O’Malley: Cable News Network Admitted They Gave Hillary 50, Bernie 40, And O’Malley 10 Percent Of The Questions

On May 16th, former Maryland Governor and presidential candidate Martin O’Malley claimed that cable news networks admitted prior to the TV debates that he would get 10 percent of the questions, Hillary Clinton would get 50, and Bernie Sanders would get 40 percent of the questions.

That claim can be seen on an interview on the show Square Off on the local network ABC2 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The quote is at the 5:20 mark in the video at the website below:

http://www.abc2news.com/marketplace/square-off/square-off-former-gov-martin-omalley-gives-1st-tv-interview-since-ending-presidential-bid

(Updated post)

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

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

 

Op-Ed: Is There Any Danger Of Death Threats On Candidates?

In 2012, Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was the target of a threat deemed credible enough to merit police protection in Washington, D.C., and at his home in West Miami, according to his office and Fox News.

That same year, multiple (mostly right-wing) sources reported that Mitt Romney received death threats on Twitter (though most did not seem serious).

In 2009, the respected British newspaper The Telegraph wrote that President Obama was receiving around 30 death threats a day.

This raises the question:  is it possible – or plausible – that some people may threaten candidates like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, or John Kasich, or even Trump to step down?  Will there be immense pressure on them to step down?

Are some supporters getting over-zealous?  What about death threats?  The serious nature of some Republican debates make it seem plausible.  Marco Rubio has already received death threats in his career – could it happen again?

http://nation.foxnews.com/marco-rubio/2012/04/25/rubio-death-threats

Nashville Police Told Not To Volunteer For Beyonce Concert

The Black Panther Party is calling some Metro officers “pathetic” for their stance on Beyoncé, writes ABC News.

According to localmemphis.com, “the president of Nashville’s Fraternal Order of Police is telling Metro officers not to volunteer to work Beyoncé’s May concert.”

February 19th was the first day officers could sign up to aid with extra security and traffic control for the show.

The president of the Fraternal Order of Police asked officers not to volunteer because of Beyoncé’s reference to the Black Panthers movement in her performance.

However, the chief of police said that officers will be assigned if no one volunteers.

Police unions in other cities have called for a boycott of Beyoncé concerts as well.

(Updated post)

Strange Things Afoot In Hong Kong

According to the Associated Press, five men associated with Hong Kong publisher Mighty Current and its Causeway Bay Bookstore have vanished in recent months.  The publisher is known for books critical of China’s leaders.

This has alarmed activists and created suspicion that Chinese mainland authorities are squeezing free expression in the enclave.

Lee Bo is a British citizen who vanished Dec. 30. His case has sparked fears that he was taken in Hong Kong by security agents from the mainland and brought there in violation of an agreement giving Hong Kong a high degree of control over its own affairs.

Lee and the other four missing men are associated with the publisher Mighty Current, which specializes in gossipy books on political scandals involving China’s Communist leaders and other sensitive topics that are banned in the mainland.

The disappearance of the five — all since October — has raised concerns that Beijing is eroding the “one country, two systems” principle that’s been in place since Britain ceded control of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

The principle maintains civil liberties in Hong Kong that are nonexistent on the mainland, including freedom of the press.

When Lee vanished, he reportedly did not have a travel permit for mainland China with him, an indication he didn’t plan to go there that triggered speculation about Chinese security agents abducting him. The four others were last seen either in mainland China or Thailand.

Lee faxed a suspicious letter to the bookstore (The Causeway Way), in which he claimed he had come to the mainland of his own volition and was save, but gave little details as to his whereabouts.

Hong Kong police still have missing persons’ files open for three other staff members or shareholders of the publisher or the bookstore. One of the publishing company’s owners, Gui Minhai, is a Swedish national who disappeared in Thailand in October, according to Hong Kong media and human rights groups.

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers and human rights activists were skeptical the letter proved Lee was safe.

“If he did indeed write the letter, it was almost certainly written under duress,” said William Nee, Amnesty International’s China researcher.

“What we see in mainland China all the time is that police and state security put enormous pressure on family members not to speak to media and not to raise a fuss on social media. If indeed it was state security that detained Lee Bo, one wonders whether the same tactics are being used to silence family members here in Hong Kong.”

China’s nationalist newspaper Global Times slammed the bookstore in an editorial Monday for “profiting on political rumors” and selling books with “trumped-up content.”

“Although the Causeway Bay Bookstore is located in Hong Kong, it actually stays in business by disrupting mainland society,” the paper said.

Trump Ad Shows Moroccan – Not U.S. – Border

A recent advertisement for presidential candidate Donald Trump purported to show hundreds of people streaming across the Mexican border with the U.S. (seen at the :24 mark in the video above).

However, fact-checking organization PolitiFact states that the footage is actually from Morocco.

PolitiFact writes:

PolitiFact was able to trace the footage back to the Italian television network RepubblicaTV. On May 3, 2014, the network posted footage of migrants crossing the border into Melilla, one of two enclaves on the Moroccan coast that are held by Spain. Migrants who cross the border there are essentially entering territory held by a European Union nation, even though they are still on the African continent.

When asked about the video, Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told NBC News, “No shit, it’s not the Mexican border but that’s what our country is going to look like. This was 1,000 percent on purpose.”

Below is original footage of the event in Morocco, posted on YouTube, according to PolitiFact.

(Updated article)