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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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Star Trek Discovery - Season 2 (SPOILERS WARNING)

Section 31 appears more frequently and the alternate universe, ethically-challenged Phillipa Georgiou has been recruited to keep the Federation safe.

More at: http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/section-31-is-coming-to-star-trek-discovery-so-heres-everything-you-need-to-know
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Apr 8, 2018, 01:57 AM (2 replies)

Texas man sent intimate photos of student to university because she wouldn't send him more

WICHITA FALLS -- A 23-year-old man was arrested last month after sending intimate photos of a Midwestern State University student to the school's administrators because she wouldn't send him more photos, police said.

Howe police officers arrested Joshua Nictrell Grant on March 23 and charged him with publishing or threatening to publish intimate visual material, according to the Wichita Falls Times Record News. He was booked into the Grayson County Jail and was released the next day on $5,000 bail.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Grant sent photos of the student to Midwestern State University officials via Twitter in August 2017 after she refused to send him more photos of her body.

In his message to officials at the Wichita Falls university, Grant pretended to be a concerned father and said the woman had sent the intimate photos to his 15-year-old son and he requested that she be removed from the university and her scholarships revoked, the Times Record News reports.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/04/07/texas-man-sent-intimate-photos-student-university-wouldnt-send-police-say
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Apr 7, 2018, 11:19 PM (2 replies)

Texas A&M, UTD, UTSA, and Texas Southern cut China ties after letter from 2 Texas congressmen

Texas A&M University severed ties to the Chinese government-funded Confucius Institute after being urged to do so by U.S. Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, and Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo.

The two congressmen sent letters last month to four Texas universities — Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas Southern University — pressing them to cut ties with Chinese government-supported academic organizations.

McCaul and Cuellar publicized the letter in a statement Thursday. By Thursday evening, Texas A&M announced it was cutting its connection to the language and cultural center, accused of being a front for Chinese propaganda efforts.

“We have great respect for Congressmen McCaul and Cuellar,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. “I don’t question their judgment, nor their patriotism. In addition, they have access to classified information we do not have. We are terminating the contract as they suggested.”

Read more: https://www.mystatesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/texas-cuts-china-ties-after-letter-from-texas-congressmen/dHrNMM3xbEdtHJpVtFFv7M/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Apr 7, 2018, 11:05 PM (0 replies)

Sid Miller put ex-doctor with 2 revoked licenses on rural health panel

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller in late 2016 appointed to the state’s Rural Health Task Force a former physician and Miller campaign donor who had his medical license revoked or suspended in three states.

In Iowa, Rick Ray Redalen’s medical license was first suspended when he was convicted of perjury in a case involving his marriage to his 15-year-old former stepdaughter. The license was later revoked for good for failure to report a malpractice suit, medical board records show.

Redalen, who calls himself “the Maverick Doctor,” said he was introduced to Miller several years ago by Todd M. Smith, a lobbyist who has reported making hundreds of thousands of dollars from Redalen’s company and is Miller’s longtime political strategist.

Redalen, who donated heavily to Miller’s campaign months before his appointment, said he has used the unpaid task force position to advocate for expanded access to telemedicine — a service offered by one of his companies. Redalen said he never expected any favors in exchange for his contributions to Miller.

Read more: https://www.mystatesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/sid-miller-put-doctor-with-revoked-licenses-rural-health-panel/HrhVMVDYxSXl8A7GZo2a7M/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Apr 7, 2018, 10:27 PM (1 replies)

Democrat Andew White unveils plan to add 1 million jobs

Seeking to play to his strengths, Andrew White brought his Democratic campaign for governor to Austin on Tuesday to unveil an economic development plan intended to create 1 million jobs in the next five years.

The plan, which seeks to take advantage of a robust oil industry and emerging technology, offered White a chance to compare his experience as a Houston businessman to that of Gov. Greg Abbott, whom White repeatedly characterized as a “22-year career politician” more focused on divisive social issues such as limits on transgender bathroom use than economic innovation.

But White also sought separation from his opponent in the May 22 Democratic primary runoff, Lupe Valdez, saying his status as a moderate offers the best chance of unseating Abbott, a popular Republican in a state dominated by Republican voters.

“We can end the extremism in Texas this November because moderate Democrats are winning in red states all over the nation. … Texas can be next,” White said. “We must pick the candidate who can raise money and build a team, the candidate who understands complicated policy and can articulate his vision for the future.”

Read more: https://www.mystatesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/democrat-andew-white-unveils-plan-add-million-jobs/RpaMR10084oYMtE2GXPz8J/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Apr 7, 2018, 10:15 PM (7 replies)

Green Party puts Democratic seat at risk in Montana

Democrats are fighting to keep the Montana Green Party from fielding a candidate in the race against Sen. Jon Tester (D).

Tester, running for a third term this year, is one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection. His state favored President Trump over Hillary Clinton by a 21-point margin in 2016, and Tester himself won both his previous elections with less than 50 percent of the vote.

He now may face multiple challengers on the ballot this fall, creating a chance for a Green Party candidate to siphon votes from the left.

The Green Party earned access to Montana’s ballot after turning in thousands of signatures just before a critical deadline.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/381819-green-party-puts-dem-seat-at-risk-in-montana

Democrats suspect a GOP firm is behind the petition drive, and have filed a complaint with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Apr 6, 2018, 01:52 PM (5 replies)

NV Supreme Court rules that public officials' personal devices not exempt from public records law

The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that personal devices, such as cell phones or data stored on a server, used by public officials are subject to disclosure rules under the state’s public records law.

In a unanimous decision published Thursday, the state’s highest court reversed a decision by Washoe County District Court Judge Steven Kosach denying a records request for any communications made by public officials on official business on their own private devices, even if the device is not provided or owned by the government agency.

“We conclude that the (Nevada Public Records Act) does not categorically exempt public records maintained on private devices or servers from disclosure,” Judge Michael Cherry wrote in the order. “To withhold a public record from disclosure, the government entity must present, with particularity, the grounds on which a given public record is exempt.”

The case was originally brought by the Comstock Residents Association against the Lyon County Board of Commissioners over an industrial zoning decision made in 2013. As part of the case, the association made a public records requests for communications over the zoning change made on both private and public devices.

Read more: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/nevada-supreme-court-rules-that-public-officials-personal-devices-not-exempt-from-public-records-law
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Apr 2, 2018, 05:53 AM (0 replies)

Progressive groups file complaint against Vegas judge who told defendants they could vote for Trump

Progressive groups file complaint against Vegas judge who told defendants they could vote for Trump if they complete probation

Three progressive groups have filed complaints against the Clark County judge who told several felons last year that they would be able to vote for President Donald Trump in the 2020 election if they met their probation requirements and that the president could “use your vote.”

The Fair Elections Legal Network, PLAN Action and ACLU Nevada filed three separate complaints with the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline on Friday over comments made by Clark County District Court Judge Susan Johnson to at least three defendants in her court about voting for Trump if they meet their probation requirements and have their civil rights restored.

An attached letter to the complaints asked the commission to discipline Johnson’s “off-hand campaigning from the bench” by either issuing a formal reprimand or prohibiting her from deciding any future civil rights restoration cases.

“Judge Johnson clearly crossed a line by publicly endorsing President Donald Trump’s reelection bid and abused the prestige of her office to suggest that three defendants appearing before her could or should vote for the President in 2020,” the groups said in a joint letter. “Not only were her comments prohibited public statements, worse, they were made from the bench in her capacity as a judicial officer.”

Read more: https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/progressive-groups-file-complaint-against-vegas-judge-who-told-defendants-they-could-vote-for-trump-if-they-complete-probation
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Apr 2, 2018, 05:34 AM (3 replies)

Fundraising offers clues on strength of Nevada's senate candidates

WASHINGTON — National attention is focused on the U.S. Senate race in Nevada and the first quarter of fundraising, which closes Saturday, will provide the first measuring stick of the strength of the candidates that appear headed to a fall showdown.

President Donald Trump reshaped the Nevada senate race earlier this month when he nudged GOP challenger Danny Tarkanian out of a primary battle with Republican Sen. Dean Heller, clearing the way for the incumbent to battle Rep. Jacky Rosen, a Democrat, in a state Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

“Clearing the primary for Sen. Heller was crucial” to Republican efforts to hold the Senate seat, said Matt Mackowiak, a GOP political consultant not involved in the Nevada race.

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Rosen outraised Heller nearly 2-to-1 at the end of last year, when many Republicans posted low receipts. She raised $1.5 million, he raised $823,721. But Heller stills holds an advantage in cash on hand, with $4.2 million to Rosen’s $1.8 million.

Read more: https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/fundraising-offers-clues-on-strength-of-nevadas-senate-candidates/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Apr 2, 2018, 04:48 AM (0 replies)

Parkland survivor David Hogg tweet to John McCain draws mixed social media reactions

David Hogg, a survivor of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead, has emerged as an outspoken advocate for stronger gun laws over the past few weeks.

Some may think he's too outspoken, judging from an overwhelming social-media response to a tweet he posted Friday questioning Arizona Sen. John McCain's relationship with the National Rifle Association.

"Why do you take so much money from the NRA?" Hogg asked in a Twitter thread about the Phoenix-area "Rio Reimagined" redevelopment project for the Salt River.

https://twitter.com/davidhogg111/status/979720811123761158

McCain is the top recipient of NRA money in Congress, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. He has received more than $7.7 million from the organization during his political career.

Read more: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2018/03/31/parkland-survivor-david-hogg-john-mccain-tweet-reaction/475933002/
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