Politics

EL CAJON COUNCILMAN KALASHO FILES DISCRIMINATION CLAIM WITH STATE OF CALIFORNIA

 

By Paul Kruze

August 19, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Yet more eyes are going to be fixed on embattled El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho with news that he has filed a discrimination complaint with the State of California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The action follows last Tuesday’s 4-1 vote affirming that the only electronic device permitted to be used by Council members at the dais during City Council meetings are city-provided Apple iPad tablets.

The iPads provided to members of the City Council will be configured to only allow access to City of El Cajon official websites and access to the city’s financial budget documents and municipal codes, but other Internet sites will be blocked.  Note-taking software will be downloaded onto the iPads and an attached keyboard will be provided.

LA MESA VICE MAYOR QUITS REPUBLICAN PARTY OVER RACISM

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 17, 2017 (La Mesa, California)—La Mesa Councilmember and Vice Mayor Kristine C. Alessio has quit the Republican Party over the party’s failure to take a stand against racism.

“I’m out of the Republican Party,” Alessio announced on her Facebook page yesterday. “I’ll never be pro choice, never be against the second amendment, but I cannot stand with anyone who will not say no to racism and prejudice. Count me as decline to state and in favor of liberty.”

TRUMP SHIFTS STANCE ON KKK AND NEO-NAZIS, HAS CANCELLED FUNDING TO COMBAT THEIR RECRUITING EFFORTS

 

 

Update August 17, 2017 -- President Trump has backed off his words from Monday  in an angry speech to reporters  yesteraday, where he claimed counterprotesters were "very violent" and that there were "good people" on both sides. His appeasement and excusing of those in a march with Nazi flags prominently displayed has appalled many, prompting resignation of numerous CEOs off his business advisory panel which Trump dissolved as more and more quit in protest over his racial views. Watch video on CNN.

By Miriam Raftery

Rally organizer tells HBO Vice reporter on video, "A lot more people are going to die."

August 15, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – President  Donald Trump on Monday issued a strong statement denouncing groups by name  that participated in the Charlottesville, Virginia gathering of radical racist hate organizations, at which a Nazi sympathizer plowed a vehicle into a crowd of protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 others.

the president's announced came two days after the attack – and following a barrage of criticism including leaders in both parties who faulted Trump for not specifically denouncing white supremacism earlier.

"Racism is evil -- and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans," Trump said Monday."Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America," he added.  View the President’s full statement: http://www.10news.com/news/national/trump-expected-to-condemn-hate-group... .

TIES TO WHITE RACIAL HATE GROUPS BY TRUMP CABINET AND WHITE HOUSE ADVISORS DRAW SCRUTINY

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 15, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump’s long tolerance of violence and hate speech by white  hate groups has long drawn criticism, brought to the forefront following his two-day-belated denouncement of deadly violence in Charlottesville at the hands of a neo-Nazi during a white supremacists  rally. 

3 DEAD, 35 INJURED AS WHITE SUPREMACIST RALLY TURNS VIOLENT

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 13, 2017 (Charlottesville, VA)—Unite the Right, the largest white supremacist gathering in decades, was declared an unlawful assembly by the city of Charlottesville, Virginia,  where three people are dead and at least 35 injured. Governor Terry McAuliff declared a state of emergency and politicians across the country have spoken out to denounce the hate groups participating and a Nazi sympathizer who rammed his vehicle into a crowd has been charged with murder.

Former Ku Klux Klan (KKK) mperial Wizard David Duke had earlier credited Donald Trump with inspiring the rally.

KALASHO COUNTERSUES BEAUTY CONTESTANTS FOR DEFAMATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2017 (San Diego) – El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho is counter-suing two contestants in the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant that he founded, alleging that his reputation has been harmed by their claims that include fraud and sexual harassment.

KALASHO THREATENS DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT AS COUNCIL LIMITS ELECTRONIC DEVICES

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Ben Kalasho, August 8, 2017 (El Cajon)

August 11, 2017 (El Cajon) - Councilman Ben Kalasho threatened to file an employment discrimination complaint Tuesday as the Council discussed a resolution to limit Council members’ use of electronic devices during City Council meetings.    

FBI WARRANTS SECURED IN HUNTER PROBE SOUGHT EVIDENCE OF FRAUD, CONSPIRACY AND DOCUMENT FALISIFICATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 10, 2017 (San Diego) – Fraud, falsified documents and conspiracy to defraud a bank are among the crimes for which FBI investigators obtained a warrant and sought evidence during a February raid at offices of the treasurer for Congressman Duncan Hunter’s campaign, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports

TRUMP VOWS “FIRE AND FURY” AGAINST NORTH KOREA OVER NUKES; KOREAN LEADER RESPONDS BY THREATENING TO BOMB GUAM

 

 

By Jordan Damond, East County Magazine

ECM Editor Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report

Image: North Korea News Agency

August 9, 2017 (San Diego) -- “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," President Trump told reporters yesterday at the Bedminster, N.J. retreat where he is vacationing. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”   (View AP video.)  The remarks came in response to growing threats by  North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

But Trump’s strong though inflammatory statement triggered a response by North Korea threatening to attack Guam, where U.S. has a military base, with “enveloping fire,” CBS reports.

ASSEMBLY MEMBER RANDY VOEPEL SPEAKS OUT AT ALPINE CHAMBERS HOT TOPICS BREAKFAST

 

By Kendra Sitton

Photo, left and inside photo:  Henderson and Voepel speak after the breakfast

August 9, 2017 (Alpine) -- “Frank asked me to not get political and keep it positive. I'm going to fail him miserably,” said state Assembly member Randy Voepel. He addressed the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce at their monthly Hot Topics Breakfast at the request of Frank Sturnold, the interim executive of the Chamber while a restructuring is underway.

INSPIRED TO RUN: ELECTED OFFICIALS SHARE THEIR STORIES IN LA MESA

 

By Jonathan Goetz

August 9, 2017 (La Mesa) - Congress members Susan Davis and Scott Peters, Assembly members Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher and Todd Gloria, and Helix Director Mark Gracyk all shared at the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club last week their reasons for running for public office.

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS PRESENTED REFUGEE CHAMPION AWARD

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Congresswoman Susan Davis and Nile Sisters founder Elizabeth Lou

August 8, 2017 (San Diego) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) is the recipient of the 2017 Refugee Champion Award.  The award was presented by Nile Sisters Development Initiative, a San Diego-based nonprofit helping local refugees and immigrants.

MEDIA WATCH: FORMER FCC SECURITY EMPLOYEE: FCC LIED ABOUT WEBSITE HACK TAKING DOWN NET NEUTRALITY COMMENTS

 

Bombshell story from Gizmodo underscores need for FCC to address serious issues with its public comment process before making any decision on net neutrality. 15,000+ people call on lawmakers to demand that FCC comply with transparency laws

Source:  Fight for the Future

August 7, 2017 (Washington D.C.) --In a bombshell story from Gizmodo today, a former FCC security employee lays waste to the agency’s claims that a pair of DDoS attacks took down the FCC comment website at the exact moments when large amounts of pro net neutrality comments would have been flooding into the docket following viral segments from comedian John Oliver in 2014 and 2017. The agency’s inability to maintain a functional way for the public to comment on its net neutrality proceedings has become an issue of concern for members of Congress overseeing the agency, and raises questions about how it can or should move forward with its rulemaking process.

CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS‘ TRIBUTE TO MILITARY IN EL CAJON

 

By Paul Kruze

Photo:  Congresswoman Susan Davis addresses audience at veterans’ town hall in El Cajon.

Listen to veterans’ town hall with Congresswoman Davis:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/otg5ea4rh7x1i8p/SusanDavisVeterans_Final.mp3

August 7, 2017 (El Cajon) -- With the United States involved in war campaigns in the Middle East, Europe and Southeast Asia over the past century, there are U.S. soldiers who have returned home visibly unscathed by the hell of war. But there are those soldiers who have returned home healthy on the outside, yet everyday continue to deal with the ravages of war on the inside, enduring post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges.

GOV. BROWN: CALIFORNIA MAY SUE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER “SANCTUARY CITIES” FUNDING CUT

 

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

Photo: Screenshot, Governor Jerry Brown on NBC Meet the Press

August 7, 2017 (Sacramento) - Gov. Jerry Brown said California may sue the Trump administration over its threat to cut federal funding from cities that refuse to comply with the federal immigration crackdown.

PRESIDENT SIGNS RUSSIAN SANCTIONS AFTER CONGRESS APPROVES WITH VETO-PROOF MAJORITY

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, Kremlin.ru

August 4, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill imposing sanctions against Russia over its efforts to meddle in the U.S. election and Russian aggression in the Ukraine. 

The bill also prohibits President Trump from easing those sanctions without Congressional approval.  The action is a stinging rebuke to Trump, who has previously opposed sanctions and drawn criticism for his close ties to Russia and praise for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

MUELLER CONVENES GRAND JURY FOR TRUMP TEAM-RUSSIA PROBE

 

Congress also takes action to prevent firing of Mueller before recessing for summer

By Miriam Raftery

August 4, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has convened a federal grand jury  several weeks ago to determine whether criminal indictments should be filed in relation to the Trump team-Russia probe.   The report was swiftly confirmed by the Washington Post and other media.

 Reuters reports that the grand jury actions include approval of issuing subpoenas related to a meeting between Trump’s son, son-in-law, a Russian lawyer, then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, a cyberhacking expert and  other key figures to discuss negative information the attorney claimed to have on Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton.

RAISE ACT BACKED BY TRUMP WOULD SLASH LEGAL IMMIGRATION IN HALF, REQUIRE ENGLISH AND SPECIAL SKILLS FOR ENTRY TO U.S.

 

Major CEOs say bill would harm tech industry; policy has roots in racist organizaitons

By Miriam Raftery

August 3, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Going far beyond rounding up  undocumented immigrations, President Donald Trump is now backing a bill that aims to cut legal immigration in half.  It proposes a skills-based immigration system that includes English proficiency and job skills, also prohibiting immigrants from bringing any family members here except for spouse and minor children.

TRUMP CALL FOR VIOLENCE BY POLICE DRAWS CONDEMNATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Screenshot, the Washington Post

July 30, 2017 (San Diego) -- Law enforcement leaders across the nation are denouncing remarks made by President Donald Trump that critics say encourages police brutality. View video of Trump’s remarks.

Here is what President Trump said while speaking to law enforcement officers at Suffolk County Community College in New York:

GLORIA CHADWICK SUSPENDS CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 29, 2017 (La Mesa) – Gloria Chadwick announced on her Facebook page that she is suspending her candidacy in the 50th Congressional district and will instead seek reelection to her current position on the Grossmont Healthcare District Years, where she has served for many years.

THREE REPUBLICANS, INCLUDING MCCAIN, JOIN DEMOCRATS TO KILL LATEST SENATE PLAN TO REPEAL OBAMACARE

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 28, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – John McCain, an 80-year-old war hero and former prisoner of war who recently underwent brain cancer surgery, has had more than his share of serious health conditions in his lifetime. 

Late last night, the Arizona maverick cast the deciding vote to kill the Senate’s latest and likely final effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act—standing up and giving a visual thumbs down to the so-called “skinny repeal” bill with no replacement plan. 

SENATE COMMITTEE STANDS UP FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS PATIENTS

 

U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations votes on Leahy Amendment

By Miriam Raftery

July 28, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- This morning, the Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to include an amendment introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (R-VT) in the FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The amendment prohibits the use of Federal funds to interfere with medical cannabis patients and programs that are in compliance with state medical cannabis laws.  

MORE CALIFORNIANS TO LOSE HEALTHCARE THAN ANY OTHER STATE IF OBAMACARE IS REPEALED

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 27, 2017 (San Diego) – Over 3.8 million Californians are at risk of losing their healthcare coverage, if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). That’s more than any other state, according to a New York Times report titled “How Many People Across America Are at Risk of Losing Their Health Insurance?”

TRANSGENDERS OUT OF MILITARY? NOT SO FAST

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Congressman Scott Peters

July 27, 2017 (San Diego) – President Donald Trump’s tweets yesterday stating that he is reinstating a ban on transgender people in the U.S. military do not have the force of law.

Now, the Chairman of the Joint Chief’s of Staff says the military won’t take action until Trump sends directives to the Pentagon. In addition, San Diego Congressman Scott Peters has proposed an amendment to a major defense appropriations bill that would block discrimination against transgender people in the military--and even many staunch conservatives are voicing support for transgender troops.

“INSPIRED TO RUN”: SUSAN DAVIS, SCOTT PETERS, LORENA GONZALEZ FLETCHER, TODD GLORIA & OTHERS TO SPEAK AUG. 2 AT LA MESA'S DEMOCRATIC CLUB

 

East County News Service

July 27, 2017 (La Mesa) –A high-powered panel of local political heavy-weights will discuss what inspired them to run and why others should consider entering the political arena at the Wednesday August 2 meeting of La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club (7 p.m. in the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Dr, La Mesa).

This panel includes Congressional members Susan Davis and Scott Peters, Assembly members Todd Gloria and Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, Helix Water Board Director Mark Gracyk, Executive director of The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI), Dr. Kyra Greene.   (Photo, left)

Democrats outnumber Republicans in La Mesa, Lemon Grove and San Diego, yet there are scores of seats on local boards and jurisdictions where Republicans run unopposed every election cycle.  Now, Democrats are taking their “Resist Trump” agenda to the grass-roots by enticing new leaders to run for office.and inspiring those on the sidelines to get involved. 

STAFFER FOR WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ, FORMER DNC CHAIR, ARRESTED FOR DEFRAUDING LENDER

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Debbie Wasserman Schultz

July 26, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – An IT aide who worked for Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former Democratic National Committee Chair, has been arrested on bank fraud charges while trying to board a plane to Pakistan at Dulles Airport in Virginia.

LAWSUITS FILED AGAINST TRUMP’S VOTING INTEGRITY COMMISSION OVER SECRECY AND REQUEST FOR PRIVATE VOTERS’ DATA

 

Some critics contend Commission’s aim is voter suppression, not halting voter fraud

By Jordan Damond

July 25, 2017 (San Diego) -- Multiple lawsuits have been filed against Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Many of them voice concerns that the Commission’s actions could result in voter suppression as opposed to protecting voting integrity.

SENATE STRUGGLES TO REVIVE HEALTHCARE REPEAL—WITH NO REPLACEMENT PLAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 25, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – By a slim one-vote margin, Republicans in the Senate voted to open debate on repealing and replacing Obamacare. Senator John McCain flew back from Arizona after brain cancer surgery to vote in favor, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote to open debate. But then the bill to gut healthcare for millions of Americans, while granting tax breaks to the wealthy, failed passage.

CONGRESS AND WHITE HOUSE SEEK TO GUT CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU

 

East County News Service

July 24, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration and the Republican leaders in Congress are looking to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, GovExec reports. The bureau was established in 2011 during the financial crisis and mortgage market collapse, as part of the Dodd-Frank reforms to protect consumers from deceptive and misleading actions by the financial industry.

CONGRESS TO IMPOSE NEW SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA AND REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW OF ANY EFFORT BY TRUMP TO EASE SANCTIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Kremlin

July 24, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – In a stinging rebuke of President Donald Trump’s cozy relationship with Russia, The House and Senate have agreed on a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia over its efforts to meddle in the U.S. election and Russian aggression in the Ukraine.  The bill also prohibits Trump from easing those sanctions without Congressional approval.  The Republican-controlled Congress is said to have mustered a veto-proof majority in both Houses for the bill.

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