal of another historical statue from the United States Capitol Building on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020.

This time it was the removal of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

The National Statuary Hall Collection in the Capitol includes 100 statues that honor two people from each state. Virginia’s other statue is America’s first president, George Washington.

The Lee statue was erected in the Capitol in 1909. According to various local Virginia news outlets, it is due to be relocated to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam filed a request in January 2020 for a bill that would arrange for removing the statue and selecting a replacement.

In June 2020, during the apex of the China Virus pandemic, Congressional Democrats launched a strong push to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol grounds.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the statues had to be taken down because they pay “homage to hate, not heritage.”

Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) introduced a bill that tried to send 11 statues back to their donated states or the Smithsonian within 120 days. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

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Serious students of real history know Saul Alinsky, a mentor to Hillary Clinton and hero to Barack Obama, taught the rules of radicals to seize power by fueling resentment and hatred among people through various forms of “consciousness”—particularly class and race consciousness. A key action for this goal is to erase history.

Through people like Clinton, Obama, George Soros, Nancy Pelosi, and now Kamala Harris, this is a key role of playing the identity politics game.

Dividing the masses by instituionalized indoctrination (universities, public schools, movies, influence peddlers, and media) is a prime tool for totalitarians to control people.

The Obama years was the great catalyst to breed enough hatred, ill will, and destruction to alienate enough followers to be baited and mobilized to do the bidding of power elites, while claiming justice and equality.

In 2020 and 2021, millions of Americans will have rejected the news propaganda arms of Communism. They recognize Democrats have evolved into a party of Socialists and Marxism whose aim is to get rid of our Constitution and replace it with something more aligned to a Communist ideology. 

A Virginia state commission recently voted on replacing the Lee statue with either Pocahontas or civil rights leader Barbara Johns, with the later having the most votes.

Johns was a schoolgirl who led a walkout at Farmville’s Moton High School in 1951 to protest the students’ substandard segregated school facilities. The Farmville case led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling that found officially segregated public schools unconstitutional.

Virginia’s General Assembly must still vote to approve Johns’ statue.

Virginia Congresswoman Jennifer Wexler was also in attendance to witness the removal.

In 2008, Florida replaced Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith with civil rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune.

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Democrat 7-Step Plan to Cheat the 2020 Election Revealed

“Fraud is more the rule than the exception” a Democratic  consultant in New Jersey told the New York Post this summer.

“That’s the only way we’re going to lose, is if there’s mischief,” President Donald Trump told a crowd in Virginia last month, as millions watched through online streaming and limited television. “And it will have to be on a big scale. So be careful.”

There are 248 counties in the United States that have more registered voters than actual citizens of legal voting age.

Eric Eggers, the author of Fraud: How the Left Plans to Steal the Next Election, says “Organizations that are funded by George Soros both fight to keep those vulnerabilities in place, as in Ohio, by trying to prevent efforts to pass voter-ID laws or to make the voter rolls more secure.”

Eggers said these Soros groups “fund organizations that go out and round up voters, regardless of legality of their status, and force them through the vulnerabilities in the system.”

The liberal media is doing their propaganda job hard at work setting expectations that we won’t know the results of the election for days or weeks or possibly months.

The seven step plan for Democrats to cheat and game the election is in play.

1. Use the pandemic to push for a nation-wide vote-by-mail scheme.

Mail-in voting is “essential from a health reason because we want to keep people at home to vote without having them all collect on Election Day,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in August, before she was caught unprotected in a San Francisco hair salon. “People should not have to choose between their health and their vote.”

2. Enlist all the messengers at your disposal (Hollywood, Corporate Media, Big Tech, Pro Sports) to push for vote-by-mail.

Don’t forget who owns 12,000 U.S. movie theaters and has remarkable power in Hollywood. It’s China!

3. Get millions of questionable mail-in ballots into the system. 

Just one way to game the system: A comprehensive 2020 analysis by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) found that 349,773 apparently dead people still remain on the voter rolls across 41 states.

New York, Texas, Michigan, Florida, and California were the top five states with dead voters on the rolls, accounting for 51 percent of all the dead registrants. The crucial swing states of Michigan and Florida had 34,225 and 25,162 dead registrants respectively.

4. Send Democratic lawyers into key districts to fight for every challenged ballot. Use the courts and progressive election officials to keep the count going as long as possible with as little verification as possible.

Expect at least 700 lawyers by Election Day. The Biden-Harris camp have already recruited over 600.

5. Set expectations that the election will not be decided on November 3rd. Plan for mass protests in the streets. Scare people into believing that Trump won’t leave office (should he attempt to challenge the results).

“Everyone beware because they’re not going to stop,” Democrat VP candidate Kamala Harris said about the protests erupting in American cities. “They’re not going to stop before Election Day in November, and they’re not going to stop after Election Day.”

6. Challenge the results in court with the help of election officials and district attorneys that George Soros has spent years getting elected.

On September 10, 2020, the Georgia Secretary of State reported they found 150,000 people who had applied for an absentee ballot and then showed up at the polls to vote in person in the June primary. This in a primary in which a little less than 950,000 people voted.

Soros has spent almost $14 million in the past four years buying hired guns, district attornies and local government officials in San Diego, Orlando, Seattle, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Portland, San Antonio, Houston, Los Angeles,  Chicago, San Francisco and more.

Don’t expect charges filed against looters and ballot harvesters in these cities.

7. Let Chief Justice John Roberts (or the new Justice?) pick the next president. Or let Nancy Pelosi do it.

President Trump, who will announce his justice pick to Supreme Court today, believes there is a likelihood the Court could decide the election.

“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court, and I think it’s very important that we have nine justices,” Trump said, adding that he thinks “having a four-four situation is not a good situation.”

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These Wacky American Town Names Will Make You Laugh

Our faith in America’s sense of humor was restored during the pandemic summer of 2020.

We escaped from the onslaught of negative news and propaganda by just getting away. Our travels  through 14 states and Washington D.C. for over a month thoroughly offered a lighter side of truth and experiences.

Besides counting the number of Trump (159) and Biden (0) flags and banners along the way, we got a kick from some of the names and places we saw. Uranus, Missouri,  Santa Claus, Indiana and Hot Coffee, Mississippi were three favorites that come to mind.

To pass some of the highway mile time away, we researched and gathered humorous and fun town names from all 50 states. Here’s are list:

ALABAMA

Screamer, an unincorporated community in southeastern Alabama, may have come from 19th century Native Americans who screamed and  heckled white train travelers as they passed by what was then a reservation. Smut Eye, Alabama is doozie too.

ALASKA

Unalaska has over 4,500 residents, making it the largest city in the Aleutian Islands. Originally, Unangan residents named it Agunalaksh, a word that means “near the peninsula.” Eek, Alaska is noteworthy.

ARIZONA

Why a call a town?” Yes, that’s right “Why” is a small community near the U.S.-Mexico border namhed after the Y-shaped intersection of two nearby highways. But because of an Arizona law requiring place names have at least three letters, “Y” became the much more pragmatic “Why.”

ARKANSAS

Smackover, a town of 1800 people in southern Arkansas, was once a major oil producer. Settled by French trappers in the early 19th century,  “Smackover” may have derived from the French name for a local creek, Chemin Couvert, which means “covered way”—and “sumac couvert” means a covering of sumac trees, a local plant. Goobertown is another fun one

CALIFORNIA

Rough and Ready, California, is named after an old mining company with that same label. It was the first to secede from the Union and become its own “republic” in 1850 as a protest against mining taxes, prohibition mandates, and laws that weren’t enforced. They rejoined the United States three months later.

COLORADO

Colorado has No Name. When government official first marked a newly constructed exit off I-70 with a sign reading “No Name” as a placeholder, it stuck.

CONNECTICUT

Hazardville, Connecticut, was an 1800s industrial village that made gunpowder. The town was named after Colonel Augustus George Hazard, who purchased and expanded the gunpowder company in 1837.

DELAWARE

Corner Ketch is an unincorporated community in New Castle County, Delaware. A rough-and-tumble local bar was known for warning strangers that if they didn’t get you in there, “They’ll ketch ye at the corner.”

FLORIDA

Two Egg, Florida, got its name during the Great Depression. When bartering transactions occurred with two eggs traded, almost like currency, for goods.

GEORGIA

Climax, Georgia sits at the highest point on the railroad between Savannah and the Chattahoochee River.

HAWAII

Volcano, Hawaii sits near the Hilo Volcano and several volcanic hot spots.

IDAHO

Slickpoo, near Culdesac, Idaho, was once a bustling village and site of a Catholic mission. Landowner Josiah Slickpoo donated acreage to the missionaries. Dickshooter, Idaho made us laugh too.

ILLINOIS

Sandwich got its name from Sandwich, New Hampshire.

INDIANA

Santa Claus, Indiana celebrates the spirit of Christmas every day, but especially at the Post Office in December. Gnaw Bone is an interesting name too.

IOWA

What cheer Iowa has in What Cheer, Iowa. It was derived from an old English greeting.

KANSAS

Gas, Kansas is the butt of many jokes. “You just passed Gas.” “Gas Kan.” “Get Gas!” Natural gas was discovered in the area in 1898.

KENTUCKY

Bugtussle is a tiny spot on the Kentucky-Tennessee border is an homage to doodlebugs. Personally, I think Kentucky has some of the best town names with Knob Lick, Bald Knob, Chicken Bristle, Fearsville, Hippo, Krypton, Mud Lick, Monkeys Eyebrow, Pig, and Raccoon.

Bald Knob (guess they licked it too much?), Chicken Bristle, Fearsville, Hippo, Krypton (say hi to Superman’s parents for us!), Mud Lick, Monkeys Eyebrow, Pig, and Raccoon.

LOUISIANA

Uneedus is the settlement site of the Lake Superior Piling Company. Their corporate slogan was “You need us.”  Residents founded another farm community nearby and called it Weneedu.

MAINE

Burnt Porcupine is an island off the coast of Maine.  Located near Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Burnt Porcupine has nearby sister islands with equally intriguing names: Bald Porcupine, Long Porcupine, and Sheep Porcupine.

MARYLAND

Boring, Maryland. Enough said.

MASSACHUSETTS

Belchertown wasn’t named for the aftermath of a particularly gassy meal. It’s named after Jonathan Belcher, a colonial governor of Massachusetts.

MICHIGAN

Hell is 15 miles northwest of Ann Arbor. In the 1830s, the town settler, George Reeves, traded homemade whiskey to local farmers for grain. The farmer’s wives said “He’s gone to hell again.”

MINNESOTA

Nimrod, Minnesota is full of nimrods. In the book of Genesis, Nimrod is described as “a mighty hunter before the Lord” and is credited with overseeing the construction of the Tower of Babel.

MISSISSIPPI

Hot Coffee is marked as the midpoint between Natchez, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama. A late 1800s inn was erected and capitalized on the spring water, molasses and New Orleans beans used to make hot coffee for weary travelers.

MISSOURI

Although Uranus was our favorite spot in Missouri, Tightwad has a cool name too. There’s also a Cooter and a Licking.

MONTANA

Pray, Montana. And they do. But the town of Pray, Montana, was named for then-state representative Charles Nelson Pray in 1907.

NEBRASKA

Magnet, Nebraska was named by settler B.E. Smith in 1893.

NEVADA

Jiggs, Nevada is about 30 miles south of Elko. It’s named after a top hat-wearing, cigar smoking Irish-American protagonist from an old comic strip Bringing Up Father. A women’s organization in town dubbed itself Maggie’s Club after the character’s wife.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Sandwich is named after The Fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montague, who actually invented the sandwich.  In 1763, he chartered the town between the Lakes Region and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

NEW JERSEY

Loveladies, New Jersey, was named from a nearby island owned by Thomas Lovelady, a local hunter and sportsman.

NEW MEXICO

Candy Kitchen lies between Zuni and Navajo reservations in western New Mexico.  A local moonshine distiller needed a front to hide his illicit operations during Prohibition. To secure the sugar necessary to concoct barrels of hooch, the moonshiner established a confectionery that produced pinion nut candy on the side. Just 85 miles away is Pie Town.

NEW YORK

Neversink, New York is currently sunk under about 175 feet of water. Named for the Neversink River, the longest tributary of the Delaware River, the city of 2000 was a Catskill towns flooded in the 1950s to create reservoirs that would provide water to New York City. It relocated afterwards. But another town, Bittersweet, remains underwater. On land, are towns called Coxsackie and Butternuts.

NORTH CAROLINA

Why not Why Not? That’s the named settled upon when the post office was established in 1860. If not, try Lizard Lick, NC.

NORTH DAKOTA

Cannon Ball, North Dakota gets its name from geological curiosities called concretions. There’s also Zap.

OHIO

Knockemstiff, Ohio. Bar brawls and street fights during moonshine days, prompted the advice from a preacher. When asked by a woman on how to keep her cheating husband home and faithful, the preacher responded simply: “Knock ‘em stiff.” Take that advice however you want.

OKLAHOMA

Gene Autry, Oklahoma was named after the singing cowboy who purchased a 1200-acre ranch nearby that he would turn into the headquarters of his Flying A Ranch Rodeo. On November 16, 1941, the town of Berwyn officially became Gene Autry, Oklahoma. It’s home to a museum and film festival in his honor.

OREGON

Zigzag, Oregon, in the middle of Mount Hood National Forest, is named after the Zigzag River, which drains from the Zigzag Glacier. Notable is

PENNSYLVANIA

Intercourse is in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. “It’s okay, you can giggle!” the village’s website says. “We’re happy with our name. It’s the perfect conversation starter.” About 20 minutes away is the town Blue Ball, named after an 1850s inn.

RHODE ISLAND

Woonsocket is the sixth largest city in Rhode Island ands was originally known as la ville la plus française aux États-Unis, which translates to “the most French city in the United States.”
Historians believe the name is an evolved variation of a word from a Native American language.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Ketchuptown got its name from a country store built by Herbert Small in 1927 were locals went to “catch up” on news and gossip.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Mud Butte was named for a nearby barren butte. In 1981, archeologists digging around unearthed the sixth Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, after a local rancher finally got around to calling a museum about the dinosaur bones he’d seen digging out of a cliff on his property for years.

TENNESSEE

Difficult, Tennessee isn’t too hard to remember.

TEXAS

Muleshoe, Happy, Dime Box, Gun Barrel City, Cut and Shoot, Telephone, Jot ’em Down, Loco, and Comfort were among my favorite town names in Texas until I came upon Ding Dong.  Located in Bell County, the community was named after its founders, the Bell family.

UTAH

Mexican Hat, Utah, has a 60-foot-wide, sombrero-shaped rock formation on the northeast side of town.

SATANS KINGDOM

Satans Kingdom, Vermont is not the only state with that town name. Massachusetts and Connecticut does too. The land was said to be rocky and void of fertile soil.

VIRGINIA

Bumpass, Virginia is pronounced “bump-iss.”

WASHINGTON

Humptulips was a major logging center. The name comes from a local Native American word meaning “hard to pole.” Native Americans used to canoe by propelling themselves along with poles.

WEST VIRGINIA

Lick Fork, Virginia is basically known for photo opportunities with signs bearing that name. There’s more in Booger Hole.

WISCONSIN

Bosstown, Wisconsin takes its name from a William Henry Dosch, a storeowner nicknamed Boss. Wow! There’s also a Spread Eagle.

WYOMING

Chugwater, Wyoming was home of the Mandan tribe, whose chief was reportedly injured during a buffalo hunt and sent his son to lead the hunting party in his place. According to Chugwater’s website, the son determined that the easiest way to kill the buffalo was to drive them off the local chalk cliffs. “The word ‘chug,’” the town’s website notes, “is said to describe the noise that the buffalo or the falling chalk made when it hit the ground or fell into the water under the bluff, depending on which version of the legend you wish to believe. Indians began to call the area ‘water at the place where the buffalo chug.’”

COVID Beliefs Blown Away For RVers-Campers on Iconic U.S. Travel Roads

We have just returned from a 32-day, 4500 mile roadtrip (June 19-July 21) from the Texas Hill Country through much of the South, Washington D.C. for July 4th, to part of the Midwest and back.

Our preconceived ideas from news and the continually changing regulations around COVID-19 were blown away with the reality we experienced. It actually restored our faith in the goodness of America.

People of all ages, creeds, races and sexes were friendly, polite and eager to be traveling. By far, they agreed that what news outlets portray and what is actually happening are not in sync. We met scores of campers and travelers who indicated they had no problems with getting reservations and lodging.

We found our routes and destinations were open to travelers, including campers with self-contained RVs.

Pigeon Forge grist mill in Dollywood.

Most restaurants and stores were open with COVID-19 restrictions varying by state, city and location.

Our plans were modified only twice because of not feeling welcomed due to tourist closures.

1. We bypassed Nashville because the Grand Old Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame and Johnny Cash Museum were closed. Nearby Murfreesboro was welcoming for an overnight stay.

2. We left St. Louis immediately after driving to the Gateway Arch and seeing seedy characters in garbage, urine and feces infested tent encampments throughout the area. Wildwood, about 20 miles southwest on Historic Route 66, was awesome.

Here are some of the most notable routes we enjoyed and recommend.

Blue Ridge Parkway

A road trip gem, left Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg areas towards the Blue Ridge Parkway. This scenic byway traverses the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Mountains across Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. We especially enjoyed Appalachian towns like North Carolina’s Asheville and Mt. Airy (Andy Griffith Museum).

RVers should be aware some roads have tunnel height restrictions. Check the tunnel restrictions for your planned route. The most restricting tunnels have a maximum height of 18 feet. Cell phone reception could be an issue depending on your carrier (we had no problems with Cricket). There were very few gas stations and other amenities limited. We remained anticipatory and planned ahead just in case.

Blues Highway

Highway 61, known as the “blues highway,” is rich with the history of musicians in the Mississippi Delta area. It’s the birthplace of the blues and the roots of much of American music. 

The original route went from New Orleans to Minnesota, but most of the history of the blues is embedded in Mississippi.

We started in Vicksburg, Mississippi,  a great spot to understand some of the roots of the blues. In 1863 Vicksburg was under siege from the Union Army. General John Pemberton (Confederate) surrendered Vicksburg to General Grant (Union) after sustaining huge losses and facing a catastrophic defeat by an army that greatly outnumbered his abled soldiers.

The Blues developed from slaves toiling on the cotton plantations in Mississippi. The war was over and slavery was officially abolished. Opportunities slowly merged forward toward Memphis, St. Louis and Chicago. The music permeated across the Mississippi Delta.

Some say Clarksdale, Mississippi is the birthplace of the blues. While most of the old Juke Joints have perished, we stopped by  Ground Zero Blues Club (co-owned by Morgan Freeman). It’s a great place to see talented musicians perform and enjoy local food favorites including fried green tomatoes, Mississippi tamales and catfish.

At the Highway 61/49 intersection is a famous location known as The Crossroads. It’s where Robert Johnson was fabled to have sold his soul to the Devil to be the King of Delta Blues. Robert Johnson was born in 1911 and died just 27 years later. 

Highway 61 leads to Memphis, the land of Elvis Presley, SUN Studio, Beale Street and Graceland. The Graceland RV Park is conveniently located next to the Elvis Memphis complex and museums.

Natchez Trace Parkway

The Natchez Trace Parkway is an excellent route to see the southern United States by RV. We loved it because no commercial trucking or 18-wheelers are allowed.

Although it’s over 440 miles from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, we started in Tupelo, Mississippi after visiting Elvis Presley’s Birthplace. We stopped often to see waterfalls, prehistoric mounds, and other historical landmarks.

Like the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, there are maximum RV restrictions. The maximum length is 55 feet (including a tow vehicle) and a 14 feet height restriction. 

Route 66

Long before our current national interstate highway system, federal highways, like U.S. Route 66, were main thoroughfares. On historic Route 66, you can explore America’s Heartland and other enchanting pockets of the United States from Chicago to Los Angeles. 

We began the route in St. Louis and took it most of the way toward Branson. Be sure to visit Uranus, Missouri for a fun, quick pit stop.

We did join Route 66 again later in Oklahoma City. Continuing West, we could have carved out time to visit Grand Canyon National Park, but elected to return back to Texas after four weeks on the road.

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