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Greitens Circus Is Outgrowing the Tent
It's been a challenge to keep up with all the new developments in the long fall down of Governor Eric Greitens. Here's what you need to know that has happened over the last week or so with more expected every day:
-Greitens is expected to have his day in court later this month although nobody really expects him to say much beyond invoking the 5th Amendment
-The House Investigative Committee updated their damning report by stating that further investigation confirms that the witness/victim in the sexual assault and blackmail charge was credible, implying that Greitens' attempts to call her a liar are out of line
-Greitens' potential felony theft of a donor list from veteran's charity The Mission Continues is still on the books in St. Louis despite his team of lawyers trying to get it thrown out. Here's a quick read from the Weekly Standard noting how that scandal may be even worse from him.
-That particular crime has ties to the office of Vice President Pence as his current Chief of Staff worked for Greitens around the time of the theft. Read about that connection here.
-The issue of destroying official records claim seems like a distant memory now, but the potential criminal use of the Confide app by Greitens and his staff is still pending
-Most recently, it has been discovered that a web of wealthy donors have paid $60,000 for Greitens' travels across the country and even held the responsibility for purchasing a vacation home in Insbrook. Property tax bills for Greitens were mailed to donor and confidant Mark Bobak who, when questioned why that would happen, said he wanted to make sure they didn't get lost in the mail." Greitens has said his reliance on donors for travel costs is part of his commitment to spending as little taxpayer money as possible but, to many voters who are worried about dark money and the influence of non-elected wealthy people behind curtains, this is a giant problem. Why would we not assume something shady is happening?
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Club Meetings and Events:
- Heartland Alliance for Progress: Monday, May 14: State and County Candidates Forum, 5:30-7:00 pm, at Californo's, (4124 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64111) The August 7 primary election is fast approaching. Meet the candidates for county offices and for state representative and senate. The General Assembly will still be in session, and there will be another candidate forum prior to the General Election. Those interested in participating should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Seniors for Justice: A special event benefiting State House candidate Keri Ingle on May 5th, 1pm in the Ambassador Room at John Knox Village (500 NW Murray Rd. Lee's Summit, MO). There will also be live entertainment. All are welcome. Seniors for Justice has regular meetings on the second Saturday of each month at the same location.
40 Club: Monthly luncheon May 8th, noon at Sheet Metal Workers Local #2 (2902 Blue Ridge Blvd. KCMO 64129). Guest speaker: Renee Hoagenson, 4th Congressional District candidate.
Keri Ingle Volunteer Event: Saturday, May 19. Volunteer action and training in two shifts (please arrive about 30 minutes early for the training portion); first shift starts at 10am, second shift at noon. 705 SW Winterwalk Ln. Lee's Summit, MO 64081. We will be knocking doors, making phone calls and writing postcards to area voters. RSVP HERE.