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"Democratic" judicial mailer produced by GOP firm KAP Strategies

And the Board of Elections needs to investigate this nonsense immediately:

"He got his start in politics while attending junior college and did everything there was to do on a nationally-targeted congressional race. His tenacity and versatility as a “super volunteer” caught the attention of national Republican operatives who brought him to Washington, D.C. as an intern and then as a Capitol Hill staffer. But it was campaigning, not policy making, that Ted Prill loved so he went to work honing his skills on races across the country.

Besides the NRCC, groups like The Free Enterprise Fund, Freedom Watch, and the U.S. Coalition for Global Engagement have sought out Ted’s expertise. He brings his talents as a senior consultant, strategic thinker and hands-on operative to corporations here in the United States and to campaigns overseas."

Make no mistake, this is part of a concerted effort to suborn the judiciary, by doing two things: a) Stacking the November ballot with Democrats to dilute their chances, and b) Alienating voters from the Democratic Party in general with this ham-handed fake outreach. This story is developing, as I'm still trying to connect the moneymen behind it...

Jay Faison's not-so-clean tech and Republican fundraising

If you thought it was too good to be true, trust your instincts:

North Carolina clean energy philanthropist Jay Faison is becoming known as a proven entrepreneur trying to change the narrative about economic and climate benefits of clean energy, especially among his Republican cohorts. Along with the ClearPath Foundation he founded and formalized in 2015, he’s embarking on a bid to affect policy.

Among his early priorities is a sharp focus on need and value of more capital investment and market-based solutions, paired with less bureaucratic red tape and increased government efficiency, to clear the way to significant commercial nuclear power advances.

Before we get into debate about the cleanliness of nuclear power, I've looked into Faison's written (and spoken) commentary, and while he tosses out the phrase "next generation" often, he's not really talking about Gen IV Nukes, just more of the same. I wrote about the potential new technology several years ago, which would include rigorous recycling/reuse of spent fuel rods as well as using ceramic chips to cool the rods instead of super-heating water and dumping it back into lakes and rivers. But the nuclear issue aside, Jay Faison has also formed a PAC, ostensibly to support Republican Congressional candidates who support "clean" energy. But before you whip out your checkbook, look a little closer:

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