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Militia helping Oak Fire evacuees creates furor in Mariposa
Group trains with guns but was not armed while serving food, member says
The appearance of camouflage-clad militia members in the small Sierra foothills town of Mariposa as the Oak Fire raged nearby has sparked a furor in Mariposa County, with the local sheriff’s department praising the group for its help while some residents accused the militia of exploiting the disaster.
The California State Militia 2nd Regiment — whose website features pictures of men in military fatigues, helmets and assault-style rifles preparing for “the unrest yet to come” — set up a mobile kitchen trailer from Saturday evening through Monday morning in the parking lot of a lumber store in Mariposa, just southwest of the blaze that as of Monday morning had driven nearly 4,000 people from their homes while burning almost 17,000 acres.
Mississippi Fires Lawyer Trying to Recoup Misused Welfare Funds
The lawyer had issued a subpoena that could reveal details about the involvement of a former governor and a football star in the scandal.
A lawyer working for a Mississippi state agency and trying to recoup tens of millions of dollars in misused welfare funds was fired on Friday after he issued a subpoena that could turn up details about the involvement of prominent Mississippians — including the former Governor Phil Bryant and the retired football star Brett Favre — in one of the ugliest scandals to shake the nation’s poorest state in recent years.
Rep. Thompson Asks DOJ To Investigate Ex-Gov. Bryant For Favre TANF Payments
State fires attorney probing former Gov. Phil Bryant in welfare scandal lawsuit
Brad Pigott, who was zoning in on high-profile welfare scandal players who have so far escaped legal scrutiny, says his firing was politically motivated. It is unclear whether the termination could weaken or end the state’s ongoing civil lawsuit.