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post #3751 of 3837

So, do you think Republican politicians send each other pics and notes on all the evil shit they do, or do they just look into each others' eyes and KNOW?

 

It's amazing how they manage to find and latch on to each other. It's like if you looked outside one morning and saw every pile of dog shit in the neighborhood slowly slinking towards each other.

post #3752 of 3837
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Originally Posted by Farsight View Post
 

So, do you think Republican politicians send each other pics and notes on all the evil shit they do, or do they just look into each others' eyes and KNOW?

 

It's amazing how they manage to find and latch on to each other. It's like if you looked outside one morning and saw every pile of dog shit in the neighborhood slowly slinking towards each other.


Seriously, that's two former state campaign chairmen for the Trump Campaign that have been busted for child sex crimes.  So seriously...a 2 in 50/51 ratio?  Assuming the Trump campaign did in fact have chairmen in every state?

post #3753 of 3837
Thread Starter 
We've seen what party protects their sexual deviants. Where would you go if you had unnatural sexual urges and wanted a political career?
post #3754 of 3837

It takes a special mix of evil and insanity to do what these guys do AND think, "I should totally go into a line of work where people will scrutinize my entire life!"

post #3755 of 3837
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Originally Posted by Farsight View Post
 

It takes a special mix of evil and insanity to do what these guys do AND think, "I should totally go into a line of work where people will scrutinize my entire life!"


The scrutiny hasn't generally been as intense as it is now, though.  I'm quite sure there's a few thousand metric shitloads of dirt on plenty of other politicians of all stripes that hasn't come out yet (and possibly never will).

 

A lot of this stuff never makes it past rumors and hearsay at the local/state level.  I daresay that if the numbers in the Senate weren't currently as close as they are, and Moore himself weren't as much of a polarizing figure, the Roy Moore allegations would not have gotten nearly as much airplay at the national level.

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post #3757 of 3837

In a not-shocking-at-all twist, the FBI and Congress want to interview Rep. Dana Rohrabacher about certain meetings he took tied to the whole Russia scandal. A little more surprising is that for at least five years, the FBI has been aware that the Kremlin considers Rohrabacher such a valuable asset that the Russian intelligence services have given him their own codename.

 

https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/933098772648804354

post #3758 of 3837

I'm not sure "Douchbag" is a code name. 

post #3759 of 3837

I'm late to the party here, but kudos to The Kansas City Star for this report on the secretive government of Kansas:

 

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article184179651.html

 

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In the course of its investigation, The Star found that:

 

▪ Children known to the state’s Department for Children and Families suffer horrific abuse, while the agency cloaks its involvement with their cases, even shredding notes after meetings where children’s deaths are discussed, according to a former high-ranking DCF official. One grieving father told The Star he was pressured to sign a “gag order” days after his son was killed that would prevent him from discussing DCF’s role in the case. Even lawmakers trying to fix the troubled system say they cannot trust information coming from agency officials.

 

▪ In the past decade, more than 90 percent of the laws passed by the Kansas Legislature have come from anonymous authors. Kansans often had no way of knowing who was pushing which legislation and why, and the topics have included abortion, concealed weapons and school funding. Kansas is one of only a few states that allow the practice.

 

▪ When Kansas police shoot and kill someone, law enforcement agencies often escape scrutiny because they are allowed to provide scant details to the public. The release of body-cam video has become common practice around the country after several high-profile, police-involved shootings. But in Kansas, a new state law is one of the most restrictive in the nation, allowing agencies to shelve footage that could shed more light on controversial cases.

 

▪ Kansas became the first state to fully privatize Medicaid services in 2013, and now some caregivers for people with disabilities say they have been asked to sign off on blank treatment plans — without knowing what’s being provided. In some of those cases, caregivers later discovered their services had been dramatically cut.

 

The examples, when stitched together, form a quilt of secrecy that envelops much of state government.

 

“Damn,” said Bob Stephan, a Republican and four-time Kansas attorney general. “That causes me concern. It’s very disheartening. … It’s gone crazy.”

post #3760 of 3837

Reporter Ben Jacobs sent a cease and desist order to Greg Gianforte and his lying spokesman after recent statements from them denying that Gianforte initially misled police:

 

https://twitter.com/Hadas_Gold/status/935216862387982337

 

post #3761 of 3837
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Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
 

The IRS "scandal" is no more:

 

 https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-11-20/gop-surrenders-cherished-irs-scandal-at-last

 

 

Pfft.  That article contains facts.  The opinions of right-wingers aren't based on facts.  All this means is the rot goes even deeper than we thought!

 

 

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The failure to punish someone upset Republican Representative Kevin Brady. “Today’s decision does not mean Lois Lerner is innocent,” Brady stated.  "It means the justice system in Washington is deeply flawed."  Brady is not a reckless Freedom Caucus radical. The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he is considered one of the more knowledgeable, capable and responsible members of the House Republican conference.

 

See?

post #3762 of 3837
Geez. Gianforte already got lucky once when Trump was elected and everybody had much, much bigger things to worry about than his shitty behavior, but he just cannot let this go.
post #3763 of 3837

“When you have a lot of money, you can kind of get away with stuff,”

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As a teen, he savagely beat a classmate. The attack was forgotten, until he went into politics

 

The Republicans of Broward County, Fla., knew little about Rupert Tarsey when he ran for an open slot on the local party’s executive committee. But the young man had some decent political cred.

 

Before the 2016 presidential election, he told them, he knocked on thousands of doors and got 50 Republicans in the liberal enclave to register to vote to support Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He worshiped at the same church as the committee’s vice chair and headed a local chapter of the Catholic fraternal group Knights of Columbus. He came from a wealthy California family and followed four generations into a real estate career.

 

Within months of joining the local party, the 28-year-old was elected secretary in May, defeating two challengers who’d been around longer.

 

But something felt off about Tarsey for Bob Sutton, chairman of the committee. After a few months, Tarsey went after Sutton’s position, members said, by working to persuade the committee to unseat him. That’s when Sutton started getting phone calls warning him that Tarsey was not quite who he seemed.

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post #3764 of 3837

Holy shit, these motherfuckers are arrogant assholes....they really think that they can get away with anything.

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Fresh Out of Prison, Reviled Coal Baron Don Blankenship Is Running for the U.S. Senate

 

Don Blankenship, the disgraced coal baron who was released from federal prison in May, will run for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia, local news is reporting. The former CEO of Massey Energy filed Tuesday to run in the crowded Republican primary. The winner of the race, which will also include U.S. representative Evan Jenkins and West Virginia attorney general Patrick Morrisey, will go up against Democrat senator Joe Manchin in the general election.

 

Blankenship’s candidacy is big news in West Virginia, where he is a well-known and deeply polarizing figure who spent decades as a ruthless advocate for the coal industry.

If people in the rest of the country know Blankenship, it’s likely because of his 2015 conviction for conspiring to break mine-safety laws, leading to the 2010 disaster at the Upper Big Branch Mine.

 

Twenty-nine men died in an explosion there, but Blankenship refused to shoulder any of the blame. While in prison, he wrote a 67-page booklet in which he claimed to be an “American political prisoner” and arguing that the deadliest mine disaster in four decades was caused by natural factors.

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post #3765 of 3837
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Originally Posted by VTRan View Post
 

Holy shit, these motherfuckers are arrogant assholes....they really think that they can get away with anything.


Largely because they generally do.

post #3766 of 3837

We have a name for the sitting Congressman who has used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment case. In a not-shocking-at-all twist, it's Blake Farenthold.

 

https://twitter.com/rachaelmbade/status/936648050663190529

post #3767 of 3837
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Originally Posted by Dent6084 View Post
 

We have a name for the sitting Congressman who has used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment case. In a not-shocking-at-all twist, it's Blake Farenthold.

 

https://twitter.com/rachaelmbade/status/936648050663190529

you should have included a photo of the motherfucker....

 

post #3768 of 3837

A college student named James Allsup stepped down from his role as president of Washington State University's Republican club after he was spotted at a white power rally earlier in the year.  The Republicans on campus didn't care and voted him back in yesterday.  He won't be seated, though:

 

https://www.chronicle.com/article/spotted-at-a-white-power/241963

 

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James Allsup, the former Republican club president at Washington State University who stepped down this year after being spotted at a white-power rally in Virginia, said on Thursday that he had been re-elected to lead the chapter.

 

"I have officially been re-elected as the President of the WSU College Republicans," Mr. Allsup wrote on Twitter just after 9 p.m. local time. He attached an image of Pepe the Frog, the alt-right mascot.

 

But the WSU College Republicans on Friday issued a statement on Facebook saying that the vote had been "declared null and void" by their chapter adviser and the university office that supports campus organizations.

 

Amir Rezamand, the current president of the group, declined to elaborate on exactly what had happened. "I think the statement is very clear," he told The Chronicle. "Nothing has changed."

 

Mr. Allsup did indeed win a vote for the presidency of the WSU College Republicans, according to Brian Shuffield, the director of an office that oversees student activities at Washington State. But Mr. Allsup is slated to graduate this month, said Mr. Shuffield. According to university rules, people who are not currently enrolled as students cannot hold leadership positions in student organizations.

 

The future of the Republican Party, everyone!

post #3769 of 3837
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Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post

A college student named James Allsup stepped down from his role as president of Washington State University's Republican club after he was spotted at a white power rally earlier in the year.  The Republicans on campus didn't care and voted him back in yesterday.  He won't be seated, though:

https://www.chronicle.com/article/spotted-at-a-white-power/241963


The future of the Republican Party, everyone!

And this is why I've shifted from "We just have to wait for the boomers to die and it'll be better" to "I need to fight these evil shits in every way possible until either they're dead or I am." This stuff isn't going away. We can't wait them out. We're going to spend our entire lives fighting this.
post #3770 of 3837

In the interest of maintaining Godwin's Law, here's a long read on the literary merits (or lack thereof) and actual appeal of Mein Kampf.


There are a LOT of disturbing parallels with today's political environment in the US, esp the blatant and knowing disregard/concealment of facts by the "new Elite":

 

www.drb.ie/essays/literarily-hitler

post #3771 of 3837
The Twilight Zone had this pegged decades ago.

https://youtu.be/B3ID7k0_xn4
post #3772 of 3837
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Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
 

A college student named James Allsup stepped down from his role as president of Washington State University's Republican club after he was spotted at a white power rally earlier in the year.  The Republicans on campus didn't care and voted him back in yesterday.  He won't be seated, though:

 

https://www.chronicle.com/article/spotted-at-a-white-power/241963

 

 

The future of the Republican Party, everyone!


He won the popular vote and yet doesn't get to be president. It looks like somebody can relate to Hillary.

post #3773 of 3837

Oklahoma State Senator busted in motel with drugs and teen boy prostitute while wearing a shirt referencing a Bible verse which tells women to be subservient to their husbands - http://kfor.com/2017/12/04/moore-police-release-body-cam-footage-from-night-state-senator-found-in-hotel-room-with-teen-boy/

 

HahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!

post #3774 of 3837
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Originally Posted by Mangy View Post

Oklahoma State Senator busted in motel with drugs and teen boy prostitute while wearing a shirt referencing a Bible verse which tells women to be subservient to their husbands - http://kfor.com/2017/12/04/moore-police-release-body-cam-footage-from-night-state-senator-found-in-hotel-room-with-teen-boy/

HahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh shit that's in my town. Went to high school in Moore. The area where that Super 8 is located is the "shitty" part of an otherwise booming suburb.

It doesn't surprise me that an OK State senator is caught up in that shit and was wearing the fucking shirt while being caught red handed by the cops. There is strong progressive movement happening in the urban areas of the state but we are still surrounded by bible belt hypocrites that can't keep their dicks in the pants let alone run the government or balance the budget.

Just like the rest of the country!
post #3775 of 3837

Paul Nehlen, a conservative running against Paul Ryan next year, is a raging asshole:

 

 

post #3776 of 3837

Roll Call reports Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) expected to resign amid "rumors of inappropriate behavior" - http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/arizonas-trent-franks-expected-resign 

 

It's a resign-off!

post #3777 of 3837
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Originally Posted by Mangy View Post
 

Roll Call reports Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) expected to resign amid "rumors of inappropriate behavior" - http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/arizonas-trent-franks-expected-resign 

 

It's a resign-off!


And just a few months ago.... Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is calling on Robert Mueller, special counsel for the Justice Department's Russia investigation, to resign.

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post #3779 of 3837

I can't help but be bemused when I read these 'realization' op-eds from conservative writers.

Do they honestly only now think that the GOP is rotting? Are they oblivious to the fact that it's been morally bankrupt for DECADES?
 

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The G.O.P. Is Rotting

-David Brooks

 

A lot of good, honorable Republicans used to believe there was a safe middle ground. You didn’t have to tie yourself hip to hip with Donald Trump, but you didn’t have to go all the way to the other extreme and commit political suicide like the dissident Jeff Flake, either. You could sort of float along in the middle, and keep your head down until this whole Trump thing passed.

 

Now it’s clear that middle ground doesn’t exist. That’s because Donald Trump never stops asking. First, he asked the party to swallow the idea of a narcissistic sexual harasser and a routine liar as its party leader. Then he asked the party to accept his comprehensive ignorance and his politics of racial division. Now he asks the party to give up its reputation for fiscal conservatism. At the same time he asks the party to become the party of Roy Moore, the party of bigotry, alleged sexual harassment and child assault.

 

There is no end to what Trump will ask of his party. He is defined by shamelessness, and so there is no bottom. And apparently there is no end to what regular Republicans are willing to give him.

Trump may soon ask them to accept his firing of Robert Mueller, and yes, after some sighing, they will accept that, too.

 

That’s the way these corrupt bargains always work. You think you’re only giving your tormentor a little piece of yourself, but he keeps asking and asking, and before long he owns your entire soul.

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post #3780 of 3837

Rep. Steve King getting super racist again:

 

https://twitter.com/SteveKingIA/status/939117527375990790

 

Will Paul Ryan censure him this time?  No, of course not.

post #3781 of 3837
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Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
 

Rep. Steve King getting super racist again:

 

https://twitter.com/SteveKingIA/status/939117527375990790

 

Will Paul Ryan censure him this time?  No, of course not.

 

Oh, c'mon....King isn't the one saying it...I'm sure it's just a 'coincidence' that  he agrees with it.

 

/s

post #3782 of 3837

Charles Koch gave $51 million to higher education last year:

 

http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/charles-koch-gave-50-million-higher-ed-2016-what-did-he-buy-2626269

 

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The foundation of billionaire industrialist Charles Koch is ramping up its ideological higher education donations, smashing last year’s record amount given to colleges and universities. The foundation, along with smaller contributions from two other Koch family foundations, gave over $51 million to higher education institutions in 2016, according to tax records analyzed by International Business Times. Koch donations typically come in the form of multi-year gifts, which support free-market centers, courses, professorships, graduate scholarships and lecture series, all with the aim of producing bright, young conservatives to recruit into their political network and like-minded professors to create scholarship that dovetails with the Kochs' ideology and business interests.
post #3783 of 3837

Corey Stewart, who lost the GOP gubernatorial primary in Virginia to Ed Gillespie and was that state's chairman for Trump's election campaign (before he got fired), tweeted about how Democrats forged the yearbooks Roy Moore allegedly signed, just like they forged Barack Obama's birth certificate:

 

https://twitter.com/CoreyStewartVA/status/939301865652736000

 

Sanity has left the building.

 

He's running for the Senate now.

post #3784 of 3837
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Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
 

Corey Stewart, who lost the GOP gubernatorial primary in Virginia to Ed Gillespie and was that state's chairman for Trump's election campaign (before he got fired), tweeted about how Democrats forged the yearbooks Roy Moore allegedly signed, just like they forged Barack Obama's birth certificate:

 

https://twitter.com/CoreyStewartVA/status/939301865652736000

 

Sanity has left the building.

 

He's running for the Senate now.

Thankfully it seems likely given the results of this past election that Stewart isn't going to win a Senate seat regardless.

 

I'd hope that means the end of his political aspirations, but it won't be.  The guy's a Trumptard dickbag, and you know they'll be around for a decade or so more now.

 

Still, it would please me that Stewart never rise higher than the County Supervisor position he held before seeking higher office.  Weirdly enough, he reallly wasn't bad at that job (it was my county).

post #3785 of 3837

A persistent cyclist in New York City kept following a vehicle where a man used a non-NYPD placard to get him to move:

 

https://twitter.com/bdhowald/status/940392810137743360

 

Looks like the man is Marty Golden, a state senator.

post #3786 of 3837
Paul Ryan is the phoniest shithead of them all, and Charlie Pierce's dissection of him made me chuckle - http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14435838/paul-ryan-retire/
post #3787 of 3837

What in the hell?!

 

http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/woman-says-wyoming-secretary-of-state-ed-murray-sexually-assaulted/article_2f1faf41-90a7-52b4-b6c6-bbf374843977.html#utm_source=trib.com&utm_campaign=%2Femail-updates%2Fbreaking%2F&utm_medium=email&utm_content=

 

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Tatiana Maxwell said she was working as an intern at a Cheyenne law firm in 1982 when a young lawyer at the firm, Ed Murray, sexually assaulted her at the office.
Murray, now Wyoming’s secretary of state, denies the allegations. Murray is considering whether to run for governor and is widely viewed as one of the leading Republican candidates, should he decide to enter the race.
Maxwell detailed the alleged assault in a social media post earlier this week and confirmed the events in a phone interview with the Star-Tribune on Thursday.
“This is not a comfortable thing to talk about,” Maxwell said. “It hasn't been a comfortable thing for 35 years, but it's the right thing to do.”
Murray issued a statement to the media Thursday saying that he was “shocked and appalled” to read Maxwell’s social media post. The statement said that Murray was an advocate for women.
“This baseless claim about an encounter from thirty-five years ago is unequivocally false,” Murray stated. “There is no basis to this falsehood whatsoever and it is deeply hurtful to me and to my family, as well as to everyone I serve.”

 

So, what's the allegation?

 

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She said that Murray put his hands on her and attempted to kiss her but that she resisted, told him she was a virgin and stopped him from taking off her pants.
“Ed wrestled me down to the carpet in front of the receptionist desk, opened his pants, lifted up my blouse and ejaculated on my stomach,” Maxwell wrote. “I was disgusted and horrified.”

 

Ugh.

post #3788 of 3837
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Paul Nehlen, a conservative running against Paul Ryan next year, is a raging asshole:

 

 

 

More Nehlen:

 

post #3789 of 3837

Roy Moore doesn't seem to be taking his loss too well:

 

https://twitter.com/KFILE/status/943864121497473026

 

 

 

I didn't know this initially, but Moore's talk about military voters not being counted right away amounted to less than 400 when he needed over 20,000.  Someone get that guy a calculator... and maybe some decency.

post #3790 of 3837

Wisconsin's Foxconn deal is somehow worse now:

 

https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2017/12/21/murphys-law-foxconn-subsidy-now-exceeds-4-billion/

 

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When the state deal with Taiwanese company Foxconn was first announced, the numbers were bold and clear: the company would get $3 billion in subsidies from the state and in turn would build a $10 billion plant and create 13,000 jobs.
That stood not just as the largest subsidy in state history, but the largest government subsidy to a foreign company in American history.
But the giveaway has continued to grow, while Foxconn’s required investment has shrunk. After legislation was passed approving the deal without determining the specifics, the Wisconsin Economic Development Agency hammered out the details that dropped Foxconn’s required investment in its new plant to just $9 billion. The Journal Sentinel has reported this, yet its stories keep referring to the $10 billion plant.
Meanwhile the Village of Mount Pleasant and Racine County agreed to give Foxconn $764 million in tax incentives. The measure also commits the state to paying 40 percent of local governments’ expenses for the plant “if ever called upon to do so.”

The state will also spend $30 million on a new two-mile road east of I-94 to be called “Wisconn Valley Way,” and aimed at easing traffic congestion near Foxconn’s plant.

 

And last week we learned the Walker administration will also siphon $134 million from the state transportation fund to widen and improve several local roads near the future Foxconn factory, as a report by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau disclosed. The Department of Transportation didn’t give the fiscal bureau an exact estimate for the local Foxconn roadwork when it was requested, but the bureau found the information “referenced in a grant application for $246.2 million in federal funds for the nearby I-94 project,” the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

post #3791 of 3837

Schilling decides to read Nehlen's ant-Semitic tweets... after making a fool of himself:

 

https://twitter.com/oliverdarcy/status/947472785923768320

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, and Breitbart doesn't deserve to be off the hook for Nehlen, considering he just shared a stage with Bannon a few weeks ago.

post #3792 of 3837

Josh Mandel dropped out of his Senate bid against Sherrod Brown in Ohio because his wife is suffering from health issues.  

post #3793 of 3837

Holy shit, Missouri is going to need a new governor, pronto:

 

http://www.kmov.com/story/37240190/governor-greitens-admits-to-extramarital-affair#.Wlbtp16FELc.twitter

 

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Governor Eric Greitens on Wednesday night confirmed to News 4 he had an extramarital affair, an admission a months-long News 4 investigation prompted.
In a recording obtained by News 4, a woman says she had a sexual encounter with Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and that he tried to blackmail her to keep the encounter quiet.
The details were provided to News 4 by the woman’s ex-husband, claiming the sexual relationship happened between his now ex-wife and Greitens in March 2015. News 4 is not naming the woman and she has not made an on-the-record comment about the story.
According to the ex-husband, the recording was made just days after Greitens’ and the woman’s first sexual encounter. And also that Greitens took a photograph during the encounter to use as “blackmail” according to the ex-husband.
During his campaign and while serving in his first year in office as Missouri’s Governor, Eric Greitens has billed himself a family man. During his campaign announcement, he stated: “I'm Eric Greitens, I'm a Navy SEAL, native Missourian and most importantly, a proud husband and father."
A contrast to the acts the woman accuses Greitens of committing on tape saying his actions were “horrible and disgusting.” 

 

Sick:

 

Quote:
She stated she agreed to go to his house to "talk." It's unclear where Greitens' wife or children were at this time.
The woman said that when the sexual encounter began that Saturday and said it was consensual.
Woman: "He said: "I'll make you feel better. I'll make you feel good. Come downstairs. I want to show you how to do a proper pull-up. And I knew he was being sexual and I still let him. And he used some sort of tape, I don't what it was, and taped my hands to these rings and then put a blindfold on me.”
She went on to say that some of his actions-scared her.
Woman:  "I didn't even know. I feel like I don't even know. I was just numb. I just stood there and didn't (expletive) know."
She went on, describing what Greitens allegedly did next that made her feel sick.
Woman: “He stepped back, I saw a flash through the blindfold and he said: "you're never going to mention my name, otherwise there will be pictures of me everywhere."
Her now ex-husband said that statement upset him.
“He took a picture of my wife naked as blackmail. There is no worse person,” the ex-husband told News 4. And that is still what upsets him. He told News 4, “I think it's as bad as it gets, It’s as bad as it gets when someone takes advantage of something.”
In the recorded phone conversation, the woman takes on some of the blame and says that Greitens apologized after the encounter-and told her he had deleted the picture.
She claims they had at least one more physical interaction later that day.
After the tearful confession, the man and his wife tried reconciling, but according to the man, Greitens was still in her life.
post #3794 of 3837

Al Franken is indirectly causing a political fight in Minnesota where Michelle Fischbach, a Republican, won't give up her seat in the state Senate after being appointed to lieutenant governor.  She doesn't want to the position, and doesn't want to give up a seat in a chamber where Republicans have a narrow majority.  There's now a lawsuit from a resident, arguing that it's unconstitutional for Fischbach to hold two offices simultaneously:

 

https://apnews.com/d08e693135f24095b9e1ce31b9650d9b?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=APCentralRegion

 

Technically, Fischbach has refused to take the oath of office for lieutenant governor, so who knows?

post #3795 of 3837
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Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
 

Holy shit, Missouri is going to need a new governor, pronto:

 

http://www.kmov.com/story/37240190/governor-greitens-admits-to-extramarital-affair#.Wlbtp16FELc.twitter

 

 

Sick:

 


Hours of tape recordings have been turned over to the FBI/law enforcement, and Republican state legislators in Missouri have started calling on Greitens to step down:

 

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/politics/eric-greitens-audio/index.html

post #3796 of 3837
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Originally Posted by Dent6084 View Post
 


Hours of tape recordings have been turned over to the FBI/law enforcement, and Republican state legislators in Missouri have started calling on Greitens to step down:

 

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/politics/eric-greitens-audio/index.html

 

Greitens doesn't have a lot of Republican friends in the Missouri state legislature, so it'll be interesting to see how long of a list that turns out to be.

post #3797 of 3837

The Medicaid expansion has been a big success in Kentucky, but Gov. Matt Bevin is threatening to get rid of it if he can't add work requirements:

 

https://twitter.com/ASlavitt/status/953374252878589952

post #3798 of 3837
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Originally Posted by Iron Maiden View Post
 

The Medicaid expansion has been a big success in Kentucky, but Gov. Matt Bevin is threatening to get rid of it if he can't add work requirements:

 

https://twitter.com/ASlavitt/status/953374252878589952

 

The New York Times has a good piece on Bevin's threats:

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/business/economy/work-medicaid.html

 

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Apparently the plan to Make America Great Again will let some Americans die.
Kentucky rushed last week to become the first of the nation’s 50 states to impose a work requirement on recipients of Medicaid. Under the state’s HEALTH plan, most able-bodied 19-to-64-year-olds — excluding the pregnant, the medically frail and some others — will have to work, get job training or perform community service for at least 20 hours a week to qualify for coverage, starting in July.
They will have to pay for it, too — a premium starting at $1 per month for families living on up to one-quarter of the federal poverty line, or about $400 a month for a family of three (such families exist, apparently) and rising to $15 for those who manage to stay above the poverty threshold.
The initiative is, of course, not about saving the state money by pushing poor people off the insurance rolls. It is providing moral education. In the words of Gov. Matt Bevin, the HEALTH plan will free Kentuckians from the “dead-end entitlement trap” and give them “a path forward and upward” so they can fend for themselves.
But the fact remains that the plan is expected to reduce Medicaid spending by $2.4 billion over five years. Roughly half of the 350,000 able-bodied Medicaid beneficiaries in Kentucky currently do not meet the work requirements, by the government’s estimates, and could lose their benefits. Five years from now, the Bevin administration calculates, the change will have culled some 100,000 people from the rolls.
Kentucky won’t be the last. Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin have already submitted their own similar proposals. Barring legal challenges, the Trump administration is eager to let them do it. Millions of Americans stand at risk of losing their health care. Many — the most fragile, the least great — could die as a result.
Mr. Bevin might care to glance south over the border. In 2005, Tennessee removed 170,000 people — almost one in 10 Medicaid beneficiaries in the state, mainly working-age adults without children — from its Medicaid program to save money. They didn’t do well.
The cuts didn’t just eat into poor Tennesseans’ finances. One study found that childless adults in Tennessee — especially the least educated — started delaying or forgoing visits to the doctor. They reported suffering more days in bad health and incapacitated. And they recorded more visits to hospital emergency rooms, which are required by law to care for all comers, regardless of their ability to pay.
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Another study from Tennessee found that losing access to Medicaid led to delays in diagnosis, so more breast cancers were caught at a later stage. Women who lived in low-income ZIP codes were 3.3 percentage points more likely to receive a diagnosis of late-stage cancer than women living in high-income ZIP codes.

 

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Kentucky was an eager participant in the last big so-called entitlement reform, visited upon the nation’s poor just over two decades ago. Under that 1996 program directed at welfare benefits, the entitlement to federal assistance was replaced by a hodgepodge of programs managed by the states and financed by a fixed dollop of federal cash. Work requirements became the norm. And people got less help.
The number of families in poverty in Kentucky has budged little since then, declining to 116,000 from 132,000. But the number of families getting cash assistance has fallen by two-thirds. Today, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program covers only one of five poor families in the state. For a single mother with two children, it provides $262 a month — a third less than it did two decades ago, adjusted for inflation.
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The Alabama House approved a bill that would end special elections for appointments to the U.S. Senate yesterday.

 

I get the feeling many of those who voted in favor weren't crazy about the outcome of the last special election.

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Wisconsin is at it again:

 

https://www.yahoo.com/news/wisconsin-republicans-abruptly-decide-oust-233118864.html

 

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Wisconsin Republicans voted Tuesday to remove the state’s top election and ethics officials, despite looming state and federal elections.
Led by Republicans in a vote along party lines, the state Senate voted to oust Ethics Administrator Brian Bell and Elections Administrator Michael Haas from their respective roles by denying to confirm them on a permanent basis. Both men did not get a customary public hearing before the vote.
Haas and Bell previously worked for the state’s Government Accountability Board when it was probing whether the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker (R) illegally coordinated with outside conservative groups. The probe was shut down by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2015, but The Guardian obtained information from the investigation and published an article on its contents. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel (R) conducted an investigation into the leak and recommended charges against nine people who worked on the probe, but not Bell and Haas. Despite that, House Speaker Robin Vos (R) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) both called on Haas and Bell to resign.
The Government Accountability Board was disbanded in 2015 and replaced with the state ethics commission and election commission.
In 2016, the members of the elections commission, which is bipartisan, unanimously picked Haas to lead it. The six-member body is charged with overseeing and implementing Wisconsin’s election laws.
Haas’ removal comes just weeks before a Feb. 20 primary in the state and a little under three months before the first day when candidates can begin circulating petitions for the 2018 fall election. As Wisconsin’s chief election official, Haas is responsible for administering those elections, ensuring compliance with federal law and overseeing investigation and enforcement of the state’s election code. He is also charged with overseeing the state’s election equipment, a role with increased importance this year because Wisconsin was one of 21 states targeted by Russian hackers ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Mark Thomsen, a Democrat and the election commission’s chairman, noted during a meeting Wednesday that Haas was the only person in the agency with the required clearance to work with the Department of Homeland Security to secure the state’s election system.
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