Repair Shop Gave Meth As Bonuses

A couple running an auto body repair shop in Minnesota gave bonuses to employees in the form of meth, writes the Huffington Post.

An employee of Clear Choice Auto Body Repair told agents Wednesday that the shop’s owner had been paying employees with methamphetamine, according to a news release by the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force.

Police claim employees of Clear Choice Auto Body Repair in Mankato, Minnesota each received half a gram of the illegal drug during a meeting on Tuesday night, reports KMSP-TV.

Agents said a search of the business early Thursday turned up syringes that tested positive for methamphetamine as well as a digital scale that contained meth residue, writes twincities.com.

 

Employees at auto shop given meth as bonus, drug task force says

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/meth-bonus-minnesota-auto-repair_us_571a224de4b0d4d3f722f7b3

Mankato business gave meth as bonus pay, drug agents say

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Strange Knife Laws In Oklahoma

A recent bill in Oklahoma – Knife Rights’ Oklahoma Knife Law Reform bill SB 1159 – passed in the Oklahoma House by 76-5, and has already been passed unanimously by the Senate. The bill now goes to the Governor, Mary Fallin, for signing.

The law would remove dagger, bowie knife, dirk knife and sword cane from the list of items prohibited from carrying in Oklahoma. Switchblades in Oklahoma were made legal last year with bill HB 1911.

SB 1159 will be effective statewide upon enactment on November 1, assuming Governor Fallin signs the bill.

http://openstates.org/ok/bills/2015-2016/SB1159/

http://www.koco.com/news/Fallin-signs-bill-legalizing-switchblade-knives-in-Oklahoma/32624906

http://www.kniferights.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=299&Itemid=1

http://www.kniferights.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=358

G8?

In March of 2014, the G8, which included Russia, became the G7. Russia was suspended from the group due to the invasion of Crimea and the problems in Ukraine.

Recently, the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he would like to see Russia return to the G8, writes the Kyiv Post. However, it would depend on Russia’s role in settling conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, according to Deutsche Welle.

The Foreign Minister spoke in front of the gathering of foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) in Hiroshima and said he would prefer that the G7 format would not remain as it is for a long time. He advised member states “to create conditions for the return to G8.”

However, the German Foreign Minister added that Russia’s return to the group this year would be impossible, according to Ukraine Today.

He emphasized that the key for Russia’s return to the G8 would depend on the country’s contribution to reaching a “political solution” to the crisis in Ukraine and the “constructive role in establishing peace in Syria.”

http://www.kyivpost.com/article/content/ukraine-politics/ukraine-today-german-foreign-minister-says-russia-should-be-returned-to-g8-411714.html

http://rushincrash.com/world/german-foreign-minister-once-again-called-for-the-return-of-russia-in-the-g8/

Paul Ryan Says Government Bill Not A Bailout Of Puerto Rico

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan recently stated that “special money interest groups on Wall Street” are trying to sabotage a bill on Puerto Rico by billing it as a “bailout.”

Ryan said that the government will be forced to actually bail out the island if Congress fails to act, predicting massive defaults on its bonds.

“Many big-money interest groups on Wall Street know this and have put a lot of money toward sabotaging this legislation in order to force a last-minute bailout upon Puerto Rico, putting U.S. taxpayers on the hook for their bad loans,” his office said in a lengthy statement.

“They call this a bailout, because they know it is not. And a bailout is what they want.”

The website The Hill states that GOP leaders are trying to pull in enough support from both parties to clear legislation that would impose a fiscal oversight board on Puerto Rico and allow it to restructure some of its debts.

The Washington Post:

“A draft measure proposes a mechanism by which the island could restructure its obligations in cooperation with creditors and, crucially, with diminished opportunities for a minority of “holdouts” to block agreements satisfactory to most. It would establish a financial control board similar to the one that helped bring the District back from financial near-death in the 1990s. The proposed design of the board includes a number of provisions that respect and protect the legitimate prerogatives of the island’s legislature and governor, while ensuring that they would not be able to prevent necessary fiscal reforms imposed by the board. Importantly, the bill would present Puerto Rico with a tough but realistic goal — four straight years of balanced budgets — which, once achieved, would release it from board control.”

Breitbart writes that President Obama agrees with Paul Ryan on the issue.

Press Secretary Josh Ernst stated recently, “Just to be clear, because there does appear to be some misinformation that’s being spread about this, this is not a bailout,” he said during the White House press briefing. “I’ve said many times the administration doesn’t support a bailout of Puerto Rico. We don’t. We have never and we don’t now.”

Debt restructuring is not the same as paying for the loans.

Ryan dismissed “buzzwords and special interest ad campaigns” that describe the package as a bailout, and instead argued the House plan imposes much-needed fiscal rigor on the island while avoiding a messy set of defaults.

But at a hearing Wednesday on the bill, several conservative lawmakers argued the GOP-crafted legislation is effectively a bailout for an island struggling with an ailing economy that is billions of dollars in debt.

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/276180-ryan-dont-call-puerto-rico-bill-a-bailout

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/04/15/white-house-sides-paul-ryan-puerto-rico-bill-not-bailout/

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-04-15/-modest-tweaks-for-puerto-rico-bill-as-republicans-mull-stance

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-puerto-rico-rescue-would-be-progress-not-a-bailout/2016/04/14/018955d4-0270-11e6-9d36-33d198ea26c5_story.html

Clinton Proposed Debate On The Night Of NCAA College Basketball Finals

Tonight there will be a Democratic presidential debate on CNN.

Earlier, candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton looked at at dates for a debate, and some of the dates didn’t look good.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign said in a statement recently that they offered April 4 as a potential date to debate Bernie Sanders, but the Sanders team wanted instead to schedule the debate after the Wisconsin primary on April 5. Also, that day was the night of the NCAA basketball tournament finals.

Clinton officials then suggested the days before taxes are due – April 14 and April 15 – as possibilities to debate. Bernie Sanders and his campaign accepted April 14th.

“Unfortunately, the dates and venues [Clinton] has proposed don’t make a whole lot of sense,” Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs responded in a statement.

“The idea that they want a debate in New York on a night of the NCAA finals — with Syracuse in the tournament, no less — is ludicrous. We have proposed other dates, which they have rejected. We hope we can reach agreement in the near future.”

When Was The Colorado Caucus For The Republican Party?

Here’s an odd bit of info:  the Colorado state caucus for the Republican party was March 1.  You wouldn’t know it from the news headlines, which just yesterday, April 9, declared Ted Cruz the winner of the caucus with 34 (or 37, depending on how you look at it) delegates.

To this day, if you Google “Colorado caucuses” or “Colorado primary”, it states under the Republican side:  “The Colorado Republican caucus was on Mar 1. Results aren’t available for this caucus.”

Caucuses are, to the eyes of many, a fairly “rigged” type of democracy.  However, the Colorado caucuses seem to take it to a whole new level.

One might think the caucuses were just yesterday.  “Ted Cruz completed his sweep of Colorado’s 34 delegates on Saturday while rival Donald Trump angled for favor a half-continent away in New York’s all-important April 19 primary,” writes the Chicago Tribune.  They neglect to write that many of these delegates were just voted in at a Republican Convention on April 9th.

However, that convention isn’t THE Republican Convention.  The national Republican Convention will be from July 18 – 21 in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Colorado state Republican Convention, where they choose delegates to attend the national convention, is what just took place on April 9.  So, it seems like a primary for a primary, or, more accurately, a caucus for a caucus.

Writes the New York Times:

Before this week, registered voters selected local delegates, who tend to be more conservative party loyalists, ones Mr. Trump has had trouble winning over. Those delegates, in turn, have been voting this week on delegates to the national convention, most of whom are pledging their support to one candidate or another.

So, registered voters in Colorado select local delegates who then voted for state delegates who will then go to the national convention.  This seems like voting, “twice removed.”

The website Bustle writes that while most states hold state-wide elections, Colorado Republicans canceled the state’s straw polling last year that was supposed to take place on March 1.

Writes Bustle:

Although Colorado Republicans canceled the state-wide polling, local districts still held voting on March 1 to decide on the 37 delegates who would attend the state’s GOP convention on April 9. Those delegates remained unattached to a presidential candidate until this weekend.

Cruz netted 13 delegates at Colorado’s recent state Republican convention on Saturday, write sources. He had had already reportedly “locked up” the support of 21 Colorado delegates by Friday, according to The Chicago Tribune.

More than 3,000 local delegates at Colorado’s Republican state convention picked those 13 state delegates.

Sources write that Cruz has a total of 34 delegates for the state of Colorado (the 21 plus 13).

There is a total of 37 delegates up for grabs in Colorado. What about the other 3?

The New York Times writes:

The remaining three delegates are party leaders who are automatically appointed.

Also, notice that Colorado’s “straw poll” was cancelled for March 1, and an “unofficial straw poll” was held.

The Washington Times writes that the results of the “unofficial straw poll” on March 1 were gathered from caucus attendees in about 20 precincts who reported their counts to a Facebook page, Colorado Republican Caucus Results 2016.  “Fewer than 500 votes were reported out of an estimated 60,000 caucus-goers,” writes The Washington Times.

Back at the recent state convention on April 9, Cruz supporters sported bright orange T-shirts at the conference with a list of his delegates printed on the back, claimed sources.

Trump’s organizers distributed a list with incorrect information for four of his delegate candidates. Trump’s campaign contended the errors were due to changes to the ballot by the state GOP and did not rule out challenging the results.

Suspicions among Trump supporters reportedly increased after the results were announced Saturday night, writes The Chicago Tribune.  The official Colorado Republican Party account tweeted: “We did it! #NeverTrump.” Colorado GOP spokesman Kyle Kohli said the tweet was unauthorized and it was swiftly deleted. The party was investigating who wrote the tweet.

Trump supporters were frustrated by Colorado’s arcane process, which involved a series of caucuses at different locations before the convention, writes the Associated Press. “It doesn’t seem like a real fair system,” said George Rosel, 60, an engineer and Trump supporter who came to the convention from the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch. “It seems kind of rigged.”

Of the 34 delegates Cruz won, only 30 are technically pledged to his campaign; four are party officials who are unpledged but have promised to support Cruz, and the campaign placed them on its slate.

In other news, NBC News recently ask Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort whether threatening delegates is fair game in the search for the 1237 required to secure the republican nomination.

Manafort responded, “It’s not my style, and it’s not Donald Trump’s style … But it is Ted Cruz’s style.” He then called the Cruz campaign’s methods “Gestapo tactics, scorched-earth tactics.”

“We’re going to be filing several protests because reality is, you know, they are not playing by the rules,” Manafort said.

(Updated report)

http://www.bustle.com/articles/153415-the-delegates-ted-cruz-won-in-colorado-are-a-warning-sign-for-donald-trump

http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/trump-s-new-right-hand-man-accuses-cruz-campaign-gestapo-n553721

 

DMV Problems With Voter Registration

Voters in several states have had problems voting this year because of problems with registration at their Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), write sources.

Voters in Arizona may have lost their party affiliation and been forced to cast provisional ballots in primaries this year because of errors at their state’s Motor Vehicle Division.

There was a widespread complaint this year that came from voters who learned records showed they were not registered with a party and were therefore were ineligible to vote in their primary. Many of these votersfrom both the Democratic and Republican parties, claimed they had decades of party participation.

In Texas, the Texas Civil Rights Project lawsuit asserts that more than 1,800 applicants at the Department of Public Safety did not receive the voter registrations they requested from September 2013 to May 2015.

“This is a mere fraction,” the lawsuit stated, noting that data were reviewed from just 123 of Texas’ 254 counties.

A county commissioner in Florida who sits on the canvassing board, Steven Abrams, says that hundreds of people had their party affiliation changed without their knowledge when they updated their driver’s license information.

As a result, people were unable to vote in Florida’s presidential primary because they were registered as having no party affiliation.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/03/26/mvd-error-might-have-kicked-arizona-voters-out-parties/82278442/

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-palm-dmv-voting-mixup-20160322-story.html