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  • L.A. County's homeless problem is worsening despite billions from tax measures

    02/19/2018 10:11:15 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    Los Angeles County's homeless population is increasing faster than the supply of new housing, even with the addition of thousands of beds in the last two years and millions of dollars beginning to flow in from two ballot measures targeting the crisis, according to a long-awaited report by the region's homelessness agency. The report showed that officials two years ago far underestimated how much new housing would be needed when they asked city and county voters to approve the tax measures. ... Peter Lynn, executive director of the homeless authority, said Friday that new cost figures had not been calculated,...
  • Outgoing Republicans Say GOP Has Changed [Flake, Dent, Royce, Ros-Lehtinen]

    02/20/2018 9:16:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 19, 2018 | 12:21 PM EST | Melanie Arter
    A group of Republicans who have decided not to run for re-election told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the Republican Party has changed, and not for the better. Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), and Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) complained about the GOP’s narrowing focus and the perception that the Republicans must pledge loyalty to the president instead of to GOP principles. […] Royce said he always considered the Republican Party to be “a big tent party” with room “for a lot of different viewpoints.” He said part of the answer is for...
  • Madigan's Leadership Becomes Democratic Primary Litmus Test Amid Harassment Complaints

    02/20/2018 8:02:52 PM PST · by PBRCat · 1 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | February 20, 2018 | Rick Pearson
    Speaker Michael Madigan’s undisputed political power came under attack Tuesday amid new criticism over his handling of harassment complaints as the March Democratic primary increasingly turns into a referendum on his leadership. Madigan faced increasing calls for him to step down from the state Democratic chairman post he has held for two decades, as well as demands for an independent investigation of complaints that have led him to shed two top loyal political lieutenants in a week. The misconduct scandal comes as the long-serving speaker and his private interests as a property tax appeals lawyer already had been a focal...
  • Pelosi Tries to Extend $137,000 Tax Break for Two of Her Multi-million-Dollar Homes

    02/20/2018 7:48:20 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Jan. 25, 2018 | Susan Crabtree
    House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D.,Calif), who often rails against income inequality and calls on the wealthy to pay its "fair share" in taxes, took pains in late December to try to preserve tax breaks for two of her multi-million- dollar homes one last time before the new tax law kicked in.
  • 10 Senate Democrats are up for reelection in Trump country

    02/20/2018 7:43:44 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/16/18 | MARK PLOTKIN
    Ten Democratic U.S. senators up for reelection in 2018 are in a special category, being from states that Donald Trump won in 2016. Previously, I catalogued five states where Democratic incumbents are considered most vulnerable: Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia. In the other five, Democratic incumbents are far less vulnerable and, in most instances, should feel confident of reelection. Let’s start with Ohio, which Dems definitely thought they had a decent chance to win in 2016. That proved to be totally wrong. Ohio is increasingly a Republican state; Trump carried it by 8 points, a healthy margin...
  • NY Touts Economic Boom with South African Photo

    02/20/2018 6:20:50 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies
    © 1999-2018 Charter Communications ^ | February 20, 2018 @7:37 PM
    A New York economic development agency report meant to show the state's growth was illustrated with an 8-year-old photo showing construction cranes in South Africa.... The photo, showing seven towering heavy-lift cranes being used to build a stadium in Cape Town for the 2010 soccer World Cup, is a cropped version of one owned by Getty Images, available for licensing on its website for up to $575.... The gaffe comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's economic development programs face questions over their effectiveness. Cuomo, a Democrat, said the programs have brought hundreds of thousands of jobs to the state. Critics, though,...
  • Rep. Tom Rooney Is the Latest Republican Who Isn't Seeking Reelection in 2018

    02/20/2018 4:59:23 PM PST · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 19, 2018
    Florida Rep. Thomas Rooney is the latest Republican who will not seek re-election in 2018, according to Politico’s Jake Sherman. In a statement tweeted by Sherman, Rooney said, “After what will be 10 years in the United States Congress representing the good people of Florida’s Heartland, it’s time to “hang em up” as my old football coach used to say.”
  • Candidates in Indiana Republican U.S. Senate primary set for debate (video)

    02/20/2018 4:51:07 PM PST · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    fox 59 ^ | February 20, 2018
    Candidates in Indiana’s raucous Republican U.S. Senate primary are set to participate in their first debate. U.S. Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, as well as former state Rep. Mike Braun, will be at the Tuesday evening event in downtown Indianapolis. The debate is being sponsored by the Indiana chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a national political operation funded by billionaire industrialist brothers David and Charles Koch. It will be moderated by conservative WIBC radio commentator Tony Katz.
  • Linda Belcher (D) wins her KY legislative seat back w/ almost 70%. Kentucky HD89

    02/20/2018 4:45:57 PM PST · by SMGFan · 86 replies
    j. Miles Coleman ^ | February 20, 2018
    Linda Belcher (D) wins her KY legislative seat back w/ almost 70%. In 2016, she lost with 49.6%, while Trump won #HD49 with 72% & Rand Paul won it with 64%.
  • Special Election Kentucky HD 49 Polls closed.

    02/20/2018 3:57:48 PM PST · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    James Coleman Twitter ^ | February 20, 2018
    Tonight on #ElectionTwitter, we have a special elex in Kentucky HD49. It's a district shaped like a heart in Bullitt County (south of Louisville). In 2016, Trump (72%) & Rand Paul (64%) easily carried every precinct there, but the incumbent Dem only narrowly lost. #kypol #hd49
  • Urged on by Trump, GOP to fight Pennsylvania's district map

    02/20/2018 2:58:25 PM PST · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    MSN / AP ^ | February 20, 2018
    Urged on by President Donald Trump, Republicans vowed Tuesday to fight Pennsylvania's new court-imposed map of congressional districts, as dozens of candidates assessed their chances under newly formed districts and the odds that a federal court could block them. Republican members of Congress and Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers planned to sue in federal court as early as Wednesday in a bid to block a map expected to improve Democrats' chances at erasing the GOP's U.S. House majority. The new map substantially overhauls a GOP-drawn congressional map that has helped produce a predominantly Republican delegation and was widely viewed as among the...
  • Mother of Exploited Shooting Survivor Turns Out to Be A CNN VIP & Anti-Trump Activist

    02/20/2018 2:58:18 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 101 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | February 20, 2018 | Peter D'Abrosca
    The mother of a teenager who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting appears to have high level connections at CNN. “Great VIP tour,” said a post by Rebecca Boldrick showing a series of photos taken in 2016 at CNN world headquarters. One photo shows her children sitting at an anchor’s desk. Boldrick is the mother of David Hogg, who has gained internet fame for his activism in the days since the shooting David Hogg @davidhogg111 We MUST continue fighting to prevent this from happening ever again. Thank you to all those that helped in the past days we...
  • New Poll Shows Establishment Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker Vulnerable To Primary Challenge

    02/20/2018 2:27:29 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    A new poll shows some bad news for Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, and his low approval numbers could mean he will face a primary fight. According to the latest poll from JMC, only 43% of respondents have a favorable view of Wicker, and it only gets worse: just 38% of those polled would vote for Wicker in the primary.
  • Florida School Shooting Survivors Take Gun Control Message on the Road

    02/20/2018 1:36:43 PM PST · by C19fan · 60 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 20, 2018 | Staff
    Grief and rage over one of the deadliest school shootings in modern American history have forced some lawmakers to begin to rethink their positions on gun control, and a powerful chorus of teenage voices is pushing those in Florida to limit access to semiautomatic rifles. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed last week, are traveling on Tuesday to Tallahassee, the state capital, to call for a ban on assault rifles. The direct appeal to the Legislature follows protests outside schools, social media appeals and national television appearances.
  • 76 Reoffend So Far After Louisiana Mass Prison Release

    02/20/2018 12:57:19 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 15 replies
    I haven't figured out FR yet ^ | February 20, 2018 | Charles Fain Lehman
    After being released under Louisiana's criminal justice reforms, 76 former state incarcerees have been rearrested for crimes ranging from parole offenses and bank fraud to aggravated assault and armed robbery. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards's office was quick to emphasize that these 76 constituted a small percentage of the 1,900 offenders who were released late last year, the Shreveport Times reported. A spokesperson told the Times that "the vast majority… [are] living up to the terms and conditions of their release." That release was a product of the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Act (LJRA), a 10 bill package passed last November...
  • Hillary Clinton’s security detail laughed when she broke her elbow

    02/20/2018 10:29:25 AM PST · by doug from upland · 112 replies
    nypost ^ | 10-2016
    Hillary Clinton’s security detail hated her so much that they privately snickered after she accidentally fell and broke her arm when she was secretary of state in 2009, one of her former guards told the Post. Clinton, then 61, was in the State Department basement on her way to meet President Obama when she took a spill — and ended up in the hospital for an operation to repair her shattered right elbow. “We sort of got the last laugh. It was kind of like payback: You’re treating us like s–t. Hey karma is a bitch! We were smiling to...
  • Florida Student Activists Want to 'Dismantle' NRA; Trump Is 'Disgusting'; FBI Gets a Pass

    02/20/2018 10:10:58 AM PST · by libstripper · 121 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | Feb. 19, 2018 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The FBI failed to investigate warnings about the Florida school shooter, but never mind that. And the National Rifle Association has no control over school shootings, but never mind that, either. Two newly minted gun control activists from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida are defending the FBI, while demanding that NRA "child murderers" dismantle and disband. And they have declined an invitation to discuss their concerns with President Donald Trump, whom they call "disgusting."
  • Valley bank credits GOP tax cuts for employee bonuses

    02/20/2018 10:00:01 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 8 replies
    WHSV ^ | Feb 20, 2018
    HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Employees of F&M Bank were surprised on Tuesday to learn they would receive a bonus, which the institution attributes to additional earnings expected as a result of the GOP tax plan. "This is an opportunity we haven't seen during my career, as far as cuts in corporate tax rates," said Executive Vice President Neil Hayslett. "Rather than just banking all that, so to speak, we wanted to share it with the employees." The GOP tax plan cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. Those who work more than 30 hours a week...
  • Did the Russians really spend 'millions' trying to swing the election? (Where's the evidence?)

    02/20/2018 9:16:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/20/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    The effort to explain away Hillary Clinton's loss to Donald Trump began as a propaganda operation the morning after the election results came in.  Defense of the Russia collusion hoax requires a sinister foe that might have swung the election.  There is every incentive for the propaganda masters to present information in ways that lends itself to exaggeration.  So skepticism is warranted toward everything you hear from the media and even from the Mueller probe itself; it is, after all, the spawn of Hillary's campaign-sponsored Steele dossier and staffed by rabid partisans who donate only to Democrats. Ever since the 13 indictments...
  • House Republicans launch 'Phase 2' of Trump dossier probe

    02/20/2018 8:52:03 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 20, 2018 | Catherine Herridge
    House Intelligence Committee Republicans have launched “Phase 2” of their probe into the origins of the unverified anti-Trump dossier, firing off an inquiry to a host of current and former officials -- including former FBI Director James Comey. In a letter obtained by Fox News, committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., posed a string of dossier-related questions to current and former intelligence, law enforcement and State Department officials. He specifically wants to know when they learned the document was funded by Democratic sources, and how it was used to obtain one or more surveillance warrants at the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance...