I’ve been a lifelong Democrat. In fact, I’m on a dozen “most influential” lists in politics, business and the such, and my twitter following is in the tens of thousands. I will be most likely this year voting for a democrat in every single race except one: a small race here in Nevada for State Senate District 9, where I live.
Tiffany Jones is a small business owner with an amazing bakery in the area. When she ran in 2016, I actually trolled her social media accounts – and joked about some of her photos and that she “needed to stick to baking.” I was not happy about Trump running, and since she was GOP, I assumed she was fully into the whole #maga agenda.
Instead of attacking me, after the election she actually reached out to me and invited me to meet her, and learn her positions.
She explained to me what she stands for: helping small businesses in Nevada and how she really wants to work with both democrats and republicans in Nevada to grow our economy and help our local community. We both have kids, so things like safety in the area, events and the parks being clean and repaired were both extremely important.
What I found most interesting about her was her honesty: She made it clear she wasn’t getting support of some traditionally Republican organizations because even though she supported some of their causes, she had her own opinions and solutions. She wasn’t knee-jerk about anything.
That interested me, because I’m one of the people who are very much aware that national solutions don’t always work locally.
Her honesty really caught me off guard, especially since I was really nasty to her. She didn’t take it personally, and since then has engaged me over and over again despite us being different politically on some issues.
I don’t know Melanie Scheible, the young lady running against her. However, I need to be honest that am deeply disturbed that she graduated college two years ago, then had her first job at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office – and with less than one year working for the People of Las Vegas, decided to run for a seat. That doesn’t sit well with me, and while I am sure she’s an awesome person personally – I wish she would have worked for more than 2 years total in life before trying to run for office.
Additionally, Melanie’s attack ads have been strange: in one case she attacked Tiffany Jones for being in “the pockets” of big pharma, while taking money from the largest Pharma PAC in Nevada. With opioid additions being a serious issue in Nevada, this should concern everyone why she is saying one thing, and doing another.
In another mailing, her ads attack Tiffany Jones for positions she is not taking – including a BLATANT LIE, saying Tiffany Jones has a A+ with the NRA. In fact, despite being a gun owner, and a competitive shooter, Jones has a D with the NRA because she isn’t a knee jerk politician. She really does think for herself and doesn’t follow the party line when it isn’t what is better for her community.
I’ll be honest, if I didn’t get to know Tiffany Jones personally, I might have never cared to find more about her. I probably wouldn’t even vote for this seat.
Tiffany Jones has a business in our area, she has a family she is raising in the area, and has a stake in the game to make our community better. She is also a proud Filipino, and would be the first Filipina in State Office, representing a growing part of our community.
Melanie Scheible is a tourist with no business, no family, no connections to our areas and schools — and just following the party line. She seems like a nice person, but honestly, I know nothing about her: all her ads seem to be about how she doesn’t like Tiffany Jones, and hasn’t really presented any single concrete ideas how to help the families in Mountain’s Edge. She’s also never reached out to me, despite almost every other Democratic politician in the area sending me invites to their events. That’s kinda strange since I’ve lived here for years and very, very involved in my community. Most small business owners here know me personally.
This is why I am personally endorsing Tiffany Jones.
AG Whitaker Alleged to Have Served on Board of WPM
The FBI is reportedly conducting a criminal investigation related to World Patent Marketing, a company that was shut down in 2017 after the Federal Trade Commission alleged that it operating “an invention-promotion scam” that tricked “thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars.” According to recent reports, new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker served on its advisory board.
Alleged WPM Conduct
In 2017, the Federal Trade Commission charged the operators of an invention-promotion scam, World Patent Marketing, with deceiving consumers and suppressing complaints about the company by using threats of criminal prosecution against dissatisfied customers. At the FTC’s request, a federal court temporarily halted the Florida-based scheme and froze its assets pending litigation.
“This case is about protecting innovators, the engine of a thriving economy,” said then Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen. “The defendants promised to promote people’s inventions and took thousands of dollars, but provided almost no service in return. Then they added insult to injury by threatening people who complained.”
According to the FTC, consumers paid an individual and various corporate entities thousands of dollars to patent and market their inventions based on bogus “success stories” and testimonials promoted by the defendants. But after they allegedly strung consumers along for months or even years, the defendants purportedly failed to deliver what they promised. Instead, many customers allegedly ended up in debt or lost their life savings with nothing to show for it.
WPM Threats of Legal Action
The FTC also alleged that the defendants used various unfair tactics, including threats of legal action, to discourage consumers from publishing truthful or non-defamatory negative reviews about the defendants and their services. According to FTC attorney Richard B. Newman, the agency reported that one customer who sought a refund and filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau allegedly received a letter from the defendants’ lawyer. According to the FTC, the letter stated that seeking a refund was extortion under Florida law and, “since you used email to make your threats, you would be subject to a federal extortion charge, which carries a term of imprisonment of up to two years and potential criminal fines.”
WPM Settlement Order
In 2018, the defendants agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that bans them from the invention promotion business. Under the settlement order, the defendants are also banned from misrepresenting any good or service, and suppressing the availability of truthful negative comments or reviews by consumers. They are also prohibited from profiting from consumers’ personal information collected as part of the challenged practices, and failing to dispose of it properly.
A $25,987,192 judgment was imposed, which was partially suspended when $78,670 in frozen funds were transferred to the Commission and the individual defendant Cooper paid $976,330.
Whitaker’s Alleged Involvement
According to media reports, court filings indicate that Whitaker received regular payments of $1,875 from the company while serving as a member of its advisory board. It has also been reported that Whitaker sent a strongly worded email to a former customer in 2015 that had complained about the company. Whitaker is not a named as a defendant in the case against the company.
In a statement, a Justice Department spokeswoman said, “Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has said he was not aware of any fraudulent activity. Any stories suggesting otherwise are false.” In fact, FTC investigators did not obtain evidence or internal communications showing Whitaker knew about the company’s alleged bogus promises, according to those with firsthand knowledge of the matter. The receiver that oversaw the settlement confirmed, recently stating to The Washington Post that he has “no reason to believe that [Whitaker] knew of any of the wrongdoing.”
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Mueller To Deliver Report Soon, Public May Never See
US special counsel Robert Mueller could deliver the results of his investigation into whether there was collusion between members of US President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian Federation within the next seven days, according to sources within the DOJ.
Other possible Mueller targets with the “most exposure,” according to Vanity Fair’s sources, include political operative Roger Stone, whose role in the campaign was scrutinized in the special counsel probe over his correspondences with WikiLeaks.
“The possible exposure” in the case of Donald Trump Jr., according to the outlet, is that he may have perjured himself when he said that he had not alerted his father prior to his June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in New York City’s Trump Tower, from which music publicist Rob Goldstone had promised there would be “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
Three sources with connections to the president’s legal team told the outlet that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani is preparing a document to provide a counter-narrative to Mueller’s findings. “They don’t know what Mueller has, but they have a good idea, and they’re going to rebut it,” a Republican close to Giuliani said. Moscow denies interfering in the election and colluding with the Trump team.
According to POLITICO, the public, they say, shouldn’t expect a comprehensive and presidency-wrecking account of Kremlin meddling and alleged obstruction of justice by Trump — not to mention an explanation of the myriad subplots that have bedeviled lawmakers, journalists and amateur Mueller sleuths.
“That’s just the way this works,” said John Q. Barrett, a former associate counsel who worked under independent counsel Lawrence Walsh during the Reagan-era investigation into secret U.S. arms sales to Iran. “Mueller is a criminal investigator. He’s not government oversight, and he’s not a historian.”
Worse, the new acting AG Matt Whitaker tweeted approval of an NPR article suggesting that the public might never learn what special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation reveals because the attorney general might simply decline to release Mueller’s report.
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Police have arrested a 56 year-old well-known #MAGA supporter named Cesar Sayoc, Jr. on suspicion of being the MAGA bomber who sent 12 pipe bombs to Democrats and Donald Trump critics. He was a well known figure in Trump Rallies, and considered a bit of a celebrity amongst those who attend the Rallies.
Cesar Altieri Sayoc also has arrest history in Hennepin County, Minnesota 2005, besides criminal records in New York and Florida.
Sayoc was taken into custody close to an auto parts store in Plantation, a suburb of Miami, around 10:30 Friday morning. He was traced by DNA evidence.
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