❝ Despite having more than $100 million tucked away and virtually no viable Republican opponent in sight, Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is taking no chances…Associated Press reported that the Trump campaign is culling its ranks down to the state and county levels, ensuring that only Trump loyalists will become delegates at the Republican National Convention…“We have a constant focus on tracking everything regarding this process,” Bill Stepien…told the A.P. “Who’s running, what their level of support for the president is, and what their vote counts are.”
❝ In practice, this operation is designed to prevent the messy drama of 2016, when anti-Trump delegates tried to stop Trump from winning the nomination…It is, in Stepien’s words, a “process of ensuring that the national convention is a television commercial for the president for an audience of 300 million, and not an internal fight.”
I presume you’ve already figured out that’s also how the Fake President prefers to run the country. With the aid of Mitch McConnell and Republican Senators, it’s a done deal unless enough obedient GOP puppets are voted out of office.
Republican GOD in Floriduh’s hands — Sharon McCutcheon/Unsplash
❝ An investigation by ABC affiliate WFTS in Tampa Bay, Florida has found that the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is selling the personal details of Florida drivers to outside companies–and they’re making millions doing it.
❝ WFTS obtained records showing the Florida DMV sold information on Florida drivers and ID cardholders to over 30 private companies, including bill collectors, data brokers, marketing firms, and insurance companies. Data brokers then generally go on to resell the information they’ve bought. WFTS says the records show that the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles made more than $77 million for driver and ID cardholder information sales in fiscal 2017…
❝ …the FHSMV can legally sell driver and ID cardholder data to third parties, those parties are not allowed to use that information for marketing. WFTS further found out that some of these third-party companies were buying data on Florida residents for as little as one penny a person. And the worst news? A state spokesperson told WFTS there’s no way for Florida residents to opt out if they don’t want their personal information sold.
Anyone surprised? Greed is nothing special or new to American politics; but, you have to admit that today’s Republican Party adds that special venality of hypocrisy – every chance they get.
Gives you an idea why some – but not many/enough – Republicans are leaving a sinking ship, capsizing even further to the Right on the way down. Still takes courage to leave a comfortable home even if it’s become a whorehouse.
Thanks, Barry Ritholtz
HuffPost has it pretty solid. Group of newspapers owned by billionaire profiteer in fossil fuel and lumber fires Michael de Adder – after 17 years.