The latest scandal struck the Port of Baltimore in the form of what looks comes across as bribery and conflict of interest. According to The Baltimore Sun Kaiser Permanente paid Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh approximately $114,000 to buy about 20,000 copies of her “Healthy Holly” children’s books during a period when the company was seeking a lucrative contract to provide health benefits to city employees.
But the scandal goes deeper than the apparent scheme that not only Kaiser Permanente partook in but Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield did as well. The most serious part of this scandal stems from Mayor Catherine Pugh receiving $500,000 for 100000 copies of her book series from the University of Maryland Medical Systems while she was a member of their board. The belief in a possible conflict of interest has led to Governor Larry Hogan, a second term Republican, calling on his prosecutor to launch an investigation into the suspicious book purchases.
BREAKING: Gov. Larry Hogan has asked the state prosecutor to open an investigation into Mayor Pugh's dealings with UMMS, calling the allegations "deeply disturbing." pic.twitter.com/4nKLmam4zR
— Paul Gessler (@PaulGessler) April 1, 2019
Baltimore has had a streak of mayors marred by corruption. In 2010, just two mayors ago, Sheila Dixon was forced to resign over criminal activity involving stealing gift cards intended to help poor people and spending them on lavish shopping excursions. She used her resignation as leverage in a plea bargain. Catherine Pugh has announce she is taking an indefinite leave to “focus on health.”
Baltimore mayors are generally as corrupt as they come. This is the latest example in a long line. It’s important to note that Baltimore has not had a Republican mayor since 1971, the same era when Detroit turned blue. But what Catherine Pugh is accused of doing is nothing special. It looks like a childish, pun intended, version of the Clinton Foundation or what Joe Biden has been accused of doing through his son.
Will Baltimore learn? No. Will the scandal-free, cancer beating, Republican Governor of Maryland look good for cracking down on Mayor Pugh? Absolutely. With redistricting anticipated, I hope Hogan and his bipartisan task force consolidate the stupidity of Baltimore into as few Congressional districts as possible.
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Most “Conservative” News Outlets Are on the Big Tech Teat
Not long ago, conservative media was not beholden to anyone. Today, most sites are stuck on the Big Tech gravy train.
I’ll keep this short. The rise of Pandemic Panic Theater, massive voter fraud, and other “taboo” topics have neutered a majority of conservative news sites. You’ll notice they are very careful about what topics they tackle. Sure, they’ll attack Critical Race Theory, Antifa, and the Biden-Harris regime, but you won’t see them going after George Soros, Bill Gates, the World Economic Forum, or the Deep State, among others.
The reason is simple. They are beholden to Big Tech, and Big Tech doesn’t allow certain topics to be discussed or they’ll cut you off. Far too many conservative news outlets rely on Google, Facebook, and Twitter for the bulk of their traffic. They depend on big checks from Google ads to keep the sites running. I don’t necessarily hold it against them. We all do what we need to do to survive. I just wish more would do like we have, which is to cut out Big Tech altogether.
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