Russia invested millions in KY after Russian sanction lifted

Dec 2018
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How a Kremlin-Linked Firm Gave An Economic Lifeline To Appalachia

Here are the highlights:
  • The US had sanctions on a Russian aluminum plant owned by Oleg Deripaska (yea, the guy Manifort shared polling data with)
  • The Trump administration decided they wanted to lift those sanctions, causing bipartisan pushback
  • In the US Senate, 46 democrats and 11 republicans voted to uphold the sanctions, falling short of the 60 votes needed. Two of the votes that went against the sanctions were from KY senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul
  • Weeks later, this Russian plant invested $200M to build an aluminum plant in KY, the largest investment of this kind in fourty years
  • The same plant sent eight letters with similar proposals to governors in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Ohio, Oregon, Colorado, Michigan, and Indiana (5 swing states, 2 red states and 1 blue for those playing along at home).
Here's why this can be a problem. Let's say six months from now Russia gets caught stealing intellectual property from a pentagon database and the House and Senate start putting together sanction bills. Executives of this plant can go to Mitch McConnell and say "With these new talks about sanctions, we're reconsidering that $200M investment and all the jobs it would make for your state."
 
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One more update. As mentioned in addition to KY, this company reached out to 8 other states. Let's look at how the Senators in those states voted on keeping the sanctions (Yes vote) or lifting sanctions (No vote)

In these nine total states 9 out of 10 R voted to lift the sanctions. The only one to vote for keeping the sanctions was CO R Cory Garner, who's already facing a tough tough 2020 reelection bid, especially if Hickenlooper runs (rumored to be dropping out of the pres race today).
 
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How a Kremlin-Linked Firm Gave An Economic Lifeline To Appalachia

Here are the highlights:
  • The US had sanctions on a Russian aluminum plant owned by Oleg Deripaska (yea, the guy Manifort shared polling data with)
  • The Trump administration decided they wanted to lift those sanctions, causing bipartisan pushback
  • In the US Senate, 46 democrats and 11 republicans voted to uphold the sanctions, falling short of the 60 votes needed. Two of the votes that went against the sanctions were from KY senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul
  • Weeks later, this Russian plant invested $200M to build an aluminum plant in KY, the largest investment of this kind in fourty years
  • The same plant sent eight letters with similar proposals to governors in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Ohio, Oregon, Colorado, Michigan, and Indiana (5 swing states, 2 red states and 1 blue for those playing along at home).
Here's why this can be a problem. Let's say six months from now Russia gets caught stealing intellectual property from a pentagon database and the House and Senate start putting together sanction bills. Executives of this plant can go to Mitch McConnell and say "With these new talks about sanctions, we're reconsidering that $200M investment and all the jobs it would make for your state."
Yup...Moscow Mitch strikes again!

I guess he's learned the art of the deal from Trump. The deal being fuck the USA as long as it lines my pockets.
 
Dec 2015
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Every single Republican needs to go. They're traitors.
AND many Republicans HAVE gone and will be gone after 2020---of their own volition.
Why So Many House Republicans Are Retiring, And Why More Could Be On The Way

The rest of the party can and will creative delightful stories about WHY these Republicans are retiring or running for other offices, but I think we all know WHY there's a mass exodus. From the article: ...broadly speaking, these retirements fall into three main groups — those who have disagreed with the president, those who faced tough reelection odds and those who would likely lose their seniority status. Some members, of course, fall into more than one category.

Moderate Republicans CAN'T be happy with the direction of the party.
I don't know how they've stomached it for so long. One thing for sure: McConnell's GOT TO GO.
 
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AND many Republicans HAVE gone and will be gone after 2020---of their own volition.
Why So Many House Republicans Are Retiring, And Why More Could Be On The Way

The rest of the party can and will creative delightful stories about WHY these Republicans are retiring or running for other offices, but I think we all know WHY there's a mass exodus. From the article: ...broadly speaking, these retirements fall into three main groups — those who have disagreed with the president, those who faced tough reelection odds and those who would likely lose their seniority status. Some members, of course, fall into more than one category.

Moderate Republicans CAN'T be happy with the direction of the party.
I don't know how they've stomached it for so long. One thing for sure: McConnell's GOT TO GO.
He absolutely has to go. He's betrayed his state and his country.
 
Feb 2019
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How a Kremlin-Linked Firm Gave An Economic Lifeline To Appalachia

Here are the highlights:
  • The US had sanctions on a Russian aluminum plant owned by Oleg Deripaska (yea, the guy Manifort shared polling data with)
  • The Trump administration decided they wanted to lift those sanctions, causing bipartisan pushback
  • In the US Senate, 46 democrats and 11 republicans voted to uphold the sanctions, falling short of the 60 votes needed. Two of the votes that went against the sanctions were from KY senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul
  • Weeks later, this Russian plant invested $200M to build an aluminum plant in KY, the largest investment of this kind in fourty years
  • The same plant sent eight letters with similar proposals to governors in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Ohio, Oregon, Colorado, Michigan, and Indiana (5 swing states, 2 red states and 1 blue for those playing along at home).
Here's why this can be a problem. Let's say six months from now Russia gets caught stealing intellectual property from a pentagon database and the House and Senate start putting together sanction bills. Executives of this plant can go to Mitch McConnell and say "With these new talks about sanctions, we're reconsidering that $200M investment and all the jobs it would make for your state."
I know, let's form another Congressional committee and film the circus.

Afterward, we can all sling poo at one another and have a beer.