Sheriff planned to raise campaign cash in gun raffle.
Then Florida shooting happened.
Charlotte Observer
> Mecklenburg County Sheriff Irwin Carmichael has canceled a re-election campaign raffle of firearms, including assault rifles of the kind used to kill 17 people Wednesday at a Florida school, that was to be held Saturday.
> “As the elected Sheriff, I fully understand the difference between responsible gun ownership and senseless gun violence and holding a gun raffle would not serve to advance the values close to my heart or the principles of my Office.”
> Which he apparently didn’t realize in November, when he first posted the raffle.

Michigan school boosters cancel gun raffle 
Detroit Free Press

Maryland candidate’s “gun bingo” will go on as scheduled, with AR-15 as prize
The Baltimore Sun
“I want to first convey my heartfelt sorrow for the victims and families of the Florida shooting. As a Christian and father of four, my thoughts and prays are for the families”.

gunraffleguy300 winners in Fargo gun raffle
(In case you need that extra Glock in the garage)

Ohio pol holds gun raffle 3 days after Florida massacre 
Cleveland19 News

Georgia Ready Mix Concrete Association feels need to raffle off guns
Because a well-armed concrete pourer, being necessary to the security of a free state…

Ohio fraternal order of Eagles raffling off lethal weapons because… 

Jasper, Indiana gun raffle every Tuesday! But wait, there’s more!

Yuma Catholic school proud of its 175-gun raffle. 
Sadly, this is not a joke.

In memory of sheriff’s deputy, a gun raffled each week

There are many more gun raffles in America the Beautiful, but by now the point has been made. In other news …

Conservatives urge Trump to grant pardons in Russia probe


trumpflynnpix> After months of criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, President Donald Trump’s supporters are issuing increasingly bold calls for presidential pardons to limit the investigation’s impact.
> “I think he should be pardoning anybody who’s been indicted and make it clear that anybody else who gets indicted would be pardoned immediately,” said Frederick Fleitz, a former CIA analyst and senior vice president at the conservative Center for Security Policy.
> The pleas for mercy mainly extend to the four former Trump aides who have already been swept up in the Russia probe: former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. But they don’t stop there.
“It’s kind of cruel what’s going on right now and the president should put these defendants out of their misery,” said Larry Klayman, a conservative legal activist. “I think he should pardon everybody — and pardon himself.”

Lawmaker who claimed “MeToo” accused of sex games 
Sacramento Bee
Garcia.jpeg> A former employee of Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia filed a complaint with the state on Saturday, seeking to sue the Bell Gardens Democrat for allegedly firing him after he refused to play “spin the bottle” with her.
> In the complaint to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which was posted online Sunday by his lawyer, J. David Kernick of San Diego wrote that during his time as a field representative in 2014, Garcia was “very disparaging to the staff and others, used vulgar language, discussed topics inappropriate for the workplace and showed herself to be very vindictive in nature.”
> It is the second accusation of sexual misconduct against Garcia, who is currently on a voluntary, unpaid leave of absence while the Assembly investigates claims that she drunkenly groped a former legislative staff member. In addition, a lawyer on Wednesday released a list of other allegations from four former employees in Garcia’s office who said they wished to remain anonymous.

Feed inmates? Nah. Sheriffs would rather pocket the cash

W. Virginia teachers, employees plan statewide walkout over pay, health care
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Dude who sold Marlins claims no profit, nothing to share with Miami 
Miami Herald.
Sale price: $1,200 million
The value of the team in 2008 was $250 million.

Cash disappearing in Sweden, and some are worried 
swedish> Sweden is widely regarded as the most cashless society on the planet. Most of the country’s bank branches have stopped handling cash; many shops, museums and restaurants now only accept plastic or mobile payments. But there’s a downside, since many people, in particular the elderly, don’t have access to the digital society.
> “One may get into a negative spiral which can threaten the cash infrastructure,” investigator Mats Dillen said. “It’s those types of issues we are looking more closely at.”


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