Will YOU vote?

You can be certain that in 2020
Republicans, Neo-Nazis, Fascists, and Tea Partiers
will be back at the polls,
exercising their right to vote.

So should YOU.


I know I will.

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Robert S. Mueller's Letter to William Barr (27 March 2019): Re: Report of the Special Counsel on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election and Obstruction of Justice (March 2019)


Robert S. Mueller, III
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March 27, 2019

The Honorable William P. Barr
Attorney General of the United States
Department of Justice
Washington, D.C.

Re: Report of the Special Counsel on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election and Obstruction of Justice (March 2019)
Dear Attorney General Barr:
I previously sent you a letter dated March 25, 2019, that enclosed the introduction and executive summary for each volume of the Special Counsel’s report marked with redactions to remove any information that potentially could be protected by Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e); that concerned declination decisions; or that related to a charged case. We also had marked an additional two sentences for review and have now confirmed that these sentences can be released publicly.
Accordingly, the enclosed documents are in a form that can be released to the public consistent with legal requirements and Department policies. I am requesting that you provide these materials to Congress and authorize their public release at this time. [March 27, 2019] (Italics and highlighting by admin.)
As we stated in our meeting of March 5 and reiterated to the Department early in the afternoon of March 24, the introductions and executive summaries of our two-volume report accurately summarize this Office’s work and conclusions. The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions. We communicated that concern to the Department on the morning of March 25. There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations. See Department of Justice, Press Release (May 17, 2017).
While we understand that the Department is reviewing the full report to determine what is appropriate for public release — a process that our Office is working with you to complete — that process need not delay release of the enclosed materials. Release at this time would alleviate the misunderstandings that have arisen and would answer congressional and public questions about the nature and outcome of our investigation. It would also accord with the standard for public release of notifications to Congress cited in your letter. See 28 C.F.R. § 609(c) (“the Attorney General may determine that public release” of congressional notifications “would be in the public interest”).
Sincerely yours,
Robert S. Mueller, III
Special Counsel


Saturday, April 27, 2019

Vet Our Democratic Candidates NOW!

Oy! Look Who Looms Over the Democratic Candidates
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As depicted in the above image, 45 (I refuse to say his name) looms large over our 2020 candidates – the orange elephant in the room, so to speak.
April 27, 2019: It’s not too early to get serious.
My Facebook friend Diana Manister is urging all Democratic voters to begin vetting the Democratic voters and weighing the pros and cons of the current slate.
Why?
Because, if we don’t, the GOP will find the weakest spots of our candidates and zero in on them at a most crucial time – say October 2020 – when, perhaps, it would be too late.
Diana is right that we need to get the negatives out now and not after the nomination. The negatives don’t have to be deal killers, but it’s easier to defuse them early in the game and not when they will have the most impact.
Also, weighing the pros and cons can help voters to make informed decisions at primary and caucus times.
There is a way to do this vetting in a positive manner without demonizing anyone; there is a way to articulate our views and findings in a positive or, at best, neutral manner.
It never helps to call a candidate a “corporate whore” or a “communist.” One never wins hearts and support with such language – it just makes supporters dig in deeper.
I will block such folks on Facebook and delete hater comments on this site. I no longer have the patience for such garbage.
Give me specifics, such as “So and so took $$,$$$ in oil money from X company in 20XX.” And back it up with proof – links to credible sources.
Otherwise, just stay away from my Facebook threads and this site.
For example, I recently shared on Facebook that Joe Biden had some health issues, namely two aneurysms 20 years ago. I included this link from CNN and the caveat that he has been aneurysm-free since and that it was not likely that the aneurysms would recur (according to Dr. Sanjay Gupta). But I felt it was something voters should know about.
Save your vitriol for 45, who deserves it more than any of our candidates.
I’m going to try like hell to present my comments in a better way than I have in the past, even Bernie Sanders, who I don’t like very much. But he does bring something to the table, so it would be a good idea to listen before writing him off totally.
I just hope enough of us care enough about our Democracy to do the work necessary to find the right nominee -- and he or she may be our personal 4th or 5th choice.
Get over it.
Vetting Democrats is Not Eating Our Own, a short article, expands a bit on what I’m trying to say.



Sunday, April 21, 2019

Edquina Washington, Candidate for York City Council (York, Pennsylvania)

Edquina Washington, York City Council (Pennsylvania)
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Edquina Washington, Member of York City Council
101 S. George St., York, PA 17401
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 509
York, PA 17405
Phone: (717) 849-2246 | Fax: (717) 812-0557 | Mobile: (717) 456-0896

It is true that all politics are local – at the very least, that’s where it begins.
Local politicians hold a lot of power over our daily lives, so it is important to select the ones whose values align with our own.
Edquina Washington is such a person for York City Council. She is currently running for her seat on council – to fill a vacancy, she was appointed to her current position in January 2018.
The Pennsylvania primary for 2019 will be held on May 21, 2019.

BACKGROUND
Edquina Washington, a Democrat, was appointed to York City Council on January 24, 2018, to fill a vacancy to serve until the first Monday of January 2020. Edquina is Chair of the Police & Fire Committees of Council and is a member of the Business Administration Committee.
With over 10 years of experience in government relations in both state and local government, Edquina has gained varied levels of experience in building strategic partnerships and relationships, nonprofit leadership, advocacy, innovative program development, successful promotional and communication campaigns, fundraising, and community relations.
She understands firsthand the importance and significance of City of York government and the development of substantial legislation and strategies that enhance and positively impact our community, as well as the level of leadership, experience, and boldness that being a York City Council person entails.
During her career as the Director of Community Relations for the City of York, Edquina spearheaded communications and media plans, as well as assisted with the advocacy efforts relative to municipal pension reform, gun control reform, public education policies, and immigration reform, to name a few.
She has also spearheaded the development and implementation of several national initiatives within our community. With direct experience working in state legislature, Edquina served as a Legislative Assistant for the 95th District, having worked both in the district office and in Harrisburg.
Her elevated level of leadership abilities is also evidenced through her volunteerism on several Authorities, Boards, and Commissions throughout York County.
Edquina states, “My passion for public service, commitment and leadership in our community, forward thinking approaches, cross sector relationship building, and strategic community development that enhances the lives of community members, serves as my motivation to advance and further assist our community.”
Edquina holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Corrections from York College of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Human Services from Capella University.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Vote Blue, No Matter Who

Vote Blue, No Matter Who
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In 2020, my vote will go Democratic.

For the 2020 primary, I already have a candidate in mind, but I will...

Vote Blue, No Matter Who.

I will vote a straight Democratic ticket.

Why?

Because I am TIRED of a congress that works only for the rich, a Do-Nothing Congress, an obstructionist Congress, whose main objective is to rob from the poor and middle class and give to the rich, fat cat companies who have insulted the American people by moving jobs to China and other places.

To all you registered middle class Republicans:
Your party honchos don't care about YOU or your needs.

They want NO government controls on business-run-amok, and yet they want to wield complete government control over YOUR body and take away your right to choose your marriage partner--if you happen to be gay.

They want to take away your Social Security, and if you happen to be on disability or welfare, they want to take that away as well.

Their philosophy:
The marketplace should decide YOUR fate.

Your neighbors are responsible for taking care of you, except that they don't and won't. EVER. They have their own problems.

Your church should support you in your time of need, except that they can't and won't. From time to time, they might throw you a slice of stale bread, but they won't support you long term.

Health insurance is BIG business in the Republican party, and they LOVE the status quo. They want to control who can get medical insurance by allowing insurance companies to deny you coverage based on your medical condition or charge you so much that you can't possibly afford even basic coverage.
The radical religious right talks about how the Democrats advocate "Death Panels," but doesn't address the de facto death panels when medical treatment is denied because you can't pay for it. If you have a medical condition that is expensive to treat, you WILL be denied treatment. The Republicans would rather see you die than lose one cent of profit.
The 100% free marketplace gives to charity only when they can deduct it from their taxes, and if you think that Big Business will take of the working poor, guess again.

So all you gun totin', God lovin', Fox News watching, financially struggling conservatives, you would do well to take a serious look at what your party has to offer YOU.

Not much, I'm afraid.

We have seen the effects of a white nationalist in the White House -- and it isn't pretty.

And if he and a Republican Congress and Senate win in 2020, this country will be uglier than it is now.

Vote Blue, No Matter Who