It was less than two weeks ago that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a past and future presidential hopeful for the Republican Party, stood before an annual confab of conservative fanatics and proclaimed he could see the future of the Grand Old Party. In Orlando, Florida, a stone's throw from Walt Disney's Fantasyland, Cruz promised the Conservative Political Action Conference that the GOP will be "the party of steel workers and construction workers and pipeline workers and taxi cabdrivers and cops and firefighters and waiters and waitresses and the men and women with calluses on their hands who are worki...
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Couple on Sanibel Island floated on a fridge and broke through the ceiling to survive Hurricane Ian — then limped to mainland
Help is slowly making its way across Florida after Hurricane Ian made landfall as a Category 4 storm. The Fort Myers News-Press told the story of one couple that barely survived while riding out the storm on Sanibel Island, just off the coast of western Florida.
Today was the first day that residents who left the island could come back and survey the damage. One couple who spoke to the paper described a horrifying scene of the couple using their refrigerator to float on the rising flood waters inside their home. Pete Crumpacker and his wife Tina clung to their cat Tilly as they tried to stay alive.
They made it, he said, by “busting through ceiling drywall to access (a) crawl space to breathe while floating on (the) refrigerator,” he wrote on Facebook. “We waited ‘til daybreak and limped our way to (the) bridge unassisted.”
He said that there was no law enforcement in sight from Lee County until he tried to make his way back home. They wouldn't let him in. The Lee County Sheriff's office blamed the Fort Myers Beach Fire District and Town of Fort Myers Beach for "restricting access."
The last photo Crumpacker posted on his Facebook page showed him sitting on top of something level with a ceiling fan and the brown water below. He told friends the water reached " about 20 inches from ceiling before water stopped rising. Stayed there for hours. It was nightmarish."
"I'm just trying to get thru hour by hour making sure (sic) my extended family of 10 have a dry place to rest and food and water," he said responding to questions of how to help. He went on to say that he may move the family for a while, noting his daughter-in-law is six months pregnant with his new grandson.
"I want to make sure she has a healthier environment the next 3 months," he said. Counting his home and his family members, he said three houses, six cars and his boat are all totaled, but "life goes on." The boat, cars and his home were all paid for, he told a friend, saying that they were all denied compensation by State Farm Insurence after the last hurricane, so he didn't buy flood insurance this year.
The insurance costs have been astronomical in Florida, as disasters continue to hit the state and sea levels rise.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker accused his son, Christian, of doing the bidding of Democrats after he blasted his father on social media.
Following reports that Walker funded an abortion for his girlfriend, the candidate's son accused his father of violence against him and his mother.
"You're not a 'family man' when you left us to bang a bunch of women, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running from your violence," his son wrote.
Walker spoke to Fox News host Brian Kilmeade about the controversy on Wednesday.
"He's doing tremendous damage to you," the Fox News host said. "Do you know why he's saying this?"
"Well, the damage he's doing is letting people know that the left will do whatever they can to win this seat," Walker charged. "And I told you when I got into this race, I'm going to win this seat. People see someone sitting in front of you right now who has been redeemed. I'm living proof that you can make mistakes and get up and keep going forward."
"Vote for the people on the left like the guy I'm running against, Sen. Warnock, you're not going to have a chance to be redeemed," he added. "He's a minister and he don't [sic] believe in redemption. Right now, they're trying to destroy America. They're trying to destroy Georgia."
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Former Kentucky State Representative Robert Goforth has received a 25-month prison sentence following his guilty plea in connection with the federal investigation into health care fraud and money laundering at his pharmacy.
According to the Courier-Journal, a spokesperson speaking on behalf of U.S. prosecutors in the Kentucky Eastern District noted that "the former Republican legislator's sentence includes two years of supervised release as well, in addition to orders to pay a $10,000 fine and $2.7 million in restitution."
As part of his guilty plea, Goforth admitted that he'd "improperly billing insurance programs in excess of $2.7 million for prescriptions."
Those invoices were for prescriptions customers never picked up. He also compounded profits by restocking those same medications and reselling that inventory again.
At the sentencing on Monday, Goforth spoke to the judge about his actions. “I am ashamed of myself,” Goforth said. “I tried to be a good role model, and all of the work I did will be tainted forever by the decisions I made to commit these crimes.”
The sentence comes just months after Goforth's attorney weighed in with his opinion of the possible sentence his client could receive. At the time, his attorney predicted that his sentence might be between 24 to 37 months.
The federal ruling handed down on Monday, October 3 comes months after the Republican legislator also pled guilty to a fourth-degree domestic violence charge. For that charge, which stemmed from his arrest back in April 3030, he received a 59-day sentence.
Initially, Goforth had been charged with first-degree strangulation and domestic assault. According to the police citation, per the news outlet, the lawmaker's wife claimed he "strangled her with a cord 'to the point that she had difficulty breathing and believed she was going to pass out.'"