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NEWS: Hotel room party at taxpayer expense

By Troy Torres

(Tumon, Guam) On November 30, 2017, at 1:26 in the morning at the Biltmore hotel in Arizona, the Commonwealth's taxpayers bought Gov. Ralph Torres and his friends two glasses of Johnnie Walker Blue Label at $124, two glasses of Grey Goose vodka at $24, and four glasses of Jameson Irish whiskey at $48. The total round of alcohol cost including taxes cost you $232.86. He paid with cash and was reimbursed by the Commonwealth through a memo signed off by then-Secretary of Finance Larissa Larson.

An hour and seven minutes later, the governor ordered room service amounting to $133.75 for four pizzas, one quesadilla with chicken, and an omelette.

In the justification for cost he said he was hosting a Western Governors Association delegation. It was 2:33 a.m.

This $366.61 hotel room party does not even include the cost of Mr. Torres's first class travel, his room accommodations, or even the other expenses he charged to the Commonwealth in a January 8, 2018 reimbursement memo for $3,043.70 of your money. This is just the latest in Kandit's expose on the governor's blatant misuse of public funds and corruption.

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Be grateful for the luxury of being entirely unfamiliar with real censorship.

A business owner regulating what strangers can write on the business's website is not censorship.

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Reposted comment on the MV in a different form (linked to the information). Curious if it will be published.

Satchmoa day ago - Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by Marianas Variety.

Ethics and Public Corruption Laws: Penalties

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Kandit - it would be nice if you could repost and discuss those statutes on your facebook feed along with an explanation of why.

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Today (01/21/2020) I posted a reply to an Opinion piece written by Ambrose Bennett in the Marianas Variety. It was posted, but then later "removed" as "detected as spam" (which is bull since it was previously posted). In other words, here is a perfect example of what has been alleged in the past (censorship). All I did was cut & paste copies of the statutes concerning corruption from various territories.

OPINION | Please Governor, we have seen enough!

📷Satchmo a day ago Detected as spam This isn't spam »

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Embezzlement or falsification of public accounts, punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment of not more than 10 years, or both, and permanent disqualification from…

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Forgot to mention, The Alaska Aerospace Corporation was established by the State of Alaska to develop a high technology aerospace industry in the state of Alaska. The only travel to Saipan in 2018 was on the dates I posted.

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