Chucky Deemed Ineligible
Time will tell and then we'll know.
If she is voted to another term, obviously the people are happy with what they have. Very sad that more is not only expected, but demanded. The virgin islands are a unique and enchanting place. People will keep coming regardless, few other places can afford to be this ignorant.
No they won't keep coming. Eventually they will realize that if something happens to them on vacation there is no hospital for them to go to and even if they are carful about where they go that can't really feel safe. So they will stop coming or we will be come like Jamaica where no one leaves their walled in resort. Well except in Jamaica people actually have the sense to at least pretend they enjoy waiting on you.
And as people leave the island services and retail and restaurants leave with them. Schools have closed. Teachers are leaving according to an article today. And these things are not being replaced. I have lost count of how many friends have moved away in the last three years. Friends both native Virgin Islanders and transplants alike. Children graduate from school and leave and never return as residents. For the last nine years I have heard it said that things don't matter and people will keep coming and moving. I see more outflow than inflow. It isn't just the economic downturn or loss of HOVENSA making people leave.
people do not seem to vote for the right thing. they vote for the infamous fish fry or a friend or a relative. it is sad. i know someone who has lived here since the 70's she is saying this might be the first time she does not want to vote. corruption first, the people last seems to be the motto
This is sooooooooooo unbelievable!
Makes me want to move and I've been here forever but there is just so much crap and corruption one can stomach. I'd miss my incredible views and my friends but not much else at this point in time.
Alana, I am right behind you.
The senate, the governor and the courts are corrupt. It cannot be repaired. Time to bail.
I sometimes consider leaving but at the end of the day I really don't want to live anywhere else. Unfortunately the current situation will certainly discourage others from considering making STX their home. I'm concerned that there are probably a lot of snow birds that won't come down this season. Think of those who are retired with Medicare. The risk to their nest egg, should they require hospitalization for an accident or illness, is just too great. Should be a boom to the air-ambulance insurance business though.
As for Chucky, she portrays a level or racially biased bluster that exceeds any capability to fulfill. And with her still part of the circus, that bodes well for Dr. G's continued leadership at JFL. I've got nothing against the guy personally I just think that it seems a massive cultural change is what is required. That's a bloody big broom for an insider to sweep with. I believe this is where Jeff N. was heading before his ouster but that he hit too much political backlash.
There are signs of hope. Should a 'viable' deal come together for Hovensa, at least that creates some positive energy for the island. Change is difficult and very slow, and many of us think that big changes are needed. Some are accepting of the status quo and figure that all will be ok as long as we plug along. The reality is in-between and we need to celebrate where change, and growth, has resulted in positive outcomes. We truly could be a jewel given corruption free leadership and a culture of accountability.
(wow - too much coffee this morning huh?)
The two JFL nominees that were approved in the Health Committee were held in the Rules Committee by its Chairman, Samuel Sanes, because Sanes has a bill to merge the hospitals and did not want JFL to have its own board.
One third of the 112 page CMS findings relate directly to the governor (Sanes is his #1 pawn) and his refusal to replenish the district board to provide oversight of timely day to day operations. Pay hospital cannot be certified without a governing board. The Schlesinger article is a crock because he never once addresses that.
He never addresses the nursing shortages that CMS found, and are partly the fault of DeJongh's employment actions or deep budget cuts. You get what you pay for.
The author never once asks what the hospital's side of the story is.
These are same people who certified the Walter Reed Hospital and every VA Hospital in the nation. Biased? Perhaps
Good morning fellow bloggers.
There is a new day in the Virgin Islands.
Corruption's house of cards has begun to fall.
CHUCKY'S BACK OFF!
A senator, a corrupt pardoning governor, and now a judge creating judicial misconduct have now in essence, got together to steal justice from law abiding people.
The "fourth branch of government", otherwise known as the media also colluded to hide or minute the fact that on the day Wilma issued her TRO, the Supreme Court had reaffirmed their ruling that Chucky could not be back in the ballot pursuant to local law..
Lee Rohn is still trying to get Chucky back on. There is a community move afoot to get this to the Third Circuit Appeals Court in Philadelphia to have this criminal woman completely off the ballot.
Send your contributions (to keep Chucky off and to keep justice on)
Andrew Simpson, PC Trust Fund
PO box 2618
kingshill VI 00851
This is the same attorney that gave Coffelt and the voters of the VI real justice in the appellate court. Or you can call the attorney himself to make your contribution.
Um, correct me if I'm wrong, but criminals are elected to public office in quite a few jurisdictions. Those jurisdictions don't have an Organic Act that, imo, sets a higher standard than stateside. Either tighten the standards for all running for office, or loosen the standards for all. This morality standard seems so 20th century naive. The Organic Act, imo, needs amending. Can we talk about that?
Will this never end?
Hansen's Ballot Placement Still Open Question
By Bill Kossler — October 2, 2014
U.S. District Judge Wilma Lewis remanded Wednesday the question of Sen. Alicia "Chucky" Hansen's right to be on the general election ballot to V.I. Superior Court, while reconfirming her eligibility to be a candidate.
St. Croix Board of Elections Chairman Adelbert Bryan sued to force Hansen off the ballot, arguing Hansen's three convictions for willful failure to file income tax were "moral turpitude," rendering her ineligible to serve. The V.I. Supreme Court ruled her ineligible in late August. Gov. John deJongh Jr. then pardoned Hansen, saying her candidacy should be judged by the voters.
DeJongh also petitioned the V.I. Supreme Court to rehear the case, and that court declined.
Hansen herself and a group of St. Croix voters separately brought suit to have Hansen returned to the ballot. Lewis issued a temporary restraining order, then a permanent order directing Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes to put Hansen back on the ballot. (See Related Links below)
Bryan filed a motion to remand the case to V.I. Superior Court and seeking Fawkes be held in contempt of court for not following the Supreme Court's pre-pardon order, and instead following the federal court's post-pardon order. Bryan argued, among many other things, that his motions were grounded entirely in local law, without a federal question and so should be heard by local courts. He also moved to have the pre-pardon local court order to have Hansen removed from the ballot enforced.
In her memorandum opinion ordering the motion for contempt, Lewis partly agreed on some of the questions, while upholding her earlier determination that Hansen is eligible, due to deJongh's pardon.
"In addition to the governor’s authority to issue pardons, the question of whether, as a result of the governor’s pardon of her tax convictions, Senator Hansen is now eligible to run for and hold senatorial office clearly implicates federal law," Lewis wrote.
She went on to write it is "inconceivable that Bryan could credibly premise any argument in his Emergency Motion on an interpretation of Section 6(b) of the Revised Organic Act that would somehow render Senator Hansen ineligible to run for or hold senatorial office – the federal issues that were the subject of this court’s rulings."
But local legal issues exist, according to Lewis.
"Indeed, separate and apart from the federal issues regarding Senator Hansen’s eligibility to run for and hold senatorial office, there remains the issue of ballot access – an issue governed by the Virgin Islands Elections Code. ... The court makes a distinction here between access to the ballot and other means through which a candidate might be able to run and be elected to office – e.g., through a write-in candidacy," Lewis wrote.