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MN First Term Democrat Refuses to Resign Despite ‘Deeply Disturbing’ Allegations of Domestic-Assault

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First-term Minnesota Democratic legislator John Thompson is refusing to resign despite the wishes of state leadership for allegations of his past crimes. Fox9 Minneapolis reported that Thompson was involved in multiple domestic assault cases. Court records from 2003 to 2011 show he pled guilty in three cases to reduce his charges of disorderly conduct and a fourth case was dismissed.

Additionally, Thompson is now on trial for a 2019 obstruction case in Hennepin County Court, to which his attorney says his client “maintains the allegations are false and he was never found guilty of them in a court.”

Democratic Governor Tim Walz joined the Democratic House leadership, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and the Republican Party of Minnesota in calling for Thompson’s resignation on Saturday.

A press release from Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan stated, “The alleged acts of violence against multiple women outlined in these reports are serious and deeply disturbing. Minnesotans deserve representatives of the highest moral character, who uphold our shared values. Representative Thompson can no longer effectively be that leader and he should immediately resign.”

Thompson’s attorney, Jordan Kushner, said Thompson “challenges the authenticity of the police reports that have been circulated to the press.” In an email Kushner wrote, “Mr. Thompson and his wife – the only person whom Mr. Thompson would have been with at the times of the incidents – categorically deny that any of the inflammatory allegations (including but not limited to choking anyone or exposing himself) ever occurred.”

“Mr. Thompson’s wife further does not recall and does not believe she ever made such allegations” Kushner’s email continued. Thompson and his attorney say the allegations are the fault of “persons associated with law enforcement” for “waring a smear campaign against Mr. Thompson since his speech in Hugo, MN in August 2020” referring to a protest outside of a police union official’s house.

Thompson introduced bills in his first year as legislator to end qualified immunity for police and speed up release of body-camera footage.

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4 Comments

  1. Ellen Meister

    July 19, 2021 at 9:32 am

    All states need to do a better job of vetting these candidates to make sure they don’t beat their wines/girlfriends or have their license suspended because they don’t pay child support!! They shouldn’t even be allowed to run for a local, state, or federal office!!

  2. Clarence

    July 19, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Couldn’t agree more… For some reason, this new breed of Politician seems to think/believe it’s their job to do their own will… instead of doing the will/work of The People!

  3. Kiki

    July 19, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Democrats are the worst.

  4. TornadoAllie

    July 20, 2021 at 10:13 am

    If he only could stay in office a few more years he’d be Keith Ellison.

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Portland Reaches Record Homicides Amid Law Enforcement Budget Cuts, ‘We Are Running on Fumes’

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The brother-in-law of Jacob Eli Knight Vasquez who was murdered by a stray bullet on Friday is begging Oregon’s leadership to “please untie the hands of our law enforcement officers.” Vasquez, 34, was at a pizza bar in the thriving dining scene of northwest Portland, then headed to a bar to get a drink across the street from the tavern where he worked when shots rang out and he was struck by a stray bullet and died at the scene.

Portland police have suffered from budget cuts and are struggling with a force of 128 officers below its authorized strength, despite the rapid increase of crime in the area. “Since August 2020, about 200 officers have left the department” reports the Associated Press. Exit interviews “cited low morale, lack of support from city officials and burnout from months of racial justice protests.”

Vasquez’s brother-in-law Don Osborn echoes the sentiments of many in liberal cities that have actively castrated their law enforcement departments. “I believe if the proper tools were in place for our law enforcement officers, this wouldn’t even have happened,” he said.

The AP writes Vasquez’s murder “in late September was one of the 67 homicides this year in Portland, which has surpassed its previous full-year record of 66 in 1987. And with more than two months remaining in the year, Portland will likely shatter its previous high mark.”

So far in 2021, Portland has experienced over 1,000 shootings. “At least 314 people have been injured by bullets, and firearms have accounted for three-quarters of homicides. Police also attribute much of the gunfire to gangs, fights and retaliation killings, but they are also affecting bystanders.”

“In a metropolis wracked by gang violence, fear and frustration have settled over Portland as stories like Vasquez’s make some wary to go out at night” reports the AP. “Unlike previous years” now innocent people unrelated to gangs are being murdered – “from people mourning at vigils and sitting in cars to children playing in a park.”

Daryl Turner, executive director of Portland’s police union says the city needs to hire 840 officers in the next five years. “We are running on fumes. There’s no way we can investigate thoroughly, and correctly, all these shootings.”

Turner said the increase in violence is related directly to the budget cuts. City leaders slashed $27 million from the police budget last year. $11 million due to the pandemic-caused budget crisis, “a decision that Turner says has cost lives.”

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Stacey Abrams Again Claims 2018 Election Was Stolen From Her

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Stacey Abrams, who lost her campaign for Georgia governor in 2018 by more than 55,000 votes, suggested that she actually won the election – a false claim she has been making for the last three years.

Abrams made the claim while campaigning for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who has notoriously claimed for decades that former President Bush actually lost the 2000 presidential election.

“Just because you win doesn’t mean you won,” Abrams said. “We’ve got folks who are ready to take back what they think is theirs, but they are not entitled to our progress. They are not entitled to our justice. They are not entitled to our vote.”

“I come from a state where I was not entitled to become the governor, but as an American citizen and a citizen of Georgia, I’m going to fight for every person who has the right to vote to be able to cast that vote,” she added.

Last week, McAuliffe was asked by CNN’s Dana Bash about claims he has repeatedly made that Democrats “actually won the” 2020 presidential election.
Bash played clips of McAuliffe saying, “Folks, you know it. I know it. They know it. We won that election!” And “We actually won the last presidential election, folks. They stole the last presidential election.”

Bash then asked, “Do you think Republicans stole that election?”

“I wish the United States Supreme Court had let them finish counting the votes,” McAuliffe responded.

McAuliffe has also notoriously embraced the Russia-hoax, claiming that Hillary Clinton did not win the 2016 presidential election because of “treasonous” Americans and Russians were “destabilizing our democracy.”

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