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Arpaio Finds Himself In Court As Civil Contempt Hearing Begins

PHOENIX — One of the most-watched racial profiling cases takes a dramatic turn Tuesday. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and four officers are facing contempt of court charges for repeatedly violating U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow’s orders in a longstanding racial profiling lawsuit.

Snow begins overseeing a four-day civil hearing Tuesday to determine the extent of those violations, and what the appropriate sanctions should be.

In addition to Arpaio, MCSO Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan, Deputy Chief Jack MacIntyre, Lieutenant Joseph Sousa and retired Executive Chief Brian Sands are also facing civil contempt charges.

It's no secret Arpaio did not want the civil contempt hearing to go forward. As part of an unsuccessful bid to reach a settlement and cancel the entire hearing, Arpaio and Sheridan admitted to the civil contempt allegations against them.

Those charges include ignoring Snow’s 2011 pre-trial order to stop detaining immigrants solely on the suspicion they were in the country illegally, withholding video evidence from plaintiffs before the trial, and violating Snow’s directions for how to recover video evidence from deputies.

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http://www.fronterasdesk.org/content/10007/arpaio-finds-himself-court-civil-contempt-hearing-begins

New fiscal forecast leaves Kansas with $400M budget hole

TOPEKA, KAN.
Kansas must fill a $400 million hole in its next budget after officials cut projections for tax collections from now through June 2016, a top adviser to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Monday.

Budget Director Shawn Sullivan said the governor plans to outline proposals this week for the GOP-dominated Legislature that would trim up to $90 million in spending during the fiscal year that begins July 1. Sullivan said much of the savings would come from lower-than-expected social services costs, and the governor expects to spare public schools and higher education.

But the remaining gap still would be far larger than the $150 million in general tax increases that Republican legislators anticipated needing to balance the budget.

The state's budget problems arose after Brownback successfully pushed lawmakers to cut personal income taxes in 2012 and 2013 in an effort to stimulate the economy. The governor wants to preserve those cuts as much as possible.

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http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article19091628.html

The party of "fiscal responsibility" strikes again....

US Military spending more than next seven countries combined

BY DAN FROOMKIN

Despite a decline in military spending since 2010, U.S. defense expenditures are still 45 percent higher than they were before the 9/11 terror attacks put the country on a seemingly permanent war footing.

And despite massive regional buildups spurred by conflict in the Ukraine and the Middle East, the U.S. spends more on its military than the next seven top-spending countries combined, according to new figures compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

That’s nearly three times as much as China, and more than seven times as much as Russia.



Saudi Arabia is now the fourth-biggest military spender on the globe, which in its case means spending nearly $80 billion last year buying weapons, mostly from the U.S., and most notably including fistfuls of F-15 fighters and top-of-the-line attack helicopters.

As Mark Mazzetti and Helene Cooper reported for The New York Times over the weekend, the new arms race in the Middle East has resulted in a “boom” for American defense contractors.



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https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/04/20/u-s-military-still-spending-45-911-much-next-7-top-spending-countries-combined/

Koch brothers will offer audition to Jeb Bush

By MIKE ALLEN 4/21/15 7:06 AM EDT

Charles and David Koch are considering throwing their massive wealth and sophisticated organization into the Republican presidential primary for the first time, a potentially game-changing boost that could make even a second-tier candidate instantly viable.

In another surprise, a top Koch aide revealed to POLITICO that Jeb Bush will be given a chance to audition for the brothers’ support, despite initial skepticism about him at the top of the Kochs’ growing political behemoth.

Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz debated at the Koch network’s winter seminar in January, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a separate appearance. Those were the candidates who appeared to have a chance at the Koch blessing, and attendees said Rubio seemed to win that round.

But those four — plus Jeb – will be invited to the Kochs’ summer conference, the aide said. Bush is getting a second look because so many Koch supporters think he looks like a winner. Other candidates, perhaps Rick Perry or Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, may also get invitations.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/koch-brothers-will-offer-audition-to-jeb-bush-117177.html

How humiliating for a BUSH to have to grovel in front of mere Koch's!

Tuesday Toon Roundup 5: The Rest


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Charles P Pierce- Watching Scotty Blow, Cont'd: Governor Of His Own Fugue State

Because it's fking April, and because it's fking 2015, and because I have something of a fking life, I decided to take in the Republican floor exercises up there in New Hampshire through the kind auspices of CSPAN. I was especially interested in the evening show provided by Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin. I had to wait for John Sununu, Sr. to go through an introduction that lasted longer than the Good Friday ritual. (Sununu may still be talking. CSPAN cut away to listen to Walker.) But Walker was worth the wait. We heard about how he's going to ride his Harley to Bike Week in Laconia this year. We heard the bit about buying the shirt at Kohl's. We heard "go big and go bold." We heard about the death threats. And we heard a lot of stunning misdirection about how rosy things are with the Wisconsin economy. (I was especially taken with how he boasted that he had turned his state into a right-to-work paradise, Walker having denied up and down throughout the last campaign that he had any such plans.) And there is no question. Scott Walker is the best Governor of Wisconsin that New Hampshire ever has had.

What we didn't hear, of course, was that, back in America's Dairyland, they may never get out of the death spiral into which Walker has shown the actual state he allegedly actually governs. His new budget is so draconian that even some of the Republicans in his pet legislature are starting to get nervous. And the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, a newspaper of wild ambivalence regarding Walker and his prospective candidacy, dropped a dungbomb on him that demonstrated that, while Scott Walker may have bought a shirt at Kohl's, he isn't qualified to run a cash register there.

Last August, a Wisconsin state agency told two family-planning organizations that they owed a total of $3.5 million because they had overbilled Medicaid programs for prescription drugs and certain services. Last week, the agency — the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health Services — lowered the amount by more than $3.2 million. The two family-planning organizations — NEWCAP Community Health Services and Family Planning Health Services — were told of the change in letters from Alan White, the inspector general. Yet the letters raise more questions than they answer, not the least being how the state could have been off by 93% — and maybe more, given that at least one of the organizations plans to challenge the remaining claims. The Department of Health Services would not make White or anyone else in the department available for interviews this week, and White did not return phone calls. The department would only answer questions via email.

My suspicions that family-planning clinics were deliberately targeted in order to placate those parts of The Base that Walker needs to appease are completely unfounded, I'm sure. And I am the Tsar of all the Russias.

(He will get around to uttering some barefaced non-facts about this situation sooner or later. He's had practice at that.)

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http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a34486/scott-walker-takes-his-show-on-the-road/
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