HARRISBURG – Rep. James R. Santora (R-Delaware) today thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for signing legislation bringing the Commonwealth into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act without requiring citizens to purchase identification.
“This law centers on choice for the individual. Some people may not need REAL ID-compliant identification and will instead choose only to maintain their driver’s license. Others may wish to use a passport they already have. That’s the beauty of this law – Pennsylvanians can decide what’s best for them without being financially impacted by the identification needs of others,” Santora said.
Residents who choose the standard form of identification must have a passport or other REAL ID-compliant identification to board an airplane or enter a federal building once the new system is in place.
Offering residents a choice allows Pennsylvania to comply with the requirements of federal law while also avoiding unnecessary burdens on taxpayers who would face higher costs for the new form of identification.
It is not yet clear how long it will take to fully implement REAL ID in Pennsylvania, so the Commonwealth will be requesting an extension from the federal government. Assuming the extension is granted, Pennsylvanians will be able to continue using their current form of state-issued identification to board airplanes or enter federal buildings until final implementation is complete.
The Wall Street Journal Finds a Direct Link Between GOP and Russian Hacks
The Wall Street Journal, Thursday, reported that there is a direct link between hacked Democratic National Committee’s documents and the GOP. The WSJ reports that the hacked material, from Guccifer 2.0, was then posted on a blog run by Aaron Nevins. Nevins is GOP political operative who after receiving the information passed along to White House ally Roger Stone who also served as an informal adviser to President Trump during the campaign. Nevins is not only a GOP operative but worked as a campaign consultant for United States Representative Brian Mast representing the 18th District of Florida. Calls to Representative Mast’s office were not returned.
Nevins is surprisingly outspoken on his use of stolen documents. “Basically if this was a war, this is the map to where all the troops are deployed,” he tweeted to Guccifer 2.0. Within 10 days, the Russian hacker sent to Nevins 2.5 gigabytes of documents from the DCCC which Nevin then posted. Yet it was also shared to other GOP members up for election such as candidate Brian Mast.
Anthony Bustamante, a campaign consultant to Republican congressional candidate Brian Mast admitted the information changed their campaign game plan. “I did adjust some voting targets based on some data I saw from the leaks,” Bustamante stated. Bustamante said the Democratic voter analyses led him to step up some of his TV advertising but reduce mailed material ahead of the November election. Mr. Mast won a House seat, previously Democrat-held, in Florida’s 18th district near Palm Beach. Yet, Mast’s office denies that Bustamante worked for his campaign after June 2016, but Bustamante stated he was still an adviser to the campaign.
The documents not only affected the Florida race but the information of voting analysis of congressional districts in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia, which Nevins find nothing about used stolen information. The question arises then, how many “consultants” used this information to get a leg up on Democrats? Nevins told the hacker, “This is probably worth millions of dollars.” Guccifer 2.0 responded,” Okay you owe me a million” via Twitter. For Nevins the concerns for using the stolen data didn’t matter to him whether Guccifer 2.0 was an agent for the Kremlin. “If your interests align, never shut any doors in politics,” Nevins said. Even if it turns out to be foreign nation interfering with the election of the President of the United States.
1. Thursday, President Trump continued to double down on his claim that the other nations in NATO do not pay for their fair share for defense. The NATO summit in Brussels was a chance for the new President to listen and learn but President Trump gave a speech that harken to his campaign of complaining that countries in NATO do not pay their fair share. Trump, on the world stage, chided the leaders of Germany, France and Great Britain for their contributions that are less than 2 percent of their budgets. The contributions are not given to a pool; they are not a mandatory club dues or fees that other countries are forking over to cover expenses. The contributions are only to cover defense expenses for that country. It does not cost the citizens of the United States more because the other countries do not pay 2 percent. It does not influence what the U. S pays.
2. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that they have found a direct connection between the Russian operative who hacked the Democratic National Committee’s computer files and a Republican political operative in Florida. The WSJ identifies the Republican operative as Aaron Nevins who contacted the hacker “Guccifer 2.0” who had been identified as the one who had tapped into the DNC, Nevins wrote to the hacker to say: “Feel free to send any Florida based information.” It is reported that Nevins received 2.5 gigabytes of DNC documents, which he posted on a blog called HelloFLA.com. Guccifer 2.0 then sent a link to the documents to President Trump’s adviser and friend Roger Stone. Stone denies sharing the information with anyone. Nevins admitted his part of the release of documents to the Wall Street Journal.
In leaked call, Trump praises Duterte’s campaign to “slaughter” drug addicts.
It was potentially two gaffes for the price of one on President Donald Trump’s call with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte last month.
First, Trump praised Duterte for his deadly and controversial war on drugs in remarks that stunned White House aids and human rights experts. In a private call on April 29, Trump praised Duterte for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem” in his country, referring to Duterte’s violent anti-drug campaign that led to the deaths of nearly 9,000 people, many gunned down on the streets.
“I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug program,” Trump told Duterte, according to a transcript of the call obtained by the Washington Post. “Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.”
In recent weeks, the Republican Party has come under fire due to the missteps caused by members of the party. In recent weeks, the GOP has lost state house races in New Hampshire and New York in Republican stronghold districts. There have been other wounds inflicted on those in the party and the assaults are self-induced. The investigation into the Trump campaign and their possible links to Russia is causing the party to suffer. Michael Flynn refusing to testify and will take the 5th or will ask for immunity when questioned, has caused the President embarrassment as his words during the campaign season have come back to bite him.
“If you are not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for?” Trump said at a campaign rally in Florida in September. Then in Iowa later that month Trump asked, “The mob takes the Fifth Amendment. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” Flynn himself said during an interview last year with MSNBC commentator Chuck Todd, “When you are given immunity, that means you have probably committed a crime.”
The party also should look at the missed promises that the administration had campaigned on. President Trump made a splash by working on keeping jobs at a Carrier plant in Indiana. He campaigned on the notion that he would save jobs and without even being the President he could hammer out a deal to keep the jobs in the U.S. Problem is, it’s not going to happen. Carrier announced that it will soon begin laying off 632 workers from its Indianapolis factory. Trump promised voters in Indiana last year that when he is elected President, “there was a “100 percent chance” he would save these jobs at the heating and air-conditioning manufacturer. “It’s not like we have an 80 percent chance of keeping them or a 95 percent chance,” he said. “100 percent!! Here’s what’s going to happen,” Trump said at the rally. “They’re going to call me, and they are going to say, ‘Mr. President, Carrier has decided to stay in Indiana.’
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1. Both Democrats and Republicans are holding their collective breath Thursday, as the Montana congressional race takes place in a special election. In the last few weeks, Democrats have picked up states seats in areas where the GOP were strongholds on the districts. Thursday’s election between, Democrat Rob Quist and Republican Greg Gianforte appears to be a tight race although, President Trump carried the state in November by 20 points. Wednesday night, GOP nominee Gianforte took issue with a reporter from the Guardian who persisted in asking the candidate about the score the Congressional Budget Office gave the new Trumpcare Healthcare Plan. The reporter, Ben Jacobs, was then, per Fox News reporters who were in the room, was then body slammed by the candidate and “Gianforte then began punching the reporter, stating over and over, “I am sick and tired of this.” Fox reporters have stated that at no time did Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte. Gianforte was cited by local police for the incident and charged with a citation for misdemeanor assault and must appear in court sometime before June 7. Thursday morning, three Montana newspapers withdrew their endorsement for the Republican candidate. Unfortunately, Montana is one of the few states that allow early voting and about 7 out of 10 people have already voted. So, there is a good chance that Gianforte will be elected while being charged in the assault.
“Name your favorite brunch food and I guarantee they have it.” Philadelphia has yet another showstopper brunch location, and that is Sabrina’s Cafe. Pancakes, waffles, stuffed French toast, burgers, brunch specials, coffee, the list goes on and on. Now.. if you didn’t gather from a previous post of mine, I am a ginormous fan of Green Eggs […]