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Bill Nelson To Run For Reelection

Source: Crowley Political Report

Florida Senator Bill Nelson announced today he will run for a fourth term. The Democrat made the announcement during a speech at the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches. Nelson chose not to comment about the likely candidacy of Republican Gov Rick Scott. Nelson will be 73 next month and recently recovered from prostate cancer. Nelson, who was joined at the event by wife Grace, also talked about his support for the deal with Iran, the threat of a congressional budget showdown, and speculated that Vice President Joe Biden will not against Hillary Clinton. After the speech, Nelson was on the phone for a lengthy conversation with former President Bill Clinton. Grace Nelson also spoke with the former president.

Read more: http://www.crowleypoliticalreport.com/2015/08/bill-nelson-to-run-for-reelection.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Aug 28, 2015, 03:06 PM (17 replies)

Grayson pulls ad attacking Murphy’s effectiveness

Source: Politico

MIAMI — Tough. Snarky. And mysteriously missing.

Less than a day after showcasing a new attack ad against his rival for the U.S. Senate, Rep. Alan Grayson’s campaign removed the School House Rock-themed spot. Grayson’s campaign wouldn’t say if the move was prompted by concerns over a copyright violation because he used the trademarked “I’m Just a Bill” song to mock fellow Democrat Rep. Patrick Murphy over his effectiveness in Congress.

“We moved on to a positive video,” Grayson spokesman Kevin Franck said, refusing to elaborate.

The spot was a headache from the start. It was misleading because it falsely said Murphy had passed no bills in Congress, even though he had passed the substance of some legislation as amendments. Soon after the ad went live, it was roundly mocked.

Read more: http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/florida/2015/08/8575435/grayson-pulls-ad-attacking-murphys-effectiveness
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Aug 28, 2015, 07:56 AM (2 replies)

Kane refuses to release porn emails she wanted to make public

Source: The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen Kane argued for judicial permission to release pornographic emails from the office computer system, but her office will continue to oppose formal open records requests for the emails , her spokesman said.

The state Supreme Court this week released documents showing that Kane was told in December she could release the emails that she claims are at the root of her legal problems. She claims those who want to keep them private are part of a campaign to discredit her and that a grand jury judge was preventing their dissemination.

The Morning Call, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Philadelphia Inquirer had filed formal open records requests for the emails.

Kane's lawyers said the emails will be part of her defense against criminal charges that include perjury.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-kane-refuses-to-release-porn-emails-she-wanted-to-make-public-0820-20150820-story.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Aug 21, 2015, 02:24 PM (9 replies)

N.L.R.B. Says Northwestern Football Players Cannot Unionize

Source: The New York Times

The National Labor Relations Board on Monday dismissed a petition by Northwestern football players who were seeking to unionize, denying their claim that they were university employees. In a unanimous decision that was a clear victory for the college sports establishment, the five-member Board declined to exert its jurisdiction in the case and preserved, for now, one of the N.C.A.A.’s core principles: that college athletes are primarily students.

The board did not rule on the central question in the case — whether the players are university employees — but the decision is a major setback to the union movement, which was led by the former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter and backed by the College Athletes Players Association, a United Steelworkers-supported group that sought to represent the players.

In a conference call with reporters Monday, N.L.R.B. officials explained that the novelty of the case — no other single team in a sports league had come before the Board seeking to unionize — was a factor in its decision that would have wide-ranging consequences for college sports. The board decided that allowing one team to collectively bargain would not promote stability in the labor market and could upset competitive balance in college sports. It could also potentially conflict with the rules set by Northwestern’s conference, the Big Ten, and the N.C.A.A.

The N.L.R.B., which has jurisdiction only over the private sector, was also reluctant to wade into territory that would have affected public universities. The vast majority of top-level college football programs are from public colleges, and Northwestern is the only private institution in the Big Ten. The College Athletes Players Association cannot appeal Monday’s decision, an N.L.R.B. official said.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/18/sports/ncaafootball/nlrb-says-northwestern-football-players-cannot-unionize.html?_r=0
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Mon Aug 17, 2015, 12:22 PM (17 replies)

Al Lawson considers challenging Brown in new district

Former state sen. Al Lawson is seriously considering a bid against U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown now that her congressional district is likely to be redrawn, and could stretch west from her hometown of Jacksonville all the way to his hometown of Tallahassee.

Brown on Wednesday plans to file a federal lawsuit to stop the redrawing of the district, saying it will unlawfully reduce African-Americans’ ability to elect a representative of their choosing, which she argues is a violation of the Voting Rights Act.

But Lawson, who is a black Democrat like Brown, says she might be trying to avoid campaigning in a new, more-competitive district.

Lawson also took a shot at Brown for saying “Jacksonville, Florida, has nothing in common with North Florida.”

more: http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/florida/2015/08/8574046/al-lawson-considers-challenging-brown-new-district
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Aug 12, 2015, 08:05 AM (0 replies)

Kathleen Kane's driver pleads not guilty to charges he searched emails

NORRISTOWN — State Attorney General Kathleen Kane's security detail chief and driver, Patrick Reese, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges he violated a court order by accessing emails that were part of a secret grand jury investigation.

Montgomery County Judge William R. Carpenter, overseeing the grand jury system in southeastern Pennsylvania, had issued the order after learning that the names of witnesses were well known in the attorney general's office and becoming concerned they were being intimidated. His Aug. 27 order said employees in Kane's office could not obtain information regarding the grand jury probe.

The allegations against Kane include that she ordered Reese and another staff member to snoop on employee emails during the grand jury investigation.

Reese, a former police chief of Dunmore Borough in Lackawanna County, looked pensive as he sat in the court gallery with a half dozen reporters before his arraignment Tuesday. He said little when he appeared before Carpenter, who allowed him to leave the court on $5,000 unsecured bail.

more: http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-pa-kathleen-kane-driver-charged-20150811-story.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Aug 12, 2015, 07:59 AM (2 replies)

Bill Clinton defends repeal of Glass-Steagall

Source: The Hill

Former President Bill Clinton has defended his decision to repeal Glass-Steagall, the Depression-era banking regulation that splits large financial institutions and is championed by liberals.

"Politicians — particularly now, in the aftermath of this crash — fear that anything they do will be held against them later if anything bad happens," Clinton told Inc. in an interview. "Look at all the grief I got for signing the bill that ended Glass-Steagall. There's not a single, solitary example that it had anything to do with the financial crash.”

Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley have backed reinstating the policy, which would require big banks to divide their commercial and investment practices.

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton declined to take a position on the policy while campaigning in South Carolina last month.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/250838-bill-clinton-defends-repeal-of-glass-steagall
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Aug 11, 2015, 01:49 PM (185 replies)

Brown seeks to stop redistricting in court; says it dilutes minority voting

Source: The Orlando Sentinel

Implying that a secret, racist agenda may be in play to eliminate Congressional districts drawn to represent black voters, U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday to stop Florida's redistricting effort.

On Wednesday the Florida Senate released a proposed map that would redraw many of Florida's 27 Congressional districts to comply with an order from the Florida Supreme Court. That order came following a lawsuit that charged the state's 2011 redistricting map had been gerrymandered, drawn to assure that certain seats would always be won by one party or another.

Brown's district would be most affected under the proposed map. And her district was specifically cited for change in the Florida Supreme Court order. The new proposal would lop off District 5's snake-like appendage that meanders from Jacksonville south to Orange County, taking in black communities along the way. Instead, the map proposes District 5 stretch due west from Jacksonville to Tallahassee.

She would no longer represent Central Florida, and, specifically, would no longer represent the predominantly black neighborhoods of Central Florida.

Read more: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-brown-sues-to-stop-florida-redistricting-20150806-post.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Thu Aug 6, 2015, 03:09 PM (10 replies)

Francis Acosta resigns as Reading City Council president; fellow members respond

READING, Pa. - Francis Acosta, pleading guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bribery offenses, resigned his position as president of Reading City Council on Wednesday.

Acosta, 39, assumed the leadership role in January 2012 after council's then-president, Vaughn Spencer, resigned to become the city's mayor.

Acosta joined council two years earlier as a representative of Reading's first district.

In response to Acosta's resignation, his former colleagues released the following statement:

more: http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-berks/francis-acosta-resigns-as-reading-city-council-president-fellow-members-respond/34555166
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Thu Aug 6, 2015, 07:26 AM (0 replies)

Judge extends block on videos from anti-abortion group

Source: The Hill

A federal judge in California has extended a temporary restraining order for at least several weeks against an anti-abortion group that released several videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the transfer of fetal tissue and organs.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick on Monday extended his emergency order against the Center for Medical Progress until an Aug. 27 hearing, according to The Associated Press, blocking the release of some additional videos.
Orrick sided with the National Abortion Federation's claims that it and members would face harassment, intimidation and violence if secretly recorded videos from its annual meetings were released, according to the AP.

A lawyer representing the Center for Medical Progress said it would abide by Orrick's order, noting the materials barred from release in the ruling represented "a small percentage" of its overall collection.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/250158-judge-extends-block-on-new-planned-parenthood-videos
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Aug 4, 2015, 09:14 AM (9 replies)
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