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.
John Bolton Ordered Staff to Report Trump and Guiliani Because of Illegal Ukrainian “Drug Deal.”
The New York Times is reporting that, responding to the Ukraine scandal, Trump aide John Bolton warned “Giuliani’s a hand grenade who’s going to blow everyone up.”
Seems he was fired because he would have no part of President Donald Trump’s off-the-books shadow government Ukraine extortion scandal. Bolton also apparently implicated both the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and the president’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvany.
“I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Bolton told senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs Fiona Hill to tell White House lawyers, The New York Times reports in a bombshell article late Monday night.
Bolton, who resigned from the Trump administration hours before President Trump tweeted he had fired him, instructed Hill “to notify the chief lawyer for the National Security Council that Mr. Giuliani was working with Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, on a rogue operation with legal implications,” Hill told House of Representatives investigators on Monday.
EMERGENCY: Turkey Holding US Nukes Hostage
The military situation near the Turkish border in Syria remains in flux, with allegiances shifting quickly amid uncertainty of how everything will shake out. But the fast-moving developments also have drawn attention to a lesser-known fact of US foreign policy:
The Pentagon has about 50 tactical nuclear weapons stored in Turkey at its Incirlik Air Base, reports Business Insider. The big question: Is it still safe to keep them there now that US-Turkey relations are fraying? Related coverage:
- Under review: Officials in the State and Energy departments have begun “quietly reviewing” plans to evacuate the weapons, reports the New York Times. “Those weapons, one senior official said, were now essentially Erdogan’s hostages,” writes David Sanger. “To fly them out of Incirlik would be to mark the de facto end of the Turkish-American alliance. To keep them there, though, is to perpetuate a nuclear vulnerability that should have been eliminated years ago.
- In vaults: The bombs have been stored in underground vaults at Incirlik since the 1960s, per a backgrounder in the New Yorker. That goes back to the days when Incirlik turned into a crucial Cold War base. The story says the vaults “hold about fifty B-61 hydrogen bombs—more than 25% of the nuclear weapons in the NATO stockpile.”
This intervention has precipitated an all-new crisis in the region, prompted the start of at least a tactical withdrawal of U.S. forces from much of the country amid concerns they could be caught in the fighting, and led to calls for an arms embargo and major sanctions on the Turkish government.
Matt Gaetz Caught Spying for Trump
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) was reportedly booted from a closed-door interview of President Donald Trump’s former top Russia aide, Fiona Hill.
According to CNN’s Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Rajuand others, Rep. Gaetz, known as a vociferous defender of President Trump and his agenda, was ejected just before the proceeding began.
“Matt Gaetz emerges from closed-door interview with Fiona Hill saying he was kicked out by House Democrats [because] he’s not a member of the three committees conducting the interview,” Raju reported just before 11 a.m. Monday morning. “He said he consulted with the House parliamentarian, who ruled that he could not be there.”
Hill was testifying in front of the House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs committees as part of their impeachment inquiry into Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and subsequent efforts to conceal the content of the conversation. Hill was subpoenaed by the committees.
Rep. Gaetz is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and does not sit on any of the committees that subpoenaed Hill. Gaetz, as you’ll see, was quick to point out that House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) claimed to have begun an impeachment inquiry before Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) backed one and before the three other committees got involved.
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