CW: alleged sexual abuse of a minor.
Roy Moore: Is a GOP candidate for US Senate from Alabama. Four women interviewed by the Washington Post say that Moore made sexual advances toward them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. Most recently, a woman has come forward to accuse Moore of pursuing her when she was 14 years old.
From the Washington Post:
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 Statute of Limitations Ran Out: So these women won't ever get to see their days in court.
Alabama County GOP Chair Seems to Think The Allegation of Sexually Abusing a 14-Year-Old Is Not Relevant: And lot of Very Progressive People On Twitter are dunking on GOP officials for thinking like this.
"It was 40 years ago," Alabama Marion County GOP chair David Hall tells me. "I really don't see the relevance of it. He was 32. She was supposedly 14. She's not saying that anything happened other than they kissed."
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 9, 2017
"You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion." These are real words that came out of an Alabama state representative's mouth.
But, Uh, Do You Guys Remember Bruce Harrell from a Few Months Ago? "Late last month, after González suggested Murray resign or face impeachment, her colleagues showed little interest in the idea," Heidi wrote in August. "Council President Bruce Harrell told reporters: 'I would ask that I don’t want to be judged for anything 33 years ago.' Council Members Harrell, Sally Bagshaw, Debora Juarez, and Tim Burgess also expressed skepticism about impeachment."
Actually, the Full Quote Was:
"The people of Seattle, in my opinion—and I talk to them every single day—are concerned about strong leadership. They did not ask us to judge anyone for something that happened 33 years ago or that maybe didn’t happen. We just don’t know. And I would ask that I don’t want to be judged for anything 33 years ago or perhaps it’s something that someone may take exception to. And I would challenge each of you to think about where you were 33 years ago. The question is are you doing your job today right now. And if there’s another process by which you are to be evaluated for that incident 33 years ago, then that process should take place and we shouldn’t thwart that process. So the process in Oregon about what happened 33 years ago, I understand the statute of limitations have run but I don’t know what the legislature may do. So, that is an independent process to determine what happened in Oregon 33 years ago. My focus is on what’s in the best interest of this city right now."
Jeff Simpson Was 13 Years Old: When he says his former foster parent, Ed Murray, started sexually abusing him. Murray denied the allegations.
But No One Here Listened to Simpson: For nine years. And then Murray remained in office for six more months, even after three more accusers came forward. Murray stepped down when a fifth accuser, his cousin, made a similar allegation.
Maybe We Don't Get the Moral High Ground Here: Particularly when Murray's apologists are still serving at the city.
Robert Mueller Is Probing Michael Flynn's Role in Alleged Plot to Give Cleric to Turkey: "Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating an alleged plan involving former White House national security adviser Mike Flynn to forcibly remove a Muslim cleric living in the U.S. and deliver him to Turkey in return for millions of dollars, according to people familiar with the investigation," the Wall Street Journal reports.
A Company Wants to Start Coal Mining in King County: Pacific Coast Coal Company wants to mine in Black Diamond, then burn at Ash Grove Cement, next to the West Seattle Bridge.
Ash Grove Cement Donated $2,000 to Port Commissioner-Elect Peter Steinbrueck: Who ran on a greenie platform, despite his donors including Ash Grove, billionaire Trump supporter Martin Selig, and the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, which wants to limit clean air protections.
Affordable Housing Crisis Spreads to Snohomish: Here's the story of a couple who moved to Snohomish to be closer to cancer treatment, only to find out they can't afford to live there anymore.
Black Students Face Disproportionate Discipline in South King County: Still.
Post Office Delays Have Killed Some DACA Applications: And the administration isn't going to do anything about it.