Alabama Sheriff Stole $1.5M Meant To Feed Immigration Detainees

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin (Republican)

A shocking piece by The Week says an Alabama Sheriff, a Republican, personally pocketed $1.5 million meant to feed immigration detainees. Etowah County has a contract with the federal government(DHE-ICE) to house immigration detainees as they await adjudication of their immigration cases. As a result of this contract with the federal government, Etowah County receives federal funds from DHS-ICE to feed the county’s immigration detainees. Turns out when $3 million of the federal funds were not spent on feeding the immigration detainees(surplus), Republican Sheriff Entrekin kept half of that($1.5 million) for himself.

While many people from other parts of the country may find this story shocking, this kind of graft is actually very common, even legal in the deep-red Republican state of Alabama. The same Sheriff Entrekin was in the news a few months ago for a similar story. He apparently spent some $750,000 of Alabama state funds meant to feed state inmates at Etowah County to buy himself a beach house. This story made national news but the shocking part was that Alabama law allowed him to do that.

Specifically, Alabama law apparently allows a County Sheriff to personally pocket half of the money that was earmarked to feed inmates but is not used for that purpose(half of the surplus). So for example if $5 million is earmarked for feeding County inmates and at the end of the calendar year $2 million of that was not used(surplus), half of that($1 million) goes to the County’s general fund and the other half($1 million) is personally pocketed by the Sheriff. As you might expect, county inmates in Alabama are often served inadequate and even rotten food as the article correctly points out–a total travesty!!

Excerpt from Bonnie Kristian’s 12/31/2018 piece in The Week

It is against this backdrop that Sheriff Entrekin finds himself in trouble with federal authorities. In other words according to him, because the state of Alabama allows him to literally starve county inmates so he can buy himself a beach house, he figured he could do the same with federal immigration detainees housed in his Etowah County. Out of the $3 million surplus in federal funds meant to feed immigration detainees, he kept $1.5 million for himself. Luckily it appears federal prosecutors are not amused with this kind of out and out graft that is apparently legal in Alabama and may soon go after outgoing Sheriff Entrekin ( he lost his re-election bid this past November)

Bottom line, maybe this should be an eye opener to House Democrats and indeed the mainstream media to start scrutinizing how federal funds earmarked for immigration detainees are being used. Yours Truly will go out on a limb and say the kind of shocking corruption reported in Etowah County is by no means an isolated case–especially in deep-red “tough-on-immigration” Republican states.

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Houston’s Lizzie Fletcher–The Unsung Dem Hero

After the 2018 midterm elections, the mainstream media focus has been on incoming Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and deservedly so given the huge odds they overcame to get elected. There has been relatively less talk however about incoming Democrats like Lizzie Fletcher of Houston who flipped TX07, a congressional seat that has been held by Republicans for decades because of her centrist stance. In other words America is not just about the left(liberals) vs the right(conservatives) as is often portrayed by the mainstream media. The 2018 elections clearly showed that across the country, there is a huge swath of winnable voters in the middle(independents), especially in urban areas like Houston, where centrist candidates are preferred.

At a time when college educated voters in urban areas are increasingly frustrated by President Trump’s erratic, even reckless stances on key issues that affect their lives–stock market, immigration, race relations etc–Democrats should focus more on winning these educated urban independent voters. The best way to do that is to showcase Lizzie Fletcher and other centrist Democrats to show the undecided educated urban voters out there that there is room for them in the Dem party. Simply put, Democrats cannot/must not go into 2020 with voters thinking they are just an amalgamation of radical leftists united solely by their hatred for Trump, which is undoubtedly the Dem caricature GOP strategists will try very hard to portray. Centrist Democrats like Lizzie Fletcher are very important for the 2020 fight both at the congressional level and even in the presidential race.

You don’t have to take Yours Truly’s word for it, Lizzie Fletcher recently sat down for an interview with Newsmakers host Khambrell Marshall and said as much; “It[TX07] is an independent district and there is an independent voice that needs to be heard. It is a moderate voice, but it’s a voice that’s going to stand up for what’s right….Ultimately the way I view this district is that this is an independent voice that we need to hear more of in congress.” The full Newsmakers segment is available here but the relevant clip is below

Bottom line there are a lot of exciting new Democrats headed to Washington in 2019. One only hopes that the Dem establishment will shed some light on the less often talked about, but nonetheless very promising incoming centrist voices like Houston’s Lizzie Panill Fletcher.

Yours Truly has always believed that properly harnessed, Houston Texas in particular and Harris County generally, hold the keys to the future of the Democratic Party and it just turns out we have found a “shovel-ready” messenger in Lizzie Fletcher. Folks, you heard it first at grassrootsdempolitics.com that H-Town Dem Lizzie Fletcher is going places and Washington/mainstream media better be ready for her. Her signature tweet below says it all.

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Former Harris County GOP Chairman’s Law Office Raided By Houston Police

HPD Officers Search Former Harris County GOP Chairman Jared Woodfill’s Law Office

Officers from the Houston Police Department have apparently raided the Law Office of former Harris County GOP Chairman Jared Woodfill.


The Harris County District Attorney’s office has confirmed that they had a warrant for the raid. Mr Woodfill is apparently accused of taking $300,000 from a client’s trust account.

Obviously this is still an ongoing investigation so details will come out later. It however cannot be left unsaid that GOP, the so-called “moral values party” has become synonymous with corruption, especially now that Trump is at its helm.

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How Many Beto Votes Switched To Ted Cruz?

The November elections have come and gone and as expected, they have left in their wake enough political punditry themes to go around. One theme that seems to tower above the rest however, is this quiet acknowledgement by both Democrats and Republicans that there are serious problems with our electronic voting infrastructure that need immediate attention.


This bipartisan reckoning is largely attributed to the bombshell news out of Texas that the eSlate voting machines used in Harris County and many other Texas metroplexes were somehow switching votes meant for Democrat Beto O’Rourke to GOP’s Ted Cruz on straight Democratic party votes.

As is if this was not enough, a stunning video later surfaced on Twitter showing an electronic voting machine in Indiana doing exactly what had been reported in Texas—switching Democratic party votes to GOP.

Needless to say this bombshell video about Indiana vote-switching coupled with the previous news from Texas led to serious concerns from the voting public that electronic machines may have been rigged. This is especially due to the fact that both in Texas and Indiana, it was the Dem votes that were switching to GOP and not the other way around

Somehow in spite of all these concerns from voters regarding the vote-switching issue, the Texas media appears to have shockingly accepted without any reservations this narrative contained in a Texas Secretary of State’s Advisory that said because there were “fewer than 20 reported cases” of vote-switching, this was a non-issue and that anybody questioning the magnitude and scope of the vote-switching was spreading “misinformation”. The Director of Communications for the Texas Secretary of State, Sam Taylor has repeated this narrative in interviews with various sections of the Texas Media essentially arguing that if vote-switching was a big problem, there would be much more reported cases.

This narrative by the Texas Secretary of State that vote-switching is not an issue because there were “fewer than 20 reported cases” is by all objective standards, a highly unsatisfactory answer because it does not address the elephant in the room question as to how many people using eSlate machines voted straight Democratic Party, but for whatever reason did not catch/overlooked the switch and ended up voting for Ted Cruz by mistake?

In Harris County for example where eSlates were used, Beto O’Rourke beat Ted Cruz 58 to 41.3% securing 698,580 votes to Cruz’s 498,175. This represents a total of 1,196,755 votes cast in the U.S. Senate race in Harris County. The question the media should be asking the Texas Secretary of State is how many of these 1,196,755 voters voted straight Democratic party but somehow are reflected as having voted for Ted Cruz? In other words is there a way to go back and verify that people who voted straight Democratic party did not vote for Cruz by mistake? If the answer to that is yes, then the process should be repeated in all counties that used eSlates. Then and only then can the Secretary of State say definitively that vote-switching was not an issue.

If on the other hand there is no way to go back and verify that straight Democratic party voters did not mistakenly vote for Cruz, which is the most likely scenario, then with all due respect to the Texas Secretary of State, there is simply no way he can credibly conclude that vote-switching was not an issue in the U.S. Senate race and Texans have every right to suspect otherwise without being accused of spreading “misinformation”.

Bottom line, the Texas media needs to confront the Texas Secretary of State with the million dollar question; “How many people using eSlate machines voted straight Democratic party but somehow are reflected as having voted for Ted Cruz?” Our good friend Ariella Baker-Archer perfectly summed it, saying two years from now we don’t want to look back and say “we should have checked.”

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Dem Harris County Clerk Should Push For Paper Ballots In 2020

Harris County Clerk elect Diane Trautman(D)

As Yours Truly has repeatedly stated, the humongous Harris County Texas(Houston and suburbs), with some 2 million registered voters is crucial to any Democrat winning statewide. The problem for Democrats has been that GOP election officials have stuffed unverifiable voting machines like eSlates in Harris County and other big Texas counties which overwhelmingly vote for Democrats. As long as Harris County and other big Texas counties continue using these paperless and unverifiable voting machines like eSlates, there will always be questions about the legitimacy of election results, especially Ted Cruz’s narrow “win” over Democrat Beto O’Rourke.

The very good news is that a Democrat Diane Trautman will be taking over as Harris County Clerk meaning she will be in charge of election machines in Harris County. This is huge for Democrats in 2020 because with Trautman as the Harris County election boss, there’s a very good chance we may see paper ballots in 2020, something election integrity advocates like Jennifer Cohn have long advocated for. Given her very encouraging campaign pledge, we have every reason to believe that Diane Trautman will work with Jennifer Cohn and others to restore the public’s confidence in our election systems.




Bottom line, although there is general disaffection among Texas Dems over the Beto O’Rourke “loss”, the reality is that Dems won big in the crucial Harris County which should serve as a springboard for further gains in 2020.

More importantly with Diane Trautman as the elections boss in Harris County, there is a very good chance we may see paper ballots in 2020, taking away the GOP’s key weapon in Texas elections—voting machine cheating!!. As for GOP using voting machines to cheat, you don’t have to take Yours Truly’s word for it, just check out the latest evidence below.

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GA GOP County Officials Plan To Close 75% Of Polling Stations In Black Area


According to a New York Times piece GOP election officials in Georgia plan to close 7 out of 9 polling stations in Randolph county, a predominantly black county that votes overwhwlmingly for Democrats.

The New York Times piece points out that the majority of residents in this majority black county are poor and therefore lack reliable transportation. Closing down more than 75% of the polling stations would require them to travel more than 10 miles to vote–a move that will almost certainly depress voter turnout.


It cannot also be left unsaid(and the NYT article catches it) that this shameful move by Randolph county GOP election officials is a direct result of decisions by the the Roberts Supreme Court which have rolled back Voting Rights Act provisions that required state election officials to get permission before making changes that affect how people vote. In essence the Roberts Supreme Court has literally given local state officials total control in election related issues, the result of which is this shameful episode in Randolph county, Georgia.

It also bears pointing out that Georgia, and its GOP Secretary of State Brian Kemp in particular, has long been in the crosshairs of election integrity advocates and this latest incident in Randolph county will only make things worse.

This kind of chicanery by state GOP election officials is quite common in southern states and Yours Truly has repeatedly called on the DNC to take action against GOP election officials in Texas who have packed unverifiable voting machines in Dem strongholds. The DNC is yet to move a finger.


Bottom line even though the article points out that the Geoegia ACLU is going after Randolph county GOP election officials, grassroots Democrats would prefer the DNC to be on the forefront of these fights. There’s no earthly reason why the DNC continues to stay in the sidelines while local GOP election officials are actively scheming on how to steal the Dem vote!!

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Harris County Key To Lupe Valdez Beto O’Rouke Wins

In Texas statewide elections, Republicans do well in the relatively small rural counties while their Democratic counterparts dominate the larger urban counties–Harris, Dallas, Travis County(Austin) etc. This is such an entrenched political phenomenon in Texas that seasoned politicos have dubbed it–“Its the metroplexes stupid!!”.  The phenomenon featured heavily in the 2016 presidential election where Trump dominated the rural Texas counties while Hillary Clinton posted huge numbers in the metroplexes, especially Harris County. Simply put, any statewide candidate that wins big in Harris, Dallas and Travis Counties inevitably wins the election.

It therefore goes without saying that Dem hopefuls Lupe Valdez (for Texas Governor) and Beto O’Rourke (for U.S. Senate) will have to contend with the “Its the metroplexes stupid!” hurdle. There is no question that Valdez’s and O’Rourke’s candidacies are crucial to the national Democratic Party not only because of the internal morale boost such wins will inevitably provide, but more importantly because of the aftershocks their wins may inflict on the Republican party. Simply put, if Dem Lupe Valdez is elected Texas Governor and Beto O’Rourke U.S. Senator from Texas, expect the GOP’s blind faith in President Trump to come to an abrupt end. There will be a lot of Republicans looking for a Trump alternative–an indirect win for the Dems

So how do Dems Lupe Valdez and Beto O’Rourke post huge numbers in Harris County? The reflexive answer is of course bringing out the vote—voter turnout. Turnout is obviously key to Dems winning. Yours Truly however suggests/highly recommends that this time in addition to seeking high voter turnout, the Dem candidates also focus heavily on voting machine security. After the Russian election interference in 2016, not doing so would amount to “campaign malpractice”. As Yours Truly pointed out in a previous post, Texas has somehow packed unverifiable voting machines in Dem strongholds. The biggest Dem stronghold is the populous Harris County where Obama posted huge numbers both in 2008 and 2012. Hillary Clinton also posted huge numbers in Harris County in 2016 beating Trump 54-41%(706,000 to 544000 votes). Big numbers in Harris County will be crucial to Lupe Valdez and Beto O’Rourke if they are to win statewide so the kind of voting machines used in Harris County must be of primary concern to their campaigns


According to the Harris County Clerk’s website, the county uses electronic (totally paperless) e-slate  voting machines for county-wide voting. The County Clerk’s website has a picture of the e-slate machines and even a demo on how they are supposed to work.(give it a test run please)

Well it turns out that in 2017 Dan S. Wallach,  a Computer  Science Professor at Houston’s Rice University (an Ivy League school) wrote a piece in the Houston Chronicle attacking Harris County’s e-slate machines as easily hackable. That drew sharp responses from sitting Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart who defended the e-slate voting machines as hacker proof. The interesting back and forth between the Rice University Professor and the Harris County Clerk are all recorded in this MUST READ Houston Chronicle article. Yours Truly is not a Computer Science expert and therefore will not attempt to weigh in on the merits/demerits of the technical back and forth arguments between Professor Wallach and County Clerk Stanart, both of whom have extensive Computer Science/technology backgrounds. Instead Yours Truly will direct your attention to a revelation in the article that way back in 2011, way before TrumpRussia, Tarrant County Clerk Dana Debeauvoir(a Democrat) asked Professor Wallach to design a safe voting machine to replace e-slates which many considered unsafe and unreliable.

The article points out that Prof Wallach did indeed come up with STAR-Vote which apparently is not only much safer than e-slate machines in that it provides a paper trail, it is also cheaper. According to the article, Travis County was very receptive to STAR-Vote and immediately began taking steps to transition from e-slates. In stark contrast Republican County Clerk Stan Stanart of Harris County(according to article) was very dismissive of STAR-Vote and appears intent on using e-slate machines in Harris County even with the threat of Russian hacking. Yours Truly found County Clerk Stanart’s hostility towards STAR-Vote, a safer and cheaper alternative to e-slate machines very strange and will definitely inquire further as to why. Why would the Harris County Clerk vouch for unsafe and costlier e-slate voting machines? Folks these are questions TeamLupe and TeamBeto and the DNC for that matter need to start asking—fast!!

Rest assured folks that your Pulitzer-deserving Citizen Journalist will reignite this clash between Computer Scientist Wallach and Harris County Clerk Stanart so that Harris County voters are fully informed about the highly suspect e-slate machines before they head out to vote this November. Folks these are the issues the Mainstream Media should be focussed on ahead of Midterms 2018. Instead we’re inundated with Samantha Bee’s “c*unt” talk.

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