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Adulterous GOP Michigan lawmaker resigns, fellow Tea Partier expelled by legislature

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The bizarre and sordid saga of two Republican Tea Party lawmakers in the Michigan House who were having an affair is drawing to a close as one tendered his resignation while the other was expelled by her fellow lawmakers.

In the early morning hours on Friday — and after 14 hours of deliberation — state Rep. Todd Courser stepped down from his state House seat, with his fellow lawmaker, Cindy Gamrat, being ousted by an overwhelming vote, reports the Detroit Free Press.

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Both family values Republicans have been under fire for weeks after Courser was caught trying to self-smear himself with a rumor that he had a gay hook-up with a male prostitute in an alley behind a bar in order to deflect attention from the affair he was having with Gamrat.

Courser’s bizarre and elaborate plan blew up when an aide refused to be a part of the scheme and turned recordings of Courser game-planning the fraud over to local media.

Since that time, Courser has blamed mysterious blackmailers and the “Lansing mafia” for setting him up, while posting rambling messages on Facebook saying he had been forgiven by Jesus.

Faced with expulsion, the father of three issued a simple statement Friday morning stating: “I hereby tender my resignation from the Michigan House of Representatives effective immediately. It has been an honor serving with the dedicated members and staff of the House of Representatives.”

Gamrat, a mother of four, asked the House to simply censure her in lieu of expulsion, however her peers were not feeling charitable and she was booted on a 91-12 vote.

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The saga is not over, with lawmakers adding a resolution to Gamrat’s expulsion vote calling for a Michigan State Police and the Attorney General’s office to continue investigating the matter the over questions of whether the not-so-star crossed lovers may have misused their offices during their brief tenure.

Courser commented that he just wants to move on, stating: “It’s an unfortunate chapter where we’re at, but it’s time to turn a page and go in a different direction and obviously heal, in my own house and in this body as well.”

He added, “It’s been hell.”

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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness

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As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.

He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”

It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.

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This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend

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As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.

At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.

Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.

The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.

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Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health

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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.

"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."

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