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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

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Fired Senate staffer who won discrimination suit reinstated

The Arizona Senate has reinstated a former Democratic policy adviser who won a federal discrimination lawsuit over being paid less than white male employees with similar jobs.

Talonya Adams returned to the Senate as a senior policy adviser Monday, Senate Democratic Chief of Staff Jeffrey Winkler announced in an email to legislative staff obtained by the Arizona Capitol Times.

Adams will advise Democratic senators on bills before the Commerce and Transportation and Public Safety committees, according to Winklerís note.

She has a salary of $113,300 ó the same rate as three senior GOP policy advisers, and thousands of dollars more than Democratic policy advisers. Itís nearly double the $60,000 Adams worked for during her first stint in the Senate, from December 2012 to February 2015.

Read more: https://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2019/11/26/fired-senate-staffer-who-won-discrimination-suit-reinstated/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Dec 2, 2019, 01:52 AM (0 replies)

The Day We Took Our Country Back from Putin



I can't wait to see our Democratic candidates celebrate!

Beto O'Rourke Raised $6.1 Million Online in First 24 Hours of Campaign

WASHINGTON ó Beto OíRourke raised more than $6 million online in the first 24 hours after announcing his presidential campaign last week, according to his campaign, outpacing his rivals for the Democratic nomination and making an emphatic statement about his grass-roots financial strength.

Mr. OíRourke brought in $6,136,736 after declaring his long-anticipated bid with a web video and trip to Iowa on Thursday morning, raising the sum entirely online and from all 50 states, the campaign said.

He narrowly beat the first-day haul of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who raised $5.9 million after announcing his bid last month and who would go on to raise $10 million before his first week was over.

Mr. OíRourkeís early burst of fund-raising illustrates how much he has captured the imagination of many Democratic activists around the country, who propelled him to break financial records last year in his ultimately losing bid to unseat Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. There were some doubts as to whether those same grass-roots donors would also contribute to him when he was not facing Mr. Cruz ó a figure detested on the left ó but rather was one more entrant in a sprawling presidential primary.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/18/us/politics/beto-o-rourke-fundraising.html

Terry Glenn Jr., son of former Dallas Cowboys star, dies of accidental drug overdose

Terry Glenn Jr., the son of the late star receiver for the Dallas Cowboys and Ohio State Buckeyes, died of an accidental drug overdose Thursday, according to sources close to the family.

Glenn Jr., 22, was at home in Columbus, Ohio, with his family on Thanksgiving Day when he was found unresponsive in a bathroom.

His tragic death comes roughly two years after his father died in a car wreck Nov. 20, 2017, on his way home from a Cowboys game with his fiance, Verina LeGrand. The vehicle struck a concrete barrier, causing it to roll over and ejecting Glenn from the driverís seat.

Itís safe to say that Glenn Jr. never got over his fatherís death, and understandably so.

Read more: https://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nfl/dallas-cowboys/article237923579.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 02:29 PM (2 replies)

Sanders: Scripture calls for renewed focus on justice in US

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) ó Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders says Scripture calls for a renewed focus on justice as Democrats campaign to replace President Donald Trump.

The Vermont senator also tells a church congregation in Columbia, South Carolina, that the United States needs ďa nation and government that works for all of us, not just wealthy campaign contributors.Ē

Black support is crucial for Democrats trying to win in a state that holds the Southís first primary on the 2020 election calendar and has a heavily black Democratic electorate.

Like some of his fellow presidential contenders, Sanders has rolled out endorsements from a number of black state lawmakers.

Read more: https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Sanders-Scriptures-call-for-renewed-focus-on-14873699.php

Toll at least 21 after Mexico cartel attack near US border

MEXICO CITY (AP) ó Mexican security forces on Sunday killed seven more members of a presumed cartel assault force that rolled into a town near the Texas border and staged an hour-long attack, officials said, bringing the death toll to at least 21.

The Coahuila state government said in a statement that lawmen were still chasing remnants of the force that arrived in a convoy of trucks and attacked the city hall of Villa Union on Saturday.

Gov. Miguel Angel Riquelme said at least 14 people had died by that afternoon, four of them police officers. He also said then that several municipal workers were missing. It wasnít clear if they had since been located.

The new statement did not give a new death total, but said seven more attackers were killed on Sunday in addition to 10 who reportedly died the day before.

Read more: https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/texas/article/Toll-at-least-21-after-Mexico-cartel-attack-near-14873636.php
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 02:17 PM (1 replies)

Abrams campaign asks Georgia judge to deny request for more documents

Stacey Abramsí campaign on Wednesday asked a judge to deny the Georgia ethics commissionís demand for more documents linked to the Democratís 2018 race for governor, saying it had already sufficiently complied with the panelís request.

It said the commission was seeking documents from the campaign of Republican Gov. Brian Kempís top rival that are unrelated to campaign finance issues ó which are within the panelís jurisdiction. And it said that it has no documents showing illegal coordination between the campaign and third-party groups that backed her unsuccessful bid for governor.

The commission said in a Fulton County Superior Court filing earlier this month that it requested thousands of documents as part of its probe into possible coordination between Abrams and so-called independent groups. Such groups spent millions of dollars backing Abrams, but, by law, they are not allowed to coordinate directly with a campaign.

The Abrams campaign said it handed over thousands of documents to the commissionís investigators, and that the judge didnít have jurisdiction to rule in such a preliminary investigation with the commission still not having shown there is evidence a violation occurred.

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/abrams-campaign-asks-georgia-judge-deny-request-for-more-documents/sMuBFaFhTi6bfSqiWjkeGL/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 09:17 AM (0 replies)

Biden thinks Georgia may be a good place to find a veep

When former Vice President Joe Biden was in Atlanta for the Democratic presidential debate, he must have had potential running mates on his mind.

During a campaign stop in Iowa, he recently suggested a pair of Georgians as possible candidates for his old job: Stacey Abrams and Sally Yates.

He didnít go into specifics, and he didnít limit his options to just the two Georgians, The Des Moines Register reported.

ďI could start naming people but the press will think thatís who I picked,Ē Biden said, and then ó while eschewing names ó he gave highly specific clues about who he thought were good options for No. 2 on the Democratic ticket.

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/capitol-recap-biden-thinks-georgia-may-good-place-find-veep/AqTQgSLqpUV0x9MhXHhMCP/

Food stamp use is highest in rural Georgia. So are grocery prices.

DAWSON ó Rural Georgians are more likely to need the help of food stamps to pay for their groceries, but that public help probably doesnít stretch as far as it does in places such as Atlanta because of higher food prices in small-town stores.

Poor, rural Georgians pay more for fresh lettuce, macaroni and cheese, and other foods in part because there is so little competition for their business, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution review.

Georgiaís lawmakers have spent the past several years focusing on ways to boost the economy in rural areas, but little has been done to address the emergence of food deserts across the state as grocery stores go out of business.

Itís a trend occurring across the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that about 5 million people in rural areas have to travel 10 miles or more to buy groceries.

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/food-stamp-use-highest-rural-georgia-are-grocery-prices/7RNmDJUynvycInEwfEGH1J/
(Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 08:21 AM (2 replies)

Judge grants summary judgment to Hall county in employee pension case; plaintiffs announce appeal

The judge overseeing an estimated $75 million class-action pension lawsuit granted summary judgment to the Hall County government and the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, but the employeesí attorney said they are planning to appeal.

Roughly 100 current and retired employees were expected to be in the class for the lawsuit filed in January 2017. Employees say unlawful freezes to the Hall County pension plan have resulted in much reduced payouts.

Judge Martha Christian heard arguments from both sides in May and indicated to both sides in July her intention to rule in favor of the county government and the county commissioners association.

The employees argued that the county was required to follow procedural requirements for ordinances when trying to change the county pension plan.

Read more: https://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/public-safety/judge-grants-summary-judgment-county-employee-pension-case-plaintiffs-announce-appeal/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 07:59 AM (0 replies)
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