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GOP Fails to Vote on Repeal Measure.

 

872 Efforts by Republican Senate leaders to repeal ObamaCare was met with strong opposition on Tuesday by members of their own party.  There seems no clear path forward now.

 

President Donald Trump said perhaps the best thing do to is to let ObamaCare “fail” and start over again.

 

The plan would essentially repeal ObamaCare and replace it later—possibly leaving 23 million people without coverage.

 

The Senate is short of desperately needed Republican votes, including 3 women senators—Susan  Collins (R-Maine), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

 

“I said back in January that if we’re going to do a repeal, there has to be a replacement. There’s enough chaos and uncertainty already,” Murkowski told reporters.

 

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was one of the plan’s earliest critics. In a July 12 statement, he said:

 

"Now too many Republicans are falling all over themselves to stuff hundreds of billions of taxpayers’ dollars into a bill that doesn’t repeal ObamaCare and feeds Big Insurance a  huge bailout."

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tried unsuccessfully to get Republicans on board even before the July 4th weekend, but vowed to get the job done.

 

According to a poll, 60% of Americans favor ObamaCare and 40% think it should be replaced.  GOP leaders who have held town halls recently are getting plenty of complaints from constituents on their handling of the healthcare bill.  Citizens are also voicing their discontent by bombarding senator’s offices.

 

Lawmakers running for re-election in 2018 have to consider voting for a bill that is unpopular with constituents, or they could be voted out.  This is another reason some Republicans are refusing to vote.

 

“Most of us have held political office for a fair time now. We know how to explain our votes to our voters back home, to whom we are accountable. But if you don’t vote, nobody is accountable, and everybody can blame each other for the outcome,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) explained on the Senate floor Tuesday.

 

Those frustrated by Republicans’ inability to draft passable legislation say it’s time to move on to other issues like immigration and tax reform.  Even President Trump indicated healthcare is a lower priority for him than tax reform.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On July 20, ex-football star, actor and inmate at Lovelock Correctional Center, OJ Simpson will make a long awaited appearance in front of a Nevada parole board.  

 

Simpson, now 70, was convicted in a botched robbery in Las Vegas to steal sports memorabilia that he says belonged to him.  He was charged with armed robbery and kidnapping, and has been behind bars since 2007.

 

But now Bruce Fromong, the only surviving victim in the robbery says he’s willing to forgive and wants to testify on Simpson’s behalf

 

Fromong told CNN in three phone conversations he plans to travel to Nevada's to advocate for his one-time friend's release. "I never thought that the crime deserved that much time, that long of a sentence," he said.  The dealer also said he looked forward to playing golf again with the former football great.

 

The Nevada Parole Board has declined to comment on whether or not Fromong is to testify at the hearing.

 

 Simpson will appear before 4 parole board commissioners.  If there is a split in the voting, 2 additional commissioners will be called in.  Four out of the 6 would be required to vote in favor of his parole before Simpson could be released.  If there is another split vote, parole will be denied for 6 months and a subsequent hearing will be held in January 2018.  If granted parole, Simpson could be released as early as October 1.

 

Some 13 years earlier, Simpson dominated headlines when he was charged with the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson her friend Ron Goldman.  He was acquitted of all charges in 1995, and led a relatively private life until the robbery.  

 

Although he won the criminal case, the Simpson and Goldman families filed and won civil lawsuits and Simpson was ordered to repay $33.5 million in damages. Simpson’s home and pension are exempt from the suit, however his football trophies and other pieces were sold as part of the settlement.  Goldman got Simpson’s coveted Heisman trophy and sold it at auction for 230,000.

 

At his sentencing hearing, Simpson argued that he was attempting to get family heirlooms and personal items back from memorabilia dealers, including Fromong. Simpson said he did not know his associates were armed.

 

By Veronica Mackey

 

The July 17 birthday of Kisha Michael, a woman shot and killed by Inglewood police, brought new fervor among her supporters at Tuesday’s council meeting.  They held up photos of Kisha and her friend Marquintan Sandlin, also killed, during the meeting.  On July 17, supporters say they attended a birthday party in honor of Kisha and her twin sister Patricia, who is still  alive.

 

The group, who have been attending council meetings weekly since February, are demanding answers and “reparations” for Michael’s and Sandlin’s 7 children.  Mayor James Butts and members of the Inglewood City Council has been just as persistent telling them there is nothing they can provide because the County District Attorney is still investigating the case.

 

“You have evidence that this was murder, clear and simple.  If there was one minute of tape that exonerated officers…you would have shown that.  You wouldn’t hesitate,” a man said.

 

Other speakers accused the council of not having a “heart.”

 

Mayor Butts has repeatedly said they should contact the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office, and the City Council does not have the access or authority to release details or footage regarding the shootings.  So far the 5 police officers involved have terminated their employment with the City.  It is not clear if they were all fired or resigned.  

 

Erick Holly, president of the Inglewood Airport Area Chamber of Commerce responded to the remarks:  “This is getting ridiculous.  They’ve been told many times that this needs to be handled downtown.  No one has gone downtown, they keep coming here. The family is moving forward with their lives.”

 

Councilman Alex Padilla also responded to the remarks:  “The D.A. is doing their own investigation.  It’s very tedious, they have to be done right the first time.  The council is not trying to hide anything.  It’s a process that we have to go through.  You can continue to come and we will continue to tell you that we don’t have the information.”  

 

He then commended the Inglewood Police Department for recently apprehending a suspect and recovering a handgun.

 

“For folks who come from outside the city, there are things they can point at, but we are responsible for our city,” Councilman Eloy Morales said in reference to the protestors.  “Remember, when everyone leaves the meeting  we live here.”

 

“Councilman Padilla and I have, collectively, 69 years of law enforcement experience,” Mayor James Butts said.  “We have a lot of experience dealing with tragedies that occur.  In life, there are processes to deal with—good and bad …The council (is not) privy to certain material.  We could not release material to you if we had it. 

“Councilman George Dotson invited the public to attend his “Family Day in the Park,” which is being held July 30 in conjunction with “Taste of Inglewood.”  The family day will be held at Edward Vincent Park, at Florence and Centinela.

 

Council members approved:

 

•An agreement for the City of Inglewood’s Main Library Ceiling Tiles Restoration project

 

•A two-year maintenance agreement (with the option to extend for one additional year) with Xerox Corporation for the maintenance of 49 copiers

 

•An agreement with Giga Kom to replace the Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) for the Inglewood Public Library

 

•A resolution ratifying appointments to the South Bay Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) made by various member cities: 

 

•The City of Hawthorne re-appointed Mr. Jay Fowler, General Manager of Republic Services, and Ms. Patricia Donaldson, Owner of Active Security Solutions, Inc.; The City of Redondo Beach re-appointed Mr. Bob, Owner of HCD Incorporated; The City of Manhattan Beach re-appointed Mr. Joe Ahn, Division Manager of Government Relations and Public Affairs at Northrop Grumman Corporation;  The City of Carson appointed Ms. Tami Lorenzen-Fanselow, President of F.C.L. Logistics, Ltd.: The City of Lawndale re-appointed Ms. Ruthi Davis, Economic and Community Development representative; The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor re-nominated Mr. Ed de Brito, Apprenticeship Director for the Southern California Cement Masons; The Los Angeles County Community Action Board re-nominated Dr. Lance Williams, Community Action Board member; and The City of Hermosa Beach appointed Mr. Ray Diab, Manager at Restaurant Poulet Du Jour. All positions will expire between June 30, 2019 and June 30, 2021.   

 

•Morales nominated and Butts appointed Alfonoso Hernandez, Jr. to the Inglewood Youth Commission.

 

•An ordinance was adopted, approving secured property tax rates for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2017

 

•The meeting was closed in memory of Loystein Irving, who passed away recently.  She was a member of the Inglewood School Board from 1991-2003, President of the 2nd Avenue Block Club and also served in the church community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump seems intent on undoing every piece of legislation put in place by former President Barack Obama—and because he’s president, the spotlight usually shines on him.  But all along, his cohort, Jeff Sessions, has been flying under the radar, doing some critical dismantling on his own.  Sessions is also on a mission to destroy the work of his black predecessor, former Attorney General Eric Holder. 

 

On Wednesday, Sessions announced he’s rolling back policies Holder and Obama established to insure equality under the law.

 

Basically, Sessions wants to increase racial profiling by bringing back harsher penalties for low level drug and gun offenders, allowing police to seize assets even if a person is not found guilty of a crime, and doing away with federal reviews of police departments accused of excessive force.

 

If allowed to enact these laws, progress made toward equal justice and fairness would be turned back severely.  Despite near historic crime lows, Jeff Sessions wants to renew the “war on drugs,” a policy adopted with the crack epidemic in the 1980s, and which became a crime bill under former President Bill Clinton.  It was an overkill bill that led to the disproportionate incarceration of Black and Brown Americans, and devastation of families.  From it, came the “three strikes” rule that mandated life sentences.

 

President Obama reduced sentences of 1,715 low-level, non-violent drug offenders to address the disparities, including crack versus powder cocaine sentencing.  Bipartisan support for criminal justice reform legislation was approved in Congress, much to then-Senator Session’s opposition. 

 

Another setback is Sessions’ decision to increase the use of “civil asset forfeiture” in an attempt to curb drug trafficking.  This would allow the cops to seize up to 80% of a person’s assets, even if they are not charged with a crime.

 

The practice of allowing police to take things from people and keep them, even if they are not convicted, is more common than you might think. This has the potential to be a huge money maker for states and a clear violation of human rights for citizens.

 

Finally, Sessions is working to stall – or end — a federal review of police departments where racial profiling, excessive use of force and racial discrimination by police are prevalent.  It’s a way for abusive police departments to have their way with us because this would undermine any protection for citizens who are rightfully skeptical of police.

 

Sessions’ policies are troubling at best.  Looks like we’re in for yet another fight as the battle for equality and justice rages on.

 

A Los Angeles Olympics bid is pretty much guaranteed.  It’s now just a matter of when. 

 

With only two countries still in the running to host the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games, it was not surprising—though unusual—for the International Olympics Committed to announce a dual award on Tuesday.  Former bidders, Boston, Budapest, Hamburg and Rome all dropped out.

 

It will be up to the cities to work out an agreement on which one should host when.  But even that decision is pretty much decided already.  Paris is the sentimental favorite for 2024 because it will be exactly 100 years since the “City of Love” held its last Olympic Games in 1924.  

 

Los Angeles says it won’t arm-wrestle Paris for the 2024 honor.

 

Besides being the only bidders left, IOC officials were won by each city’s ability to demonstrate adequate finances, infrastructure and facilities.  Each mentioned in their pitch that 90% of the facilities needed are already in place.

 

Los Angeles is actually better prepared than Paris to host in 2024, with ample venues at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, UCLA, USC and other facilities throughout Southern California. The new Inglewood stadium, currently under construction, is expected to be completed in 2020, way ahead of 2024.  L.A. also has a larger capacity to house the athletes, with existing dormitories at UCLA.  

 

L.A. last hosted the Summer Games in 1984 and turned a $250 million profit, which is one of the brightest moments in the history of Olympic host cities.  

 

Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Games ran $1.6 billion over budget. Tokyo 2020 will likely cost a lot more than its $3.5 billion budget, and that doesn't even include the cost of building new stadiums.

 

Waiting until 2028, however, might work better for the U.S. politically, however, due to President Trump’s unpopularity in most of the world.  Hosting the 2028 Games would insure no Olympics would be held in the U.S. during Trump’s presidency. 

 

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti told reporters before Tuesday’s decision that the Olympics “cannot afford to lose the United States,” given its television rights fees and corporate sponsorships that buttress the Games.

 

“Both of us will find it more and more difficult to convince cities – whether it’s Paris, Los Angeles or other American cities – to really go into this process if one of us gets turned down,” Garcetti said.

 

 

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