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California lawmakers suspend three disgraced senators with pay
Sacramento Bee ^ | March 28, 2014 | Laurel Rosenhall

Posted on 03/28/2014 12:28:09 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

The California state Senate today took the unprecedented step of suspending three of its members who have been accused of crimes including corruption, perjury and conspiracy to traffic weapons -- a move that takes away their power but maintains their pay.

With a vote of 28-1, senators ousted colleagues Democrats Leland Yee of San Francisco, Ron Calderon of Montebello and Rod Wright of Baldwin Hills with a resolution that says they can't resume office "until all criminal proceedings currently pending against them have been dismissed."

Expelling them would be premature, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said, because Yee and Calderon have not been convicted of their corruption charges and Wright is waiting to see if the judge in his perjury trial upholds the jury's guilty verdict.

As the debate began, Steinberg said he understands the public concern.

"One is an anomaly. Two is a coincidence. Three?" he said. "I am calling on our entire body to take a deeper look at our culture."

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Local News; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; baldwinhills; california; democraticparty; democrats; lelandyee; liberals; losangeles; montebello; progressives; roderickwright; rodwright; roncalderon; sanfrancisco

1 posted on 03/28/2014 12:28:10 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

.. With pay?


2 posted on 03/28/2014 12:31:19 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Yes.

With pay.


3 posted on 03/28/2014 12:32:24 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: NormsRevenge

Yeah, THAT’ll teach them!


4 posted on 03/28/2014 12:32:36 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The only time CA RATS work this hard is when they want to bury a story. I suspect it is much bigger involving much bigger fish.
Willie Brown? SEIU? OFA?
All are based in the bay area and all could have benefited by arms trafficking.

Remember the San Diego Mayor?
The knives came out, they kicked him out and the story ended.


5 posted on 03/28/2014 12:33:27 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And yet the California Republicans won’t go gung ho on calling the Dems out for being a swamp of corruption.


6 posted on 03/28/2014 12:34:11 PM PDT by struggle
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To: Zathras

Another thing to consider is that Yee had links to the Philippino rebels, WHO JUST SUDDENLY SIGNED A PEACE TREATY WITH THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT.

This just seemed more than coincidental. Something really huge is behind all this.


7 posted on 03/28/2014 12:35:35 PM PDT by struggle
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To: NormsRevenge

There are 40 seats in the California State Senate. The rats have a little over two thirds of those seats. Two are under indictment and one has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing. All three are affirmative action types and all three are DEMOCRATS. According to my math that is a significant percentage of the total number of rats in the state senate.


8 posted on 03/28/2014 12:37:12 PM PDT by forgotten man
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To: NormsRevenge
.. With pay?

That always gets me. If my company were to suspend me with pay I would drag out the proceedings for as long as possible. If they want to do the "innocent until proven guilty" thing they ought to at least hold on to their pay until found innocent.

9 posted on 03/28/2014 12:38:40 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Zathras
They're looking forward to the movie - it's going to be framed as entertainment not as elected Democrats' MO.

Calif. state Sen. Yee affidavit reads like an action thriller"Coke deals. Shoulder-fired missiles. Hit men. Gang politics. Bribery. Deal-making in dark restaurants, parking lots and Las Vegas hotel rooms, and on fishing boats off the Hawaiian islands.

A 137-page federal complaint lays out the charges against state Sen. Leland Yee, alleged Chinatown mobster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and 24 others connected to Chow. But it also reads like a Hollywood script.....

........In exchange for $10,000, Yee allegedly lobbied a manager at the state Department of Public Health. For $21,000, the FBI said, the senator agreed to arrange meetings with two senators. And for $6,800, Yee honored Ghee Kung Tong with an official proclamation. That same month, the original agent, UCE 4599, reported buying a handgun and ammunition from Jackson and his son, 28-year-old Brandon Jackson. The next month, the agent allegedly bought nine guns and two ballistic vests from the Jacksons. One of the vests had been stolen from the FBI. The arms dealer

In August 2013, the complaint alleges, conversations between Keith Jackson and the FBI agent broadened.

Jackson allegedly offered to introduce the agent to an international arms dealer whom Yee knew in exchange for more money for the secretary of state campaign.

Jackson, his son and another man also agreed to kill someone for the agent for a fee of $10,000 to $25,000, the FBI said. This, too, was a fabrication: Another undercover agent later posed as the supposed victim, and the killing never happened.

At an October meeting, the FBI said, Jackson told the agent that he needed to talk to "Uncle Leland" about brokering a meeting with an arms trafficker who "was attempting to ship weapons to the Philippines because there was an ongoing war between an unidentified Philippine Muslim group and the Philippine government."

Two months later, the agent reported giving Jackson $1,000 for Yee's campaign as "motivation" to set up a meeting with the weapons trafficker......"

10 posted on 03/28/2014 12:41:38 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So they are rewarded with paid vacations and double secret probation.


11 posted on 03/28/2014 12:42:30 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hadn’t heard Rod Wright was part of this. He once spoke to the Silicon Valley NRA Members Council. He was a liberal black Democrat but was very pro gun rights. That must have been close to 20 years ago. I didn’t know he was still around.


12 posted on 03/28/2014 12:43:29 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“One is an anomaly. Two is a coincidence. Three?” he said. “I am calling on our entire body to take a deeper look at our culture.”

It’s multi-cultural culture, so it’s all our faults.


13 posted on 03/28/2014 1:05:37 PM PDT by Insigne123 (It is the soldier, not the community organizer, who gives us freedom of the press)
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To: struggle
The State of Kalifornia, Has Republican't?

14 posted on 03/28/2014 1:11:27 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What is strange is the realization government at all levels attracts the mentally ill, the evil, habitual liars, and those obsessed with control.

Let me add narcissist and immoral deviates...


15 posted on 03/28/2014 1:11:52 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

Looks like Harry (dingy) Reid is breaking down too!


16 posted on 03/28/2014 1:30:19 PM PDT by SIRTRIS
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Cincinatus’ Wife.

With pay, because these are still allegations, and these crooks haven’t been expelled.

I don’t expect that they will be expelled, I suspect they’ll all be asked to resign if convicted, as a face-saving measure for their fellow Demwits.

California state legislature — a work-release program for people who haven’t been caught yet.

[that’s stolen and adapted from Jay Leno]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3138452/posts


17 posted on 03/28/2014 1:54:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: NormsRevenge
.. With pay?

Well it's not so much of a suspension as a vacation, baby steps, baby steps.

18 posted on 03/28/2014 2:12:23 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: NormsRevenge

so these guys have not been found guilty so they keep getting paid but the fascist police forces can bust a guy for possession and take everything he owns before he is found quilty.
ain’t equalty grand.

if these STDs are found guilty, on top of whatever light fine and sentence they get, they should have to pay back to the taxpayer all the salary from the time they were arrested.


19 posted on 03/28/2014 2:15:14 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

There goes the Democrat stranglehold on the State Senate.


20 posted on 03/28/2014 2:21:28 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

With pay? That means all three are democrats?


21 posted on 03/28/2014 7:40:13 PM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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