Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives, was just forced to admit an ugly truth.
Steve Scalise is 49-years old, and has held public office since 1996. In 2008 he was elected to represent the people ofÂ Louisiana’sÂ 1stÂ district in the U.S. House of Representatives, after Bobby Jindal was elected governor. In just a few days he will become the House Majority Whip, the person responsible for ensuring the Republican agenda is fulfilled by convincing congressmen to vote the way he wants them to.
But just six years before coming the Washington, Scalise spoke before a White Supremacist groupÂ founded by former Ku Klux Klan (KKK) grand wizardÂ David Duke.Â
The Washington Post is confirming that Scalise, who earlier today could not rememberÂ delivering the speech, indeed did speak before theÂ European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), which appears on theÂ Southern Poverty Law Center’s list ofÂ active White Nationalist hate groups.
“In 2002,” Rep. Scalise’s spokesperson Moira BagleyÂ said today, “he made himself available to anyone who wanted to hear his proposal to eliminate slush funds that wasted millions of taxpayer dollars as well as his opposition to a proposed tax increase on middle-class families.”
â€œHe has never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question,” Bagley added.Â “The hate-fueled ignorance and intolerance that group projects is in stark contradiction to what Mr. Scalise believes and practices as a father, a husband, and a devoted Catholic.”
Louisiana political blogger Lamar White, Jr., broke the storyÂ yesterday, reporting that “Scalise was reportedly armed with a microphone at the Landmark Best Western in Metairie and talking about tax policy to an international conventionâ€¦ of white supremacists and neo-Nazis.”
Some responses via Twitter:
â€” Shoq (@Shoq) December 29, 2014
Steve Scalise probably taking crisis management advice from David Vitter, who somehow survived the D.C. Madam scandal.
â€” Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) December 29, 2014
Not buying Scalise’s excuses. You can’t be an elected Republican in Louisiana and not know the name David Duke.
â€” Zeddonymous (@ZeddRebel) December 29, 2014
â€” Sanho Tree (@SanhoTree) December 29, 2014
â€” Joe Conason (@JoeConason) December 29, 2014
â€” Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) December 29, 2014
Scalise railed against the Housing & Urban development fund & voted against a MLK holiday but he’s totally not racist. Wink, wink.
â€” Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) December 29, 2014
“I was unaware that I was addressing a convention of Nazis” is not such a great excuse, as excuses go: http://t.co/v8FeE5kaXy
â€” Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) December 29, 2014
Remember that in 2002 — the same year Scalise may have spoken to a David Duke group — Senate R’s booted Lott for his Thurmond comments.
â€” Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) December 29, 2014
Somewhere, Frank Underwood is laughing at Steve Scalise.
â€” Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections) December 29, 2014
â€” DynamicScoringIsShit (@Beau1u) December 29, 2014
But Scalise spokesperson says he was unaware of group’s “hate-fueled ignorance and intolerance” at the time, poorly staffed
â€” Robert Costa (@costareports) December 29, 2014
Scalise allies say he was unaware of the group’s associations at the time. A Nexis search shows EURO/Duke got sig. press in 2002.
â€” Robert Costa (@costareports) December 29, 2014
From a 2004 post on Stormfront pic.twitter.com/99wEqSCg8V
â€” Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) December 29, 2014
Also, these updates:
2008: Steve Scalise implied that the guy he was running against was Muslim (3rd circle)- I still have this flier. pic.twitter.com/Hxl5OM4FcA
â€” Neal Boyd (@grimcity) June 19, 2014
Image of Rep. Scalise by Gage Skidmore via Flickr
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Florida Christian School Warns Parents All LGBTQ Students ‘Will Be Asked to Leave Immediately’
Citing the Book of Leviticus a Florida K-12 private Christian school is telling parents any student found to be LGBTQ will be asked to leave “immediately.”
NBC News reports it “obtained an email from the Grace Christian School in Valrico, about 20 miles east of Tampa, sent before the beginning of the school year by Administrator Barry McKeen.”
The school’s email lumps being LGBTQ, or engaging in acts including “bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography” as “lifestyles.”
“We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgender identity/lifestyle, self-identification, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful in the sight of God and the church (Genesis 2:24; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; I Corinthians 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:2-7),” the email reads. “Students who are found participating in these lifestyles will be asked to leave the school immediately,”
NBC News says the “June 6 correspondence to parents cited scripture and said that students will be referred to by the ‘gender on their birth certificates’ during the school year beginning this month. While the email refers to ‘biological gender,’ the National Institute of Health defines ‘gender’ as a social construct, as opposed to ‘sex,’ which is the biological difference between females and males.”
On its website Grace Christian says annual fees are up to $6595, plus items including books and other fees.
“It is our desire to provide the best Christian education and training for ALL children, for God is not a respecter of persons,” Grace Christian says. It calls “humanism, materialism, secularism, and New Age” philosophies “godless.”
The school’s website also says, “Students are only admitted when the administration believes that the parents and their church are in full support of the purposes and policies of the School. Expressions of dissention or lack of support for the School’s mission, policies, or leadership are grounds for dismissal of any students of a family in which such action occurs.”
“ALL STUDENTS are expected to abide by rules set forth by the administration. Attendance at Grace Christian School is considered a privilege and not a right. Students forfeit this privilege if they do not conform to the standards and ideals set forth by the administration. The school may insist on the withdrawal of any student that, in the opinion of the administration, does not conform to the spirit of the ministry.”
Watch: McConnell Blasts GOP ‘Candidate Quality’ as He Admits Democrats Likely to Keep Senate
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a surprising admission Thursday: the GOP’s candidates running for Senate may not be good enough for Republicans to take control of the chamber he once led as Majority Leader.
“I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate,” McConnell responded when asked at a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon about his projections for the upcoming November elections, as NBC News reported.
“Senate races are just different,” he explained. “Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.”
“Right now, we have a 50-50 Senate and a 50-50 country, but I think when all is said and done this fall, we’re likely to have an extremely close Senate, either our side up slightly or their side up slightly,” McConnell added, wrongly.
The country is not 50-50.
According to a Gallup poll conducted over a three week period in July, 28% of Americans identify as Republican, 29% as Democratic, and 41% as independent.
Thanks in large part to Donald Trump, “candidate quality” is definitely a challenge for the GOP.
There are 35 Senate seats up for (re)election in November, 14 are held by Democrats and 21 by Republicans. Possibly sensing the headwinds five GOP Senators and just one Democratic Senator are not running for reelection and are retiring.
The GOP pulling cash out of races it may think its candidates cannot win.
“As midterm election campaigns heat up in the Senate’s top battlegrounds, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is canceling millions of dollars of ad spending, sending GOP campaigns and operatives into a panic and upending the committee’s initial spending plan,” Politico on Monday reported.
Meanwhile, FiveThirtyEight currently shows Democrats have a 64 in 100 chance of retaining the Senate, a number that’s been growing: On July 22 it was 50-50.
Watch Leader McConnell below or at this link:
“I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate … Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome.”
— Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell does not sound too confident in Republicans’ ability to retake the Senate pic.twitter.com/XK8G451i01
— The Recount (@therecount) August 18, 2022
Herschel Walker Raked in Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Giving Paid Speeches While a Candidate for Senate: Report
Like nearly every candidate for elected office, entrepreneur and former NFL star Herschel Walker, the Republican Party’s nominee for a U.S. Senate seat from Georgia, has been giving speeches since he announced his run for office. Unlike nearly every candidate for public office, Walker has been charging for those speeches.
Not entrance fees for an audience to hear him speak, but actual speaking fees, paid by lobbying groups and even non-profits like a Boys & Girls Club in Georgia.
And he’s racked up big money doing it as a declared candidate for elected office.
The fees he says on his disclosure form he’s received range from $12,000 to $60,000.
After having served as a U.S. Senator and then as a U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was flogged by Republicans for giving paid speeches after leaving the Obama administration, during the time she was a private citizen and far from declaring any intention to run for office.
But Walker is making money as a candidate for elected office, according to The Daily Beast’s Roger Sollenberg.
A lot of money.
“Herschel Walker—who has so far only agreed to participate in the one debate that provides topics in advance—has earned $569,000 in speaking fees since Jan. 2021,” Sollenberger reports, citing Walker’s financial disclosure.
“More than half” of that $569,000 “came after he launched his Senate campaign last August.”
That means Walker has raked in well over a quarter million dollars while a declared candidate for public office.
NCRM examined Walker’s annual SEC filing, dated August 15, 2022. It lists his declaration of candidacy for office as August 24, 2021.
In February of this year Walker was paid $60,000 by the University of North Texas for its Kuehne Speaker Series. Last year, before officially declaring as a candidate for office Walker was paid $35,000 by the All Sports Association, and $25,000 by the Boys & Girls Club of Gainesville, Georgia.
These payments and many others – 21 in total – are listed under the section titled “Honoraria Payments or Payments to Charity in Lieu of Honoraria.” The filing asks, “Did any individual or organization pay you or your spouse more than $200, or donate any amount to a charity on your or your spouse’s behalf, for an article, speech, or appearance?”
Walker answered “Yes.”
The filing asks, “Who received payment?” For each of the 21 entries Walker indicated “Self.”
Under “Activity,” each response was “Speech.”
There are many others.
Three days after officially declaring himself a candidate Walker was paid $35,000 by the Texas Bankers Association. A few days later $20,000 by the Georgia Realtors Association. $35,000 in October by the Baldwin County Community Drug Foundation.
In December of last year the Atlana Journal-Constitution reported Walker is “the richest man in Georgia Senate race.”
“U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker is worth somewhere between $29 million and $65 million, and he pulled down about $4 million in income from late 2020 through late 2021, according to financial disclosures he filed late Wednesday,” the paper reported.
“About $400,000 of his earnings were from speeches he delivered to over a dozen groups, including charities such as the Boys and Girls Club that paid him as much as $27,000,” the Journal-Constitution confirmed at the time.
Walker, who was the subject of great controversy after The Daily Beast revealed in a series of reports that Walker, despite criticizing Black men for being absent fathers, has three secret children, and says he lied to his own campaign about their existence. In addition to his adult son, a popular social media influencer. One of the three is an adult but the other two and young children.
Walker has also taken money for speaking to anti-abortion organizations.
“He was paid $20,000 in October to speak to the Mid City Women’s Clinic in Hurst, Texas, and $27,000 in November to speak to the Pregnant Choice medical group in Augusta. Both are among a network of clinics that seek to deter abortions.”
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