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Warning! Trump is Coming to Cleveland Monday to Host a Pre-Election Rally

Look at his little hands and flustered face!

The White House confirmed last night that president Trump will be traveling the country for a string of 11 rallies in eight states before the midterm elections, including Cleveland this Monday. He won't be around for long, though, as he has events in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Cape Girardeau, Missouri, also scheduled for Monday.

His last visit to Cleveland took place before the May primary, when he held a presentation at Public Hall to tout the Republican tax plan and headlined a subsequent Republican Party fundraiser. He visited Ohio earlier this month to promote Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Renacci, and congressman Steve Chabot. This was after he incorrectly endorsed the wrong candidate for Ohio's 12th District special election on Twitter.

Some studies have shown Ohio has an increasing dislike for the current commander in chief. Of course, blue wins in the upcoming election would allow Democrats to remain competitive in Ohio, and potentially change the direction of Ohio's electoral power in 2020.

Trump's rally is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. at the IX Center, and those interested in attending can register for tickets here. Anyone can register and reserve seats for this free event, but people are only able to reserve two tickets per email address.

Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 01:46 AM (3 replies)

Pureval Campaign Fined $100 by Ohio Elections Commission

At a hearing today in Columbus, the Ohio Election Commission voted 4-3 that Democratic congressional hopeful Aftab Pureval's campaign violated campaign finance laws and will be fined $100 for paying a photographer who captured his congressional campaign launch with funds from his clerk of courts campaign.

The commission won't punish Pureval for another part of the complaint brought by conservative activist Mark Miller and his attorney Chris Finney around use of $16,400 from the clerk of courts campaign for polling. The body, made up of three Republicans, three Democrats and an independent, voted 4-3 against concluding there was a violation, and then voted the same way against concluding there wasn't. They dismissed the complaint, unable to agree.

Pureval's former campaign manager, Sarah Topy, said that the payment to the photographer was "a mistake." According to Topy, she paid photographer Mark Byron $360 using a Venmo account linked to credit cards from both campaigns. She selected the wrong card, she says.

Topy also said the polling was paid for by both the clerk of courts and congressional campaigns and served for both. Finney argued that there weren't any questions related to a clerk of courts race that won't happen until 2020 — an assertion Pureval and Topy contest.

Read more: https://www.citybeat.com/news/blog/21030261/pureval-campaign-fined-100-by-ohio-elections-commission
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 01:00 AM (0 replies)

Cincinnati And 'Gang Of 5' Appealing Order To Turnover All Texts And Emails

Five Cincinnati Council members and the city are appealing a Hamilton County Judge's order to turn over all text messages and emails that the members sent this year.

The appeal is part of a lawsuit alleging P.G. Sittenfeld, Chris Seelbach, Greg Landsman, Tamaya Dennard and Wendell Young violated the state's open meeting law with a group text this spring when Major John Cranley was trying to fire now former City Manager Harry Black.

Mark Miller and his attorney, Brian Shrive, filed the case shortly after the text messages were revealed.

The five council members have released the texts shared among the larger group. But Judge Robert Ruehlman ordered all emails and texts they sent be turned over for discovery by Nov. 2, even messages between individual council members in the group. Shrive has argued he needs to review those to determine if there were other violations of the open meeting law.

Read more: http://www.wvxu.org/post/city-and-gang-5-appealing-order-turnover-all-texts-and-emails#stream/0

The 'Gang of 5' are all Democratic members of the council.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 12:49 AM (0 replies)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Trump Plans to End Birthright Citizenship

Hundreds of people in Pittsburgh showed up to protest as Donald Trump visited the synagogue where eleven people were killed on Saturday in yet another mass shooting. Trump ignored pleas from local Rabbis and the Mayor to sit this one out and was determined to bring people together. His plan to make that happen? He says he's planning to issue an executive order that would end what's known as 'birthright citizenship.' This is a law that has been part of the Constitution since 1868 saying that 'anyone born in the United States is automatically a citizen of the United States.' Trump even sat for a tough interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News last night, where he fired up the base with more baseless talk about the caravan coming up from Mexico.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 12:12 AM (1 replies)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Pharrell & Kanye Not Happy with Trump

Pharrell Williams sent Donald Trump a cease and desist letter because they played his song 'Happy' at a rally the day of the synagogue shooting. Pharrell is not the first musician to do this either. Adele, Neil Young, R.E.M., the Rolling Stones, and Steven Tyler have also sent cease and desist letters to the President. Trump doesn't even have Kanye on his side anymore, after he tweeted today that he was being used and is leaving the political arena.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 12:05 AM (0 replies)

Capitol offices evacuated after structural problem found near rotunda

Several offices and storage rooms near the Capitol rotunda have been evacuated and closed off for the foreseeable future, but not because of concerns over damage to the inner dome of the Capitol, Department of Administration officials said Monday.

Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown said the rooms were vacated as a precaution after engineers discovered damage to internal partition clay tile walls, originally installed to function as firewalls, in the walls adjacent to the rotunda. Damage has caused some of the tiles to break loose, posing a potential safety risk.

“These areas are primarily located in small, difficult to reach areas,” Holley-Brown said in a statement. “Because of the potential safety issue, the General Services Division restricted entrance to certain areas until these partition walls are stable.”

The damage was discovered by WDP and Associates of Charlottesville, Virginia, the same engineering firm hired by the state in 2016 to determine the source of water damage to several panels on the interior dome.

Read more: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/politics/capitol-offices-evacuated-after-structural-problem-found-near-rotunda/article_9c421a05-16da-526f-a1f4-230bc6712ef8.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Nov 1, 2018, 06:24 AM (0 replies)

Anti-abortion protestors gather outside Manchin campaign office

A national organization has spent about $500,000 campaigning for an anti-abortion amendment to the West Virginia constitution, the group announced Monday.

Susan B. Anthony List’s campaign for Amendment 1 has included door-to-door canvassers, radio, TV, digital and direct mail advertisements, spokeswoman Mallory Quigley said during a news conference Monday afternoon.

If Amendment 1 passes, a line will be added to the state constitution that says “nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.”

The amendment would undo a 1993 state Supreme Court decision that said low-income women had the right to an abortion with Medicaid funding.

Read more: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/election_2018/congress_2018/anti-abortion-protestors-gather-outside-manchin-campaign-office/article_37c1bd87-1bb5-54d8-b4c1-2ad5a859a87c.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Nov 1, 2018, 05:54 AM (0 replies)

With election looming, Gov. Justice crosses state, handing out grants

Over the past week, with Election Day looming, Gov. Jim Justice has criss-crossed West Virginia, handing out a total of $20.015 million in grants funded by the federal government — or mostly, identifying projects the state has recommended for federal funding.

“It’s a great day in West Virginia. I get to give away money,” Justice said during a grants presentation in Beckley. “It couldn’t be better.”

He added, “I’ve had the opportunity to do this several different times in several different places across the state.”

The announcements, which Justice has said will continue, has consisted of Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program grants, funded through the federal Highways Administration, as well as projects recommended by the state for funding for economic development grants through the federal Office of Surface Mining and Enforcement.

Read more: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/with-election-looming-justice-crosses-state-handing-out-grants/article_97b76f7b-81f2-5d87-96ce-3c383ebeaf0a.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Nov 1, 2018, 05:33 AM (0 replies)

Abortion, judiciary budget measures on West Virginia ballot

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Separate constitutional measures on West Virginia’s Nov. 6 ballot would allow lawmakers to restrict or ban tax-payer funded abortions and have some control over the state judiciary’s budget.

The Republican-led Legislature earlier this year approved a resolution to add a line to the state constitution that reads: “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion.” Abortions in West Virginia would remain legal under federal law.

Opponents say it would put the issue in the hands of the Legislature, which could ban Medicaid-funded abortions in cases of rape, incest or when a woman or girl’s health is at risk.

In 1993, the state Supreme Court struck down a Medicaid funding ban for abortions as unconstitutional.

Read more: http://www.timesleaderonline.com/wire/?category=5020&ID=79137
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Nov 1, 2018, 03:39 AM (0 replies)

West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry Asks Judge To Grant Him a New Trial

CHARLESTON — The conviction of state Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry might not be the last word on the matter.

Loughry filed a motion Oct. 26 for a new trial in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia in Charleston. The motion is under seal, but the Assistant U.S. Attorney Wright filed a motion Tuesday requesting time to file a full response to Loughry’s motion.

Loughry, who was elected to the Supreme Court in 2012, is set to be sentenced Jan. 18 on 11 federal counts. A jury convicted him Oct. 12 of 11 felonies, including wire fraud, making false statements and witness tampering.

According to Wright’s motion, Loughry attorney John Carr is seeking a partial transcript from the eight-day trial and an additional briefing.

Read more: http://www.theintelligencer.net/news/top-headlines/2018/10/west-virginia-supreme-court-justice-allen-loughry-asks-judge-to-grant-him-a-new-trial/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Nov 1, 2018, 03:21 AM (0 replies)
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