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  • 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.
  • BURRIS' SON GOT STATE JOB FROM BLAGO

    02/26/2009 12:49:02 PM PST · by PurpleMan · 25 replies · 1,030+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | CHRIS FUSCO, TIM NOVAK AND DAVE MCKINNEY
    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
    VIDEO AT LINK
  • 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
    minnesotaindependent.com ^ | 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 NJ.com ^ | 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...
  • State budget pegs $100 million to renovate Richardson complex

    08/11/2004 8:04:13 AM PDT · by The Mayor · 25 replies · 645+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 8/11/2004 | TOM PRECIOUS
    Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News The H.H. Richardson complex will be transformed under a measure passed by the State Legislature. ALBANY - The historic but crumbling H.H. Richardson complex in Buffalo will be rehabilitated into a facility for educational and cultural activities under a state budget plan legislators agreed to Tuesday. The $100 million renovation also would include about $20 million for a new home for the Burchfield-Penney Art Center on the grounds of the Richardson complex at Buffalo Psychiatric Center near Buffalo State College, lawmakers said. The funding is part of a massive, five-year borrowing plan for public colleges across...
  • Democrat Fund-raiser linked to Philly probe seeks state contract (non-profits under scrutiny)

    02/17/2004 12:10:09 PM PST · by Liz · 28 replies · 762+ views
    GANNETT STATE BUREAU ^ | February 15, 2004 | SANDY McCLURE
    <p>TRENTON -- A dental company, founded by a gubernatorial fund-raiser who has received a federal document request in a pay-to-play probe in Philadelphia, is pushing for a state-funded dental plan for New Jersey seniors that would be worth hundreds of thousands in state contracts.</p>
  • Paid to do nothing (Chicago's Mayor and his Democratic Machine Scandal "Clout On Wheels"!)

    01/31/2004 10:06:06 PM PST · by OPS4 · 7 replies · 462+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | Jan27-30 2004 | BY TIM NOVAK AND STEVE WARMBIR Staff Reporters
    BY BY TIM NOVAK AND STEVE WARMBIR Staff Reporters With no more than a handshake, Mayor Daley's administration spends nearly $40 million a year hiring hundreds of trucks -- primarily dump trucks -- that often do little or no work, a Sun-Times investigation has found. The city has a list of about 165 favorite truck companies to send to city work sites. Some owners have political clout, some are mob figures or their relatives. SUN-TIMES While the Sun-Times watched this hired truck in West Humboldt Park, it went to McDonald's and Jewel, and eventually hauled a small load. Many do...
  • Metro wants to know if Hispanics shortchanged(ignoring that whites are even more underrepresented)

    01/27/2004 1:23:35 PM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 5 replies · 293+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 1/27/04 | Rad Sallee
    A panel of the Metropolitan Transit Authority board wants to know why the agency employs so few Hispanics, but its search for answers has been slowed by the difficulty of wading through reams of employment records. Board member Janie Reyes, who chairs the committee looking into hiring practices, said Monday the agency did not computerize these records until October. Despite incomplete records, the committee will hold its first meeting today to begin its review of Metro's hiring practices. "I'm asking for the last year of applicants," she said. "The problem is the time it takes manually to pull them out."...
  • Witnesses: Driver never aided accident victim(Houston transit-reckless driver-who are they hiring?)

    12/06/2003 9:36:12 AM PST · by Diddle E. Squat · 13 replies · 436+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12/06/03 | PEGGY O'HARE
    Metro employee reportedly remained on bus, made calls Witnesses to an accident in which a Metro bus struck and killed a man in downtown Houston last month told police the bus driver never checked on the victim after the incident, but remained on the bus making telephone calls and filling out paperwork. One witness, Mary Acker of Houston, told police that the bus driver -- Alroyce Sheppard -- stepped out of the bus after the accident, looked at the injured man, then got back on the bus and began making telephone calls. Lisa Egan of Houston, one of the witnesses...
  • As lawmakers ride the gravy train, state`s residents pay the freight

    09/21/2003 7:34:51 PM PDT · by Incorrigible · 5 replies · 308+ views
    Courier News & Asbury Park Press ^ | 9/21/03 | PAUL D`AMBROSIO
    <p>The New Jersey Legislature has become a personal money machine for many lawmakers who parlay their public service into private gain, a Gannett New Jersey newspapers investigation found.</p> <p>Gov. McGreevey delivers his annual budget message early this year to a joint session of the Legislature in the General Assembly chamber in Trenton.</p>
  • Brady warns Democrats: The issue is party jobs

    08/27/2003 1:42:59 PM PDT · by TastyManatees · 5 replies · 225+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 8/27/03 | Thomas Fitzgerald
    Brady warns Democrats: The issue is party jobs By Thomas Fitzgerald Inquirer Staff Writer Forget the wage tax, the downward spiral of the city economy, and improving schools. Republicans want your job. Philadelphia Democratic chairman Bob Brady included that warning in a pointed memo addressed recently to about 2,500 members of the party's city committee, urging them to work harder to reelect Mayor Street. Giving up control of City Hall to the GOP, which in recent months took over the city Parking Authority and the Convention Center, would "jeopardize" patronage jobs that Democratic loyalists hold across the city, Brady wrote....
  • [Gov.]Patton's stepdaughter gets coveted state job: She was the only candidate considered

    06/07/2003 8:32:45 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 39 replies · 332+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | June 6, 2003 | Janet Patton
    Wanted: Someone to work flexible hours, relaxed dress code, excellent pay, state job. Governor's stepdaughter preferred. On April 16, 2002, Bambi Todd, the stepdaughter of Gov. Paul Patton, was appointed, despite a hiring freeze, to be "responsible for public information, strategic planning, training, and assisting the executive with the day-to-day operations" at the Kentucky Racing Commission. The commission said the post was "essential or of a critical nature to the ongoing operation of the program," when it established it three weeks earlier. But Todd didn't work the weekend after the Kentucky Derby, when the eyes of the world focused on...