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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Janklow conviction stands
Former South Dakota Gov. William Janklow's conviction for second-degree murder and reckless driving has been upheld by the South Dakota Supreme Court. Janklow was convicted at trial of killing motorcyclist Randy Scott after running a stop sign in August, 2003. Janklow sought to quash the conviction, arguing there wasn't enough evidence to support the charges. Read about it here.
Election sucker bet costs casinos
Several New Jersey casinos face fines from the Federal Elections Commission for illegal campaign contributions to William Gormley, the Republican candidate in the 2000 race for U.S. Senator. It's the usual corporate boodling involving the casinos holding campaign fundraisers for Gormley and muscling contributions out of employees. Read about it here.
War is berry, berry good to Bucky
War may endanger children and other living things, but it sure puts money in the bank. For George W. Bush's uncle, William H.T. "Bucky" Bush, the Iraq War has enriched him to the tune of $450,000. That's how much Bucky banked last month when he sold stock options in the St. Louis defense firm Engineered Support Systems, Inc. In true Bush style, Bucky turned his bucks while serving on the company's board of directors. Incest, anyone? Read about it here.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Private firm screws up Florida
God help you if you are an employee of the State of Florida. Gov. Jeb Bush, who will no doubt be foisted upon the rest of us as a serious Presidential candidate in 2008, has hired a private firm to handle the state's personnel system. How much of a success has privatization been? Howard Troxler of the St. Petersburg Times raves about it here.
Washington Times has links to whackos
The headline may not sound very current, given the fact that the Times is owned and operated by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon and has been the house organ for the far-right Republican Party -- as opposed to the Wall Street Journal's cheerleading for big business -- for several decades. But the Southern Poverty Law Center has uncovered some disturbing links between the Times and blatant racists and Neo-Confederates. The melding of Moon's media power with outright kooks ought to be a disturbing warning of how the So-Called Liberal Media is curdling into something fascist. Read about it here.
We'll supply the journalists
Worked up in a lather about the emerging White House propensity for hedging its political bets with outright propaganda (illegal under U.S. law) with fake journalists and all? No, you're right, they're not much worse whores than what passes for the Main-Stream Media (MSM for all you hip inside-the-Beltway types) these days. Frank Rich has another outstanding column in this week's Arts section of the New York Times wondering whether the line between fake journalism and the tepid and power-worshipping real thing has become too blurred. Catch it here.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Md. Gov's henchmen firing employees
Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.'s, reign of terror in Annapolis continues. The latest target of Ehrlich's seemingly inexhaustible well of ill will is state employees. He's had henchmen at various state agencies drawing up lists of employees to fire. Read about it here.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Alaska AG quits over conflict of interest
Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes is out of office on his ass after an apparent conflict of interest left the state's usually Republican-friendly media baying for his blood. Renkes is in trouble over a state trade deal he helped broker which could benefit a company in which he has invested $120,000. Renkes blames the So-Called Liberal Media and partisan political attacks for the demise of his political career. Read about it here. Again, kudos to DP for this story. He's shaping up to be our go-to guy for Rethuglican stories in the Pacific Northwest.
Oregon freeloader heads campaign reform
Rep. Derrick Kitts, a Hillsborough Republican, is in charge of a legislative committee that will evaluate campaign reform for Oregon's state legislature. At the same time, Kitts is under scrutiny for taking full advantage of the existing state campaign funding laws that allow legislators to spend unused funds for damn near anything. Kitts has been caught spending $600 for limosine service and renting a hotel room while the legislature is in session, even though he receives a daily stipend for housing while the legislature is in session. Read about his life of penury here and thanks to DP for getting this story to me.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Rethug prosecutor faces hard time
One day you're a Republican prosecutor in West Texas, ruining people's lives with abandon; the next you're having your own life ripped to shreds just because you have a meth addiction and shoot up in front of staff members. So it goes with former prosecutor Richard James Roach. Roach faces ten years in federal stir and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced for possessing a firearm while using illegal drugs. This asshole deserves no pity whatsoever. Nor do the lemming volk of western Texas around Amarillo who kept putting Roach in office even though his drug problems were public knowledge. Read about it here.
Donor didn't get ambassadorship
It's no secret that Republicans trade high office for big favors, especially big campaign donations. There's an unwritten protocol, however, that one doesn't mention the spoils system, especially when one is a favored recipient. Someone tell Nebraska bidness baron Duane Acklie this, because he's spilled the beans about his frustrated attempts to get an ambassadorship from the Bush White House. Associated Press has the tale of Acklie's attempts to benefit from his political connections here.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

GOP official caught with child porn
Jeff Patti, chairman of the Sparta, New Jersey, Republican Party says he won't resign office or quit the Sussex County Republican Party Executive Committe after he was arrested for possession of child pornography. Patti was busted Jan. 27 for posting explicit phots of a 5 year-old girl on the Internet. Read about it here. Thanks to Stentor for finding this particularly icky example of Republican contempt for the law and common decency.
Phone jammer headed to the joint
Allen Raymond of GOP Marketplace LLC will be spending five months in prison after he was sentenced Tuesday for his part in organizing a phone jamming operation against the Democratic Party in New Hampshire in 2002. Chuck McGee, former executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party will be sentenced for his involvement in the scheme next month. One ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingy...Read about it here.

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