Grind for March 9th
“Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.” – Ronald Reagan
Four Men Admit to Participating in Voter Fraud Scheme
Four California men pleaded no contest to charges that they committed voter fraud by paying homeless people in Los Angeles’s Skid Row for their votes.
The men had been caught bribing homeless people with $1 or a cigarette in exchange for their signatures, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.
Richard Howard and Louis Thomas Wise were each charged with a felony count for placing fake names on ballot initiative petitions and voter registration forms. Christopher Joseph Williams and Nickey Demelvin Huntley were charged for circulating ballot initiative petitions that included fake names.
Howard was issued a suspended sentence of three years in state prison and three years of formal probation, meaning that he will only serve his prison time if he breaks the terms of his probation. Wise was similarly issued a 16-month suspended sentence with three years of formal probation. Huntley and Williams both received three years of probation.
The voter fraud scheme was used in the 2016 and 2018 election cycles and involved nine people in total. In addition to the four who pleaded no contest, Norman Hall pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced to one year in jail, three years of probation, and 100 hours of community service. Four others who have been charged have yet to conclude their cases. Read more…
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago Sees 139 Percent Increase in Murder
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) Chicago witnessed a 139 percent increase in murder during July 2020 when compared to July 2019.
ABC7 reported there were 105 murders in July 2020, up from “the 44 reported in July 2019.”
Moreover, there were 406 “shooting incidents” in Chicago during the month of July 2020, an increase of 75 percent “from the 232 last July,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Over a longer span of time, murders were up 51 percent from January 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020, compared to murders for the same period of time in 2019, according to the Sun-Times.
Lightfoot blamed Chicago mayhem and bloodshed on gun friendly states during a July 26, 2020, appearance on CNN’s State of the Union.
According to The Hill, Lightfoot told CNN, “Our gun problem is related to the fact that we have too many illegal guns on our streets, 60 percent of which come from states outside of Illinois.”
She added, “We are being inundated with guns from states that have virtually no gun control, no background checks, no ban on assault weapons – that is hurting cities like Chicago.” Read more…
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