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Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Nov 8, 2018 - 10:30pm PT
McSally is a big-time Trump supporter. All due respect to Megan, but that should pretty much make clear which way McCain would go.
Happy Cowboy

Social climber
Boz MT
Nov 9, 2018 - 04:24am PT
The headline today in Montana “ Tester wins by poaching Trump voters, holding his base”
The article states that Tester won 14% of votes from people who voted for Trump in 2016.
Of that 20% of women turned their vote to Tester, and 8% of republican men.

When Tester was asked his opinion about contending with Trump’s 4 visits this campaign his response was “I look forward to the President’s next visit to Montana in hopes that it concerns the real issues affecting Montanans”. Every State could benefit with him in the Senate.
Jon Tester, the only working farmer in the Senate and possibly DC.

Also of Montana interest, 9 Native Americans were elected to State house.

Trad climber
Clovis, CA
Nov 9, 2018 - 05:11am PT
I am glad that the people of California rejected Props. 3 and 6. Prop. 6 was an obvious Republican Party (third party status in California) publicity attempt, but 3 was a sneaky similar attempt to benefit big agriculture (a heavy funder of Republicans) at the expense of taxpayers.

When water issues make sense with regard to conservation, environment, agriculture, and the population, I am in favor of expending state funds or issuing bonds. Past history of water bond issues has shown the California population also goes this way. However, when water bonds are blank checks to big ag with a cynical ploy, I am glad that the people saw through the ruse. Yes, there are populations in my area who do not have drinkable water due to agriculture, but the solution to their problem is not to dump a bunch of bond money to big ag in hopes that the water would "tickle down" from ag to those without water. I am glad that it appears that the California population understands that more dams is not always the answer.

Before you ag supporters flame on, I come from a family that were Central Valley farmers. I worked on my family's farm. I saw how farmers thought that water from the great river next to the farm that we pumped the hell out of was an unlimited source.

Social climber
Lida Junction
Nov 9, 2018 - 07:35am PT
McSally is a big-time Trump supporter.
McSally used to be more of a moderate.
All due respect to Megan, but that should pretty much make clear which way McCain would go

I'm not so sure
John M

Nov 9, 2018 - 07:47am PT
McSally ran one of the ugliest smear and fear based campaigns that I have seen. There was big big money behind her because the ads ran about 4 to 1. 4 McSally ads for every one of Sinema's. It was so bad that some major republicans even came out and said that what the McSally ads were saying were not true.

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Nov 9, 2018 - 09:03am PT
Yeah, maybe you’re right, 10b. Hard to say for sure which way McCain might prefer. No doubt he’d be disgusted by the options, esp. the one in his own Party.

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Nov 9, 2018 - 09:28am PT
Trump continues to drain that swamp!


When federal investigators were digging into an invention-promotion company accused of fraud by customers, they sought information in 2017 from a prominent member of the company's advisory board: Matthew Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney in Iowa.

...In the end, the FTC filed a complaint against Miami-based World Patent Marketing, accusing it of misleading investors and falsely promising that it would help them patent and profit from their inventions, according to court filings.

In May, a federal court in Florida ordered the company to pay a settlement of more than $25 million and close up shop, records show. The company did not admit nor deny wrongdoing.

..."It's really upsetting to know that guy will be attorney general," said Ryan Masti, 26, who lost $77,000 after paying World Patent Marketing to help him bring to market his idea for a social media app to help the disabled. "It's so offensive. It's like a stab in the back."

According to the FTC, however, the company falsely promised clients it would patent and market their ideas in exchange for hefty fees — and then pocketed the money.

"For the last three years, Defendants have operated an invention-promotion scam that has bilked thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars," the agency alleged in a recently unsealed court filing. "In truth and in fact, Defendants fail to fulfill almost every promise they make to consumers."

The Miami New Times, which published an in-depth investigation of the company last year, reported that Cooper would sometimes tell people who had posted negative reviews of the company that he had security with specialized training in the Israeli martial art Krav Maga.

In an August 2015 email included in court documents, Whitaker wrote to a complainant who threatened to go to the Better Business Bureau, "I am assuming you understand that there could be serious civil and criminal consequences for you." He noted he was a former U.S. attorney.

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Nov 9, 2018 - 11:25am PT
Boy, is the Senate race in Arizona close. Sounds like the remaining ballots to be counted are in areas that generally favor Democrats/Sinema, but the margin is sooooo close that it could easily swing either direction. This will go through the weekend (at least), and a recount & legal action seems guaranteed.

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 9, 2018 - 03:09pm PT
I don't understand how or why The Wall Street Journal keeps biting the right-wing hands that own it, but I sure enjoy it when it does.

President Trump was heavily involved during his presidential campaign in silencing the stories of women who claimed to have extramarital affairs with him, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal that contradicts repeated denials from Trump.

Federal prosecutors have gathered evidence that Trump worked with his friend and media executive David Pecker to use the National Enquirer tabloid to buy the silence of adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, according to interviews the Journal had with three dozen people with knowledge of the transactions.

Trump was allegedly involved in nearly every step of the process to prevent Daniels and McDougal from publicizing their stories and worked with his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen to coordinate the deals.

More here:

The Good Places
Nov 9, 2018 - 03:24pm PT
the good news is that Colorado elected a millionaire.

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Nov 9, 2018 - 03:56pm PT
Just a millionaire, huh? These days, that's positively low-income...

Ice climber
great white north
Nov 9, 2018 - 07:20pm PT
If you want truth, just logically negate most everything Trump says.

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Nov 10, 2018 - 09:04am PT


Excellent consolation prize for being stuck with a useless Trump lapdog in our district just to the east (Sierra foothills).

The useless lapdog up here DOESN'T EVEN LIVE IN OUR DISTRICT (McClintock is a piece of crap).

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Nov 10, 2018 - 09:39am PT
The Lapdog party has replaced the tea baggers...Another act of desperation for the party that forgot how to govern...

Trad climber
Nov 10, 2018 - 09:49am PT
Speaking of anonymous newcomers...

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Nov 10, 2018 - 10:06am PT

There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!

-President Dickhead

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Nov 10, 2018 - 10:26am PT
Dickhead forgot to blame the homeless messicans for starting these fires...He's slipping up...Cue up the Sarah Sanders air raid siren...
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Nov 10, 2018 - 10:30am PT
Glad to see the Central Valley getting some fresh leadership, hell, getting some leadership, finally.

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Nov 10, 2018 - 01:10pm PT
Is that a recent DOTUS tweet in response to the recent California fires?

Dickhead, indeed.

Nov 10, 2018 - 01:30pm PT
^^^Yep, from this morning.^^^
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