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This is why people will literally kill each other to stay in office. Harry has yet to explain how he became a gazillionaire as a Senator.

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I still find it amusing that Democatic disciples still use the antiquated portrayal of the Republican party as crooked supporters of 'big evil corporations' when Dems get caught doing this kind of stuff for their own chosen corporate interests.

There is just as much, and likely more, foul play in this regard from Democratic officials. Yet they try to portray themselves as the opposite. :roll:

People need to tune their bullshit detectors these days.

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Pelosi’s perplexing claim that House bill would ‘cut’ VA medical care funds

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee May 4

“It turns a cold shoulder to our veterans and ignores our crumbling infrastructure. In terms of our veterans, you see yesterday, Republicans sought to advance their appropriations bill under the level set by their new budget, which may or may not come to the floor today. But yesterday, the MilCon — military construction veterans bill — that cuts $1.4 billion below President Obama’s budget … and then it cuts $690 million from veterans’ medical care alone, the equivalent of 70,000 fewer veterans receiving V.A. medical care in one year.”

–House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), news conference, April 30, 2015



The House passed its first appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016, largely voting along party lines on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill. House Democrats, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald and some veterans groups opposed the bill, saying it inadequately pays for veterans’ medical needs and construction projects that could help expand their access to care. The White House has threatened to veto the measure.

Prior to the House vote, Pelosi said the bill would “cut” $1.4 billion below the president’s budget. She said it “cuts” $690 million of it from veterans’ medical care, the equivalent of 70,000 fewer veterans receiving medical care through VA in one year. Are her statements accurate?

The Facts

The House passed a $171 billion VA and military construction bill, which was a funding increase for both programs over fiscal 2015 levels. That included $163 billion for VA’s fiscal 2016 budget — a $4 billion increase over the fiscal 2015 enacted budget, but a $1.4 billion decrease from the president’s request.

Discretionary funding for VA totaled $69.7 billion — a nearly six percent increase over fiscal 2015. It included funding for treatment of 6.9 million patients and 770 new staff members to address the claims backlog. But the president’s budget request called for $70.2 billion in VA discretionary funds.

For the medical-services portion of the veterans’ health budget, the president’s budget requested $1.1 billion over what already was enacted for fiscal 2016. The appropriations bill agreed to 86 percent of that additional request. The House Appropriations Committee said the request was “unusually large” and that the need likely will decrease after a pending VA policy change.

The committee said it has “continuing concern over VA’s ability to effectively manage the cost of non-VA care,” because it is under-utilizing its community-care program. If VA used that program more, it could decrease costs and improve the convenience of care for patients, it said.

The president’s budget asked for double the current funding for construction projects, but the committee rejected it. McDonald said the House bill would halt major medical center projects and cemetery expansion efforts. But the committee said it is “seriously disturbed” by recent findings of mismanagement of a VA construction project in Colorado that has run more than $1 billion over budget.

House Republicans said the VA secretary — not the House, through its appropriations bill — has the authority to limit the number of veterans enrolled and eligible for VA health care.

The $1.4 billion overall shortfall would cause veterans to suffer, according to McDonald. Pelosi was citing McDonald’s presentation to the House Democratic Caucus from April 29, 2015, in which McDonald used the $690 million and 70,000 veterans figures. The VA arrived at the 70,000 figure by estimating an annual cost of health care per veteran at $9,831 for fiscal 2016.

According to the VA’s white paper, the $690 million shortfall included $360 million in rescissions (a technical term for canceling a previous budget item that Congress had approved). Fiscal 2016 rescissions included bonuses and raises that previously were approved, a transfer into a health care incentive fund, and prior funding for projects that were deemed less mission-critical.

Yet, in addition to this appropriations bill, VA now has access to an extraordinary amount of money to make sure veterans get medical care. In August 2014, Congress passed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act — a bipartisan response to the scandal that erupted over veterans’ delayed access to medical care at VA facilities across the country.

That legislation allowed VA to spend $5 billion to improve infrastructure and hire physicians and medical staff. Another $10 billion allowed the agency to pay for veterans to get medical care outside of the system if they live far away from a VA facility or if they wait longer than 30 days for an appointment. This is separate from the House appropriations bill. (There is a three-year sunset on the $10 billion portion.)


As of February 2015, VA had spent about $500 million of the $15 billion appropriated through that legislation.

McDonald testified during a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs budget hearing that VA appreciates the extra $15 billion, but it does not “fully address VA’s longstanding capital infrastructure requirements.”

Some veterans groups said that McDonald’s request was realistic. If the administration’s budget is fully funded, VA could adequately prepare for aging veterans and those returning from deployment, fix claims backlogs, end veteran homelessness, improve medical research and more, they said.

Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s spokesman, wrote to The Fact Checker that the House bill “inadequately addresses the needs of our nation’s veterans as the VFW, American Legion and other advocacy groups noted in letters to Congress. The leader made clear she was referencing this as cut vis-à-vis the president’s budget request. The VA has noted that they have done an extensive analysis of what the needs of our veterans are. This bill fails to address that need.”

The VA issued a statement to The Fact Checker that the appropriations bill is independent of the funding made available through the Choice Act, and that “it is illustrative of the magnitude of the cut to VA’s regular budget in the House-passed 2016 funding bill, compared to the president’s budget.”




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 Post subject: Re: Your Modern Democratic Party
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 7:51 am 
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To call the funding in the House bill a “cut” is not accurate. The president’s budget proposal is just that: a proposal. The House bill is, indeed, lower than what the president and VA proposed, and what many veterans groups hoped to see. But the House appropriations bill increased VA’s total budget and its discretionary spending over fiscal 2015 levels. This is more money than the agency ever has had, and the total VA funding has grown by nearly 73 percent since 2009. It is also difficult to see how rescissions of bonuses or pay raises would lead to fewer veterans receiving care.

Aside from this bill, VA also has access to billions of additional dollars that was allotted to deal with its access-to-care problems. The agency has more than $14 billion left to spend. Congress passed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act specifically to allow veterans to cut through bureaucracy. The argument that 70,000 fewer veterans would access medical care because of the House appropriations bill is perplexing and clearly an exaggeration.

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The WaPo calls out Pelosi for the commonly used Democratic Party tactic of calling reductions in the rate of growth of a spending programs as "cuts".
Only in Washington can you spend more money one year to the next and be accused of "cutting" programs.

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 Post subject: Re: Your Modern Democratic Party
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Former CA Dem staffer: Sure I lied to the police… but we won!

POSTED AT 5:01 PM ON JUNE 13, 2015 BY JAZZ SHAW

Anyone who was following the congressional election in California’s 52nd district last year likely remembers the drama which characterized the end of what should have been a tight, but winnable election for the GOP. The district, located in San Diego county, has been shifted around a bit in redistricting but was still cut in a very competitive fashion for the Republicans. (McCain carried it with 53% in 2008 and in the 2010 Senate race they went for Carly Fiorina by almost 60.) But at the end of the 2014 race, when incumbent Democrat Scott Peters was facing former city councilman, Republican Carl DeMaio, news broke about improper sexual allegations against DeMaio at the eleventh hour in the race. Not shockingly, this news was “helpfully” supplied not only to the police, (in the form of threatening emails he supposedly received from DeMaio’s team) but to the media, by an aide to Peters. His name was Todd Bosnich.

It completely derailed the DeMaio campaign and Peters went on to win. Well, with little fanfare, this week Bosnich found himself in court, admitting that he sent the emails to himself and had fabricated the entire thing.

But the final weeks of the campaign focused to a large degree on allegations made by a former DeMaio staff member. His campaign never recovered, and DeMaio blamed his defeat on the charges and the Peters campaign’s alleged role in spreading them.

On Friday, the ex-staffer admitted in federal court that he lied when he claimed to have gotten anonymous emails threatening that he would never work again in politics if he revealed things about DeMaio.

Todd Bosnich, 29, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice by lying to the FBI about the emails. Until Friday, it was not known publicly that the federal government was investigating the emails.

During the campaign, Bosnich had told reporters that he was ”positive” that the emails came from DeMaio or someone close to him.

But in his guilty plea, Bosnich admitted that he sent the emails himself through a dummy account and then took the emails to the Peters campaign who turned them over to the San Diego Police Department.


Talk about taking one for the team! Surely Bosnich knew that this deep into the 21st century such things were traceable and that there would be an investigation. Unless this guy was one of the most gullible examples of the walking dead who somehow get jobs in politics, wouldn’t he have had to know that he was going to be taking the fall for this eventually? But no matter… the deed was done and his guy held on to his office. I suppose that’s all that counts in the end.

I highlight this story mostly as a cautionary tale for those of you who may be present or future candidates, staffers, volunteers or supporters of politicos. Nothing is ever entirely safe, and this is a hardball game. And in some of the worst cases, there are no depths that people won’t sink to in order to achieve victory. It’s nice to think that a campaign can be skillful and ready for any eventuality, but honestly… who could have seen that one coming?

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Shocking.

It seems the end game turned out as they had planned, too.

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http://hotair.com/archives/2015/06/13/former-ca-dem-staffer-sure-i-lied-to-the-police-but-we-won/

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Former CA Dem staffer: Sure I lied to the police… but we won!

POSTED AT 5:01 PM ON JUNE 13, 2015 BY JAZZ SHAW

Anyone who was following the congressional election in California’s 52nd district last year likely remembers the drama which characterized the end of what should have been a tight, but winnable election for the GOP. The district, located in San Diego county, has been shifted around a bit in redistricting but was still cut in a very competitive fashion for the Republicans. (McCain carried it with 53% in 2008 and in the 2010 Senate race they went for Carly Fiorina by almost 60.) But at the end of the 2014 race, when incumbent Democrat Scott Peters was facing former city councilman, Republican Carl DeMaio, news broke about improper sexual allegations against DeMaio at the eleventh hour in the race. Not shockingly, this news was “helpfully” supplied not only to the police, (in the form of threatening emails he supposedly received from DeMaio’s team) but to the media, by an aide to Peters. His name was Todd Bosnich.

It completely derailed the DeMaio campaign and Peters went on to win. Well, with little fanfare, this week Bosnich found himself in court, admitting that he sent the emails to himself and had fabricated the entire thing.

But the final weeks of the campaign focused to a large degree on allegations made by a former DeMaio staff member. His campaign never recovered, and DeMaio blamed his defeat on the charges and the Peters campaign’s alleged role in spreading them.

On Friday, the ex-staffer admitted in federal court that he lied when he claimed to have gotten anonymous emails threatening that he would never work again in politics if he revealed things about DeMaio.

Todd Bosnich, 29, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice by lying to the FBI about the emails. Until Friday, it was not known publicly that the federal government was investigating the emails.

During the campaign, Bosnich had told reporters that he was ”positive” that the emails came from DeMaio or someone close to him.

But in his guilty plea, Bosnich admitted that he sent the emails himself through a dummy account and then took the emails to the Peters campaign who turned them over to the San Diego Police Department.


Talk about taking one for the team! Surely Bosnich knew that this deep into the 21st century such things were traceable and that there would be an investigation. Unless this guy was one of the most gullible examples of the walking dead who somehow get jobs in politics, wouldn’t he have had to know that he was going to be taking the fall for this eventually? But no matter… the deed was done and his guy held on to his office. I suppose that’s all that counts in the end.

I highlight this story mostly as a cautionary tale for those of you who may be present or future candidates, staffers, volunteers or supporters of politicos. Nothing is ever entirely safe, and this is a hardball game. And in some of the worst cases, there are no depths that people won’t sink to in order to achieve victory. It’s nice to think that a campaign can be skillful and ready for any eventuality, but honestly… who could have seen that one coming?


A correction/update was made to the original article @
http://hotair.com/archives/2015/06/13/f ... ut-we-won/

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 Post subject: Re: Your Modern Democratic Party
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Court documents: Ohio Democratic Party is caught up in major bribery scandal

POSTED AT 5:21 PM ON JUNE 19, 2015 BY GABRIEL MALOR

In a plea agreement that was unsealed today (PDF), a former chief executive officer of red-light camera company Redflex has pleaded guilty to bribing Columbus and Cincinnati elected officials. Karen Finley, the former CEO, was pressed by Democratic officials in both cities to make campaign contributions in exchange for giving Redflex the contract to install and maintain red-light cameras in the cities.

According to the plea agreement, the company, at Finley’s urging, would pay the contributions to a “consultant” for services never rendered and the consultant would then pass the money on to the campaigns either by direct donation or by using additional straw donors. $30,000 was passed through this way in 2007. Then in 2009, a donation of $5,000 was given to the Franklin County Democratic Party this way. Again in 2011, a donation of $20,000—referred to as a “success fee”—was made to the Ohio Democratic Party.

At one point, Finley remarked to another Redflex executive, “Wow that is a big handout. Is this how our local city handles campaign financing – now I understand the ‘order of protection’ for our friends.” ​The unnamed executive, when pressed for more cash by the consultant, wrote back, “I will keep trying. It ain’t easy, you know I have been back to that well many, many times over the years” (emphasis added). Here’s the exchange:

[please view at above link]

The $20,000 bribe to the Ohio Democratic Party is important because the party then turned around and made a $21,000 donation to the campaign of rising Democratic star Columbus City Council President Andy Ginther, whose campaign the newspapers say solicited the bribe in the first place. The FBI is currently subpoenaing multiple Democratic officials in Columbus, including Ginther, who is the current Democratic frontrunner in the mayoral race. How do you think this is going to go down with voters?


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Flashed camera held by her ex-husband, Barak


BY: Brent Scher
July 14, 2015 5:30 pm

A Democratic state delegate in Maryland who is rumored to be considering a run for Congress was charged with trespassing and indecent exposure after exposing her breasts to her ex-husband and his fiancée at their home, according to court documents obtained by the Washington Post.

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Del. Ariana Kelly was dropping off her children at their father’s home in Bethesda, Md. when she became enraged that her ex-husband’s fiancée was present. Despite being asked to leave, Kelly continued to ring the doorbell and bang on the door.

Her husband, Barak Sanford, captured video of the incident, which according to court documents revealed that Kelly exposed her breasts to the camera “with one breast in each hand [shaking] them up and down.”

After being told by police that she could be arrested for indecent exposure, Kelly said, “Arrest me then” and extended her hands towards the officers to be arrested.

Kelly’s attorney says she is “aggressively disputing” the charges.

According to the Washington Post report, Kelly is considering a run for the seat vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.), who is running for U.S. Senate.



I saw another pic of her at Ace of Spades:

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Why doesn't this surprise me?

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