Category: Our Elected Representatives

New Charlottesville Doc Exposes Neo-Nazi Leaders & Their Ties to U.S. Military & Weapons Contractors

I actually talked to him. I emailed him first at his email, which included the numbers 88, which is a code for “Heil Hitler” among white supremacists. And he gave me a bunch of different stories. You know, he gave me—he said, “Look, I have ‘alt-right’ beliefs.” He suggested like, “Yes, I am a white supremacist.”

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Trump Will Have Blood on His Hands

Donald Trump’s more sophisticated defenders have long since mastered the art of pretending that the only thing that matters with his presidency is what it does, not what he says. But not all of the president’s defenders are quite as sophisticated. Some of them didn’t get the memo about taking Trump seriously but not literally. A few hear the phrase “enemy of the people” and are prepared to take the words to their logical conclusion. We are approaching a day when blood on the newsroom floor will be blood on the president’s hands.

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Arrested, Jailed and Charged With a Felony. For Voting. A Conviction will Prevent them from Voting Again.

The case against the 12 voters in Alamance County — a patchwork of small towns about an hour west of the state’s booming Research Triangle — is unusual for the sheer number of people charged at once. And because nine of the defendants are black, the case has touched a nerve in a state with a history of suppressing African-American votes.

Local civil-rights groups and black leaders have urged the district attorney to drop the prosecution, saying that black voters were being disproportionately punished for an unwitting mistake. African-Americans in North Carolina are more likely to be disqualified from voting because of felony convictions; their rate of incarceration is more than four times that of white residents, according to the Prison Policy Initiative, a nonprofit organization.

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President Trump has made 4,229 false or misleading claims in 558 days

National influence campaigns designed to disrupt elections and undermine the people’s confidence in representative democracy are increasing in number and sophistication. Attacks on the foundations of our democracy are, by definition, acts of war and are now coming at us from both within and without. Lies are the weapon of choice, social media the platform for delivery, truth the intended target. Integrity and the union are collateral damage.

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Trump Administration Mulls a Unilateral Tax Cut for the Rich- New York Times

The tax cut being considered by the President is intended to reduce capital gains taxes for those who sell capital assets (property or investments). Income inequality, already at record levels, will increase yet again since they are considering only tax cuts for the wealthy. For those of us who work for a paycheck and do not have (much less sell) capital assets there is no benefit.

US tax revenue will be reduced by $100 billion dollars, adding to the budget deficit, which was increased to $1.5 trillion by the 2017 tax cuts. You and your children will pay for this gift to the wealthy. These additional tax cuts can only be balanced by cuts in Federal spending on the favorite Republican whipping boys: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Proponents argue that this tax cut will generate a sell-off and drive the stock market up, so wage earners and the middle class will benefit. The same argument was used in selling the 2017 Republican tax cut for businesses from 35% to 20%. A boon for corporations, that windfall resulted increased profitability which was used for stock buy-backs, not wage increases.  In 2017 average wages increased about 1.75%.

This tax cut is deliberately targeted and timed to please the donor class as we go into the midterm elections.

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Meadows’ attempt to impeach Rosenstein is over, but a contempt citation may still be in the works

How serious was Republican Congressman Mark Meadows about impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein? As serious as anyone who is purely putting together a stunt he can use in a fundraising ad on Breitbart. So serious, in fact, that the whole round of chest-thumping and clothes-rending appears to be over.

As reported in The Hill, Meadows is “tabling his efforts” after a brief chat with Republican leadership. It’s a meeting that likely involved a lot of eye-rolling and questions about what other PR stunts Meadows has planned.

Truly a classless act.

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We have the first documented case of Russian hacking in the 2018 election

Microsoft had already announced that Russian hackers had gone after “three candidates” in the 2018 election, but hadn’t revealed who they were. Identifying McCaskill specifically as a target is incredibly revealing: She’s only up on her Republican opponent by one point in the RealClearPolitics average. If Democrats lose her seat, they face a very tough road to win back the Senate in November. Helping Republicans defeat McCaskill (or another Democratic senator in a Trump-voting state) would be perhaps the single biggest boost that Russia could give to the GOP — and, by extension, to President Trump.

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House conservatives move to impeach Rosenstein

The articles of impeachment accuse Rosenstein of failing to appoint a second special counsel to review the FBI’s actions in the Russia probe — a demand some Republicans have been making for months. They note that Rosenstein himself could be a witness to elements of Mueller’s investigation and argue he should recuse himself. Subsequent articles fault Rosenstein for refusing to provide certain documents and concealing others, allegations the Justice Department has sharply denied.

The articles of impeachment also chastise Rosenstein for refusing to share with lawmakers the memo outlining the scope of Mueller’s investigation. The Justice Department has refused that request on the grounds that it would impede the ongoing probe.

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FIGHT BACK AGAINST ANTI-VOTER CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

If approved, all of these amendments would be permanent changes to the North Carolina Constitution that could not be changed by the governor or future legislatures and that give current lawmakers a “blank check” to fill in the details later on how these dramatic changes are implemented. They are all extreme proposals that would give more power to the legislative branch to pick our judges, make voting harder, appoint their friends to run key agencies, and give political donors huge tax breaks.

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