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Steve King claims Democrats attempting to cover up their own crimes by impeaching Trump

by Dave Dreeszen

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. House moved toward a historic impeachment vote Wednesday, Rep. Steve King rushed to President Donald Trump's defense, accusing Democrats of bringing impeachment charges to cover up "the largest and most massive cover-up of such a list of crimes against our country."

The House impeachment resolution accused Trump of abusing the power of his office by pressuring Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Democrats and his 2020 political rival Joe Biden, and then tried to obstruct the investigation in Congress like “no other'' president in history.

During Wednesday's debate, King took to the House floor to insist Democrats had it all backwards.

"And I would take you back to in October of 2015 when Barack Obama said, ‘Hillary Clinton would never intend to jeopardize our national security.’ Again, the following April, the next month, (former FBI agent) Peter Strzok wrote the statement that was delivered by (former FBI director) James Comey. And they’ve spent Democrat money and Hillary Clinton money in Russia to pick up dirt on Donald Trump! " King told the House.

Read more: https://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/steve-king-claims-democrats-attempting-to-cover-up-their-own/article_e5cedec9-bf89-5aae-8ef5-d5d2029bb2ef.html

We've failed Cory Booker

By Athena Gilbraith

Cory Booker, senator from New Jersey, presidential candidate, and a Black man with local family roots, should easily be polling in first place. Iowans are no fools and we usually don’t get it wrong, but I’m afraid we will this time. Much of the punditry that questions Iowa’s first in the nation status will have a stronger case, and the state will have less of an argument. The 2020 caucus is riding on our choice and we are about to choose wrong.

It’s not difficult to see exactly why Cory Booker isn’t doing better in the polling. It’s just difficult for Iowans to admit — It’s race. It is race, it is race, it is absolutely race.

The first thing that will come to mind is 2008, however. Since Iowa Democratic caucus-goers launched Barack Obama toward the nomination, and Iowans elected a Black man in November, the question of race seems more like an accusation rather than a fact.

Is it possible to measure racism? Even with Iowa’s 91 percent white population, it seemed as if the state had learnt that racial composition was irrelevant. Even people of color in Iowa believed in the feedback of an Obama presidency. A closer look will show that not much has shifted locally. ”So goes Iowa, so goes the nation.”

Read more: https://www.bleedingheartland.com/2019/12/18/weve-failed-cory-booker/

Bill to put photo IDs on food stamp cards returned to Ohio Senate committee

By Susan Tebben

The Ohio Senate will reconsider a bill regarding photo identification on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program after sending it back to committee Tuesday in the last Senate session of the calendar year.

Senate Bill 165 was re-referred back to the Rules and Reference Committee with no other explanation and no objection from the senate members.

The bill would require a color photo on the front of SNAP debit cards, also referred to as food stamps or EBT. The photo would have to be of at least one adult member of the household eligible for the nutrition assistance.

SNAP benefits are available for residents whose gross monthly income is at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level. In 2019, that meant a family of four making less than $25,750 per year.

Read more: https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2019/12/19/bill-to-put-photo-ids-on-food-stamp-cards-returned-to-ohio-senate-committee/

Control over the Ohio Supreme Court is on the ballot in 2020

By Tyler Buchanan

There will not be any drama on primary election night for the two Ohio Supreme Court seats.

The General Election in November 2020, though, should have plenty.

Incumbent Justices Sharon Kennedy and Judith French, both Republicans, are running for reelection. Two Democratic candidates have filed to run against them: John O’Donnell against Kennedy, and Jennifer Brunner against French.

With the uncontested primaries merely an afterthought, the four candidates will spend the next 11 months preparing for a high-profile election with a presidential race and a slate of congressional seats also on the ballot.

At stake is the political make-up of the entire court. Republicans currently have a 5-2 majority, but if O’Donnell and Brunner sweep the two races, that would give Democrats a narrow 4-3 edge.

Read more: https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2019/12/19/control-over-the-ohio-supreme-court-is-on-the-ballot-in-2020/

Minnesota Teamsters end strike against distributor that supplies local grocery stores

Striking Teamsters in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana will return to work after a food distributor that supplies grocery stores has agreed to talks.

Nearly 160 workers at a Fort Wayne, Ind., United Natural Foods distribution site had been on strike since Dec. 13. The members of the Teamsters Local 414 accused the company — with corporate offices in Minnesota — of unfair labor practices, according to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

Other Teamsters locals at United Natural Foods sites in Hopkins and Green Bay, Wis., joined the strike on Tuesday. About 700 members of Teamsters Local 120 were involved in the Minnesota strike. In all, about 1,000 union members were on strike, according to the Journal Gazette.

The company said the strike would be over Wednesday evening.

Read more: https://www.twincities.com/2019/12/18/mn-teamsters-strike-distributor-united-natural-foods-unfi/

Is Klobuchar's surge in Iowa a big deal?

By Eric Ostermeier

After stringing together a series of generally well-reviewed debate performances, Amy Klobuchar received what was perhaps the biggest news of her campaign this week when a new Emerson College poll found she had reached double-digits (10 percent) for the first time in a non-partisan poll of Iowa Democrats since entering the race.

Performing well in the neighboring state of Iowa on Feb. 3 has been a crucial component to the Minnesota U.S. senator’s campaign strategy; she is not as well known nationwide as frontrunners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren or even upstart South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

While it is not clear if this single poll is the beginning of a bona fide, sustained surge in Iowa Democratic support for Klobuchar, it does generally conform with results of other recent surveys – that she sits atop the ‘second tier’ candidates in Iowa.

Klobuchar had previously received at least five percent support in each of the four public polls of Iowa Democrats released in November by Monmouth University, CBS News, Des Moines Register/CNN, and Iowa State University.

Read more: https://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2019/12/is-klobuchars-surge-in-iowa-a-big-deal/

Minnesota legislators clash over insulin-funding plan

By Jessie Van Berkel

The first public meeting of a working group on insulin accessibility showed little progress Wednesday as Minnesota lawmakers remained at odds over how to operate and pay for an emergency program to help diabetics secure the lifesaving drug.

Republicans and Democrats, who have been meeting over the past two months, both want patients who are having a crisis to immediately get insulin they can afford. They also want to connect people with long-term health care coverage to prevent future emergencies for those dealing with the skyrocketing cost of insulin.

But shortly after legislators kicked off the meeting of their insulin assistance working group, lingering divisions were quickly evident.

“We’ve been talking past each other for months now,” Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, said as the two sides diverged over the logistics of how to dispense emergency supplies of the drug.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/legislators-clash-over-insulin-funding-plan/566319452/

Minnesota 'Democrat' Collin Peterson (sigh) votes against impeachment

by Hannah Jones

On Wednesday, Blue Dog Democrat, U.S. Representative, and man who reportedly did not vote (!) in the 2016 presidential election Collin Peterson was one of the only two Democratic holdouts in the House’s impeachment vote against President Donald Trump.

The resolution passed this morning at 228 to 197, with Peterson and New Jersey Democrat Jeff Van Drew opposed.


Credit where credit is due, we suppose. Peterson has been swearing he’d do this for months, and back in September told MinnPost anyone who thought “a partisan impeachment process would constrain President Trump” was “fooling themselves.” The whole shebang would be too “divisive,” Peterson said.

Progressive Twitter is still catching up, with many just finding out about Peterson’s stance and track record. They can’t believe what they’re seeing.

Read more: http://www.citypages.com/news/minnesota-democrat-collin-peterson-sigh-votes-against-impeachment/566312651

American Dream--or Nightmare?

Ed Raymond

I have been told my French ancestors lived in Normandy in the last half of the 18th Century and some of them used pitchforks for a living. I often wonder if any of them took part in the storming of the Bastille in Paris on July 14, 1789, an act which started the French Revolution. The Bastille was a medieval stone fortress turned into a prison by the French monarchy to hold political opponents and assorted criminals. The fortress represented royal power and authority in a country of 26 million, the most populated country in Europe. Louis XVI had a bad habit of spending piles of money on himself and getting into wars with neighbors.

He also supported Americans against the British in the American Revolution. France was bankrupt from wars. King Louis decided to raise regressive taxes on the 99 Percent. Many peasants in the 99 Percent were landowners and wanted more. A large population demanded more food and consumer goods. Feudalism had just about ended. 17th Century philosophers and historians had sparked thoughts about freedom and social reforms among the pissants and peasants. Louis the XVI decided to raise taxes on the 99 Percent and leave the One Percent alone. Sounds quite a bit like 2019 in the U.S., doesn’t it? To make a long story short, the tax increases blew the top off the smoldering cauldron of outraged French citizens.

The Bastille was attacked. A total of 98 pitchforkers were killed by the garrison soldiers and only one defender died. But after the attack, two heads were on pikes outside of the walls that were formerly 0n the torsos of the governor and commanding officer of the Bastille. This was the start of the French Revolution, resulting in the removal of many heads of the One Percent by the guillotine, known as the Great French Razor. Queen Marie Antoinette’s head bounced into the head basket allegedly because she repeated infamous words used by Louis’s former wives: “Let them eat cake!” The pissants and peasants had no bread to eat. This is probably why my ancestors came to Quebec, moved to Manitoba for good farmland, and later decided to move to Wisconsin and then Minnesota. It’s quite a migration over several generations.

The Same Conditions That Existed In 18th Century France Exist Here Today

The modern rape and pillage of middle classes in England and the United States started in the 1980’s with Margaret Thatcher in England and Ronald Reagan in the United States. Both the English Conservatives and the American corporations wanted cheap labor. American corporations sent labor contractors called “coyotes” into Latin America to recruit labor to fill meat, chicken, and seafood packing plants. Cheap labor came by the millions, decimating unions and their negotiated benefits. It is against the law to hire undocumented workers in the U.S. Gee, government officials owned by the One Percent could never find a single employer who had broken that law!

Read more: http://duluthreader.com/articles/2019/12/12/19010_american_dream_or_nightmare-31262-1

$23 million trailer for national NDSU football game broadcast damaged in Moorhead fire

MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA — A mobile TV production trailer worth millions set to be used in the national broadcast of the North Dakota State football game Saturday, Dec. 21, is being replaced after catching fire outside a Moorhead hotel.

At about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, emergency crews responded to a report of a vehicle fire on the 2600 block of 11th Street South, near the Moorhead Courtyard by Marriott hotel. Firefighters arrived to discover that a $23 million mobile broadcast production trailer had caught fire, according to Assistant Fire Chief Gary Larsen.

Fire crews were on the scene for about seven hours. Fire Capt. Todd Church said the blaze mainly damaged the wheel wells underneath storage units on the trailer. Larsen later said that heavy smoke damaged equipment in the front and back of the trailer.

The truck belongs to Florida-based company F & F Productions, which specializes in remote television broadcasting. Larsen said truck operators told firefighters that the company had contracted with ESPN to broadcast Saturday's NDSU-Montana State football game, and that another trailer was already on the way Wednesday night to replace the one damaged in the fire.

The NDSU-Montana State game starts at 1 p.m. Saturday and is being broadcast on ESPN 2.

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