State Senator Arrested on Bribery and Corruption Charges
Sad news from the Golden State. A State senator has been indicted on charges of corruption and bribery. Via the San Jose Mercury, State Sen. Leland Yee indicted for public corruption in major FBI operation SAN FRANCISCO — State Senator Leland Yee has been indicted for public corruption as part of a major FBI operation Tuesday morning spanning the Bay Area, according to law-enforcement sources. | Read More »
Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane (D) threatens to sue newspaper for committing… journalism.
I was going to do a background paragraph on the story, but the first line of this article makes it redundant: “State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has hired one of the most feared litigators in the region, Richard A. Sprague, to represent her in possible defamation suits arising from accounts of her decision to end an undercover investigation that taped at least five Philadelphia Democrats | Read More »
Feds say DC Mayor Vincent Gray (D) knew of illegal campaign contributions.
Well, well, well. A major Democratic donor pleaded guilty on Monday to funneling millions of dollars in illegal campaign donations to federal and local politicians, including an unnamed 2008 presidential candidate believed to be Hillary Clinton. District of Columbia businessman Jeffrey Thompson, who federal prosecutors say financed a “shadow campaign” for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in 2010, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate campaign finance | Read More »
Are Illinois politicians beyond redemption?
Political scandals are not exclusive to any one state – but Illinois seems to have perfected it. In fact, if you type “Illinois gov” into Google and the search engine auto-completes with “illinois gov jail.” And for good reason – four of the state’s past seven governors have been sent to the big house, culminating in Governor Rod Blagojevich’s high-profile attempt to sell a departing | Read More »
American public: IRS guilty as sin, but protected by @barackobama.
A fish rots from the head down. If I was a Democratic operative, I’d be worrying like the blazes about these numbers: A new Rasmussen Reports poll found 53 percent of likely U.S. voters believe the IRS broke the law when it targeted tea party and other conservative groups, while only 24 percent disagree. But only 17 percent believe it is even somewhat likely that | Read More »
Lamar Alexander’s Taxpayer-Funded Campaign Monument
[Update: It turns out that Senator Alexander inserted a $400,000 earmark for the Tennessee State Museum into the FY 2009 Interior Appropriations bill. This is a classic feature of the circuitous campaign finance operation the political class has perfected over the years. They funnel taxpayer money to institutions that, in turn, help them win reelection.] If you want to understand everything that is wrong with | Read More »
The “Consider This!” Podcast, Episode 49: What the Detroit Bankruptcy Has To Say To Us
The latest episode of the “Consider This!” podcast is out. Conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. Just one topic this time around. I tackle the Detroit bankruptcy and what is has to say about political policies in other cities, in the US, and, actually, any country around the world. Detroit, Michigan, formerly the auto-making capital of the US, if not the world, filed for chapter 9 | Read More »
Very special interests
The quest for “clean” energy has involved a lot of expensive jousting runs at windmills, but that’s nothing compared to the even more ruinous quest for “clean” Big Government. The great and disastrous fantasy of the Twentieth Century was the dream of a wise central government, staffed by selfless and brilliant public servants, who could honorably employ coercive power to accomplish what individuals are too | Read More »
Institutional Corruption And Racism Are Alive In Delaware
Co-written By: Don Ayotte and Doug Beatty Myself and others from The Independent Party of Delaware attended an arbitration hearing on Tuesday May 28th at the Carvel Building in Wilmington. The meeting was held to arbitrate a grievance of dismissal in the case of Dr. Jahi Issa, an African American History Professor at Delaware State University. I expected a modicum of professionalism and courtesy but | Read More »
The legitimacy of elections
The worst possible outcome of the IRS scandal would see it growing large enough to call the legitimacy of the 2012 election into question. Some people reading this might think it’s already reached that point. Others would say it could never reach that point. There is a case to be made that the American system would resist such an outcome, in a much broader sense than merely | Read More »
Welp. It’s a banner day for New York politicians getting arrested.
(H/T: Jammie Wearing Fools) Geez Louise. State Sen. Malcolm Smith and city Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested this morning on charges they were plotting to rig this year’s mayoral election through fraud and bribes. The pols allegedly formed an alliance built on cash payments and fraud to get Smith — one of the state’s top Democrats — placed on the GOP mayoral ballot, sources said. | Read More »
Angry Democrat Representative- Elect
Newly elected Democrat state Representative Phillip Archuleta (D- Dist. 36), will soon be representing thousands of New Mexicans in Santa Fe after beating his Republican rival by about five hundred votes. A college student approached him election night Mr. Archuleta had a very clear message for the young man– no rosy words here…actually he is quite vulgar. Not only flipping the young man off, but | Read More »
, New Mexico
, November 6
, Santa Fe
Two Jokes That Aren’t Funny Anymore
Over the last four years, Republicans have consistently made two jokes about Pres. Obama that lost all humor on election night, 2012: 1. Barack Obama is the Campaigner-in-Chief 2. The only real job Barack Obama has ever had was as a community organizer. What does a community organizer even do? Here’s why they aren’t funny anymore. First, it’s true that Barack Obama never stopped | Read More »
, community organizing
, Tammany Hall
The Spirit of Community Organizing – When Corruption Gets Treated As A Manageable Risk
You can always trust the government. They practice morality on a much higher plane than the money-mongers grubbing for the filthy lucre down in the private sector. It’s a good thing they exist to be morally pure and impartial to all sides. Oh, Wait! They don’t. They are just as likely to be corrupt, duplicitous, and falsely self-seeking in the name of the commonweal. In Iowa they have mechanized corruption so that it happens efficiently as a manageable risk of governance.
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The Des Moines Register reports that for five years ending in February 2011, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission shook down landlords for “voluntary contributions” in exchange for dropping discrimination complaints. The Register obtained copies of 27 settlement agreements involving about $20,000 in contributions.
Why Todd Akin Should Win
Claire McCaskill’s Keys to Success Senator McCaskill should be proud of Craig Woods. She said the following about whistleblowers back in 2009. “[w]histleblowers are our first line of defense against waste, fraud, and abuse. We’ve got to do everything possible to protect them,” McCaskill said then. “Whistle-blowers who raise the alarm about waste, fraud, and abuse should be commended — not | Read More »