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Snow added that he pays his own employees above the minimum wage, and many are working their first jobs and drive nice cars, because you know, they're not drug addicts, like poor people.

The Maine Heritage Policy Center launched a campaign this week against a November referendum to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 per hour to $12 per hour by 2020.

It’s off to a rocky start.

The Center, which is connected to billionaires Charles and David Koch, announced its opposition during a press conference in the capital Augusta, where business owner Rick Snow, who is running for office in Maine, suggested that raising the wage would only provide more drug money to poorly paid workers.

“Where would that money be spent? We’ve heard about the opiate issues in the state of Maine. Are we going to add more income to individuals so they can spend it on illegal activities? I’m very concerned about that,” said Snow, Republican candidate for District 47 in the Maine House of Representatives and former director of Maine’s Bureau of Labor Standards
, according to The Maine Beacon.

Blowback has been intense. Proponents of the referendum, along with people hurt by the heroin epidemic, were outraged by Snow’s comments.

“Workers in Maine and across the country will use these raises to make ends meet, pay the rent and put food on the table for their families,” Ryan Johnson, executive director of The Fairness Project, told The Huffington Post. “Comments like these prove how out of touch these opposition groups are with the rest of America.”

Single mothers raising their children in poverty and senior citizens who can’t afford to retire are desperate for better pay, Amy Halsted, campaign manager for Mainers for Fair Wages, said in response to Snow’s comments. By blaming this on drug users, he is punishing honest
, hard-working Mainers, Halsted said.

Snow, however, is now ready to move on from the minimum wage campaign. “I think this referendum is not something we should be focusing a lot of money and attention toward when we should be focusing on more significant concerns, like the heavy overdoses and the heroin epidemic in our state,” he told HuffPost Friday. He added that he pays his own employees above the minimum wage, and many are working their first jobs and drive nice cars.

Officials at the Maine Heritage Policy Center claim that raising the minimum wage would lead to prices hikes and higher unemployment, though research in the state indicates otherwise.

The referendum to raise the minimum wage will be on the ballot in the November general election, as will similar initiatives in several other U.S. states, including Arizona and Colorado.

If the referendum passes, as a recent poll out of the University of New Hampshire predicts, the minimum wage will increase to $9 an hour in 2017 and by an additional dollar each year until 2020, when it will cap at $12 an hour.

By Emily Tate. 09/30/2016 06:38 pm ET.

US presidential candidate Gary Johnson fails to name a foreign leader he admires

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, asked during a televised town hall meeting to name a foreign leader he admires, struggled to come up with a single one, saying that he was having an “Aleppo moment”.

On Wednesday, Johnson and his running mate Bill Weld were being interviewed by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who posed the question: “Who’s your favorite foreign leader?”

“Anybody,” he added.

Johnson exhaled hard.

“Mine was Shimon Peres,” Weld, a former governor of Massachusetts, interjected.

But Matthews pressed Johnson. “You gotta do this. Anywhere. Any continent. Canada, Mexico, Europe over there, Asia, South America, Africa – name a foreign leader that you respect.”

“I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment,” Johnson said, then quickly said “the former president of Mexico”.

In the end he was rescued by Weld, who leaned over to identify the name Johnson was scrabbling for – Vicente Fox – and put Johnson out of his misery.

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OP Note: Dear lord, this hot mess. How is this election even real? Also, I thought Jill Stein's answers were okay, but the only articles I could find were that the people she chose weren't 'technically world leaders'. I don't know, I didn't think her choices were so obscure to be called a 'fail' but maybe that's just me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Sinister clowns terrify neighborhoods across RVA


Sinister-looking clowns, scaring people up and down the East Coast, are now being spotted in Richmond.

A viewer sent NBC12 a picture of a clown in a grey car in Petersburg. One woman reports seeing that car with two clowns inside, riding around Petersburg. The woman didn't want to be identified, but she says the car was driving erratically and one of the clowns got out at a stop light, making his way towards her car. She sped off.

In Hopewell, three juveniles reported seeing a car with clowns inside near Carter G. Woodson middle school. Police in both Petersburg and Hopewell are investigating.

Early Tuesday morning in the Highland Springs area of Henrico, a trio of clowns was seen roaming around Knight Drive, lurking in backyards and even knocking on windows. Henrico police were called to the scene, but didn’t encounter any clowns. Investigators say they’re upping patrols in the neighborhood.

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Clown sightings grow in Virginia, police urge care

Creepy clowns have gone viral. Photos, videos and stories depicting clowns by the woods, in parking lots and near parks and playgrounds, have been viewed, shared and commented countless times on social media in recent weeks. While some may or may not pose a danger — and most are likely pranksters, one thing is for sure: the police are not amused.

Clown sightings have been reported in multiple states: South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia and more. Locally, at least two alleged sightings in Augusta County have been reported in recent days

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OP: It appears that this article is a satirical piece, and Pence hasn't actually said any of these things. I have changed the tags to reflect this. Mods, should I take this post down? Please advise.

Mike Pence Opposes Word ‘Vice’ On Religious Grounds, Doesn’t Want To Be Called Vice Presidential Candidate

Mike Pence, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s running mate, told the news media at a press conference Thursday that he no longer wants to be called a vice presidential candidate.

The Indiana governor, an evangelical Christian, explained that he opposes the word “vice” on religious grounds. Pence said that the Bible has strict prohibitions against vice. He said the word “vice” means, among other things, “immoral” or “wicked behavior.”

“That’s not who I am, and that’s not who I want people to think I am,” he said. “I can’t in good faith willingly condone a word I find deplorable without violating my Christian principles.”Read more...Collapse )

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“They have a commitment to these animals... they took them off the range.”

Horses run from a BLM helicopter in 2010.

An advisory board to the Bureau of Land Management suggested Friday that the agency should euthanize about 45,000 wild horses and burros that are currently captive in holding facilities, and animal rights groups are condemning the recommendation.

Groups including the Humane Society of the United States and In Defense of Animals say accepting the recommendation would betray the BLM’s responsibility to the horses.

“They have a commitment to these animals,” Gillian Lyons, the HSUS’s Wild Horse and Burro Program manager, told The Huffington Post. “They took them off the range.”

Although some news outlets have stated that the BLM or the “government” voted to euthanize the horses, this isn’t true. The measure is a recommendation from the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, an independent body that advises the BLM on matters pertaining to wild equines. The BLM has not accepted or rejected the recommendation yet.

“The BLM is committed to having healthy horses on healthy rangelands,” the agency said in a statement. “We will continue to care for and seek good homes for animals that have been removed from the range.​” It did not reply to follow-up questions.

Even if the BLM were to accept the plan, it would take some time for it to be implemented. The 2016 Interior Appropriations Bill prohibits using federal funds to send horses to slaughter or to euthanize healthy animals — meaning the language would have to be changed in the next bill for the recommendation to actually go through.

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By Hilary Hanson. 09/13/2016 07:29 pm ET.

Officer allegedly patrolled a Black Lives Matter march during the Democratic National Convention

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Photographs depicting a Philadelphia police officer on duty with a Nazi tattoo began circulating on social media late Wednesday night.

The ensuing outrage prompted Philadelphia police to release a statement saying the matter had been reported to internal affairs. The department said it does not condone anything interpreted as "offensive, hateful or discriminatory in any form." Yet, it acknowledged it does not have a policy regarding tattoos.

A photo appears to show the Nazi Party's partieadler emblem tattooed on the left forearm of an officer identified as Ian Hans Lichterman, 39. The party emblem features an eagle, with outstretched wings, holding a wreath containing a swastika. The photo shows the eagle topped by the word "Fatherland," but it is not clear if the tattoo includes the enwreathed swastika at the bottom, which cannot be seen in the photo.

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Babysitter gets 30 days for child molestation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. A Springfield babysitter will spend a month in jail after pleading guilty to child molestation. Police say Joseph Presley admitted to molesting an eight-year-old boy on two separate occasions.

Greene County Judge Calvin Holden sentenced Presley last week, and now Presley is in the Greene County Jail. But he won’t be there for long. He was given a 30-day ‘shock’ sentence, and then he’ll be on probation for five years.

“That’s is simply not enough, that doesn’t deter people from doing this sort of crime against children,” said Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Barbara Brown-Johnson.

She says the sentencing took her by surprise.

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This piece of shit and his lawyer and the judge can go die in a hole somewhere. We shouldn't "put him in prison with some real sex molesters, and some real rapists"? Excuse you, HE is a real molestor himself, he belongs there with all the other shitty people.

Giuliani Wrong About Terror Attacks and Obama
By Jeremy Diamond and Ashley Killough, CNN
Updated 6:14 PM ET, Mon August 15, 2016

Youngstown, Ohio (CNN) Rudy Giuliani, who served as mayor of New York City during 9/11, claimed Monday that there had not been "any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States" in the eight years before President Barack Obama took office.

But the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks took place less than eight years before Obama was sworn into office in January 2009.

"Under those eight years before Obama came along, we didn't have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States. They all started when (Hillary) Clinton and Obama got into office," Giuliani said Monday in Ohio where [Apricot Hell Beast] delivered a speech on radical Islamic terrorism.

[Droning Death-Token] spokesman Jason Miller said Giuliani was referring to the period of time following the 9/11 terror attacks, and before Obama was sworn into office.

Giuliani had referred to the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York moments before making that remark.

Giuliani's remarks drew swift criticism, including from 9/11 survivor Gabrielle Laine-Peters who took to Twitter to say she was "so angry right now" and sent a picture with an explicit word to describe Giuliani.

Giuliani also offered a heavy dose of criticism of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and called [Lumpish Fly-Bitten Barnacle] "our only hope for change in the way in which we approach radical Islamic terrorism."


OP Note: So do we think Guliani is gunning for a cabinet position? I know he mentioned 9/11 but I mean...this guy is NUTS.
OP: I'm posting this because I've seen so many articles where Trump is described as unhinged and dangerous (NB: I'm not saying that he isn't) and where Republicans are clutching their pearls and essentially saying 'woe is me!' and 'what did we do to deserve such an awful candidate!'.

I read this article a while ago and it really summed up so well for me that Trump is not one bad apple, much as some Republicans would like to pretend, rather it's the whole Republican barrel that is rotten. And that Trump came along because it was what the Republicans and their supporters WANTED. And that he isn't exactly the only dangerous Republican politician.

(I mean, I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but oh well... :-)

They could have picked...

Last January, the unpronounceable Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, surveying his party’s throng of presidential aspirants, tweeted: ‘It’s clear we’ve got the most well-qualified and diverse field of candidates from any party in history.’ Why, the world wonders, did they end up with Donald Trump as their nominee?

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OP: This article says it really well and really makes me wish the Repubs could all be jettisoned into space somewhere lifeless...
Nude photographs published this week are raising fresh questions about the accuracy of a key aspect of Melania Drumpf’s biography: her immigration status when she first came to the United States to work as a model.

The racy photos of the would-be first lady, published in the New York Post on Sunday and Monday, inadvertently highlight inconsistencies in the various accounts she has provided over the years. And, immigration experts say, there’s even a slim chance that any years-old misrepresentations to immigration authorities could pose legal problems for her today.

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