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Oklahoma: Imprisoned Anti-LGBT Former GOP State Rep Ordered To Pay $125,000 To Teen Male Prostitute

Oklahoma City’s NBC affiliate reports: A former Oklahoma lawmaker sentenced for child sex trafficking has been ordered to pay more than $125,000 in restitution. Former state Sen. Ralph Shortey is serving a 15 year prison sentence at a facility in Seagoville, Texas after pleading guilty in Nov. 2017. Police caught Shortey in March 2017 in a Moore hotel room with …

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Nikki Haley Rakes It In On Speaking Circuit: $200,000 And Use Of A Private Jet For Domestic Engagements

CNBC reports: With the Trump Cabinet’s revolving door continually spinning, organizations looking for an inside glimpse into the administration have increasing options — but they come with increasingly higher price tags. Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is currently quoting $200,000 and the use of a private jet for domestic speaking engagements, according to seven people with …

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Fox News Hires Former Rep. Trey “Benghazi” Gowdy

Remember three weeks ago when he said he was swearing off politics forever? Former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) has joined Fox News as a contributor, the network announced Wednesday. Gowdy, who retired from Congress earlier this month, will offer political and legal analysis on Fox News and the Fox Business Network, the outlet said in a press release. The former …

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Mitch McConnell Mocks Plan For Election Day Holiday

Talking Points Memo reports: Less than a week after the 35-day shutdown, during which hundreds of thousands of federal workers went without pay, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made a floor speech Wednesday ridiculing the idea of making Election Day a paid holiday for federal workers. “This is the Democrat plan to restore democracy? A brand-new week of paid …

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Jeff Flake Joins CBS News, Won’t Run In 2020 [VIDEO]

From the Hollywood Reporter: Former Sen. Jeff Flake has landed as a CBS News contributor and announced on air on Tuesday that he will not run for president in 2020. Flake was spotted at the network’s New York City headquarters on Jan. 4 amid talks for a role, The Hollywood Reporter reported at the time. That role was formally announced …

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Texas County GOP: “Leftism” Caused The Holocaust

The Houston Chronicle reports: The Harris County Republican Party on Sunday stirred up controversy after the group blamed the Holocaust on “leftism” in a public Facebook post. “Leftism kills,” the group wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post published on Sunday, Holocaust Remembrance Day. “In memory of the 6 million Jews lost to Nazi hatred in the name of National Socialism. …

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Maryland Gov Emerges As Possible Trump Challenger

Axios reports: Most Republicans are of the opinion that Trump is “unassailable” in a GOP primary, but some are anxious enough about his vulnerabilities that they’re looking at Larry Hogan, the popular centrist governor of Maryland, as a possible alternative. Hogan’s inauguration speech after winning reelection in November was viewed as “an unmistakable act of aggression” by the White House, …

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Republican Senators Roiled By Shutdown Infighting

The Washington Post reports: Republican senators clashed with one another and confronted Vice President Pence inside a private luncheon on Thursday, as anger hit a boiling point over the longest government shutdown in history. “This is your fault,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at one point, according to two Republicans who attended the lunch and …

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FLORIDA: GOP Secretary Of State Resigns After Drag Blackface Photos Mocking Katrina Victims Go Public

The Tallahassee Democrat reports: Michael Ertel, the newly appointed Secretary of State of Gov. Ron DeSantis, has resigned after photos emerged of him posing as a Hurricane Katrina victim in blackface at a private Halloween party 14 years ago. The photos obtained by the Tallahassee Democrat were shown to the Governor’s Office on Thursday morning. Hours later it issued a …

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Sen. Joni Ernst Reveals Being Raped In College [VIDEO]

Bloomberg reports: Republican Senator Joni Ernst says that she was raped in college by someone she knew and that her ex-husband physically abused her, making her one of the highest-profile women in her party to allege assaults in the era of the #MeToo movement. Ernst publicly disclosed the rape in an interview with Bloomberg News, which she decided to do …

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Chris Christie Hints At Future Run For President

The Palm Springs Desert Sun reports: Chris Christie is making it clear that his political ambitions are far from over. One week before his book “Let Me Finish” hits shelves, the former New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate gave a broad and crowd-pleasing speech Tuesday evening in Indian Wells that covered his past and possible future. Christie did not …

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WHAT PRIMARY: RNC Committee Unanimously Votes To Declare “Undivided Support” For Trump’s Re-Election

The Associated Press reports: The Republican Party’s governing body is set to offer its “undivided support” for Donald Trump and his “effective presidency,” lending its backing to the president and his re-election campaign. The Republican National Committee’s resolutions committee unanimously approved the measure Wednesday at a winter meeting in New Mexico, clearing the way for its passage before the full …

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ARIZONA: Republican Lawmaker Intros $20 Internet Porn Tax With Proceeds To Fund Trump’s Border Wall

The Arizona Mirror reports: A GOP lawmaker has a novel idea for how a border wall with Mexico should be funded: Force every Arizonan who wants to access pornographic material on an electronic device to pay $20. Republican Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, has introduced House Bill 2444, which would make “distributors” of devices that allow access to the internet install …

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GOP Sen. Joni Ernst Divorces Because Husband’s Hatred Of Her “Any Successes” Cost Her Being Trump’s VP

The Guardian reports: The Iowa senator Joni Ernst has stated she turned down the opportunity to be Donald Trump’s vice-president because she believed her husband Gail “hated any successes I have”. In an affidavit filed as part of divorce proceedings with her husband of 26 years, Ernst states: “in the summer of 2016, I was interviewed by Candidate Trump to …

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GOP Rep. Steve King Fundraises Off Racism Backlash

The Des Moines Register reports: While Republicans and Democrats are condemning or calling for Rep. Steve King’s resignation after his comments on white nationalism and white supremacy, the congressman is using the backlash to raise money for his campaign. “The unhinged left has teamed up with Republican ‘NeverTrumpers’ and is pulling out all the stops to destroy me,” King wrote …

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GOP House Rep. Tom Marino Abruptly Resigns

CNN reports: Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican, announced Thursday he’ll resign from Congress to pursue a private sector job, after just starting his fifth term in Congress. “As of January 23, 2019, I am officially stepping down from Congress,” Marino said in a statement. “Having spent over two decades serving the public, I have chosen to take a position …

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ARIZONA: Husband Of GOP Former Senate Candidate Accused Of Spitting In The Eye Of Turncoat Volunteer

The Arizona Republic reports: Former U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward’s husband was accused of spitting in the eye of one of her former volunteers because the volunteer subsequently supported her former political foe, Martha McSally, police records obtained Tuesday show. The alleged incident happened at the Arizona Republican Party’s general-election night gala on Nov. 6 at the Paradise Valley Doubletree …

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Iowa Newspapers: GOP Rep. Steve King Should Resign

From the editorial board of the Des Moines Register: Congressman Steve King should resign. He has lost even the potential to effectively represent his Iowa constituents because of his abhorrent comments about white nationalism and white supremacy. The move by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to strip King of his committee assignments leaves Iowa without a seat on the vital …

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WEST VIRGINIA: State GOP Reps Propose “Standing Up To Liberals” By Giving Trump $10M For Border Wall

Via press release: Delegates Robbie Martin, R-Upshur; Patrick Martin, R-Lewis; and Caleb Hanna, R-Webster, today announced they plan to introduce a bill that would divert $10 million from the state’s current nearly $200 million surplus to help President Donald Trump build a wall along the southern U.S. border. “West Virginians support our President and the wall,” Delegate Carl Martin said. …

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OKLAHOMA: New GOP Gov And Wife Announce Mission To Use Office To “Bring People To Jesus” [VIDEO]

Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch: Newly elected Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma attended an “Inaugural Prayer Service” today, during which he declared that it is his mission to align the state “with what God is doing in Oklahoma,” while his wife proclaimed that it is their responsibility “to go our into our state and save people and …

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