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Obama: Warren Wrong On TPP. Warren: Why Can’t We See The Deal?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) fired back at President Obama Wednesday over remarks he made a day earlier about her position trade, further underscoring the increasingly bitter divide among Democrats on the issue. Appearing Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” the president said Warren and other liberal critics of the administration’s position on a sweeping international trade deal known… Continue reading Obama: Warren Wrong On TPP. Warren: Why Can’t We See The Deal?

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Bet on Bernie Contribution Pledge Campaign Enters Cyberspace for Bernie Sanders Supporters

NEW YORK, NY, April 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Ready for Bernie Sanders 2016 announced yesterday the launch of Bet on Bernie Dot Com social media campaign for contribution pledges to support the likes of a presidential bid from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a Brooklyn native, son of Jewish migrants, who was active in the Civil Rights… Continue reading Bet on Bernie Contribution Pledge Campaign Enters Cyberspace for Bernie Sanders Supporters

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Stop and Frisk Lawsuit Filed Against City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department

Historic Federal Lawsuit Models Successful NYPD Case Floyd, et al v. City of New York, et al. CHICAGO, April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, today announced the filing of a class action civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago for the practice and policy of unconstitutional stops and frisks… Continue reading Stop and Frisk Lawsuit Filed Against City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department

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San Bernardino County to Pay $650,000 to Man Seen Being Beaten by Deputies

San Bernardino County will pay $650,000 to a man who was beaten by Sheriff’s Department deputies in an incident caught on video by a television news helicopter’s camera. The settlement was announced by the county Tuesday after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved it in a closed session vote. Under the agreement with Francis Jared Pusok,… Continue reading San Bernardino County to Pay $650,000 to Man Seen Being Beaten by Deputies

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Dick Cheney’s Decline

About Dick Cheney’s decline: Some observers believe the former vice-president is showing signs of mental illness. Others bark back, “You mean you’ve only just noticed?” Jonathan Chait slogs through the poisonous weeds of Cheneyland and takes a hard look at Cheney’s pronouncements on Iran, Obama, American decline, etc. etc. Like all Republican officeholders and some Democratic… Continue reading Dick Cheney’s Decline

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Justice Department To Probe Death of Freddie Gray

BALTIMORE — Amid the public outcry over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, the U.S. Department of Justice is opening an investigation into the incident. “The Department of Justice has been monitoring the developments in Baltimore, MD, regarding the death of Freddie Gray,” spokeswoman Dena Iverson said in a statement. “Based on preliminary information,… Continue reading Justice Department To Probe Death of Freddie Gray

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Suburban Detroit Police Chief Resigns Amid Assault Case

The police chief of a Detroit suburb resigned Wednesday just two days after one of the department’s officers was charged with the assault of a black man. The incident, which took place in January, was caught in a video that sparked outrage over the use of excessive force by law enforcement officials. Police Chief Vicki Yost’s… Continue reading Suburban Detroit Police Chief Resigns Amid Assault Case

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Destroying Chemical Weapons 100 years Later in the US

Pueblo, United States – At a hi-tech military installation on the windswept prairie of southern Colorado, a small army of workers in protective gear, assisted by precision robots, is training to destroy one of mankind’s most vile inventions: chemical weapons. “Chemical agent destruction is a hard role. It’s a high hazard operation,” says project manager Kim… Continue reading Destroying Chemical Weapons 100 years Later in the US

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Baltimore Officials on Post-Ferguson Panel, Now in Spotlight

BALTIMORE — After Ferguson, Mo., exploded in riots following the fatal shooting of the unarmed Michael Brown by a police officer, a group of mayors and law enforcement officials met to come up with ways the nation’s cities could improve police-community relations. Two members of the group, which in January issued a report with six recommendations,… Continue reading Baltimore Officials on Post-Ferguson Panel, Now in Spotlight

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So You Elected a Black Mayor! I Guess I Will Resign

Parma, MO (Liberty) –   Parma, a town of 740 people, elected a black female mayor for the first time in its history. In response to Tyrus Byrd’s election, six of Parma’s eleven employees — including the police chief, city clerk and water department supervisor — have resigned.

Voter turnout on the April 7th election was approximately double what it had been in previous years. 206 people voted, with Byrd prevailing by 37 votes. Considering the volume of voters, the victory margin was significant. Mayor-elect Byrd, a lifetime resident of Parma, would notice upon a trip to the city building to pay a utility bill about a week later, that person was working in the building. It is reported by KFVS, that the three city officials turned in their resignations immediately. 80% of the local police force resigned as well. In their letters to the outgoing mayor, Randall Ramsey, the incumbent who was defeated by Byrd, they cited “safety concerns.”

Tyrus Byrd, the black woman in question and the former city clerk, narrowly beat Ramsey, who held the mayorship for nearly 37 years, and said in a speech that she had no idea what these “safety concerns” were. Parma

The Huffington Post reports:

Some Parma residents say they aren’t worried about safety now that the police force has shrunk. “I think it’s pretty dirty they all quit without giving her a chance,” resident Martha Miller told KFVS. “But I don’t think they hurt the town any by quitting, because who needs six police for 740 people.”

Mayor-Elect Byrd started her term in the blind. When she went to her office at City hall she was unable to locate any city records. Particularly the city’s financial statements, the book of ordinances, budget, meeting minutes or any other city documents. She also stated that she was unable to find any of the resignation letters anywhere in the office and stated that all of the computers had been wiped clean. A circumstance that likely could be grounds for a possible investigation considering that the computers contained information about government business.

She would later find out that most of the recent City financial records were in the personal possession of City Treasurer Kim Hampton. Hampton had not resigned and kept the records in a safe at a cotton gin that Hampton runs. Hampton, who has been city treasurer for 24 years performs the majority of the treasurer duties, including responding to public record requests, right from the Mahan Cotton Gin.

Once the Mayor-Elect was finally able to review the latest city account statements she discovered that city employees were allowed to use city credit to purchase personal items. Then the city would deduct the money owed to the city from the employees paychecks on an installment payment plan. Apparently former Mayor Ramsey allowed this due to the failure of the city to offer employees and benefits.

At this time, the City has not hired anyone to fill the vacant positions. Including any new police.

In the meantime, Mayor-Elect Byrd begins the work of trying to rebuild the City’s infrastructure without any help from the prior administration.