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New York GOP state senator busted for secretly continuing to pay aide who resigned over sex harassment claims

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Former New York State Sen. George D. Maziarz (R-Niagara) will avoid a criminal trial next week after pleading guilty on Friday to hiding salary payments to a disgraced former staffer, The Buffalo News reported.

Former Sen. Maziarz, 64, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of “filing a false instrument.” He had been facing trial on five felony charges.

“His career ended…and it was the end of being the boss of bosses in Niagara County,” Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said. “We exposed what happened.”

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The scandal centered around former senate staffer Glenn Aronow, who officially worked for Maziarz, until resigning after allegations of sexual harassment, the Lockport Journal reported.

Sen. Maziarz allegedly hid payments to continue Aronow’s employment, utilizing a “multi-layered pass-through scheme” involving his campaign account and the Niagara County Republican Committee.

Albany County Court Judge Peter Lynch asked Maziarz whether he intended to use Aronow’s services and “took steps to continue his services without the public knowing about it.”

“Yes,” the former senator replied.

In the 1990s, Maziarz pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of failing to list the true identity of a campaign contributor.

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“Prosecutors shy away from cases with a lot of risk. We’ve been willing to do them; certainly way more than anyone in the office before,” Scheiderman continued. “And that sends a message that ‘you better watch yourself.’”

During a two decade career in the legislature, Sen. Maziarz was a leader of the “Senate Coup” when breakaway Democrats gave minority Republicans control of the body.

“You cannot use your campaign account as a slush fund to avoid public scrutiny,” Schneiderman told the Time Union.

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Democrats win another voting rights victory as absentee restrictions struck down in South Carolina

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On Monday, voting rights attorney Marc Elias reported that a federal court has blocked a restriction on absentee ballots for the upcoming South Carolina primary.

The ruling undoes a requirement that mail-in ballots be accompanied by a witness.

BREAKING: @DCCC, @TheDemocrats, and @scdp score major voting rights victory in South Carolina. Federal Court blocks witness requirement for absentee ballots in June primary.

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GOP ripped for refusing to remove Trump from office: ‘Folly of that failure becomes clearer by the day’

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Republicans seeking to keep control of the United States Senate were harshly criticized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for failing to remove President Donald Trump from office during impeachment.

"For four years now, as both a candidate and president, Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked America’s voting system, falsely claiming voter fraud any time it suited his needs. In a new low, last week he threatened the federal funding of two states over their reasonable moves to facilitate mail-in voting," the newspaper noted in an editorial published online on Memorial Day. "What does it say that the head of the world’s leading democracy is so intent on undermining that democracy?"

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Fox News commentator slammed for mocking Joe Biden’s decision to wear a mask

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On Monday, during his observance of Memorial Day, former Vice President Joe Biden donned a face mask in accordance with CDC guidelines — a contrast with President Donald Trump, who has frequently refused to wear a mask even in some places that require them.

But Fox News senior analyst Brit Hume went out of his way to mock how Biden looked wearing it.

This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today. pic.twitter.com/9l1gw1ljBE

— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 25, 2020

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