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Runaway Senator Pedro Espada Grabs Power, Hijacks NY Senate

New York State Senator Pedro Espada, who last Monday stole the presidency of the Senate, only to find himself in a dead-even tie when his under criminal-investigation counterpart Hiram Monserrate flip-flopped back to the Democratic party, yesterday announced, “I can have two votes!” Yes, the most-American idea of one man, one vote, to Pedro Espada, a man under numerous criminal investigations by numerous bodies, has decided that he can re-interpret the rules of the New York State Senate to give himself two (count ’em – TWO) votes; one vote for being a senator, one vote for being the “acting” lieutenant governor. Never, never in the history of this country has one man ever legally had two votes. As a matter of fact, when the president invokes the 14th Amendment, and there is no Vice President, the Speaker of he House has to resign before taking the oath to be the President of the United States temporarily. Perhaps Senator Espada should consider that alternative.

We all know Espada. You knew him as a kid. He’s the neighborhood bully. Unchecked, figured out at an early age that rules only apply if you get caught. Figured out at an early age that most people are too afraid or too busy or too powerless – or think they are – to stop someone who thinks they’re unstoppable. The problem is that this game of his has gone on far too long. And we, the citizens of the Empire State, are paying a dear price. (There’s a joke floating around Twitter right now about Espada: “Senator Palpatine called- he’d like the New York Senate back.” Only, it’s not funny.)

In fact, Espada is playing a game of chicken right now. Instead of saying, “Oh my God, I’m in trouble. I’m being investigated left and right,” Espada is taking the offense and filing a complaint with State Inspector General Joseph Fisch for “prosecutorial misconduct and selective prosecution.” PolitickerNY reports, “Espada hasn’t rebutted any of the charges against him, focusing instead on his record of public service and the fact that his constituents have elected him.” Well, that’s a strategy, and we’ll take a look at Espada’s career of corruption. But this quick note, first:

Senator Pedro Espada, Jr., is the author of the gay rights bill sitting in Albany, awaiting a vote. He claims tirelessly he wants to see a vote on it, calling it his “signature legislation.” I don’t care. I certainly care about marriage equality and about LGBTQ rights. But I care more about good governance and the reputation of the people of New York State than I can about a bill, even a gay rights bill. So, in the interest of good governance and pride in my state, I will continue to work to expose Senator Espada for the fraud and offense to the people he claims to represent, because New York deserves better.

But it’s not just the gay marriage bill that is affected. The New York Times reported yesterday,

“The Assembly has passed dozens of bills in recent weeks that would allow counties to charge additional sales tax. But those bills have been bottled up in the Senate, which has not taken action on a single piece of legislation since June 8.

“That’s the thing that I think is being missed by most people,” said Joanne M. Mahoney, county executive for Onondaga County, which includes Syracuse. “I don’t know if they realize this has very real consequences for us on the local level. This pays for our schools, our public safety. It’s $40 million for our budget.”

And yes, you absolutely can blame Sneator Espada, more than any other Senator, for this disaster.

So, what’s Senator Espada up against? He’s being accused and/or investigated for the following:

Espada is accused of not living in his district, although he claims he does, and is required to as terms of his being a State Senator. The Bronx DA is investigating. He could lose his Senate seat for this issue alone.

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is investigating Espada’s use of his Soundview Health Clinic for personal political reasons.

Espada owes more than $60,000 in fines because he refuses to file campaign finance reports. The New York Times notes, “It is not the first time he has run afoul of the State Board of Elections: His 2000 Senate campaign was fined for failing to submit finance reports.”

Speaking of interesting campaign contributions and pandering, Espada is chairman of the Senate Housing Committee. He has effectively squashed a bill that would have cost landlords and the New York housing industry billions of dollars, and saved his constituents and many renters in New York billions of dollars.

And to all this, Espada replies, “They hate me because I’m not perfect.”

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‘This Is Insane’: Experts Blast McCarthy After He Approves George Santos Attending Classified Briefing on China

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U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY), under multiple state and federal investigations, and even a criminal fraud investigation in Brazil, recently stepped down from his committee assignments pending House ethics investigations, but on Thursday he will be allowed to attend a classified briefing by the Pentagon on threats from China.

Santos is facing numerous investigations, including ongoing, pending, or possible investigations from the U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Nassau District Attorney, the Queens District Attorney, the New York State Attorney General, along with the House Ethics Committee.

CNN’s Manu Raju Wednesday afternoon reports: “Asked Speaker McCarthy if he’s OK with George Santos attending tomorrow’s classified briefing on China. ‘Yes,’ he told me.”

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Experts are expressing outrage, and are calling allowing Santos to gain access to classified information a “threat to our national security.”

“George Santos should not be getting access to classified information,” the government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) immediately responded.

Last month CREW published a report that states: “George Santos should not get intelligence information.”

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“Santos’s misrepresentations of large swaths of his background have proven his tendency to lie for power and personal gain. It is clear that he has not demonstrated the trustworthiness necessary to guard our country’s most closely guarded secrets,” it reads.

“Santos’s serial misrepresentations of the truth about a vast array of subjects have demonstrated an astonishing level of untrustworthiness,” CREW President Noah Bookbinder says in the report. “It would be a threat to our national security to allow him to serve on any committee where he would gain access to national intelligence.”

Retired U.S. Naval War College professor Tom Nichols, an academic specialist on international affairs including Russia, nuclear weapons, and national security affairs, tweeted: “This is insane.”

Just last month Speaker McCarthy banned two top House Democrats, Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff, from returning to the Intelligence Committee. While he claimed it was for national security reasons, some believe it was retribution for their roles in prosecuting Donald Trump’s impeachments.

“I cannot put partisan loyalty ahead of national security, and I cannot simply recognize years of service as the sole criteria for membership on this essential committee. Integrity matters more,” McCarthy wrote in a letter.

 

 

 

 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene During House Hearing: It’s ‘Against the Law’ to Ban My Twitter Account

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Members of Congress have access to vast resources to conduct the people’s business, including on-staff attorneys and the ability to contract experts, yet on Wednesday U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) appeared to shun those assets while appearing before the TV cameras while misrepresenting federal law. She falsely declared that Twitter banning her personal account was “against the law,” and a violation of her First Amendment rights as she made clear she will use her newly-restored committee assignments to spread falsehoods, misinformation, and disinformation.

Greene now sits on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee. During its third hearing of the year, “Protecting Speech from Government Interference and Social Media Bias: Twitter’s Role in Suppressing the Biden Laptop Story,” Greene appeared determined to extract vengeance for her personal Twitter account being permanently “suspended” – banned –before Elon Musk purchased the company and restored accounts of countless extremists.

At the beginning of her remarks Greene mentioned the witnesses, including former Twitter executives, and said: “You can consider your speech canceled during my time because you permanently canceled mine.”

“You see, you permanently banned my personal Twitter account, and it was my campaign account also, so let’s talk about election interference, shall we?”

“Let’s explain 52 United States law 10101: ‘No person shall intimidate, threaten or coerce or attempt to stop any other person for the purpose of interfering with their rights to vote or to vote as you may choose,'” Greene said, reading inaccurately from 52 U.S.C. 10101.

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For reasons unknown, Congresswoman Greene decided that federal voting rights law applies to Twitter. It does not.

“You didn’t shadow ban or permanently ban my Democrat opponent,” Greene charged. “No, you did that to me. And that was wrong and it was against the law.”

It is not against the law for Twitter to shadow ban or permanently ban anyone, even a Member of Congress and their personal Twitter account.

“You see, not only that, was it was it me, that you violated my First Amendment rights, you violated countless conservative Americans,” she said, which again is false. The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

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Greene pushed forward.

“These were doctors that were trying to tell the truth about COVID,” she said, of people spreading false or misleading information and disinformation. “Doctors that were having success treating people with ivermectin that you all would not allow to be talked about.”

The FDA has made clear ivermectin is not a treatment for COVID-19: “The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals. Ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea.”

“These were parents complaining about their school boards, teaching gender lies in their schools, biological males entering their daughter’s bathrooms and sports,” she complained. “These were also people questioning the 2020 election. And guess what? That’s Americans’ First Amendment right. These were people talking about voting machines. You know what? Democrats did that in 2019 before the 2020 election,” she claimed.

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‘Let’s Be Blunt’: Bannon Blasts Huckabee Sanders as ‘Not Intellectually Capable’ After ‘Insulting’ SOTU Response

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Arkansas Republican Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered the Republican Party’s official response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address and was panned from all sides.

Many on the left were angered and outraged as she attacked LGBTQ and Black Americans in a lengthy speech that was tall on culture war rhetoric and extremism and short on policy or vision.

But even those on the right seems exasperated with her remarks.

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Lou Dobbs, the far-right-wing culture warrior and former Fox Business anchor, told former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon that Huckabee Sanders’ speech was “unacceptable,” and, “an insult to President Trump” for “not mentioning his name,” as Media Matters reports.

“Sarah Huckabee went to Iraq with the President,” Dobbs recalled, which the former White House press secretary spent an unusually large portion of her remarks discussing, “and the First Lady in the dark of night, for Christmas, with our troops.”

“To not mention is name, to talk about ‘new leadership’ – it looked like the Governor’s Association had written much of that speech, and aligned themselves with Ron DeSantis,” Dobbs lamented, calling it a “lack of respect to POTUS.”

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Bannon, convicted on two federal criminal contempt charges, agreed that her remarks were “an insult to Trump.”

“She does not exist, politically, if it’s not for President Trump,” Bannon continued. “I thought the speech was terrible.”

“If you’re going to give a counter speech, you’ve got to talk about important issues. Don’t get me wrong, the wokeism is very important. But it’s not quite the heart of the matter right now, right? It’s not the heart of the matter. She is not — the reason is she’s just not — she’s not intellectually capable of going to the heart of the matter, right? Let’s be blunt.”

“This was like written by Ron DeSantis and the entire RGA,” Bannon said, referring to the Republican Governors’ Association.

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