Other felony news (NC-09 edition)

He is not the only one being charged. From the Raleigh News and Observer:

Four other people — Caitlyn E. Croom, Matthew Monroe Mathis, Tonia Gordon and Rebecca Thompson — also face charges related to absentee ballot collection in Bladen County over the past two elections, Freeman said.

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    Anonymous At Work says:

    Now taking bets on whether he rolls on Harris as his employees roll on him.

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    catclub says:

    news rich day when potential war between India and Pakistan gets third level coverage.

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    Brachiator says:

    Republicans involved in falsifying elections. Who would have thought it possible? :)

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    Jeffro says:

    I have this one posted all over social media, sending emails to RWNJ friends/relatives, etc. “Oh look…REAL, ACTUAL ELECTION FRAUD…” So very happy!

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    trollhattan says:

    Wish our media would correctly label this as election fraud and not voter fraud. Voters were defrauded, if anything.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    am Stein @ samstein
    NEW — Matt Gaetz is under investigation by the Florida State Bar over his Michael Cohen threat.

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    ruemara says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: It is a lovely day, isn’t it.

    @Jeffro: A man after mine own heart.

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    Kent says:

    So these are state charges?

    Is there also potential for Federal charges as well? Something related to voting rights and discrimination? Just curious. I don’t really know.

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    Brachiator says:

    @catclub:

    news rich day when potential war between India and Pakistan gets third level coverage.

    Maybe if either country had nukes …..

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    germy says:

    McTurtle says it’s Democrats’ fault for not allowing proper voting fraud prevention.

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    West of the Rockies says:

    I would be ashamed to be Republican. If, hypothetically, all of this shit involved Democratic players (the NC stuff and the Trump stuff), I would change parties. I would become a vocal damn critic of my former party.

    Stalwart Republicans have no honor.

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    AThornton says:

    @catclub:

    Always a risk of nuclear war when these two go at it.

    Makes life interesting.

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    sukabi says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: lololol😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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    Brachiator says:

    OT Wild day for legal actions.

    An arbitrator has ordered Fox to pay $179 million to profit participants in the long-running drama series “Bones,” finding that top executives lowballed revenue from the show and gave false testimony.

    In his ruling, arbitrator Peter Lichtman blasted several Fox executives by name, including Dana Walden, Gary Newman and Peter Rice, saying they gave “false testimony in an attempt to conceal their wrongful acts.” Lichtman held that Fox engaged “intentional acts of fraud and malice,” and showed a “cavalier attitude” toward the company’s wrongdoing.

    The case is the latest in a long line of self-dealing lawsuits in which profit participants assert that the network did not pay market rates to license the show because it was produced by a corporate sibling, 20th Century Fox Television.

    Lichtman awarded a whopping $128 million in punitive damages, finding the high amount “necessary to punish Fox for its reprehensible conduct and deter it from future wrongful conduct.”

    In a statement, 21st Century Fox strongly denied the allegations leveled against its executives by Lichtman and said it would appeal the decision.

    Hollywood can’t help itself. The studios are always trying to steal money from actors and others.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:
    Jesus Christ. The entire congressional GOP is going to be behind bars at this rate. A guy can dream.

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    hells littlest angel says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: So much good news today!

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    chris says:

    He seems nice. Thread on Rep. Clay Higgins (R of course-LA)

    Also married four times, was once sued for $140,000 in unpaid child support, and resigned from two police agencies after brutality, breach of ethics allegations. https://t.co/aNubWBHq9s— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) 27 February 2019

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    @Brachiator:
    I’ve read and observed that actors and athletes, though often rich and privelidged, are closer to lower-class people than billionaires since they still often work for a salary

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    clay says:

    @chris: Ugh. My name is so rare… why does it belong to an asshole?

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    ET says:

    I don’t care why because he needed to not run, but I do wonder who it was who convinced Harris not run again since I suspect that this “pastor” would have run regardless of his health issues.

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    chris says:

    @clay: And how did he get elected? It’s Louisiana, Jake.

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    Brachiator says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷:

    I’ve read and observed that actors and athletes, though often rich and privelidged, are closer to lower-class people than billionaires since they still often work for a salary

    Studio heads are not necessarily upper class, but they are snakes. You can have an ironclad contract and studio weasels will still try to steal from you. It’s part of the system.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Pogonip: And two of them are from the Pogonips!

    In other off-topic news, the crocuses in my front yard are out.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Ohio Mom: Yea! Crocuses are always welcome.

    Can we have a fresh thread when the hearings resume?

    My favorite quote, from my new spirit animal, Rep. Stacey Plaskett of the US Virgin Islands:

    “Thank God the Democratic majority can walk and chew gum at the same time.”

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    MomSense says:

    Of all the days to miss all the news. GAH

    Can we ask Mueller to give us notice before his report and indictments drop? I may need to take some time off of work.

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    Cacti says:

    Today the GOP has clarified that when they said they were the family values party, they meant the Gambino family.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    @Brachiator:

    Studio heads are not necessarily upper class, but they are snakes. You can have an ironclad contract and studio weasels will still try to steal from you. It’s part of the system.

    Snakes is the operative word. I suspect this was the case, perhaps especially, in the so-called “Golden Age” of Hollywood, but I’m just spit balling.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    @Elizabelle:
    She must be an avid reader of Balloon Juice = )

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    Shana says:

    @trollhattan: I heard E.J. Dionne on NPR Friday night’s All Things Considered say “voter fraud” about NC-09 and almost drove off the road I was so mad. Election Fraud not Voter Fraud!

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    trollhattan says:

    @Elizabelle:
    LGM is approaching double-TBogg with theirs. Somewhere, a server is crying.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    some gleanings from twitter

    George Conway @ gtconway3d
    Yes yes yes 👉
    @ ABCPolitics
    Chris Christie on Michael Cohen testimony: “The words that he said today that would send a chill up my spine at the White House would be, ‘I am in constant constant with the southern district.'”

    Ken Dilanian @ KenDilanianNBC
    Three people with direct knowledge tell NBC News that Alan Weisselberg is not cooperating, has never been a cooperating witness, and provided limited details in the course of his testimony last summer. There is a lot of misunderstanding on this.

    I wonder if anything Cohen said today could make Weisselberg call his lawyers

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    trollhattan says:

    A hearty “stay dry” to my fellow Californians. Holy crap are we getting hammered by the weather. And if you’re anywhere near Guerneville, get the hell away. (16 feet above flood stage?!?)

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    Martin says:

    @trollhattan: SoCal got spared this round. Hoping everyone up north stays safe and is spared from getting stranded on trains for days on end.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Elizabelle: What time are the hearings supposed to resume?

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    C Stars says:

    @trollhattan: Yep, looks like the Safeway parking lot is (was?) the last non-inundated spot downtown. And the river won’t crest until this evening.

    These two winters have been like whiplash after the previous five years of drought.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Yarrow: I guess about an hour from when they recessed. Will look at the previous thread to figure out when that was.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Hmmm. Soon, I guess. Hearings broke about 2:33, but WaPost website says they’re due back shortly.

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    Aleta says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    (twitter) “Alan Weisselberg is not cooperating, has never been a cooperating witness, and provided limited details in the course of his testimony”

    But he reportedly received immunity last year, no?

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    germy says:

    Attorney General Avichai Mandeblit will announce criminal charges against @netanyahu tomorrow in all three cases open against him, @NewsChannelIL reports.
    Case 1000 – Breach of trust
    Case 2000 – Breach of trust
    Case 4000 – Bribery
    — Raoul Wootliff (@RaoulWootliff) February 27, 2019

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    trollhattan says:

    @C Stars:
    Yikes! Be safe.

    It’s hard during a year like this to convince folks we’re in a decade-long drought with two or generously, three breaks.

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    Aleta says:

    MSNBC
    ‏@MSNBC

    NEW: Florida Bar spokesperson: “I can confirm we have opened an investigation” involving Florida Rep. Gaetz’s now-deleted tweet about Michael Cohen.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Elizabelle: @Elizabelle: Thanks. Doesn’t look like they’re back yet.

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Meh on Ken Dilanian. Not confident about his sources.

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    germy says:

    AOC will be questioning, as will Rep. Pressley

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    trollhattan says:

    @germy:
    Oooh goodie! No idea whether Bibi leaving office would help things, but at least they’d be rid of his comically evil leadership and public face.

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    Yarrow says:

    I heard on the radio that Fordham University (I think) confirmed that Cohen sent them a letter re: releasing Trump’s records.

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    Yarrow says:

    Re: the actual subject of the thread, it’s wonderful news that people are being charged in this election fraud case. Great to hear!

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Aleta: That’s really important. There have got to be some consequences for threatening people. I am glad to see pushback against ugliness like Gaetz.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Elizabelle: I really loved how he had to bow down to Nancy SMASH and say sorry.

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    germy says:

    These photos

    pic.twitter.com/zv5e0sLo1m— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) February 27, 2019

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    Lapassionara says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷: This is a bar association investigation, not a criminal one. There may yet be a criminal one, but no jail results from bar investigations.

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    Elizabelle says:

    WaPost says they expect testimony to resume in 5-10 minutes.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Martin:

    This round hasn’t gotten to So Cal yet. It sounds like it’s arriving early Saturday morning.

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    chopper says:

    @germy:

    daaaaaaaaaaang

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    germy says:

    If @AOC conducted herself in the flailing, shouting way Jim Jordan did today, we'd be drowning in hot takes about whether women have the temperament to serve in Congress.— Max Burns (@themaxburns) February 27, 2019

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    Brachiator says:

    @Yarrow:

    I really loved how he had to bow down to Nancy SMASH and say sorry.

    Pelosi had to do a little… Gaetz keeping.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Brachiator:
    Slowly raises hand, notices the huge crowd around him doing same.

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    geg6 says:

    @germy:

    This one of those news days where all the news makes me happy. Well, except that whole India/Pakistan thing. I’ve decided to pretend that isn’t happening.

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    germy says:

    This video:

    Stacey Plaskett is all of us looking at Jim Jordan, the last person who should address anyone’s character pic.twitter.com/z2fKUVHwYa— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 27, 2019

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @trollhattan: I guess a good year for skiing at Tahoe, huh?

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    Wonkette says they’re back and getting ready to start.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Gin & Tonic:
    Resorts are all happy as hell. People trying to get there, maybe not so lucky.

    Several report historic February totals.

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    Yarrow says:

    The hearing is back. Need a new thread.

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    Yarrow says:

    @trollhattan: Going to be skiing into June!

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    Barbara says:

    @trollhattan: They should wait. We went to Mammoth in late March of 2017, after Mammoth was on track to receive 600 inches of snow. The great thing about the resorts in California is that the snow won’t go anywhere for a while.

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    @trollhattan:

    No idea whether Bibi leaving office would help things

    It will help things. The situation will still be fucked up, but some people make a bad situation much worse. Bibi and McConnell are two of those.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Betty Cracker just put up a fresh thread re Cohen. AOC up.

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    ruemara says:

    This has been a hell of a day

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷: The movie Stan and Ollie (which is wonderful, I recommend) does not paint a flattering picture of Hal Roach. It looks like he basically ended their career as a duo when Hardy was still under contract but Laurel wanted to negotiate for better terms. And IIRC one of those terms was rights to collect some of their own profits, or rather some of the mega $$ that Roach was collecting off their backs.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @ET: I suspect he would not only have run, but hired Dowless again.

    It was pretty obvious that he decided to stop fighting and call for new elections to try to make the investigation go away. It ticked me off mightily that the tactic seemed to work. I hope he does face some criminal consequences.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @Yarrow: McConnell is not in her direct chain of command, but I’m hoping and expecting the moment will come when he has to bow down to her as well, when his power is utterly broken and his spirit shattered and in pieces around his feet.

    NANCY SMASH!!!

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @trollhattan: Few years back I went there, flew into SMF, it was pouring rain there, by the time I was halfway up to Tahoe it was snowing heavily. I’d rented a 4WD vehicle, which was fortunate, because it was chains or 4WD the rest of the way. Pretty gnarly drive, actually.

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    C Stars says:

    @trollhattan: Thank you. Fortunately, we don’t live there, though we have some friends and acquaintances who are flooded out. Staying merely moist in the east bay.

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    MomSense says:

    Got home in time to see Elijah Cummings PREACH! Woo that was good.

    So what did I miss today?

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    C Stars says:

    @MomSense: Oh, nothing much! ;-)

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    Yarrow says:

    @MomSense: Oh, you know. Slow news day.

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    @Brachiator:

    Lichtman awarded a whopping $128 million in punitive damages, finding the high amount “necessary to punish Fox for its reprehensible conduct and deter it from future wrongful conduct.”
    In a statement, 21st Century Fox strongly denied the allegations leveled against its executives by Lichtman and said it would appeal the decision.

    Am I right in recollecting that Lichtman was arbitrating the claims because Fox makes employees sign away their right to sue, in favor of compulsory arbitration?

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