Taylor out spends Shuler

From ACT:

Republican Congressman Charles Taylor has outspent his opponent, Democrat Heath Shuler, by a three-to-one margin.

Both candidates filed their latest campaign spending disclosures with the Federal Election Commission Sunday, and Taylor’s forms show total disbursements for the election cycle of $3 million.

Taylor’s campaign spent $2.1 million in 2004 and $1.8 million in 2002.

For the third quarter, which includes July, August and September, Taylor’s campaign reported disbursements of $1.9 million, most of that for “media buys,” which is campaign advertising ahead of the Nov. 7 election.

Shuler’s campaign reported total spending of $934,751 for the election cycle and $515,854 for the quarter.

Here's some bumper sticker Outrage

From CNN.com:

A woman who was ticketed for having an obscene anti-Bush bumper sticker filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday against a county in the state of Georgia and its officials.

Denise Grier, 47, of Athens, Georgia, got a $100 ticket in March after a DeKalb County police officer spotted the bumper sticker, which read “I’m Tired Of All The BUSH**.”

A DeKalb judge threw out the ticket in April because the state’s lewd decal law that formed the basis for the ticket was ruled unconstitutional in 1990.

Grier is seeking damages from the county for “emotional distress,” according to the lawsuit.

Grier also seeks a declaration in federal court that her bumper sticker is considered constitutionally protected speech because she is “uncertain and insecure regarding her right to display her bumper sticker in DeKalb County,” the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.

Grier, a nurse who works at Emory University and other hospitals, also is seeking punitive damages against the DeKalb police officer who gave her the ticket because he “acted with reckless disregard” of her rights, the lawsuit said.

The state law prohibited lewd or profane stickers and decals on vehicles.

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Go git ‘em sister!!

Republican coin dealer on trial for defrauding Ohio

From Cleveland Plain Dealer:

A politically connected coin dealer accused of stealing from a $50 million state investment in rare coins began taking the money for personal uses as soon as he got it in 1998, a prosecutor told a jury Monday.

Tom Noe, 52, used the money to pay off business debts and to support a lifestyle he thought he deserved while trying to fend off customers who claimed that he ripped them off on coin transactions, Lucas County Assistant Prosecutor John Weglian said in his opening statement at Noe’s trial.

In a different case, Noe pleaded guilty earlier this year to funneling $45,000 to Bush’s re-election campaign and was sentenced last month to two years and three months in federal prison. He won’t begin that sentence until after the state charges are resolved.

“He needed money. He needed it desperately,” Weglian said.

Noe, once a go-to guy for the Republican Party, has pleaded not guilty to theft, money laundering, forgery and corrupt activity charges. He is accused of stealing more than $2 million and spending it on his business and renovating his home in the Florida Keys. He faces up to 10 years in prison on the corrupt activity charge.

The scandal has become a central political issue in Ohio over the last 18 months and has contributed to trouble for Republicans who have dominated the state since 1990.  more