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Four more years: Lumumba secures wide margin victory in mayor's race (Jackson, MS)


Jackson residents voted overwhelmingly for incumbent Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba on Tuesday, securing the 38-year-old another four years as mayor of the capital city.

Lumumba beat out four challengers in the race by a wide margin, receiving 13,160 votes, or over 69% of the total vote, according to Tuesday evening's unofficial results from the Hinds County courthouse.

Lumumba will officially begin his second term on July 1.

"I want to thank everyone who was part of the process and reaffirm the commitment we have," Lumumba said shortly after the results came in. "We aren't satisfied. It's only a start. We want to build a movement that represents all of us."

Del. Hala Ayala wins crowded Democratic primary for lieutenant governor (VA)

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Del. Hala Ayala won the six-person Democratic primary for lieutenant governor Tuesday, according to unofficial results.

Ayala, D-Prince William, is Afro-Latina and will be the first Hispanic woman on a statewide ballot in Virginia. She’s the only candidate of color on the Democrats’ statewide fall ticket, which includes Terry McAuliffe, the former governor who is seeking the office again, and Attorney General Mark Herring, who wants a third term.

All three candidates live in Northern Virginia.

Ayala will face GOP nominee Winsome Sears in the fall. And Ayala’s nomination means that regardless of who wins, Virginia will see its first woman elected to statewide office since 1989. Either Ayala or Sears will be the first woman of color elected statewide in Virginia history.

Read more: https://richmond.com/news/state-and-regional/del-hala-ayala-wins-crowded-democratic-primary-for-lieutenant-governor/article_129b2126-611f-580d-97d5-3b683ba4d547.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1

It always helps to have transferable job skills...


Oregon Republicans call on GOP state lawmaker to resign

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Republican members of Oregon's House of Representatives have called on an embattled member of their caucus to resign after newly surfaced video showed him appearing to give protesters insights into how to access the state Capitol, which led to a scuffle between protesters and police last year.

In a letter sent by every Republican in the chamber to GOP state Rep. Mike Nearman on Monday, the lawmakers say they "strongly recommend" he resign from his position in the legislature.

"Given the newest evidence that has come to light regarding the events of December 21, 2020, it is our belief as friends and colleagues that it is in the best interests of your caucus, your family, yourself, and the state of Oregon for you to step down from office," the letter states.

State House Republican Leader Christine Drazan said in a statement to CNN on Tuesday that "we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard in elected life and (Nearman's) actions do not meet that standard."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/08/politics/oregon-mike-nearman-resignation-calls/index.html

To those ranting about AG Garland's decision to oppose a lawsuit against President Trump...

Would you support the right of Tara Reade to file a lawsuit today against President Biden?

Doesn't matter that she hasn't.

Doesn't matter that her claim was an event in 1993.

Doesn't matter that President Biden didn't defame her like Trump did.

Doesn't matter that she'd need to state her accusation in Court.

The issue that AG Garland is responding to is broader: can a sitting President be sued while in office? The answer, upheld UNANIMOUSLY by the Supreme Court (in JONES v CLINTON) is "no".

If the answer was "yes", imagine how many lawsuits would be filed against President Biden for, say, election fraud? This would be a huge distraction for him, his staff and the Dept of Justice.

AG Garland is doing the right thing.

NYC Mayor: Where Exactly Does Eric Adams Live?

New York Magazine

At the beginning of the pandemic, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams garnered attention for moving into his Borough Hall office, using his desk as a headboard for his mattress on the ground. Over a year later, Politico raises the question of whether he has ever left — and where he has been staying since.

Adams is still “keeping late-night and early-morning hours in the government building where he and his staff work,” according to the report. Outside of Borough Hall, there’s also conflicting evidence as to where he has been living. Last summer, he gave a political contribution to Staten Island assemblymember Charles Fall from a co-op he owns in Prospect Heights, though someone else was living in the unit when he made the donation. And while campaign adviser Evan Thies said the candidate has lived in a building he owns on Lafayette Avenue in Bed-Stuy for close to a decade, there’s some confusion over that, too:
My Week In New York

For starters, Adams is registered to vote on the first floor of 936 Lafayette Ave., yet a tenant who has lived there for years is listed under the same unit in multiple documents obtained by POLITICO. And last month, the publication City Limits reported that most of Adams’s neighbors did not know he lived on their block or that he is running for mayor.

To further confuse matters, Adams’s voter registration form shows a change of address in January — the day after a Daily News article questioned why the Bed-Stuy property was not registered with the city’s housing agency as required. Thies said the change was a clerical update to a previous address and that Adams has been registered to vote in Bed-Stuy since 2017. He added that the property has been registered with the city, though the agency’s website still indicates it has not.


Although Adams has had tenants in his Bed-Stuy building for years, he failed to report the rental income in 2017, 2018, and 2019, as Politico revealed in April. The candidate and his partner also own a co-op across the Hudson in Fort Lee, New Jersey, though his campaign claims that he’s too busy to stay there and that he and his partner meet in the city. That detail immediately caught the attention of fellow candidate Maya Wiley, who has most directly attacked Adams during the debates so far:

Impersonator Stole Trump Family Identities In Fundraising Scam: FBI

Source: WNBC

A Pennsylvania man fraudulently used then-President Donald Trump's relatives’ names and photos – including those of Trump’s teen son - to rip off unsuspecting followers of a fictitious political fundraising operation, the FBI said.

Joshua Hall, of Mechanicsburg, Penn., allegedly raised thousands of dollars using Trump family identities on his platforms - claiming those relatives were helping him run the fundraising operation.

Prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York said Hall used the money he raised for his own personal spending. They said he while he had more than a 100,000 social media followers, there was no actual political organization or fundraising group.

“Central to the scheme was the impersonation by Joshua Hall … of members of the President’s family,” prosecutors said in court papers filed Tuesday. Prosecutors allege Hall even used the likeness of Barron Trump, 15, falsely claiming the teen called Hall a “friend and partner” of the president.

Read more: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/impersonator-stole-trump-family-identities-in-fundraising-scam-fbi/3096091/?_osource=db_npd_nbc_wnbc_twt_shr

Today's elections (June 8)...

New Jersey Primary Election

Phil Murphy (D) (uncontested)

Jack Ciattarelli (R) - Ex-State Assemblyman, Ex-Somerset County Freeholder & '17 Candidate
Brian Levine (R) - Ex-Somerset County Freeholder, Ex-Franklin Mayor & Accountant
Phil Rizzo (R) - Pastor, Ex-Building Contractor & Conservative Activist
Hirsch Singh (R) - Businessman, Engineer & Frequent Candidate

Virginia Primary Election

Lee Carter (D) - State Del., IT Specialist, USMC Veteran & Socialist Activist
Justin Fairfax (D) - Lt Governor, Attorney & '13 Atty Gen Candidate
Jennifer Carroll Foy (D) - Ex-State Del. & Attorney
Terry McAuliffe (D) - Ex-Governor, Ex-DNC Chair, Attorney & Businessman
Jennifer McClellan (D) - State Sen., Ex-State Del., DNC Member & Attorney

Glenn Youngkin (R) - Investment Executive & Ex-Carlyle Group CEO

Hala Ayala (D) - State Del. & Cybersecurity Professional
Mark Levine (D) - State Del., Attorney & Ex-Congressional Aide
Andria McClellan (D) - Norfolk City Councilwoman & Businesswoman
Sean Perryman (D) - Attorney, Ex-Congressional Aide & Civil Rights Activist
Sam Rasoul (D) - State Del.
Xavier Warren (D) - Businessman & Sports Agent

Winsome Sears (R) - Ex-State Del., '04 US Rep Candidate & '18 US Sen Candidate

Mark Herring (D)* - (Incumbent)
Jay Jones (D) - State Del. & Attorney

Jason Miyares (R) - State Del., Attorney & Real Estate Broker

Jackson, Mississippi Mayoral General

Chokwe Antar Lumumba (D) - (Incumbent)
Jason Wells (R) - Jackson Police Dept
Shafeqah "BigMama" Lodree (I) - Big Mama Bail Bonds
Charlotte Reeves (I) - Owner, A-1 Pallet CVo
Les Tannehill (I) - CEO, Affirmative Investigations & Security Company

Alyssa Milano says she could 'potentially run' for House in 2024

The Hill

Actor-turned-activist Alyssa Milano may seek to transition from Hollywood to the House, saying she’s “considering” a congressional run in 2024.

“I’m looking at California’s 4th District to potentially run against [Rep. Tom] McClintock (R),” Milano told ITK on Tuesday.

“I split my time between Truckee, Calif., and Bell Canyon, Calif., and the Republicans have basically had a strong arm there in the 4th District,” the former “Insatiable” star said.

McClintock won reelection last year with 56 percent of the vote. Then-President Trump beat President Biden in the district by nine points.

James Murdoch spent $100 million to help fund political causes during 2020 election cycle

Source: CNBC

James Murdoch, one of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s sons, quietly invested $100 million in his nonprofit foundation, which then used a large chunk of the money to fund political groups during the 2020 election cycle.

CNBC found the enormous contribution from James Murdoch and his wife, Kathryn Murdoch, after reviewing the 501(c)(3) group’s 990 tax return from 2019, which the foundation provided. The Murdochs launched the foundation, called Quadrivium, in 2014.

The $100 million donation marks the couple’s largest known contribution to their foundation or any political effort. It came as James and Kathryn Murdoch were building their own political operation. They have largely backed nonpartisan and Democratic-leaning causes. Kathryn Murdoch has previously criticized former President Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.


It was previously known that James and Kathryn Murdoch backed President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign. But it was unknown until now just how much they were spending behind the scenes to impact the election. Combined with the millions they gave to campaigns and political action committees, the $100 million donation would make the couple one of the top donors in the last election cycle.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/08/james-murdoch-spent-100-million-to-fund-political-causes-during-2020-election.html
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