You will be made to care about Transgender students…
BP settlement fight continues, as Alabama faces a lame Civil War….
Coastal lawmakers claim that the Tennessee Valley area fired the first shot when its lawmakers tossed aside a compromise deal passed by the House to divvy up the BP settlement. That bill awarded $191 million to coast road projects.
Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, pitched an alternative bill to direct the lion’s share of the settlement toward repaying state debt. Orr’s bill sent $448 million toward debt obligations, and $162 million to the state’s “rainy day account.” The balance would have been sliced up statewide for roads, with Mobile and Baldwin counties getting the largest piece: 20 percent.
“I know there is pressure on the south Alabama legislators for road improvements and for the BP money to come there,” Orr said. “My argument is this is the state’s claim and the money was lost by the state as a whole, not just one section of the state.”
Orr’s approach was, and remains, a non-starter for Mobile and Baldwin lawmakers from both political parties. They say that spill damages in other areas have been addressed, while the coast’s environment and economy still have yet to be made whole.
In fact, the coastal delegation has stewed about the terms of the BP settlement ever since Attorney General Luther Strange and Gov. Robert Bentley announced it last summer and explained that the dollars would go to state coffers, to be doled out later.
This session, Sen. Bill Hightower, R-Mobile, introduced a bill to give $260 million of the settlement to roads in the southern section of the state, $60 million or more to each of the Alabama Department of Transportation’s other regions, and $162 million to the “rainy day fund.”
Hightower’s bill cleared the Senate but didn’t have enough support in the House. Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, then offered a version directing $448 million to debt repayment, $191 million to the coastal area for roads and tens of millions more dollars to Medicaid.
Clouse’s deal seemingly had enough support, but in the waning days of the session, Orr pitched his plan. In the end, it died, leaving the BP settlement issue very unsettled. “We have pretty much a divided chamber on this bill and how it should be handled,” Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said after adjournment.
South Alabama has developed a pretty sad argument…
Said Hightower, “If the BP money is going to the General Fund — and that’s how we’re going to operate — I think some of the lawmakers are rethinking where the TVA funds should go.”
Said Rep. Barbara Drummond, D-Mobile: “Why should Mobile and Baldwin counties’ tragedy pay off that debt?” Perhaps the TVA payments could pare down the debt, too, she said.
Patterson countered. “TVA money is not settlement money. It’s their fair taxes and that money stays in the community where it’s collected. … This is muddying the water and it’s uncalled for.”
It’s finally happening.
Not news, Trump is a terrible person…
Donald Trump and women: The words evoke a familiar cascade of casual insults, hurled from the safe distance of a Twitter account, a radio show or a campaign podium. This is the public treatment of some women by Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president: degrading, impersonal, performed. “That must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees,” he told a female contestant on “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Rosie O’Donnell, he said, had a “fat, ugly face.” A lawyer who needed to pump milk for a newborn? “Disgusting,” he said.
The New York Times interviewed dozens of women who had worked with or for Mr. Trump over the past four decades, in the worlds of real estate, modeling and pageants; women who had dated him or interacted with him socially; and women and men who had closely observed his conduct since his adolescence. In all, more than 50 interviews were conducted over the course of six weeks.
Their accounts — many relayed here in their own words — reveal unwelcome romantic advances, unending commentary on the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct, according to the interviews, as well as court records and written recollections. The interactions occurred in his offices at Trump Tower, at his homes, at construction sites and backstage at beauty pageants. They appeared to be fleeting, unimportant moments to him, but they left lasting impressions on the women who experienced them.
What emerges from the interviews is a complex, at times contradictory portrait of a wealthy, well-known and provocative man and the women around him, one that defies simple categorization. Some women found him gracious and encouraging. He promoted several to the loftiest heights of his company, a daring move for a major real estate developer at the time.
He simultaneously nurtured women’s careers and mocked their physical appearance. “You like your candy,” he told an overweight female executive who oversaw the construction of his headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. He could be lewd one moment and gentlemanly the next.
What exactly is the story here, “Rich jerk was jerk to beautiful women?”
Trump skillfully responded….
The former People Magazine reporter who interviewed Donald Trump‘s alleged spokesman “John Miller” in 1991 — and immediately felt it was actually Trump himself — says his denials that he masqueraded as his own spokesman raise questions about his character.
“It shows he’s a liar right now. And that distresses me as the candidate running for the Republican party,” Sue Carswell said in an interview with ABC News’ Mary Bruce. “If this is the kind of character that — of a man that you’re going to be voting for come November, I would be suspicious if he tells lies.
“I mean, he’s punking me,” Carswell said. “He’s punking the country.”
In 1991, Carswell spoke with a Trump spokesman named “John Miller” while reporting on Trump’s divorce from Ivana Trumpand his relationship with Marla Maples. She says she knew immediately that Miller was actually Trump, and reached out to three people, including Maples, to confirm her suspicions. Trump ultimately apologized to her, she said.
However, when Trump was asked about the audio Friday on the “Today Show,” he unequivocally denied it was his own voice, claiming it was a “scam,” someone trying to impersonate him.
According to his supporters, pretending to be someone else while pitching stories to the tabloids is ether the greatest move ever or a media smear.
This election is the worst, who do you want an evil liar or a terrible person who also lies….
Meanwhile, less noticed, a former President is hanging out with pedophiles…
An investigation into official flight records of financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s “Lolita Express” are once again dragging former President Bill Clinton into the national spotlight.
Flight logs obtained by Gawker in January 2015 put Mr. Clinton on the billionaire’s infamous jet more than a dozen times — sometimes with a woman whom federal prosecutors suspect of procuring underage sex victims for Mr. Epstein. Fox News reported Friday that records show Mr. Clinton declined Secret Service protection on at least five flights.
The network’s investigation reveals Mr. Clinton flew on the Boeing 727 “Lolita Express” 26 times, more than doubling the previously reported 11 trips.
“Bill Clinton … associated with a man like Jeffrey Epstein, who everyone in New York, certainly within his inner circles, knew was a pedophile. Why would a former president associate with a man like that?” said Conchita Sarnoff of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, Fox reported. Ms. Sarnoff also authored a book on Mr. Epstein titled “TrafficKing.”
Mr. Epstein was arrested in 2005 and signed a plea agreement in 2007 with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, accepting a single charge of soliciting prostitution. He agreed to a 30-month sentence, registered as a “Tier 1” sex offender with the U.S. Virgin Islands and paid dozens of young girls under a federal statute providing for compensation to victims of child sexual abuse.
Fox News said that the U.S. Secret Service declined to answer multiple Freedom of Information Act requests on the trips.
Gotta believe a Republican candidates spouses MULTIPLE trips with a pedophile would be of interest to the press… Instead…
IF Trump’s airplane parked near the Lolita Express, a billionaire sex offender’s plane it would be news, Bill Clinton took 26 trips on it.
Reince Prebus is now in the acceptance phase of this election cycle…
Tells people that “people just don’t care” about major flaws.
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