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ORLANDO, Fla.— The criminal trial of former Republican Party of Florida chair Jim Greer had promised to be embarrassing for party leaders, rising Republican star Marco Rubio and former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is contemplating a new political future as a Democrat.

But Greer's guilty pleas on Monday to four counts of theft and a single count of money laundering ended the trial before it even started and ensured that some state GOP secrets will remain confidential, at least for the time-being.

"There were a number of people who did not want this trial to go forward and the trial isn't going forward," Damon Chase, Greer's attorney, said after the former chair entered his pleas in court. "Once again, Jim Greer is falling on his sword for a lot of other folks."

Greer, 50, could face a prison sentence of 3 1/2 to 35 years when he is sentenced March 27. Assistant statewide prosecutor Michael Williams wouldn't say how many years prosecutors would seek.

The trial had threatened to expose the underbelly of Florida's dominant political party and its formerly high-spending ways. Party officials took heat three years ago from revelations of excessive spending at restaurants and luxury hotels on party-issued American Express cards by Republican leaders, including Rubio. Testimony about those expenditures had been expected at the trial.

Topics also covered in pretrial depositions included allegations of prostitutes at a state GOP fundraiser in the Bahamas, the drinking habits of Crist and intraparty strife. Some of Florida's most powerful politicians were scheduled as witnesses, including Crist, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and several state House and state Senate leaders.

Greer's acknowledgment of guilt was what the party wanted all along, party attorney Stephen Dobson said, and they weren't worried about potentially embarrassing testimony at trial.

"There was absolutely no concern. In fact, a lot of people were looking forward to clearing a lot of these allegations that had been made up," Dobson said outside the courtroom. "Today the truth came out."
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Another one Bites the Dust.
Another one Bites the Dust
and Another one does.
And Another one does.
Another Republican BITES THE DUST!!

Jim Greer, see ya!

Tell BIG Bubba, Hello
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#218
Feb 18, 2013
 
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Do you want some whine with that cheese?
Do you want some cheese with that whine?
Do you want some whine with that cheese?
Whine and cheese goes well with crackers.
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#219
Feb 18, 2013
 
ZCs wrote:
Another one Bites the Dust.
Another one Bites the Dust
and Another one does.
And Another one does.
Another Republican BITES THE DUST!!
Jim Greer, see ya!
Tell BIG Bubba, Hello
They're dropping like flies, but that was expected.
The country has grown tired of that bunch because they know what they stand for.
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ORLANDO, Fla.— The criminal trial of former Republican Party of Florida chair Jim Greer had promised to be embarrassing for party leaders, rising Republican star Marco Rubio and former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is contemplating a new political future as a Democrat.
But Greer's guilty pleas on Monday to four counts of theft and a single count of money laundering ended the trial before it even started and ensured that some state GOP secrets will remain confidential, at least for the time-being.
"There were a number of people who did not want this trial to go forward and the trial isn't going forward," Damon Chase, Greer's attorney, said after the former chair entered his pleas in court. "Once again, Jim Greer is falling on his sword for a lot of other folks."
Greer, 50, could face a prison sentence of 3 1/2 to 35 years when he is sentenced March 27. Assistant statewide prosecutor Michael Williams wouldn't say how many years prosecutors would seek.
The trial had threatened to expose the underbelly of Florida's dominant political party and its formerly high-spending ways. Party officials took heat three years ago from revelations of excessive spending at restaurants and luxury hotels on party-issued American Express cards by Republican leaders, including Rubio. Testimony about those expenditures had been expected at the trial.
Topics also covered in pretrial depositions included allegations of prostitutes at a state GOP fundraiser in the Bahamas, the drinking habits of Crist and intraparty strife. Some of Florida's most powerful politicians were scheduled as witnesses, including Crist, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and several state House and state Senate leaders.
Greer's acknowledgment of guilt was what the party wanted all along, party attorney Stephen Dobson said, and they weren't worried about potentially embarrassing testimony at trial.
"There was absolutely no concern. In fact, a lot of people were looking forward to clearing a lot of these allegations that had been made up," Dobson said outside the courtroom. "Today the truth came out."
Another corrupt GOPuke is sent packing.
Good for the silly fool.
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Another Republican BITES THE DUST!!

Stephen Katz, see ya!

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The marijuana stop — and quick release at the scene — of Assemblyman Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, on March 13 raised questions about whether it was standard procedure for police to let those charged with marijuana possession drive away if they were not found to be under the influence.

Authorities said Wednesday that in most cases, it was.

That’s in part because Katz was charged only with violations — speeding and unlawful possession of marijuana — and not more serious offenses, like misdemeanor drug possession, so there was no need to take him to a police barracks for a mugshot, among other reasons, police said. Katz had one-eighth of an ounce of marijuana in his possession, records obtained by The Journal News’ Albany Bureau show.

Under New York law, a violation is punishable only by fines and not jail time, and many are dismissed after less than a year if it is the defendant’s first offense and the defendant chooses not to fight the charge and agrees to stay out of trouble.

Katz’s charges, which came after he was stopped by state police and accused of speeding on the New York State Thruway in the Town of Coeymans in Albany County, represent his first such brush with the law, meaning he may be eligible for such an outcome.

Eve Bunting-Smith, a White Plains lawyer who has litigated scores of misdemeanor and violation cases in city and town courts for years, said many of her clients opt for just such a resolution, adding that Katz’s being stopped and released at the scene didn’t strike her as unusual. Most people in a similar situation will escape being taken to jail, she said,“unless they detect that you’re under the influence.”

Kieran O’Leary, a spokesman for Westchester County police, who patrol county parkways and conduct thousands of motor-vehicle stops yearly — including, presumably, scores similar to Katz’s — agreed, saying that county police also typically issue desk appearance tickets to motorists who are found with marijuana but are not under the influence and have no outstanding warrants.
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Apr 3, 2013
 
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Another one Bites the Dust.
Another one Bites the Dust
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And Another one does.
Another Republican BITES THE DUST!!
Stephen Katz, see ya!
Tell BIG Bubba, Hello
The marijuana stop — and quick release at the scene — of Assemblyman Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, on March 13 raised questions about whether it was standard procedure for police to let those charged with marijuana possession drive away if they were not found to be under the influence.
Authorities said Wednesday that in most cases, it was.
That’s in part because Katz was charged only with violations — speeding and unlawful possession of marijuana — and not more serious offenses, like misdemeanor drug possession, so there was no need to take him to a police barracks for a mugshot, among other reasons, police said. Katz had one-eighth of an ounce of marijuana in his possession, records obtained by The Journal News’ Albany Bureau show.
Under New York law, a violation is punishable only by fines and not jail time, and many are dismissed after less than a year if it is the defendant’s first offense and the defendant chooses not to fight the charge and agrees to stay out of trouble.
Katz’s charges, which came after he was stopped by state police and accused of speeding on the New York State Thruway in the Town of Coeymans in Albany County, represent his first such brush with the law, meaning he may be eligible for such an outcome.
Eve Bunting-Smith, a White Plains lawyer who has litigated scores of misdemeanor and violation cases in city and town courts for years, said many of her clients opt for just such a resolution, adding that Katz’s being stopped and released at the scene didn’t strike her as unusual. Most people in a similar situation will escape being taken to jail, she said,“unless they detect that you’re under the influence.”
Kieran O’Leary, a spokesman for Westchester County police, who patrol county parkways and conduct thousands of motor-vehicle stops yearly — including, presumably, scores similar to Katz’s — agreed, saying that county police also typically issue desk appearance tickets to motorists who are found with marijuana but are not under the influence and have no outstanding warrants.
BYE BYE

So long

FAREWELL.
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Apr 6, 2013
 
In January of 2012, just as the GOP Primary election cycle for President was getting under way, The BRAD BLOG reported exclusively that the office of the Virginia Attorney General had opened a criminal election fraud investigation into the failed effort by the campaign of Newt Gingrich to appear on the primary ballot in the Commonwealth.

Now, a woman hired by the campaign has "pleaded guilty to felony counts of fraud and perjury," according to a report just out tonight from Charlottesville's NBC affiliate WVIR.

31-year old Jennifer Derrebery reportedly worked for Gingrich's election contractor Stillwater LLC and, according to prosecutors, turned in campaign petitions with some 400 signatures in the failed attempt to collect the 10,000 needed for Gingrich's name to appear on the primary ballot last year. According to WVIR, nearly all of the signatures submitted by Derrebery were fake.

Prosecutors say she turned over stacks of signed and notarized forms to the Virginia Board of Elections containing roughly 400 signatures - nearly all of them fraudulent.

"We don't know what was going on, and we are pursuing charges for the people who did something wrong here in Augusta, on Mr. Gingrich's primary election," said Rupen Shah, assistant commonwealth's attorney.

Shah says there were similar problems in other parts of Virginia, where GOP candidates needed 10,000 valid petitioners to get on the ballot. Gingrich submitted more than that, but a quarter of the names could not be verified.
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Apr 6, 2013
 
Another one Bites the Dust.

Another one Bites the Dust

and Another one does.

And Another one does.

Another Republican BITES THE DUST!!

Jennifer Derrebery , see ya!

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Apr 6, 2013
 
Lane Rees, a 61-year-old GOP Committeeman for Walton County, Fl., was arrested Monday night for possession and transmission of child pornography, according to a Northwest Florida Daily News report on Monday, April 1.

Police reportedly searched Rees' house after conducting a month-long investigation that began when authorities received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in February about child pornography being traded by an online profile at his address.

Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson told the Daily News on Monday that police had found "pretty significant images" matching the tip they'd received.

Deputies recovered “multiple images” of child pornography after serving a search warrant on his home in Santa Rosa Beach.

Rees was elected to the Walton County Commission in 2000, where he served until being defeated by 23-year-old Republican Scott Brannon four years later. He has served as Walton County’s Republican state committeeman since being elected by party members in 2008.

According to his website bio, Rees is “President of the consulting group Human Resource Solutions, Inc. and serves on the board of the United Methodist Church’s Foundation for Evangelism”. In 2001, Walton County named Rees “Man of the Year.”
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Apr 6, 2013
 
Another one Bites the Dust.

Another one Bites the Dust

and Another one does.

And Another one does.

Another Republican BITES THE DUST!!

Lane Rees, see ya!

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#227
Apr 25, 2013
 
ZCs wrote:
Another one Bites the Dust.
Another one Bites the Dust
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And Another one does.
Another Republican BITES THE DUST!!
Lane Rees, see ya!
Tell BiG Bubba, Hello
A bunch of them are going to bite the dust in 2014.
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#228
May 2, 2013
 
Tick tock is what the clock is saying to Bachmann

With a special investigator soon to be appointed by the chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, the ethics cloud hovering over Rep. Michele Bachmann could quickly become a major problem for the Tea Party hero, experts tell Salon.

“This is very serious,” said Craig Holman, a government ethics lobbyist at liberal-leaning watchdog group Public Citizen.“It’s not Watergate, or at least not yet, but these are a series of allegations that are each serious on their own, and when you put them all together, this could be a career ender for Michele Bachmann.”

Ken Boehm, chairman of the conservative-leaning National Legal and Policy Center, told Salon that we should wait to see what investigators find — indeed, no wrongdoing has been reported so far — though he acknowledged the escalating scrutiny could be a major headache for the congresswoman down the line.

The Iowa investigation, looking into whether the campaign improperly paid a state senator, is just one of at least three different probes examining a range of allegations related to Bachmann’s failed presidential campaign, including charges that she improperly used campaign funds to promote her book, that her campaign “launder[ed]” money, and that one of her staffers stole an email list from a home-school organization.

Two former staffers, including her former chief of staff, have agreed to testify against Bachmann, which Holman said is “very unusual” and something that will push investigators at the Federal Elections Commission and the Office of Congressional Ethics, each of which reportedly has its own investigations into the campaign, to take the matter seriously.

OCE can’t issue penalties itself, but instead refers matters to the House Ethics Committee, where the range of potential punishments is huge, from a letter of censure to expulsion from the House, though the committee has a reputation for partisan gridlock and could easily sidestep the matter. FEC violations, meanwhile, come with civil fines, but the commission is even more notoriously ineffectual than the Ethics Committee.
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#229
May 8, 2013
 
Rush,

get ready to bite the dust!!!!!!!!!

With his contract up at the end of the year, Rush Limbaugh is thinking of pulling his radio show off Cumulus Media stations. More than a year after he called law student and activist Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute,” the host is sick of being blamed by company CEO Lew Dickey for the Cumulus’ declining ad revenue, says Politico. On 40 Cumulus stations across the country, Limbaugh believes the real reason ad revenue is down is underperformance by the company’s outlets. The possible talk radio shift comes just ahead of a quarterly earning call tomorrow with Dickey. Last August, Dickey said Limbaugh’s February 2012 remarks calling Georgetown law student Fluke a “slut” cost the company’s top trio of stations about $5.5 million in ad revenue. This March, he referred to the company as revenue “challenged” by the fallout from Limbaugh’s remarks. Year to date, Cumulus’ stock is up 38.6% and up 14.6% over the past 12 months.
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May 9, 2013
 
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Rush,
get ready to bite the dust!!!!!!!!!
With his contract up at the end of the year, Rush Limbaugh is thinking of pulling his radio show off Cumulus Media stations. More than a year after he called law student and activist Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute,” the host is sick of being blamed by company CEO Lew Dickey for the Cumulus’ declining ad revenue, says Politico. On 40 Cumulus stations across the country, Limbaugh believes the real reason ad revenue is down is underperformance by the company’s outlets. The possible talk radio shift comes just ahead of a quarterly earning call tomorrow with Dickey. Last August, Dickey said Limbaugh’s February 2012 remarks calling Georgetown law student Fluke a “slut” cost the company’s top trio of stations about $5.5 million in ad revenue. This March, he referred to the company as revenue “challenged” by the fallout from Limbaugh’s remarks. Year to date, Cumulus’ stock is up 38.6% and up 14.6% over the past 12 months.
Fat pig Rush is gonna be a goner.
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#231
Jun 1, 2013
 
Can Michele pray this away? FEC fines Bachmann $8,000 for 2010 campaign finance violations?

Michele Bachmann
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Jun 1, 2013
 
Another one Bites the Dust.

Another one Bites the Dust

and Another one does.

And Another one does.

Another Republican BITES THE DUST!!

Michele Bachmann , see ya!

Don't let the door knob hit ya on the way out.

It was nice knowing you.

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Jun 6, 2013
 
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Can Michele pray this away? FEC fines Bachmann $8,000 for 2010 campaign finance violations?
Michele Bachmann
Did anyone think she was playing with clean hands?

She's a crazy nut who needs to see a shrink.
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#235
Jun 17, 2013
 
ZCs wrote:
Another one Bites the Dust.
Another one Bites the Dust
and Another one does.
And Another one does.
Another Republican BITES THE DUST!!
Michele Bachmann , see ya!
Don't let the door knob hit ya on the way out.
It was nice knowing you.
That party is going down in flames.
Who will be next?
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Another Republican bites the dust!

Another campaign worker for 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has pleaded guilty to election fraud charges and perjury in Virginia.

On Tuesday, according to WVIR, Charlottesville, VA's NBC affiliate, 28-year old Adam Ward pleaded guilty to 36 counts related to submitting forged signatures in the failed attempt by the Gingrich campaign to qualify for the state's 2012 GOP Presidential Primary ballot.

Just 10,000 legitimate signatures were needed to qualify for the ballot. The Gingrich campaign turned in more than that, but thousands of them, it turns out --- in an incident that far outpaces anything ACORN was even ever falsely accused of --- were faked. State authorities say they were unable to verify some 4,000 signatures out of more than 11,000 turned in by the Gingrich campaign.

In April, another Gingrich worker, 31-year old Jennifery Derrebery, pleaded guilty to similar felonies, after prosecutors said she had "turned over stacks of signed and notarized forms to the Virginia Board of Elections containing roughly 400 signatures --- nearly all of them fraudulent."

At the time of Derrebery's plea, WVIR reported that she was cooperating with prosecutors who said the "investigation is still active, and may result in additional arrests."

In an exclusive report in January of 2012, The BRAD BLOG originally broke the story confirming VA's criminal election fraud probe of Gingrich and his campaign, after what state election officials described to us as "definitely an illegal act."

That "illegal act" was believed, at the time, to have involved some 1,500 fraudulent signatures, as overheard being described by candidate Gingrich himself. He had been caught on video tape, in December of 2011, speaking to a supporter in Iowa, attempting to downplay the failure to qualify for the VA ballot as "just a mistake".

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