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Franken to make announcement

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Pressure rises for Al Franken to resign

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Franken’s office says he will be making a public announcement tomorrow. The end is likely here for the Senator.

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By the time you read this, there’s a chance that Senator Al Franken will be at some stage of his resignation process. Is he writing his statement? Planning his press conference? Calling his dwindling list of allies about his options? Looking for new job?

Then again, he may stick with his story that he’s going to try to be a better man.

Six Democratic Senators, all female, have called on Franken to step down. This is a major hit against the Senator’s narrative because it’s his peers on Capitol Hill, the ones that may have been his last opportunity to gain support for keeping his seat.

Democratic female senators call on Sen. Al Franken to resign

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/democratic-female-senators-call-sen-al-franken-resign/story?id=51617507Democratic female Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York., Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Kamala Harris of California, Patty Murray of Washington and Claire McCaskill of Missouri have called on Sen. Al Franken to resign in the wake of allegations that Franken groped multiple women.

The embattled Senator isn’t just pushing back against his former allies. He’s faced with a growing list of accusations that doesn’t seem to be letting up ever since Leeann Tweeden first brought her story to light.

The latest accusation as of the writing of this article points back to the original accusation as a former Democratic congressional aide said Franken also tried to forcibly kiss her.

Woman accuses Franken of trying to forcibly kiss her in 2006

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/06/al-franken-accusation-sexual-harassment-2006-281049A former Democratic congressional aide said Al Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006, three years before he became a U.S. senator.

The aide, whose name POLITICO is withholding to protect her identity, said Franken (D-Minn.) pursued her after her boss had left the studio. She said she was gathering her belongings to follow her boss out of the room. When she turned around, Franken was in her face.

My Take

There doesn’t seem to be a path forward for Franken. Even if he refuses to resign, he’s going to have a hard time getting anything done in the Senate. America might have a short attention span but it has a long memory for scandals. Franken is toast, one way or the other.

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy eyeing 2020 with Puerto Rico visit

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy eyeing 2020 with Puerto Rico visit

The newly-elected, progressive Governor of New Jersey (ex-Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy) is already eyeing 2020.

Murphy led a delegation yesterday to visit Puerto Rico, three months after Hurricane Maria. Digging further, a press release listed an extensive delegation including some curious choices, like appointed health officials from small towns with heavy Spanish-speaking (though not necessarily Puerto Rican-heavy) populations. It also includes the head of a leading Northeastern utility, PSE&G.

Last I checked, PSE&G has absolutely no business in Puerto Rico.

Ostensibly, this is for “relief efforts.” But no source document I could find, including that mentions actual relief efforts. No mention of what’s being brought down there. I suspect that’s because they probably aren’t bringing any relief supplies, no medicine, no equipment. Nothing. It’s just meetings, optics, maybe “fact finding.”

It should be obvious what’s really going on here.

Mainland public officials are going to Puerto Rico to recruit people — Puerto Ricans are birthright American citizens, have been since 1917 — to move to the mainland.

Upon arrival, those Puerto Ricans can legally claim “domicile” and register to vote (that is, if they were citizens to begin with) within any of our 50 states.

But Murphy’s team is looking to pack his state — a deep blue New Jersey which went for Hillary by a 55%-42% margin last year — and other likely settlement destinations (count on them also being blue states) with even more likely Democratic voters.

Murphy just got elected by a double-digit margin in New Jersey, ending eight years of term-limited and integrity-limited Republican Chris Christie’s bad beach manners. He does not take office until January 16, 2018.

Murphy does not need more help in re-election.

This is about the next presidential election.

The progressives are already packing the voter rolls.

But this trip is, very likely, using public funds, whether from Murphy’s transition budget or elsewhere. Given New Jersey’s legendary and current budget problems,

Call this what it is: A taxpayer-funded, Democratic voter-registration drive.

This guy is running for President. He’s already working on votes.

And bet that his delegation is recruiting Puerto Ricans to move to the mainland. Of course, those Puerto Ricans — already citizens — would become eligible to vote in the next Presidential election.

How that use of taxpayer money is legally suspect. These expenditures are subjects that are within the jurisdiction of the Justice Department (which has used its discretion to investigate matters of far less potential impact) to inquire.

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Mainstream media is finally talking about Ruben Kihuen because they have no other choice

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Mainstream media is finally talking about Ruben Kihuen because they have no other choice now

Over a week ago, I asked the question, “Why isn’t mainstream media talking about Representative Ruben Kihuen’s sexual misconduct accusations?” Now, it seems like they have to cover him because the House Ethics Committed has launched an investigation into him over sexual harassment allegations.

Unfortunately, the “coverage” of Kihuen, a Democrat, is pretty scant. Politico, which is know for exceptionally long pieces going into every detail of political scandals involving Republicans, dedicated an entire two paragraphs to Kihuen:

Ethics Committee launches investigation into Kihuen

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/15/ethics-committee-launches-investigation-into-kihuen-297785The House Ethics Committee launched an investigation into Rep. Ruben Kihuen over allegations of sexual harassment.

The freshman Nevada Democrat is accused of harassing a campaign aide during his 2016 campaign. He denies the allegations and has rejected calls for his resignation.

There’s no need to click through to read the rest of the article because that’s the entire thing.

My Take

I’m not a Republican shill. I’ve actually been pretty betrayed by the GOP for a long time and no longer have affiliation with them. I do, however, believe in fairness in coverage when it comes to the mainstream media. Politico has actually gotten better at this since the election, choosing not to go down the road that so many left-leaning publications have of exposing everything about President Trump and Republicans while glazing over bad news for the Democrats, but this story has been the exception. The appetite for Democratic sex scandals, it seems, has not risen to the point that mainstream media has to cover it more. The only way that can happen is if more people demand it.

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Female sexual harassment finally makes an appearance in the current political purge

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Female sexual harassment finally makes an appearance in the current political purge

Men in power have been falling like flies over the last few months. Politicians, Hollywood elite, and journalists have been most hit. Now, the first female accused of sexual misconduct has made headlines during the “purge.” Democrat Andrea Ramsey, who was running for Congress in Kansas, has dropped out of the race following reports she sexually harassed a male employee in 2005.

Dem woman drops out of Kansas race over sexual harassment settlement

https://www.axios.com/dem-woman-drops-out-of-kansas-race-over-sexual-harassment-settlement-2517682430.htmlThe allegations: When Ramsey was the executive vice president of human resources at LabOne Inc. in 2005, Gary Funkhouser — a male employee who worked under Ramsey as a human resources manager — alleged she propositioned him for sex. She made “unwelcome and inappropriate sexual comments and innuendos” toward him, according to the lawsuit he filed against LabOne in October 2005. Ramsey then stopped talking to Funkhouser, moved him from his office to a cubicle farther away from her in the office, and then fired him on June 13, 2005. Funkhouse and LabOne permanently closed the case in July 2006 after reaching agreed-upon mediation terms, according to legal documents reviewed by Axios.

My Take

We all knew this would eventually happen. Men, while accounting for the vast majority of these sexual misconduct issues, aren’t the only ones who can use a position of power to pressure people under them. Now that it’s happened, we can move on.

This isn’t really big news, though some are making it their top story for some reason. It’s news. It happened. There are bigger fish to fry.

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