SAN DIEGO — Maria Garcia had a cough and body aches. When she talked, she ran out of breath.Garcia, who has been detained by federal immigration authorities at Otay Mesa Detention Center since October, was tested for the novel coronavirus about two weeks ago.While she waited for the result to come back, she remained in her regular housing unit.Days later, officials told her and several other women in her unit to gather their belongings. Once they got to the new unit, one woman asked why they had been moved.“Did we test positive?” Garcia said the woman asked the guards.They had.Detainees, inmat...
AZ Dem lawmaker slammed for campaign donations from banks and debt collectors after siding with GOP on minimum wage
Sen. Krysten Sinema (R-Ariz.) is facing backlash for the campaign donations she received from banks and political action committees (PACs) working on behalf of debt collectors. The money was reportedly donated after Sinema sided with Republicans opposing the $15/hour minimum wage proposed under President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan.
According to the Federal Election Commission, Sinema received $4,000 in donations just three days after she voted against the minimum wage increase. Newsweek reports that Sinema's donors include:
Wall Street investment bank Morgan Stanley donated $2,000 to Sinema. The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals (ACPAC) as well as the Commercial Law League, two PACs representing debt collectors, each donated $1,000 to Sinema.
The publication also notes that none of the donors are located in Sinema's home state of Arizona. Stanley resides in New York. ACPAC, described as a "third-party collection agencies, law firms, asset buying companies, creditors and vendor affiliates" is located in Washington, D.C. The Commercial Law League has a location listed in Illinois.
Those three groups contributed approximately 20% of the donations Sinema received in the days following her opposing vote. The Arizona lawmaker also saw a substantial increase in donations from individual donors. Those donations totaled $26,653.58.
In wake of the latest reports, Sinema is facing deep criticism from Twitter users who are frustrated by her continued support of Republican-backed policies. In fact, she is now being categorized with Sen. Joe Manchin (R-Va.) who has also been accused of similar actions.
@RepValDemings Feels like Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema are on McConnell's same page 🤬— Pom Mom (@Pom Mom)1620453834.0
I hate to say it, but it’s coming to look like the Democratic Senate is failing President Biden from achieving the… https://t.co/4KrVzgMuUc— Big. E (@Big. E)1620438855.0
@marilynkj @ArthurSchwartz @KrystenSinema Being thanked by Trumpkins should be all the feedback she needs.— Deb #LeagueOfDifficultWomen (@Deb #LeagueOfDifficultWomen)1620447259.0
@johnpavlovitz Gerrymandering, Joe Manchen & Krysten Sinema— When will the MAGA vaccine be ready? (@When will the MAGA vaccine be ready?)1620447991.0
Amid intense scrutiny, Sinema's office released a statement. Although she voted against the minimum wage legislation, she admitted no one should be living in poverty with full-time employment. However, the Democratic lawmaker also suggested that she voted against the bill because she believes it should be "separate from the COVID-focused reconciliation bill."
"No person who works full time should live in poverty," Sinema said. "Senators in both parties have shown support for raising the federal minimum wage and the Senate should hold an open debate and amendment process on raising the minimum wage, separate from the COVID-focused reconciliation bill."
It doesn't look like former President Donald Trump's West Palm Beach neighbors will be getting rid of him anytime soon thanks to a legal loophole.
According to Palm Beach Daily News, the town attorney John Randolph determined that Trump can reside at the golf resort as long as he is classified as an employee.
The latest comes just months after West Palm Beach residents voiced their concerns about Trump living at the luxury golf club. Back in February, the former president clashed with his neighbors over a Declaration of Use agreement he signed in 1993. When the luxurious mansion was converted into a golf resort, it prohibited him from using the location as a private residence and barred him from living at the location just as a permanent resident.
Despite the agreement, Town Manager Kirk Blouin concluded that "the agreement doesn't specifically prohibit the ex-president from residing at the club."
Randolph also noted that the town's zoning code does allow for the private club to provide living quarters for a "bona fide employee."
However, the determination has not stopped opposition. With Trump being allowed to reside at Mar-a-Lago as an employee, there are now concerns about how the legal loophole could lead to the former president allowing others to do the same.
Philip Johnson, the attorney representing Preserve Palm Beach expressed his concern about the determination.
"If officers of Mar-a-Lago LLC are permitted to reside at the club, then there's no limitation as to how many residents will be able to live there since the club controls the number of officers," Johnson said. "In other words, the town could not limit the number of residents. Does the council want Mar-a-Lago to be a multifamily residence?"
He added, "We feel that this issue threatens to make Mar-a-Lago into a permanent beacon for his more rabid, lawless supporters."
Johnson also noted that "giving Trump the power to determine who does and doesn't count as a Mar-a-Lago employee was irrational and that it would effectively permit him to create his own zoning laws."
Critics of the Republican National Committee were out on force on Friday over a tweet that apparently was aimed at Facebook for refusing to let Donald Trump back on the social media platform.
Earlier in the week the former president was informed by Facebook that his ban would remain in place over fears he might incite more violence like the Capitol riot on Jan 6th.
According to the RNC, the corporation is denying the ex-president his First Amendment right to "freedom of speech" -- and they were quickly disabused about constitutional rights as you can see below:
@GOP Big tech has nothing to do with free speech.— Kel Varnsen (@Kel Varnsen)1620427497.0
@GOP No, it should not be a partisan issue. But it should be about responsibility and accountability. You don"t yel… https://t.co/1VnlsgdKRP— Giggles Reynolds (@Giggles Reynolds)1620429503.0
@GOP Note ... it does not say Facebook. https://t.co/pzmOA3wuoK— Tom 🇺🇸 (@Tom 🇺🇸)1620428132.0
@GOP Big Tech is privately owned! If a bakery can't be forced to bake a cake for a same sex wedding, Twitter, FB, e… https://t.co/TCjd9CJjgn— Jay Jack (@Jay Jack)1620427907.0
@GOP People don’t havre a right to a Facebook account nor a Twitter account— Rick Hennig🇺🇸#WearaMask😷 (@Rick Hennig🇺🇸#WearaMask😷)1620427495.0
@GOP Freedom of speech is not a licence to wilfully spread propaganda, tell lies or to knowingly mislead the public… https://t.co/ahdLmQZeKY— Áine Ní (@Áine Ní)1620470282.0
@GOP “Big Tech” has nothing to do w/free speech. They’re private companies who can choose who they allow to use the… https://t.co/c35ul4zHEN— Tonya Bailey 🏳️🌈🇺🇸 (@Tonya Bailey 🏳️🌈🇺🇸)1620429379.0
@GOP Freedom of speech is about the govt, not the private sector. Please use the money you grifted from credulous A… https://t.co/9DfXesByoY— Tom 🇺🇸 (@Tom 🇺🇸)1620427685.0
@GOP Pretty sure Freedom of Speech is just making sure the government can't arrest me for my opinion. So .. what's… https://t.co/mXjgj1A0my— Thomas Foster (@Thomas Foster)1620428098.0
@GOP Read your damn constitution. They are private businesses and can do whatever they want. How about you take not… https://t.co/2G1wXau4zQ— Suzi sez ETTD (@Suzi sez ETTD)1620433472.0
@GOP Odd, this tweet wasn't blocked... Amazing, almost as if you weren't threatening harm or disseminating falsehoo… https://t.co/6rj8wTPfck— QuietOne85 🌽 (@QuietOne85 🌽)1620428798.0
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