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The Republican Party Going Forward v 2.0
The Alabama Farmers Federation PAC endorsed all congressional incumbents in the state except Mo Brooks:

https://www.al.com/news/2019/11/north-al...onent.html

I wonder if his hard, hard-right stance on immigration has anything to do with it, considering the amount of workers ICE has taken away from these farms...
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If you were wondering why #DirectorOfButtLicking is trending on Twitter, it's Devin Nunes:

https://twitter.com/RVAwonk/status/1199474751242199041

Quote:Adam Parkhomenko's filing to quash Devin Nunes’ subpoena is amazing.

In it, he argues that @DevinCow’s language “does not constitute defamation” b/c no reasonable person would think a cow runs the account since livestock lack “opposable digits to operate a Twitter account.”

He also managed to slip in phrases such as “treasonous cowpoke” and “Director of Buttlicking”.

   
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https://www.huffpost.com/entry/twitter-b...49f72c5e19

Quote:Twitter has banned the Republican candidate seeking to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) after she made making multiple posts about killing the congresswoman, the company confirmed Wednesday night.

Danielle Stella, a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump vying for Omar’s office next year, made the remarks in two posts amplifying the racist conspiracy theory that Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, shared sensitive intelligence with the Iranian government.

“If it is proven @IlhanMN passed sensitive info to Iran, she should be tried for #treason and hanged,” Stella wrote Tuesday of Omar, who is a frequent target in right-wing attacks.

She then reportedly tweeted a picture of “a crude depiction of a stick figure hanging from gallows,”

Stella gave a statement to the Times lashing out at Twitter. 

“My suspension for advocating for the enforcement of federal code proves Twitter will always side with and fight to protect terrorists, traitors, pedophiles and rapists,” she said.

But STELLAAAAAA, you're a Republican and they kicked you out!

Don't worry, STELLAAAAAA, I'm sure Facebook has already made you a page with a million Russian friends.
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Another witch hunt catches another witch:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/duncan-hu...3e6f837f95

Quote:Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) appears poised to plead guilty to federal campaign finance charges on Tuesday morning after more than a year of claiming the federal investigation into his spending habits was a “witch hunt.”

Hunter was indicted in August 2018. Months later, he won reelection after launching false, racist attacks against his opponent, who was of Palestinian and Latino descent. 

Hunter’s wife previously pleaded guilty in the campaign finance scheme, admitting that the couple used campaign funds for a wide variety of family expenses, including flying their pet rabbit around. Hunter also used campaign money to fund extramarital affairs, according to federal prosecutors. 

Hunter was one of President Donald Trump’s earliest supporters, and Trump lashed out at former Attorney General Jeff Sessions for allowing Hunter and fellow Trump supporter former Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) to be indicted. Collins pleaded guilty to insider trading in October.
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His attorneys are apparently going to argue he should receive a light sentence because of his "public service". Fuck THAT. Throw the damn book at him. If anything, being found guilty of this kind of thing as a public service should get a harsher sentence.
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He'd be pleading guilty specifically to betraying the public trust in his role as a public servant, so, you know...

(DODGEBALL "it's a bold strategy, Cotton" gif.)
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It's almost official: Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia is not going to kiss the ring of Don Trump just this once, and the cult is very, very upset.

Trump isn't exactly all that helpful at the voter box in red states these days (Georgia's a burgeoning purple state, to be honest), but I do like the idea of all the Trumpees directing their vitriol toward Kemp and calling Kelly Loeffler a "RINO."  

Yes, guys, with two Senate seats up in Georgia next year, please, by all means, make sure Trump fans in the state know they shouldn't be voting for Loeffler.

https://www.mediaite.com/radio/hannity-g...hes-doing/

Quote:Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is facing blowback from some fellow Republicans and conservatives over his plans for who to appoint to the Senate seat being vacated by incumbent Johnny Isakson.

Kemp is expected to appoint businesswoman and GOP donor Kelly Loeffler to the seat, in a move seen as going against President Donald Trump, who reportedly pushed for Congressman Doug Collins — the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee — in a meeting with the governor.

On his radio show today, Hannity said, “They’re about to make the biggest mistake in Georgia.”

He said that he’s spoken to people in Georgia wondering “what the hell’s this governor doing,” saying Kemp “barely beat Stacey Abrams” and even saying “I don’t think he wins that governorship but for Donald Trump’s help.”

“I’m told he’s a conservative, but I have no idea what he’s doing,” Hannity said, touting “rock star” Collins as a better choice for the seat.

He brought up Loeffler’s past support of Mitt Romney and said “from everything I can see” she looks like a RINO.
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Regarding Hunter, here’s an oldie but a goodie:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Trillburne/st...6634420224

   
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I'm relishing the detail that the hill that Kemp has chosen is some fat cat donor who was promised that they could buy a seat in the state senate - as if that alone wouldn't have been a career killing scandal once upon a time.
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Personally, I expect nothing else from Liz Cheney:

https://mobile.twitter.com/MaxBoot/statu...1652316162

   
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Rep. Duncan Hunter doesn't seem to be stepping down.

In a saner universe, I'd be shocked.  I am not shocked.

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/04...ony-075476

Quote:Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) is showing no signs of stepping down from office despite his guilty plea Tuesday on a felony campaign finance charge in federal court. 

When asked Wednesday about whether and when he intended to resign, Hunter blew off the question. “Good talk,” Hunter told a POLITICO reporter. 

So far, neither Republican nor Democratic leaders have pressured Hunter to leave office, although there is precedent for expelling members who don’t step down following a criminal conviction. Hunter is not scheduled to be sentenced until March 17. 

“Our patience is not unlimited,” a top Democratic leadership aide warned. 

Hunter has yet to meet with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about his legal situation, according to GOP sources. Top Republicans would like to see Hunter resign quickly, although they are prepared to give him some time to “get his affairs in order,” one GOP lawmaker said. “But not forever.” 
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So, why did Matt Bevin lose the gubernatorial race in Kentucky?  According to him, the loss came because Democrats were "harvesting" votes in "urban cores" and by bringing "more less-informed people" to the polls.  Democrats also went into "public housing projects."

https://wfpl.org/bevin-says-he-lost-beca...mmunities/

Quote:During a series of interviews on talk radio shows Wednesday morning, outgoing Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said that he lost his race for reelection because the Democratic Party “harvested votes in urban communities.”

Bevin lost to Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear last month by a little more than 5,000 votes.

During an interview on 55KRC in Cincinnati, Bevin said that the election was a “surprise” that defies logic.

“The left, those who think of a different ideological bent, they are getting so good at harvesting votes in the urban communities,” Bevin said.

“They were able to go into urban communities where people are densely populated on college campuses and public housing projects.”

Bevin has repeatedly questioned the outcome of the election, suggesting — without evidence — that voter fraud took place.

Beshear did well in Kentucky’s urban and suburban areas like Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Richmond and northern Kentucky, as well as some historic Democratic strongholds in eastern Kentucky.

Vote harvesting refers to collecting absentee or mail-in ballots in order to sway an election. The practice is illegal in some states, but Kentucky is one of 27 states that allows absentee ballots to be returned by a designated agents.

Vote harvesting took place in the 2018 race for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional district, which Bevin referenced in the aftermath of his failed reelection attempt. Vote harvesting is illegal in North Carolina and a new election was ordered in the race.

During the interview on 55KRC, Bevin said that he was encouraged by his supporters on Election Day, but that Democrats brought “more less-informed people” to the polls.

“Conservatives are going to have to find some counterpoint,” Bevin said. “The harvesting of votes in urban cores in particular that is done by the left overwhelmed even that. And that’s the difference, that’s the tipping point.”
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(11-28-2019, 11:28 PM)farsight Wrote: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/twitter-b...49f72c5e19

Quote:Twitter has banned the Republican candidate seeking to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) after she made making multiple posts about killing the congresswoman, the company confirmed Wednesday night.

Danielle Stella, a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump vying for Omar’s office next year, made the remarks in two posts amplifying the racist conspiracy theory that Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, shared sensitive intelligence with the Iranian government.

There's another Republican in trouble over nasty threats regarding Omar:

https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politic...ing-email/

Quote:National Republicans are distancing themselves from George Buck after the Florida congressional candidate suggested hanging U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar in a fundraising email.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy decided to remove Buck as one of the party’s “Young Guns," a Republican recruitment program that trains and supports candidates in competitive House races. U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, agreed with the decision, a spokeswoman for the committee said Wednesday.

The decision comes a day after the Tampa Bay Times reported that Buck’s campaign had sent a fundraising email calling for Omar’s execution. The email was sent last week in response to unsupported accusations that Omar, a Somali-born Democrat representing Minnesota, secretly works for the country of Qatar.

“We should hang these traitors where they stand,” the email said.

Buck, 64, initially told the Times he didn’t write the email, though it was signed by him. “I would never talk like that,” he said.

In a follow-up statement, Buck appeared to stand by the campaign’s email. “Anyone who commits treason against the United States should be tried to the full extent of the law,” Buck said, adding that death is a possible punishment for treason. He declined to elaborate further.
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I was watching The Handmaid's Tale and it struck me that the most unrealistic part of its premise was how difficult they made it for fascism to take hold. In the show, it takes a global pandemic, grand conspiracy and large-scale military op disguised as terrorist attacks to topple the US.

In reality, all it would take is a little more apathy and cynicism.

Because I have no doubt that if Republicans had just a bit more national control, we'd be seeing trials for disloyalty and hangings right now.
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This is a political party where a 64 four year old Congressman qualifies as a "young gun."

It used to be rare for me to find myself at a genuine loss for words. Now it's once a month, at least.
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Did Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins vote illegally?  His chief of staff is saying no, but the Topeka UPS store that Watkins used for his address?  Um, there are 17 people registered there.

Oh, and there was an election last month in that district that was decided by just 13 votes.

https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics...33644.html

Quote:Shawnee County’s district attorney has asked the county’s sheriff’s office to investigate whether a Kansas congressman voted illegally in Topeka’s city election last month.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Tuesday that Rep. Steve Watkins, R-Kansas, changed his voter registration in August to the address of a UPS store in Topeka. The address, located in the 8th City Council District, was the one he used in November’s election when the winner of the council race was decided by just 13 votes. 

The revelation immediately sparked calls for an investigation into whether the congressman had committed voter fraud, which Kansas has aggressively prosecuted in recent years. 

Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay confirmed Wednesday that he was aware of the matter and planned to conduct a preliminary review into whether Watkins broke the law. 


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Watkins’ chief of staff, Jim Joice, dismissed the controversy, saying that the freshman Republican made an error when he filled out his registration form in August.

“Steve listed his mailing address instead of his physical address. He lives at the Overlook Apartments off Wanamaker (Rd.) in Topeka. This was inadvertent and both addresses are in the same county and same congressional district, so there was no improper purpose,” Joice said. “The paperwork is being corrected.”

All of the addresses are in the same congressional district, but they fall into separate city council districts.


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Watkins isn’t the only Topeka voter who has been calling UPS home on registration forms. The secretary of state’s office said 17 people have registrations that include the address.

Katie Koupal, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state, said in Kansas not all residences have recognized postal service addresses and that state law allows voters to use post office boxes in those circumstances.
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Considering that George "Coffee Boy" Papadopoulos is running for Katie Hill's old seat, everyone should read this passage from the IG report:

https://twitter.com/bradheath/status/120...9081026566

Quote:This passage from the IG report tells you quite a lot about George Papadopoulos.

   
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We almost need a "Conservatives, am I rite!?" (or Right) thread for this kind of thing as its sort of beyond the party at this point, but...

I highly recommend this interview/discussion about the Right's 'Illiberalism'.
It covers stuff people are mostly aware of, but the guy also covers in some detail the shifting debate among conservative intellectuals over the years (featuring an alaming number of conservative Catholics making the Evangalicals sound tame).
The picture they paint is a slightly scary one. Not of the religious right being instrumental in the Republican party since Nixon, Reagan and ever more thanks to Gingrich etc. We knew that. This thesis is that they've backed the party for so long that they are now tired of not getting their way completely. So long as same sex marriage and the like still get through they just feel used. The patience for procecss and democracy has started to run out and pure righteousness becomes the preferred option.
I'd say we also know that the theocratic bent is fairly familiar among a lot of voters and so forth. Tracking it among the intellectual elites, who usually feel they must pay lip service to American values, is quite something I think.

https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm...eral-right
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(12-12-2019, 01:17 AM)muzman Wrote: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm...eral-right

Good listen... 

This term used in the interview jumped out - "...toxic nostalgia"


This article could be tangentially related to the one above-

The False Romance of Russia
American conservatives who find themselves identifying with Putin’s regime refuse to see the country for what it actually is.
Quote:But in the 21st century, we must also contend with a new phenomenon: right-wing intellectuals, now deeply critical of their own societies, who have begun paying court to right-wing dictators who dislike America. And their motives are curiously familiar. All around them, they see degeneracy, racial mixing, demographic change, “political correctness,” same-sex marriage, religious decline. The America that they actually inhabit no longer matches the white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant America that they remember, or think they remember. And so they have begun to look abroad, seeking to find the spiritually unified, ethnically pure nations that, they imagine, are morally stronger than their own. Nations, for example, such as Russia.
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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More Bevin pardons:

https://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-g...20918.html

Quote:It’s not clear if Betty Carnes was killed by asphyxiation or by the eight blows to her head that Delmar Partin delivered with a metal pipe. The coroner couldn’t tell which killed the mother of three first, but it was very clear that her head was then chopped off and placed on her lap in a 55-gallon barrel that was destined for a toxic waste site.

On Monday, departing Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin pardoned and commuted the sentence of Partin, who was convicted of killing her at the factory where they both worked in Barbourville in 1994.

In his order, Bevin said he pardoned Partin because potential DNA evidence had not been tested.

“Given the inability or unwillingness of the state to use existing DNA evidence to either affirm or disprove this conviction, I hearby pardon Mr. Partin for this crime and encourage the state to make every effort to bring final justice to the victim and her family,” Bevin wrote. 

The prosecutor on the case, Tom Handy, said he hasn’t been this angry in a long time. He called the governor’s pardon “mystifying.”

“I think its arrogance of one who has a God-like image of himself,” Handy said of Bevin. “And a lack of concern for anybody else.”

The pardon was just one of several controversial pardons and commutations Bevin issued in his final days in office. The list includes several in Handy’s old district, including a teacher, Charles Doug Phelps, who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and tampering with a witness. In his pardon, Bevin called the conviction “long on duration, long on accusation, long on drama and short on evidence.” 

The police found photos of minors performing sexual acts on Phelps’ phone.

In the Partin case, Handy painted the picture of a grisly murder, one where no blood was found because Partin used a hook meant for hunting alligators to cut off the blood flow to Carnes’ head. 

Partin and Carnes worked together at the Tremco Plant in Barbourville and had been having an affair that she had recently ended.

“He hated her so much and he wanted to punish her with her looking at him before he cut her head off,” Handy said. “The evil is unimaginable.”

Handy said Partin’s defense attorney, Bill Johnson, had never even brought up DNA evidence in his many appeals, which went all the way to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

“I don’t think the governor got the record of a two week trial and read it,” Handy said.
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^ The Party of Moral Law and Order in action. Abort a couple of unformed fetal-cells? Death penalty! Throw a baby in the trash? You're golden!
"These guys are pros, Michael. They're gonna push the tension 'till the last possible moment before they strip."

 
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I don't understand what the advantage to doing this is. Chaos for chaos's sake? Undermine the rule of law?
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(12-13-2019, 11:24 AM)bendrix Wrote: I don't understand what the advantage to doing this is. Chaos for chaos's sake? Undermine the rule of law?

‘deconstruction of the administrative state’
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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McConnell straight-up declaring he'll do the President's bidding - https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1205311801212190727

This world is trash.

EDIT:

Quote:Hannity: "I was shocked that former President Obama left so many [judicial] vacancies and didn't try to fill those positions."

Mitch McConnell: "I'll tell you why. I was in charge of what we did the last two years of the Obama administration. [Creepy evil laugh]"

https://twitter.com/JasonSCampbell/statu...2394449920
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(12-13-2019, 11:59 AM)Mangy Wrote: McConnell straight-up declaring he'll do the President's bidding - https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1205311801212190727


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Those pardons by Bevins feel evil for the sake of being evil. Mind boggling.
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Kentucky man impersonating a cop breaks down door, shoots and kills homeowner in botched robbery. Gets convicted and imprisoned. His family holds a $21,000 fundraiser for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, and personally contribute another $4,000. Bevin pardons killer.

Killer's accomplice who stayed outside the house and didn't shoot anyone -- but whose family did not give Bevin any money -- remains in prison.

I don't ever want to hear about "pro-life," "respect for law and order," and "immoral Democrats!" again.


(12-13-2019, 11:24 AM)bendrix Wrote: I don't understand what the advantage to doing this is. Chaos for chaos's sake? Undermine the rule of law?

It's performative trolling and assholery simply for the sake of performative trolling and assholery. It's Bevin PVVNING the libs.
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The Bevins' pardons are straight up evil.

The masks are off, and we can see them for the lizard people they really are.
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But at least we can all say Merry Christmas again
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(12-13-2019, 11:24 AM)bendrix Wrote: I don't understand what the advantage to doing this is. Chaos for chaos's sake? Undermine the rule of law?

It's performative trolling and assholery simply for the sake of performative trolling and assholery. It's Bevin PVVNING the libs.
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But how is pardoning a man who cut his ex-girlfriend's head off in any way associated with liberals? How is this pwning anyone other than the victim's family?

Not arguing; I literally do not understand.
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The bleeding heart libs get riled up by this kind of injustice, and these goons feed off of liberal outrage the way Pennywise feeds off of fear.
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The Republican Party's current stance is simple: Being awful is good.
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(12-13-2019, 02:17 PM)Mangy Wrote: The Republican Party's current stance is simple: Being awful is good.

It's depressing it really is.  That people gleefully are being awful and want to be awful.  "America's value" and "God" are things you spit out when you want to be self-righteous.
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Yeah, they used to at least try behind God and the flag, but now they're content to be scumbags for all to see. Not a fan!
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A megadonor convinced Bevin to pardon convicted killer Patrick Baker:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nati...680548001/

Quote:A prominent Kentucky banker who is one of the state’s largest Republican donors urged former Gov. Matt Bevin to pardon convicted killer Patrick Baker months before the outgoing governor issued a controversial last-minute order freeing the man.

Terry Forcht, founder of Corbin-based Forcht Bank, has given more than $1 million to Republican candidates, committees and super PACs over the past decade, state and federal campaign records show.

Forcht hosted a re-election fundraiser for Bevin on March 23 at his home near London, Kentucky, where he raised $33,150. Forcht also gave $100,000 to the Matt Bevin-Jenean Hampton Inaugural Committee in 2015.

Public records reviewed Tuesday by The Courier Journal show the GOP mega-donor lobbied Bevin, a Republican, on behalf of Baker twice: In an August 2018 letter and again in a June 4 note.

"I would like to renew my recommendation for him to receive a Gubernatorial Pardon," Forcht wrote on June 4. “I continue to follow his story and feel he would be a good candidate. I know his family and still feel he has turned his life around."

Shortly after Forcht prodded the governor to act, former state Rep. Denny Butler, an investigator looking into Baker's case on Bevin's behalf, advised the governor that while he believed in Baker's innocence, it would be inappropriate to issue a pardon at that time.

Despite that finding from Butler in June, Bevin issued Baker's pardon during his last week in office, writing, “Patrick Baker is a man who has made a series of unwise decisions in his adult life.

“The evidence supporting his conviction is sketchy at best. I am not convinced that justice has been served on the death of Donald Mills, nor am I convinced that the evidence has proven the involvement of Patrick Baker as murderer; and I am commuting Mr. Baker's sentence to time served and providing him with a pardon only for charges associated with this conviction.”

The Courier Journal reviewed dozens of pages of state documents, correspondence and other public records to better understand Bevin’s decision to pardon Baker. In December 2017, Baker was sentenced to 19 years in prison, convicted of reckless homicide, robbery and impersonating a peace officer when he and two accomplices invaded Donald Mills' Knox County home.

Prosecutors argued to jurors Baker was the one who shot and killed Mills.
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