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New Labor Sec Candidate was Federal Prosecutor who gave sweetheart deal to Lolita Express guy!

Epstein had an entire group recruiting underage girls into prostitution from NY and FL and the would fly other rich and famous to his personal island on his own jet airliner. The woman who dropped the charges against Trump accusing him of having sex with her when she was a minor was part of this.

Why no federal charges?

Acosta has strong backing from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) In a statement, Rubio said: “I know Alex Acosta well, and he is a phenomenal choice to lead the Department of Labor."

But he could receive scrutiny over the plea deal he cut with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta’s prosecutors agreed not to file any federal charges against Epstein if he pleaded guilty to state charges involving soliciting prostitution and soliciting a minor for prostitution.

Epstein ultimately received an 18-month sentence in county jail and served about 13 months. Soon after the deal was cut in 2008, two women filed suit claiming that the decision to forgo federal prosecution violated a federal law — the Crime Victims Rights Act — because they and other teenagers Epstein paid for sex were never adequately consulted about the plea deal or given an opportunity to object to it.

Acosta is not a party in the suit, which names only the federal government as a defendant. In 2015, lawyers for the women demanded Acosta submit to a deposition in the case. The motion was withdrawn last year as settlement talks in the case went forward, but the case remains pending.


http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-to-announce-alexander-acosta-as-labor-secretary-nominee-235089

I think the number one problem is Valid Voters who are not allowed to vote, or vote is never counted

This voter roll manipulation has been going on at least since 2000, and the Democrats will not do anything about it.

Every election hundreds of thousands of valid registered voters have been prevented from voting using these massive invalidation lists. This year it is the "Interstate CrossCheck" list. These are almost always ginned up by the Republicans, and target minority sounding surnames. If the voter actually complains when they go to vote they are given "provisional" ballots, but there does not seem to be any real standards in checking if these are valid, and seem to often just be chucked in to piles never opened or counted. And no one ever goes back to see why the voter was removed from the rolls, or if they are put back on them. How many provisional ballots are out there.

Making it hard for especially Democratic voters to vote it also a favorite Election manipulation technique of the Right. Extreme voter ID laws, shorter early voting periods, and fewer, harder to find precincts, or just moving the voting locations, and under-staffing/provisioning the locations to cause longer lines all discourage the "wrong people" from voting.

Also there never seems to be any kind of random spot check on vote counting machines. There is no way to check full electronic ones. But ones that are optic scanners of paper ballots, or like in Ohio where the machine prints out a paper roll record could be spot checked at least. Hand count the ballots run through the machine and check it against the machine total. I have never heard of this being done anywhere. But every gas pump or deli scale is checked for accuracy in this state (OH) on a regular basis. Not so much the voting machines.

Another simple check that does not seem to be done is to check the counts from each machine added up for each precinct, which is added up for each county, which then is added up for statewide totals. In 2004 and 2008 this totaling function was done on the same RNC computers in Tenn that ran the private email for the Whitehouse that lost 22million votes. And the guy who programmed it all died in a small plane crash.

There is also the simple crosscheck of the number of votes check off in the precinct registration desk vs the total votes shown on the machines. This was way off in Detroit this year and was used as a reason to not examine/recount the precinct!

It is supposedly possible for private citizens to ask to examine the actual ballots for a period of time after the election is finalized. This never seems to happen.

The other thing that always pisses me off is the actual major candidates (or at least democrats) will never do a recount/audit like what the Green party was auditing? Our candidate had standing so the recounts could not have been thrown out or stopped. How could this have possible hurt her, or us more than this result?
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