Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ken Starr Is Scared

Ken Starr is scared.

Whitwater is back open.

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Marc Elias Sucks In Florida, Michigan & D.C.

As this article has failed to identify the most illustrious legal engagements of Marc Elias, I have taken the time to do it.

Marc Elias Of Perkins Coie Sucks & So Does The FEC

6 Big Election Hits by Marc Elias, Democrats’ Recount King

Marc Elias has a history of turning Democrats who lost on election night into winners after recounts.

The lawyer representing Sen. Bill Nelson in the recount of Florida’s contest for Senate has been at the center of nearly every major election controversy for the past decade.

Elias is chairman of Perkins Coie’s Political Law Group, which was behind the opposition research document that fueled the Trump-Russia investigation. Before that, he was highly instrumental in getting Al Franken into the U.S. Senate.
Nelson, the incumbent Democrat, trails by less than half a percentage point behind Gov. Rick Scott, his Republican challenger. That’s close enough to trigger a recount in Florida, but the deficit of over 10,000 votes is more than than any previous recount has overcome.

Nevertheless, Elias has predicted victory, and he has a winning record at his back in high-profile races.

“I have a pretty good track record on that prediction elsewhere,” Elias told reporters on a conference call last week.

The results of the governor’s race to succeed Scott as Florida governor also qualified for a recount.
Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., leads Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, by more than 30,000 votes statewide, though, so the DeSantis win is less likely to be overturned.

Elias, who isn’t involved in the DeSantis-Gillum contest, didn’t respond to The Daily Signal’s request for comment for this report.

Both The Washington Post and CQ Roll Call referred to Elias as the “go-to” lawyer for Democrats. In addition to representing the presidential campaigns of Democrats Hillary Clinton in 2016 and John Kerry in 2004, Elias has represented the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Governors Association, and former Attorney General Eric Holder’s group, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.

He also did work for the fundraising organizations Priorities USA, Senate Majority PAC, House Majority PAC, and the pro-choice EMILY’s List.

Here’s a look at high-profile political controversies where Elias played a central role.

1. Al Franken’s Senate Victory
In 2008, the U.S. Senate race in Minnesota between Sen. Norm Coleman, the Republican incumbent, and comedian Al Franken, his Democratic opponent, went into overtime with recounts.
Elias represented Franken’s campaign in the litigation surrounding the recount. His biography on the Perkins Coie website boasts that the Coleman-Franken race was “the largest recount and contest in American history.”

Almost 3 million votes were cast in the race.

Franken actually trailed Coleman by 725 votes after Election Day. The incumbent’s lead was slashed by little more than 200 votes after the first canvass.

However, after the recount, things began to change. It dragged on for six months before the final recount showed Franken squeaking by with 312 votes.

Upon Franken’s belated seating in the Senate in July 2009, The Wall Street Journal editorialized:
The unfortunate lesson is that you don’t need to win the vote on Election Day as long as your lawyers are creative enough to have enough new or disqualified ballots counted after the fact. …
Mr. Franken now goes to the Senate having effectively stolen an election.
Economist John Lott was studythat found at least 341 felons illegally voted in the Senate election, easily enough to have made the difference.

Most of those felon votes were cast in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul region, according to the study.

The group took the voting lists and matched them with conviction lists, then went to voting roster lists, where voters sign in before going to the voting booth, and matched the names by hand.
In their book about voter fraud, “Who’s Counting?,” journalist John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The  Heritage Foundation, explain the legal process in Minnesota:
So the Democratic strategy focused on how to conduct the recount so that votes could be added to Franken’s total. The Franken legal team swarmed the recount, aggressively demanding that votes that had been disqualified for failing to meet state legal requirements be added to his count, while others be denied to Coleman. The team’s goldmine was the thousands of absentee ballots the Franken team claimed had been mistakenly rejected. … 
According to Franken’s lead attorney, Marc Elias, scanners, laptops, and other mobile devices were used to record and keep track of every single disputed ballot in every county in Minnesota. Decisions made by local election boards on each ballot were immediately uploaded to a “cloud” database set up by the campaign so that Elias and his legal team knew exactly what vote totals were for each candidate across the state at every point in time. This gave them a tactical advantage over Coleman’s legal team by providing them with information on when to object or not object in individual ballot disputes.
2. Virginia Attorney General
In 2013, Democrats hoped to gain control of the Virginia attorney general’s office for the first time in two decades.

Elias represented Democrat Mark Herring in his razor-thin Virginia attorney general’s race against Republican Mark Obenshain.

On election night, Obenshain led Herring by 1,000 votes out of 2.2 million cast. However, a week later, local election boards produced results putting Herring ahead by 164 votes statewide. The state certified the results weeks later, on Nov. 25.

Obenshain initially asked for a recount, but conceded the race before the recount had ended.

3. The Steele Dossier
Elias was general counsel for Clinton’s 2016 campaign when his firm, Perkins Coie, retained the Washington-based company Fusion GPS to do opposition research.

That resulted in a document written by former British spy Christopher Steele that has become infamous. The unverified, dossier alleged that the Russians might have salacious, compromising information on Donald Trump.

The document also became the basis for the federal investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian operatives to affect the outcome of the 2016 election.
Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly is set to issue a report before the end of the year on whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow or whether the president obstructed the investigation.

4. Jill Stein’s Recount
After Trump’s election victory, Elias got involved in a recount he likely didn’t have any hope of winning.

Although Clinton didn’t ask for a recount, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein demanded recounts in the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

In a post on Medium in late November 2016, Elias explained that the Clinton campaign wasn’t initiating a recount, but would assist the Stein campaign.

“Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides,” Elias wrote, adding:
If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well. We do so fully aware that the number of votes separating Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the closest of these states—Michigan—well exceeds the largest margin ever overcome in a recount.
But regardless of the potential to change the outcome in any of the states, we feel it is important, on principle, to ensure our campaign is legally represented in any court proceedings and represented on the ground in order to monitor the recount process itself.
In the end, only Wisconsin had a statewide recount that saw Trump widen his lead over Clinton, by 131 votes.

5. North Carolina Standoff
On election night in 2016, state Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, ledRepublican incumbent Pat McCrory in the North Carolina governor’s race by fewer than 5,000 votes.
Elias represented Cooper in the recount process. In this case, he didn’t reverse fortunes for his client, as the Democratic challenger maintained his lead.

McCrory’s campaign filed complaints with the State Board of Elections alleging voter irregularities in 50 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

However, the state Republican Party narrowed its focus to Durham County, with a request for recounting 90,000 ballots cast there. After the recount was complete, McCrory conceded defeat to Cooper.

6. The Other 2000 Recount
Elias wasn’t part of the famous 2000 Florida recount over who would win the presidency, Texas Gov. George W. Bush or Vice President Al Gore.

But Elias was on the team that represented Democrat Maria Cantwell in her defeat of Sen. Slade Gorton, a Republican, in Washington state.

Out of nearly 2.5 million votes case, Cantwell emerged the winner with 2,200 votes. A Libertarian candidate won 64,000 votes that year.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Wikileaks Meets Detroit - Barbara McQuade, Julian Assange & Election Interference

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Barbara McQuade
Welcome to Detroit, Julian!

FUN FACT! Barbara McQuade is on the Michigan Governor's transition team for Gretchen Whitmer.

ANOTHER FUN FACT! The Michigan 2018 Primary was never certified by the Michigan Board of Canvassers nor was it recorded by the Secretary of State, which means the 2018 General Election can not be certified nor recorded.

ONE LAST FUN FACT! Barbara McQuade was the U.S. Michigan Eastern District Attorney for the 2016 election interference investigations, which are ongoing.

Surprise disclosure puts Assange in US spotlight

Time may be up for Julian Assange.

The WikiLeaks founder, who played a central role in leaking hacked emails during the 2016 election, has spent the past six years avoiding prosecution in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. But a recently revealed court filing points to U.S. prosecutors having already pressed sealed charges against him, even as he's avoided arrest.

And with Ecuadorian leaders publicly growing frustrated over their longtime tenant, it could be just a matter of time until Assange faces extradition to the United States.

Assange’s prosecution would be a win for the U.S. federal government, including special counsel Robert Mueller, who has eyed WikiLeaks over the distribution of Democratic emails ahead of the 2016 election that he alleges were hacked by Russian military officers.

The court document, filed in August of this year, was first flagged Thursday on Twitter by Seamus Hughes, a researcher at the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, hours after The Wall Street Journal first reported that the U.S. was preparing to bring charges against Assange.

Legal experts told The Hill that the mistaken filing is a clear sign that an indictment against Assange is at least in the works, if not already filed against him.

This filing, written by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen Dwyer — who is also working on the WikiLeaks case — argues in the unrelated case that it’s necessary to seal the charges in the case in order “to protect this investigation.”

“Another procedure short of sealing will not adequately protect the needs of law enforcement at this time because, due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged,” the filing reads.

Assange is mentioned again later in the document, in a statement asserting that all documents related to the charges in the unrelated case “would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter.”

“So it seems likely that Assange has been charged and the sealing motion was filed in that case, and then somebody made this cut and paste error in this new case,” said former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade.

It’s unclear what charges Assange may be facing.

But the U.S. has sought to prosecute him since WikiLeaks distributed classified U.S. cables obtained from former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010.

Assange is also facing an arrest warrant in Sweden over an accusation of rape, which he has denied.

Assange’s attorney Jennifer Robinson said Friday that the report is “confirmation of what we’ve been concerned about and been talking about since 2010.”

“There is a very real risk that the United States is going to seek to prosecute him for his publishing activities and potentially seek to extradite him, and that if there was to be an indictment, it would be sealed, it would be secret, and we wouldn’t know that it existed until such time as he was in custody,” she told the progressive show "Democracy Now!"

Prosecutors generally keep charges sealed to prevent from showing their hand as they come closer to apprehending a suspect, over fears that an individual at the center of a case may attempt to escape law enforcement’s jurisdiction or cause harm to others.

Former federal prosecutor Bob Mintz said that while the U.S. will likely still have to follow the standard procedure for extraditing and charging Assange, the inadvertent disclosure of the possible indictment “does inject some additional urgency into the process.”

“I think there will be some desire on the part of the DOJ to expedite this process if they intend to go forward with it,” Mintz said.

McQuade, currently a professor at Michigan Law School, said the filing to seal charges in an indictment is one of the last steps in a case. And considering that this document was filed in August, she predicted that the Assange charges may have been handled before then.

The U.S. has been wary of bringing charges against WikiLeaks in the past, as free speech and First Amendment groups claim that it would be an attack on freedom of speech. WikiLeaks has argued that it is a media outlet and has a right to share the classified documents that it obtains, just as traditional press outlets often do.

Free speech groups have quickly spoken out in defense of Assange since news of the possible indictment broke. The American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement Friday that any prosecution of Assange over WikiLeaks’s actions “would be unprecedented and unconstitutional, and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations.”

McQuade said that in the course of Mueller’s investigation, the special counsel's team may have uncovered evidence that shows WikiLeaks working in coordination with Russian intelligence that causes federal prosecutors to view the group “in a different light.”

She also noted that Assange likely has information that could be valuable to the special counsel's probe, referring to Mueller’s focus on former informal Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone and his interactions with WikiLeaks, as well as the release of the Democratic National Committee emails.
Mueller has been questioning associates of Stone’s for months to determine whether the president’s longtime confidant had prior knowledge of the WikiLeaks email dump. Stone has denied knowing that the group would release the emails, instead claiming that a source gave him an inside tip that WikiLeaks would soon release damaging information that would “roil” the 2016 presidential election.

McQuade added that Assange might want to strike a plea deal with the U.S. if only to get out of the Ecuadorian embassy.

Ecuador has allowed Assange to stay in its embassy in London since 2012. But the country has shown signs that it is growing fed up with Assange’s presence, warning him that he will be evicted from the premises if he doesn’t start cleaning up after himself and his cat.

The nation also said earlier this year that it had granted Assange citizenship, thinking that he may then be able to leave the facility without facing arrest. However, those hopes were dashed when authorities in the United Kingdom said they couldn’t guarantee that Assange wouldn’t be arrested as soon as he left the premises.

Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor, said the U.S. and Ecuador do have an extradition treaty in place, but that it allows exemptions in cases of political charges. He said that while he’s not sure that Assange’s indictment would be considered a political one — the charges remain unknown — his lawyers could make the argument in court that it does.

Still, he said an indictment against Assange would be significant, considering the bevy of potential charges that the U.S. could be weighing. But just charging Assange would only be the start of the battle.

“I think they would have a hotly contested case in court and likely a trial,” Honig said. “I think that would be the real test.”

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Whittling Down The Ethics Investigation List - Saving The Best For Last

For those of you who are unaware of the origins of the #MeToo movement, it started in Detroit.

And, for those of you unaware of the list of the Office of Congressional Ethics, which has referred to the House Ethics Committee investigations, a number of these have been referred to the U.S. DOJ OIG, who has farmed out to the Office of Special Counsel and the District Courts.

For those of you who wish to play along with the Office of Special Counsel investigations, you can cross off each investigative finding as they come out.

For those of you who have yet to catch on, the best is always last.

Stay tuned.

Mark Meadows, Ruben Kihuen sanctioned over sexual harassment-related allegations

The House Ethics Committee has formally sanctioned two members — GOP Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C.) and Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen (Nev.) — over sexual harassment-related allegations, the latest sign that fallout from #MeToo movement continues to be felt on Capitol Hill.

Meadows was found to have violated House rules "by failing to take appropriate steps to ensure that his House office was free from discrimination and any perception of discrimination." This case grew out of an investigation into Meadows' former chief of staff, Kenny West. Meadows kept West on his payroll even after learning of credible harassment allegations against the former aide. At one point, Meadows ordered West not to interact with women staffers, a move the Ethics Committee criticized in its report as risking "unequal treatment." Meadows will have to pay more than $40,000 to cover the cost of West's salary.

POLITICO first reported the allegations against Meadows and West.

Kihuen, who announced his retirement as the #MeToo movement swept Capitol Hill last year, was found to have "made persistent and unwanted advances towards women who were required to interact with him as part of their professional responsibilities."

Both lawmakers were reproved by the bipartisan Ethics Committee, the least serious form of punishment it can mete out.

Meadows is chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and he has been mentioned as potential ranking member on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the next Congress, although the Ethics Committee's action could prove troublesome on that front.

In a statement, Meadows said he was glad the investigation was over, and he noted that he had first asked for an Ethics Committee review in Nov. 2015. However, the Office of Congressional Ethics had already begun its own probe into sexual harassment allegations against West by that time.

“Three years ago I asked the Committee on Ethics to review the matter surrounding the alleged conduct of my former chief of staff, Mr. West, and I’m thankful their review has now concluded," Meadows said. "I appreciate the Committee’s acknowledgment of the immediate, appropriate, and good faith steps I did take after learning of my staff’s concerns - including immediately separating the chief from the accusers so they never had to interact with him personally during the independent investigation.

West was hired by Meadows as chief of staff in Jan. 2013, shortly after Meadows won a seat in Congress. Meadows said he was not made aware of any harassment allegations against West until Oct. 2014, although aides told investigators West's improper, troubling behavior began shortly after he was hired. This included "unwanted touching," "inappropriate staring" and "unprofessional comments" about women in Meadows' Washington and North Carolina offices.

Beginning in Oct. 2014, multiple women staffers in Meadows' office complained to him about West, the Ethics Committee states. Meadows responded by barring West from interacting with all female staffers, although Meadows left him in as chief of staff. Meadows also asked Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) to help with an "independent investigation" into the incident. A Gowdy aide who looked into the matter said West should be fired, according to the Ethics Committee report. It wasn't until then-Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) office got involved in early 2015 that West was fired, although Meadows kept him on as a senior adviser making the same salary.

POLITICO raised questions in Sept. 2015 about a lump-sum payment made to West by Meadows' office that year. The Office of Congressional Ethics began an investigation. At that point, Meadows reported the issue himself to the Ethics Committee.

The Ethics Committee noted that the “Code of Official Conduct provides that Members may not retain an employee who does not perform duties for the employing office commensurate with the compensation the employee receives. When Mr. West was demoted to Senior Advisor, his pay remained the same but the Committee found little evidence of official work that he completed during that time. Thus, the Committee found that his duties as Senior Advisor were not commensurate with his pay."

While noting that there was "little and inconsistent guidance on severance payments available to the House community at the time," Meadows did not seek any guidance from the Ethics Committee about West or whether such payments would be allowed. Thus the Ethics Committee found Meadows would be personally responsible for reimbursing the Treasury for some of the funds paid to West.
An aide said, "Rep. Meadows will pay back the severance in full."

"Representative Meadows’ failure to take prompt and decisive action to deal with the alleged sexual harassment in his congressional office was troubling to the Committee," the report states. "The Committee found Representative Meadows violated House rules by failing to take appropriate steps to ensure that his House office was free from discrimination and any perception of discrimination."
The report added: "In addition, the Committee is concerned that Representative Meadows’ 'solution' to the sexual harassment allegations, to cut off all contact between Mr. West and most of his female employees, caused another potential problem. An environment where only male staff have access to the Chief of Staff risks unequal treatment of employees based solely on sex."

Kihuen, who was only elected in 2016, saw his congressional career quickly ended following media reports that he had sexually harassed at least three women, including during his time as a state legislator in Nevada.

According to the Ethics Committee, the Nevada Democrat made repeated sexual advances to one of his campaign aides. This included "the touching of her thigh on two occasions, comments on how she looked, suggestions that Representative Kihuen would take her out if she did not work for him, a suggestion that she and Representative Kihuen should get a hotel room together, and questions regarding whether she would ever cheat on her boyfriend."

A Nevada lobbyist told congressional investigators that Kihuen "made unwanted physical and verbal advances towards her including, among other things, sliding his hand under her dress and onto her thigh, grabbing her buttocks, messages asking her to come and sit on his lap, asking her what color her panties were, suggesting she would look good naked, and messages suggesting, through the use of emojis, that they make a sex tape together."

During an interview with by the Ethics Committee, Kihuen denied the allegations. However, the panel did not believe those denials, according to its report.

"Despite Representative Kihuen’s denials, each of the complainant’s allegations were supported by documentary evidence and some of the alleged incidents were corroborated by third party witnesses," the report states. "Furthermore, at least two outside entities were made aware of Campaign Staffer and D.C. Firm Employee’s allegations and approached Representative Kihuen, and his campaign, about his behavior in 2016 and 2017."

Kihuen announced his retirement in Dec. 2017, after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democrats demanded he resign from office.

Kihuen on Friday said he didn't agree with everything in the report but apologized to the women.
“After much reflection and introspection, I recognize that regardless of the fact that I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable or disrespected, what matters is how my actions were perceived by the women who came forward,” he said in a statement. “It saddens me greatly to think I made any woman feel that way due to my own immaturity and overconfidence. I extend my sincere apologies to each of these women. Though I do not agree with aspects of the Report, I am thankful the Committee afforded everyone an opportunity to be heard and appreciate the Committee’s acknowledgment that I fully cooperated with the investigation."

Ruben Kihuen Harassed Women, Ethics Committee Finds 

Rep. Ruben Kihuen harassed women who worked with him and violated the House’s official code of conduct, according to a House Ethics Committee report released Thursday.

“Kihuen made persistent and unwanted advances towards women who were required to interact with him as part of their professional responsibilities,” the report says. The advances included kissing, grabbing and comments about underwear.

The release comes after a nine-month inquiry by an investigative subcommittee empaneled in Dec. 2017.

The Nevada Democrat refused to resign following allegations of harassment by women who worked for and with him, even after top Democrats called on him to step down. But Kihuen decided not to seek re-election, making the announcement a day after the Ethics Committee launched its investigation.

At the time, he disputed the allegations against him, but said they “would be a distraction from a fair and thorough discussion of the issues in a re-election campaign.”

Three women testified before the investigative subcommittee that Kihuen made unwanted physical and verbal advances toward them between 2013 and 2017. The report details Kihuen’s actions toward a D.C. “firm employee,” a campaign staffer and a Nevada lobbyist.

The committee found that while serving as a member of the House, Kihuen repeatedly kissed the firm employee’s cheek, touched her shoulders and back and commented on her physique. He also inquired about her relationship status and asked if she lived alone. Kihuen insinuated that he would help the D.C. firm employee with her career in exchange for a romantic relationship, according to the Ethics report.

The campaign staffer testified that Kihuen made unwanted advances toward her by touching her thigh while they were driving back from a meeting and by grabbing the back of her thigh as she stood up to check her computer. She told the committee that Kihuen would tell her “you look really good,” and “I would take you out if you didn’t work for me,” by suggesting that the two of them should get a room as they arrived at a hotel for a meeting, and by asking her if she ever cheated on her boyfriend.
The female lobbyist, who worked with Kihuen in Nevada between 2013 and 2015, testified that he slid his hand under her dress and onto her thigh, grabbed her buttocks, asked her to sit on his lap, inquired what color her panties were and suggested that she would look good naked. The report also says the lobbyist testified that he sent messages suggesting — through emojis — that they make a sex tape together.

The subcommittee’s full report includes over 100 pages of text messages, chats and emails between Kihuen and the women, along with the women discussing Kihuen’s behavior with other people.

While the investigative subcommittee chose not to “address whether any of Representative Kihuen’s behavior prior to being sworn in as a Member of the House” fell within the panel’s jurisdiction, the full House Ethics Committee asserted in the report that it has jurisdiction over “misconduct relating to a successful campaign for election to the House.”

The full Ethics panel decided that Kihuen’s behavior toward the campaign staffer, coupled with his actions when he was serving in the House, warrants “reproval.”

Reproval by the Ethics Committee is “intended to be a clear public statement of rebuke of a Member’s conduct issued by a body of that Member’s peers acting … on behalf of the House of Representatives.”

House Rule XXIII, clauses 1 and 2, states that “a Member … of the House shall behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House” and “shall adhere to the spirit and the letter of the Rules of the House.”

Statement of the Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Ruben Kihuen

The Committee on Ethics (Committee) previously issued a statement indicating that it unanimously voted on December 21, 2017, to establish an Investigative Subcommittee in the Matter of Representative Ruben Kihuen.  The Committee’s statement noted the Committee would announce the Members who will serve on the Investigative Subcommittee at a later date.

The Committee has now named the Members of the Investigative Subcommittee.  The Honorable Kenny Marchant will serve as the Chairman of the Investigative Subcommittee, and the Honorable Yvette D. Clarke will serve as the Ranking Member.  The other two members of the Investigative Subcommittee are the Honorable Jackie Walorski and the Honorable Brian Higgins.  No other public comment will be made on this matter except in accordance with Committee rules.  

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Hollywood Forgot To Mention #MeToo Started In Detroit - Tarana Burke

FUN FACT!  The term "Honkey" was given to males who were allowed to purchase and drive automobiles when they were first manufactured and sold abundantly, which was Detroit. These men would drive up to women and little girls of the darker persuasion and honk their horns as a calling card that they were willing to pay for sex, whether the woman or little girl wanted it, or not. It was a tradition for a mother to teach her daughter not to respond to the sound of a honking horn, forcing a man to walk up to the house and knock on the door as a sign of a gentleman. Mothers also taught their daughters no to respond to the term "Hey" because hay was for horses, and the little girl was not a horse, nor a baby, but a lady, and must demand to be treated as such.

This FUN FACT! was brought to you by another Detroit residual of the peculiar institution under chattel law.

And to think, Hollywood and the "Legal Geniuses" (trademark pending) bastardized it.

#MeToo founder Tarana Burke blasts the movement for ignoring poor women

 Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement
She didn’t look like Alyssa Milano.

But maybe that’s because Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement that has led to complaints and indictments against dozens of men — and some women — for sexual harassment and assault, is a big, bold, fierce, powerful, outspoken black woman, who is finally being seen.

And in a keynote address at the Facing Race conference that brought more than 3,500 people to Detroit to discuss social justice, Burke brought down the house, defiantly challenging the movement she started a decade before movie producer Harvey Weinstein was outed for his behavior, saying that it better pay attention to the original survivors.

Those are the young black and brown girls in urban and indigenous communities where she has worked since age 14, women whose poverty and powerlessness made them easy prey.

“The No. 1 thing I hear from folks is that the #MeToo movement has forgotten us,” she said of black, Hispanic and Native American women. “Every day, we hear some version of that. But this is what I’m here to tell you: The #MeToo movement is not defined by what the media has told you. We are the movement, and so I need you to not opt out of the #Metoo movement. ... I need you to reframe your work to include sexual violence That’s how we take back the narrative. Stop giving your power away to white folks.

“You know how many people say, ‘The #Metoo movement — well Hollywood’s got it.’ F--k Hollywood. Every time somebody asks me how I feel about them taking my movement, I say, ‘You can’t take s--t that’s mine. This is not about Tarana Burke owning something. This is about a community that I have lived in, worked in, given my blood sweat and tears to. This is our movement. Stop opting out of it.”

Burke said she will not let her movement that she founded in 2006 and that has resulted in her getting death threats and having to challenge black leaders to support it, be co-opted by pretty girls and Hollywood.

“This is not about awareness. It’s about  action,” the 45-year-old activist said at Detroit’s convention center. “…With #Metoo being as big and loud as it is, we don’t need more awareness, This is about  what happens after the hashtag, after the hoopla This is about the work.”

Burke’s comments comes a year after her #MeToo movement, which she founded in 2006 became a global sensation when Milano used Burke’s #MeToo hashtag on social media to draw attention to widespread sexual harassment and rape. Some began crediting Milano, an actress and activist, with founding the movement that Burke has worked in since she was 14 and crediting Milano with the hashtag that Burke began using in 2006.

Burke said last Saturday that she wants people to change the way they view sexual assault and harassment, to stop working in silos as if sexual misconduct isn’t a part of every social justice effort.
“If you’re working on mass incarceration, you’re not dealing with health care. If you’re working on economic justice, you’re not dealing with racial justice — well you probably are — but not about sexual violence,” she said. “But we’re not seeing where this (issue of sexual violence) fits in everybody else’s work. What you need to say is the #Metoo movement is in my work. The #Metoo movement is in every single thing I said. It’s in our economic justice work. It’s in our mass incarceration work. It’s in our community health work. It’s everywhere.”

She recalled trying to get community attention focused on helping junior high girls whose stories fueled her work.

“I’m at the junior high school and I have sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls and more than half of these girls’ lives have been touched by sexual violence,” she said. “And what we heard back was they need more guidance counselors.

“… If an issue is affecting any segment of our community, it affects our entire community, and we need a community response,” she said to thunderous applause. “It was very difficult to get folk to rally around this issue.”

She said she faced leaders intent on “not tarnishing the legacy of community heroes and activists.”

“We heard every manner of excuse ‘It’s really about white supremacy because our folks don’t have a history of that kind of thing back in Africa’ or ‘the real issue isn’t sexual violence, it’s false accusations against black men’ or my personal favorite ‘This is not a social justice issue; this is a social work issue.’ ”

The most vulnerable victims of sexual violence and harassment do not deserve the silence they endure in their communities outside the larger movement that is at the top of the news, she said.

She cited statistic after statistic about women who aren’t famous but attacked because of their gender identity or economic powerlessness. But the worst, she said, was the fate of indigenous and Native American women “the group we talk about the least,” she said.

She cited a Justice Department study that found that an estimated one in three Native American women will be assaulted in their lifetimes, that 92 percent of Native American girls reported having been forced to have sex against their will — and that nine of 10 Native American women and girls who survived rape or sexual assault were attacked by assailants of a different color, most of them white.

“That’s definitely a racial justice issue,” she said. “And, at the end of the day, it’s a human rights issue.”

In a powerful moment after her speech, Burke talked about life on the front lines, something else she hopes the #MeToo movement does not ignore and something, in the telling, that moved her to tears before the crowd.

“This is hard,” she said. “… These are mostly women of color, queer women of color who are dealing with layers of s—t. I’ve gotten more death threats from black men than anybody else. After Cosby was indicted and R. Kelly took off, I got tons of threats from black men.”

Some of them were death threats, she said.

“Why do we have to die?” she asked. “And I’m not saying people writing on Facebook ‘You should die!’ I’m talking about coming to your house. I’m talking about having to relocate. … This is not a game. We are in the midst of a crisis around that. I’ve got a child. I had to pull my daughter out of school over some bulls—t. I’m sorry to keep cursing, but it’s just not easy.”

Burke is not going to stop, but she wants the movement to be a movement, one that includes all survivors and enlists the aid of all soldiers fighting for justice because every justice fight can help the fight against sexual violence.

“We come to work because we are the work,” she said. “We work in these different  fields because it’s our lived experiences and we have survived sexual violence in addition to other things. We watch folks find the intersection of every other issue except sexual violence. Do you know how painful it is to watch people actively not care about your lived experience? We experience it all the time.”

Burke said the movement, which began as her movement, must care as much about the original victims as it does actresses who wanted careers and producers who got away with career murder.
It was her movement that pulled the covers off what has been a way of life in America.

It was her movement that has now seen countless men felled and countless women empowered.
And her message for that crowded throng in a Detroit convention center ballroom  where hundreds of people screamed to her “We got your back!” was clear: The  #MeToo movement better not forget the survivors for which it was founded, the original survivors whose faces aren’t known and who don’t have agents.

They need help the most.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Detroit & Israel - Past Proves Prologue In Election Interference

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I am not even going to go into the spirit of fuchsia for the simple fact that the initial acquisition of the properties in question was a fraudulent scam, ran out Detroit City Council, City Clerk, Mayor and Wayne Country Prosecutor's Offices surrounding the bankruptcies of Detroit and the Big 3 Auto industry.

When you lose your home to foreclosure, there is no vote at that address for quite some time, resulting in a forced migration of voters, leading to redistricting which produced, in this particular instance, fraudulent mortgage and tax foreclosures, gerrymandering, or rather, more succinctly, election interference.

Sam Riddle trial: Developer testifies he gave Monica Conyers money for kid's tuition, shopping

Ladies and Gentlemen, take your seats, the show is about to begin, shortly.

Land on Detroit's lower east side in limbo after developer's broken promises
An overturned, decomposing piano, a discarded wooden pallet and black bags of trash serve as streetside reminders of the repercussions of years of broken development promises in Detroit.
In 2004, a group of investors made what was to be a reported $258 million bet on the city's lower east side, and the Kilpatrick administration and City Council spent millions priming the area for redevelopment.

More than a decade later, and with New Far East Side Development Co. LLC still controlling at least 45 acres of the area abutting Grosse Pointe Park, the city has few options for getting back the property it sold to the investment group the Duggan administration says broke its promises of redevelopment. Today it still sits largely fallow, with nary a sign of the roughly 3,000 homes that were proposed for the area.

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It is quite odd that the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs just let the New Far East Side Development slide by when it came to filing its annual statements, but, then again, Bill Schuette did "sign off" on anything Detroit Land Bank Authority related, but that is just cyberchatter because he shuttered the Detroit Land Bank Authority.

Right, Bill?


It's one of untold numbers of grandiose redevelopment visions that never got off the ground, for a host of reasons. But it was also one of the largest and most ambitious in recent memory and, to this day, the neighborhood struggles with blight, disinvestment and decay, with nearly 150 violations by New Far East Side Development totaling $41,000 accrued.

The city is still owed $19,300, the city says.

It's quiet title time! You can wipe out any lien with a quiet title and still keep the property as a Corporate Shape Shifter.

The total project area envisioned nearly 15 years ago was bounded by Jefferson Avenue to the south, Alter Road to the east, Warren Avenue to the north and Conner Street to the west.

It was anticipated to be done in phases, with the first Fox Creek phase consisting of properties totaling about 140 acres generally bounded by East Vernor Highway, Alter, East Jefferson and Eastlawn Street. It's Eastlawn where the piano and trash have accumulated, one of the few signs of activity on a largely vacant street.

Melvin Washington, managing member of New Far East Side and president and founder of Detroit-based Phoenix Group Cos., did not return multiple messages seeking comment.

That is because he knows past proves prologue.

Linda Smith, another one-time investor who is the longtime head of Detroit-based housing nonprofit U-SNAP-BAC Inc., deferred most comment to Washington. David Hill, the late head of Kimball Hill Homes, died in 2008. The Chicago-area home developer was liquidated in bankruptcy the following year. And Henry Cisneros, a former Clinton-era cabinet secretary, said he and Smith have long since sold off their interest in the project.

Chitter chatter on the streets is saying someone over there running U-SNAP-BAC was getting all that federal home assistance money to help homeowners with repairs, but decided to focus on the friends and family dole out.  They all got their homes fixed up and ran out of money. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that the office was rarely opened.

‘Quadruple whammy'

External factors ultimately doomed the effort, said Cisneros, one of the project's four main investors in 2004-05 and a former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary, in an interview with Crain's last week. He said he and Smith had no knowledge of the blight violations or debt.

I do not know why this writer did not contact the Michigan Israel people, but then again, that would take multiple phone calls to find out the right one.


The investors ran into a series of "buzz saws" they did not anticipate, not the least of which was Hill's death from a brain tumor.

"We got hit by a quadruple whammy," Cisneros said.

That included the city's worsening financial condition, the bankruptcy of General Motors, Hill's death and the downfall of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his administration.

"We had a very well thought-out plan to build housing in the far east side area of Detroit," Cisneros said. "We were well down the road in terms of planning, neighborhood meetings, city administration meetings and design of homes."

Not so fast, said Paul Robertson, chairman of Bloomfield Hills-based homebuilder Robertson Bros.

"In 2004, no friggin' way" would that project have worked, he said. "Single-family on the east side as opposed to something downtown was worthless. There was no way, unless they had gobs and gobs and gobs and gobs of government subsidies."

Wanna know a secret? They were stealin'.

Linda Smith has questions.

"It's still an LLC. I just don't have any update," she said before deferring any remaining comment to Washington. Multiple messages were left and not returned.

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Andre Spivey also has questions.

"I need to know from the city's perspective, what are our options, if any, because it's a large plot of land and I would hate for it to sit there with nothing being done," said the Detroit City Council member whose district encompasses the area.

"The city was promised a large project on this property," said Lawrence Garcia, the city's corporation counsel, in a statement.

"The city expended a lot of resources in conveying the property and making it ready for development.

You may want to speak to the former Mayor Pro Tem on this matter.

However, the developer broke the promise to develop the land. The city is exploring its options for seeking redress of the broken promise, but at this time, but it does not appear to have rights to reversion of ownership under the master agreement for the project."

City's hands tied

For now, the Duggan administration says, its hands are largely tied. Development agreements with New Far East Side Development from 2004 and 2005 don't have reversionary language, meaning the city can't take back the land in spite of the broken agreement.

All they had to do was to go to the U.S. Department of Justice, but, alas, I had to do it for them, again.

In all, the city sold the group about 660 properties between October 2006 and February 2009, according to a memo provided to the City Council last month. Another 481 properties were purchased privately.

Today, city records show the group still owns 530 properties, having spent nearly $3.3 million on them.

The land is valued at just $735,000, according to city data.

I hope they are not relying upon Loveland data.  I believe the purveyor of "that" database has skipped town.

"In 2004, a single-family project on the east side, there was just no way," Robertson said. "There was just no way. Your costs were more than anybody would ever give you in sales price."

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