Sacramento: Politicians accused of sexual harassment ousted by peers

SACRAMENTO — It’s a central tenet of democracy: The electorate is a politician’s ultimate boss. If voters don’t like what their representatives are up to, they can, as the saying goes, throw the bums out. But in recent weeks, as a wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations hits politicians in several statehouses and the U.S. Capitol, another force is proving to be as powerful as the electorate: peer pressure. Two California assemblymen and three members of Congress have resigned in the last two weeks, all facing allegations of sexual misconduct. Each man initially held onto his office for days or weeks after the accusations surfaced. Their resignations came only… Read More

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Sacramento: Politicians accused of sexual harassment ousted by peers

SACRAMENTO — It’s a central tenet of democracy: The electorate is a politician’s ultimate boss. If voters don’t like what their representatives are up to, they can, as the saying goes, throw the bums out. But in recent weeks, as a wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations hits politicians in several statehouses and the U.S. Capitol, another force is proving to be as powerful as the electorate: peer pressure. Two California assemblymen and three members of Congress have resigned in the last two weeks, all facing allegations of sexual misconduct. Each man initially held onto his office for days or weeks after the accusations surfaced. Their resignations came only… Read More

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Dayton Criticizes Freeman For Damond Shooting Comments

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Mark Dayton is defending investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension who are looking into the police shooting death of Justine Damond. It comes after Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said he does not have enough evidence to press charges in the case. Freeman was caught on video Wednesday night making the statements to an activist group at a union holiday reception. Mike Freeman and Mark Dayton (credit: CBS) Dayton released this statement Friday: The BCA is asked to investigate some of the toughest, most complex cases involving officer-involved shootings. I have the utmost confidence in their professionalism, integrity, and thoroughness. Impugning the quality of… Read More

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