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Was once a republican. long long ago, in a far, far away place. I apologize.

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Melania Trump Racked Up $174,000 In Hotel Bills For a Day Trip To Toronto

First Lady Melania Trump ran up a six-figure hotel bill for a one-day trip to Toronto last year, according to federal spending records.

Government spending data show at least six separate Toronto hotel charges ranging from just under $12,000 to nearly $49,000 for a total of roughly $174,000. She did not spend the night.

The total was roughly eight times what it cost to house the first lady’s advance team, whose $18,000 in hotel expenses were broken out separately; in addition to the hotel charges, the first lady’s trip involved $21,000 in transportation costs.

Reports from the press pool that accompanied Trump on her September 23, 2017, Canadian excursion showed that her schedule involved multiple hotel stops. Based on those reports, this was her itinerary for the day:

Source: GovExec.com

More:
https://www.govexec.com/oversight/2018/11/melania-trump-racked-174000-hotel-bills-day-trip-toronto/152884/

Democratic District Attorney was just ambushed and shot in the face

Source: Washington Press

A former Alabama state trooper has shot the district attorney for Alabama’s 17th Judicial Circuit, Greg Griggers, directly in the face today in an ambush attack, according to AL.com.

The local news site reports that the former trooper, Steven Smith, Jr., was killed by law enforcement responding to the crime scene after he shot the DA.

District Attorney Michael Jackson said that the dead assailant, Smith, has been investigated in the past in conjunction with a 1996 shotgun attack on the home of Sumter County Circuit Judge Eddie Hardaway, the first black judge to preside over Sumter, Marengo, and Greene counties in the state. Greg Griggers, the victim of today’s shooting, was the district attorney for those same counties and a registered Democrat in deep red Alabama.


Read more: https://washingtonpress.com/2018/11/15/a-democratic-attorney-general-was-just-ambushed-and-shot-in-the-face_2/



No idea on the motive. Reports say the attack occurred as the D.A. Was sitting in his car.

More also at:
https://www.al.com/news/2018/11/former-state-trooper-killed-after-shooting-alabama-da-in-face.html

GOLDEN WINS

Source: LIVE feed

GOLDEN WINS THE INSTANT RUNOFF IN MAINE 2


DEMOCRAT JARED GOLDEN DECLARED VICTOR IN FINAL "INSTANT RUNOFF" MAINE # 2 Congressional District Election.

(LIVE FEED)

Democrat Jared Golden win Maine's 2nd District race

The final vote retabulation in the 2nd District race gave Jared Golden just over 50 percent of the vote.

AUGUSTA - State election officials declared Democrat Jared Golden the winner of Maine's 2nd Congressional District race against incumbent Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin.

A federal judge rejected U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin's request to force the Maine Secretary of State to stop the ranked-choice run-off on Thursday morning.

Sources: Associated Press/Secretary of State
Ranked-choice race for Congress:

Maine's 2nd District
STATUS: 100%

Jared Golden (D) 51% 139,231
Bruce Poliquin (R) 49% 136,326

A candidate must exceed 50 percent of the vote to be declared the winner. Because no one received a majority vote in the first round, last-place finishers are eliminated and their votes get redistributed based on their voters' second or third choices. Learn more here.

POLITICS
Democrat Jared Golden win Maine's 2nd District race
The final vote retabulation in the 2nd District race gave Jared Golden just over 50 percent of the vote.


Read more: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/11/15/final-ranked-choice-vote-count-slated-for-noon/



Source:
https://www.pressherald.com/?relrelated


Congrats to the winner. You can bet that the republican is going to go to court to overturn, but voters in Maine twice approved ballot proposals to adopt rank choice voting.

Detroit- Precinct #129 NO WORKING MACHINES

Detroit Martin Luther King High School-
As of 08:30, STILL not open (should have opened at 7am). Precinct #129.

No working machines. They are telling people to come back later.

Machines were locked in a room and nobody can find key

Can we get a new category under Government?

I would like to suggest a new category-

Government Ethics-

To post about various government ethical violations, or breaking or upholding ethics rules.

Here is today’s contribution for such a category-

“For a second consecutive week, we are filing a complaint against a Trump administration official for illegally using an official position for partisan politics,” CREW executive director, Noah Bookbinder said. “Administrator Verma, who oversees benefits to millions of Americans, should be particularly sensitive about not abusing her position for politics, and she certainly should know better by now after the administration’s many previous violations. We are now left to assume that Trump administration officials are well aware of their obligations under the Hatch Act and simply have no intention of following the law.”

https://www.citizensforethics.org/press-release/crew-files-hatch-act-complaint-against-cms-administrator-seema-verma


Should a new category be created?

Vote:

How U.S. Law Enforcement Tracked Down Cesar Sayoc Jr. So Quickly

Source: Govexec.com

Cesar Sayoc Jr. was tracked down swiftly as the FBI joined forces with New York City police, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and officers in Florida, Justice Department officials said Friday.

The 56-year-old former soccer player is in FBI custody and has been charged with sending bombs to prominent Democrats including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden; CNN, and philanthropist George Soros. The 13 packages Sayoc mailed each contained PVC pipe, with an “energetic material”—something that can explode—and a clock, said Christopher Wray, the FBI director. “These were not hoax devices,” he said, an apparent reference to the right-wing conspiracy theories that packages were a “false flag” intended to make Republicans look bad.

Several of the packages also included photos of the intended target, with a red “X” over their face, according to a copy of the federal complaint against Savoy. They mirror decals on a van associated with Sayoc that was towed away in Plantation, Florida that show Hillary Clinton, filmmaker Michael Moore and others with a gun target over their faces. Officials say a “latent fingerprint” found on one of the two packages addressed to Maxine Waters, the California congresswoman, which led them to Sayoc, who had been previously arrested. There is also DNA on two of the devices that could connect them to the suspect, Wray said, but he did not elaborate.

A U.S. postal worker alerted officials to some of the packages, Gary Barksdale, the deputy chief inspector at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, told reporters.

Read more: https://www.govexec.com/defense/2018/10/how-us-law-enforcement-tracked-down-cesar-sayoc-jr-so-quickly/152374/



This is your government at work- a Postal Worker alerting authorities; the FBI finding fingerprints and DNA; the Justice Department processing arrest warrants.

Soon- the Federal Court System, and then Bureau of Prisons will have their day as well.

Thank goodness for Government workers.

Dow drops more than 500 points

Source: Yahoo news


Stocks slumped Wednesday while Treasury yields continued to rise.

Yields on the 10-year Treasury note climbed to 3.214%, while the 30-year yield edged higher to 3.382%. The higher yields put downward pressure on stocks, with the S&P 500 posting decreases for its fifth straight day.

The S&P 500 (^GSPC) fell 1.98%, or 56.48 points at 2:10 p.m. ET. The Dow (^DJI) fell 1.96%, or 513.93 points. The Nasdaq (^IXIC) slipped 2.37%, or 180.1 points.




Read more: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/dow-drops-200-points-treasury-yields-move-higher-141746422.html



Ladies and gentlemen, stock market getting hammered today, now that tariffs are starting to kick in, and companies and individuals are getting hit hard with new Trump Tariff Taxes. (TTT)

this is what is known as

the beginning of the TRUMP TUMBLE.

Federal Official Boosted Use of Private Prisons; Now He Has a Top Job at One

Federal Official Boosted Use of Private Prisons; Now He Has a Top Job at One
ERIC KATZ | AUGUST 29, 2018 6:10 PM ET



A former federal official who earlier this year instructed the Bureau of Prisons to identify inmates to be transferred to private detention centers has left his government job for a position with one of the largest contractors housing federal prisoners.

In January, Government Executive reported that Frank Lara, then the bureau’s assistant director for correctional programs, sent a memorandum with the subject line “increasing population levels in private contract facilities” to agency leaders. In it, Lara tasked facility leaders with identifying inmates for transfer to private facilities, saying it would “alleviate the overcrowding at Bureau of Prisons’ institutions and maximize the effectiveness of private contracts.”

A few months later, Lara announced his retirement. Earlier this month, he began working at the GEO Group as its director of operations. The company is one of the largest contractors housing federal inmates. In fiscal 2018, for example, GEO Group has received $147 million in awards from the bureau, according to federal spending data. While Lara’s memo went out to all bureau leaders, it mentioned only one facility by name: Rivers Correctional Institution in Winton, N.C., which is owned and operated by the GEO Group.

The GEO Group did not respond to several emails, and when asked about the hiring over the phone, a company official hung up. Government Executive was unable to reach Lara directly.

Eric Young, president of the union local that represents bureau correctional officers, called Lara’s move, “The biggest damn conflict of interest that I’ve ever seen.”

Just prior to the memo’s release, dozens of bureau officials, including Lara, attended a conference hosted by the American Correctional Association. The conference was sponsored by the GEO Group, among others. The bureau said it spent $153,000 on travel costs associated with the conference. The Washington Post reported last year that GEO held its own annual conference at a Trump resort in Florida, and that it donated $225,000 to a pro-Trump super-PAC.....


More:
https://m.govexec.com/management/2018/08/federal-official-boosted-use-private-prisons-now-he-has-top-job-one/150911/

"Martial Law"- that's where we are!

Defense Department is sending 21 active and reserve Military Jag Officers to be FEDERAL PROSECUTERS in border cases-

Use of the military to conduct civilian law enforcement is the very definition of Martial Law!

From https://www.stripes.com/senators-urge-pentagon-to-rethink-sending-military-lawyers-to-be-immigration-prosecutors-1.534307



Senators urge Pentagon to rethink sending military lawyers to be immigration prosecutors

WASHINGTON — Calling it an “inappropriate application of military personnel,” three leading senators urged the secretary of defense to reconsider sending military attorneys to southern border states to help prosecute immigration cases.

“We are … deeply troubled,” wrote Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Joni Ernst, R-Ind., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., in a letter Thursday to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

The letter came just hours after the Pentagon confirmed that it had approved sending 21 active-duty and reserve judge advocates to help the Justice Department with its growing backlog of cases created after the government adopted a policy to prosecute adults who cross the border illegally. The attorneys will stay in place for less than six months each, the Pentagon said.






Commerce Secretary Accused of Shorting Financial Disclosure Mandates

By Charles S.Clark, GovExec.com

Unresolved ethics issues involving the finances of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross spilled into the open on Monday when Forbes magazine posted an expose that also questions the treatment of Ross’s financial disclosure forms by the Office of Government Ethics.

Reporter Dan Alexander, in a piece titled “Lies, China And Putin: Solving The Mystery Of Wilbur Ross' Missing Fortune,” followed up on issues raised last year by senators about whether Ross—a wealthy Wall Street investor—had understated his income and mandatory divestments on his 2017 financial disclosure forms.

Alexander’s investigation appears to contradict Ross’s declaration to the ethics office in November 2017 that he had placed his multi-million-dollar holdings in trust. And Alexander uncovered a December 2017 Ross disclosure form that the OGE had not posted publicly.

Among Forbes’ findings:

Ross retained holdings in companies co-owned by the Chinese government, a shipping firm tied to Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, a Cypriot bank reportedly caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and a “huge player in an industry Ross is now investigating;”
Ross put some of these interests in a trust for his family members while continuing, as Commerce secretary, to deal with China and Russia on economic matters;
Last fall, five days before reports of his holdings in a Putin-linked shipping firm called Navigator Holdings, Ross sold his stock.


More: https://m.govexec.com/management/2018/06/commerce-secretary-accused-shorting-financial-disclosure-mandates/149085/


The stink of ethics violations just keep on permeating this group.
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