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Wisc. GOP state senator: Lack of Voter ID law ‘undoubtedly played a role’ in recall defeat

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Republican Wisconsin state Sen. Van Wanggaard announced Tuesday that he would not challenge the results of a recount that found he was defeated by Democrat John Lehman in last month’s recall elections. But Wanggaard vowed to turn over evidence of voting irregularities to the authorities.

“Unfortunately, I only have 5 days from the end of the recount to develop a case to challenge the count of the election,” he said in a statement. “This is not enough time to fully investigate the mountains of evidence and answer the questions that have arisen. This is especially true given the surprising lack of cooperation we have received from city officials in our requests. The investigation into irregularities does not stop today. The investigation will continue and evidence discovered will be provided to law enforcement.”

After the results of the recount were announced, Wanggaard said he was considering taking legal action over “suspicious” voting activity. He had until today to challenge the results. Wanggaard claimed there were missing pages in poll books, wrong voter numbers, unverified addresses and other “potential fraudulent activities.” The voting irregularities, he said, justified the need for voter ID laws.

“The seemingly never-ending delay by Dane County judges preventing implementation of Wisconsin’s voter ID law undoubtedly played a role in this recall election,” Wanggaard said.

Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature approved a voter ID law last year that requires voters to present a state-issued photo ID when they before casting a ballot. But the law was blocked by two separate state appeals courts, who ruled the law was unconstitutional because it abridged the right to vote.

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Last year, Wisconsin Democrats picked up two seats in the state Senate after defeating incumbent Republicans in recall elections. Democrats now have a one-seat majority in the Wisconsin Senate.

“We applaud Van’s decision to forego an expensive and frivolous lawsuit at this time,” State Senate Democratic Committee Executive Director Zac Kramer said. ” We are excited for Senator-elect John Lehman to join his Democratic Senate colleagues in the near future – so we can actually get Wisconsin back to work, and move forward.”

Wanggaard said he would run for the seat again in 2014.

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Jeffrey Epstein spent almost all of his time abusing underage girls: ‘It was his full-time job,’ says victim’s lawyer

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Jeffrey Epstein apparently did nothing but sexually abuse underage girls, according to one victim's attorney.

The sources of the financier's wealth are murky, as he had only one known client -- women's clothing magnate Les Wexner -- but attorney Brad Edwards said that seems to have freed Epstein up to engage in nonstop predatory conduct, reported Vanity Fair.

“It was his full-time job,” said attorney Brad Edwards. “We have not found anyone who has provided information about a legitimate business he was engaged [in].”

One Wall Street source with direct knowledge of Epstein's income told the magazine that he provided “tax advice and estate planning” to rich clients, such as Apollo Global Management founder Leon Black, by drawing on his experience with offshore funds.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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‘Names are going to start coming out’: New report says more elites will be exposed in the Epstein case — and ‘DC is on edge’

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Will other powerful people — presumably men — get taken down as a result of the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein?

That’s the hope of many closer followers of the story, but it’s far from clear what, if any, fallout there will be. Epstein’s connections to Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have raised suspicions about potential evidence of their wrongdoing, such suspicions remain unproven. Alan Dershowitz has already faced accusations of being involved in Epstein’s crimes, though he denies the charge vigorously.

But a new report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman says that “DC is on edge” over the Epstein case, and any elites who have run in his circles could be involved. Dozens of girls, if not more, are believed to be involved in his alleged sex trafficking, and lawyers for some of the women who have accused Epstein are strongly suggesting that other high-profile figures will be implicated.

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