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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Becomes Sixth Republic Governor Under Scrutiny by Investigators

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republican governors have been under heat recently, and the latest is Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

The FBI is investigating whether Brownback confidantes were running an influence-peddling operation over getting people personal access to the governor, MSNBC reports.

He’s far from the only Republican governor receiving scrutiny.

According to MSNBC:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), for example, is at the center of a series of scandals, while former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is facing corruption charges. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has faced some uncomfortable questions recently; Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has found himself at the center of an investigation into his handling of a district attorney’s drunken driving arrest; and subpoenas have already been issued in an investigation involving North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s (R) administration.

The Kansas inquiry is focusing on Parallel Strategies, a lobbying firm created by three former Brownback employees who left public service for the private sector.

Florida Republican Gets Quick Visit From Secret Service After Tweet About Hanging Obama

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Florida Republican discovered a quick way to get a visit from the Secret Service.

The Daily Caller reports that an African American candidate for state assembly tweeted Tuesday that he believes President Obama should be arrested and hanged.

But the candidate, Joshua Black, didn’t stop there.

He posted this on Facebook:

To everyone who was offended that I said that the POTUS should be hanged for treason, this is the man who droned Al-Awaki on “suspicion of terrorism”–not proof–and later killed his 15-year-old son for nothing more than being his son.

This is also the man who sought to have Bradley Manning and Eric Snowden executed for treason when they didn’t kill anyone, nor does the US government pretend to believe that they cost any spies their lives.

This would be exactly what the President has done to others, and, as Jesus said, “the measure ye mete, it shall be meted to you again.” I make no apologies for saying that the President is not above the People. If ordinary Americans should be executed for treason, so should he.

So, don’t stop at impeachment. Remove him. Try him before a jury (the very right that he arbitrarily denied to al-Awaki and his 15-year-old son), and, upon his sure convictions, execute him. Thus has he done, thus it should be done to him.

Although Black later insisted he was “not threatening the president,” the Secret Service gave him a house visit, the Daily Caller wrote.

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Ex-Secret Service Agent Wins Republican Primary for U.S. Senate Seat

Daniel Bongino

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-U.S. Secret Service agent Daniel Bongino was triumphant Tuesday, winning the Republican Maryland primary for  U.S. Senate, the Associated Press reported.

He will now square off in November against incumbent Democrat Benjamin Cardin in what’s expected to be an uphill battle.

Bongino has been campaigning on the need to reduce tax rates and simplify the tax code, AP reported.

Bongino, who worked as a New York cop for four years before joining the Secret Service in 1999, resigned last year from the Baltimore field office.

Bongino told ticklethewire.com in an interview last June that he would focus on the education and the economy in his campaign.

“You can’t have a solid economy without a solid educational system,” he said.

He said his years as a Secret Service agent, which included presidential protective details and wide-scale fraud investigations, has helped groom him for his latest venture.

He said the Secret Service has given him great leadership skills.

“Having someone’s life in your hands with that kind of profile, there is really no greater responsibility in law enforcement,” he said.

Presidential Hopeful Santorum Wants Secret Service Protection

The Santorum family/ campaign photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Could it be that presidential hopeful Rick Santorum wants what Mitt Romney already has?

Apparently, so.

ABC and Fox news report that Santorum has sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking for Secret Service Protection, USA Today reports.

Romney is currently the only GOP candidate who has the protection.

 

Romney Gets Secret Service Detail

Romney at CPAC 2011. Courtesy Gage Skidmore.

Romney at CPAC 2011. Courtesy Gage Skidmore.

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

After months of campaigning, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will now have the protection of the Secret Service, reports ABC News.

While there are no specific threats to the candidate, the increased  crowds at Romney’s speaking events warrant the added security, according to ABC.

Former Republican hopeful Herman Cain, who has since dropped out of the race, had the Secret Service protection. Now, Romney will be the only candidate with the Secret Service watching out for him.

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Ex-DEA Official Endorses Mitt Romney

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump wasn’t the only person serving up an endorsement this week for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

Romney announced that Asa Hutchinson, the former administrator for DEA, is endorsing him, according to the website Politicalnews.me.

“I’m proud to earn Asa’s endorsement,” said Mitt Romney, according to the website. “Asa is a law and order conservative and a tireless advocate for pro-growth economic policies, empowering small businesses, and strengthening the middle class. His support will be integral as I bring this message across the country in the months to come.”

Asa Hutchinson/ official photo

In announcing his support, Hutchinson said, according to the website: “President Obama’s policies have been an abject failure both at home and abroad. We need a nominee who can not only defeat President Obama, but also put in place conservative policies that will make us more prosperous at home and respected abroad. Mitt Romney is a proven leader who has the experience to get our country back on track. I am proud to stand with him and I call on all conservatives who believe that America’s best days are ahead of us to join me.”

Hutchinson, a former Republican Congressman, also served under President George W. Bush as the first Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security. The website reported that Hutchinson is a Senior Partner at the AH Law Group in Rogers, Arkansas.

 

Herman Cain Asked for Secret Service Protection, Washington Post Reports

Cain with his wife Gloria/ cain campaign photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

We’re getting a little more insight as to why presidential candidate Herman Cain was granted Secret Service protection — the first candidate to get protection in this campaign season.

Apparently Cain asked for it, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and congressional leaders approved it Thursday,  reports the Washington Post.

The Secret Service has requested $113.4 million to guard the Republican primary winner in the general election — $4 million more than in 2008 and about two-thirds more than 2004.

The Secret Service has a long history of protecting those seeking the highest office in the land.

Barack Obama was the earliest candidate to receive Secret Service protection when agents began tailing the then-senator eight months before the first primary contest, in May 2007.

Campaign trail security began in 1968 with Congressional authorization to protect major presidential candidates after Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination in California.

While Obama received protection earliest, having agents at his side for 629 days. But Ronald Reagan holds the record for the most “protection days:” Over the course of three campaigns, the Secret Service protected Reagan for 791 days.

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Op Ed: 2 State Atty. Generals — One a Former — Defend ATF and Atty. Gen. Holder

Mark Shurtleff , a Republican, is Utah attorney general; Terry Goddard, a Democrat,  is former Arizona attorney general.
  

Utah Atty. Gen. Mark Shurtleff

By Mark Shurtleff and Terry Goddard
Salt Lake Tribune Op-Ed

Congress and the media have understandably focused on the missteps of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the “Fast and Furious” sting operation that allowed suspected “straw buyers” to purchase weapons and transport them to Mexico in order to build cases against drug cartels.

However, the covert operation was terminated abruptly after its possible connection to the tragic death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was revealed. Unfortunately, most of the recent criticism about the operation seems to be serving as a means to attack Attorney General Eric Holder and destroy the ATF, rather than to hold those behind Fast and Furious accountable.

The focus should be on the real public safety problem underlying this controversy: keeping arms from the Mexican drug cartels and protecting the security of the United States. However, many of the roadblocks faced by ATF and the Department of Justice are not being built by international criminals, but by Congress.

Ex-Az Atty. Gen. Terry Goddard

We are two Southwestern law enforcement officials, one a Republican and one a Democrat, and both gun owners who have faced border-related crimes on a daily basis over the past decade. We are very concerned about what is happening in Mexico, a critical U.S. ally which must be freed from the clutches of transnational criminal organizations.

We have worked closely with ATF and the Justice Department in our common fight against violent crime and appreciate that Holder has sought more resources for border law enforcement.

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