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PA-18: Conor Lamb is Democrats' pick to replace Tim Murphy

Over 500 Democratic committeepeople gathered in Washington, Pa., on Sunday to pick former federal prosecutor Conor Lamb, who has never run for office before, to be their champion in a special election for the 18th Congressional District to replace Tim Murphy.

"There's a long road ahead," Mr. Lamb told the audience gathered inside the Washington High School gym after he earned a majority of votes on the second ballot. "There will be no doubt at the end of these next few months who represents the families of this district."

The state party's executive committee must ratify the committee's pick this week. But barring extraordinary circumstances, Mr. Lamb will face state Rep. Rick Saccone, who Republican leaders picked as their champion last weekend, in a March 16 special election.

In a speech before the vote, Mr. Lamb said his “mission” would be to confront Republicans on what he called “a public hypocrisy fully equal to the private hypocrisy of Tim Murphy,” who resigned in October amid allegations he was having an extramarital affair.

Mr. Lamb, 33, of Mt. Lebanon was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Pittsburgh office until he stepped down just after Mr. Murphy stepped down. He is a Marine Corps veteran and prosecutor whose cases included the successful prosecution of a Naval Academy instructor who lied under oath about sexual misconduct involving female servicepeople.

Mr. Lamb is from a notable public family: His uncle Michael Lamb is Pittsburgh's city controller, and his grandfather Thomas Lamb was the Democratic leader in the state Senate during the 1970s, later becoming Gov. Robert P. Casey's top legislative aide. Asked whether his name helped his prospects, Mr. Lamb told reporters, "Most people that I talked to wanted to know who I was."


Tony Perkins Reportedly Covered Up Sexual Assault Against Teenager

On a fall evening two years ago, donors gathered during a conference at a Ritz-Carlton hotel near Washington to raise funds for a 31-year-old candidate for the Ohio legislature who was a rising star in evangelical politics.

Hours later, upstairs in a hotel guest room, an 18-year-old college student who had come to the event with his parents said the candidate unzipped his pants and fondled him in the middle of the night. The frightened teenager fled the room and told his mother and stepfather, who demanded action from the head of the organization hosting the conference.

“If we endorse these types of individuals, then it would seem our whole weekend together was nothing more than a charade,” the stepfather wrote to Tony Perkins, president of the Council for National Policy.

“Trust me . . . this will not be ignored nor swept aside,” replied Perkins, who also heads the Family Research Council, a prominent evangelical activist group. “It will be dealt with swiftly, but with prudence.”

The incident, described in emails and documents obtained by The Washington Post, never became public, nor did unspecified prior “similar incidents” Perkins referred to in a letter to candidate Wesley Goodman. The correspondence shows Perkins privately asked Goodman to drop out of the race and suspended him from the council, but Goodman continued his campaign and went on to defeat two fellow Republicans in a hotly contested primary before winning his seat last November.


Howard Fieman says it all regarding Al Franken


La.: We came up short in the Treasurers Race, but there are implications for 2018.


New Orleans elects first Asian American to office

The first ever Asian American will take a seat on the New Orleans City Council after Cyndi Nguyen unseated incumbent James Gray II from the District E on Saturday (Nov. 18).

Nguyen, director of Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training, was successful in her second attempt at a spot on the City Council. She'll represent the 9th Ward and most of New Orleans East, home to the city's largest enclave of Vietnamese-Americans.

Crime and economic development were stressed most often in the District E campaign, with candidates linking the two.

Gray, who chairs the council's Economic Development Committee, touted his experience throughout the campaign and said he would continue his efforts to bring more retail, services and housing to the district.

Before the Oct. 14 primary election, Gray said a plan for redeveloping the former Six Flags site would be coming soon although he offered few specifics. Nguyen had said the future of Six Flags would figure prominently in efforts to curb crime in District E, as it would create job opportunities for youths.

Nguyen said she would rely on her ability to build coalitions to bring together partners who could work on complementary projects at the site. Her vision includes a water park, theater, hotel, dining and shopping.


Oklahoma Republican pleads guilty to child sex trafficking charge: report

A former Oklahoma state senator has pleaded guilty to a child sex trafficking charge, The Oklahoman reported Saturday.

Former state Sen. Ralph Shortey, a Republican, had been accused of offering to pay a 17-year-old boy for "'sexual' stuff" earlier this year. Federal prosecutors will drop three additional child pornography charges against him in exchange for his guilty plea.

"It is in my best interest and in the best interest of my family," the former state senator wrote in a plea deal paperwork signed this week, according to the Oklahoman.

By pleading guilty, Shortey is hoping to receive a lighter sentence. Child sex trafficking carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, and a maximum sentence of life in prison. U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti will sentence Shortey next year.

Shortey was first elected to the Oklahoma state Senate in 2010. He resigned from his office on March 22, two weeks after being found in a motel room with a 17-year-old boy.


Trump advisers only show him positive polls

President Trump’s advisers only show him polls that will make him feel good, Politico reported Saturday.

Trump’s aides will typically only show the president polls that focus on his base or public polls with good numbers for Trump, such as those from the polling firm Rasmussen, the report said.

“The polls are about the base,” one adviser told Politico. “He cares about the base.”

Rasmussen is a conservative-leaning firm whose polls often show Trump’s numbers higher than most others. Trump has been known to share Rasmussen poll numbers on Twitter.
He most recently shared the 46 percent approval rating he got in a Rasmussen poll on Tuesday, despite the poll also showing he had a 53 percent disapproval rating.

“One of the most accurate polls last time around. But #FakeNews likes to say we’re in the 30’s. They are wrong. Some people think numbers could be in the 50's. Together, WE will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump tweeted about the poll.


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Mary Trump: "What kind of son have I created?"

Many of the array of psychologists, psychiatrists and family therapists I talked to for this story have a question Mary Trump actually once asked herself, at a moment when she was feeling something less than pride in her celebrity son.

This was in 1990. Donald Trump was divorcing his first wife, philandering with the model Marla Maples and floundering in hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, facing high-profile humiliation and ruin in his early 40s. Mary Trump, on the other hand, was approaching 80. Once a poor immigrant from the remote, desolate northwest corner of Scotland, and the product of the strict mores of the country’s Presbyterian Church, she had been married to the business-centric Fred Trump for more than half a century, residing with him and their five children and their live-in in a large, red-brick, white-columned house positioned regally atop a grassy hill. She had worked tirelessly, volunteering at a local hospital, staying active at schools, charities and social clubs, and steering her rose-colored Rolls-Royce to the family’s outer-borough apartment buildings to collect coins from the laundry machines. She and her husband had sent their fourth and most incorrigible child, who as a boy threw cake at kids at parties and erasers at his teachers at his private elementary school, first to Sunday morning Bible classes, like his siblings—and then, unlike his siblings, to a stringent military academy an hour and a half upstate shortly after he turned 13. Now, in the twilight of her life, beset with debilitating bone loss, she was being sucked into his tawdry, nonstop soap opera, rendered a bit player in a media frenzy, captured by paparazzi while sitting in the rear of her chauffeured car, looking steely and peeved.

That year, according to Vanity Fair, Mary Trump asked Ivana Trump, her soon-to-be-ex-daughter-in-law, a pointed question. “What kind of son have I created?”



If you live in Louisiana or know someone who does, spread the word to vote for Derrick Edwards for State Treasurer.

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