Posted: 9:23 am Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Super PAC hits Jack Kingston on Palestinian straw donor 

By Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Welcome to July. It’s three weeks until the U.S. Senate runoff and the pro-David Perdue Super PAC is pulling out the big guns.

Citizens for a Working America recently bought another $500,000 of airtime in Georgia, bringing its runoff investment to $1 million. At least some of the spending will be dedicated to the above 15-second ad, passed along by our friends at Channel 2 Action News.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogIt is all about Khalid Satary, a Palestinian felon accused of funneling campaign money to Kingston via illegal straw donors. Kingston has said he didn’t know Satary and returned the disputed funds after the press started asking questions. (More background here and here.)

CWA’s donors are unknown at this point.

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Speaking of guilt-by-association, the Jack Kingston campaign had some fun with Monday’s news that French bank BNP Paribas pleaded guilty to money laundering for clients wishing to do illegal business with Iran, Sudan and other nations hit with sanctions for supporting terrorism. The bank will pay a record penalty of nearly $9 billion.

The Kingston camp reminds us that David Perdue has between $100,000 and $250,000 invested in an Equity Index-Linked Note with BNP Paribas. It’s a small part of Perdue’s extensive holdings — and infinitesimally small for the bank.

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For data nerds, today also marks the first day TV stations in smaller markets must publish their political ad buys to the Federal Communications Commission. That means we can see all the activity at WMAZ-Macon. CWA spent $35,000 there through runoff day, while the pro-Kingston Southern Conservatives Fund spent $20,000 for the next week, the Kingston campaign itself spent $12,000 on WMAZ in the last week of June and first week of July, and the Perdue campaign put up $8,600.

The Southern Conservatives Fund is spending $15,000 in Albany for the next week, while CWA has reserved just short of $15,000 in Albany through runoff day.

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kingstonwalker

On Monday, after the presser announcing his design to become a Sam Nunn-like member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, we asked U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston to explain his relationship with former University of Georgia football great Herschel Walker.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has used Walker in one of its TV ads boosting Kingston’s effort – and in that ad, Walker endorses the Savannah congressman. The fact of the endorsement is featured on Kingston’s website.

Kingston attended UGA a few years before Walker made his splash in the 1980s, and Walker’s hometown of Wrightsville isn’t in the congressman’s district.

Here’s how Kingston explained their meeting:

Kingston: There is a congressional flag football team that’s bipartisan, and every year we play the Capitol Hill police at the National Guard Armory. The money goes to the children of these fallen police officers.

And since these police were younger and stronger and actually had a permanent flag football team…

Insider: You brought in ringers?

Kingston: We’re lawmakers. We’re lawmakers, so we had to change the rules. So we had John Booty, who played for Philadelphia, Ken Harvey, who played for the Redskins, and Herschel – and one or two other pros to give us a helping hand…We’ve beat them twice, tied them once, and lost seven times.”

And it’s not as if the cops mind being able to say they once played ball with the likes of Walker.

The Heisman Trophy winner has become something of an advocate on mental health issues, following his revelation that he had been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, a mental health condition commonly referred to as multiple personality disorder.

But Kingston said his conversations with Walker have focused primarily on physical health. Said the congressman:

“As someone who’s worked on the school lunch program, and the nutrition programs, and health issues – we talk about getting the kids off the couch and keeping America moving.”

All of which is the long way of explaining that, during the conversation, Kingston alluded to the above photo as one of his favorites. His campaign went ahead and posted it last night on Facebook.

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On Sunday, the topic was crossover voting, in Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race and in Georgia. Which prompted one of our downstate readers to send this note:

My county, Dougherty, has it down to a science. In the May 20th primary race for chair, it is estimated that approximately 1000 Republicans crossed over and voted only for the [county commission] chair. The election had heavy racial overtones.

The same tactic was used in 2012 to take back the board of education countywide seat previously held by an African-American woman.

[Our] case is an interesting one. The county is 68% black and has never elected a black commission chair. Given low turnout and crossover voting, there is serious doubt that we ever will.

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WTOC in Savannah reports that, by a very narrow margin, Chatham County is no longer majority white:

From the television station’s website:

According to the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey, released Thursday, there are 131,121 non-Hispanic whites who live in Chatham County. Minorities – of African, Asian, Hispanic, Native American or Pacific Island descent – now have a sliver of majority, according to the Survey, with 139,313 non-white Chatham County residents.

Democratic Party Chairman, Will Claiborne, counts that as a win for his party. “The Republican Party has done everything they can to really push away minority voters,” Claiborne said in an interview….

Elizebeth Overton chairs the county’s Republican Party and says that is not so. Overton is planning an August 15th meet-and-greet in Daffin Park, with the goal of giving minorities an opportunity to get to know the party.

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A fundraising plea from Gov. Nathan Deal to supporters on Monday afternoon, ahead of the second-quarter fundraising deadline, caught our eye:

While my opponent is basing his campaign on personal attacks, my campaign is focused on issues Georgians care about most. And we’re spreading a positive, conservative message.

But, the most alarming part is that he’s raising an unprecedented amount of money from all over the country. It’s sad, but true.

We’ll let Politifact parse out the truth behind the ‘personal attacks’ snub, but the complaint is one we haven’t heard out of the governor before. Sure, there are attacks and counterattacks on Deal’s ethics problems, but much of the back-and-forth has centered on policy questions surrounding stances on education and economy.

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Monday’s Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case made an instant bang in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race, as a story on today’s front page of the dead tree edition lays out, with Kingston and Perdue cheering the Court and Democrat Michelle Nunn saying she disagrees.

Down-ballot candidates are getting into the reaction act too. We got this from Dr. Bob Johnson of Savannah, running in the First Congressional District GOP runoff against state Sen. Buddy Carter of Pooler:

“Buddy Carter is not willing to fight to stop ObamaCare. He wants the whole matter delayed just long enough so he doesn’t have to deal with it during this campaign. Since 2009, when I marched on the Capitol with fellow Tea Party physicians, I’ve been fighting to stop Obama and repeal ObamaCare — that’s been my position since the bill was introduced. The Supreme Court ruling this morning confirms that my fight to repeal ObamaCare is the fight for liberty, to protect our God given religious freedoms, and defend our constitutional rights.”

Carter’s campaign counters with a guilt-by-association argument: Johnson has touted the endorsement from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists — among several doctors’ groups backing the surgeon — which also gave Johnson $5,000.  ACOG took the Obama administration’s side in the Hobby Lobby fight, and said Monday it was “profoundly disappointed” in the ruling.

This is the same thing Carter tried to do in an ad saying Johnson was insufficiently anti-Obamacare because he belongs to the American Medical Association, which backed the law.

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision isn’t yet 24 hours old, but already a movie is in the works. From the Washington Post:

EchoLight Studios, the film production company of Rick Santorum, is releasing a film in September that will, among other things, discuss the Supreme Court ruling that declared corporations can refuse insurance that includes coverage for birth control on the basis of religion.

EchoLight’s film, “One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty” argues there is no guaranteed freedom from religion, but only freedom to practice religion without persecution. “The cross is ubiquitous,” the trailer states. “It’s the preeminent symbol of Christianity. It’s a government advertisement for one religion.”

 

 

79 comments
LeeAtkins
LeeAtkins

im more concerned who the hell is funding this cwa outfit than what kingston does with clown from palestine the money was returned wake up america we have seditionist right in our own backyard with all this hidden donor money 

DS
DS

Does Kingston still claim he doesn't know Khalid Satary, despite being photographed standing next to him at a fundraiser Satary organized for Kingston?

BigHat
BigHat

GOP: pro life.  Democrats: pro tramp.

JonLester
JonLester

From what I've seen, I don't trust Kingston, Nunn or Perdue to vote intelligently on matters of foreign policy. I'm voting for Amanda Swafford.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Few people care about the minor stuff Kingston and Perdue are using against each other.  That is about all they have left since they are similar on the issues, but have differing resumes.

Typical liberal blog garbage item finding white racism with crossover voting.  How about black racism for Obama and Dekalb County, if this needs to be highlighted?

Deal is quite correct about all of the personal attacks on minor campaign violations made out to be a big deal by the AJC and other Democrats, now including Carter who has become desperate.  Too bad for him, he is hurting his reputation for a future run - but he has already done that with his spending plans, and wish to change the Hope Scholarship to a means tested plan.  The AJC's reputation was shot a long time ago, and will never recover among non-liberals, so it might as well stay all in for Democrats.

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

I will be shopping at HL for the first time tonight.

BigHat
BigHat

Obama eats boogers; why isn't Fox News looking into this?

TrueBlueDem
TrueBlueDem

Why hasn't Kingston nailed David and Sonny Perdue on their sweetheart trucking deal with Kia Motors and the GA Ports Authority terminal in Brunswick. Sonny and David have an exclusive contract to haul new Kia cars produced in West Point to the port in Brunswick where they are shipped out. When Sonny was Governor he gave several hundred million in Georgia cash and tax incentives, etc to Kia to get them to locate their new plant in West Point, GA. Thinking ahead, Sonny put his cousin David on the GA Ports Authority to grease the skids for Perdue Partners future business dealings that are so intimately tied to the GA ports. The whole deal stinks.

td1234
td1234

So Nunn is giving herself away with every statement. With her descent to yesterday's decision it is proof positive that she is an Obamacare supporter. 


Do Georgian's want another vote for Obamacare from Georgia is the US Senate. 

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

Walker :  "He's one of us" ... now that's funny.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

EchoLight’s film, “One Generation Away: The Erosion of Religious Liberty” argues there is no guaranteed freedom from religion, but only freedom to practice religion without persecution. “The cross is ubiquitous,” the trailer states. “It’s the preeminent symbol of Christianity. It’s a government advertisement for one religion.”

Gotta love conservative thinking--which is a synonym for 'hypocrisy.'  We have freedom to practice religion, as long as it is their brand of 'christianity, i.e. muslims need not apply, because, of course it is not a religion.  The crazy mormons with their child brides, and people like david koresch had their 'freedom' taken away by the gummint because they were not allowed to practice their 'religious ritual' of having sex with numerous13 year old girls.  A woman will be condemned to eternal hell fire if she has an abortion, but it is government intrusion upon religion when a blood transfusion, medication or surgery is ordered by a judge to save a child's life, when some religious nut sect deems it 'god's will' that the child should die. This is fine with the 'religious' because their book says it is okay, but other 'religious practices,' such as genital mutilation and honor killings are not okay, even tho they are little different than the old testament edict that women adulterers should be stoned to death while men are allowed as many concubines as they can keep. Hypocrisy is a true christian value, and a conservative benchmark.  You are free to practice your religion as I please, not as you please; you are free to live your life, not as you see fit, but as I see fit. It is gummint intrusion when I can't buy liquor on Sunday,the christian Sabbath, but not intrusion when I can't buy cannabis at any time. You can't go to a legal casino anytime, but gamble on Bingo to your heart's content, Jesus likes Bingo, but he abhors Blackjack, I guess. Tommy Chong spent 3 years in prison for selling bongs, but phillip morris pabst and seagrams can sell their poisons with not only the gummint's blessing but with subsidies to boot.  You can deforest the National Parks, despoil the ANWAR, pollute all you want, because it means lots of money and jobs, livelihoods are at stake, but the 20 year old selling a few grams of coke or mj to people exercising their own personal freedom, is doomed to mandatory jail time, even tho the economy is so broken by the con's supply side economics that he/she has little chance of finding a legitimate job. Odd how rush limpbo had a 'medical problem,' and didn't deserve to be punished, just like all the other rich white people with prescription drug addictions don't deserve prison, but poor people go to jail for substance abuse because, well they are criminals getting what they deserve.

Funny how hobby lobby's strongly held religious belief that contraceptives are a sin must be upheld in the name of religious freedom, but they have no problem with their coverage of vasectomies for men, likewise with their coverage of Viagra. Contraceptive coverage for women is just a way for females to practice their promiscuity at the gummint's expense, but somehow Viagra doesn't lead to promiscuity in men.

Maybe there is a god, and if so, he/she has a warped sense of humor, or else is downright sadistic. That is the only reason I can think of for mankind being plagued by the likes of fleas, tornadoes, and conservatives.

LeeAtkins
LeeAtkins

im sure the CWA could give too S about the working people of this country as long as they work for cheap 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@The_Centrist "it remains unclear whether federal investigators remain interested in the commission and its handling of the Deal complaints. Late last year, federal prosecutors issued subpoenas for commission documents related to the Deal complaints but officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office have continued to decline to comment".~~~~~Associated Press : June 27, 2014

The FBI Investigating Georgia Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s Ethics Scandal is not minor campaign violations. 

honested
honested

@LHardingDawg 

Glad you are exposing your true beliefs on 'freedom'.

Now tell us how you feel about 'subservience'.

Astropig
Astropig

@StraightNoChaser 

Yep, they've been putting Rush Limbaugh off the air for 25 years (and counting). Are you sure this boycott isn't being run by FEMA?

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser


Hobby Lobby is going to be boycotted because they do not want to cover 4 out of 20 contraceptives in Obamacare because they believe those 4 measures are abortifacient. They are covering the other 16 contraceptives and all women working for them can get those for free. 


And progressives want to call conservatives radical. Anyone that would boycott Hobby Lobby is beyond radical and are just nuts.   

DS
DS

@td1234, Obamacare passed long ago. Millions of Americans have recently acquired coverage. Republican politicians like Mitch McConnell are stammering over their answers about why they want to take away insurance from their constituents. The majority are opposed to repeal.

This ship has sailed.

honested
honested

@AuntieChrist 

Wouldn't it be nice if Congress had the cojones to pass a very simple law:

"If any god wishes to step forward and identify it's omnipotence and then provide appropriate orders, we will listen. Until that happens, nobody is allowed to interfere with the life of another based on 'god's will' under fear of severe penalties."

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@AuntieChrist For the first time in US history a privately held corporation has sincerely held religious beliefs. GOP ideology is that corporations are people too and that corporations are people of faith.  With yesterdays ruling they are advocating that secular, for-profit corporations are persons that can exercise religion. Hobby Lobby grounded its claim in protections based on belief that it’s entitled to under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a law passed in 1993 to protect individuals from having their private rights trampled by the government.  The court's  decision in support of this claim — holding that corporations can have sincerely held religious beliefs — is a major break with centuries of legal history, and a particularly egregious distortion of RFRA.  No one was contesting that Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green and his family were sincere in their religious beliefs the Greens were not on the hook to provide their 13,000 full-time employees with contraceptive coverage — their privately held corporation was.

DS
DS

@AuntieChrist, a recent NBC/WSJ poll shows that women voters have swung sharply in favor of the Democratic Party over the past four years, with an 11 point swing among all women, and a 14 point swing among white women.

When I look at the cross tabs in political polls, I've noticed that pollsters are still assuming a modest turnout of women voters. Events like this Hobby Lobby decision might change that.

If women turn out to vote in large numbers, Democrats probably will win.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@StraightNoChaser - Nope, you got it wrong either because you do not understand the facts, or are just so partisan you are doing so on purpose.  The FBI was investigating the Ethics Commission, not Deal.  They announced it last year, but very well may have found nothing and have closed it.  Either way - it does not involve Deal and the long ago minor campaign reporting violations for which a small "fee" was exacted.

Astropig
Astropig

@honested @LHardingDawg 

 "exposing your true beliefs on 'freedom'."

And you, yours. I've been shopping there for ages. In fact, I think that there's an American flag display case in there that I would like. Think I'll go in this evening and get it.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Astropig As long as there are cons out there who will buy the ED cures and male enhancement pills, ol' rush will always have sponsors to keep him on the air.

honested
honested

@Astropig @StraightNoChaser 

Every day more of his deluded audience faces the dirt.

Luckily, youth are more intelligent to believe that crap.

So, it's just a matter of time.

DS
DS

@td1234, breaking news:

"WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law, not just the handful of methods the justices considered in their ruling."

These guys really are making this up as they go along.

Decisions about reproductive healthcare are to be taken away from women and their doctors. These decisions are to be made by their employers instead.

honested
honested

@td1234 @StraightNoChaser 

Count me as a nut, for I will never spend another penny there.

Also, I can't wait for a list of any and all companies that enforce this anti-American, anti-Women policy on their employees so I can do business elsewere!

It is truly a shame that this radical, activist court has made such a shameful train of bad decisions which will obviously require revisiting in the future. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@td1234 Is there a "religious freedom" to practice housing discrimination if you are a member of a white supremacist "Christian" organization that leases or sells property? Does "religious freedom" for corporate entities trump anti-discrimination laws governing gender, sexuality, disability status, or race?  "Faith" is a belief which cannot be proven by ordinary or practical means: this trait makes religion dangerous and disruptive to a functioning democratic-liberal society.  The Framers understood this fact.  That is why they chose to separate church and state in the Constitution. The conservative movement is no longer a reasonable force, one interested in stability or "tradition". Its members are RADICALS who want to fundamentally destroy and transform the standing bargains and norms which have guided American society and politics for decades.  So you see td1234 it's not about them not covering contraceptives but it has everything to do with the RADICAL agenda of the far right and this we can't allow.

BigHat
BigHat

@td1234 

'cuz Fox News says it will.   ..and everyone believes every word they say. 

TrueBlueDem
TrueBlueDem

Jason Carter could also use this as an example of the type of insidious insider dealings that have come from Georgia's two GOP Governors. Jason could take a pledge to never use the Governors Office to enrich himself through shady business deals.

td1234
td1234

@DS Not for millions of Georgia voters it has not sailed. Mark my words on it right here and now. 

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty Good thing the majority of voters in Georgia do not agree with your view. 

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@honested  " If any god wishes to step forward and identify it's omnipotence "

According to conservatives, he does that on a regular basis, talking to them, that is. How else can they be so sure of what god wants. Unfortunately, he/she doesn't converse with liberals regularly. I guess he/she figures it's not necessary since we uphold Christian values without the need for instruction or bowing to a little tin god.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@StraightNoChaser It was not absurd enough that this conservative court held that 'corporations are people,' they had to go beyond absurd to the utterly ridiculous with a ruling that they are not only people, but people wit religious beliefs. 

This country may never recover from the complete, utter disaster that was the bush presidencies, with a Middle East becoming an incubator for terrorists who without a doubt be launching attacks on the US from their newly formed strongholds in Iraq, tax cuts that have yet to produce a single job,the near collapse of the banking system, soaring deficits from tax cuts and the worst threat to our democracy in history, the appointments of thomas, alito, scalia and roberts which only compounded the disaster of raygun's appointment of kennedy.

I guess the day is not far off until Kroger refuses to allow you to buy groceries unless you recite the catechism at checkout, or AT&T doesn't allow 'sinful' performances to be shown on U Verse, and GM refuses to sell to muslims.  Sounds ridiculous, but no more ridiculous than saying those companies have 'religious beliefs.'

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@The_Centrist A federal grand jury is probing a Georgia ethics commission that cleared Gov. Nathan Deal of campaign finance violations during his run for governor in 2010.  The Associated Press reports the grand jury has subpoenaed two employees seeking documents related to the commission's investigation of Deal's campaign finances. A former employee, John Hair, also said he received a subpoena, the AP reported.~~~~~USA Today December 12, 2013.   

Investigation is not over.....  "Olens declines Carter's request for new Deal probe  "He referenced an ongoing probe of the commission by the state auditor as well as federal grand jury subpoenas issued late last year to five former and current commission employees.  "It would be counterproductive to interject the Department of Law into those pending investigations, particularly where the office has an ongoing statutory responsibility to provide legal representation to the commission," Olens wrote.~~~~By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press : June 27, 2014

You are the one who does not understand the facts if this federal grand jury find out that Deal should not have been cleared of any campaign finance violations that he really did violate federal law Nathan Deal's legal problems will just be starting.  Ask Jessie Jackson Jr. what the feds does to one who break campaign finance laws.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Astropig @honested @LHardingDawg "there's an American flag display case in there that I would like. Think I'll go in this evening and get it."

What, have they sold out of confederate flags?  I guess elbarkindawg bought all of them, along with all the "don't tread" flags, bumper stickers and decals.

honested
honested

@DS 

So much for 'stare decesis' (SP).

Remember when a 'conservative' court hewed to established precedent and an 'activist' court made law from the bench?

So what does it make these clowns?

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@honested This decision has the potential for unintended consequences and it will be revisited by the SCOTUS again once for-profit companies seek religion-based exemptions from regulations they deem offensive to their faiths. Corporations are going to lie, mislead, and exploit others for their own gain because that is their essential nature.  This court has exposed itself to the tricks, smoke, and mirrors of coporations to expand their power and protections from civil authority and the social compact.

td1234
td1234

@BigHat @td1234 I do not believe every word my wife says so all News agencies fall way below them. 


Now if you want to talk about truth meter then Fox has a way higher rating than any of the others. 

honested
honested

@td1234 @DS 

So marked, and so irrelevant.

What is it in the confederate mentality that requires one to hold so tightly to the lost causes of the past?

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@AuntieChrist speaking of AT&T I just dumped them found out they donated to Tea Party Radicals like Ted Cruz.  Not one more of my dollars will be spent on AT&T.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@StraightNoChaser - Wrong again.  He was not cleared.  He paid a fee and the case was closed.  But a Democrat in the Ethics Commission office would not let it go and wanted to subpoena others.  They did not go forward and the Commission's budget was cut including her salary.  She resigned and later filed a lawsuit in very friendly Democratic Fulton County where she got a settlement for being "forced out".  Another member of the Commission made a statement that she helped shield Deal and he "owed her".  That got the FBI's attention.  Deal denies it and is innocent until proven guilty.  Once again, Deal is not subject to an investigation.  Olens is certainly not going to help Carter with a politically motivated fishing expedition when he requested yet another "independent investigation", and told him in no uncertain terms:  "there is “no such thing” as an independent special assistant attorney general who can be tapped to investigate issues as a third party....While I have considered your letter in good faith, if you have a request in the future I would appreciate the courtesy of receiving it before you discuss it in the press, and with time to review it before it is attached to partisan fundraising appeals.

This is all politically motivated junk for which partisans like you pretend is real.  Your only hope of defeating a relatively popular incumbent Republican Governor in the red state of Georgia during a mid-term election when Obama is unpopular and Democrats are on the run nationwide is via a scandal.  It is July and your hopes of the FBI somehow pointing a finger at Deal (IF they are still looking at the Ethics Commission) by November are fading rapidly.

honested
honested

@StraightNoChaser 

Then, someday, when the 'French solution' is undertaken, I'm sure some bright conserrrrrvative will say "I thought they liked cake".

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@The_Centrist I'm only posting what was being reported accross the nation on Friday June 27, 2014 about Attorney General Olens decision. This is not something I am making up.  Google it, check the facts for yourself.  Hell write the feds yourself and give them your take on the investigation, let me know how that works out...Ha Ha Ha!  If he broke the law he broke the law, it has nothing to do with partisan wants or hopes.  No one put a gun to his head he made the uneducated, slick decission to break the law and thought that because he is now one of the 1%, I say now because when he was elected he was dead broke with one foot in bankruptcy court, he could get away with it. 

honested
honested

@The_Centrist 

So, in your vaunted opinion, when a republican commits a crime and a Democrat discovers it, all is forgiven?

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@StraightNoChaser - You are LEAPING to the conclusion Deal broke laws - that is what you making up.  There is no such charge, indictment, or any thing else other than the FBI investigating because a peon claimed she helped he "owes" her.  More than likely, it was just a silly comment trying to increase her importance.  Even if she did do something to block, divert, cover, color, whatever inside the Ethics Commission - it comes down on her unless real evidence of wrongdoing or Deal being involved came up.  That is an extremely far stretch - but all you and other partisan Democrats have - along with your gross, unfounded hyperbole.

DisgruntledTN
DisgruntledTN

@The_Centrist Based upon sworn testimony from the subject trial (that was neither rebutted nor impeached): 1)The investigation had revealed that Deal had likely funneled hundreds of thousands, if not millions campaign funds to directly benefit himself, his family, and his friends.  2) The investigators presented draft subpoenas to the Ethics Commissioners which would have recovered documentation to confirm (or refute) the fraudulent financing.  3) One of the Commissioners (Josh Bellinfante) who received the draft subpoenas called the Governor's office (Ryan Teague) to ask for recommendations to replace the Chief Investigator.  4) Teague called Holly Laberge to recruit her for the job.  5) LaBerge corresponded and had meetings with Bellinfante and another commissioner (Patrick Millsaps) and screened and altered LaBerge's (thin) resume.  6) AFTER all of this, the investigators were terminated or constructively terminated.  7) According to the jury, the investigators were fired so that the investigation would be shut down.

Taxpayers have now paid $3 Million to compensate those who were fired to protect the Governor's secret.  No one in government, not Deal, not Teague, not LaBerge, not the Commissioners, have been held accountable in any way.

So . . . Why do you suppose all of this happened?

honested
honested

@The_Centrist 

Are you really randy evans (deal's attorney who should be disbarred)?

You are so touchy about the common knowledge details that shady's campaign is operating under the delusion they have completely swept under the rug.

You better go read some outdated polls and see if it makes you feel better.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Centrist:

If you read and understand the verified facts of this case, and you still believe Deal is now in the clear, either you are smoking some serious weed or the facts simply don't mean very much to you. Federal Grand Juries have more important things to do than play petty politics. They are still investigating Deal and still issuing subpoenas. No one except them knows the scope of the investigation. No me, and not you. If Deal was in the clear, trust me, they would not still be issuing subpoenas. The hammer is going to drop on Deal. Mark my words.