It’s safe to say that this past week was not the best for Nathan Deal. It must be hard to be the governor of Georgia, what with all those pesky whistleblowers, journalists and students. In the …
1. While speaking to college students, he assumed (wrongly) that an immigration activist was undocumented.Via pinterest.com
No really. It went like this:
Gov. Deal: I presume you are…. [undocumented]
Woman: I don’t know why you thought I was undocumented. Is it because I look Hispanic?
Apparently you can tell a person’s citizenship status just by looking at them. #NewSuperpower
2. An investigation showed Gov. Deal rewarded the families who bankrolled his campaign with plum seats on the state’s top boards.Via tumblr.com
Yea, we did a spit take too when we saw the headline.
Side note: Gov. Deal appointed only 5 women and 1 African-American out of 51 seats. #Diversity
3. A leaked email from Gov. Deal’s staff promised favors for state legislators in return for campaign contributions.Via blogger.com
4. On Wednesday, a watchdog group filed a complaint against the governor’s top staff for illegal conduct.Via tumblr.com
The governor’s top staff intervened in an ethics investigation of his campaign, allegedly even threatening the top ethics official. The silver fox has seen a lot in his day, but we think he would agree this is just wrong.
5. Now the governor is struggling to explain why he takes $10k a month from a business that owes Georgia $74 million in back taxes.
Because earning millions for yourself always takes priority over funding education or helping middle-class families…
6. And a judge is questioning why the state hid evidence in a major ethics trial that kept the governor off the witness stand.Via i.imgur.com
What memos? There were no memos? We promise!
7. When you act like this, it’s probably better to keep the press away. Maybe that’s why he stayed silent as a journalist was dragged out of a GOP rally Gov. Deal was headlining.Via i.imgur.com
Gov. Deal sat idly by as a videographer was dragged from a public rally.
Did we mention that she was invited to the event? So much for transparency.
Gov. Deal, of course, had no comment.
What. A. Week.Via giant.gfycat.com
7 scandals in 7 days.
We know, it’s hard to keep up.
We think it’s safe to say that #GeorgiasReady for an honest government. #ChangeTheDeal
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* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record
* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”
* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination
* ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America
GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.
Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.
"Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.
Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson - a St. Louis suburb - and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.
"The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown," said Amir, an expert from Algeria.
"This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials."
The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.
U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.
Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.
Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.
"STAND YOUR GROUND" LAWS
In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense”.
Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.
The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.
"The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police," it said, urging investigations.
The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.
Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.
"When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad," he said.
(AP) Wisconsin tax collections for the past year came in 2 percent short of estimates, the state Department of Revenue reported Thursday, news that won’t require immediate emergency action by the Legislature but that puts the state’s budget on track to be out of balance next year.
The figures show the state collected $281.2 million less for the fiscal year that ended in June than was anticipated by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature have cut taxes by nearly $2 billion since Walker took office in 2011, including $500 million in March, a fact they’ve trumpeted on the campaign trail but that Democrats say has put the state’s budget in jeopardy.
On Thursday, Walker and Republicans went into damage control, saying the economy is still heading in the right direction but ignoring the fact that the news means the budget will not be balanced next year. The figures come just over two months before the election in a race for governor that’s focused heavily on which candidate is better for the state’s economy.
Democrats said the news is evidence that the Republican agenda isn’t working and it’s time for a change.
"Scott Walker has no one to blame but himself and the Republican lawmakers who have driven Wisconsin’s economy right into the ditch," said Democratic state Sen. Bob Jauch, a former member of the Legislature’s budget committee.
Get a Walker supporter in a debate and they’ll resort to, “Well, at least he balanced the budget!” when all of their other arguments have been shot down.
Now they don’t even have that. The last good thing that could be said about Scott Walker just evaporated.
One of the classic strategies for politicians caught saying embarrassing things is to use the old “there’s nothing to see here, keep moving” ploy. Republicans tried that at first when Romney was caught on the 47% tape, but it didn’t work for them because it wasn’t only what Romney said that was so offensive, it was the context: speaking to a bunch of wealthy donors about all those greedy seniors and poor people.
The spectacle of Mitch McConnell, Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, Tom Cotton, the head of the Republican Governors Association (and other politicians who were on the agenda or in attendance) kowtowing to Charles and David Koch and other billionaires gathered at the luxury resort. All the money spent on security ($870,000 to rent the hotel exclusively not to mention their own private security detail) to keep the meeting as secretive as possible. And Mitch McConnell, the most powerful man in the Republican party as the Senate Minority Leader, giving a speech outlining how his entire career, and the party’s future policy strategy, were all in service to the Koch agenda. The combination will be as definitional to this campaign as the 47% video was to 2012.
97 of the 100 poorest counties are in Republican-controlled states, but don’t worry, I’m sure they can get it to 100 if they stay the course. ”
— (via teapartycat)