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Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills

Steve Reilly, USA TODAY 8:01 p.m. EDT June 9, 2016

Donald Trump casts himself as a protector of workers and jobs, but a USA TODAY NETWORK investigation found hundreds of people – carpenters, dishwashers, painters, even his own lawyers – who say he didn’t pay them for their work.


Donald Trump often portrays himself as a savior of the working class who will "protect your job." But a USA TODAY NETWORK analysis found he has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades — and a large number of those involve ordinary Americans, like the Friels, who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them.

At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work. Among them: a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others.

Trump’s companies have also been cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005 for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage, according to U.S. Department of Labor data. That includes 21 citations against the defunct Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and three against the also out-of-business Trump Mortgage LLC in New York. Both cases were resolved by the companies agreeing to pay back wages.

More: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/09/donald-trump-unpaid-bills-republican-president-laswuits/85297274/

He's also had "more than 200 mechanic’s liens" filed against his properties and businesses. His companies have a pattern of underpaying employees - a dishwasher at his Mar-a-Lago property sued over unpaid overtime - not paying subcontractors and professionals - some real estate brokers had to sue to get six figure settlements and even one firm of lawyers ended up in court with claims of unpaid bills.

“Real estate is a tough and aggressive business, but most business people don’t set out to make their money by breaking the companies that they do business with,” said Colette Nelson of the American Subcontractors Association.

Hillary Clinton is right, Donald Trump is "temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility." (http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/02/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-foreign-policy-speech/)

Just in time for summer - How to skin a watermelon

This is neat - I may have to do this for a gathering I'm having in July!

Watching newly fledged cardinals at the bird feeders

Two cardinals still with some of their baby fluff on them. One is very reddish but doesn't have the adult "top knot" while the other is more subdued color. Male and female adults are hanging around, making sure the youngsters can figure out where to find food and water.

The youngsters are funny - the young male discovered the bug-fruit-seed cylinder but seems frustrated at how hard it is to get the food free from the mass. The little female is checking out the seed tray - but the seed is getting a little sour from the humidity, plus my husband left it on the porch last night and the squirrels ate a lot of the seed on it this morning.

The parents keep trying to lead the youngsters over to the tube feeders, but the babies keep begging to be fed every time the adults come around so the parents fly off to let the kids figure things out..

If I'd known this was going to happen, I would have lifted the blinds all the way and gotten the cameras out!

The ride to equality started 60 years ago (in Tallahasee, Florida)

The ride to equality started 60 years ago
Gerald Ensley, Democrat correspondent 11:43 p.m. EDT May 21, 2016

Sixty years later, it seems impossible to believe there was a time when blacks and whites were not allowed to sit together on Tallahassee city buses. It seems impossible to believe blacks were not allowed to sit in the front seats of a bus. Those seats were reserved for white people.

But in 1956, it was the law in Tallahassee, then still a small city of strict racial separation. The population was 38,000 — one-third black and confined to menial jobs or professional positions within the black community. Blacks could not eat in most white-owned restaurants. They couldn't shop at most white-owned stores; public water fountains were labeled for “whites only” and “colored only.”

On May 26, 1956, two Florida A&M students changed the course of history. Wilhelmina Jakes and Carrie Patterson boarded a Tallahassee city bus on South Adams Street and plopped down on a front bench beside a white woman.

The bus driver ordered them to move to the back of the bus. When the two students refused, the driver drove to a nearby gas station and called the police. Jakes and Patterson were arrested and charged with placing themselves in a position to “incite a riot.”

More: http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2016/05/20/bus-boycott-60-years-later/84546580/

On Thursday, Tallahassee, Florida, will remember the bus boycott that helped change things here. The article covers the original bus boycott - with pictures from that period - and the commemoration that will held on Thursday.

Happy Chewbacca video breaks Facebook world record

Texas Mom Breaks Facebook Record with Chewbacca Mask Video

By Naja Rayne @najarayne

05/20/2016 AT 08:45 PM EDT
A random purchase put this Texas mom on the fast track to Internet stardom.

On Thursday, Candace Payne, a Dallas mother of two, took to Facebook sharing a video of herself in a recently purchased Chewbacca mask, as she laughs hysterically at the voice features in the toy.

"It's the simple joys in life….," she captioned the clip.

Leading Florida Republican says vote for Hillary or don't vote

An open letter to my fellow Republicans
Mac Stipanovich, Context Florida 1:01 a.m. EDT May 5, 2016


On a personal level, Trump is a boor, a bully, a carnival barker and an embarrassment. Politically, by intent or instinct, he is a neo-fascist — a nativist, an ultranationalist, a racist, a misogynist, an anti-intellectual, a demagogue and a palingenetic (sorry) authoritarian to whom clings the odor of the political violence he encourages.

He appeals to our fears, preys on our anxieties and exploits our ignorance. A worse candidate to sit in the Oval Office for the next four years cannot be imagined.

And he is our responsibility. We spawned Donald Trump; now we must stop him. We must deny him the presidency by not voting in the presidential election at all or voting for Hillary Clinton if conscience permits.


A drop of a few percentage points in the Republican vote for Trump will be enough, which is why the pressure to conform, to toe the party line, will be enormous. We cannot depend on our elected leaders to lead us. They, for the most part, will fold like cheap lawn chairs, cowed by fear and fueled by ambition.

MUCH more: http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/politics/2016/05/04/mac-stipanovich-open-letter-my-fellow-republicans/32600059/

John “Mac” Stipanovich is a Republican lawyer and lobbyist who served as Gov. Bob Martinez’s chief of staff. Column courtesy of Context Florida.

Stopped by the Hillary campaign headquarters here today

One woman was walking out - no one else was there.

It turns out that the entire office went to a fund raising event with Bill today! Since I haven't had time to contribute to the campaign I missed it.

Bill Clinton Raises Money In Tallahassee
By Lynn Hatter • 2 hours ago

Tallahassee may be a lucrative stop for the Clintons. The campaigns biggest surrogate, former President Bill Clinton spoke to Democrats at the home of Florida Party chairwoman Allison Tant.

The fundraiser was closed to reporters and attendees were instructed not to record. Prices ranged from $500 per person to $2,700. That's the maximum campaign donation amount.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the event drew about 200 people including outgoing Tallahassee Representative Alan Williams and former representative Loranne Ausley, who is trying to get her old seat back. Mayor Andrew Gillum was also on-hand, he’s campaigned for Hilary Clinton in other states.

It’s the third time this year a Clinton has come to Tallahassee. The former President addressed a crowd at Florida A&M University in March. Chelsea Clinton held court with a group of supporters that same month.


Oh well, I won't be able to do anything with the campaign until June anyway. I just had a few minutes and was closer than ten miles. One MAJOR problem with their headquarters - the parking is ridiculous. There is no way I can get my Suburban in and out of the parking lot and there is no street parking. Unless I can convince my husband to drive 90 miles one way each week in the truck so I can use his Prius, I won't be able to volunteer.

Maybe after the convention the Democratic Party will get her a better location.

U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham announces potential run for Florida governor


U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham won’t seek re-election after redistricting

The Tallahassee Democrat is considering a bid for governor in 2018

She is the daughter of former governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham

By Amy Sherman and Mary Ellen Klas
April 21, 2016 12:10 PM

U.S. Rep Gwen Graham put an end to speculation Thursday and announced that she won't seek reelection to Congress but is considering seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018.

Graham of Tallahassee, who is in her first term in Congress, faced a tough reelection after her district was reconfigured to be less favorable for Democrats under a court-ordered redistricting plan.

"State government is just dysfunctional and this causes me to rethink how I can best serve the people of North Florida and our state. Floridians are hungry for new leadership and I’m so excited to tell you first I’m seriously considering running for governor in 2018," Graham said in a news release and video. She said the new map divided her district into "two partisan districts" and she promises to bring "common sense back to Tallahassee."

Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, is term-limited so he can't run for reelection. Republicans considering the 2018 race include Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, whose political action committee raised more than $4 million in one year. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has also been rumored to be considering seeking the nomination, although he denied that a couple days after he lost the Florida presidential primary.

More: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article73065412.html

The way the new redistricting plan has diced up the bluest county in her district I don't blame her for thinking about running for a different office. The redistricting means that there is a good chance the Panhandle of Florida will have another Tea Party idiot as stupid as Steve Southerland was, though since most of Leon County is in that district so maybe they can get someone sane in there.

Court rejects bid to throw out Florida congressional map

Court rejects bid to throw out Florida congressional map
Bill Cotterell, Democrat correspondent 10:37 p.m. EDT April 18, 2016

A three-judge federal panel late Monday rejected U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s challenge to Florida’s new congressional district map, which splits Leon County between a heavily black region and a new Republican-leaning tract.

Aside from making Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat who has been in Congress since 1992, run in new territory across North Florida, the ruling poses a political quandary for first-term Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee. She has been collecting campaign funds and working toward re-election in recent months, but the new map casts her into a conservative district that extends from Panama City around the Gulf Coast to western Marion County.

“I’m disappointed the Second Congressional District will be transformed from a fair, moderate district into two extreme partisan districts,” Graham said in a prepared statement issued from her office. “Dividing Tallahassee hurts North Florida and our community.

While this is good news for most of the state, the new districts really screw up Leon County and Tallahassee which are heavily blue. Part of the city and county will be lumped in with Jacksonville. The rest of the city and county will be in a very red section of Florida extending from Marion County to Bay County.

Gwen Graham, former Governor and Senator Bob Graham's daughter, is currently our Representative having beat out a Tea Party nutjob (Steve Southerland). With the reduction in the number of Democrats in her district by the splitting of Leon County, Gwen Graham may have to move to change districts. Or she might decide to run for the US Senate and take Rubio's seat.

It is going to completely change the balance of politics in Florida's state capital city, that's for certain!

UPDATED - Just saw a Rose Breasted Grosbeak on my seed cylinder - PICTURES

Unfortunately I didn't have a camera handy. I DID LATER!

So here is what they look like:

He must be migrating through since they don't live here year round.

Another bird for my life list!
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