That’s All Folks: TX Gov. Rick Perry’s Presidential Hopes May Be Dashed After Indictment

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That’s All Folks: TX Gov. Rick Perry’s Presidential Hopes Dashed After Indictment

Ooops! Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential hopes may be dashed after he was indicted by a grand jury for using veto powers in an effort to oust Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg after her DUI arrest. Here’s the indictment filed against Gov. Rick Perry. He could be facing 109 years in prison for abuse of veto power. Um, I guess this is another ooops moment for the former Republican presidential candidate.

At the center of the issue is a complaint about intimidation stemming from Perry’s threat to veto of $7.5 million in state funding to the Public Integrity Unit run by Lehmberg’s office. The threat came after she pleaded guilty to drunk driving and served a 45-day sentence; Perry called on her to step down but she refused to resign her position. Perry then vetoed the funding for the PIU.

A grand jury was called to determine whether or not Perry broke the law when he threatened to veto the funding. As a result they issued indictments on two felony charges: abuse of official capacity and coercion of public servant. If found guilty on the charges, Perry could be sentenced to a maximum 109 years in prison.

An indictment indicates the grand jury believes the state has a strong enough case to send to trial and is not a finding of guilt. Special prosecutor Michael McCrum oversaw the presentation to the grand jury who has been meeting on and off this summer and returned the indictment Friday afternoon.

“The first count of abuse of official capacity. It basically charges that on the day of the veto in 2013 that Governor Perry intentionally or knowingly misused government property that had come into his custody or control,” McCrum said Friday afternoon.

McCrum told reporters that he plans to meet with Perry’s attorneys on Monday. Perry will have to surrender to the Travis County Jail where he will likely be processed with what’s known as a walk-through booking. He will be fingerprinted and have a mugshot taken. It is not clear yet when the governor may turn himself in. Source:  KXAN

The Republican presidential wannabes are dropping like flies. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is currently on trial for corruption (14 counts), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is saddled with a John Doe investigation and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is still dealing with Bridgegate. Shouldn’t Rick Perry be forced out of office since he has a felony indictment on his hands?

 

Michelle Nunn Slams GOP Rival David Perdue “Working in Real World” Theme (VIDEO)

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Michelle Nunn Slams GOP Rival David Perdue “Working in Real World” Theme (VIDEO) (Photo credit: Video Screengrab)

Georgia Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn took a swing at Republican opponent David Perdue in a new campaig ad — a negative ad, that is.

Nunn attacked Perdue’s business career under the “real world” theme. She focused on the outsourcing of jobs at Haggar, massive job losses at Pillowtex and shuttered Georgia plants at Sara Lee, all happening on his watch.

GA GOP Candidate Richard Woods’ Strange Color Purple Comment to Black Democrat

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GA GOP Candidate Richard Woods Makes Color Purple Reference to Black Democrat

Georgia Republican nominee for state schools superintendent, Richard Woods, dropped a reference to “The Color Purple,” while campaigning against black Democratic candidate Valarie Wilson at the monthly breakfast meeting of the Cobb Republican Party.

Here’s the actual quote from the Everlasting GOP Stoppers:

“They may dust off their copies of their VHS copies of ‘The Color Purple,’ but it isn’t going to happen, all right? We are going to remain Republican red in our state, and we’re going to move this state forward so that we can do the very best, and again, I look forward to being your next state school superintendent of schools,” He said.

Here’s more from the Marietta Daily Journal:

Woods spoke to the monthly breakfast meeting of the Cobb Republican Party, where he blasted the U.S. Department of Education and called for an emphasis on reading, writing and arithmetic.

“We have to make sure that our kids know our history. They are going to know the true American history,” Woods said. “It will not be liberalism, it will not be progressivism, but it will be something that is based on our Founding Fathers. It will be the Constitution, it will be the Declaration of Independence, it will be the Federalist Papers. We will teach the truth, because last time I heard, the truth will set you free, OK?”

Woods called for support from the audience, saying he needed help. He faces Democrat Valarie Wilson, a former chairwoman of the Decatur school board, in November. “Come November, again we need to stand together, because we are going to let the Democrats know that they are living on Fantasy Island, OK?” Woods said.

You will recall “The Color Purple” was the 1985 movie, starring Whoopi Golberg and Danny Glover, based on Alice Walker’s book about a 14-year-old black girl growing up in Georgia in the 1900s.

GA Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn Gets Boost from Carole King

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GA Democratic Senate Candidate Michelle Nunn Gets Boost from Carole King (Photo credit: MichelleNunn.com)

Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn’s campaign is getting a boost from singer Carole King. The singer/songwriter is in Atlanta to host a fundraiser and do some charity work on Nunn’s behalf.

Of course, the Republicans couldn’t wait to pounce, noting her background as an environmental activist. Yep, they are trying to make her out as a climate change nutjob. SMH.

This comes as the Democrats are aiming to ratchet up their pressure on Gov. Nathan Deal over his ethics problems and the issue of his executive orders being taken offline. To be fair, some have reappeared after his office got such negative publicity over the matter. Makes one wonder what else is Gov. Deal hiding.

 

CounterPAC Aims to Fight ‘Dark Money’ Spending in Georgia Senate Race

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CounterPAC Aims to Fight ‘Dark Money’ Spending in Georgia Senate Race (Photo credit: CBS Video Screengrab)

GEORGIA SENATE RACE:  Watch out, a wave of outside money spending is set to hit the Georgia Senate race between David Perdue (R) and Michelle Nunn (D) to replace Sen. Saxby Chambliss and one group aims to fight the ‘dark money’ trend in today’s politics.

CounterPAC, a political action committee which is backed by tech entrepreneurs, urged Nunn and Perdue to agree to reject any “dark money” coming from secretive groups.

CounterPAC took out a full-page ad in the Atlanta Journal Constitution as part of its campaign calling on full disclosure of campaign spending. The group is also targeting Senate races in Alaska and West Virginia.

Jim Greer, CounterPAC’s co-founder, said the pledge is “about restoring accountability for voters and agreeing to elections that aren’t manipulated by a flood of secret money.”

Of course, David Perdue is mum on ‘dark money’ spending. Michelle Nunn already came out with a “Peach Pledge,” which is modeled on a similar premise as CounterPAC, but David Perdue’s campaign dismissed it as “empty rhetoric.” Um, so we know exactly where he stands on the issue…

Mudslinging: Michelle Nunn Charity Validated Donations to Charity with Alleged Hamas Ties

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Mudslinging: Michelle Nunn Charity Validated Donations to Charity with Alleged Hamas Ties (Photo Credit: MichelleNunn.com)

Here we go…the attacks on U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn has begun! The National Review revealed it got a hold of an internal document drafted for Nunn’s campaign back in December. The document includes her campaign plan, including an issue with a Points of Light connection to a charity that allegedly has ties to Hamas. The Points of Light helped validate thousands of charities for eBay users who wanted to auction items and donate the proceeds to a particular charity, through a service called MissionFish. One of the grops MissionFish validated was Islamic Relief USA, which received $33,000 for individual donors through MissionFish.

More from the National Review Online:

Islamic Relief Worldwide has ties to Hamas, which the U.S. designates as a terrorist organization. In June, Israel banned the charity from operating in the country because, according to Israeli officials, it was funneling cash to Hamas. In 2006, Israelis arrested Islamic Relief Worldwide’s Gaza coordinator, Ayaz Ali. They said he was working to “transfer funds and assistance to various Hamas institutions and organizations.” Ali admitted to cooperating with local Hamas operatives while working in Jordan and, on his computer, Israeli officials found photographs of “swastikas superimposed on IDF symbols,” and of Nazi officials, Osama bin Laden, and al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Islamic Relief USA highlighted the work of Islamic Relief Worldwide in Palestine in its 2012 annual report, in which it talks generally about the work of Islamic Relief charities in the region without drawing a distinction between the branches. The organization has raised eyebrows before. According to a 2012 report, its bank account was closed by UBS and it was “under constant scrutiny by other banks due to nervousness about counterterrorist regulations.”

The group’s terror ties extend beyond Hamas, according to a former Israeli intelligence official. He says that Islamic Relief Worldwide’s country director in Palestine, Muneed Abugazaleh, met in April 2012 with Dr. Omar Shalah, a leader of the terror group Islamic Jihad and of the Riyad al-Saleheen Charitable Society, which is affiliated with the group. He is also the brother of Ramadan Shalah, the leader of Islamic Jihad.

Michelle Nunn’s campaign manager Jeff DiSantis released a statement:

“This was a draft of a document that was written eight months ago. Like all good plans, they change. But what hasn’t changed and is all the more clear today is that Michelle’s opponents are going to mischaracterize her work and her positions, and part of what we’ve always done is to prepare for the false things that are going to be said.

“Michelle has always sought to run a campaign that brings people together and gets Washington focused on the real challenges the country faces. And that’s the kind of Senator she’ll be.”

Republican opponent David Perdue, who has far more baggage then Michelle Nunn could ever imagine, ran a brutal campaign against Jack Kingston. You can expect even more mudslinging coming from his camp the closer we get to the November elections.

Hillary Clinton: Biggest Issue With Israel is Continued Building of Settlements

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Hillary Clinton: Biggest Issue With Israel is Continued Building of Settlement (Credit: Wikipedia)

During an appearance on Fareed Zakaria’sGlobal Public Square,” Hillary Clinton said the biggest issue she has with Israel is their continued building of settlements. She also admonished them saying “don’t make life so miserable for the Palestinians.” No-one wants to live that way. There is a great deal of mistrust among both sides. The truth is, Hillary Clinton is absolutely right. You can’t want to effect change by building settlements on contested land, while blockading just about everything to make the quality of life for the Palestinians decent. It seems as though Benjamin Netanyahu is presiding over the modern-day apartheid system of the Palestinians.

Hillary Clinton’s statement comes as Secretary of State John Kerry is under fire for negotiating with Qatar and Turkey, rather than Egypt and Israel. Likud’s Communications Minister Gilad Erdan ranted Saturday night that Kerry chose to hold talks without a representative of Israel, the Palestinian Authority of Egypt. He said, “we’re a long way from a political solution.”

 

Sen. Rand Paul Wants to Restore Federal Role for Government in Voting Rights Act

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Rand Paul Wants to Restore Federal Government Role in Voting Rights Act

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a potential 2016 presidential contender is now walking back his previous position on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He spoke at the National Urban League’s conference in Cincinnati on Friday, saying that he’s one of the good Republicans.

Sen. Rand Paul said, “Not only do I support the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, I’m a Republican who wants to restore a federal role for the government in the Voting Rights Act.”

Sounds like he’s walking back his previous claim that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a case of federal over-reach. If he cares so much about the Voting Rights Act, why didn’t he sign on as a co-sponsor of the Voting Rights Amendment Act that would help repair some of the damage the Supreme Court dealt when it obliterated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act? Sen. Paul was as quiet as a little mouse when SCOTUS gutted a portion of the VRA.

Let’s not forget while Sen. Rand Paul has said that some parts of the new requirements for voters, such as having photo ID, to cast a ballot are too strict, he hasn’t actually renounced the laws. Sounds to me like he’s trying to get the black vote by walking back a number of his positions that affect the black community. In other words, he’s laying the groundwork for 2016. Still, Rand Paul can’t run from his record and blacks shouldn’t be fooled by him.

Singer Cher tweeted “minorities beware” of Sen. Rand Paul for his position on the Civil Rights Act. She also tweeted that blacks were once not welcome at lunch counters during the Civil Rights era. She may have watched Rachel Maddow’s show before sending the tweet. Maddow reminded us of Sen. Paul’s objections to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when he first ran for the U.S. Senate:

Here’s Cher Twitter rant:

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Cher Tells Minorities Beware of Sen. Rand Paul as 2016 Presidential Candidate

LMAO: Soon-To-Be Ex-Rep. Michele Bachmann Mulling 2016 Presidential Run

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LMAO: Soon-To-Be Ex-Rep. Michele Bachmann Mulling 2016 Presidential Run (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Tea Party wingnut and soon-to-be former Rep. Michele Bachmann says she may run for the presidency in 2016. Really? What a mockery of the electoral process. Yeah, she’s bringing crazy back to the GOP.

Bachmann told RealClearPolitics, “The only thing that the media has speculated on is that it’s going to be various men that are running. They haven’t speculated, for instance that I’m going to run. What if I decide to run? And there’s a chance I could run.” Once again, another Republicans, clearly detached from reality is trying to hijack the electoral process by staging another clown show.

The last thing Michele Bachmann needs is to hire a campaign staff for any election. We know how that went in the 2012 presidential campaign. She claims the next time she runs, she will need a more loyal campaign team behind her, “I haven’t made a decision one way or another if I’m going to run again, but I think the organization is probably the key.” “To have an organization and people who surround you who are loyal, who are highly competent, who know how to be able to run the ball down the field in state after state — because now I think the primary process will be very different this time. It will tighten up; it will be a much shorter run than it was before.” Um, yeah, whatever.

She really thinks so very little of voters if she thinks she can jive her way into another election considering the mess that unfolded in the last presidential election cycle. Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, are being investigated by the FBI for possible money laundering and mail and wire fraud. There’s more…The FBI also turned over some information the Justice Department concerning her campaign illegally coordinating with Super PACS.

David Perdue Defeats Jack Kingston to Win GOP Nomination for U.S. Senate

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David Perdue Defeats Jack Kingston to Win GOP Nomination for U.S. Senate (Credit: David Perdue for Senate)

Former CEO David Perdue defeats Rep. Jack Kingston to win Georgia’s Republican US Senate nomination. Kingston conceded the race and now Perdue will meet Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn. Kingston was backed by Karen Handel, Erick Erickson and Fox News host Sean Hannity. David Perdue has a 51 percent lead to Jack Kingston’s 49 percent, which is over 8,000 votes.

David Perdue is Mitt Romney-lite. He oversaw gender-based wage discrimination as CEO of Dollar General. The company ended up paying $15.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought against the company by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of female store managers who were discriminated against and paid less than their male counterparts. Dollar General was also forced to pay nearly $74,000 to former employee Martha Bryant after a district court found she was fired for invoking the Family Medical Leave Act. Perdue also oversaw the closure of U.S. factories while vice president of menswear manufacturer Haggar. This will be a very interesting race.

Mother Jones: “Dollar General faced another significant lawsuit under Perdue, brought by some 2,000 current and former employees who in 2006 claimed that the company had made them managers in name only so it could deny them overtime they would have earned as store clerks. In 2013, Dollar General agreed in mediation to pay the ex-employees up to $8.5 million. That settlement awaits court approval.”

Emily’s List:  “Perdue may claim his leadership abilities have been shown through his business experience, but his business record is nothing to brag about. When he resigned after just 7 months at Pillowtex in North Carolina, the company shut down and 4,000 workers lost their jobs, the largest single job-loss in the state’s history. And his tenure at Dollar General clearly shows that his leadership style is not the kind that Georgians are looking for.”

Thanks to David Perdue, Georgia is now a battleground state and the Democrats may see a flip with a Michelle Nunn win.