Goes to Steven Kraus, a tea-partier from Ohio. He was indicted on burglary, theft and breaking and entering. This marks the first new indictment of the 114th. We already got some members under indictment, like Michael Grimm. At this rate we could see more scandal than the 109th, which just so happens to be the last time the Republicans controlled both houses of Congress.
The incoming speaker of the Nevada House, Ira Hansen (guess which party) once wrote about "simple minded darkies" and how they show a "lack of gratitude" towards whites.
"Libertarian" Rand Paul helped kill the NSA reform bill yesterday, that would have limited the agencies free-for-all spying on citizens. It just goes to show you that Libertarian isn't really what it means anymore, which is a shame.
Perhaps the chicken should become the mascot of the Democratic Party. After running from their own platform and accomplishments this past cycle, they are hell bent on proving that they care nothing about principal, only polls. The latest act of treason against Democratic principals comes from congressional Democrats and the pending executive action on immigration. Now Democrats want President Obama to wait before taking any executive action. At this point, the Democrats might as well stay in the corner, cowering and capitulating to anything the Republicans want.
Is Twitter! According to a report by CNN, the GOP would use Twitter accounts to skirt election laws and share internal polling data with PACs and other outside groups, which could be coordination, something not allowed by federal election laws.
The Senate Democrats have created a new "liaison" leadership position for Elizabeth Warren. First reaction is that this sounds great, but the cynic in me can't help but wonder if this isn't some sort of lip-service to the progressive base from the stalwarts, like Harry Reid, which holds the job someone like Warren should have gotten.
AT&T is now saying they will cease all expansions of their fiber optics until the issue of net neutrality is settled. Translation: they won't expand high speed internet if they have to play fair. They want to hurt the U.S. economy, unless they get their political will, or better defined as terrorism.
Following Oregon, Alaska and DC legalizing marijuana last week, the UN is now injecting itself into the debate, saying that the measures violate UN anti-drug treaties. This will pose a very interesting question in rather the Republicans will use this to attack the Obama administration, which would be spark a great debate, given the GOP's opposition to the UN and support of violation of previous treaties, like the Geneva Conventions.
Yesterday President Obama came out in support of net neutrality. Almost instantly Ted Cruz took to Twitter and proclaimed '"Net Neutrality' is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government." In the past 15 years the United States has dropped from number 1 to number 26 in terms of internet speed. When combined with broadband availability and pricing, we are 39th in the world. This all occurred with an unregulated internet. Given the importance of quality, affordable and high speed internet in a 21st century economy, it's obvious Ted Cruz is either lying, ignorant, or striving to make an America full of nothing but fast food and Walmart workers. I just wish the media would push him on his notion that government would slow down the internet.
Rush Limbaugh has been bleeding advertisers for a couple of years now, so apparently he has decided to try a new revenue stream - Democrats. But wait! It's now what you think. Instead Rush is getting ready to sue the DCCC for defamation. Apparently Rush feels the DCCC has taken him out of context, which is rather ironic considering 95% of Rush's material is taking Democrats out of context. This is looking like the last throes of a desperate hate monger if you ask me.
Deer Park, Ohio is a small little suburb just north of Cincinnati. I know the town well, having worked there most of the 1990's. During the last week of October police responded to a psychiatric call. They ended up finding weapons and a manifesto naming several federal level politicians, now leading to the FBI, Secret Service and Capital Police flying in to investigate. No identities have been released, but the man was saying his name was "Jesus Christ". We hear stories like this a lot, but having one hit so close to home, in a town I worked in for years....well that just makes it even more scary.
The Friday before elections and two big stories came out that are very bad for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. First is a story of a shipping company owned by the Minority Leader's in-laws. They are being investigate by the Colombian government after 40kg of cocaine was found on one of their ships during a routine inspection. Foremost Group, the company in question, is the source of much of Mitch's wealth. The company is actually based in Liberia to avoid US taxes and labor laws, and has been considered shady for years.
Then we get some news about Mitch's campaign tactics. Last night the Grimes campaign filed for an injunction against McConnell's campaign for what appears to be illegal voter intimidation. The mailer has the words "Election Violation Notice" scrawled across the front of an official looking envelope. The mailer was approved by the Kentucky Republican Party and McConnell campaign, and could very well be a violation of state and federal campaign laws.
Hopefully Kentucky voters will wake up to what appears to be criminal activity by McConnell and his closest inner circle and send him packing on Tuesday.
The lawyers John Boehner's House Republicans paid for to try and sue President Obama have decided not to file suit. John Boehner has now had two different law firms back out, apparently because they feel what President Obama is doing is, well what Presidents do. That now begs the question of why? Why did House Republicans feel it necessary to try and sue President Obama for doing his job?
There has been a war going on for a few months between two bloggers on different sides of the partisan fence, with one common factor - their name. Charles C. Johnson is a right wing blogger, who broke into the nursing home housing a Senator's sick wife. Charles Johnson is the founder of Little Green Footballs, a blog that was once on the right, but moved to the left. Now the former has decided to track down the later and attempt to post pictures of his home. The problem, Johnson hasn't lived there in almost 10 years.