Disgraced Republican lawmaker planted no-party candidate in key Florida state Senate race, sources say
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The confession came on election night. Over drinks at an Irish pub in Seminole County, as television screens began to show the latest election results for key state Senate races, former Miami state Sen. Frank Artiles was getting excited. Miami Republican Ileana Garcia, a first-time candidate, was leading Democratic incumbent Sen. Jose Javier Rodriguez in the race to represent Miami-Dade’s Senate District 37. It was tight, but she was winning. And Artiles wanted to brag. “That is me, that was all me,” Artiles told a crowd at Liam Fitzpatrick’s restaurant in Lake Mary, where ...
New Jersey has legalized weed. Here's why Pa. may take a different path.
New Jersey voters this week legalized cannabis. Without Republican support, it’s unlikely that the Keystone State will follow anytime soon.“As long as we’re in the middle of a declared opioid emergency, we shouldn’t be legalizing another drug,” said Jason Gottesman, spokesman for Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, R.-171. “On top of that, revenue projections are that it will only bring in about $200 million a year and that money would only go to new spending.”Gottesman said there is “no serious discussion” among GOP legislators for a measure similar to the Garden State’s or ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Venezuela coup plotters met at Trump resort in Florida. Central figure says US officials knew of plan
MIAMI — In a challenge to denials of government involvement, the ex-U.S. special operations sergeant whose security firm took part in a botched Venezuelan coup last May said two Trump administration officials met with and expressed support to planners of Operation Gideon, a Bay of Pigs-type operation that tried to oust Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro.It’s a story of bungling, bravado and cloak-and-dagger plotting, with plans shared in clandestine meetings in the back of limousines while rolling through Miami, in restaurants and even at dusk on the 12th fairway of the Red Course of Trump Do...
Chicago mayor exchanged emails with lobbyist as city ethics board declined to enforce lobbying ban
CHICAGO — Months after a new law took effect banning elected public officials from lobbying Chicago City Hall, Mayor Lori Lightfoot exchanged emails with a lobbyist who would have been barred under the new standards had they been enforced, the Chicago Tribune has learned.Flossmoor trustee Gyata Kimmons emailed Lightfoot in August on behalf of Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, a real estate company he lobbies City Hall on behalf of with tenants at O’Hare International Airport, records show.The back-and-forth occurred months after Lightfoot introduced her own plan that would have rolled back part of th...
Confederate monuments are falling across the nation, but in Philly a memorial to Southern troops still stands
PHILADELPHIA — Confederate monuments and statues are coming down across America, scores of them gone in just the last few months.But not in Philadelphia, where a memorial to Southern war dead has stood for more than a century in the National Cemetery in West Oak Lane.Its dedication in 1912 — on the 42nd anniversary of the passing of Gen. Robert E. Lee — aimed to obscure the pro-slavery cause of the Confederacy, and to recast the fight of the Southerners who lay nearby as true to the ideals of the Founding Fathers.The thick granite block stands 9 feet, 6 inches tall, and bears the names of 184 ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
QAnon on the ballot: Six GOP-endorsed Minnesota candidates back conspiracy theory
MINNEAPOLIS — At least a half-dozen Minnesota Republicans running for state legislative seats in November have promoted the sprawling QAnon conspiracy theory that includes false claims that Satanists and pedophiles run the government and that COVID-19 is part of a plot to steal the election.Once dismissed as a fringe movement, QAnon is quickly seeping into mainstream Republican politics as scores of GOP candidates across the country express support for its ideas. Among them are six candidates endorsed by the Minnesota Republican Party for state House and Senate seats from the Iron Range to the...
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