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The remaining charges against the officers in the Freddie Gray case have been dropped. That’s what the Baltimore Sun is reporting.

UPDATE: Fox is now reporting that Marilyn Mosby failed to get a single conviction in the Freddie Gray case.

You can’t make this stuff up. If ever there was something that proves that the system was rigged, it’s the news that WikiLeaks provided in the form of 19,000+ emails from the DNC showing that the DNC intentionally tipped the scales in Hillary’s favor during the primaries. Thanks to that leak, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was forced to resign as the chair of the Democratic National Committee, effective the day after the Democratic National Convention.

If you think that’s proof that the DNC rigged the primaries to guarantee a Hillary nomination victory, you’re right. It’s definitely proof that the system was rigged in HRC’s favor. If you think that’s where the corruption and the rigging stops, you’re wrong. You’re extremely wrong. One of the women that assisted DWS rig the system in Hillary’s favor is Donna Brazile. According to multiple news reports, including this one, Ms. Brazile has just been named the interim chair of the DNC.

If you think that’s the end of the corruption, you aren’t cynical enough. You’re not close. The RightScoop is reporting that Ms. Wasserman-Schultz has found new employment. Late this afternoon, I tweeted that Ms. Wasserman-Schultz could always get a job with the Clinton Foundation because it’s obvious she has the connections to make it happen. That might still happen but it’ll have to wait because — wait for it — Ms. Wasserman-Schultz has a new job … as “honorary chair” of Hillary’s “50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country…”

That isn’t just proof that the system is rigged. It’s proof that corruption pays, especially if you’re pandering to the Clintons. I’ve heard the Clintons complain about corporate execs getting golden parachutes before. When it comes to their friends, they don’t believe in golden parachutes. They apparently believe in soft landings on 1,600-thread count sheets. That’s apparent because that’s what HRC just gave Ms. Wasserman-Schultz.

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I’m certain that Politico’s article, especially the headline, was published with the intent of attempting to smooth over the bitter feelings Bernie Sanders voters are experiencing. I’d be surprised if Ms. Brazile’s non-apology apology will have that effect.

Eight paragraphs into the article, it’s reported that “National Democrats tried to smooth over the bitterness. DNC vice chairwoman Donna Brazile had dropped in on the meeting of Sanders-aligned Rules Committee members and apologized for how the emails came out.”

I’ve paid attention to Twitter today. Specifically, I’ve paid attention to #DNCLeaks. I can say with total certainty that Bernie’s supporters were upset with what they perceived as the DNC’s corruption. They especially were upset with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to the point that they started a separate hashtag, this time creating #Demexit. While there’s little doubt a majority of Bernie’s supporters will vote for Hillary, it’s highly likely that many will vote for Jill Stein or stay home. Hillary can’t afford that. She needs turnout to be better than Obama’s 2012 performance. That’s impossible if 30% of Bernie’s voters stay home or vote for the Green Party candidate.

Throughout the meeting, Sanders adviser Mark Longabaugh and Clinton counterpart Charlie Baker went in and out of backroom negotiations to try to hammer out some kind of compromise on superdelegates, and Sanders’ moves to open up caucuses and primaries, a big wishlist item.

In the end those negotiations satisfied both parties. “We strongly support the unity commission,” a Clinton aide said. “It appears we’re going to come out here with a great big win on Rules,” Longabaugh said.

That’s all nice at that level but it doesn’t do a thing to heal the rift that was caused by the DNC intentionally and unjustly tilting the nominating process in Mrs. Clinton’s favor. It remains to be seen whether that gets smoothed over or whether this divide doesn’t heal. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess which it will be.

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This month-old article takes on additional importance in light of the new Wikileaks-DNC scandal. The thought that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the DNC has to fight a class action lawsuit is terrible news for Hillary.

According to the article, attorney Jared Beck said “‘The first is a claim for fraud—against the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz—based on the revelations from the recent Guccifer 2.0 documents purportedly taken from the DNC’s own computer network.’ The Guccifer 2.0 documents include internal memos in which the DNC broke legally binding neutrality agreements in the Democratic primaries by strategizing to make Hillary Clinton the nominee before a single vote was cast.”

Think of this as the anything-but-democratic Democratic Party. As I wrote in this post, the more fitting word to describe the DNC is oligarchy. The definition of oligarchy is “a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.”

I’m not a legal eagle but this doesn’t sound good for the DNC:

The third claim alleges the DNC and Wasserman Schultz participated in deceptive conduct in claiming the DNC was neutral during the Democratic primaries, when there is overwhelming evidence suggesting favoritism of Clinton from the beginning.

These 19,000 documents make it difficult for the DNC to testify under oath in court that the DNC was neutral. Not only are the documents proof that the DNC wasn’t impartial but it’s proof that they put this plan in motion with the intent of tipping the race to Hillary. This won’t help DWS either:

This isn’t going away any time soon, though CNN and MSNBC are doing their best to minimize its impact.

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The news that the Democratic National Committee, aka the DNC, rigged the Democratic primaries so Bernie Sanders didn’t have a chance is proof that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump were right. They said that the system was rigged, although they said it in terms of meaning that the economy was rigged. This article exposes how the DNC rigged the primaries against Bernie Sanders.

Early in the article, it says “In its recent leak of 20,000 DNC emails from January 2015 to May 2016, DNC staff discuss how to deal with Bernie Sanders’ popularity as a challenge to Clinton’s candidacy. Instead of treating Sanders as a viable candidate for the Democratic ticket, the DNC worked against him and his campaign to ensure Clinton received the nomination.”

It’s clear that the DNC is corrupt to the core. The Democratic Party that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz runs with Donna Brazile’s help is the poster child for political corruption. These emails aren’t the only proof of that. This article highlights the lengths to which the DNC, or rather a small group of members of the DNC, were willing to go to hand Hillary the nomination:

The Democratic National Committee is “clearing a path” for Hillary Clinton to be its presidential nominee because its upper power echelons are populated with women, according to a female committee member who was in Las Vegas for Tuesday’s primary debate. Speaking on the condition that she isn’t identified, she told Daily Mail Online that the party is in the tank for Clinton, and the women who run the organization decided it “early on.”

The committeewoman is supporting one of Hillary’s rivals for the Democratic nomination, and said she spoke freely because she believes the former Secretary of State is benefiting from unfair favoritism inside the party.

Clinton aims to be the first female to occupy the Oval Office, and “the party’s female leaders really want to make a woman the next president,” the committeewoman said, rattling off a list of the women who she said are the “real power” in the organization. “I haven’t heard anyone say we should make Hillary undergo a trial by fire,” she added. “To the contrary, the women in charge seem eager, more and more, to have her skate into the general [election].”

Further, this DNC committeewoman identified the women who were intent on putting a Democratic woman in the White House:

Based on how the women leading the DNC have behaved, there’s little about the Democratic Party that’s democratic. The definition of democratic is “pertaining to or characterized by the principle of political or social equality for all.” Having virtually the entire leadership team of the DNC putting their thumb on the scales in Hillary’s favor doesn’t fit the definition of democratic. The word that best describes the DNC in its current state is oligarchy. The definition of oligarchy is “a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.”

This isn’t a little thing that will disappear over the weekend. This story will hang over the Democrats’ convention all week. Bernie Sanders’ supporters have every right to tell Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and her minions that they’ll walk away from the Democratic Party if major structural changes aren’t made to eliminate this type of corruption, starting with Ms. Wasserman-Schultz’s immediate resignation.

There’s little doubt that the media will do its best to minimize this story. They can’t totally hide it but they’ll do their best to minimize its impact. If I was advising the Trump campaign, I’d run ads all week long during the convention highlighting this corruption. It shouldn’t take much to put a snappy ad together to highlight the Democrats’ corruption. The Democrats’ corruption the weekend before the DNC is like handing Trump a case of dynamite and a box of matches.

UPDATE: Eric Zaetsch has linked to my post on his blog. Eric is definitely a Bernie fan. Eric’s post does a nice job from a progressive standpoint of making the case for dumping Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. I agree that the DNC stall “needs to be mucked.” I heartily agree.

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In 2008, Hillary was considered the presumptive Democrat nominee. Pundits said that she’d win the nomination, then win the general election. They were wrong both with both predictions. This Quinnipiac Swing State Poll must be close to Hillary’s nightmare scenario.

What do you think she’s thinking when she sees that Trump is tied with Mrs. Clinton in Ohio and that he leads Mrs. Clinton in Pennsylvania and Florida? Imagine Mrs. Clinton reading “The presidential matchups show: Florida – Trump at 42 percent to Clinton’s 39, compared to a 47-39 percent Clinton lead June 21; Ohio – Clinton and Trump tied 41-41 percent, compared to a 40-40 percent tie June 21; Pennsylvania – Trump at 43 percent to Clinton’s 41 percent, compared to June 21, when Clinton had 42 percent to Trump’s 41 percent.”

If Mrs. Clinton lost those 3 states, she’d lose to Trump. It’s that simple. I can’t picture Mrs. Clinton losing Pennsylvania but winning North Carolina. That just doesn’t seem possible. These statistics are part of this RedState post with a headline glaring “Hillary Loses Ground After Outspending Trump $57M to $4M.”

This is just part of the pattern for Hillary. She’s outspending Trump by orders of magnitude but she’s losing ground to him while outspending Trump.

What’s more troubling for Hillary is that she won’t get Bernie Sanders’ voters in the percentages that she’d hoped for:

Some of Bernie Sanders’ most loyal backers have turned into his biggest bashers on the heels of his Hillary Clinton endorsement.

The Vermont senator, who slammed Clinton repeatedly during the presidential primary campaign, offered his unwavering support to the presumptive Democratic nominee at a rally in New Hampshire Tuesday. “Hillary Clinton will make a great president and I am proud to stand with her today,” he said.

What followed was an avalanche of angry tweets, blogs and other social media posts from those who had been feeling the ‘Bern’ — and now just feel burned. In New York, Monroe County Sanders activist Kevin Sweeney told the Democrat & Chronicle he’s shifting his donations to Green Party candidate Jill Stein. “A lot of Bernie supporters are making $27 donations to Jill Stein’s campaign today,” he said.

This won’t blow over anytime soon. Some of Bernie’s supporters are true believers. A woman named Ashley Marie tweeted “Used to be a Bernie fan but now that he’s joined Hillary, who supports everything he’s supposedly against, I’m a Trump fan. #NeverHillary” Dan LaMorte tweeted “Bernie Sanders endorsing Hillary Clinton feels so much like when the girl you love starts dating the guy you hate most.”

Perhaps, the best tweet came from Craig, who said “Revolution? I guess political revolution meant something different to Bernie. I was willing to fight corruption to the death. #NeverHillary”

Apparently, Bernie’s supporters were true believers. Apparently, true believers don’t fit with Hillary’s people.

This doesn’t mean Hillary will lose this November. It just means Hillary’s team will need to order tons more Maalox.

When James Comey announced that the FBI wouldn’t recommend that the Justice Department shouldn’t prosecute Hillary Clinton, he essentially said that the United States justice system be a two-tiered justice system. In addition to him effectively rewriting existing and clearly-written federal statutes, Dir. Comey essentially said that the elitists, aka the American oligarchs, should be given preferential treatment as opposed to the peasants.

It’s ironic he’d do that the day after we’d celebrated our nation’s birthday. Comey’s logic, if it can be called that, goes against our nation’s founding principles. There’s a reason why Lady Justice is blindfolded.

The definition of oligarchy is “a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.” The definition of peasant is “a member of a class of persons, as in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, who are small farmers or farm laborers of low social rank” or “a coarse, unsophisticated, boorish, uneducated person of little financial means.”

The Clintons have always thought of themselves as oligarchs. Hillary has especially thought of those not in her social class as peasants. When Hillary talked about the “politics of meaning”, she talked about how “even janitors” lives have meaning. The liberal media at the time (1993-94) suggested that she was onto something new and meaningful. That’s Hillary’s perspective. It’s the type of ‘justice system’ that we should expect from a Hillary administration.

Here’s a hint: Hillary’s type of justice is long on using the word, short on acting justly. If Hillary was truly interested in justice, she would’ve confessed to telling the massive lies she told during the FBI’s investigation.

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When it comes to dishonest DFL politicians, Paul Thissen is in the conversation. Though he isn’t at the top of the list, he’s certainly part of the conversation. Yesterday, Rep. Thissen issued this statement. To be fair to Rep. Thissen, there were fragments of truth in his statement.

For instance, Rep. Thissen was sort of right in saying “Republicans have refused to provide any compromise offers to get needed tax, bonding and budget bills passed in a special session.” I say sort of right because they’re sticking with the House bill, which included lots of DFL priorities in it. I wrote this article to highlight the amount of compromise included in the House bonding/transportation bill. I included a lengthy quote from Sen. David Hann in the article. He was clearly and justifiably upset with Gov. Dayton’s refusal to drop any of his demands. Here’s what Sen. Hann said:

I would just reiterate that the bills that we had on the last day of session were compromise bills. Go back again. Look at the tape. Look at Sen. Stumpf talking about the bonding/transportation bill. He called it a “true compromise between Republicans and Democrats.” The Speaker has pointed out that half of that bill, more than half of it, had the Governor’s priorities in it. And now we’re supposedly at a point where all of those compromises are off the table and we’ve got another $243,000,000 of additional spending that we are being asked to do without any backing away from that number — an additional couple hundred million in bonding.

And all of this is kind of in complete denial of all of the compromise work that had gone on this entire last session. This is what I find so remarkable. I think it is a setback. Why, after a whole session and actually going back to the session before of talking about some of these issues, to now have a bill get killed at the last minute with a request for a light rail project that no one had ever seen a hearing on and now, that becomes a must have and they say we have to start over and renegotiate everything, I think it is a setback.

Rep. Thissen, why should Republicans offer additional compromises when Gov. Dayton refuses to move a square centimeter from his post-session positions? Rep. Thissen apparently thinks that Republicans should always compromise and that DFL politicians don’t ever have to compromise.

Later in his statement, Rep. Thissen said “If House Republicans were serious about doing the job they were elected to do, they wouldn’t be bringing controversial new policy into the discussion at this stage.” That’s rich. The only reason we’re in this position is because a handful of DFL senators amended the House bonding/transportation bill with less than 10 minutes left in the session to include a provision for funding for the Southwest Light Rail project. That provision was controversial. It wasn’t discussed in any House or Senate committee hearings. As Sen. Hann points out, “now it becomes a must have and we have to start over and renegotiate everything.”

It’s time Speaker Daudt and Sen. Hann turned up the heat on Gov. Dayton for killing the Tax Bill, then refusing the legislature to fix it. Gov. Dayton said he wouldn’t hold the Tax Bill hostage. I guess he meant he wouldn’t hold it hostage until he started using it as leverage in negotiations. Here’s why that’s important.

Gov. Dayton wants to increase the size of the bonding bill by more than 40% over the House bonding/transportation bill. Further, he wants $243,000,000 worth of additional spending for the Twin Cities added to a new supplemental appropriations bill after signing a major supplemental appropriations bill a month ago.

In other words, Gov. Dayton is insisting on getting everything he’s wanted from the start of the regular session. Republicans need to expose him for the autocrat that he is. Similarly, they need to expose the DFL as the party who hasn’t negotiated in good faith and that aren’t interested in doing what’s right for Minnesotans. Here’s Rep. Thissen’s statement:

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At the end of the day, DFL corruptocrat Bill Davis pled guilty “to all 16 counts against him, including mail fraud, wire fraud, theft from a program receiving federal funds and conspiracy to commit such theft.”

Former DFL gubernatorial candidate Susan Gaertner represented Davis. She said that Davis would do something rare for a DFL bureaucrat. She said “Davis decided to take responsibility for his mistakes”, adding that Davis “did so with a heavy heart. He is very sorry for the conduct that you heard about in the courtroom today.”

Apparently, corruption is the Davis family business. According to the article, “Davis spent 24 years as chief executive of Community Action of Minneapolis, which provided utility assistance and other social services to low-income people. He and his son, Jordan, were indicted last year for allegedly siphoning at least $250,000 from the organization for personal use.”

That’s not all. Davis “admitted that he used funds from Community Action of Minneapolis to pay for a vehicle in his name and personal expenses, including trips to the Bahamas and Puerto Rico. He also admitted directing the organization to pay his son a consultant’s fee for work he wasn’t doing.”

Davis’ son is pleading not guilty:

Jordan Davis, a Minneapolis police officer, has pleaded not guilty to six counts, including conspiracy to commit theft. His trial is scheduled to start next week.

I’m not a lawyer but I can’t picture Jordan Davis’ trial going well. He’s a police officer. Why would he think it’s ok to get paid to do a job he wasn’t doing?

The best thing coming out of this investigation is that the Davis family business is out of business forever.

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It’s well-established fact that Donald Trump isn’t a man of integrity. Trump’s integrity was questioned when Erick Erickson disinvited Trump from the annual RedState Gathering for Trump’s statement about Megyn Kelly. Trump’s integrity was questioned again when he made his infamous derogatory statements about Carly Fiorina’s looks.

This article was written after USA Today investigated Mr. Trump’s business practices. It paints a disgusting picture of a man who uses the courts to stiff his workers. It paints a picture that hasn’t hesitated in bankrupting small companies to save money. The Trump that’s outlined in this article explains the Trump who said he didn’t think he needed to ask God for forgiveness.

In 2012, I voted for Mitt Romney because, though I knew he was flawed, I knew he was qualified. Some evangelical Christians said that they couldn’t vote for a Mormon. I explained that I was voting for a president, not a pope. Anyone who’s read this blog knows that I’m part of #NeverTrump. Unlike others who were part of the movement, I won’t change my mind. I didn’t make this decision without first thinking this through.

USA Today’s article just reinforces my decision. Here’s a refresher of Trump’s statement about Megyn Kelly:

Now, onto the USA Today article:

Trump’s companies have also been cited for 24 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005 for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage, according to U.S. Department of Labor data. That includes 21 citations against the defunct Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and three against the also out-of-business Trump Mortgage LLC in New York. Both cases were resolved by the companies agreeing to pay back wages.

These aren’t allegations anymore. They’re actual findings of facts. Mr. Trump isn’t repentant. He gloats about stiffing people:

Trump and his daughter Ivanka, in an interview with USA TODAY, shrugged off the lawsuits and other claims of non-payment. If a company or worker he hires isn’t paid fully, the Trumps said, it’s because The Trump Organization was unhappy with the work. “Let’s say that they do a job that’s not good, or a job that they didn’t finish, or a job that was way late. I’ll deduct from their contract, absolutely,” Trump said. “That’s what the country should be doing.”

That’s worrisome on multiple levels. First, it’s troubling that Mr. Trump is the sole determiner of what is or isn’t a good job. Second, there’s the matter of whether these terms were agreed to when the bid was let. Then there’s the worry that Trump doesn’t care because he isn’t afraid of wearing the subcontractors down in court until they’re crying uncle or they’re bankrupt.

Trump tried passing things off as ancient history. That storyline got shot down, too:

In the interview, Trump repeatedly said the cases were “a long time ago.” However, even as he campaigns for the presidency, new cases are continuing. Just last month, Trump Miami Resort Management LLC settled with 48 servers at his Miami golf resort over failing to pay overtime for a special event. The settlements averaged about $800 for each worker and as high as $3,000 for one, according to court records. Some workers put in 20-hour days over the 10-day Passover event at Trump National Doral Miami, the lawsuit contends. Trump’s team initially argued a contractor hired the workers, and he wasn’t responsible, and counter-sued the contractor demanding payment.

Like the saying goes, once a dishonest thug, always a dishonest thug. In terms of respect for the rule of law and integrity, there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between Trump and President Obama.

That’s why I’m steadfastly staying #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary.