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jcitybone

Thanks Benny

Yeah Joe I have a problem you corrupt asshole

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/12/13/manchin-blind-trust-enersystems-stock-climate-change/

In Sen. Joe Manchin III’s hilly West Virginia home county, his family’s business has made millions by taking waste coal from long-abandoned mines and selling it to a power plant that emits air pollution at a higher rate than any other plant in the state.

That enterprise could have taken a hit under a key part of President Biden’s climate agenda, a $150 billion plan to push coal plants toward cleaner energy. One lawmaker, though, played a central role in killing that proposal: Manchin, who has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars annually from the family coal company while using his role as a Democratic swing vote in a 50-50 Senate to dictate Biden’s policies.

When pressed about whether he has a conflict of interest, Manchin bristles. “I have been in a blind trust for 20 years. I have no idea what they’re doing,” the senator told reporters in September, referring to his family’s coal firm. “You got a problem?”

But contrary to his public statements, documents filed by the senator show the blind trust is much too small to account for all his reported earnings from the coal company, as of his latest financial disclosure report, which covers 2020 and was filed in May.

Manchin’s latest financial disclosure report says that the West Virginia family coal business that he helped found and run, Enersystems, paid him $492,000 in interest, dividends and other income in 2020, and that his share of the firm is worth between $1 million and $5 million. He signed a sworn statement saying he is aware of these earnings, underscoring that he is not blind to them.

By contrast, Manchin set up a blind trust with $350,000 in cash in 2012. In his latest financial disclosure report, the senator reported that the Joseph Manchin III Qualified Blind Trust earned no more than $15,000 last year and is worth between $500,000 and $1 million. By design, it is not possible to know precisely what’s in the blind trust. But the financial disclosure records show that it doesn’t include all of Manchin’s income from Enersystems.

If Manchin’s coal interests are not in a blind trust, ethics experts said, it calls into question the impartiality of a senator who in October forced Biden to drop the plan in his Build Back Better bill to phase out the same kinds of coal plants that are key to his family company’s profitability.

The senator’s effort to dismiss questions about his coal interests by declaring he has a blind trust is “misleading and at worst it’s just not true,” said Don Fox, a former general counsel and acting director of the Office of Government Ethics in the Obama administration, who examined Manchin’s financial records at The Washington Post’s request. He cited the vast difference between Manchin’s reported income from the trust and his family’s coal business.

“The question I would ask him would be, when he says it’s in a blind trust, ‘Well, your public financial disclosure report that you sign and swear is true does not have Enersystems in the blind trust,’ ” Fox said. “And if the blind trust is truly blind, how do you know what’s in it?”

orlbucfan

These so-called “public servants” are too old and/or corrupt to change. I agree with my baby sis 1000%. She also believes there’s a special place in h3ll for them. I wish I could believe that, too.

jcitybone

Her opponent, Molly Gray, hasn’t endorsed the GND or M4A.

https://vtdigger.org/2021/12/13/becca-balint-leader-of-the-vermont-senate-joins-race-for-u-s-house/

Becca Balint, the president pro tempore of the Vermont Senate, is running for the state’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, she announced Monday morning.

“I’m running because I believe that, even with the challenges of today, we cannot back away from fighting for each other,” the Windham County Democrat said in a written statement. “We have to deliver on some big promises for Vermont working families, and that is going to take courage and kindness.”

Balint joins Lt. Gov. Molly Gray in the Democratic primary to succeed U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., who is vacating his House seat to run for the U.S. Senate. No Republicans have entered the race.

Balint, 53, is the first openly gay woman elected to the Vermont Senate and the first woman to serve as its president. The former middle school teacher and stay-at-home mother won her first political contest in a race for her southeastern Vermont Senate seat in 2014.

In a campaign video released Monday morning, Balint leans into her identity — recounting the prejudice she and Wohl faced when they first moved to Vermont and describing the impact of antisemitism on her family.

“I know what can happen when we turn away from each other,” Balint says in the video. “My grandfather was murdered on a death march in the Holocaust. I grew up with the knowledge that people can be led astray when they’re scared.”

Later in the video, Balint says that if elected to Congress she would advocate for Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, paid family and medical leave, racial justice and housing justice.

jcitybone

wi64

If her name wasn’t there I would have thought it was about Bernie Platform-wise 🙂

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/12/10/probe-shows-big-pharma-manipulated-patent-system-and-raised-prices-abandon

Bolstering calls for the U.S. Senate to pass the Build Back Better bill with drug pricing reforms, a House panel on Friday released a report detailing how Big Pharma has not only “raised prices with abandon,” but also “manipulated the patent system” to suppress competition.

The final staff report is the culmination of a nearly three-year investigation by the Committee on Oversight and Reform launched under the late Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who died in 2019. He was succeeded as the panel’s chair by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.).

“The committee has obtained more than 1.5 million pages of internal company documents, held five hearings, and released eight interim staff reports,” Maloney noted in a letter at the beginning of the report. “The investigation has provided a rare glimpse into the decision-making of many of the world’s most profitable drug companies.”

Specifically, as a committee statement detailed, the probe revealed:

Drug companies aggressively raise prices to meet revenue targets, and executive compensation structures create incentives to raise prices;
Drug companies target the U.S. market for higher prices and use the Medicare program to boost revenue;
Drug companies use strategies to suppress competition and maintain monopoly pricing;
Drug companies use patient assistance programs as a public relations tool to boost sales; and
Research and manufacturing costs do not justify price increases.

orlbucfan

T and R, and thank you, Ms. Benny and the rest of the usual excellent suspects for keeping our Nest/sanctuary swept and Open. 🙂 🙂

wi64

A calm place to relax in a world of insanity

polarbear4
polarbear4

until yer blood boils. 😂

wi64

My blood pressure meds help 🤪🤪

wi64

The Cult -45 Nut jobs are starting to piss off the Moderate Rs in Wi, afraid that R’s will stay home due to lack of faith in an accurate election…

Key Wisconsin Republican says her colleagues are making baseless attacks and need to wrap up election review

Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Mon, December 13, 2021, 3:31 PM
MADISON — Republicans and Democrats alike Monday ripped into Wisconsin’s partisan review of the 2020 election, saying it was a baseless exercise that would needlessly damage faith in democracy.

State Sen. Kathy Bernier, a Republican from Lake Hallie who leads the Senate Elections Committee, said the review by former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman is firing up people who don’t understand elections.

“Mr. Gableman is coming to my county and I will attend that meeting along with my concealed carry permit, to be perfectly honest, because it keeps jazzing up the people who think they know what they’re talking about, and they don’t,” Bernier said.

Bernier, who oversaw elections for 12 years as Chippewa County clerk, said Republicans are reacting to political pressure from former President Donald Trump. Their constant complaints about the election could ultimately hurt Republicans if they don’t believe results can be trusted, she said.

“And so I think my advice would be to have Mr. Gableman wrap up sooner rather than later, because the longer we keep this up, the more harm … we’re going to do for Republicans,” she said.

In response, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Rochester issued a statement saying it was Democrats who were preventing Gableman from completing his work sooner. He did not note that much of Monday’s criticism came from Republicans and offered no timeline for when Gableman would finish his review.

“The easiest way to wrap up Special Counsel Gableman’s investigation is to get the Democrats to cooperate,” Vos said in his statement. “Instead, invoking McCarthyism has been their only motive, trying to discredit the investigation rather than finding ways to improve the system and prevent fraud going forward.”

Bernier made her comments during a panel discussion in the state Capitol. She was joined by Ben Ginsberg, who spent nearly four decades representing Republicans in election disputes, and Bob Bauer, who served as White House counsel during Barack Obama’s presidency.

Ginsberg agreed with Bernier’s assessment, saying attacks on the election will hurt Republicans in the long run because their voters will be less likely to cast ballots if they think elections are rigged.

“We are here today because Wisconsin has found itself really in the middle of a harmful and disturbing national trend that involves the intimidation of election officials — the people who are supposed to call balls and strikes in our elections,” Ginsberg said.

Joe Biden beat Trump by nearly 21,000 votes in Wisconsin. Recounts and court rulings have confirmed his victory. A legislative audit and a study by a conservative group turned up no evidence that would question the results.

Vos hired Gableman this summer to conduct his own review of the election. His work is expected to cost taxpayers about $675,000.

Gableman last year claimed without evidence that the election was stolen. More recently, he said he does “not have a comprehensive understanding or even any understanding of how elections work.”

Bauer said Gableman’s comments — “and the partisan context in which he received this assignment” — show Gableman is not right for the job.

The partisan reviews in Wisconsin and other states are “pseudo audits being organized for partisan political purposes by those who do not have the wherewithal to meet any kinds of standards whatsoever,” Bauer said.

More at https://www.yahoo.com/news/key-wisconsin-republican-says-her-192205558.html

orlbucfan

wi63, you sure this Vos idiot isn’t some transplant from Floridumb? Cos he sure sounds like a few of the yahoo whoppers we endure. 💩 He wouldn’t know McCarthyism if it bit him in the azz!💩

wi64

Orl you just get the nutjobs from here that move to Fla for retirement 🙂 Vos is a special kind of Wi stupid

jcitybone

polarbear4
polarbear4

ohmygod that’s awful.

phone ban

orlbucfan

Just who in the h3ll does Jeff SOB Bezos think he’s kidding?! He could care less about those dead workers and their grieving loved ones. You can bet he greased more than a few palms to get that warehouse built on the cheap. Feces like him make me sick of being a member of the same species. 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩

wi64

His craprate lawyers are on the scene to take advantage of the disadvantaged. More worried about the complaints on late packages due to this

Benny
Benny

There are going to be lawsuits for sure. But the main thing is that they need a union to represent them.

orlbucfan

Shame that tornado missed Bezos. POS.💩

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