Monday, December 27, 2004

Government corruption probes multiply
Does it seem like more politicians are under scrutiny than ever before? Well, it may not be your imagination. The Justice Department says federal probes have grown by 15% in the past four years. Read for yourself here.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Hit and run GOP driver faces charges
A 73 year-old Charlotte, North Carolina, man is facing charges of hit and run and assault with a deadly weapon after police arrested him for hitting a protestor outside a fundraiser that President Bush was attending Sept. 17. James Whitner drove up onto a sidewalk, hitting protestor Alex Kramer and sending him sprawling onto the hood of Whitner's car. Whitner apparently celebrated his vicious attack by making a $2,000 donation to the Republican National Committee a week after trying to run down Kramer. The story's here.
Former Connecticut governor pleads guilty to corruption
Once a rising star in national Republican political circles, former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland completed his dive into infamy by pleading guilty to federal charges of fraud this week. Rowland admitted taking nearly $100,000 in illegal gifts while in office. He could spend as much as five years in prison. Read about it here.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Phone-jamming Rethug indicted
James Tobin, former New England chair of the Bush/Cheney campaign, has been indicted on charges of phone-jamming a New Hampshire Democratic Party get-out-the-vote drive in November, 2002. Read about it here, here and here. And be glad that our hero, Stentor, is on the eternal look-out for stories about Republican ne'er-do-wells. Bet he's never photocopied his derriere at the office Christmas Party!
Thief uses Republican ties to swindle over $1 million
Kendall County, Illinois, Republican precinct committee chair Frank Devine is our free-market player of the day. Devine earned this distinction by using his ties to an unnamed Illinois Republican Congressman to bilk investors out of $1.9 million. Devine used visits to the unnamed Illinois Republican Congressman to convince his suckers...er, clients, that he was legit. The federal indictment handed down against Devine doesn't say who his Congressional buddy was, but Devine resides in House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert's district. Read about it here and here.
High shurf doles out payback to opponents
Phoenix, Arizona, voters having seen fit to return their psychopathic sherrif, Joe Arpaio, to office, the good sheriff has wasted no time in claiming a mandate to kick butt and take the names of people who have pissed him off. Since his re-election in November, Arpaio has shuffled 150 or so of his deputies to new positions -- some to nicer assignments and promotions; others to crap details. The Phoenix New Times, which Arpaio's press office boycotted for three months recently, has the details here.
Your tax dollars at work
Having buyer's remorse about those photocopies of your butt from the office Christmas party? Well, sit back, relax and enjoy the exploits of Republican evil-doers who make the Grinch look like Rotarian of the Year. We start tonight with our nation's military-industrial complex, which seems to have turned Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich." Newly-released documents published by the Washington Post unveil a snake pit of officially-sanctioned prisoner torture. Read about it here.

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