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  • (Democrat, Cuyahoga/Cleveland) County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora is arrested

    09/15/2010 5:34:31 AM PDT · by Jim from C-Town · 39 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | September 15, 2010 | Plain Dealer Staff
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- FBI agents arrested county Commissioner Jimmy Dimora early this morning. Witnesses at his home reported he was led out in handcuffs and chains. He arrived at the FBI building on Lakeside Avenue in Cleveland at 7:20 a.m. in a black Dodge Caravan. The arrest comes after a years-long investigation that most recently led to charges against former county auditor Frank Russo.
  • Waters’, Rangel’s (criminal) trials may be stalled till after Election Day

    09/13/2010 5:12:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/13/10 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    Waters’, Rangel’s trials may be stalled till after Election DayBy Rachel Rose Hartman Mon Sep 13, 1:38 pm ET Critics and supporters alike have requested speedy House trials for Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel, who each face multiple House ethics charges. Yet watchdog groups tell the Hill it's unlikely that either case will be resolved before the Nov. 2 general election. "Both of these pending trials should have been concluded months ago," Craig Holman of Public Citizen told the Hill's Susan Crabtree. "The House ethics committee stumbled miserably in these cases, allowing them to be delayed and delayed,...
  • Boxer Tied to Dubious Waters Cash-for-Endorsement Scheme

    09/07/2010 12:02:15 PM PDT · by goldendays · 19 replies · 1+ views ^ | 09/07/10 | Capitol Confidential
    Boxer Tied to Dubious Waters Cash-for-Endorsement Scheme Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, has paid some $30,000 since 2004 for the endorsement of embattled Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) in the context of a scheme that critics charge is unethical and amounts to Waters using her political station to benefit her family members. According to the Washington Times, Waters “has turned political endorsements into a family business, using federal election laws to charge California candidates and political causes to include their names as her personal picks on a sample ballot, or ‘slate mailer,’ she sends to as...
  • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives (Democrat)

    08/29/2010 5:15:27 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 46 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8/29/2010 | By TODD J. GILLMAN and CHRISTY HOPPE
    Longtime Dallas congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson has awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives and a top aide's two children since 2005, using foundation funds set aside for black lawmakers' causes. The recipients were ineligible under anti-nepotism rules of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which provided the money. And all of the awards violated a foundation requirement that scholarship winners live or study in a caucus member's district. Johnson, a Democrat, denied any favoritism when asked about the scholarships last week. Two days later, she acknowledged in a statement released by her office that she had violated...
  • What will you do if the November elections are stolen? (Vanity)

    08/21/2010 7:32:54 AM PDT · by The Comedian · 93 replies
    The possible future as seen by The Comedian | 2010-08-21 | The Comedian
    As the November congressional elections approach, I couldn't help but wonder about the inevitable. We know that progressives have no morals, and their current political machine, the Democrat Party, has no boundaries which it will not cross for the sake of power. Given an unbounded quest for power by an immoral group, is there any doubt that they will engage in vote fraud to avoid the natural backlash of their socialist takeover of America?
  • Dan Rostenkowski dead at 82

    08/11/2010 2:16:13 PM PDT · by bjorn14 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11 August 2010
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  • Top Dems to rally around Rangel at NY fundraiser

    08/11/2010 12:49:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/11/10 | BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer
    New York (AP) -- Rep. Charles Rangel forged ahead with plans for a fundraising gala on Wednesday night with Democratic luminaries including the governor, presumptive governor and both the state's U.S. senators on the guest list — not bad for a congressman steeping in a tempest of ethics charges. The event, tied to his 80th birthday, has emerged as a test of political loyalty to Rangel, the dean of the state's congressional delegation. It came a just day after he delivered an impassioned speech on the House floor insisting he would not resign despite the 13 charges pending against him.
  • Rep. Maxine Waters charged with three violations

    08/09/2010 4:40:59 PM PDT · by Justaham · 33 replies ^ | 8-9-10 | JONATHAN ALLEN & JOHN BRESNAHAN
    The House ethics committee released its formal charges against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Monday, accusing her of three counts of violating the letter and spirit of House rules and federal regulations by assisting a bank in which her husband owned stock. The 10-page "Statement of Alleged Violation" focuses on the actions of Waters and Mikael Moore, who is the congresswoman's chief of staff and her grandson, and tracks very closely with the year-old findings of the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. Waters is accused of improperly intervening on behalf of OneUnited, a minority-owned bank in which her husband held...
  • Democrat Maxine Waters Faces Ethic Investigation

    08/02/2010 2:39:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 6+ views
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 8/2/10 | Max Fisher
    WASHINGTON, DC – The House ethics committee has announced charges against Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Water, who is from California. Waters used her congressional authority to meet with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on behalf of the Massachusetts-based OneUnited bank, in which her husband, as a former director, owned $250,000 of stock. OneUnited eventually received $12 million in federal bailout funds Here's what people are saying so far about the case, which comes as fellow Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel is mired in his own ethics investigation.
  • Ethics cases raise racial questions (here we go again!)

    08/02/2010 1:21:28 PM PDT · by Justaham · 31 replies · 9+ views ^ | 8-2-10 | JOHN BRESNAHAN & JONATHAN ALLEN
    The politically charged decisions by veteran Democratic Reps. Charles Rangel of New York and Maxine Waters of California to force public trials by the House ethics committee are raising questions about race and whether black lawmakers face more scrutiny over allegations of ethical or criminal wrongdoing than their white colleagues. The controversy over the cases and the prospect of the first simultaneous ethics trials for multiple members in more than 30 years mark the biggest challenge for the ethics committee’s and the House’s ability to police its own members since the mid-1990s, when then-Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and leaders from...
  • Ethics panel says Rep. Maxine Waters (D) broke House rules

    08/02/2010 12:25:51 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 50 replies · 9+ views
    WASHINGTON -- A House investigative panel has charged California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters with violating ethics rules. Waters, a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, would face a trial in the fall unless she negotiates a settlement. If the case goes to trial, Democrats would have the political headache of two ethics trials - one for Waters and another for Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. ....
  • Ethics panel to charge California Rep. Waters

    07/30/2010 11:02:20 PM PDT · by PROCON · 87 replies · 3+ views
    AP ^ | July 31, 2010 | LARRY MARGASAK
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A House investigative panel has decided to charge Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California with ethics violations, raising the possibility of a second high-profile political trial this fall. People familiar with the investigation, who were not authorized to be quoted about unannounced charges, say the allegations could be announced next week. The House ethics committee declined Friday to make any public statement on the matter. Waters has been under investigation for a possible conflict of interest involving a bank that was seeking federal aid. Her husband owned stock in the bank.
  • Troubled Waters (Congressional Black Caucus corruption)

    08/02/2010 6:39:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies · 2+ views
    American Spectator ^ | August 2, 2010 | The Prowler
    Rep. Maxine Waters who may be facing a formal House of Representatives ethics trial over her activities on behalf of a bank, is just the most recent member of the Congressional Black Caucus to face such an investigation. Currently New York Rep. Charles Rangel is facing an ethics trial, following in the footsteps of ethically challenged Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson. Waters, the long-time Southern California representative, is, according to House sources, facing charges that she provided special access to OneUnited Bank, a Massachusetts based bank that is similar in its history to the notorious ShoreBank in Chicago. House officials say...
  • Obama wants Rangel to end career with dignity

    07/31/2010 7:25:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies · 1+ views ^ | July 30, 2010
    Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama hopes embattled New York congressman Charlie Rangel can end his career with dignity. "He's somebody who's at the end of his career. Eighty years old. I'm sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity. And my hope is that it happens." Obama added.
  • Ethics panel to charge California Rep. Waters

    07/31/2010 6:33:59 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 42 replies · 4+ views
    The Washington Times (via AP) ^ | 07-31-10 | By Larry Margasak - Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A second House Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, could be facing an ethics trial this fall, further complicating the midterm election outlook for the party as it battles to hold onto its majority. People familiar with the investigation, who were not authorized to be quoted about unannounced charges, say the allegations could be announced next week. The House ethics committee declined Friday to make any public statement on the matter. Waters, 71, has been under investigation for a possible conflict of interest involving a bank that was seeking federal aid. Her husband owned stock in the...
  • Rangel’s Day of Reckoning

    07/28/2010 6:01:43 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies · 2+ views ^ | July28,2010 | Rich Trzupek
    When Representative Charles Rangel goes on trial on Thursday it might be the first time that a sitting United States congressman has done so since Jim Traficant was convicted of bribery, racketeering and tax evasion in 2002. Rangel and Traficant are kindred spirits of a sort, for each exhibits the kind of imperious arrogance that Americans loathe, especially when it bubbles to the surface among their elected officials. The difference between the two is that Traficant played a bit part among Democrats eight years ago and it was thus easy for the party to wash its hands of him.
  • Charlie Rangel is Toast

    07/24/2010 7:07:53 AM PDT · by chickadee · 69 replies · 35+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 23, 2010 | Tunku Varadarajan
    There can be little doubt that Rangel—who has served a mind-boggling, and, for those concerned with standards of official conduct, depressing, 20 terms—is not going to be able to run for a 21st term. His career is now over. I predict that he will resign by, or on, Thursday of next week, the day on which the House Ethics Committee lays formal charges against him, charges which—if he contests them—will go to public trial. (The charges are, by now, so well known that they scarcely bear repeating: undeclared taxes on income from a beachfront villa in the Dominican Republic; the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: House Democrat calls on Rep. Charles Rangel to resign

    07/23/2010 6:38:27 PM PDT · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 132 replies · 7+ views
    The Hill ^ | 7-23-2010 | Shane D'Aprile
    EXCLUSIVE: House Democrat calls on Rep. Charles Rangel to resign By Shane D'Aprile In a major development, Rep. Betty Sutton (Ohio) on Friday night called on beleaguered Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) to resign.
  • Will Charles Rangel Be Forced From Congress Before the Ethics Rules Change?

    07/23/2010 5:18:17 PM PDT · by Tom Hawks · 21 replies
    ChicoER ^ | 7/23/10 | Chuck Wolk
    After an 18-month investigation, Representative Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) faces a House trial in which eight members (four Democrats and four Republicans) will rule on the findings. The alleged violations are reported to include some most serious ever leveled against a sitting member of Congress. From misuse of rent-controlled apartments in New York City and failure to disclose income from a villa in the Dominican Republic to reports that he exchanged official favors - a tax loophole for oil driller Nabors Industries Ltd. - in exchange for a $1 million gift to the Charles Rangel Center at City College...
  • Ethics committee files charges against Rangel

    07/22/2010 1:42:21 PM PDT · by Justaham · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7-22-10 | Ian Swanson
    <p>A House committee has filed ethics charges against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.).</p> <p>The charges were announced in a statement from the chairwoman and ranking Republican on the House ethics committee.</p> <p>The statement said an investigative subcommittee had transmitted a “statement of alleged violation” against Rangel, and that the House ethics panel would set up subcommittee to determine whether any counts in the statement “have been proved by clear and convincing evidence and to make findings of fact.”</p>
  • Rep. Charlie Rangel will be Charged with Ethics Violations

    07/22/2010 1:33:30 PM PDT · by Neets · 119 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/22/10 | AP
    <p>Rep. will face trial over ethics violationsWASHINGTON — A House investigative committee has charged New York Rep. Charles Rangel, the former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, with multiple ethics violations. The charges were...</p>
  • Markos charges polling fraud (Daily KOS = McCain Scandal?)

    06/29/2010 2:59:12 PM PDT · by Frantzie · 15 replies · 1+ views ^ | 6-29-2010 | Ben Smith
    We contracted with Research 2000 to conduct polling and to provide us with the results of their surveys. Based on the report of the statisticians, it's clear that we did not get what we paid for.
  • Breaking: Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick indicted on federal fraud, tax charges

    06/23/2010 1:45:24 PM PDT · by Kieri · 47 replies
    MLIVE ^ | 06/23/10 | Various
    Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been indicted on federal fraud and tax charges. Federal prosecutors say the alleged scheme is related to the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, a tax-exempt fund that was supposed to pay for voter education and other purposes. Instead, Kilpatrick is accused of using it as a slush fund to take cash payments for himself, friends and relatives. In an indictment filed Wednesday, he's accused of failing to report at least $640,000 in taxable income between 2003 and 2008, which includes money, private jet flights and personal expenses paid by the civic fund. The government says he used...
  • Ex-Detroit mayor (Kwame Kilpatrick) indicted on federal fraud charges

    06/23/2010 1:16:44 PM PDT · by Justaham · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6-23-10 | Ed White
    DETROIT (AP) - Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, already in state prison for probation violations stemming from his conviction for lying about an affair with his chief of staff, was indicted Wednesday on federal fraud and tax charges for allegedly using his charity as a slush fund. Federal prosecutors said the alleged scheme is related to the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, a tax-exempt fund that was supposed to pay for voter education and other purposes. Instead, they accuse the former mayor of taking cash payments from the fund for himself, friends and relatives. He is charged with filing false tax returns for...
  • FBI, IRS raid Mellow's home, office (PA State Senator)

    06/19/2010 6:08:51 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 7 replies · 633+ views
    Citizens Voice (Wilkes Barre PA) ^ | 6/19/2010 | Joe McDonald, David Falchek, Robert Swift and Borys Krawczeniuk
    PECKVILLE - Teams of FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents raided the Archbald home and Peckville office of retiring state Senate Democratic Leader Robert J. Mellow on Friday in an apparent widening of an ongoing public corruption investigation. The nature of the investigation is unknown, but Mellow's spokeswoman denied he has done anything wrong and said he is cooperating with the investigation. FBI agents arrived simultaneously at 9 a.m. and executed search warrants at Mellow's Main Street office and his home in the Hills of Archbald housing development, where five unmarked vehicles ringed the senator's corner property, which he recently...
  • Marine to be fired for not giving money to Democrats

    06/10/2010 12:26:37 PM PDT · by RogerFGay · 21 replies · 885+ views ^ | June 10, 2010 | Robert Moon
    In yet another demonstration of how incapable liberals are of competing on a level playing field, Retired Maj. Stephen Godin, who runs a high school ROTC program in Massachusetts, is being given an ultimatum: Pay $500 in union "representation" money (i.e., give money to Democrats) or be fired.Godin refuses to be brow-beaten into paying involuntary union dues, saying, "It's the principal of the matter. I think they're trying to extort money from me. They do nothing for me."But in Massachusetts (as well as dozens of other states), his rights go straight out the window. Despite our Equal Opportunity laws, if you don't want...
  • Blagojevich corruption trial may touch Obama

    06/02/2010 1:11:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies · 1,369+ views
    KYIV ^ | 6/02/10
    Blagojevich corruption trial may touch ObamaToday at 08:52 | Reuters CHICAGO, June 2 (Reuters) - Even Rod Blagojevich's lawyer finds him a bit strange, which may provide the key to the former Illinois governor's strategy at his upcoming corruption trial -- he was all talk, but no action. **SNIP** Another possible wild card in Blagojevich's long-awaited trial that begins on Thursday is whether it will entangle Obama and his aides in Illinois' hurly-burly political theater. The trial, which is expected to last up to four months, may expose discrepancies in how members of Obama's future administration characterized its contacts with...
  • White House can't get its Sestak story straight

    06/01/2010 5:43:14 AM PDT · by safetysign · 16 replies · 1,070+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/01/10 | staff
    Did you hear the one about how President Obama got Slick Willie Clinton to offer second-term Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak an unpaid appointment to an obscure White House advisory panel in return for dropping his primary challenge to incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter? Obama and his Chicago boys are still guffawing over how all the chumps in the media reported that one with a straight face. Hey, it's a just another reason why running a gangster government is nothing but laughs for the Obama crew in the White House. The reality is that nobody outside the White House gang and its...
  • White House can't get its Sestak story straight

    06/01/2010 3:45:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies · 1,343+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 1, 2010
    Did you hear the one about how President Obama got Slick Willie Clinton to offer second-term Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak an unpaid appointment to an obscure White House advisory panel in return for dropping his primary challenge to incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter? Obama and his Chicago boys are still guffawing over how all the chumps in the media reported that one with a straight face. Hey, it's a just another reason why running a gangster government is nothing but laughs for the Obama crew in the White House. The reality is that nobody outside the White House gang and...
  • Phoenix's Mayor Gordon on JD Hayworth

    05/15/2010 3:26:42 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 35 replies · 1,129+ views
    YouTube ^ | 2010-05-15
    "The last thing we want in this country is an individual like J.D. Hayworth in the Congress who is full of racism, will talk forever, and use every means to push his hate. So, in that sense, Senator McCain should beat him and beat him handily. Then, I think, turning back that type of person with the issue is being run against McCain — even with McCain on that side of the spectrum, will be a good sign for the future."
  • Staffers' accounts paint more detailed, troubling picture of Massa's office

    04/13/2010 11:19:38 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 14 replies · 705+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 13, 2010 | Carol D. Leonnig
    Just three months after Eric Massa was elected to Congress, his young male employees on Capitol Hill began complaining to supervisors that the lawmaker was making aggressive, sexual overtures toward them, according to new interviews and internal documents. The senior staff, one of whom said he heard Massa making lewd remarks to young staffers, tried to manage the problem internally. But reports of Massa's inappropriate behavior continued, leaving junior workers feeling helpless, according to victims, other staffers and sources close to an ongoing House ethics investigation. Most asked not to be named due to the ethics probe and the risk...
  • AL: Langford In Prison (EXTREMELY CORRUPT DEM)

    04/08/2010 9:18:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies · 919+ views
    WIAT-TV CBS 42 Birmingham, Ala. ^ | 2010-04-07 | Kimberly Rankin
    Larry Langford began serving a 15 year prison sentence near Ashland, Kentucky just before noon, today. Those who know Langford fear he may not survive the full term. "I have come to know him as an individual and its very sad for me to see him going off what may well proved to be a death sentence if he does not win on appeal," says Glennon Threat.
  • Barack Obama's old Senate seat in danger of turning Republican

    04/05/2010 2:18:42 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 21 replies · 784+ views
    Barack Obama's old Senate seat in danger of turning Republican President Barack Obama's old Senate seat is increasing danger of being taken by a Republican after it was reported that the family bank of the Democratic candidate had lent $20 million (£13 million) to Chicago criminals. By Toby Harnden in Washington Published: 10:00PM BST 05 Apr 2010 President Barack Obama's old Senate seat is increasing danger of being taken by a Republican after it was reported that the family bank of the Democratic candidate had lent $20 million (£13 million) to Chicago criminals. The loss of the Illinois seat would...
  • Charlie Rangel Gets 'Real Men of Genius' Treatment

    03/29/2010 1:48:07 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 6 replies · 509+ views
    Advertising Age ^ | 3/29/10 | Ken Wheaton
    Stealing a page from Bud Light's radio advertising, right-leaning has created a "Real Members of Congress" spoof targeting Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., for his tax shenanigans. The title: "Mr. Tax-Law-Writing-Tax-Evader."
  • Our Ponzi Nation: Nemazee, Big Donor to the Dems, Pleads Guilty

    03/20/2010 8:12:34 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 289+ views
    WSJ ^ | Mar. 19, 2010
    -excerpt- (Hassan) Nemazee, a New York businessman and one-time prominent Democratic fundraiser admitted Thursday that he bilked three banks out of $ 292 million in loans. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud and three counts of bank fraud at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein in Manhattan. Click here for Chad Bray’s story on Dow Jones Newswires; here for the NYT story; here, here and here for previous LB posts on Nemazee. Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan had alleged that Nemazee obtained hundreds of millions of loans from Bank of America, Citigroup and HSBC Holdings...
  • Heading for Home or ... Amnesty (Dems, RINOs want more illegals)

    03/18/2010 2:50:06 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 436+ views
    The New American ^ | 2010-03-18 | John F. McManus
    Here’s a question many Members of Congress prefer to ignore: How many times do you have to be told “No amnesty for illegal immigrants?” In 1986, Congress approved and President Reagan signed the Simpson-Mazzoli Act that awarded 2.7 million illegal border crossers legal status and a path to citizenship. It was amnesty plain and simple. Supporters of the 1986 measure repeatedly assured fellow legislators and skeptical Americans that their new law would put an end to the growing numbers entering our nation illegally. But just the opposite occurred and border crossing into the United States increased dramatically. As the time-worn...
  • New York State Tax Refunds Put On Hold (CORRUPT DEMS AT WORK)

    03/18/2010 3:59:00 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies · 1,225+ views
    Gov. Paterson Freezes $500 Million, Says Financial Situation The Case, Won't Start Sending Again Until April 1 Embattled Governor: $1.5 Billion In School Aid Next To Be Halted NEW YORK (CBS) ― For hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, the check won't be in the mail -- at least not on time. New York State has stopped paying tax refunds and won't start again until next month. The tax refund delay is part of a bigger cash crunch. Message to New Yorkers: don't start spending your tax refund money because it's going to be delayed. Half a billion dollars' worth...
  • Md. ACORN Chapter Disbands in Video Scandal's Wake

    03/16/2010 5:58:09 PM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 32 replies · 1,009+ views
    AP ^ | 3-16-2010 | AP Staff
    Baltimore (AP) - A former leader of Maryland's ACORN chapter says the group shaken by a video scandal will no longer operate in the state. The videos showed ACORN workers, including workers in Baltimore, giving tax tips to conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute. Former Maryland chapter co-chairwoman Sonja Merchant-Jones says the group was torn apart by infighting after that. Several affiliates of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now around the country are rebranding under a different name. But Merchant-Jones, says there are no such plans in Maryland.
  • ACORN’s Maryland Chapter Shuttered

    03/16/2010 5:35:50 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 15 replies · 480+ views ^ | 03-16-10 |
    Group is undone in national scandal sparked by videos showing illegal activityFrom today’s Baltimore Sun:A former leader of Maryland’s ACORN chapter said Monday the group will no longer operate in the state, doomed by an embarrassing national scandal six months ago from which the organization never recovered.An undated sign hangs on the entrance to the ACORN offices at 16 W. 25th St. A former Maryland ACORN official said the office ceased operations late last year.  You may recognize this stoop from this golden oldie.Sonja Merchant-Jones, former co-chairwoman of the state chapter of ACORN and a board member since 1999,...
  • Clinton Appointed Federal judge Impeached

    03/14/2010 3:06:19 PM PDT · by HChampagne · 7 replies · 707+ views ^ | March 11, 2010 | Bayoubuzz Staff
    The US House of Representatives has voted to impeach District Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr . a federal judge from Louisiana. The House Judiciary Committee task force charged Porteous with a long-standing pattern of corruption. The House approved the first of four impeachment articles on Thursday, 412-0. The second passed 410-0. Porteous was implicated in a sting operation of Jefferson Parish named Wrinkled Robe. At the time he was a Judge in the 24th Judicial Court of Jefferson Parish. The case now goes to trial in the Senate. A two-thirds vote is needed to convict Porteous of high crimes and...
  • Monica Conyers Gets 3 Years in Jail

    03/12/2010 1:11:28 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 29 replies · 1,167+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/10/2010 | Gautham Nagesh
    An ugly page in Michigan politics came to an end this afternoon when a federal judge sentenced former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers to 37 months in prison for her role in a city bribery scandal. Conyers, the wife of House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, did not go quietly as she attempted to rescind her guilty plea at the last moment and claimed to have taped conversations that would exonerate her. Accounts of the courtroom scene paint a bizarre picture of a woman oscillating between desperation and hubris as she was sentenced in the very same building where her husband...
  • Ohio SOS Jennifer Brunner attempts to fix the election

    03/10/2010 4:29:44 PM PST · by Paul Kib · 16 replies · 918+ views
    Nearly 2,000 petition signatures simply vanished in the hands of Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a man whom Brunner disqualified from the May ballot for attorney general alleged yesterday.The problem here is, why would Secretary Brunner even bother to check the names at all, if there weren’t at least the minimum requirement of 1000? I think the very fact that she is looking is proof that her office thinks they screwed up. Below is Brunner’s receipt showing that he filed approximately 2750 signatures… along with his “disqualification letter.” And below that is the “worklogs,” showing how many signatures and petitions...
  • Monica Conyers Gets 37 Months In Prison!

    03/10/2010 12:06:34 PM PST · by Kieri · 128 replies · 5,355+ views
    WXYZ ^ | 03/10/10 | Various
    Excerpt: Monica Conyers has just been sentenced to 37 months in prison. She also received 2 years of supervised probation. Just before sentencing, Conyers screamed "If they have their tapes, I have my tapes too. I taped Rayford, I taped Riddle. You'll be fair to me or I want to withdraw my plea." She also yelled, "What about my children? They did nothing to cause this. All I did was try to help someone I fired."
  • House Considers Judge’s Impeachment (Clinton appointee)

    03/09/2010 11:06:03 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 10 replies · 160+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 9, 2010 | ASHLEY SOUTHALL
    The House will take up the impeachment of a Louisiana federal judge accused of seeking and accepting bribes and perjury this Friday, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Tuesday. The judge, G. Thomas Porteous, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, is accused of accepting cash and gifts from lawyers whose cases he presided over in court. He’s also accused of lying about his finances when he filed for personal bankruptcy.*Mr. Porteous could become the eighth federal judge forced out since Judge John Pickering of New Hampshire in 1804. Former Judge Alcee L. Hastings of Florida was one...
  • Birmingham Ex-Mayor Gets 15 Years in Prison

    03/05/2010 12:29:12 PM PST · by Gabrial · 46 replies · 1,641+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Mar 5, 2010 | AP
    Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison for taking some $235,000 in bribes in return for lucrative bond work. U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler imposed the sentence on Langford, 63, who told the court, "I am sorry all this has occurred."
  • Rangel's wrist-slap

    03/05/2010 3:18:35 AM PST · by Scanian · 12 replies · 456+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 04, 2010 | Editorial
    Charlie Rangel yesterday was granted a face-saving "leave of absence" as House Ways and Means Committee chairman, pending the outcome of multiple ethics investigations. A "leave of absence"? He should be in handcuffs. Consider where you'd stand with the IRS and the FBI if you: * Failed to report and pay taxes on rental income from a Dominican villa (as The Post first revealed two years ago). * Failed to report on millions of dollars in assets, bank accounts and property, going back seven years. * Used congressional stationery to seek donations for a CUNY educational center named after you.
  • Ex-Birmingham, Alabama mayor sentenced for fraud (63-year-old Democrat, 15 years in prison)

    03/05/2010 10:52:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 408+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/5/10 | Verna Gates
    TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Reuters) – Larry Langford, the former mayor of Alabama's largest city, Birmingham, was sentenced on Friday for his role in a high-profile federal case for corruption. Judge Scott Coogler sentenced Langford, a 63-year-old Democrat, to 15 years in prison. Prosecutors had sought a term of at least 24 years after Langford's conviction on an array of fraud and bribery charges last year. "I'm not interested in who I make happy or don't make happy," said Coogler as he pronounced the sentence. In addition to his time behind bars, Langford was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to pay...
  • National Enquirer: Former Sen. Edwards Facing "Imminent" Indictment

    03/04/2010 2:54:57 PM PST · by TigerBait · 26 replies · 816+ views
    Newsmax ^ | yesterday
    Former Democratic Sen. John Edwards is facing “imminent” indictment relating to his use of campaign funds to cover up an extramarital affair during his 2008 presidential run, according to The National Enquirer. A grand jury has been investigating the North Carolinian's use of the funds since April, and the Enquirer quotes a friend of Edwards saying that, although the former candidate does not believe he did anything wrong, he is “terrified” that he will be made an example of in this case. And in a soap opera twist, Elizabeth Edwards may in fact testify against her estranged husband, The Hill...
  • Race, Politics and Troubles in New York

    03/04/2010 12:18:23 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 4 replies · 357+ views
    CQ POLITICS ^ | March 2, 2010 | Josh Kurtz
    The grim faces said it all.Gathered the other day at a meeting convened by the Rev. Al Sharpton, New York’s top minority political leaders held a mini-rally of sorts for beleaguered Democratic Gov. David A. Paterson — whose situation has gone from perilous to pathetic in just a few short days. In a sign of how far he has fallen, Paterson’s colleagues urged him to resist the loud calls for his resignation and hang in there until the end of his lame-duck — and distressingly lame — term.But the issue is so much bigger than Paterson now.Plain and simple, it...
  • Enquirer: Edwards headed to hoosegow

    03/04/2010 3:18:33 AM PST · by kingattax · 25 replies · 1,040+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/03/10 | Julie Mason
    The National Enquirer is reporting that disgraced former presidential candidate John Edwards is about to be indicted by a federal grand jury investigating his campaign expenditures. In another shocker, close sources say Edwards' estranged wife Elizabeth could help send the former presidential candidate to jail! Edwards, the disgraced two-time Presidential loser, is being investigated by the feds, including the FBI and IRS, for possible campaign violations related to paying his mistress Rielle Hunter. The grand jury has been meeting since April 2009, and insiders say an indictment is imminent. "John is terrified that he's going to be indicted," a friend...