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New data shows Republicans on verge of falling to third-party status in California

New data shows Republicans on verge of falling to third-party status in California

Politics
On Friday, the office of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla posted updated voter registration statistics in advance of the state’s June 5 primary, and the data shows a continuation of the same bleak trend line for Golden State Republicans that we’ve written about in prior cycles: The GOP is simply hemorrhaging voters, both in raw numbers and as a percentage of registered voters. Overall, just over 4.8 million Californians are currently registered as Republicans, representing 25.4 percent of the total electorate. That’s a loss of almost half a million voters—and a huge drop from the party’s 36 percent share—since the end of 1997, the first year for which statistics are available. And that drop comes despite the fact that California’s population has jumped from 32.5 million to 39.3
Substitute teacher fired after video shows him body slamming a student

Substitute teacher fired after video shows him body slamming a student

Breaking News
GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- A substitute teacher in North Carolina was fired this week after a video was posted to Facebook showing him body slamming a student. The mother of the student at Western Guilford Middle School posted the video of the incident on Facebook Friday. She wrote that the incident happened on Valentine’s Day and that she wants "justice." Her son, Jose Escudero, told WGHP the incident started over a box of chocolates. The substitute teacher, he says, took them away and threw them in the sink. Jose says he waited towards the end of class to get them back and that's when an altercation took place. The 12-year-old says he put the chocolates in his book bag and that's when the substitute teacher tried grabbing it from him. When that didn't work, Jose says the substitute teach
Britney Spears Shows Off Her Impressive Leaping Skills as She Breaks Her Personal Record

Britney Spears Shows Off Her Impressive Leaping Skills as She Breaks Her Personal Record

Entertainment
Leapin’ lizards! Britney Spears announced to her followers on Saturday that she had recently broken one of her own personal records — for leaping as high into the air as possible. “I posted my leap over a year ago and had to see if I could go higher… well… I did!!!” the 36-year-old excitedly wrote on social media alongside the impressive photographic proof. Although ever the perfectionist she added, “But I really should take a ballet class.” Spears had previously commented on her leaping abilities in September 2016, telling her followers that she had been “kinda bored” and “wanted to see if I could still do a leap.” “It’s not perfect but not too shabby either ,” she wrote alongside the photo. RELATED VIDEO: Britney Spears Stands on Boyfriend Sam Asghari’s Shoulders Showcasing Her Incredi
Racist trolls using abuse victims' photos to make fake claims of attacks at 'Black Panther' shows

Racist trolls using abuse victims' photos to make fake claims of attacks at 'Black Panther' shows

Politics
The latest Marvel superhero movie Black Panther is out! Its Thursday opening is expected to have raked in over $25 million—yes, in one night.  Unfortunately, racists hate to see black people have any joy—and some are doing anything possible to chip away at it. Just take a look at this recent heinous example of the tactics used by racist people to spread misinformation. Warning: screenshots including some of the graphic photos are included below. BuzzFeed News reports that racists are using Twitter to share photos of bloody and/or bruised white women with false claims that they’re the result of being attacked by black people at Black Panther movie screenings.  xFake posts are being created to make black people look bad and the sad part of it is some people will believe them #BlackPant