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kcc_fcHARRISBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Keystone Corruption Continues: Cash Payoffs, Porngate and the Kathleen Kane Scandal, Brad Bumsted’s latest compilation of Pennsylvania state government malfeasance.

About the Book:
Once again, a crime wave swept through Pennsylvania state government. During a 17-month period from early 2015 through mid-2016,  a sitting state treasurer, and a former state treasurer, both statewide elected officials who were guardians of taxpayers’ money, were charged with crimes, as was an ex-Governor’s chief of staff and the attorney general, the state’s chief law enforcement officer. It was preceded by a sting investigation that resulted in state legislators videotaped taking cash from an undercover operative posing as a lobbyist and an alleged pay to play scheme at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Porn and off-color emails  on government computers took out two Supreme Court justices. It’s all in Brad Bumsted’s latest book: Keystone Corruption Continues: Cash Payoffs, Porngate and the Kathleen Kane Scandal.

Foreword by John Baer
Introduction: The Sting
1. Lost Opportunity
2. Turnpike Scandal
3. “I’m Your Guy”
4. Business As Usual
5. “Make Work” and Big Bucks
6. “I Am the Fucking Senator”
7. An Ivy League Shakedown
8. “Not Prosecutable”
9. The Sprague Threat
10. “I Am An Attorney”
11. The Sandusky Report
12. Seth
13. The Lex Street Massacre
14. The Very Questionable Accident
15. “Happy Birthday Ron Waters”
16. Bizarre 24 Hours
17. Difficult to Manage
18. “Political Peep Show”
19. “Unholy Mess”
20. Risa
21. The Cartels
22. The Supremes
23. Porn Warfare
24. Citizen Kane?
25. LCB’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Culture
26. The Final Sting
27. In the Final Analysis
Epilogue by R.B. Swift
Reflections by Franklin Kury

bradbumstedAbout the Author:
Brad Bumsted is a prominent journalist in Pennsylvania, working for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He is noted for writing “reform minded stories” about the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

In 2005, he was named one of “Pennsylvania’s Most Influential Reporters” by the Pennsylvania political news website PoliticsPA. In 2008, the political website PolitickerPA.com named him one of the “Most Powerful Political Reporters” in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Report named him to the 2009 “The Pennsylvania Report 100” list of influential figures in Pennsylvania politics and described him as a “mainstay in the halls of the capitol.”

Keystone Corruption Continues: Cash Payoffs, Porngate and the Kathleen Kane Scandal
Authored by Brad Bumsted
List Price: $17.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
278 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066935
ISBN-10: 1620066939
BISAC: Political Science / Government / State & Provincial

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LAREDO, TexasSunbury Press has released Robert Joe Stout’s latest book Hidden Dangers: Mexico on the Brink of Disaster.

hd_fcAbout the Book:
Mexico is undergoing economic and political changes that lie like landmines ready to explode beneath Uncle Sam’s footsteps.

By the close of the first decade of the twenty-first century Mexico-United States relations had begun to shred. The leaders of the two countries shared a master-servant façade of cooperation and commitment but faced eroding control of the economy, the flourishing drug trade and human rights issues. Despite the propaganda to the contrary every year millions of Mexicans sank into poverty, their lands expropriated and the prices of basic necessities soaring. ICE agents swept through factories, farms and construction sites from Maine to California herding handcuffed “illegals” into detention facilities. Both countries ignored human rights violations and corruption in order to maintain control over Mexico’s pro-neoliberal administration. Violence associated with the “War on Drugs” took over 70,000 lives without materially diminished the U.S. market for cocaine, marijuana and designer drugs. Brutal repression of citizen protest provoked ongoing international criticism and alienated millions of Mexican citizens. The country’s dependence on oil exports to finance social programs pressured the state-controlled monopoly to cut corners, creating pipeline leaks and other environmental disasters.

Hidden Dangers focuses on the period 2000-2010 and pinpoints five major “landmines” that seriously threaten both countries social and political structures. It includes first-hand observations of devaluations, political repressions and border conflicts and commentaries and analyses from officials and academics on both sides of the frontier. The five principal sections investigate migration and its effects on both Mexico and the United States, the drug trade’s influence on the economies and politics of both countries, popular uprisings that challenge U.S. influence and neo-liberal politics, how Mexico’s deeply rooted “politics of corruption” binds the entrepreneurial and banking systems to government processes and environmental disasters, both real and in the making, created by the oil, lumber and cattle industries, toxic waste, floods and poisoned waterways.

Former New York Times Mexico bureau chief, Alan Riding, entitled his 1985 best seller Our Distant Neighbors. Nearly a generation has passed since that writing, and the two countries remain as close—and as distant—as they were then. Mexico and the United States share a border that stretches for nearly 2,000 miles between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Deeply ingrained ethnic, economic, and political differences have escalated to the point that armed military forces have been deployed along the border by the leaders of both nations, some to combat a common enemy—the drug corporations—others to restrict immigration, smuggling, and money laundering.

Distant or not, Mexico is undergoing economic and political changes that lie like landmines ready to explode beneath the troubled and often discordant impulses of the two countries to satisfy their divergent social and political needs. These landmines include:

Migration, legal and illegal, exacerbated by profound differences in earnings in the two countries and economic crises in both, a rapidly expanding labor pool and more aggressive deportation procedures on the part of U.S. Homeland Security;

Intrusion by drug organizations into economic and political activities that include assassinations, payoffs, and escalating drug use in Mexico itself;

Grass roots political movements opposed to globalization, centralized government, and unequal distribution of wealth that are being repressed, often violently, by Mexican political forces;

Government and entrepreneurial corruption, including the failure to invest oil profits in infrastructure, debilitating the industry and putting most of the country’s wealth in the hands of a few politically connected individuals;

Environmental disasters and the collapse of self-sustaining agriculture that have created wastelands, polluted major waterways, and triggered rural-to-urban migrations.

About the Author:
As a journalist working in areas with large Spanish-speaking populations, Bob Stout has written about Mexico and its problems and accomplishments. These reports and observations have appeared inAmerica, Commonweal,Notre Dame Magazine and The Christian Science Monitor, among many other publications, and in The Blood of the Serpent: Mexican Lives which was published in 2003 and in Why Immigrants Come to America: Braceros, Indocumentados and the Migra published in 2008.

A graduate of the Universidad de las Americas and long-time newspaper and magazine journalist Stout has lived and worked in California, Texas, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. and in Mexico, Europe and Central America. His books include two novels, a recently published volume of poetry and dozens of literary and commercial magazine shortstories. He currently lives in Oaxaca in southern Mexico.

Hidden Dangers: Mexico on the Brink of Disaster
Authored by Robert Joe Stout
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
216 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064887
ISBN-10: 162006488X
BISAC: Political Science / World / Caribbean & Latin American

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