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As Bloomberg enters Democratic presidential race, lawmaker recalls his ties to Idaho

Michael Bloomberg is entering the crowded field for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination — and at least one Idaho Democrat isn’t impressed.

On Sunday, state Rep. John McCrostie took to Twitter to remind his followers of the former New York City mayor’s ties to former Idaho state superintendent Tom Luna’s ill-fated efforts to overhaul Idaho education.

“This Idahoan will not support Bloomberg, who gave $200k in SUPPORT of the #LunaLaws. Idaho Democrats who support public education should look to any other Dem than him,” McCrostie tweeted last week, linking to a USA Today article announcing Bloomberg’s bid.


McCrostie, a music teacher who sits on the House Education Committee, is referring back to Idaho’s bitter 2012 election. In November 2012, voters overwhelmingly rejected three education laws passed by the 2011 Legislature. On the ballot, the laws went by the names Propositions 1, 2 and 3 — while supporters called them the Students Come First laws and critics dismissed them as the Luna Laws.

Read more: https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/education/article237942184.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Dec 3, 2019, 09:21 AM (3 replies)

Attacks on Democrats via postcard

CALDWELL -- As a Democrat, I was happy that some voters found a 30-year law that indicated there should be a runoff election for a city council seat if no candidate got a majority of the votes.

Evangeline Beechler, chair of the Idaho State Democrats, was getting a second chance.

What wasn’t there to like?

Then, came the postcards attacking Beechler for being a (gasp, ugh) DEMOCRAT.

Attacks are like packing tape. Logic and facts may peel the tape off, but the adhesive that remains tarnishes the target and attracts dirt.

Read more: https://magicvalley.com/opinion/columnists/other-view-attacks-on-democrats-via-postcard/article_c6486867-4f31-529d-91e4-ca6bc05554b9.html

Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Dec 3, 2019, 09:13 AM (0 replies)

Elizabeth Warren announces town hall event at Truckee Meadows Community College next week

Top Democratic presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans to return to Reno next week.

Warren’s campaign on Monday announced a town hall on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the V. James Eardley Student Center on the campus of Truckee Meadows Community College, 7000 Dandini Blvd. in Reno.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m., according to a release from Warren's campaign.

The two-term senator from Massachusetts is considered a front-runner for the hotly contested 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Read more: https://www.rgj.com/story/news/politics/2019/12/02/warren-announces-latest-reno-campaign-stop/2592249001/
(Reno Gazette Journal)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Dec 3, 2019, 07:48 AM (0 replies)

Inland Empire Tax Preparer Sentenced to More Than 3 Years in Prison for Filing Bogus Returns that

Inland Empire Tax Preparer Sentenced to More Than 3 Years in Prison for Filing Bogus Returns that Cheated IRS Out of Millions of Dollars

LOS ANGELES – A Riverside County tax preparer was sentenced today to 41 months in federal prison for defrauding the IRS out of more than $2.1 million by submitting phony tax returns, including ones that maximized fraudulent refunds through child tax credits and bogus businesses for hundreds of his clients.

Dennis L. Reed II, 31, of Hemet, was sentenced by United States District Judge Otis D. Wright II, who also ordered Reed to pay $2,158,337 in restitution to the IRS. Reed pleaded guilty on September 3 to two counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns.

Between 2014 and 2019, Reed prepared hundreds of federal and state income tax returns containing false claims designed to generate or increase fraudulent tax refunds. For example, the fraudulent tax returns falsely claimed that the taxpayers had dependents, operated a sole proprietorship, or were entitled to receive credits for certain educational expenses.

As part of the tax fraud, Reed prepared at least 384 returns that falsely stated that the client had earned income from Schedule C sole proprietorships, which are tax forms used by the self-employed to report business profits or losses. Reed created false Schedule C businesses such as hairstylist or barber for these clients. In reality, Reed knew his clients did not work at all during the year, had not earned income, and were not required to file an income tax return.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/inland-empire-tax-preparer-sentenced-more-3-years-prison-filing-bogus-returns-cheated
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Dec 3, 2019, 07:23 AM (0 replies)

Judge Sentences San Antonio Businessman to Federal Prison for Health Care Fraud Scheme

In San Antonio today, a federal judge sentenced 49–year-old San Antonio businessman Rafael Enrique Rodriguez to seven (7) years in federal prison for his role in a multi-million-dollar health care fraud scheme.

In addition to the prison term, Senior U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra ordered that Rodriguez pay $6,032,126.69 in restitution to the government and be placed on supervised release for a period of three (3) years after completing his prison term. Judge Ezra ordered that Rodriguez surrender to federal authorities on January 16, 2020, to begin serving his federal prison term.

U.S. Attorney John F. Bash; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VA-OIG) Criminal Investigations Division Special Agent in Charge James Ross, South Central Field Office; U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General (DOL-OIG) Special Agent in Charge Steven Grell, Dallas Region; Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP), Division of Federal Employee Compensation (DFEC) Director Antonio Rios; and, U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG) Special Agent in Charge Christopher Cave, Southern Area Field Office, made the announcement.

“The sentence imposed in this case reflects our commitment to stamping out healthcare fraud. This is not just a law-and-order issue. It’s also about making sure that Texans in need of medical treatment or other healthcare services can be confident that they are being told the truth about their care,” stated U.S. Attorney Bash.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdtx/pr/judge-sentences-san-antonio-businessman-federal-prison-health-care-fraud-scheme
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Dec 3, 2019, 07:18 AM (0 replies)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Trump "Has Done Nothing Wrong" and is Better Than Abraham Lincoln

Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Dec 3, 2019, 06:06 AM (2 replies)

The 2020 ballot measure that wants to strike the Board of Regents from the state Constitution

For more than 155 years, Nevada’s elected Board of Regents have been enshrined as part of the state Constitution, core to the exercise of authority over the state’s higher education system.

But for the next year, those constitutional privileges will hang in the balance, hinging on just what Nevada voters decide to do with a measure called the Nevada Higher Education Reform, Accountability and Oversight Amendment, more often referred to by its shorthand: AJR5.

AJR5, simply put, is a proposed constitutional amendment that would remove the Board of Regents — which governs the state’s higher education system alongside the system’s chancellor — from Article 11 of the state Constitution, also called the “Education Article”.

Instead, the regents would be placed under the purview of the Legislature through state statute, theoretically allowing legislators to reform and reshape the board in any way they deem fit.

Read more: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/indyexplains-the-2020-ballot-measure-that-wants-to-strike-the-board-of-regents-from-the-state-constitution
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:36 AM (0 replies)

One of the few major cities without one, Las Vegas may soon get an art museum

People bustle about outside the Las Vegas Container Park on a Sunday afternoon, flanked by flashy murals that stretch up to four stories tall. A giant praying mantis sculpture looms above the scene, blowing fire every few minutes toward the visitors below.

On the Strip, flashing billboards and street performers stand in front of immaculate fountains and imaginative casinos. Just a few miles outside of town there’s the Seven Magic Mountains art installation, which attracted about 120,000 people last year.

Further into the desert north of town is Michael Heizer’s piece, Double Negative, carved into a mountainside. Beyond that, looking down on the ghost town of Rhyolite, are haunting statues of desert ghosts by Albert Szukalski. And farther still outside of Goldfield are graffiti-covered cars with their noses buried in the dirt — the International Car Forest of the Last Church.

Southern Nevada, a bastion of artistic attractions, remains one of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. without an accredited art museum.

Read more: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/one-of-the-few-major-cities-without-one-las-vegas-may-soon-get-an-art-museum
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:17 AM (3 replies)

Gov. Sisolak announces $155 million in private money to fund construction of long-delayed UNLV

Gov. Sisolak announces $155 million in private money to fund construction of long-delayed UNLV medical school building

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced on Wednesday at least $155 million in private donations that will spur development of a key facility for the nascent UNLV School of Medicine, capping a years-long quest to find the millions needed to build the sprawling medical facility.

That money will be buoyed by another $25 million in matching funds from the state, approved by the Legislature during deliberations in 2017.

Speaking to the media at the state government building in Las Vegas, Sisolak said the money marked a “turning point” for the state.

“This announcement marks a turning point for Nevada in creating a culture of philanthropy that will encourage other individuals and families to contribute to projects and causes that will have positive outcomes for our state,” Sisolak said.

Read more: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/gov-sisolak-announces-155-million-in-private-money-to-fund-construction-of-long-delayed-unlv-medical-school-building
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Dec 2, 2019, 06:42 AM (0 replies)

Labor steps up pressure on American Airlines, catering companies

Airline catering employees at 17 U.S. airports, including McCarran International in Las Vegas, are demonstrating this week demanding American Airlines pressure its catering companies to resolve a labor dispute.

Catering workers and members of the Culinary 226, both of which are part of the UNITE HERE labor union, joined forces at the Las Vegas airport Tuesday to bring attention to the dispute with LSG Sky Chefs, which caters for American Airlines.

“Today is a very busy travel day, and we’re protesting at LAS and at airports across the country because we want as many passengers as possible to know that airline catering workers are sick and tired of being the lowest-paid and worst-treated workers in the airline industry,” said LSG Sky Chefs employee Ramon Aura in a statement issued by the Culinary. “One job should be enough for me and my coworkers, and we’re ready to do whatever it takes to get what we deserve.”

The average wage of catering workers at McCarran is $12.41, and barely more than a third of them had company health insurance in 2018, according to the Culinary.

Read more: https://www.nevadacurrent.com/blog/labor-steps-up-pressure-on-american-airlines-catering-companies/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Dec 2, 2019, 06:26 AM (0 replies)
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