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January 28, 2019

McCarthy: GOP Will Name Members Of The House Intelligence Committee 'Next Week'

Source: Interview today on NBC with Chuck Todd

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are waiting for their Republican counterparts to be named.

McCarthy: I'll appoint the Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee "next week." pic.twitter.com/CKVNzZ6tbI

— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) January 27, 2019

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mccarthy-gop-will-name-members-of-the-house-intelligence-committee-next-week

McCarthy blames the delay on Democratic members, of course.
January 23, 2019

Sheila Jackson Lee steps down as CBC Chairman and from House Judiciary subcommittee

I didn't much care for either article's title so I made my own. I lived in Ms. Jackson Lee's district for decades and am sorry to see this. When the news of the lawsuit first came out a month or more ago I saw this coming. I sincerely hope that she is exonerated and I also hope that the days of public officials sweeping employee abuse under the rug are over.

more at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/jackson-lee-forced-from-leadership-roles-after-lawsuit

and at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/23/us/politics/sheila-jackson-lee-cbc-chairwoman.html

January 23, 2019

Federal court rules against Virginia GOP vote packing gerrymander

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of federal judges has chosen a redistricting map for Virginia’s House of Delegates that could shift some districts toward Democrats and help the party gain control in this year’s election.

The judges ordered a new map in June after ruling that lawmakers had racially gerrymandered eleven House districts by packing black voters into them.

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the GOP’s appeal this spring. The high court rejected a request from Republicans to put on hold the lower court’s ruling, which means the election season will begin using whatever map is finalized by the lower court.

Do I personally have any confidence the ruling will stand in front of the new Supreme court? Not much...but we must continue to fight each and every attempt to disenfranchise the People.

more at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/court-virginia-redistricting-map-helps-democrats
January 23, 2019

Democrats Launch Investigation Into White House Security Clearance Breaches

Jared Kushner, John Bolton, and Michael Flynn are among the probe’s targets.

In a letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, highlighted how throughly the administration has stonewalled past congressional requests for information on the topic. “For the past two years, I have sought information with other Committee Members about a series of extremely troubling incidents regarding the security clearances of some of President Trump’s top aides, but the White House has refused to provide the information we requested, often ignoring our requests completely,” Cummings wrote.

Cummings is seeking all documents related to background investigations and security clearances of Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner; national security adviser John Bolton; former national security adviser Michael Flynn; Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr.; former White House national security aide Sebastian Gorka; and former White House Secretary Rob Porter, among others.

It would take years to clean up this mess even without the concerted interference of the trans-national crime organizations and their paid lackeys the GOP. The last vestiges of judicial integrity are fading away as the judiciary drops all pretense of representing the constitution or the people over the predatorial monied class. We're watching all this harden like concrete around us. If elected and appointed officials cannot be compelled to tell the truth, we're truly screwed.

more at https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/01/democrats-launch-investigation-into-white-house-security-clearance-breaches/
January 8, 2019

Blue dog weighs in on Warren's elect ability...

Once again Joe takes on the role of offensive lineman for those who prefer the status quo...


Not trying to start any kind of fight here, or to slam Manchin, but thanks for your input Joe...not. Please don't pick our candidates for us.

January 6, 2019

Together we will stand...every boy, girl, woman and man

C'mon now people let's get on the ball...

January 6, 2019

In honor of Dems retaking the House of Representatives

I actually bought this LP when it first came out...yeah, I'm ancient.
January 3, 2019

Trump 2020 campaign used a shell company for illegal coordination scheme with NRA

Shell games and blurred lines

The Trump campaign funneled money to ad buyers alleged to have facilitated illegal coordination between the campaign and the NRA by routing funds through a secretive LLC that appears to be little more than a shell company, an investigation by the Center for Responsive Politics has found.

While the Trump campaign stopped reporting payments to ad buyers alleged to have facilitated illegal coordination between the campaign and the NRA after the 2016 election cycle, Trump’s 2020 campaign has continued to deploy the same individuals working for the firms at the center of the controversy through payments to Harris Sikes Media LLC — a low-profile limited-liability company operating with no website or public-facing facade whatsoever.

Facing the illegal coordination allegations are National Media, Red Eagle Media Group and American Media & Advocacy Group (AMAG), closely tied consultancies that share staff, resources and adjacent storefronts in Alexandria, Va.

CRP’s analysis of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) records found that Trump campaign political ad disclosures on file with stations across the country have continued to include signatures and names of individuals working for National Media, despite no mention of National Media or its known affiliates on any FCC or Federal Election Commission (FEC) disclosures. Those individual ad buyers’ names have simultaneously continued to be included in ad documents for the National Rifle Association (NRA) and America First, but with the ad buyers’ affiliation listed as National Media or one of its affiliates.

As the election nears, this all-encompassing support of Trump may make it difficult to tell the difference between ads supporting Trump’s agenda as president and his agenda as a presidential candidate — effectively allowing a group run by a candidate’s former staffer to pay the same individual ad buyers paid by the campaign to make purchases at the same time where the only issue listed is supporting the candidate’s agenda.

While some of the issues presented by the Trump campaign’s approach to outside groups may seem novel, Trump is hardly the only candidate with blurred lines between his campaign and outside groups supporting him. And in a political environment where many candidates face allegations of flagrantly violating campaign coordination rules without consequence, it’s unlikely his campaign will be the last to adopt this approach.

read more at https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2018/12/trump-2020-campaign-coordination/

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