Georgia Has Highest Unemployment Rate in the U.S.

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Georgia Has Highest Unemployment Rate in the U.S.

Georgia has the highest unemployment rate in the U.S., according to newly released report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Gov. Nathan Deal, who is in a tight reelection race, suggested that politicking is behing the “historically faulty” data.

Georgia Democratic Party chairman DuBose Porter said: “You know it’s bad when Mississippi is saying, “Thank goodness for Georgia.”” The comment was based on the fact that Georgia had the second-worst unemployment rate, behind only Mississippi, for July. That rate improved in August to 7.9 percent while Georgia’s numbers inched up.

Here’s the chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Unemployment Rates for States
Monthly Rankings
Seasonally Adjusted
Aug. 2014p
Rank State Rate
1 NORTH DAKOTA 2.8
2 NEBRASKA 3.6
2 SOUTH DAKOTA 3.6
2 UTAH 3.6
5 VERMONT 4.1
6 HAWAII 4.3
6 MINNESOTA 4.3
8 NEW HAMPSHIRE 4.4
9 IOWA 4.5
10 WYOMING 4.6
11 IDAHO 4.7
11 MONTANA 4.7
11 OKLAHOMA 4.7
14 KANSAS 4.9
15 COLORADO 5.1
16 TEXAS 5.3
17 MAINE 5.6
17 VIRGINIA 5.6
17 WASHINGTON 5.6
17 WISCONSIN 5.6
21 OHIO 5.7
22 INDIANA 5.8
22 LOUISIANA 5.8
22 MASSACHUSETTS 5.8
22 PENNSYLVANIA 5.8
26 ARKANSAS 6.3
26 FLORIDA 6.3
26 MISSOURI 6.3
29 MARYLAND 6.4
29 NEW YORK 6.4
29 SOUTH CAROLINA 6.4
32 DELAWARE 6.5
33 CONNECTICUT 6.6
33 NEW JERSEY 6.6
33 WEST VIRGINIA 6.6
36 ILLINOIS 6.7
36 NEW MEXICO 6.7
38 ALASKA 6.8
38 NORTH CAROLINA 6.8
40 ALABAMA 6.9
41 ARIZONA 7.1
41 KENTUCKY 7.1
43 OREGON 7.2
44 CALIFORNIA 7.4
44 MICHIGAN 7.4
44 TENNESSEE 7.4
47 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 7.6
47 NEVADA 7.6
49 RHODE ISLAND 7.7
50 MISSISSIPPI 7.9
51 GEORGIA 8.1

 

Michael Moore: History Will Only Remember Obama as a Black President

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Michael Moore: History Will Only Remember Obama as a Black President (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)


Filmmaker Michael Moore slammed President Obama, saying “when the history is written of this era, this is how you’ll be remembered: he was the first black president, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Moore made the comments about Obama’s legacy while speaking at the Toronto Film Festival. He said being remembered as the black president isn’t bad, he’s sure Obama wishes he would be remembered for accomplishing a few other things.

Moore said he’s not confident President Obama will achieve any milestones during the rest of his term in office.

Michael Moore, who was a staunch Obama supporter during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, has become disillusioned with the president over NSA spying scandal, drone strikes and campaign financing.

This comes as Bill Maher said he may support Rand Paul in the 2016 presidential election over Hillary Clinton.

Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Guilty of Public Corruption

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Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Guilty of Public Corruption

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty of public corruption and face decades in prison. They will be sentenced on January 6, the Washington Post reports.

A federal jury found Bob McDonnell, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party, guilty on 11 counts, and his wife guilty on nine counts. The couple was accused of taking lavish vacations, gifts, golf outings and $120,000 in sweetheart loans from a Richmond businessman, Jonnie R. Williams Sr.

Bob McDonnell is the first governor in Virginia’s history to be charged with a crime and to be convicted of one.

McDonnell was acquitted of lying on loan documents. His wife was also acquitted of lying on a loan document, but among the nine charges she was convicted with, obstruction of justice was one.

Virginia Attorney General on McDonnell verdict: ‘We have a long way to go to restore the public’s trust after this embarrassing and difficult period for the Commonwealth of Virginia. If there was somehow still any doubt, it should be crystal clear that the people of Virginia deserve real ethics reform that will turn off the spigot of gifts, tickets, and trips that opens the door to abuse and undermines public confidence in our government’ – @MarkHerringVA

Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager Jesse Benton Resigns Over 2012 Bribery Scandal

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Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager Jesse Benton Resigns Over 2012 Bribery Scandal

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) campaign manager, Jesse Benton, resigned over his alleged role in a 2012 bribery scandal. The Kentucky Herald-Leader reports Benton met with McConnell on Friday afternoon and gave the Senate Minority leader his resignation letter.

Jesse Benton’s resignation is effective Saturday.

The bribery scandal stems from when he was the political director for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) 2012 presidential campaign and could be a major headache for Mitch McConnell as he faces a tough reelection challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergran Grimes.  Benton said he is innocent and blamed his troubles on “inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors.”

Benton’s resignation comes two days after former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson (R) pleaded guilty to taking $73,000 from Rep. Paul’s campaign in exchange for his endorsement. Sorenson also pleaded guilty to an obstruction charge for lying about his role in the exchange. The guilty plea included two sealed documents that could lead back to Benton.

 

Jason Carter Plans to Boost Education Funding by Going After Tax Cheats

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Jason Carter Plans to Boost Education Funding by Going After Tax Cheats

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter plans to boost education funding if he defeats Gov. Nathan Deal in November by going after tax cheats.

Here’s more from the Political Insider:

“There’s $2.5 billion that is uncollected out there from people who are cheating on their taxes, and against whom we aren’t enforcing the law,” the Atlanta state senator said. “That’s $2.5 billion dollars of money that’s gone uncollected by our state government for years now.”

He’s referring to a state audit released in January that encouraged revenue officials to step up efforts to collect back taxes. The report estimates that $4.4 billion is owed to the state, but at least $1.9 billion in taxes is unlikely to be collected due to errors, bankruptcies or closed accounts.

That leaves a pot of $2.5 billion that could be tapped. But even that number is squishy. Revenue officials estimate that about $800 million of that sum is from accounts that are at least 15 years old – and thus much harder to collect. By contrast, some $500 million is lower-hanging fruit – from debt less than four years old.

Carter’s idea isn’t novel. Georgia governors have long vowed to step up tax enforcement by bolstering the revenue department’s investigative wing. The audit noted that a $27 million expansion of the tax compliance division partly under Deal’s watch (in fiscal years 2011 and 2012) helped hire an additional 150 employees. In all, it said, a $67 million investment on tax compliance activities in 2013 yielded more than $450 million in financial benefits to the state.

Carter said state government should step up its investment in pursuing tax cheats and rooting out wasteful spending.

This comes as Jason Carter was endorsed by the Georgia Association of Educators. Not sure if this endorsement will make a difference.

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.

 

5 Republicans, Including Paul Broun, Vote Against Suing President Obama

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5 Republicans, Including Paul Broun (GA), Vote Against Suing President Obama

Five House Republicans voted against a resolution authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama. Reps. Paul Broun (GA), Scott Garrett (N.J.), Thomas Massie (KY), Walter Jones (NC) and Steve Stockman (TX). No Democrats voted for the resolution, which stems from the president’s use of executive power. Don’t rejoice five Republicans broke rank. In fact, most of the five want to see President Obama impeached.

Broun, Stockman and Jones have all indicated support for impeaching President Obama. Jones told The Hillhe didn’t think the lawsuit went far enough.

A Broun spokeswoman said he voted against the bill because he didn’t think it would truly help limit President Obama’s executive power.

“Dr. Broun believes that this legislation – while well-intentioned – is doomed for death in the Senate. As a result, he would rather see House leadership work towards practical solutions which would shrink the size and scope of government and cut wasteful federal spending when it comes to stopping the president’s gross overreach of executive power,” Broun spokeswoman Christine Hardman said. Source: The Hill

Here’s more from Think Progress:

The resolution gives Boehner the authority to file or intervene federal court cases “to seek any appropriate relief regarding the failure of the President, the head of any department or agency, or any other officer or employee of the executive branch, to act in a manner consistent with that official’s duties under the Constitution and laws of the United States” relating to failure to implement provisions of Obamacare. ” The aim of this, Boehner has stated, is to sue the Obama for “his decision to extend — twice — the deadline to institute the employer mandate in his health care law.”

The administration has delayed the provisions — which requires employers with more than 50 employees to pay a fine if they don’t offer affordable quality coverage — citing complaints from firms that claimed they wouldn’t be ready to meet its requirement by 2014.

The administration claimed justified the delays under the Treasury Department’s “transition relief” authority, which allows the government to grant relief by section7805(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, and noted President George W. Bush’s administration also cited the authority to delay implementation of laws. “The authority has been used to postpone the application of new legislation on a number of prior occasions across Administrations,” Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark J. Mazur noted in a July 2013 letter to the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Funny, the GOP is so busy trying to sue Obama, they haven’t done the work people elected them to do. Oh, well, that’s the usual jive from politicians. I guess this means another Democrat will occupy the White House come 2017. The “do nothing” party is really living up to its name of doing nothing. At least for 99 percent of Americans.

Democrats Boost Fundraising On House GOP Bid to Impeach President Obama

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Democrats Boost Fundraising On House GOP Bid to Impeach President Obama (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committe collected a record $2.1 million in online donations over the weekend in the best 4-day receipt of the current election cycle, the Washington Post reports. They fundraised off members of the Republican Party who are pushing to impeach President Obama. The impeachment charge is being led by half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

More from the Washington Post:

Democrats have consistently used impeachment — a prospect that has been floated by several prominent conservatives but has not been embraced by most of the Republican establishment — to fill their campaign coffers, and their polling has shown that fear of an impeachment attempt as well as the House GOP’s efforts to sue Obama have the potential to drive midterm voter turnout on the left.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has brought in more than 114,000 donations since Thursday, when the House Rules Committee voted to go forward with a lawsuit contesting Obama’s use of executive action. Some Democrats have suggested that the lawsuit is a temporary stand-in for impeachment proceedings, and the online haul was spurred in part by nine e-mail fundraising pitches that directly mentioned the prospect of a GOP attempt to pursue impeachment.

“Grassroots Democrats across the country see Republican leaders in the House refusing to rule out impeaching the President even as they vote to use taxpayer funds to sue him,” DCCC Chairman Steve Israel told The Washington Post in a written statement Monday. “It’s no surprise that there’s outrage at this dramatic partisan overreach by an historically unpopular Republican Congress.”

So, while people like Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh are sqawking for impeaching and suing President Obama, Americans are saying no to such moves.

Rep. Darrell Issa’s New Fishing Expedition: Wants Mortgage Fraud Settlement Docs

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Rep. Darrell Issa’s New Fishing Expedition: Wants Mortgage Fraud Settlement Docs (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is on a new fishing expedition. He is asking Attorney General Eric Holder to turn over mortgage fraud settlement documents related to JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup. Of course, a Republican looking out for the big banks and not the little people.

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee asked Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday to turn over documents related to the Justice Department’s decisions to settle mortgage fraud accusations against two of the nation’s biggest banks. 

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants to see documents and internal communications relating to November’s record $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase and this month’s $7 billion agreement with Citigroup. 

Both cases involved allegations that the banks helped precipitate the 2008 economic crisis by selling risky mortgage securities to investors who were led to believe the underlying loans were solid. 

Holder touted the settlements, announcing that billions of dollars would be directed to programs to help homeowners hurt by the downturn — and stressing that the banks admitted wrongdoing. 

But Issa notes that the agency’s handling of the cases was different from others, in which formal charges were filed. In a letter to Holder, Issa cited cases involving the firms Credit Suisse AG and BNP Paribas SA, which each netted billions in penalties.  Source: The Hill

It’s so comical to watch someone who was accused of insurance fraud playing judge and jury by leading an oversight committee.

SMH: Sen. Ted Cruz Accuses Obama of Aiding Hamas, Plotting Against Israel

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SMH: Sen. Ted Cruz Accuses Obama of Aiding Hamas, Plotting Against Israel

Sen. Ted Cruz, the engineer of last year’s government shutdown, is hitting back after his ridiculous accusation that President Obama of imposing an economic boycott of Israel because the FAA halted planes from flying to and from Tel Aviv. The State Department called his accusation “offensive,” but that’s a word Ted Cruz doesn’t understand.

The FAA cited a “potentially hazardous security situation created by the armed conflict between Israel and Gaza,” when it banned U.S. airlines from flying to Ben Gurion airport. Cruz claimed, “The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign policy demands.” What facts? I didn’t realize Benjamin Netanyahu was calling the shots were the welfare of Americans are concerned. Who’s helping who?

Ted Cruz is digging in though his assertions are utterly ridiculous. He claims “This FAA flight ban may well represent a crippling blow to a key economic sector through both security concerns and worries that additional bans will down more flights and strand more passengers. It hardly matters if or when the ban is lifted. At this point, the damage may already be done.” Really? Has he been living under a rock? I guess the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 missile attack that claimed the lives of 298 people, some of whose bodies have yet to be recovered, means nothing to him. Tell me again why this moron is considered a credible presidential candidate?

Can you imagine if a U.S. plane was hit by a Hamas rocket on its descent into Ben Gurion airport? What would Ted Cruz and his lackeys have to say?