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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh takes leave over apparent children’s book scheme.

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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh takes leave over apparent childrens book scheme

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.

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.”

My Take

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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Impeachment fails again as 4 out of 5 Americans believe it’s not justified

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Impeachment fails again as 4 out of 5 Americans believe its not justified

If it at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. If at second… and third… you’re still failing miserably, it’s time to rethink your stance on the subject. This advice is offered for free to Representative Al Green, whose impeachment filing against President Trump was once again struck down overwhelmingly by Congress.

131 Democrats joined every Republican in tabling the measure. It marked a stark reality for Democrats who realize impeachment is only popular among the very politically minded progressives in their party and pretty much nobody else. The most recent poll showed a mere 21% believe there’s enough of a reason to begin impeachment hearings.

Democratic leadership may be conniving, insincere, and wrong-minded when it comes to policy, but they’re not stupid. They know a failed impeachment process at this point would not only make them look bad for losing, but would reinforce the GOP narrative that they’re unhinged and only interested in beating President Trump even if doing so will harm Americans along the way.

For now, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will keep her Lieutenants hammering away at subpoenas, hearings, and charges of contempt against members of the administration. It’s all they can do to try to hold back the radicals who are small but loud, led by “The Squad” and their incessant calls for impeachment. Pelosi is trying to keep a steady hand on the while even though backseat drivers are trying to climb to the front.

This is a lose-lose situation for the Democrats. If they end up never impeaching the President, they’ll be branded as weak and demands will be made to hand over the reins. If they try and fail, they’ll look like fools. This is all working out nicely for the President.

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Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson has charmed Alyssa Milano

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Hollywood’s favorite social justice warrior has committed to attend a Democratic candidate’s fundraiser, and it’s raising eyebrows of even the most “woke” in Tinseltown. Charmed actress Alyssa Milano is starting her elect-any-Democrat tour by fundraising with spiritual guru and debate enthusiast Marianne Williamson.

But even as she announced her intentions to visit with Williamson, Milano made sure to hedge her bets and be as inclusive as possible by saying she loves everyone running. But it’s clear Williamson’s talk of the “collective” and the “soulful ache of the nation” has Milano sincerely interested in getting the guru attention, including on he popular progressive podcast, Sorry Not Sorry.

Williamson has been moving up in the polls, which is to say she’s not at zero anymore. Other notable candidates are.

But the jokes on Milano and Williamson’s supporters who clearly cannot see this candidacy is about building name recognition and public relations for the guru. Her message is one that can resonate with a very particular group of Americans, but her policy proposals are a combination of textbook 2020 Democrat and off-the-wall attention-grabbers. She’s obviously intelligent and is running a real campaign, but she’s doing so knowing the end result will be more appearances on talk shows and paid speeches that she’ll be able to ride long after the Democratic nominee is selected.

At least she got on Dave Rubin’s show.

Alyssa Milano has become completely unhinged. It would be hard to find an actor who has committed as much to politics in recent months, shifting her branding from entertainment to activism. But backing Williamson won’t help in that regard.

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Justice Democrats’ and House Democrats’ Twitter accounts engage in organizational fight

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The bitter battle between the Justice Democrats and Establishment Democrats has spilled over to their organizational Twitter accounts. While the Establishment Democrats come to the rescue of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in her quarrel with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, her Chief of Staff and co-founder of the Justice Democrats, Saikat Chakrabarti, inserted himself into the conversation.

Whoever controls the House Democrats’ Twitter account fired a low blow at Chakrabarti.

The Justice Democrats replied with a point that is actually quite valid.

Then, Chakrabarti himself made an important point.

I am never inclined to defend the Justice Democrats or Chakrabarti, but they were correct on this one issue. It was a silly attack made on an account that’s supposed to represent the entire body of the House Democrats, and as of today AOC is still part of that body. To go after Chakrabarti through that account only plays into the Justice Democrats’ notion that the Establishment is old and ready to be replaced.

Clumsy efforts by the Establishment Democrats helped the Justice Democrats score points with their base. Having the @HouseDemocrats account chime in was a rookie move. Expect Saikat Chakrabarti to take full advantage of their mistake.

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