CREW to file lawsuit against Trump under the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution

Well this didn’t take long. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you this would happen, because I did. Foreign Payments to Trump Firms Violate Constitution, Suit Will Claim:

A team of prominent constitutional scholars, Supreme Court litigators and former White House ethics lawyers intends to file a lawsuit Monday morning alleging that President Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his hotels and other business operations to accept payments from foreign governments.

In the new case, the lawyers argue that a provision in the Constitution known as the Emoluments Clause bans payments from foreign powers like the ones to Mr. Trump’s companies. They cite fears among the framers of the Constitution that United States officials could be corrupted by gifts or payments.

The suit, which will not seek any monetary damages, will ask a federal court in New York to order Mr. Trump to stop taking payments from foreign government entities. Such payments, it says, include those from patrons at Trump hotels and golf courses; loans for his office buildings from certain banks controlled by foreign governments; and leases with tenants like the Abu Dhabi tourism office, a government enterprise.

“The framers of the Constitution were students of history,” said Deepak Gupta, one of the lawyers behind the suit. “And they understood that one way a republic could fail is if foreign powers could corrupt our elected leaders.”

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Southern Arizona Candidate Academy

The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce facilitates a non-partisan Southern Arizona Candidate Academy open to anyone who is interested in running for local, state or federal office or anyone interested in working on a campaign.

The Academy has been endorsed by the Pima County Democratic and Pima County Republican Parties. The program has graduated over eighty (80) participants since its inception.

The Chamber compiles expert speakers from Democratic, Republican and non-partisan entities to teach the attendees about important issues and details in running for office.

Campaign Staff is also welcome to attend and many of the sessions focus on the administrative duties in a campaign as well as the personal, professional, and financial impacts of running for office.

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Arizona Progressive Candidate Training

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Gain the skills, resources, networks and knowledge to become a strong candidate and run a winning campaign. If you are thinking about or already made up your mind to run for office, this non-partisan, progressive candidate training is for you. Take action and apply today!

Join our alumni who have been re-elected or just sworn into office in 2017.

Re-elected Representatives Randy Fries, Reginald Bolding and Richad Andrade. Newly elected Representatives Tony Navarrete and Mitzi Epstein. Newly elected Mesa City Councilman Ryan Winkle.

Newly elected School Board Members Sam Richard – Osborn Elementary, Ylenia Aguilar – Osborn Elementary, Kiana Sears – Mesa Unified, Monica Trejo – Tempe Elementary, and re-elected School Board Member Lawrence Robinson – Roosevelt Elementary.

Currently serving their terms include Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Avondale City Councilman Lorenzo Sierra, and many School Board Members around Arizona…and more.

To apply, visit the LFC website.

The application deadline is March 3, 2017.

Early acceptances will be made following review of your application and an interview. For more information call Beth Meyer at (602) 253-0119.

New SAAF Center for LGBTQ Youth to open in 2017

Date:            For Immediate Release, 1/10/2017
Contact:       Wendell Hicks,Executive Director
Ethan Smith Cox, Director of Development
(520) 547-6105
SAAF is very excited to announce its newest project to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th- A SAAF Place for Youth. This project will create a dedicated space on 4th avenue which will house several of SAAF’s LGBTQ youth-centered prevention programs, including Eon, HIV Youth Peer Education (HYPE), and Arizona’s Life Links for Youth (Project ALLY). This newest initiative is being funded through a $1.8 million capital campaign which began in March 2016 and has raised more than $1.5 million, to date.
Curtis Thornhill, a Tucson native who now calls Salt Lake City “home”, has provided the lead gift for the campaign and has challenged SAAF to raise an additional $300,000 by the end of March 2017. Thornhill stated, “I was born in Tucson and grew up in southern Arizona. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the love and support of amazing mentors who have guided and challenged me to reach my full potential. The Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th is an opportunity to equip a new generation with the same gifts.”
The Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th will provide a safe space as well as skills-building, advocacy, and culturally competent care to LGBTQ youth and their allies ages 13-26. SAAF Executive Director Wendell Hicks, says, “Since taking over many initiatives from Wingspan, southern Arizona’s LGBTQ community center for more than a quarter century, 2 & ½ years ago, we here at SAAF have searched for the right way to re-launch LGBTQ programming in Tucson in a sustainable way that was directly responsive to community needs and immediately addressed gaps in services. The Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th will do just that. We are so fortunate for the support of Mr. Thornhill as well as the nearly 100 other donors to the campaign, so far.”
Members of the media are invited to an invitation-only groundbreaking event taking place on Tuesday January 24, 2017 at 4:00pm at the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th, located at 526 North 4th Avenue. Mr. Thornhill and SAAF staff will be available for interviews prior to the event. Please contact Ethan Smith Cox, SAAF Director of Development, at (520) 547-6105, to schedule an interview time.
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Trump’s first act as president: declare war on the media and the truth

On his first full day in office, the always insecure egomaniac Twitter-Troll-in-Chief declared war on the media, and the truth. With False Claims, Trump Attacks Media on Turnout and Intelligence Rift:

President Trump used his first full day in office on Saturday to unleash a remarkably bitter attack on the news media, falsely accusing journalists of both inventing a rift between him and intelligence agencies and deliberately understating the size of his inauguration crowd.

In a visit to the Central Intelligence Agency intended to showcase his support for the intelligence community, Mr. Trump ignored his own repeated public statements criticizing the intelligence community, a group he compared to Nazis just over a week ago.

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He also called journalists “among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” and he said that up to 1.5 million people had attended his inauguration, a claim that photographs disproved.

Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 6.40.11 AMAn estimated 1.8 million attended President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Crowd scientists estimated that 160,00o people attended Trump’s inauguration.

By the way, the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday also was yuuuge compared to Trump’s puny little crowd. Crowd Scientists Say Women’s March in Washington Had 3 Times More People Than Trump’s Inauguration.

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The Festering Wound

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First, let me be absolutely clear. I will applaud any modicum of success Donald Trump realizes as POTUS. It’s currently hard to envision, but if it does happen, I will give credit where credit is due. My bottom line is that I want our country to succeed and flourish.

Second, although I didn’t vote for him, I don’t believe President Trump is the worst threat to our democracy. He is just the most visible symptom…the metaphorical “pus” that oozes from the infected wound. Yes, part of reason he was elected is that middle America is tired of being ignored and wants change. I get that. I wish our system had offered them better choices. But, he was also propelled to victory because of the “bacteria” of racism and hatred, fed by the “talking heads” and Internet content of questionable veracity. Over time, this bacteria infected the wound, generating the “pus” which indicated a problem. Continue reading