Posts tagged: politics
Turning off the fountain that memorializes the asshole who originally channelled water into Los Angeles would be a sign that there’s something wrong in this city, which there is.
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt refuses to address questions from Democracy Now!
Here’s the news links marxistplot sent me this evening via family chat log. It’s lengthy but the articles are short. The articles not tagged with ‘Joe’ are mine.
(<-I thought this was an example of NSA’s total lifetime surveillance backtracking software. They connected this dude from the wide area face recognition cameras to a literally ‘minor’ incident 24 years ago. Black helicopters began circling.)
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Part of the trouble for the Republican governor is that the evidence against him looks quite damaging and his explanation isn’t close to persuasive.
In ordering a halt to the investigation in May, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Randa, a Republican appointee who has been active in conservative judicial-activist circles, argued that there was no problem with coordination between Walker and outside groups because it wasn’t as if the groups were trying to bring Walker over to their side by funding his anti-recall campaign: “[Wisconsin Club for Growth] obviously agree[s] with Governor Walker’s policies, but coordinated ads in favor of those policies carry no risk of corruption because the Club’s interests are already aligned with Walker and other conservative politicians,” Randa wrote in his ruling. “Such ads are meant to educate the electorate, not curry favor with corruptible candidates.”This is a striking claim, reminiscent of the Supreme Court’s recent rulings against limits on campaign contributions– that limits can only be justified as bars against explicit attempts to bribe politicians to change their stances on issues. But that’s not what at issue in the John Doe II investigation – the question is whether the outside groups exerted undue influence over the outcome of the recall by skirting the state’s rules on coordination. It is whether the state’s electoral system was corrupted, not whether Walker was.
Violating the spirit of campaign finance laws is really easy, as long as you take a few basic precautions such as not sending an email describing your control of expenditures that are supposed to be outside your control….. The most benign possibility is that Walker is quickly cleared, but the facts of the case would still raise serious questions about his intelligence. Sending an email explaining your plan to coordinate what’s supposed to be independent spending to the guy whose job it is to avoid campaign coordination is like if Walter White decided to cook meth in his high school chemistry classroom during school.
Prosecutors are accusing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker of participating in a “criminal scheme” to get around a state law banning coordination “in an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups to help his campaign and those of Republican state senators fend off recall elections during 2011 and ’12,” the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. There was even an email from Walker to Karl Rove indicating that one of his top deputies, R.J. Johnson, would lead the coordination. Continue reading →
4263061310 Twentysix months ago, delivery truck driver Mark Byrge’s life changed forever when police refused to honor one simple request, a decision that will affect him for the rest of his life. Instead of laying down however, Mark got back up, literally, and in a big way. On April 18th, 2012, Mark had a minor traffic accident in American Fork, Utah where he scraped the box of his truck against a tree. Within minutes of reporting the incident, officer Andres Gianfalice and Jennifer Nakai arrived on scene. The accident quickly became a moot point as the officers realized Mark had an unpaid speeding ticket. Before he was placed under arrest, Mark made one request of the officers. Mark asked that the officers cuff him in the front. You see, after multiple back surgeries, Mark had implantation of a $50,000 Spinal Cord Stimulator. “I showed him the scar from the four surgeries and then I showed him the spinal cord stimulator under the skin and I informed him, this is my disability,” Mark told reporters. The spinal cord stimulator was placed in Mark’s back to help regulate the pain he feels in his back and legs.
Mark says all his attempts for justice were stone-walled, stating that a large officer even showed up at his house and told him, “Things would not go well for him if he pursued the incident further.”
Mark, who now walks with a cane, says he has lost his business, his mobility, and possibly even his family. “It’s affected my life tremendously to the negative,” he says, “I will probably die from this.”
Washington Post White House Correspondent Juliet Eilperin discusses the Obama Administration’s effort to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument and the pushback from fishing and commercial interests.
oldParasiteSingle: I especially liked the caller asking about two-headed whales washing up after Fukushima.
That’s a lot of cashola.
The Koch brothers reportedly made another financial commitment for the 2014 elections Monday, announcing a new super PAC called Freedom Partners Action Fund, according to Politico. The group will invest $15 million in the midterms, bringing the Kochs’ total investment to a reported $290 million.
That’s estimated; the Kochs could spend as little as, say, $250 million. Which is probably more than you have to spend on elections. And still a ton of money.
If you were curious, we did the math in the other direction, too. For the median household income in the United States, you could buy one ad on one airing of the CW show “Vampire Diaries.” Good luck winning that election.
Labor and the Greens have challenged the government to call a double dissolution election after the Senate defeated a bill to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation for a second time.