Index
Saturday
Sep242016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election: Ted Cruz, "How Cruaz got from 'vote your consicence' to 'vote for Trump'"; commentary (David Brooks), "The Clinton Calendar"; R4C16, GOP political action committee, "'Republicans for Clinton' back down-ticket candidates; also, report/analysis, "Trump's week reveals bleak view, dubious statements in 'alternative universe'" .... 

***2016 presidential election, various items....

* New York Times (Op-Ed: David Brooks):  "The Clinton Calendar"

* POLITICO:  "How Cruz got from 'vote your conscience' to 'vote for Trump'" - "The Texas senator, his standing slipping back home and eyeing another White House run, faced an excruciating choice."

* Orange County Register (Martn Wisckol):  "'Republicans for Clinton' back down-ticket candidates"

***ALSO:

* Washington Post:  "Trump's week reveals bleak view, dubious statements in 'alternative universe'"

Saturday
Sep242016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, philanthropy/"other people's money"?: Editorial, "Trump's slimy, shameless approach to philanthropy" ....

* Washington Post (editorial):  "Trump's slimy, shameless approach to philanthropy" - From the WP:

WHERE DID Donald Trump get the harebrained idea that he will get Mexico to pay for a new border wall? Or his boast that he will make Arab states pay for refugee safe zones in Syria? Perhaps from the success he has had sleazily diverting money other people had donated to charity into paying off his business obligations. “It’s called OPM. I do that all the time in business. It’s called other people’s money,” Mr. Trump said Tuesday. “There’s nothing like doing things with other people’s money.”

One of the things he did with other people’s money, according to revelations painstakingly uncovered by The Post’s David A. Fahrenthold, was fund his namesake charity, from which donations appeared to come from him. Mr. Trump then used some of that funding to pay off business liabilities. In one instance, he settled a dispute with the town of Palm Beach, Fla., over $120,000 in unpaid fines by promising to donate $100,000 to a veterans group. Instead of donating personal funds, he transferred some money — OPM — from his charitable foundation. Similarly, the GOP nominee used other people’s charitable giving to settle a dispute over a hole-in- one tournament held at the Trump National Golf Club in New York. At the time, his foundation was mostly funded by a big donation from pro-wrestling magnates Vince and Linda McMahon.

These revelations come on top of findings that Mr. Trump and his wife used foundation money to win items at charitable auctions, such as a helmet signed by quarterback Tim Tebow and not one but two paintings of Mr. Trump.

It is likely that this sort of behavior is illegal, because charities are not supposed to engage in “self-dealing” — activities that directly benefit the bottom lines of those running them. But even if Mr. Trump’s approach to “philanthropy” is not technically illegal, it is still slimy and shameless. Sometimes charities associated with wealthy families or businesses tiptoe near ethical lines — but charity experts say Mr. Trump’s activity appears to be brazen ...................

Saturday
Sep242016

SACRAMENTO: AB 2386, "Governor rejects bill to mandate non-faculty CSU trustee"; AB 2542, "California Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill to encourage reversible lane use"; state employees/ manager, "Raises coming for California state government's 27,000 managers" .... 

***Various items relating to doings in and/or around the Capitol....

* San Francisco Chronicle (AP):  "Governor rejects bill to mandate non-faculty CSU trustee"

* Sacramento Bee (The State Worker):  "Raises coming for California state government's 27,000 managers"

* Los Angeles Times:  "California Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill to encourage reversible lane use"

Saturday
Sep242016

MISCELLANEOUS: Calaveras County, illegal marijuana farm, drug cartel activity?: "Four brothers say they were kidnapped and forced to work on marijuana farm in Northern California" ....  

* Los Angeles Times:  "Four brothers say they were kidnapped and forced to work on marijuana farm in Northern California" - From the LAT:

The four brothers from Modesto showed up one late July night at a home in the remote town of West Point in Northern California, injured and scared. Three of them were taken to the hospital with serious injuries — and a harrowing tale about being forced to work at a marijuana farm amid torture and murmurs about having them killed. The farm was near a “long, narrow, winding road to the middle of nowhere,” Calaveras County Sheriff’s Capt. Jim Macedo said this week. “It can seem like you’re a world away from home.” Authorities are investigating possible drug cartel activity after the brothers said they were kidnapped and forced to work for more than five months on an enormous, illegal marijuana farm under the threat of violence.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department this week announced the arrest of two women. Guadalupe “Lupe” Arrellano, 43, and Medarda “Daniella” Urbieta Estudillo, 34, were arrested Sept. 14 in Modesto and charged with human trafficking, kidnapping, battery with serious bodily injury, making terrorist threats and drug charges, authorities said.

Sheriff’s officials are still seeking two men in connection with the case ....................

Saturday
Sep242016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, law-and-order candidate/ African-American voters?: Report/analysis (Shane Goldmacher), "Trump's muddled message to black voters" .... 

* POLITICO (Shane Goldmacher):  "Trump's muddled message to black voters" - "A racially divisive campaign delivers too little details about a law-and-order stance his white base cheers." - From POLITICO:

Gunfire and racially charged rioting have broken out again, this time in Charlotte, offering Donald Trump another chance to unabashedly sell himself as the “law and order” candidate, to side with police over African-American protesters and to rally his overwhelmingly white base.

But Trump hasn’t quite done that. Instead, the Republican presidential nominee delivered a more muted response as he called into Fox News Thursday morning, saying “there's a lack of spirit between the white and the black.” A day earlier, while campaigning in a black neighborhood in Cleveland, Trump defended an unarmed black man who was shot recently — and questioned the actions of the police officer who shot him.

After more than a year of running one of the most racially and ethnically divisive campaigns in decades, Trump has begun to zig and zag on issues of race in the election’s final stretch. Appearing with black supporters and in black neighborhoods multiple times this month, Trump has sought to wash away the charges of racism that white nationalists have cheered. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has made casting Trump as outside-the-mainstream — she hammered Trump on The Steve Harvey Show for “bullying and bigotry” this week — one of the cornerstones of her campaign.

Trump’s advisers and the candidate himself insist his concerted black outreach is a genuine effort to chip away at Democrats’ overwhelmingly margin among black voters, a group with whom he is polling in the low single digits. But Democrats, and even some skeptical Republicans, see his new tone more as an effort to make himself palatable to uneasy white voters who might otherwise be turned off by his past rhetoric. “When he asks black voters, ‘What have you got to lose, it can’t get any worse,’ he’s really just cynically talking to white voters,” said Rob Stutzman, a veteran Republican strategist and Trump critic.

NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said, “I can't discern the intentions of Mr. Trump on this issue, but here's what we can say: Policy without particulars on the eve of the election insults the intelligence and sensitivities of any group.” .................