Politics

MANAFORT FLIPS: FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN MANAGER COOPERATION DEAL WITH MUELLER PROBE INCLUDES "ANY AND ALL MATTERS"

 

 

This development "should make President Donald Trump very nervous indeed."

By John Queally, staff writer, Common Dreams

 

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September 15, 2018 (Washington D.C.) -- Considered a major development regarding President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, his lawyers on Friday confirmed that prior to pleading guilty to charges at a court hearing Friday he has entered a cooperating agreement with the Department of Justice.

KENDRICK-KALASHO RACE HEATS UP

 

 

Fact check: Kendrick mailer on Kalasho “fraud and sex scandals” is true.

Kalasho removes social media post accusing him of stalking opponent's home -- after being served with federal lawsuit for removing critical posts and violating First Amendment.

By Miriam Raftery

September 15, 2018 (El Cajon) – Redistricting has pitted Councilmembers Gary Kendrick and Ben Kalasho against each other in what’s shaping up to be one of the most contentious election battles in East County’s history.   

A mailer from Kendrick’s campaign warns voters, “Judge ruled against Ben Kalasho in fraud and sex scandals.”  No, that’s not fake news.  The flyer contains actual headlines and excerpts from East County Magazine and the San Diego Union-Tribune documenting the numerous legal findings, allegations and scandals involving Kalasho.

LA MESA VOTERS TO DECIDE ON MARIJUANA BUSINESS TAXES: BABER PROPOSES COUNCIL ALSO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL ADULT USE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Hear our interview with Councilman Bill Baber on marijuana measures, originally aired on KNSJ radio, by clicking the audio link

September 13, 2018 (La Mesa) --The La Mesa City Council has approved by a 5-0 vote a ballot measure, Proposition V, which would allow the city to put a business excise tax on cannabis businesses in  La Mesa.  The tax, if approved, would be paid by the businesses, not consumers. The city’s finance departments estimate that the measure could raise $1.5 to $2 million per year.

“As a separate matter, we’re working on an adult use ordinance that would bring the opportunity for adult use businesses to come alongside medicinal,”  reveals Councilman Bill Baber in an interview with ECM on KNSJ Radio.  He envisions allowing dispensaries already complying with medical marijuana sales requirements to be the first to carry recreational cannabis.

Audio: 

Interview with La Mesa Councilman Bill Baber on marijuana measures

COMMUNITY LEADERS HOST EAST COUNTY TOWN HALL SEPT. 26 ON LACK OF DIVERSITY AMONG DECISION-MAKERS

 

Residents and experts to discuss changes needed to create local government by the people, for the people

East County News Service

September 13, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- Dozens of East County residents will gather for a free town hall discussion on the barriers that exclude working people from joining the agencies that make decisions impacting their lives.  The event will be held Sept. 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lemon Grove Community Center, 3146 School Lane in Lemon Grove. It was prompted by the Community Representation Report  from the Center on Policy Initiatives, which revealed East County as the largest geographic region in San Diego with a stark lack of diversity between decision-makers on boards and commissions and community residents.

POLL WORKERS NEEDED FOR NOV. 6 ELECTION

 

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

September 13, 2018 (San Diego) - Poll workers, especially those who are bilingual in any one of six specific languages, are needed for the Nov. 6 Gubernatorial General Election. The Registrar’s office is required by federal law to provide bilingual speakers and voting materials to voters who speak Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese. In addition, a survey conducted by the University of California, Berkeley showed a need for speakers of Arabic and Korean at just under 90 precincts across the county so the Registrar’s office is also recruiting poll workers who are bilingual in those languages for the Nov. 6 election.

HANNAH GBEH TO SPEAK ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND AGRICULTURAL ISSUES SEPT. 20 IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

 

September 11, 2018 (Santee) – Hannah Gbeh will be the featured speaker at the East County Democratic Club meeting on Thursday. September 20 at Jimmy’s Restaurant in Santee (9635 Mission Gorge Rd.)  Dinner and social hour start at 6 p.m. with the meeting at 7 p.m.

WOMEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT PREGNANT WOMEN IN CUSTODY

 

 

 

Pregnant Women in Custody Act of 2018 will create a national standard for care of pregnant women in all federal prisons and require Dept. of Justice to collect data on mental and physical health of pregnant women in custody

East County News Service

 

September 13, 2018 (Washington D..C.) - Today, Representatives Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Mia Love (R-Utah) and Catherine Clark (D-Mass.) led the majority of women in both the Democratic and Republican House Caucuses in introducing legislation to provide a national standard of care to address pregnancy-related needs of incarcerated women during pregnancy, labor, delivery and post-partum periods. San Diego Congresswoman Susan Davis is among the cosponsors.

KAVANAUGH COMMITTED PERJURY MULTIPLE TIMES, NEWLY RELEASED DOCUMENTS REVEAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 7, 2018 (Washington D.C.) – Newly released documents which Republican leaders tried to block from being admitted into evidence now reveal that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath multiple times during his current confirmation hearing as well as at a prior confirmation hearing for his U.S. District Court seat.  

Lying under oath – perjury—is a federal crime and an impeachable offense for a judge.

Kavanaugh lied under oath about knowing about wireless surveillance programs when he worked for President Bush, about interviewing a controversial judicial nominee, and about receiving stolen and confidential Democratic party documents.

HOUSE ETHICS COMMITTEE STATEMENT ON SETTING UP REP. HUNTER PROBE

 

By Ken Stone

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Rep. Duncan D. Hunter arrives for his August arraignment in San Diego federal court. Photo by Chris Stone

September 6, 2018 (San Diego) - he following is the statement released Thursday by the House Committee on Ethics, lightly edited:

On March 23, 2017, the Committee on Ethics … announced that it was reviewing allegations referred by the Office of Congressional Ethics regarding Rep. Duncan Hunter. The committee also announced that because the Department of Justice had asked the committee to defer its consideration of the matter, the committee had followed precedent and voted unanimously to defer its review at that time.

KALASHO SEXUAL HARASMENT AND FRAUD CASE REASSIGNED TO NEW JUDGE; SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE TAYLOR RECUSES HIMSELF

 

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

Photo: Judge Kenneth Medel is now assigned to the Kalashos' case.

September 5, 2018 (El Cajon) -- In the zig-zags of the sexual harassment and fraud case involving El Cajon Council Ben Kalasho and his wife, Jessica Kalasho, the case zagged on Tuesday when San Diego Superior Court Judge Timothy D. Taylor recused himself, ordering the case to be reassigned. By day’s end the case was assigned to Superior Court Judge Kenneth J. Medel.

TAKE OUR POLL: WHO WILL YOU VOTE FOR IN CONGRESSIONAL RACE?

 

 

With Rep. Duncan D. Hunter indicted on federal corruption charges, will you vote for Hunter, a Republican, his Democratic opponent, Ammar Campa-Najjar, or not vote?

50th Congressional District voters, please take our poll here:   http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/poll/rep-duncan-d-hunter-has-been-indi...

REP. HUNTER COULD LOSE HIS CONGRESSIONAL PENSION IF CONVICTED OF CORRUPTION CHARGES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 5, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Indicted Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine) could lose his Congressional pension if convicted of felony corruption charges under federal reform laws. Those include the “Honest Leadership and Open Government Act” that his father, Duncan Hunter Sr., voted for in 2007.

CONFIRMATION HEARING FOR SUPREME COURT NOMINEE KAVANAUGH PROCEEDS DESPITE 42,000 PAGES OF DOCUMENTS NOT YET REVIEWED

Kavanaugh previously argued that presidents should be immune from criminal prosecution, while working at the Bush White House

By Miriam Raftery

View video clip: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4746944/brett-kavanaugh-confirmation-hear...

September 4, 2018 (Washington D.C.) -- The Senate confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justice nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, opened today over strenuous objections from Democrats who asked for postponement to allow time to review “42,000 pages of documents that we have not been allowed to read or analyze,” according to California Senator Kamala Harris and others. The documents, reflecting Kavanaugh’s tenure as White House Staff Secretary to President George W. Bush, were provided to committee members only the night before the hearing.

But Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley refused to recognize any Democrats on the committee. Several Senators asked for adjournment of the hearing, as protesters interrupted to call for justice, but the chair refused all requests.

A key concern raised is that Kavanaugh put forth arguments that a president should be above the law, not subject to criminal prosecution while in office or for actions undertaken as president.  With special prosecutor Robert Mueller already securing numerous indictments and guilty pleas in his probe of Trump-Russia ties, critics argue that as an unindicted coconspirator who could potentially face charges or impeachment,Trump  shoudl be blocked by the Senate from appointing a nominee who believes that a president should not be held accountable legally for his actions.

CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS CRITICIZES DEVOS FOR ROLLING BACK PROTECTIONS FOR SURVIVORS OF CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULTS

 

 

East County News Service

September 4, 2018 (San Diego) — Last week, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sent a letter to college campuses reversing a campus sexual assault policy established by President Obama.  DeVos’ action would bolster the rights of those accused of sexual assault and reduce liability for colleges and universities, as the New York Times reported.

ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND, TRUMP TAKES ANTI-LABOR ACTIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 3, 2018 (Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump started the Labor Day weekend by issuing an executive order cancelling a modest 2.1% pay raise for federal workers, and ended the weekend Monday by denouncing Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor union.

The President did Tweet, “The Worker in America is doing better than ever before. Celebrate Labor Day!” But his administration has taken a string of  actions to undermine the wellbeing of workers taken since Trump took office.

BENCH WARRANT ISSUED FOR ARREST OF JESSICA KALASHO

 

 

Judge issues warrant because of no-show by Councilman’s wife at key court hearing

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

September 1, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Life got way more complicated on Friday for Jessica Kalasho, wife of embattled El Cajon City Council member Ben Kalasho.

Jessica Kalasho was scheduled to appear on Friday morning at a judgement debtor’s conference in San Diego Superior Court, however she was a no-show--much to the dismay of presiding Judge Timothy B. Taylor and attorney Jimmie Parker. Parker is representing three contestants who participated in a beauty pageant put on by the Kalashos in 2017 and the owners of an El Cajon taco shop. Plaintiffs allege sexual harassment, fraud and defamation by the Kalashos.

TV AD HAMMERS HUNTER ON INDICTMENTS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 2, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – A new TV ad takes aim at Republican Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, who has been indicted on criminal corruption charges along with his wife. View it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSPbbLKlQug&feature=youtu.be

“Every citizen has a responsibility to read this indictment. Forty-seven pages of  corruption and greed. Duncan Hunter Jr. stealing campaign funds for lavish vacations and gifts, defrauding wounded warriors, insulting our military,” states the ad funded by Hunter’s opponent, Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar.  

CANDIDATES TURN OUT AT POLITICS IN PARADISE

 

 

Photos:  East County Chamber President Eric Lutz and three fresh faces running for local offices:  Laura Koval for Santee City Council, Teresa Rosiak-Profitt for both Lemon Grove Council and Grossmont-Cuyamaca school board, and Jeff Griffith for State Senate.

By Miriam Raftery

September 1, 2018 (El Cajon)—Some 20 candidates and public officials flocked to “Politics in Paradise” hosted by several local chambers of commerce Thursday night at the Water Conservation Garden.

This year, the format did not include a panel discussion or questions, but rather guests had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with candidates. Each candidate also had 30 seconds to introduce themselves, with moderator Barry Jantz indicating any who ran over would get the “hook.”  Most gave just the basics – name, what they’re running for and how to find them – though a few managed to get some zingers in.

SEN. JOEL ANDERSON ACCUSED OF MAKING VERBAL THREAT TO LOBBYIST AT SACRAMENTO RESTAURANT

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

August 31, 2018 (San Diego's East County) --Long-time East County politician Joel Anderson (R-Alpine), likely didn’t intend to end his tenure in the California State Senate with accusations that he recently made a threat to strike a female lobbyist at the Diplomat Steakhouse Restaurant, across the street from the state Capitol in Sacramento.

Anderson, who is running for State Board of Equalization now that he is termed-out in the Senate, denies making a threat and says his words were misunderstood in a noisy restaurant.

Lobbyist Stephanie Roberson with the California Nurses Association has filed a complaint with the Senate Rule Committee. Another lobbyist who witnessed the incident said that Anderson approached Roberson to complain that the group didn’t endorse him. He allegedly made harassing comments about Roberson’s appearance and then said, “You better shut up before I bitch slap you.”

FACT CHECK: KALASHO FALSELY CLAIMS CREDIT FOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF OTHERS ON HIS CAMPAIGN MATERIALS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 31, 2018 (El Cajon) – On his campaign literature, El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho has made some inflated claims about his record. Here’s how the facts compare to the claims.

POLITICS IN PARADISE TONIGHT AT THE GARDEN

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 30, 2018 (El Cajon) – Approximately 20 elected officials and candidates running for local offices are slated to participate in tonight’s Poiltics in Paradise event.  Sponsored by five local Chambers of Commerce, the event will be held at the Water Conservation Garden from 5:30 to 8 p.m.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet candidates and ask questions at their candidate booths.

TRUMP THREATENS TO CENSOR GOOGLE SEARCH RESULTS, RAISING FIRST AMENDMENT CONCERNS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 29, 2018 (San Diego) - President Donald Trump is claiming that Google has rigged search results and is “suppressing voices of conservatives,” a claim Google says is false.

The President bashed Google on Twitter, posting, "Google search results for 'Trump News' shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out," he claimed, without substantiation.

BILL WOULD PHASE OUT FOSSIL FUELS IN CALIFORNIA BY 2045

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 29, 2018 (Sacramento) – California could become the first state in the nation to generate 100 percent of its power from renewable energy resources. A bill by State Senator Kevin del Leon would require California to reach that goal by 2045. The measure has passed both houses of the Legislature and is now awaiting Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.

PROTESTERS GREET REP. HUNTER AT COURTHOUSE; CONGRESSMAN AND WIFE PLEAD NOT GUILTY

 

By Ana Nita

View video of the arraignment here:  https://youtu.be/I-youN7TlHU

August 29, 2018 (San Diego) -- After being indicted on 60 counts for wire fraud, campaign finance violation and falsifying records, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) and his wife, Margaret, were summoned last week to appear in front of a federal judge at the Edward J. Schwartz U.S. District Court, San Diego. 

POLL SHOWS HUNTER LEAD SLIPPING OVER PRIOR RACES FOLLOWING INDICTMENT

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 28, 2018 (San Diego) – In his prior five campaigns for Congress, Duncan D. Hunter waltzed easily to victory over his Democratic opponents with margins of victory ranging from 17% in 2016 to a whopping 42.8% in 2014. But a new poll by Survey USA of likely voters released Monday, days after Hunter’s indictment on federal corruption charges, shows him with a mere 7%  lead over Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar.

REP. DUNCAN HUNTER AND WIFE INDICTED ON CORRUPTION CHARGES

 

 

Hunter stripped of committee assignments over "deeply serious charges", House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledges

Update: August 23, 2018: Congressman Hunter and his wife have entered not guilty pleas. ECM news partner 10 News has details: https://www.10news.com/news/rep-duncan-hunter-set-to-be-arraigned-follow....

By Miriam Raftery

August 22, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter and his wife, Margaret, have been indicted on federal charges of conspiring to commit wire fraud and falsifying campaign records to take over a quarter of a million dollars in campaign funds and use them for personal expenses, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced yesterday.

The indictment alleges that the Hunters also falsely represented personal expenses as purchases made to help wounded veterans and other charitable causes. in addition, a letter from Hunter's attorney to the Justice Department reveals, prosecutors suggest campaign funds were spent on "extramarital infidenlities and excessive drinking."

KALASHO LEAVES DEMOCRATIC PARTY, LASHES OUT AT MEDIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Councilman Kalasho's Facebook followers have shrunk to just 21 people following his numerous ethical and legal controversies.

August 17, 2018 (El Cajon)—El Cajon Councilman Bessmon "Ben" Kalasho tried to reregister as a member of the Federalist Party earlier this week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. However, the Federalist Party is not recognized in California, so Kalasho is now officially a “decline to state party affiliation” voter.

Originally the party of founding fathers Alexander Hamilton and John Adams, the Federalist Party advocated for a strong federal government but dissolved in the 1820s.  In 2016, a new Federalist Party formed with a polar opposite view, touting smaller government.

LEMON GROVE MAYOR VASQUEZ PAINTS OPTIMISTIC PICTURE IN STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS

 

 

Despite positive changes, budget clouds loom as city draws on reserves for operating expenses

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

August 16, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- Members of the Lemon Grove City Council and other city officials are grappling with concerns about a major budget deficit poised to sour the city’s future. The problem has led to media speculation that Lemon Grove might give up cityhood and become part of the County’s unincorporated area.

Yet, to a packed-to-the-rafters community room, recently-elected Mayor Raquel Vasquez painted a positive picture about the city’s many accomplishments in the past year and its challenges in the coming year. During her first State of the City address last week, the Mayor did raise the city’s financial dilemma, but not seeds for solutions over the long term.

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