Sarah Palin’s Endorsement of GOP Senate Candidate Karen Handel Amounts to Nothing, Really

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Sarah Palin’s Endorsement of GOP Senate Candidate Karen Handel Amounts to Nothing, Really

(OPINION) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel have a few things in common, most notably that they can’t seem to finish anything they start. Karen Handel is running in a crowded field of Republican loons — Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston and David Perdue (cousin of ex-governor Sonny Perdue — vying for the seat of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss. The last person who will get my vote is Karen Handel. 

Last month, quitter Sarah Palin endorsed fellow-quitter Handel, singing her virtues:  “You know her background, you know her record. The conservative who has walked the walk. Cutting budgets, not raising taxes, how often do you see that in government?” Yeah, we know her background for sure and a U.S. Senate position isn’t what that background warrants.  Now Handel is out with a new ad promoting Palin’s endorsement.

One problem…..

She was a Secretary of State of Georgia before she quit to run for governor, so exactly when was she involved in not raising taxes or cutting budgets? The fact is Karen Handel wasn’t in charge of taxes and budgets, so that’s another dubious claim being thrown out there for the gullible to grasp.

It’s interesting that Sarah Palin would use that line to endorse Handel considering that she raised taxes on oil companies and left Alaska mired down with a 70% debt to GDP ratio. She also increased general government expenditures by over 33% as mayor of Wasilla and a whopping 43% increase in taxes. I guess it takes one achiever to know the other. Of course, I am being sarcastic. It’s one failed conservative praising another failed conservative.

As a resident of Georgia, I can tell you that Karen Handel’s tenure as Secretary of State was not without controversy. That’s including her disqualification of a Democratic candidate, Jim Powell, who was running for the Public Service Commission five days before the July primary, despite the advisory opinion of an administrative law judge. Her decision was overturned by a Fulton County Superior Court judge.  She lost to Nathan Deal in 2010, after quitting as SOS to run in the gubernatorial race. After losing that election, she was appointed senior vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2011.  She quit that job in February 2012 after a dust-up with Planned Parenthood. Her efforts to defund the organization resulted in a backlash of the worst kind for Susan G. Komen.

The fact is, Karen Handel isn’t right for black, Hispanic or LGBT Georgians. She calls herself a “nation builder,” but for whom? Here’s an excerpt from a previous Karen Handel blog post in which she pushed a voter suppression scheme:

Karen Handel prides herself as having saved Georgians $100 million, cutting budgets by 17% and passed the “toughest ethics laws in the country,” which I must add, led to the dismissal of Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett, the nation’s first black female sheriff, on corruption charges. If Handel wins the run-off and prevails at the polls, she would be the first woman governor in the state of Georgia. She was elected Secretary of State in 2006. She implemented  the Georgia’s photo ID law, which requires Georgian voters to show state-issued photo identification before casting their vote in person. She created the agency’s first Chief Investigative Officer to go after perpetrators of elections and consumer fraud. The voter ID program sparked controversy and many in the black community said it worked against them and was a way to deter blacks from voting. The law was challenged as unconstitutional, but was eventually upheld by the Supreme Court.

An issue from her time as a candidate for the commission continues to dog her. The former head of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group of gay and lesbian GOP voters, recently released emails from 2002 and 2003, all sent from Ms. Handel’s e-mail address, indicating she supported granting benefits to county employees in same-sex domestic partnerships. She has vehemently denied sending these e-mails. She said it was her campaign manager in her failed 2002 race. She also denies ever filling out a questionnaire for Georgia Equality, another gay rights group, that also showed her supporting domestic partner benefits, even though it was on her campaign’s letterhead. She said the only thing that should matter is the fact that she voted against a proposal to extend benefits to domestic partners. She also said she would back legislation to outlaw gay marriage. Not good.

Lastly, Karen Handel also took her self-righteousness to the highest level on gay adoption:

In a recent interview with 11 Alive’s Doug Richards, she said a child should be in a household with married heterosexual parents. A home without such a makeup is not a suitable environment to raise a child. She was then asked about single parents and sidestepped the issue, but it was abundantly clear that she doesn’t view such a home favorably. That speaks to the fact that Karen Handel won’t make significant inroads in the black community. I wonder how her background, which was fraught with problems at home, makes her an expert on parenting in the home? She said her mother was an abusive alcoholic and her father was a passive bystander, who did nothing to help his children by leaving the home with them in tow. Don’t get me wrong, there are many people who lived in such a household and pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and were successful in their lives. That doesn’t mean that Karen Handel is suddenly an expert on the family and family structures. She also said she is not in favor of gays adopting children. Again, that is very hypocritical, considering there is no hard evidence that states living in a home with same-sex parents is detrimental to the wellbeing of a child.

So, while the slate of Republican Senate candidates leaves little to be desired, it’s laughable that Sarah Palin is trying to paint Karen Handel as force to be reckoned with and one that is so fiscally conservative. Please. On the contrary. When I think nation builder, Karen Handel doesn’t come to mind.

 Sarah Palins Endorsement of GOP Senate Candidate Karen Handel Amounts to Nothing, Really

D.C. Councilwoman Muriel Bowser Wins Democratic Mayoral Nomination

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D.C. Councilwoman Muriel Bowser Wins Democratic Mayoral Nomination (Credit: WAMU.org)

Washington D.C. councilwoman Muriel Bowser won the Democratic nomination for mayor Tuesday, defeating incumbent Vincent Gray, whose tenure in office was marred by a fundraising scandal stemming from his 2010 campaign.

Turnout in the 143 precincts was light. With 127 of the 143 precincts reporting, Bowser got nearly 44 percent of the votes, to Gray’s 33 percent. He conceded the election shortly before midnight.

In his concession speech, Gray said, “The amount of work we’ve done over the past three-and-a-half years has been nothing short of phenomenal.” He added, “One thing I have to say, I hope the city will change the date of the primary.””This is really poor…having to run a campaign in winter. Trying to knock on doors in February is hard, it’s complex and it’s cold.” He has nine months left in office.

Muriel Bowser pledged to reunited the party. She said, “We know we need a fresh start,” [Democrats] will unite. The Democrats of the nation’s capital have always elected a Democratic mayor, a Democratic mayor, and in big numbers. And we’re going to do it again in November … I accept your nomination!”

Bowser will now face former Republican and now an Independent David Catania in November’s election.

Former Lawmaker Denise Majette Disbarred by GA Supreme Court

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Former Lawmaker Denise Majette Disbarred by GA Supreme Court

Former lawmaker Denise Majette was disbarred by the Georgia Supreme Court over findings she overbilled and misled the court about how much she was owed in fees.

In a 4-2 decision Friday, the court sided with the recommendation from a special master (an experienced lawyer appointed by the high court), who investigated a complaint filed against her by a former client  in 2010. The special master wrote in a report last year that he found “inexcusable” conduct involving unsubstantiated legal billings.

Denise Majette was elected by DeKalb County voters to Congress in 2002 after she defeated then-Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in the Democratic primary. Majette resigned after one term to run for the U.S. Senate and lost to Republican Johnny Isakson in 2004.

In the decision written by the majority of the GA Supreme Court, Denise Majette had on “multiple” occasions submitted “wholly unsupported and materially misleading time sheets and invoices to her client.” The decision also said she misrepresented her hours and fees to a court when she submitted them in court cases. The justices wrote, “Majette has failed to express any remorse.”

Majette started having financial troubles in 2008 while working as a part-time attorney and real estate agent, even asking other attorneys for loans, the decision said.

 Former Lawmaker Denise Majette Disbarred by GA Supreme Court

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.

 

Rutgers University Faculty Blasts Selection of Condoleezza Rice as Commencement Speaker

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Rutgers University Faculty Denounce Selection of Condoleezza Rice as Commencement Speaker

Rutgers University New Brunswick Faculty Council is throwing Condoleezza Rice under a bus. They approved a resolution urging the university’s Board of Governors to rescind its invitation for Rice to speak at the commencement.

According to the Star Ledger, the Board of Governors had voted last month to award a honorary Doctor of Laws degree to Condoleezza Rice. She will be paid $35,000 for delivering the commencement address.

So, why do they want her out? The faculty council cited her war record and her misleading the public about the Iraq war during her tenure in the George W. Bush Administration.

“Condoleezza Rice … played a prominent role in (the Bush) administration’s effort to mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction,” according to the resolution. And she “at the very least condoned the Bush administration’s policy of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ such as waterboarding,” it said.

“A Commencement speaker… should embody moral authority and exemplary citizenship,” it continued, and “an honorary Doctor of Laws degree should not honor someone who participated in a political effort to circumvent the law.” Source: Star-Ledger

Fox News’ Juan Williams is asking why do liberals hate black conservatives so much. Do they really?

Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba Dies at 66

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Jackson Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba Dies at 66

SHOCK:  Chokwe Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, died after being admitted to St. Dominic Hospital Tuesday morning with chest pains.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart pronounced Mayor Lumumba dead at about 4:55 p.m.

Chokwe Lumumba, an ex-Black Nationalist, was elected Jackson mayor in June 2013. He was born on August 2, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan. He was the second of eight children born to Lucien and Priscilla Francis Taliaferro.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant released this statement:

“Deborah and I are shocked and saddened by the news of Mayor Lumumba’s passing and are praying for his loved ones. Just a short time ago, I had the opportunity to join the mayor in a church pew as we welcomed a new development to the city. His enthusiasm for Jackson will be deeply missed.”

 Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba Dies at 66

Texas Democratic Senate Hopeful Kesha Rogers Draws Hitler Moustaches on Obama Photos

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Texas Democratic Senate Hopeful Kesha Rogers Draws Hitler Moustaches on Obama Photos

Kesha Rogers, a black Democratic U.S. Senate candidate wants President Obama impeached and even has a Hitler moustache on poster-sized photos of him. There has to be something in the water Texas politicians are drinking. It doesn’t matter what their political affiliation is, they’re just nuts.

Rogers is no stranger to political campaigns. She ran for Congress in 2010 and 2012, won the Democratic primaries each time, only to be trounced by her Republican Rep. Pete Olson. Her 2012 campaign produced an anti-Obama music video, set to the tune of the Mary Poppins hit ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ – entitled ‘Super-Ego-Genocidal-Narcissist-Psychosis!’ Yeah, the Texas Democratic machine is pleased with her and want some distance.

Kesha Rogers’ platform includes “interplanetary defense” and Mars colonization so that the U.S. can shoot down asteroids coming close to the earth. She’s got her crazy conspiracy theories from ex-con Lyndon LaRouche, who she said is the “world’s leading economic forecaster.”

With any luck, she may drop out of the race due to a lack of funds. A Texas Tribune poll finds that she barely has $2,500 on hand and less than $27,000 in total donations. Not sure how she’s still leading the Democratic candidates, but that’s another wasted seat for the party. Kesha Rogers is a joke in the tradition of South Carolina Senate hopeful Alvin Greene.

Ex-Rep. Mel Reynolds Pleads Guilty to Visa Violation, Porn Charges Dropped in Zimbabwe

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Ex-Rep. Mel Reynolds Pleads Guilty to Visa Violation, Porn Charges Dropped in Zimbabwe

Former Illinois Rep. Mel Reynolds could be freed and deported as early as Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to a visa violation on Friday. Pornography charges against him have been dropped, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

Reynolds resigned from Congress in 1995 due to sex-related charges. The former Democratic representative reportedly had nude pictures and videos of women and men having intercourse on his phone, the Chicago Tribune reports. He denied the charges.

Mel Reynolds, a Rhodes scholar, pleaded guilty to staying in Zimbabwe on an expired visa. Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe said he would be deported on that charge. He was fined $100 or five days in prison.

Ex-Rep Melvin Jay Reynolds Arrested in Zimbabwe on Pornography, Immigration Offense

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Ex-Rep Melvin Jay Reynolds Arrested in Zimbabwe on Pornography, Immigration Offense (Attribution Unknown)

Former Congressman Melvin Jay Reynolds (D-IL) has been arrested in Zimbabwe on suspicion of possessing pornography and an immigration offense. He is being held in custody in Harare and is expected to make his first court appearance shortly.

Reynolds, 62, was arrested Monday by police detectives and immigration officials at a Harare hotel, according to the state-controlled newspaper, The Herald.

He brought several Zimbabwean models and other women to his hotel room where he took photographs and videos, the newspaper reported.

As Reynolds was being escorted to a government vehicle he demanded that officials give him his mobile phone and laptop computer, according to The Herald, whose reporter arrived at the hotel as the arrest was taking place.

Reynolds complained that he was not expecting such treatment when he had brought investors to the country, according to the newspaper. He said he had been to Zimbabwe 17 times and had called for U.S. sanctions to be dropped against President Robert Mugabe and his top associates.

Reynolds could face up to two years’ imprisonment or a hefty fine if found guilty of possessing pornographic material and deportation for breaching Zimbabwean immigration laws. It is illegal in Zimbabwe to possess any material of a sexual nature. Source: Politico

Joe Scarborough: Right Wing Talkers on TV, Radio Tell Voters Only Whites Welcome in GOP

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Joe Scarborough: Right Wing Talkers on TV, Radio Tell Voters Only Whites Welcome in GOP

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough tore into the Republican Party saying they are focusing on the wrong issues in their efforts to assemble voters that can win a presidential election. He lambasted the party leadership for pandering to talk radio and cable news that communicate one message to voters – if you’re not white, you’re really not welcome in this party.” Amen.

There’s more.

Scarborough said that Republicans are overly antagonistic to members of the LGBT community who care about gay marriage, or Latinos who care about immigration issues, or African-Americans who care about discrimination issues.

“You take Trayvon Martin, it would have cost republican leaders absolutely nothing,” Scarborough said to Ed Rendell, “absolutely nothing, to just show a little respect.”

“It doesn’t cost you anything to stay off of talk radio or prime time cable news shows where you get in the middle of this divisive debate and send a message to African-Americans and other minorities you don’t care,” he continued.

“These people on talk radio, these people on cable news that are saying these things that are driving off the very swing voters we need to get elected to the White House again,” Scarborough concluded. He advocated for high-profile politicians to publically castigate Republican talkers in cable news and on talk radio to win back minority voters. Source: Mediaite

There you have it in a nutshell, the reason why I won’t ever vote for a Republican presidential candidate. The denigration of the black and LGBT communities are just the tip of the iceberg. What people like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, and others are saying, we can insult you, but still want you to vote for our guy. Um, like SNL’s George H. W. Bush character (played by Dana Carvey) would say, “not gonna happen.”

I would encourage all my readers, if you haven’t registered to vote, please do so now. Every vote counts. We have to stand up and fight. There is strength in numbers. The Republicans would like nothing better than for us to stay home on election day, so any moron they present as their presidential nominee will win.