AOC Has A New Opponent

Grind for February 19th
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– Duke Ellington


The Headline

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a new challenger

The Grind

Former CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera on Monday filed to run against New York Senator Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in this year’s Democratic primary (June 23).

Like Ocasio-Cortez, Caruso-Cabrera is a registered Democrat and a descendent of Latino immigrants. Unlike AOC, Caruso-Cabrera is a fierce critic of socialism and a proponent of limited government.

Caruso-Cabrera (you know they’ll start calling her “MCC”) admires President Reagan’s economic policy and describes herself as “fiscally conservative” and “socially liberal.” In 2016, MCC said that socialism ensures “equal suffering.”

The Details

MCC had a successful career with CNBC, working for more than 20 years with the network as an anchor and international correspondent. She currently serves on the Board of Beneficent, a financial services firm in Texas.

“We must return to the fundamentals of American politics: small, not big, government,” says MCC. “Less spending, not more. The first step is to more narrowly define the parties’ platforms away from needlessly divisive social issues and refocus the political discussion on what really matters: economic policies that create jobs.”Other prominent individuals hoping to unseat AOC include New York City councilman Fernando Cabrera (D) and Jamaican-American businesswoman Scherie Murray (R).


The Headline

In Connecticut, female athletes struggle to compete against trans rivals

The Grind

In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, three track and field athletes in Connecticut argue they have been robbed of “honors and opportunities” after continually losing races to biological males who identify as females.

Transgender athletes Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood have won 15 state championship titles over the past three years. Both are biological males who identify as female, but have not completed the sex change process.

“Mentally and physically, we know the outcome before the race even starts,” argues Alanna Smith, a sophomore at Danbury High School. “That biological unfairness doesn’t go away because of what someone believes about gender identify. All girls deserve the chance to compete on a level playing field.”

The Details

The lawsuit, filed against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, targets a state policy that allows trans women to participate in women’s sports as long as the athlete’s gender identity is verified as “bona fide and not for the purpose of gaining an unfair advantage in competitive athletics.”

The plaintiffs, represented by conservative group Alliance Defending Freedom, see the policy as a violation of Title IX – a 1972 law that established female sporting teams at schools.

As described in the lawsuit, men have several biological differences that give them an advantage in sports: larger hearts and lungs, more muscle mass, stronger and longer bones, higher myoglobin concentration, and a taller average height.

Despite the evidence, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference insists the policy allowing transgendered women to compete in women’s sports is “appropriate under both state and federal law” and complies with the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

The ACLU, defending the two trans athletes, frames the lawsuit as discriminatory.

“The purpose of high school athletics is to support inclusion,” argues Chase Strangio, head of the ACLU’s LBGT & HIV Project. “Efforts to undermine Title IX by claiming it doesn’t apply to a subset of girls will ultimately hurt all students and compromise the work of ending the long legacy of sex discrimination in sports.”

In spite of a request from Alliance Defending Freedom that Yearwood and Miller stop competing while the lawsuit is underway, both athletes were allowed to participate in the state’s indoor track championships this week.

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