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Caitlin Clark breaks college scoring record as head coach has choice words for NCAA

Caitlin Clark notched another milestone on her way to the top of the scoring charts Wednesday.

The Iowa sharpshooter scored 33 points in the Hawkeyes’ 108-60 win over Minnesota. Clark surpassed Lynette Woodard for the major college scoring record with 3,650 points.

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder celebrated Clark’s milestone but took a shot at the NCAA for not recognizing Woodard’s mark as the top scorer in women’s college basketball. Woodard played for the Kansas Jayhawks in the AIAW era – before the NCAA began sanctioning women’s basketball.

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“Tonight is the night of the real record,” Bluder said. “For some reason the NCAA does not want to recognize the basketball that was played prior to 1982, and that’s wrong. We played basketball back then. They just don’t want to recognize it, and that hurts the rest of us who were playing at that time. There’s no reason why that should not be the true record.”

Clark and the school celebrated when she surpassed Kelsey Plum for the all-time Division 1 record. Plum totaled 3,527 points all time at Washington. Woodard scored 3,649 points from 1977-81.

“Maybe the NCAA will realize that now. Maybe it will be brought to their attention, and they will start recognizing those women who played in the ’70s,” Bluder said. “Remember, they played with a larger basketball and no 3-point line either.”

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Clark recognized Woodard as well.

“I’m just really thankful and grateful to have those players who have come before me. Yeah, it’s super special. Obviously, she’s one of the best all-time,” she said. “It just still shows the room that we have to improve, and where women’s sports is going is a really great place.”

Clark just sits 17 points behind LSU men’s basketball star Pete Maravich for the all-time scoring record in NCAAA men’s and women’s basketball. He scored 3,667 points during his time at LSU.

Pearl Moore, of Francis Marion, has the overall women’s collegiate record with 4,061 points at the small-college level in AIAW. She had 177 points in junior college before enrolling at Francis Marion.

Woodard told ESPN on Monday the NCAA is doing the pre-1981 players a disservice.

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“They should respect the history. Include us and our accomplishments,” Woodard said. “This is the era of diversity, equity and inclusion. They should include us. We deserve it.”

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Fetterman praised for defending Boebert’s son after his arrest

Democratic Sen. John Fetterman defended the son of Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert from critics on social media following news that the 18-year-old had been arrested. 

“This is a family in crisis and the recreational cruelty I see on social media needs to be out of bounds,” the Pennsylvania Democrat posted on X Wednesday in response to news that Boebert’s son had been arrested.

“I know the impact this has on children. I’m calling for restraint because cruelty has substantial collateral damage. We can’t ever forget that they didn’t sign up for this.”

Fetterman, who has struggled with well-documented mental health struggles of his own and been criticized by Boebert in the past, was praised on social media for his post by both Democrats and Republicans.

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“Amen to this,” veteran Democratic political strategist Mo Elleithee posted on X. 

“I keep rethinking this guy,” Townhall senior columnist Kurt Schlichter posted on X.

“I don’t see eye to eye with John Fetterman on policy very much but he proves that he’s a more decent human being than most politicians,” political commentator Ian Miles Cheong wrote on X. 

“Another W for John Fetterman,” political commentator and attorney A.G. Hamilton posted on X.

Fetterman’s tweet came after news broke Wednesday that Tyler Jay Boebert is facing five felony charges and more than a dozen misdemeanor offenses in connection to a recent string of vehicle trespass and property thefts, according to police in Rifle, Colorado.

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He was charged with four counts of criminal possession of ID documents belonging to multiple victims, one count of conspiracy to commit a felony and “over 15 additional misdemeanor and petty offenses,” the department stated. 

Reached for comment shortly after the charges were reported, Rep. Boebert said, “I love my son Tyler, who has been through some very difficult, public challenges for a young man and the subject of attention that he didn’t ask for.”

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“It breaks my heart to see my child struggling and, in this situation, especially when he has been provided multiple opportunities to get his life on track,” she said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “I will never give up on him and I will continue to be there for him. As an adult and father, Tyler will take responsibility for his actions and should be held accountable for poor decisions just like any other citizen.”

Fox News Digital’s Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report

Gov. Ron DeSantis signs law with big potential impact on Epstein case

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is approving a new law that allows secret grand jury testimony in cases that meet specific criteria to be made public – including evidence against Jeffrey Epstein, who died in 2019.

The law is limited to cases in which the suspect is dead, and the crimes involve sexual misdeeds against minors. It will take effect on July 1.

“Justice delayed is justice denied, and I think in many respects, this whole ordeal has proven that to be true,” DeSantis told reporters, flanked by Epstein accusers Haley Robson and Jena-Lisa Jones in a Palm Beach signing ceremony.

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You had somebody that was very rich and well-connected and was able to engineer an outcome that the average citizen would likely never have been able to do. And that’s wrong.

— Gov. Ron DeSantis

The goal of the new bill is to provide answers for victims and the public in situations where they would have been kept secret under older laws.

“We’re now sitting here decades later, and you’ve had Epstein and then Maxwell, who is actually in prison in Florida, and yet nothing else has ever happened with any of this,” DeSantis said. “How is that possible, given the magnitude of what was going on?”

Secrecy has surrounded Epstein’s initial criminal case for nearly two decades. He died in prison awaiting trial on stiffer federal charges after a shockingly lenient plea deal was exposed, while in recent years his victims have repeatedly been vindicated as evidence comes out in court.

Robson thanked the governor and Florida lawmakers for enacting the measures.

“I would really just want to know why was Jeffrey Epstein given such grace and mercy for his inhumane crimes, and why were we so outed in the media and treated so poorly?” she said. “Victim shaming in this high-profile case has damaged a lot of us.”

Jones blamed secrecy surrounding Epstein’s initial case for the subsequent victimization of dozens of girls and young women.

“Epsteinwas charged for his crimes in 2006, and we are finally going to learn why,” he said. “We have been left in the dark for so long with no answers.”

Separately, a group of Epstein accusers sued the FBI earlier this month, alleging the bureau failed to properly investigate allegations against the predatory financier as far back as 1996.

Citing police documents from Epstein’s 2006 arrest in Palm Beach, it alleges that Epstein recruited girls between 14 and 16 as well as students at Palm Beach Community College for “sex-tinged sessions.”

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Despite the allegations, Epstein got a sweetheart plea deal on federal charges in 2008 in connection with that case and was only charged with more serious crimes in 2019 after a series of Miami Herald reports unveiled the lenient terms of his initial punishment.

“Epstein served 13 months in jail, during which time he was allowed to leave for work release during the day,” the lawsuit reads. “He continued to sexually abuse victims during his work release in close proximity to those who were supposed to be monitoring him.”

DeSantis, who challenged President Biden to release federal files regarding Epstein during the news briefing, took issue with the sentence as well.

“Obviously the punishment was effectively a slap on the wrist given the severity of the crimes,” he said, blaming the grand jury secrecy for stymying a thorough investigation and prosecution.

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Epstein died in a federal jail cell. Officially, his death was ruled a suicide. His brother and outside experts have rejected that conclusion.

Why plastic bag bans are failing after 13 states across the country implemented them

Thirteen states across the country have enacted bans on “single-use” plastic bags, with upwards of 500 cities doing the same. More could be on the way.

Environmental groups claim that these bags are difficult to recycle, contaminate oceans and therefore our food source, and can take 1,000 years to biodegrade. According to the Sierra Club, we could be ingesting up to a credit card’s worth of plastic every week.

States and municipalities began passing bills in order to cut down on plastic waste, with the idea that forcing consumers to alter their shopping habits would somehow save the planet. Plenty of organizations tout these bans as a success. But data suggests otherwise.

Market-research organization Freedonia Group recently reported that New Jersey’s plastic consumption has tripled since their ban went into effect in 2022. The non-woven polypropylene bag customers purchased as an alternative not only use 15 times more plastic but is a material not widely recycled in the United States. 

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The increased manufacturing of this material for bags contributed to a 500% increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. And plenty of them are ending up in landfills, completely counterproductive to what is trying to be accomplished.

New Jersey residents have been buying quite a few of these alternative bags, either because they forget them at home, or they are increasingly using grocery delivery and pickup options which require purchasing them with each order. The retailers are raking in profits. A typical store can make $200,000 annually per location from these bag sales. 

On the West Coast, California’s bag-banning failure is not going unnoticed. The New York Times reported that last year that the Golden State threw away more plastic bags, by weight, than when the law first passed. And the Los Angeles Times reported that the tonnage of discarded plastic bags had jumped 47%. Even accounting for changes in population, the number rose from 4.08 tons per 1,000 people in 2014 to 5.89 tons per 1,000 people in 2022.

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Apparently, California left a loophole in its legislation, allowing for thicker reusable plastic bags to be purchased with the intent that they would only account for a small percentage of sales and would be re-used multiple times. Such was not the case. These heavier bags still ended up in landfills, in large quantities, and taking up even more space than their thinner predecessors.

New Jersey thought they had learned from California’s mistake by eliminating any such loophole, yet their plans still backfired.

But loophole or not, when single-use bag regulations are in place – whether by total elimination or fees – sales of plastic trash bags significantly increase. This is because people often reuse single-use grocery bags as trash liners. And when that option is no longer available to them, they are forced to purchase actual trash bags.

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Then there is the safety issue.

It has been found that the reusable bags purchased by customers can be contaminated with bacteria. A 2011 study discovered various harmful bacteria in 99% of the reusable bags tested; all the disposable bags in the sample came out clean. In 2012, nine members of a soccer team contracted a virus from coming into contact with a reusable bag that had been stored in a bathroom.

These reusable bags tend to travel, from public transit to restrooms to unkempt homes. And then they are brought back into stores that sell items the public puts in their mouths. The whole practice is not exactly sanitary.

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The extra expense is brutal, too. Consumers are already burdened with the highest inflation we’ve seen in decades. Charging them per plastic bag or forcing them to purchase the multi-use totes on top of already high grocery bills can place an additional financial hardship on many Americans.

Numerous life cycle assessments of single-use plastic bags versus alternatives demonstrate that the thin, single-use bags require less energy and water to manufacture and produce less pollution and less solid waste in landfills than alternatives. Plastic bag bans are not beneficial for the environment.

Studies show that the biggest polluters of plastic waste come from Asia, particularly China. The U.S. only contributes a mere 1%. While that is perhaps 1% too much, for the significant size and population, the U.S. has relatively good waste management.

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Instead of placing bans on plastics, policy should focus on improving all waste management strategies from coast to coast. Particular attention should be placed on assisting our allies overseas who have not developed proper and effective ways to accomplish this task.

In the meantime, let consumers decide which grocery-toting method works best for their needs.

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Georgia resident goes scorched earth on ‘left-wing nut job’ mayor over student’s murder

Athens Mayor Kelly Girtz is “a left-wing nut job” who has “violated his oath of office” by protecting illegal immigrants, according to an angry resident who is furious about the murder of nursing student Laken Riley on the University of Georgia campus last week.

On Wednesday, angry Georgia residents interrupted Mayor Girtz as he held a news briefing to discuss public safety in the community following the killing. An illegal immigrant from Venezuela named Jose Antonio Ibarra has been charged with the tragic slaying. 

Girtz was heckled, called a “liar,” was told he has “blood on his hands,” and was repeatedly told he needed to resign as he attempted to dismiss “the notion of a sanctuary city.”

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James Lee, a father of five who lives in Athens, was among the angry citizens who urged Mayor Girtz to step aside. He joined “Jesse Watters Primetime” following the hostile press conference to explain why he is so upset with the mayor. 

“This mayor is a left-wing nut job, into wokeism,” Lee told Jesse Watters. “This mayor has violated his oath of office. He is supposed to protect Athenians, citizens of Athens, not protect illegal criminal aliens.” 

Watters then noted that people inside the room at the press conference, including law enforcement, appeared to agree with Lee. Other protesters gathered quietly in the back of the room, holding signs that read “Blood on your hands” and “Make Athens safe again.”

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“I was surprised. I was ready to be dragged away, because I was gonna say what I was gonna say,” Lee said. “I was mad and upset over this senseless murder, and to my surprise, there were a lot of supporters. I didn’t know them at all, we met for the first time and they spoke up with me.” 

Lee said he is “outraged” that Riley was murdered so close to his home. 

“I can’t imagine what this father is going through, losing his young daughter who had her whole life ahead of her,” he said. “If that was my daughter, I think I would have done a little bit more today in that meeting. That mayor would have had a black eye walking out of there.” 

Mayor Girtz did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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Athens is a city of about 125,000, 70 miles east of Atlanta. It is home to the University of Georgia, where Riley had attended for three years, as well as Augusta University’s nursing program, in which she was enrolled at the time of her murder. She recently made the dean’s list.

The protesters have demanded Athens-Clarke County revoke a 2019 resolution in which the government welcomed “people from all lands and backgrounds,” including illegal immigrants.

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Fox News’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report. 

Actress refused to work with ‘idiot’ co-star who screamed at her on set

Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson won’t tolerate disrespect on her movie sets, even if you’re number one on the call sheet.

The “Dune: Part Two” star reflected on a past on-set experience when an A-list star made disparaging remarks toward her.

“I did a film with an absolute idiot of a co-star,” she admitted to Josh Smith on his “Reign” podcast. “This human being was being so insecure and angry because [they] couldn’t get the scenes out. And I think I was so vulnerable and uncomfortable that I got screamed at and I would cry walking off set.”

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Careful not to give anything away about the co-star, Ferguson detailed the discomfort she felt: “This person would literally look at me in front of the whole crew and say, ‘You call yourself an actor? This is what I have to work with?… What is this?’ And I stood there just breaking.

“And I remember the next day I walked on and I said, ‘You get off my set.’ That’s the first time I [had] ever spoken — I remember being so scared. And I looked at this person and I said, ‘You can F off. I’m gonna work toward a tennis ball. I never want to see you again.’”

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Ferguson clarified that neither A-lister Tom Cruise nor Hugh Jackman, with whom she’s worked on several projects, were the people she was referencing. 

The “Mission Impossible” actress has worked alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” Emily Blunt in “The Girl on the Train” and Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet and Florence Pugh in “Dune.”

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Continuing with her story, Ferguson said she didn’t feel support from executives. “And then I remember the producers came up and said, ‘You can’t do this to No. 1. We have to let this person be on set,’” she explained. “And I said, ‘But the person can turn around and I can act to the back [of their] head.’ And I did.

“It took so long for me to get to that. It’s within my last 10 years or 12 years. And I’ve acted since I was 16. But from that moment, I have never let myself get to a point when I’ve got home and gone, ‘What did, why did that happen?’”

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Ferguson’s comments have consequently gone viral, prompting one of her former co-stars to seemingly clear his name while giving his support. 

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wrote on X, “Hate seeing this but love seeing her stand up to bull—. Rebecca was my guardian angel sent from heaven on our set. I love that woman. I’d like to find out who did this.”

The two worked together on the 2014 film “Hercules.”

Former Obama official calls for immediate action in blunt admission about the border

Former President Obama’s Homeland Security chief warned Thursday the border crisis has spread “nationwide” as sanctuary cities battle migrant crime and other consequences of the surge across the country. 

Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson admitted the influx of illegal immigrants at the southern border has yielded a “hemispheric shift” in “multiple places.”

“We had 250,000 apprehensions in one month my second year in office, we had 315,000 apprehensions in all of the year 2015,” Johnson told “FOX & Friends.” “Just for some perspective here. I understand the numbers have dropped a bit of late, but longer-term big picture, this is a hemispheric shift northward. It’s a crisis on multiple levels in multiple places.”

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President Biden and former President Trump are set to hold dueling border visits in Texas on Thursday, with the former president visiting Eagle Pass, and Biden traveling to Brownsville as the issue remains critical for voters ahead of November. 

Biden is expected to use his trip to talk about the importance of passing the Senate’s bipartisan border security agreement, the White House said, adding that the president will “reiterate his calls for Congressional Republicans to stop playing politics and to provide the funding needed for additional U.S. Border Patrol agents, more asylum officers, fentanyl detection technology and more.” 

Johnson expressed his support for the bipartisan legislation, urging lawmakers to pass the bill to mitigate the influx of migrants at the southern border. 

“I like that bill. That is the strongest bipartisan pro-border security bill we’ve seen in a generation,” he said. “It would be a tragedy if it slipped through our hands.”

“We have a solution at hand… Let’s embrace it. Let’s vote on it. Let’s get it done. I guarantee that if that legislation became law, the numbers would drop, because we’ve addressed the problem, and because people in Central and South America are seeing that we are addressing the problem.”

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According to a Fox News analysis published last week, nearly 7.3 million migrants are known to have illegally crossed the southwest border since Biden took office. 

That number is greater than the population of 36 individual states. It comes from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which has already reported 961,537 border encounters in the current fiscal year, which runs from October through September. If the current pace of illegal immigration does not slow down, fiscal 2024 will break last year’s record of 2,475,669 southwest border encounters — a number that exceeds the population of New Mexico, a border state.

The total number of southwest land border encounters since Biden assumed office in 2021 is 7,298,486, CBP data shows.

“It’s a crisis on the southern border in Texas, in Arizona, and it’s a crisis here in midtown Manhattan, just a few blocks away,” Johnson said. “You can see migrants by the Roosevelt Hotel, on the subways at Times Square. This is extended nationwide. Now, the issue is, what do we do about it? Do we continue to play politics and scream about this issue or do we fix the problem? There are solutions to this problem, but given our politics, they become politically unobtainable solutions.”

“In my view, the legislation that James Lankford, the very conservative James Lankford, Chris Murphy and Kyrsten Sinema negotiated is a good bill and would fix this problem… on a number of levels,” he continued. “I guarantee… that if those provisions become law, the numbers will drop. The question is what are our politicians in Washington… going to do about this? Are they going to adopt this hard-fought compromise, or are we going to just continue to complain about the problem?”

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace, Peter Doocy, Kellianne Jones, Bill Melugin and Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report. 

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Conservatives rally behind Amish farmer who suffered police raid over milk sales

Republicans on social media are rallying behind an Amish farmer in Pennsylvania who suffered a police raid last month for selling milk in violation of government regulations.

Amos Miller argues that he sells his products only to his “private membership association” and not to the public, exempting him from government regulations. However, the state’s agriculture department alleges that his products have been connected to E. coli outbreaks in two other states.

Those reports led to a raid of Miller’s farm in early January, followed by a lawsuit from the agriculture department.

Lawyers for Miller have countered, saying the raid was justified by reports of a 2016 death supposedly linked to Miller’s products.

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“The problem is: it never happened,” attorney Robert Barnes wrote in a court filing last week, according to Lancaster Online. “In fact, the elderly lady who died had advanced cancer, and never drank any raw milk product of Amos Miller’s, as her caretaker testified to under oath and a former Wall Street Journal reporter had already previously investigated and independently found.”

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., condemned the raid as “shameful” in January, arguing it was a classic example of government overreach.

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“It’s a shame that small farmers have been pushed into these situations by overbearing government regulatory agencies and lawmakers captured by corporations and monopolies,” he told Newsweek in a statement on Wednesday.

“I support all small farmers and consumers who wish to engage in voluntary transactions. It’s imperative that Congress take up my PRIME Act to ameliorate the plight of small farmers like Amos,” he added.

Donald Trump Jr. also weighed in on X, sharing a video of the police raid and condemning Pennsylvania for going after “farmers selling to their neighbors.”

Not all Republicans are siding with Miller, however. State Rep. Dave Zimmerman, who represents nearby Lancaster County, argues that Miller is not above the law.

“Let me be very clear, I’m 100% against government overreach and have spent much of my time in the legislature fighting overregulation,” he wrote in a Jan. 17 statement. “I also recognize that while limiting the government is critical, some government is necessary.”

“Mr. Miller’s case is not about the buying and selling of raw products as some have suggested – many farmers throughout the state sell raw products. I can go to a local farm right now to purchase raw products. There are many farmers with roadside stands right here in Lancaster County who sell raw products. Mr. Miller’s case is about following basic agriculture regulations that every other farmer in the state is subject to for the production of safe food. Is it too much to ask for farmers to follow these basic requirements to ensure food safety?” he asked.

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“Is the solution to simply ignore Mr. Miller and allow him to violate basic regulations that all other farmers must follow? That would certainly not be fair to other farmers,” he said.

Miller’s defense against the state lawsuit is ongoing, but authorities have placed hundreds of products in Miller’s farm store under a detention order pending the result of the litigation. 

Americans growing frustrated with businesses becoming too political

A new study finds that Americans want businesses to be more neutral in taking political stances in the public sphere and in the workplace.

The study found that overwhelming majorities of consumers and employees said they expect political neutrality in the workplace, with 72% of consumers and 71% of employees saying the workplace should be politically neutral. 

Further, it found that 70% of consumers and 68% of employees expect companies to respect and welcome all political affiliations – while 58% of consumers and 56% of employees said companies need to avoid the appearance of politics in the workplace.

The study, which was conducted by global communications consulting firm Weber Shandwick, gauged how favorably consumers and employees perceive political actions businesses take in election years. It found that while Americans generally have more confidence in business to address societal issues than the government, they overwhelmingly expect political neutrality in the workplace.

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About two-thirds of respondents lacked confidence in the federal government’s ability to play a positive role in addressing societal challenges, whereas over half are confident businesses are playing a positive role in taking on those issues, with that confidence crossing party lines. The study found 57% of Democrats and Democratic leaners and 53% of Republicans and Republican leaners had confidence in business.

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Another area where Americans from both sides of the political aisle agree that businesses can wade into politics during an election year is in encouraging a free and fair election. The study found that 80% of consumers and 81% of employees agree that businesses should encourage a free and fair election, with 72% of consumers and 74% of employees thinking businesses should take a stand to protect democracy – including 78% of Republicans and 86% of Democrats.

Among the actions businesses can take in election years that the study found are broadly supported by majorities of consumers and employees are providing paid time off to vote, which was backed by 64% of consumers and 63% of employees. 

Encouraging employees to be informed and participate in the election was supported by 56% of consumers and 54% of employees, while advocating for specific issues that impact the business was favorable to 55% of consumers and 56% of employees. Providing voting resources like key dates was favored by narrower majorities of 51% of consumers and 53% of employees.

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Activities that American consumers and workers were deeply skeptical of businesses wading into during election years included endorsing candidates, which was backed by just 23% of consumers and 25% of employees, or sponsoring events at the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention, which just 23% of consumers and 26% of employees supported.

Other actions like granting paid time off for employees to volunteer as poll workers or register voters, partnering with nonprofit groups to promote civic engagement and providing objective, nonpartisan information about issues fell just shy of majority support – with 46% to 49% of consumers and employees expressing support. Lobbying elected officials on issues that can help the business and organization was favored by 38% of consumers and 40% of employees.

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“A measured license to lead on societal issues is viewed differently from weighing in during a contentious election,” said Peter Carson, head of corporate affairs for Weber Shandwick North America.