ATLANTA — An internal audit of Fulton County’s elections department found 10 administrative and fiscal management issues during the roller-coaster 2020 cycle that need corrective action. Among the findings: a lack of standard operating procedures in the department; inconsistent procurement procedures; untimely payment of invoices; improper payment of services; inadequate safeguarding of assets; and inadequate departmental accountability and oversight of financial transactions. The audit, which has not been officially released but was obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday, a...
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Landlord caught on video calling former NFL player the N-word after he asked to test his building for mold
According to Local 10 News, a commercial landlord in South Florida was caught on video shouting racial slurs at a former NFL player who had asked him to test the property for mold.
"A witness’s video recorded in March and released on Wednesday shows a man yelling racist slurs at former NFL player and Virginia Tech alum Jadon James Gayle in Miami," reported Joseph Ojo and Annaliese Garcia. "Gayle, the director of business development at the Infinity Sports Institute, identified the man as the landlord of his employer’s commercial space at 161 NE 24 St. Gayle said the man was 'very aggressive' and told a Hispanic woman who was near him 'go go and eat [expletive]' beans and rice."
In the video, he could be heard shouting that the real problem is that "all you n****rs smoke marijuana."
"Since the conflict escalated, Hector Maradiaga, the chief executive officer of Infinity Sports Institute, released a statement on Thursday saying he had retained an attorney to seek legal action," said the report. "'It is appalling, disgusting, and hurtful to see one of our team members be treated as such,' Maradiaga said adding the institute’s priority is to create 'an inclusive, safe, and private environment' for both clients and employees."
“I definitely am worried about retaliation,” Gayle told Local 10. “I have been worried about retaliation whenever I go to my car. I don’t necessarily know, is he going to do something to me? Is he coming back?”
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A Utah Republican candidate was exposed for operating a Twitter account attacking women and LGBTQ people and spreading coronavirus conspiracy theories.
Trevor Lee, who defeated longtime Rep. Steve Handy in the Utah House District 16 primary, admitted to operating the since-deleted @ballinlee account using the screen name "Truth seeker," which made false and offensive claims about LGBTQ people, after the Salt Lake City Tribune discovered his involvement and asked him for comment.
“The world we live in now," Lee said about disabling the account. "I can say something that I may not think is controversial, but the world is changing to a point where it thinks it is.”
Lee used the account to attack Republican Gov. Spencer Cox “spineless” for defending transgender girls in sports and calling Brigham Young University was a “progressive cesspool” that “needs to be cleansed,” and he frequently used homophobic and transphobic slurs -- and fellow Republicans called him out after the revelation.
“Presenting one face publicly while posting demeaning comments behind a hidden Twitter account is disrespectful to the people and the electoral process,” said Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson (R-Kaysville). “I am deeply disappointed that a candidate for the Utah House of Representatives did not have this same commitment to transparency.”
House majority leader Mike Schultz (R-Hooper) said it was inappropriate for lawmakers and candidates to hide behind anonymous online personas, making a reference to Sen. Mitt Romney's former anonymous Twitter account.
"These private, anonymous tweets in no way reflect the values of the House of Representatives or the majority caucus," Schultz said. "We collectively shake our heads at these types of ‘Pierre DeLecto-type’ Twitter accounts, meant to conceal a person’s identity and convey statements or observations that the author would not want to openly stand by."
Lee previously apologized for referring to transgender people as "trannies" during a podcast earlier this year, and insisted he wasn't aware the term was considered a slur.
“It’s a word that I’ve used in pop culture [and] that I’ve used my whole life – and that’s not an excuse – but I know it’s something now that others may feel strongly about, so I’ve erased it from my vocabulary," Lee said at the time. "It’s gone."
MIAMI — A tropical depression formed Friday morning in the hot waters of the Caribbean, a system that the National Hurricane Center expects to significantly strengthen and make landfall somewhere in Florida around Wednesday — potentially as a Category 2 hurricane. Exactly where is the big question and concern, with nearly the entire peninsula potentially at risk. The first cone of concern is pointed near Fort Myers, but forecasters caution that the initial track could change. The National Hurricane Center forecasts tropical depression nine to strengthen into a tropical storm sometime Friday. I...