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  • Chicago police arrest 81 in overnight raids, mostly for drug and weapons offenses [Feds to Help]

    02/25/2017 6:00:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 52 replies
    ABC ^ | Feb 25, 2017, 4:24 AM ET | By David Caplan
    The Chicago Police Department conducted a series of overnight raids from Thursday into Friday that resulted in 81 arrests, mostly for drug- and weapons-related offenses, Supt. Eddie Johnson said Friday. The raids, focused on the city's South and West Side neighborhoods, were "focused on the underlying source of crime in these areas: the sale of narcotics," Johnson said at a press conference Friday afternoon. Of the 81 people arrested, Johnson said 61 are previously convicted felons, 49 are documented gang members, 19 have previously been arrested on gun charges, 14 are currently on parole, and 65 have been previously identified...
  • Oregon Gov. Kate Brown And AG Ellen Rosenblum Blaze The Oregon Trail Of Political Patronage

    02/14/2017 7:30:20 AM PST · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb. 13, 2017 | Adam Andrzejewski
    As the state contemplates an income tax hike, Oregon's elites line their pockets with taxpayer money. In 2016, as politicians across America were fleeing voter wrath, Oregon’s governor and attorney general were blazing an unlikely trail – accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from businesses with state contracts. Since 1940, at the federal level, individuals and entities negotiating or working under federal contracts are prohibited from giving political cash to candidates, parties or committees. In Oregon, however, this political patronage is perfectly legal, at least for now. Our analysis at American Transparency ( found 207 state contractors...
  • Chicago’s Violent Crime In January Matches Bloody Start Of 2016

    02/02/2017 5:06:43 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    CBS ^ | 2-1-17
    “We are going to have to do something about Chicago. Because what is happening in Chicago should not be happening in this country.” Last month also saw 234 shooting incidents and 299 shooting victims – compared to 242 shooting incidents and 291 victims during the same time period last year. Despite the grim numbers in January, police have said a new plan is helping get guns off the streets. Police recovered more than 600 guns last month, an increase of more than 60 percent over January 2016. Police said gun arrests also were more than double the total from January...
  • Leaked DNC Documents Show Plans To Reward Big Donors With Federal Appointments

    07/24/2016 9:05:10 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 58 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/24/2016 | CHUCK ROSS
    Democratic National Committee documents recently released by WikiLeaks include spreadsheets and emails that appear to show party officials planning which donors and prominent fundraisers to provide with appointments to federal boards and commissions. The documents, which were circulated among top DNC officials in April, could raise legal questions for the party, says Ken Boehm, the chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group. “The disclosed DNC emails sure look like the potential Clinton Administration has intertwined the appointments to federal government boards and commissions with the political and fund raising operations of the Democratic Party,” Boehm...
  • Wikileaks reveals apparent sale of presidential appointments by DNC

    07/25/2016 6:27:16 AM PDT · by detective · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 25, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    It has always been taken for granted that presidents appoint wealthy donors to commissions, ambassadorships, and other honors. But we have never before seen evidence of the way the transactions are carried out. However, thanks to Wikileaks, we have an actual spreadsheet listing donors and possible purchases of office being circulated among DNC officials. Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller has the story. The spreadsheet — which was accompanied by emails sent between officials with the DNC’s finance team — contains 23 names of little-known corporate executives and professional fundraisers who have donated to the committee and various Democratic political...
  • Violence Surges in Chicago Even as Policing Debate Rages On

    03/29/2016 7:51:50 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 19 replies
    MSN ^ | 3/29/2016
    Late at night this month, the pastor’s phone beeped with a text message from an anguished parishioner. Andre Taylor, the church member’s great-nephew, had been shot and killed. “Dre had just turned 16,” the message on the Rev. Ira Acree’s phone read. “I think that it’s time to call for action and solicit help, have the National Guard to take over and patrol the Chicago streets.” Four days earlier, another text had appeared. A different parishioner’s granddaughter, Daysha Wright, a 21-year-old nursing student, had been shot to death in a car, leaving a 2-year-old son. At his desk at Greater...
  • Politically connected ex-Mutual Bank president barred from banking ( Obama mentioned )

    07/01/2013 6:59:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 01, 2013 | Steve Daniels
    Amrish Mahajan, former president of failed Mutual Bank of Harvey and a major fundraiser for imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, has been barred from future participation in the banking industry under a newly released regulatory order. Mr. Mahajan consented, without admitting or denying unsafe or unsound banking practices, to a May 1 order by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. prohibiting him from participating “in any manner” in the conduct of the affairs of any federally insured institution. ... Mr. Mahajan was known for his political connections, particularly to Mr. Blagojevich. Mutual Bank briefly entered the realm of national politics after...
  • Pictured: The WH worker (and top donor's son) who had Colombia prostitute in his hotel room

    10/09/2014 11:17:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 75 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2014 | David Martosko, Us Political Editor
    Senior Obama administration officials knew about a White House aide's link to the Secret Service prostitution scandal and covered it up, according to a bombshell report that surfaced Wednesday night. Friends of Barack: Jonathan Dach (right) posed with then-Senator Barack Obama during a campaign staff 'family night' event in Springfield, Missouri on November 1, 2008. Also seen are Dach's father Leslie (2nd left), then a Wal-Mart lobbying executive, and his mother Mary Dickie (left) Jonathan Dach, the staffer implicated by the Washington Post, was never disciplined after an investigation found he had a prostitute in his hotel room during a...
  • Yesh Atid Political Appointment Scam Alleged

    12/16/2013 10:23:43 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/12/13 | Gil Ronen
    A conservative women's group says that Yesh Atid leader, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, is helping the extreme Left appoint hundreds of its supporters to key positions, and masking the ploy as “affirmative action” for women and Arabs. Kati Cohen, who heads Women for Israel (NELI), addressed an urgent letter to several key Knesset Members from Likud-Beytenu and the Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi), in which she explained how the scam allegedly works. Cohen notes that the Finance Ministry recently published a message to the general public, inviting people to take part in a tender for the appointment of 500 directors to...
  • 4 teens shot within an hour: 'It's not a game, it's not a joke'

    08/15/2013 7:09:27 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 15, 2013 | Peter Nickeas
    Four teens -- three 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old -- were among seven people shot across the South Side overnight, according to police. A 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy were shot as they left a basketball game around 11:30 p.m. just east of Martin Luther King Drive in the Park Manor neighborhood, police and relatives said. A 49-year-old man was also shot.
  • How Republican Institutions Empower Extremists (Barf Alert)

    05/29/2013 2:24:50 PM PDT · by Redcat · 10 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | May 28, 2013 | Chris Ladd
    Politics in the US is steadily devolving into a form of consumer entertainment. That corrosion of basic civic interest has hit the Republican Party particularly hard because of institutional factors that leave the organization bent toward extremes. It will be difficult to stop the GOP from nominating cartoon characters like E.W. Jackson without examining and addressing the institutional characteristics that have made the Republican Party America’s choice for the politically weird. A glance across the aisle at the Democrats might yield some insights. Ideology is a secondary concern in Democratic politics. Since the mid-19th century the party has been organized...
  • Weiner’s Wife Didn’t Disclose Consulting Work She Did While Serving in State Dept.

    05/16/2013 9:49:00 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 16, 2013 | RAYMOND HERNANDEZ
    The State Department, under Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, created an arrangement for her longtime aide and confidante Huma Abedin to work for private clients as a consultant while serving as a top adviser in the department. Connect with NYTMetro Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for news and conversation. Ms. Abedin did not disclose the arrangement — or how much income she earned — on her financial report. It requires officials to make public any significant sources of income. The disclosure of the agreement that Ms. Abedin made with the State Department comes as her husband, former...
  • ABC, CBS and CNN top executives all have siblings or spouses working directly for Obama

    05/12/2013 10:57:43 AM PDT · by DManA · 51 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | 5/12/2013 | Doug Ross
    You knew the mainstream media was biased, but this is incredible. It was revealed today that CBS News President David Rhodes' brother is Obama Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, who was instrumental in rewriting the Benghazi talking points. But it gets worse. It is now learned that ABC President Ben Sherwood's sister, Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, is a Special Assistant to Barack Obama on national security affairs. But even this isn't it! CNN's deputy bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is the wife of Tom Nides, who until February was Hillary Clinton's deputy.
  • Mayhem in Mali: Implications of the Military Coup in Bamako

    03/24/2012 1:20:28 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies · 5+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | 3/23/2012 | Andrew McGregor
    Executive Summary:On March 21, 2012, a group of Army mutineers appeared on Mali's national television station to declare that they had ended President Amadou Toumani Toure's regime and put in place the “National Committee for the Return of Democracy and the Restoration of State” (CNRDR). In the days following the coup, the leader of the CNRDR – Captain Amadou Sanago, a virtually unknown junior officer, has shown an inability to command discipline from his troops – who have looted the capital. The disappearance of President Toure and the factional infighting of the Army have made the country defenseless against AQIM’s...
  • Corruption report highlights political party funding in EU countries

    05/09/2012 3:23:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 09.05.12 @ 18:15 (May 9) | Nikolaj Nielsen
    European nations are not doing enough to fight corruption and bribery, according to an annual report released on Wednesday (9 May) by the Council of Europe (CoE). In the EU alone, corruption costs an estimated €120 billion annually. The CoE's group of states against corruption (GRECO), which acts as a peer review system producing reports and recommendations on different aspects of each member's efforts to fight corruption, says members need to increase transparency of political funding. In April, GRECO requested Italy to clean up its act, citing a gross lack of transparency throughout its party funding structure. "The control performed...
  • Perry’s system of patronage and cronyism

    09/21/2011 3:14:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/21/11 | Jennifer Rubin
    Mitt Romney may not be Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s biggest problem. The nonprofit group Texans for Public Justice, a good-government foundation that has been keeping tabs on him for years, may claim that title. Its Web site’s homepage features a quote from its Crony Capitalism report: “As Texas Governor Rick Perry’s influence at the RGA increased over the past five years the political finances of both the governor and the Governors Association skyrocketed. The RGA raised a record $216.9 million during the Perry years between January 2006 and June 30, 2011.
  • Obama Fundraiser Llnked To Loan Program That Aided Solyndra

    09/16/2011 8:00:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 32 replies · 1+ views
    LATimes ^ | September 16, 2011 | Matea Gold and Stuart Pfeifer
    Obama Fundraiser Llnked To Loan Program That Aided Solyndra The revelation is likely to spur new inquiries about the solar company's political influence. Separately, California lawmakers seek investigation of a state tax break the firm received. By Matea Gold and Stuart Pfeifer September 17, 2011 The White House faced mounting political complications as a second top fundraiser for President Obama was linked to a federal loan guarantee program that backed a now-bankrupt Silicon Valley solar energy company, and as two California lawmakers called for investigations of a state tax break granted to the firm. Steve Spinner, who helped monitor the...
  • Perry’s Patronage Problem : Donors have reaped benefits, but there’s a lot of transparency in Texas

    08/23/2011 7:13:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/23/2011 | Daniel Foster
    Since his announcement for the presidency, there have been a slew of articles, left, right, and center, decrying Rick Perry’s cronyism — his supposed habit of rewarding his biggest donors with patronage positions or valuable state contracts. So is the criticism fair? Perry is a legendary fundraiser, and his preferred method is sticking with the big game. He has raised $37 million over the last decade from just 150 people, per the Los Angeles Times. Expand the list to the top 200 or so donors and you get $51 million, per The Nation. That’s already more than the total amount...
  • Kaine Laughs Off Sleazy Deals. Sebelius: Kansans 'Wildly Supportive' Of ObamaCare Substance

    03/04/2010 8:52:46 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies · 803+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Someone submit the Morning Joe java to Henry Waxman for analysis. There seems to be something in it causing top Dems to experience serious delusions . . . On today's show, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claimed that the people of her home state of Kansas are "wildly supportive" of the substance of ObamaCare. Unfortunately, suggested Sebelius, they're just too ignorant to know what's in the blessed bill. Later, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine didn't deny that the Obama admin had engaged in two sleazy patronage deals, involving Joe Sestak and Scott Matheson. Instead, the DNC Chairman laughed off the cynical, and...
  • Ambassadors: Do Patronage Picks Matter? [23% Obama Envoys are "Bundlers"!]

    08/03/2009 1:16:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies · 274+ views
    NBC ^ | August 03, 2009
    Ambassadors: Do patronage picks matter? Obama continues tradition — so far, more than half are political nominees By Domenico Montanaro Political Researcher NBC News WASHINGTON - American presidents rewarding top campaign fundraisers with plum ambassadorships has long been common practice for both Democrats and Republicans alike. But President Obama, who has vowed to “change the ways of Washington,” has not only continued this tradition of his predecessors, he has outpaced them. So far, 57% of Obama’s picks for ambassador positions — 34 of 60 — have been political appointees, or people not considered career Foreign Service, according to the American...
  • Bring Back the Branding of Burglars: The Swift Economy of Colonial Justice

    03/24/2009 8:19:26 AM PDT · by stand_your_ground · 22 replies · 939+ views
    Riley's Farm Journal ^ | 3-24-2009 | James Riley
    The Swift Economy of Colonial Justice Here are just a few incidents of crime and punishment as they were administered throughout the colonies in the years 1768 through 1770 and chronicled by the Portsmouth New Hampshire Gazette. Contrary to what you might assume, crime was not a major feature of colonial newspapers. In this era, correspondents were far more interested in political intrigue and the ideas surrounding the rights of free men. You have to really look, in other words, for a crime blotter, and when crime was reported, unlike today, it had a beginning, a middle, and an end....
  • Ben Stein on G. Beck just stated an old Obama friend will benefit greatly from Cap and Trade

    03/03/2009 2:20:22 PM PST · by utahson · 37 replies · 1,693+ views
    Glen Beck Show | 03-03-09 | Ben Stein
    Ben Stein stated an old friend of Obama from Chicago that will oversee the Cap and Trade fiasco will benefit greatly from doing it. Was he talking financially? It appeared so. Ben Stein said this is a huge scandal, and he could not remember the guys name. Beck said they will look into it and cover it tomorrow.

    02/26/2009 12:49:02 PM PST · by PurpleMan · 25 replies · 1,030+ views
    The son of embattled Sen. Roland Burris is a federal tax deadbeat who landed a $75,000-a-year state job under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich five months ago, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Blagojevich's administration hired Roland W. Burris II as a senior counsel for the state's housing authority Sept. 10 -- about six weeks after the Internal Revenue Service slapped a $34,163 tax lien on Burris II and three weeks after a mortgage company filed a foreclosure suit on his South Side house.
  • Daly appointed as research chief

    02/09/2009 12:16:26 AM PST · by BigSkyFreeper · 58 replies · 3,797+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, February 9, 2009 | Jon Ward
         Amid the furor over controversies regarding Cabinet-nominee tax problems and the seismic battle over a nearly trillion-dollar economic rescue bill, President Obama made a little-noticed appointment that is now generating intrigue.     Shauna Daly, a 29-year-old Democratic operative, was named last month to the new job of White House counsel research director. Though she is inside one of the most powerful legal offices in the land, Miss Daly holds no law degree and doesn't list any legal training on her resume. -snip-     "Daly does not have the qualifications to be holding a significant position in the White House...
  • Smoking Gun: Democrat Insider Says "Obama Has Secret Plan to Fund a Patronage System"

    02/08/2009 3:12:50 PM PST · by radar101 · 258 replies · 13,285+ views
  • Quick reference Available on Details of the Porkalus Bill For Your Location

    02/06/2009 8:45:12 AM PST · by Candor7 · 55 replies · 1,204+ views
    Click on the Stimulus Watch link. Select your state, and then click on your town of city. If you do this before calling or faxing your Senator, you will have VERY GOOD AMMO. It lists ALL of the local area projects in the Porkalus Bill for your reference.
  • Michelle Obama’s Job Eliminated

    01/15/2009 3:37:00 PM PST · by Mr Rogers · 29 replies · 1,498+ views
    Chicago Daily Observer ^ | 14 Jan 2009 | None listed
    She hasn’t shown up for work very regularly over the last year or so, so when Michelle Obama’s $300,000 job was cut at the University of Chicago Hospitals, it may have been hard to notice the difference.
  • Gov. Generous With Your Money (NM-Richardson pays off donors with jobs)

    12/24/2008 4:49:56 PM PST · by CedarDave · 13 replies · 728+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 24, 2008 | Thomas J. Cole
    Perhaps no governor has rewarded so many supporters with so much. Five years ago, just eight of Gov. Bill Richardson's political appointees made more than $100,000 a year. Today, more than 100 earn at least that much. Also up under Richardson: the number of gubernatorial political appointees, formally known as exempt employees. In his first 15 months in office, the number of appointees scattered throughout government grew from 167 to 307. Today, there are 468 gubernatorial appointees in exempt positions. That growth in the patronage, or spoils, system of state government is one of the legacies of Richardson as he...
  • David Axelrod Endorsed Trading Jobs for Political Favors in 2005 Op-Ed

    12/14/2008 4:07:36 AM PST · by earmarksrus · 8 replies · 898+ views
    AOL News ^ | December 10th 2008 | Mark Impomeni
    President-elect Barack Obama's top adviser and chief political strategist, David Axelrod, penned an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune in 2005 that could come back to haunt Obama as the investigation into disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich goes ahead. In the article, Axelrod, who was a political adviser to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley before becoming the architect of Obama's presidential campaign, wrote that trading political jobs for favors is a perfectly acceptable practice and part of the way American democracy works. "The democratic process is often messy. Diverse constituencies fight fiercely for their priorities. Their elected representatives use the influence they...
  • Ellison: Muslims should apply for Barack Hussein Obama’s 8,000 jobs

    12/13/2008 9:38:43 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 15 replies · 727+ views ^ | 12/10/08 | Chris Steller
    Barack Obama’s election with the middle name Hussein (invoked to rile Republican crowds during the presidential campaign) should inspire Muslims to pursue public service and other work, even if they speak with accents or their names are perceived as foreign-sounding, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison told the recent annual meeting of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, followed up on CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad’s plea for Obama to hire Muslims to federal posts by urging American Muslims to apply for some of the administration’s 8,000 job openings.
  • Axe ripped Fitzgerald’s patronage purge [part of the grease that makes government work.....]

    12/09/2008 5:11:41 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies · 1,371+ views
    Axe ripped Fitzgerald’s patronage purge By: Kenneth P. Vogel December 9, 2008 07:08 PM EST Patrick Fitzgerald’s charges against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have drawn a chorus of shock and outrage. But Barack Obama’s message man David Axelrod once staked out a much more nuanced position on Fitzgerald’s anti-corruption crusade. In a 2005 op-ed, Axelrod argued, in effect, that trading political favors – including jobs – is part of the grease that makes government work. He ripped Fitzgerald at the time for trying “to use the criminal code to enforce (his) vision” of “entirely remov(ing) politics from government.” The piece...
  • Obama Gives Political Ambassadors Their Pink Slips

    12/07/2008 1:13:55 PM PST · by STARWISE · 46 replies · 2,524+ views
    WashPost ^ | 12-3-08 | Glenn Kessler
    The incoming Obama administration has notified all politically-appointed ambassadors that they must vacate their posts as of Jan. 20, the day President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office, a State Department official said. The clean slate will open up prime opportunities for the president-elect to reward political supporters with posts in London, Paris, Tokyo and the like. The notice to diplomatic posts was issued this week. Political ambassadors sometimes are permitted to stay on briefly during a new administration, but the sweeping nature of the directive suggests that Obama has little interest in retaining any of Bush's ambassadorial appointees.
  • 300,000 Apply for 3,300 Obama Jobs

    12/06/2008 12:25:07 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies · 800+ views
    300,000 Apply for 3,300 Obama Jobs By NEIL A. LEWIS WASHINGTON — Brenda Benton, a veteran media relations employee with the Los Angeles Police Department, is now part of a record-breaking political phenomenon. Ms. Benton was so thrilled with the election of Barack Obama as president that she has become one of about 300,000 people who have, so far, put themselves forward for posts in the new administration. At the equivalent time in the George W. Bush transition eight years ago, with his election still in dispute, there were about 44,000 applicants, according to Clay Johnson, who led the Bush...
  • Obama's Political "Godfather" In Illinois (State Senate President Emil Jones, Jr.)

    03/31/2008 2:59:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 1,190+ views
    CBS News ^ | March 31, 2008
    The president of the Illinois Senate is sitting in his statehouse office, talking in gravelly tones about political strategies and counter-strategies. Out of nowhere, the theme from "The Godfather" begins playing. It turns out to be the ringtone on his cell phone - an appropriate song for the man who amounts to Barack Obama's political godfather. Emil Jones Jr. helped Obama master the intricacies of the Legislature. When Democrats took control of the state Senate, Jones, though he risked offending colleagues who had toiled futilely on key issues under Republican rule, tapped Obama to take the lead on high-profile legislative...
  • Lawmakers, Gov. Bicker Over Audit (Richardson called on patronage)

    05/30/2007 8:58:36 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 6 replies · 592+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 26, 2007 | Trip Jennings
    SANTA FE— Gov. Bill Richardson and leading state lawmakers quarreled Friday over a Legislative Finance Committee audit critical of the state Personnel Office. "Nitpicking" is how Richardson described the report released Thursday. ..." But lawmakers said the problems identified at the Personnel Office were significant, not trivial. One lawmaker even went so far as to attribute Richardson's testiness to presidential politics. "What do you expect from someone running for president. He wants to be untainted," said Rep. Luciano "Lucky" Varela, D-Santa Fe, the committee's vice chairman. "These are factual reports." The report said the Personnel Office had deviated from hiring...
  • Clout workers' compensation claims are costing city taxpayers millions(Chicago pork)

    10/19/2006 12:50:49 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 2 replies · 484+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 10/19/06 | TIM NOVAK AND ART GOLAB
    The most dangerous job in America? Underground coal miner? Foundry worker? City workers with political clout claim to be injured at a rate that far exceeds any occupation tracked by the U.S. Department of Labor, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by the Chicago Sun-Times that raises questions about whether all those city workers really were injured, and whether the city adequately investigates workplace accidents. Could so many patronage workers really be getting hurt on the job? Greg Krohm doesn't think so. "This is buffoonery," said Krohm, executive director of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions, in Madison,...
  • Court told machine tactic ( Culture of Corruption ) ( Democrats )

    06/06/2006 12:21:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 928+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 06-06-06 | Dan Mihalopoulos and Rudolph Bush
    From the time Mayor Richard Daley took office, dozens of city department managers gathered before elections at the plumbers' union hall or other sites to get campaign marching orders from top mayoral aides, a former Daley loyalist testified Monday in the City Hall corruption trial. Donald Tomczak, a longtime Water Department official and veteran political operative, said he then would summon his top deputies to his office in the Jardine Filtration Plant to tell them which candidates would get help from hundreds of blue-collar city water workers. After elections, Daley aide Robert Sorich fielded requests for promotions from the political...
  • Cancerous Remnants of the Clinton Era

    04/27/2006 12:19:50 PM PDT · by Renfield · 12 replies · 766+ views
    The American Thinketr ^ | 4-27-06 | Christopher G. Adamo
    In contrast to recent revelations of national security leaks occurring within the CIA, consider the absurdly trivial and wholly unsubstantiated charges that ultimately drove House Majority Leader Tom Delay from office. After presenting a vapid case before numerous grand juries who could find absolutely no fault with Delay, Democrat Prosecutor Ronnie Earl finally landed one that was willing to hand down an indictment for violation of laws that did not exist at the time that Delay was accused of violating them. Despite this, Delay has since faced relentless attacks from the liberal political machine, abetted by the leftist media, insisting...
  • Miers Withdraws Supreme Court Nomination

    10/27/2005 6:09:25 AM PDT · by procomone · 425 replies · 7,537+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 10/27/05 | Yahoo News/AP
    WASHINGTON - Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to be a Supreme Court justice Thursday in the face of stiff opposition and mounting criticism about her qualifications. Bush said he reluctantly accepted her decision to withdraw, after weeks of insisting that he did not want her to step down. He blamed her withdrawal on calls in the Senate for the release of internal White House documents that the administration has insisted were protected by executive privilege. "It is clear that senators would not be satisfied until they gained access to internal documents concerning advice provided during her tenure at the White...
  • The Long Game: Voting against Harriet Miers might come back to haunt Republican senators.

    10/24/2005 9:28:23 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 54 replies · 1,150+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/24/5 | John Hinderaker
    President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court has divided the conservative movement. Initially, most conservatives, but not quite all, expressed disappointment with the nomination. Since then, paths have diverged. Some conservatives, having gone on record as wishing that Bush had chosen someone else, have now migrated back into the fold, pronounced Miers a qualified candidate, and defended her nomination as the president's prerogative. Other conservatives have continued to ratchet up their attacks on Miers. Nearly every day produces yet another instance of Miers's alleged incompetence, inexperience, or suspected liberal sympathies. Some of the criticisms of Miers are...
  • Cronyism, Nepotism, and the Current President Bush

    10/18/2005 3:55:57 PM PDT · by curiosity · 110 replies · 1,284+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/18/2005 | Adam Bellow
    According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, 54 percent of Americans think President Bush values party loyalty and personal friendship over competence. The poll was prompted, as if you didn’t know, by Bush’s habit of appointing friends and retainers to major jobs in his administration. Some of these seem qualified enough: Condi Rice, Alberto Gonzales. Others seem more questionable, none more so than Michael Brown and Harriet Miers. In one sense this is nothing new for Bush. From the start, his administration was marked by a web of family connections, and certain members of the press were quick to cry...
  • Illegal Patronage Probe Snares Ky. Gov. [Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher....]

    10/13/2005 11:28:42 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 4 replies · 477+ views
    Illegal Patronage Probe Snares Ky. Gov. By MARK R. CHELLGREN, Associated Press Writer 3 minutes ago For the past few months, Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher has been doing just about everything he can to fend off a criminal investigation into alleged political hiring-and-firing by his administration. But the investigation has steamed on, and appears to be getting closer to Fletcher himself. Eleven current or former members of his administration have been indicted so far in the probe by Kentucky's attorney general. And while there has been little or no evidence to publicly connect the governor to any wrongdoing, his efforts...
  • Politics vs. Judging (Why requiring proof of Miers' conservatism is just plain wrong!)

    10/13/2005 11:26:56 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 31 replies · 580+ views
    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | October 13, 2005 | Bradley R. Gitz
    President Bush has divided conservatives with his choice of a “stealth” nominee for the Supreme Court who has no experience grappling with constitutional issues. But the conservative claim that we have insufficient guarantees that Harriet Miers is sufficiently conservative also reflects a conservative version of the kind of misunderstanding of the judiciary that liberals so frequently make. A plausible argument could be made that the greatest challenge in contemporary American politics is the restoration of judicial integrity. The only means for doing so is to appoint judges to the federal courts who are committed to applying the law as intended...
  • Two on Daley staff accused of doling out patronage jobs - 'goofballs' hired (CAPTION TIME!)

    07/20/2005 7:25:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies · 665+ views
    Two on Daley staff accused of doling out patronage jobs Feds say drunk, 'goofballs' hired; scandal moves closer to mayor July 20, 2005 CHICAGO (AP) -- One was a drunk. Some were laughed at as "goofballs." One was declared the best-qualified candidate for a job on the city payroll -- even though he was dead. All of them were recommended for city jobs or hired because they were politically connected and helped to get out the vote on Election Day, according to U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald. "That's the world we want to end," Fitzgerald said Monday in announcing charges...
  • Democrats are rolling the dice on security

    07/15/2005 6:43:57 AM PDT · by KeyesPlease · 5 replies · 400+ views
    The Star Ledger via ^ | July 15, 2005 | Tom Moran
    Tom Foley is the emergency management coordinator for Atlantic City, a place that would make a juicy target for terrorists on a busy day when up to 260,000 people cram into town for some fun at the casinos. He is also a deeply frustrated man these days. Because he can't get his fair share of money from Trenton to buy the equipment he needs. His problem: The legislators who represent his city are all Republicans. And the pot of money has been controlled by Democrats. "This is a nightmare," Foley says. "Until they realize that Atlantic City needs this equipment,...
  • Investigators search the offices of two top Fletcher aides

    05/18/2005 1:55:22 PM PDT · by BlackjackPershing · 4 replies · 647+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 5/18/2005 | Ryan Alessi
    FRANKFORT - Attorney general's investigators, armed with search warrants, confiscated boxes of documents from the Capitol offices of two key aides to Gov. Ernie Fletcher yesterday as part of a widening investigation of Transportation Cabinet hiring practices. The team of investigators targeted Richard Murgatroyd, Fletcher's deputy chief of staff who last year served as second in command of the Transportation Cabinet, and Dave Disponett, the governor's unpaid political adviser and treasurer of the state Republican Party.
  • Top judge says Liberal appointees are clean (... and oinks at length on subject of patronage)

    04/28/2005 6:01:53 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 3 replies · 295+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Thursday, April 28, 2005 | Brian Daly
    Top judge says Liberal appointees are clean NATIONAL POST Thursday, April 28, 2005 Brian Daly, Canadian Press MONTREAL -- A top Quebec judge has dismissed claims by a former federal Liberal executive that party-friendly lawyers were rewarded with judicial postings for their work during the 2000 election campaign. "We're fully independent,'' Michel Robert, chief justice of the Quebec Court of Appeal, told The Canadian Press. "We stop all political activities. We have a system where all appointees are scrutinized by an independent committee of seven people.'' Robert, a former president of the Liberal Party of Canada, said there's nothing...
  • This Christmas I buy Coca Cola

    12/13/2004 8:41:01 PM PST · by Racehorse · 126 replies · 5,092+ views
    After watching a Coca Cola advertisement this evening, I've decided to purchase goods or services only from advertisers using "Merry Christmas" in their commercials and advertisements. If they don't have the right Christmas spirit, I can't use their products. "Merry Christmas" Coca Cola - buy Please add your good guys to the list.
  • Hispanics for Jorge (George W. Bush)

    11/08/2004 6:10:01 AM PST · by OESY · 14 replies · 1,234+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 8, 2004 | MICHAEL GONZALEZ
    ...But for the Republicans this is unadulterated good news. It vindicates "Jorge" Bush's hunch that aggressively pursuing the Hispanic vote would pay off. His familiarity with Mexican-Americans in Texas formed in him an instinct.... The Hispanic entry into Republican ranks comes, for many, at an earlier phase in their American journey than for other immigrant groups. Just think of the Irish, Italians and Jews, who generations after arrival on these shores can still reflexively pull the Democratic lever. Their vestigial loyalty is the result of what has been the Democratic Party's strategy for over a century. The bargain back in...
  • NJ Governor James E. McGreevey hires a dozen "Pretty Boys", Big jobs: No experience needed

    10/13/2004 10:07:33 PM PDT · by Coleus · 17 replies · 15,013+ views
    Bergen Record ^ | 10.10.04
    Big jobs: No experience needed Sunday, October 10, 2004 It's no surprise that Sean Murray-Nolan's job title - "executive director of the office of the governor of New Jersey" - seemed rather exalted for a 27-year-old.He made it up.And if you ask Murray-Nolan's colleagues what his $78,000-a-year job actually entailed, you are met with silence. Then chuckling."Well, he may have had that title but it didn't mean squat,'' said one former senior aide to Governor McGreevey.Two former high-ranking McGreevey aides say Murray-Nolan was one of several governor's office employees who were told to fabricate high-sounding - and meaningless - job...