Clerk Kim Davis switching parties to become a Republican

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Kentucky clerk Kim Davis switches to Republican party amid gay marriage furor.

In the latest chapter of the story of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, the embattled Kentucky town official has chosen to switch her political affiliation from Democrat to Republican. Davis, who spent five days behind bars in early September for violating a federal court order, was honoured by conservative lobbying group Family Research Council Friday night for refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples despite the Supreme Court’s decision in June that effectively legalized gay marriage across the nation.Without much fanfare, a modestly dressed and unceremoniously coiffed woman emerged from behind closed doors, where TV cameramen had stood for much of an hour Friday afternoon waiting to get their shot. She says that she made the move because she felt the Democratic Party had abandoned her. “My husband and I had talked about it for quite a while and we came to the conclusion that the Democratic Party left us a long time ago, so why were we hanging on?” She told Reuters. Davis made the announcement while in Washington, D.C., to attend the Family Research Council’s Value Voters Summit, said Charla Bansley, a spokeswoman for Liberty Counsel, which represents Davis in her legal battles.

Though she consented to interviews in the days when America was learning her name, she grew more selective after the conservative Liberty Counsel took her case. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist preacher running for president but trailing badly in the polls, rushed to Davis’ side, visited her in jail and held a religious freedom rally on the jailhouse lawn.

When she was freed from a Grayson, Ky., detention center earlier this month, she stood nearly silent at a rally just outside the jailhouse, where hundreds gathered in her honor as former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) praised her. Sports Illustrated says in a release announcing the name change that Ali has been on the magazine’s cover 38 times and was its Sportsman of the 20th Century.

Davis meanwhile lumps blame for her legal problems on Steve Beshear, the state’s Democratic governor, who refused to call the state legislature for a special session and allow lawmakers to hammer out a way to exempt religious clerks from issuing the licences. Media report Marshall County Judge-Executive Chryill Miller and McLean County Judge-Executive Kelly Thurman issued orders on Thursday banning burning until further notice. National Weather Service meteorologist Brittany Peterson told The Paducah Sun that the area has abnormally dry conditions typical with the onset of a drought. ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky cardiologist pleaded not guilty to all charges after being accused of performing unnecessary cardiac stent procedures on hundreds of patients. Davis, who’d been the unelected deputy clerk for most of her working life, ran as a standard-bearer, and won by just 23 votes over Democratic activist Elwood Caudill Jr.

But her legal woes persist: On the day she returned to the office, Davis altered the licence forms to delete her name and her office, and replaced it with the line “pursuant to federal court order.” The American Civil Liberties Union, which sued her on behalf of the couples she turned away, questioned the validity of the licences, asked the judge to order her to reissue them or consider punishing her again. Her lawyer, Mat Staver, founder of the Liberty Counsel, a law firm that opposes gay rights, did not say in his remarks Friday night what she intends to do, though hinted that she will not bow to the court’s order: she will not resign, he said, and she will not betray her conscience.

Paulus was indicted on one count of health care fraud and 26 counts of making false statements relating to health care matters, the Independent ( reported. This week she invited ABC News in for an interview, showing the “at least 20,000” pieces of supportive mail sent since her ordeal. “I’m here for a short while in preparation for an eternity,” she said. “And by eternity, I mean, that’s what we’re here for. Clinton as a “terrific woman.” Ben Carson once described himself as “pretty left-wing Democrat,” has also been criticized for his previous liberal positions, which include backing universal healthcare and praising Sen.

According to the indictment, Paulus schemed to defraud and obtain money from Medicare, Medicaid and other insurers from 2008 until he retired in 2013. In that moment, she looked out and began to cry, taking slow measured breaths with her hand over her heart. “Thank you all,” she mouthed to the crowd, finally smiling as the cheers rose. Alice Huffman, one of Paulus’ patients, said the charges were “absolutely false.” According to her, Paulus once opted to give her medical treatment instead of a heart stent when she had a 60 percent blockage. It was her turn to speak: “I feel so very undeserving,” she said, between tears, tissue at the ready. “I want to start by thanking my Lord and my savior Jesus Christ, because without him none of this would have ever been possible, for he is my strength that carries me.”

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