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Alabama’s Roy Moore under attack


Alabama’s Roy Moore under attack following WaPo sexual misconduct allegations

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Anti-establishment GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore came under fire Thursday following the publication of a Washington Post report alleging that the Alabama politician engaged in sexual acts with an underage girl nearly 40 years ago.

The Post reported:

Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.

It was early 1979 and Moore — now the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat — was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. He struck up a conversation, Corfman and her mother say, and offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.

The piece continues with Corfman’s account, alleging that the young district attorney later attempted to court the then 14-year-old in a sexual manner:

Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.

“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she remembers thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.” Corfman says she asked Moore to take her home, and he did.

The newspaper also reported that three other women told its reporters “Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.”

Moore immediately denied the allegations.

“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” he said in a statement.

Moore’s campaign also questioned the timing of the serious allegations made against the Senate hopeful.

The Judge has been married to Kayla for nearly 33 years, has 4 children, and 5 grandchildren.  He has been a candidate in four hotly-contested statewide political contests, twice as a gubernatorial candidate and twice as a candidate for chief justice.  He has been a three-time candidate for local office, and he has been a national figure in two ground-breaking, judicial fights over religious liberty and traditional marriage.  After over 40 years of public service, if any of these allegations were true, they would have been made public long before now.

Judge Roy Moore is winning with a double-digit lead.  So it is no surprise, with just over four weeks remaining, in a race for the U.S. Senate with national implications, that the Democratic Party and the country’s most liberal newspaper would come up with a fabrication of this kind.

This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation.

Breitbart reported on the allegations prior to the Post piece’s publication, telling readers: “The Washington Post is imminently planning to run a piece targeting Judge Roy Moore, claiming that he engaged in inappropriate conduct with four teenage girls thirty-four years ago.”

The conservative media outlet also noted that the Post had formally endorsed Moore’s Democrat opponent Doug Jones prior to publishing the accusations against Moore.

Via Breitbart:

The Post is owned by Nash Holdings LLC, a holding company for billionaire Amazon founder and open borders champion Jeffrey Bezos.

The newspaper formally endorsed Moore’s Democratic opponent Doug Jones in the Senate race.

In a series of articles, Breitbart News has documented Jones’s close associations with far-left groups financed by George Soros that push open borders and a host of radical causes.

A day prior to the Post’s damning report, a conservative advocacy foundation Moore started threatened to sue the Post over its earlier reporting on salary payments the organization made to the Alabama politician.

As reported by The Alabama Political Reporter:

The Foundation for Moral Law — a right-leaning legal advocacy group founded by US Senate candidate Roy Moore and headed by his wife, Kayla Moore — threatened legal action against the Washington Post on Wednesday night in response to a series of articles highlighting Moore’s relationship with the nonprofit organization.

Trenton Garmon, a Gadsden, Alabama, attorney representing the Foundation requested the Post cease and desist “from making false statements about the Foundation and its founder,” the Foundation said in a statement.

“Garmon further advised the Post that if they do not promptly comply with the Foundation’s demands, legal action will be forthcoming,” the Foundation said.

The allegations against Moore in the latest Post reporting was met with mixed response from  Alabama voters and other political observers. Liberals across the internet immediately flooded social media with delighted responses to the accusations.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, said Moore should end his candidacy if the accusations are true.

Others say Moore should go out of his way to clear his name– even if it means a messy lawsuit– if they’re not.

“This has all the signs of a bullshit political attack,” one prominent Alabama Republican who asked to remain anonymous told me. “This guy’s been attacked by just about every liberal in the country over the past several years for his moral positions– and you’re telling me this woman just got brave all of a sudden when a Democrat victory here would turn politics on its head?

Source: Will County News

Will County committee proposes $1 million in salary cuts for amended budget

Will County committee proposes $1 million in salary cuts for amended budget

The Will County board is considering a plan next week that would slash $1 million in salary expenses for county staff but earmarks more money for sheriff workers overtime and the Health Department.

The amended budget proposal is designed to reflect exactly what the county spends, said Republican members of the board’s Finance Committee. The new fiscal year begins Dec. 1.

As approved by the committee Tuesday, the proposed budget is $887,300 less than the one presented by Democratic County Executive Larry Walsh in September as it also recommended cuts in travel expenses across the board. It also recommended an $830,000 cut to Sunny Hill Nursing Home, which reduced the number of residents by 50 percent when it switched to private rooms in the past year.

The committee decided to propose eliminating a $1 million increase in tax revenues allowed by the Consumer Price Index — recommended by Walsh — and cut nearly all budgets for staff salaries by 6.8 percent, or just over $1 million — a move that drew criticism from some department heads.

Each department will decide how to handle its own reductions, Finance Committee Chairman Mike Fricilone said.

“If the money is spent and it’s not in the budget, then it is not balanced. If we think we are spending it, it’s included in budget. If we think it’s excess, we’ll take it out,” he said.

Even as Sunny Hill reduced the number of residents in recent years, its budget remained the same, even though there is less personnel, food, and supplies, Fricilone said.

In September, Walsh said he presented a balanced budget of $551 million that took into account the $2.4 million the county will be losing in state revenues next year. He proposed a $3.1 million increase in the property tax levy — $2.1 million from new construction and $1 million within the CPI.

But Republicans criticized the budget numbers from the outset, claiming it was not balanced because it did not include overtime pay for the sheriff’s department.

Historically, overtime has not been fully funded in previous budgets, even though the county paid it, officials said.

Saying he wanted the budget to reflect what they actually spend, Fricilone added $861,000 in overtime, bringing it up to a total of $2.2 million for overtime in all areas of the sheriff’s department.

Most of that overtime pay is for officers at the county jail, and hiring more officers would reduce the need for overtime, officials said, agreeing that at least six officers should be hired next year.

At the same time, the state’s new Bail Reform Act, which goes into effect Jan. 1, will allow offenders who have committed non-violent, minor crimes to be released without posting bail.

Undersheriff Bob Contro estimated it could mean 50 to 70 fewer people in the county’s jail.

With fewer inmates, Fricilone is hoping the county can move toward closing down one of the six residential pods at the jail to reap further savings.

Not everyone was happy with the new budget numbers.

Curt Paddock, director of the Land Use Department, said his budget shows an 11 percent reduction in salaries, or $250,000, at a time when the economy is rebounding and they are issuing 3,000 building permits a year.

Having two building inspectors perform 20 inspections per day is “not sustainable,” he said.

“You cannot ask them to do a thorough job when they are doing 20 per day,” Paddock said, adding that these cuts were never discussed with him.

Similarly, Rhonda Novak, supervisor of assessments, said with new changes in the homestead and senior exemptions, and a 50 percent increase in new subdivisions, “this is worst time to lose an employee.”

Her department was slashed $117,200 overall, about half of which was for salaries, according to the county’s budget numbers.

Board Speaker Jim Moustis, R-Frankfort Township, said they know their budget is “tight” and that “additional appropriations might be needed.”

“If there’s a shortfall, come to us and we can make adjustments. We do that all the time,” he said.

Paddock said if one has to come back and talk to the finance committee, it appears to be “poor management.”

Fricilone disagreed, saying, “It makes it more transparent if you have to come to us and ask for more money.”

“We are trying to get a budget that allows the county to operate, rather than just add fluff to every department,” Fricilone said.

The county may have less revenue next year, if the state’s proposed property tax freeze is passed by the legislature, he said.

Not all departments saw salary cuts.

The coroner’s office could receive $70,000 more to hire a full time employee, and the auditor’s office could get $25,000 more for a part-time worker.

slafferty@tribpub.com

Twitter @SusanLaff

Source: Will County News

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Source: Will County News