Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price Arrested on Corruption Charges

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Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price Arrested on Corruption Charges (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another black politician is facing prison time. U.S. Attorney Sarah Saldana says Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price accepted $950,000 in cash, cars and land from a consultant in exchange for influence.

Price is accused of taking a total of $1.1 million and failed report it to IRS or on financial disclosure forms, the U.S. attorney says.

Saldana also said, the case against Price is about money “flowing and funneled” to him by his co-defendants, and their steps to hide it.

Also named in the indictment against John Wiley Price are assistant Dapheny Fain, political consultant Kathy Nealy, and Nealy associate Christian Lloyd Campbell.

 

Ex-NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10-Year Prison Sentence for Public Corruption

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Ex-NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin Gets 10-Year Prison Sentence for Public Corruption (Credit: Wikipedia)

Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for public corruption. Under the sentencing guidelines, he was facing 20 years in prison.

Nagin, 58, the two-term mayor who was the face of the city during Hurricane Katrina, joins a list of Louisiana elected officials convicted of misdeeds. He is New Orleans’ first mayor to be convicted and sent to prison for public corruption.

Nagin is set to report to prison on Sept. 8. He could serve his term at a minimum security federal detention center in Oakdale, a city in central Louisiana.

U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan handed down the sentence in a packed courtroom five months after a jury convicted Nagin on 20 of 21 counts of bribery, wire fraud, tax evasion and other charges. She said the seriousness of his crimes could not be overstated, but said he was not the leader of a conspiracy and she felt it just to sentence him below the range called for in federal sentencing guidelines.

Nagin spoke briefly.

“The only thing I want to say is I want to thank you and your staff for the professionalism that you provided,” Nagin told the judge during the brief hearing. “As far as my role in this, we stand by the testimonies already presented.” Source: Times-Picayune

Another black mayor bites the dust….

Gov. Rick Scott Suspends Miami Mayor Marie Lucie Tondreau Over Fraud Charges

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Gov. Rick Scott Suspends Miami Mayor Marie Lucie Tondreau Over Fraud Charges

North Miami mayor Marie Lucie Tondreau was suspended from office by Gov. Rick Scott after she was charged in an alleged $8 million mortgage fraud scheme.

Tondreau, who was released on $50,000 bail, faces up to 30 years in prison for six counts of wire fraud, federal officials said in the unsealed indictment.

Lucie Tondreau, the first female Haitian-American elected as mayor of North Miami, told the local ABC TV affiliate that the allegations against her are a “lie.” She is the fourth Miami-area mayor to be indicted in the last year.

Prosecutors allege Marie Lucie Tondreau, 54, used her weekly radio show and illegal cash payments to recruit buyers to lie on mortgage applications to get loans that were never used to purchase homes. The mortgage company owner, a radio show host and a former attorney were also named in the indictment. They were charged with fraudulently obtaining home loans on 20 South Florida properties between 2005 and 2008, the indictment alleges.

Tondreau had to surrender her passport and  her travel is restrict to the Southern District of Florida. The federal judge also imposed an 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for her at her home.

Among those charged are Karl Oreste, 56, of Miramar; Okechukwu Josiah Odunna, a/k/a “O.J. Odunna,” 49, of Lauderdale Lakes; and Kelly Augustin, 57. Marie Lucie Tondreau will be arraigned on May 30.

 

 Gov. Rick Scott Suspends Miami Mayor Marie Lucie Tondreau Over Fraud Charges

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon Resigns After Arrest on Theft & Bribery Charges

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Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon Resigns After Arrest on Theft & Bribery Charges

Another black mayor bites the dust! Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon resigned Wednesday after he was arrested on public corruption charges. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alleges he took tens of thousands of dollars in bribes, including $20,000 cash delivered in a briefcase to his mayor’s office last month. He also solicited $1 million more. #OhMy

Cannon was arrested Wednesday morning at a South Park apartment used by undercover FBI agents after he arrived to pick up another payment. #Bold

According to allegations contained in the charging document and the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, during the course of a separate criminal investigation, the FBI received reliable information that Cannon was potentially involved in illegal activities associated with his position as an elected official, and began an undercover investigation in or about August 2010. The complaint and affidavit allege that during the course of that investigation, Cannon allegedly solicited and accepted money bribes and things of value from undercover FBI agents, posing as commercial real estate developers and investors wishing to do business in Charlotte. As alleged in the filed documents, Cannon solicited and accepted such bribes and things of value in exchange for the use of his official position as Charlotte Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem and/or as a City Council Member.

The complaint and law enforcement affidavit allege that Cannon accepted the bribes from the undercover FBI agents on five separate occasions. On the last occasion, on February 21, 2014, Cannon allegedly accepted $20,000 in cash in the Mayor’s office. According to the complaint and the affidavit, between January 2013 and February 2014, Cannon allegedly accepted from the undercover agents over $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room, and use of a luxury apartment in exchange for the use of his official position. Source: Justice.gov

Anne Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, said Cannon was charged with theft and bribery. He was released on $25,000 bond pending indictment.

The arrest comes after a six-year FBI sting. It seems like he was on their radar for quite some time. If convicted, Patrick Cannon, 47, faces up to 50 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines.

 

Rep. Lois DeBerry, Longest Serving Tennessee Lawmaker, Loses Battle to Pancreatic Cancer

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Lois DeBerry, Longest Serving Member of Tennessee House, Loses Battle to Pancreatic Cancer (TN.Gov)

RIP: Tennessee Rep. Lois DeBerry, who was the longest serving member of the state House of Representatives, died Sunday after a nearly five-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 68.

Lois DeBerry, a Democrat, was first elected in 1972. She was the second black woman to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly. She was the first female speaker pro tempore in the House and was given the title of speaker emeritus by her colleagues. Her support on key legislation was sought by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

 

Rep. Hank Johnson: Clarence Thomas Worse Than NSA Leaker Edward Snowden

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Rep. Hank Johnson: Clarence Thomas Worse Than NSA Leaker Edward Snowden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) says Clarence Thomas’ action on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 worse than Edward Snowden leaking documents pertaining to the NSA surveillance program. Dang.

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said Wednesday that the fact that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas voted this week to gut the Voting Rights Act — the 1965 law aimed at protecting disenfranchised voters — ranks him somewhere below the likes of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified information about U.S. surveillance programs to the press. “Comparing it to Snowden, I’d say the offense is worse,” Johnson told The Huffington Post.

Johnson, who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Snowden was wrong to leak top-secret materials to the media but was also “mistaken” in thinking that NSA’s activities were illegal. By contrast, Thomas, who is black, is “legally aware of the consequences” to the black community of striking down a core piece of the Voting Rights Act, Johnson said, yet he did it anyway.

Members of the CBC are among those outraged by the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in the case. Several gave speeches on the House floor on Thursday to express their disapproval and to urge Congress to take action to restore the law. Civil rights hero and longtime congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) said Wednesday that the court “put a dagger in the heart of the Voting Rights Act.”

Johnson said caucus members have gotten used to Thomas casting conservative votes that may be harmful to the black community. “We don’t waste time sitting around talking about Clarence Thomas,” he said. “Everybody knows it’s a deep tragedy.” Source:  Huffington Post

Johnson has made some controversial statements in the past, but he has a point on Clarence Thomas’ hypocrisy. I don’t know if his actions are worse than Snowden’s but he’s aloof and cold towards the black community on the very issues that helped him to get ahead in life.

 Rep. Hank Johnson: Clarence Thomas Worse Than NSA Leaker Edward Snowden

IL GOP Official Jim Allen Resigns After Calling Congressional Candidate Erika Harold a “Streetwalker”

Illinois GOP county official Jim Allen has resigned after calling former Miss America and GOP congressional candidate Erika Howard, a “streetwalker” and a “love child” who would likely wind up with an affirmative action job.

Harvard law grad Erika Harold is challenging Rep. Rodney Davis in the GOP primary for the 13th congressional district.

“Today, I accepted the resignation of Jim Allen as Montgomery County chairman. These types of offensive and inappropriate remarks have no place in our Republican Party,” said Jack Dorgan, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, in a statement posted on the state GOP’s Facebook page.

Bishop E. W. Jackson Says Social Programs Hurt Black Family More Than Slavery

 Bishop E. W. Jackson Says Social Programs Hurt Black Family More Than Slavery

Bishop E. W. Jackson Says Social Programs Hurt Black Family More Than Slavery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Virginia’s Republican lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Bishop E. W. Jackson said social programs hurt the ‘black family’ more than slavery. Um, Bishop Jackson is the gift that keeps on giving to Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe. He continues to give a whole new meaning to the word crazy:

The Virginia GOP’s nominee for lieutenant governor, E.W. Jackson, gave a speech Wednesday in which he claimed government social programs have done more harm to the “black family” than slavery. Jackson explained that “programs that began in the sixties” hurt the African-American community because they encouraged people to feel women did not need men “in the home.”…

Jackson has previously made headlines for comments comparing Planned Parenthood to the KKK and his criticisms of gays. He made his remarks in Newport News, Va. at a celebration for Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery. Source:  Talking Points Memo

 Bishop E. W. Jackson Says Social Programs Hurt Black Family More Than Slavery

IL GOP Official Jim Allen Launches Racist Attack on Black GOP Candidate Erika Harold

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IL GOP Official Jim Allen Launches Racist Attack on Black GOP Candidate Erika Harold(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Illinois Republican county chairman Jim Allen called black congressional candidate Erika Harold the “love child” of the Democratic party; a “street walker” whose “pimps” are party leaders. He even suggested that after the election, Harold, who is a former Miss America and a Harvard Law School graduate, will be “working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. By the way, Erika Harold is seeking the Republican nomination for the 13th congressional district. Some Republicans are so racist, they just can’t help themselves. Absolutely unbelievable.

 IL GOP Official Jim Allen Launches Racist Attack on Black GOP Candidate Erika Harold

Obama’s Approval Rating Plunges Fueled by 17-Point Decline Among Voters Under 30

A new CNN/ORC poll finds President Obama’s approval rating plunging eight percentage points over the past month, to 45%, his lowest rating in more than a year and a half. Why? Trust issues, controversies, among other things.

U.S. government surveillance program; the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of tea party and other conservative groups who applied for tax-exempt status; the administration’s handling of last September’s attack in Benghazi that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead; and the Justice Department’s secret collection of journalists’ phone records as part of a government investigation into classified leaks.

Keating Holland: “The drop in Obama’s support is fueled by a dramatic 17-point decline over the past month among people under 30, who, along with black Americans, had been the most loyal part of the Obama coalition.”

President Obama is starting to look a lot like George W. Bush, isn’t he?