Blood Money

LIV Golf is the Saudi funded and sponsored new professional golf circuit. Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Sergio Garcia are among those who have been recruited to play and they are taking the blood money.  LIV spokesperson is none other than former Bush 43 press secretary Ari Fleisher. Think about that the next time this a-hole goes on TV or social media and tries to claim the high horse on a policy position.

Apparently, these golfers will be allowed to play in next week’s major, the U.S. Open. Count me out. I am done watching.  I can find a lot of better things to do.

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GOPers in Congress want Democrats to help them pass legislation that would increase protection for members of the Supreme Court.

Democrats in Congress want GOPers to help them pass legislation that would increase protection for folks in America and that is all you need to know.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and other GOPers are not happy that a new entity, Latino Media Network (LMN), will be buying 18 radio stations across the country that serve the Latino community. LMN is getting financial assistance from a group affiliated with the Soros Fund Management.

Some radio stations are in Texas including H-Town, Dallas, McAllen and San Antonio.

There are some prominent Latina Democrats involved with LMN.  Where do DeSantis, Rubio and other GOPers get this notion that only right-wingers can own media outlets?

Here is from Forbes.com:

Two Latina social entrepreneurs today officially launched the Latino Media Network (LMN), a new media content creation, talent incubation and distribution company, aimed at reaching the Hispanic market, initially focused on audio.

Stephanie Valencia and Jess Morales Rocketto raised $80 million – one of the largest capital raises of a Latina owned and operated startup in the U.S – from a diverse set of investors. They also tapped a series of high-profile entrepreneurs, media and celebrity advisors and board members to support the new venture, including actress Eva Longoria, news personality María Elena Salinas and Christy Haubegger, founder of Latina magazine and current WarnerMedia executive.

“As Latinos drive population growth in the United States, they continue to navigate the ocean of information on what is happening in the world and their place in it. With minority media on the decline, now is the time to be investing in more resources to create content for Latinos by Latinos. Through the unique combination of creative content and new and existing media platforms to serve our community, we can embrace cultural pride and collectively empower Latinos,” said LMN co-founder Stephanie Valencia.

To coincide with its launch, the company also announced it signed a definitive agreement with TelevisaUnivision to purchase 18 radio stations in 8 of the top 10 Latino markets in a $60 million all cash deal. LMN has secured equity investments from leading Latino investors and debt financing for the acquisition from Lakestar Finance LLC, an investment entity affiliated with Soros Fund Management LLC.

The 18 AM and FM stations are WADO-AM (New York), KTNQ-AM (Los Angeles), WRTO-AM (Chicago), KFZO-FM and KFLC-AM (Dallas), KLAT-AM (Houston), WAQI-AM and WQBA-AM (Miami), KXTN-AM (San Antonio), KISF-FM, KLSQ-AM and KRGT-FM (Las Vegas), KGBT-FM, KBTQ-FM and KGBT-AM (McAllen), KLLE-FM, KOND-FM and KRDA-FM (Fresno).

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The new company’s board members, investors and advisors include:

Maria Elena Salinas: Award-winning journalist and author, former co-anchor of Univision’s evening news for more than 30 years. Principal of MES Mult-Media LLC.

Eva Longoria: Director, actor, activist and philanthropist. CEO and Founder, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Founder, Casa del Sol Tequila.

Dr. Eduardo Padron: President Emeritus, Miami Dade College; Strategic Corporate Advisor; Board, Urban Institute. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Al Cardenas: Board member Coral Gables Trust Co., Investor and Treasurer, American Business Immigration Coalition; former Chair of the Republican Party of Florida and former Chair of the American Conservative Union.

Maria Contreras Sweet: Co-founder of Pro-America Bank; former US Administrator of the Small Business Administration; former Secretary of Business and Transportation for the State of California.

Mónica LozanoFormer publisher and CEO of La Opinión and of its parent company, ImpreMedia, LLC. Currently on corporate boards of Walt Disney Corporation, Apple Inc. and Target Corporation.

Henry R. Muñoz III: Activist, business leader and philanthropist, who has launched national movements including Momento Latino, TheDream.US and Latino Victory, support the Latino community.

Luis Ubiñas: Investor and advisor. Former President Ford Foundation, Senior Partner McKinsey and Company. Current corporate director at AT&T, Chairman, Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.

Tom Castro: Founder and CEO El Dorado Capital and radio entrepreneur, investor, and corporate director. Has bought and sold over 50 radio stations serving the Latino community. Former Director of Time Warner.

Juleyka Lantigua: Founder/CEO, LWC Studios. Peabody-nominated audio creator, former NPR, Atlantic Media, and Random House.

Tom Chavez: Hi-tech entrepreneur, author and co-founder of super{set}, a startup studio that builds and funds software companies.

Christy Haubegger: Founder, Latina magazine and current EVP, Chief Enterprise Inclusion Officer and Head of Marketing & Communications at WarnerMedia.

Alicia Bassuk: Founder of Ubica Leadership Strategies. Partner and investor in several ventures, including Kinzie Capital Partners and Core Innovation Capital.

Jess Morales Rocketto: Chief of Moonshot Strategies at Equis. Co-Founder of Families Belong Together, Poderistas, and Supermajority. Formerly National Domestic Workers Alliance, Hillary for America, Obama for America.

Stephanie Valencia: Co-Founder and President at Equis. Co-founder of Poderistas, Latino Talent Initiative, The Latina Collective, and Latinos44. Formerly Google, Obama White House, United States Congress.

It is about time. Good luck.

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We lost last night but still have our 9 ½ game lead. We have today off then the Marlins visit us for three this weekend.