July 5, 2009

Politics Is Not A Science

The fact that Barack Obama was elected President is a pretty clear indicator that Politics is not scientific. That is, with all due respect to the President, his resume was the thinnest in memory, with no real substance to support his claims that he should lead the country. Nevertheless, Barack Obama won, defeating first a powerful Democratic party rival with an impressive political resume and efficient campaign machine, then a Republican opponent with far greater experience on most of the issues important to voters. In the 2008 election, however, style won over substance, although it may be fairly argued that neither party's nominee made an effective case on the merits of their qualifications.

The election of 2008 was hardly unprecedented. Bill Clinton beat the first President Bush on pure style and media spin, just as the first President Bush beat Michael Dukakis on rhetoric and style in 1988. While Reagan beat Carter with arguments supported by evidence, his most effective tactics used style - we still remember and ask if we are better than four years ago. This goes back at least to JFK's victory over Nixon in 1960, effective use of media and style to win over the public.

This brings up the question on 2012. Many Republicans have assumed that Obama would follow the path of Jimmy Carter and implode, opening the door to the 'Next Reagan'. A closer look at the matter indicates such optimism may be unfounded. First off, Carter recovered from most of his mistakes, and Obama has learned how to move beyond his blunders; the plain fact is that wit ha compliant media Obama's blunders have a political half-life of only a few weeks at most, far too short to damage his re-election chances significantly unless he either commits a major mistake immediately before the election, or makes so many mistakes that the weight of their total overwhelms him. It could happen, but it would be foolish to expect it to be so.

The second problem is the missing New Reagan. By the time the GOP Convention finished in 1976, many Republicans knew that if Gerald Ford lost, Governor Reagan would have the de facto lead for the 1980 race. Reagan was tested by other would-be nominees, but he was clearly the leading man from the start. Putting it bluntly, the GOP has no such candidate now. Look at 2008; John McCain frankly took the nomination by default, because no one really showed up to make a strong case. Conservatives got excited about Fred Thompson, but to be blunt Mister Thompson lacked the stamina and energy to sustain a serious campaign. Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee were too thin and brittle to be successful, showing no ability to attract supporters outside a limited spectrum. John McCain got the nomination for the same reason that John Kerry won the Democratic Party nomination in 2004; he was believed to be the most "electable" in a field of uninspiring contenders.

Who, frankly, inspires the nation from the Right? Those with strong followings, like Sarah Palin, tend to attract support from a tight range of political opinion, lacking the means to attract and win over the undecided and doubters. Others do their jobs well, Like John Boehner, but have no evident charisma to build a national following. Worse, the national party has two serious problems - they are out of touch with grassroots Republicans, supporting senior Republicans even when they do not represent the party's ideals (one notes that the GOP has refused to condemn Governor Sanford's adultery and malfeasance, even after his confession) and sometimes even opposing fresh contenders in the party who have broad support and represent reason for hope. And second, the national GOP has siloed, with factions standing off against each other in petty feuds, preventing unity on critical issues and campaigns. The matter has become serious enough, that many who oppose the Democrats and President Obama, do so without declaring support for the Republicans who might run for reform. The simple fact is that right now the voting public has little confidence in the Republican Party to be any better than the Democrats. And until that changes, President Obama and the Democrats have little to fear from the next election or two.

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March 10, 2009

Hawaii Congressman Neil Abercrombie kicks off run for Governor

He hopes to replace incumbent Governor Laura Lingle in 2010. From the Honolulu Advertiser-

As a campus radical at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa, a dissident at the state Legislature and a progressive in Congress, Neil Abercrombie has often been among those who have challenged power and questioned authority.

Abercrombie long ago made the practical choices necessary to work within the establishment -- to put on the blazer and tie -- but he still sees himself as an agent of change. As he runs for governor in 2010, Democrats will have to determine whether he can make the transition to chief executive.

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Abercrombie said his campaign would focus on issues such as economic recovery, energy independence and expanded quality education. He said he would use his two decades of experience in Congress as leverage to help Hawai'i in Washington, D.C. He also said he would end what he described as the stalemate and rivalries between a Republican-controlled Washington Place and the state Legislature and county governments.

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Republicans ask how any Hawai'i Democrat can legitimately campaign on the theme of change when Democrats have dominated the Islands since statehood. Gov. Linda Lingle was the first Republican governor in four decades when she was elected in 2002. Republicans believe Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona, who is running for governor in 2010, can more credibly argue that he represents a break from near one-party rule.

I'm not a big fan of Lingle because of her support of the Akaka bill, but it is true Democrats have dominated Hawaiian politics since it got statehood. Abercrombie is no moderate, and he is a former Knucklehead award winner of mine. Moderate voters in the Aloha State would have to wonder how effective he would be as Governor if elected.

As for the Hawaiian 1st Congressional seat Abercrombie will be giving up, Republicans don't have much chance of winning it. The last time it was seriously contested was 1994. I'd be interested in knowing if Senator Daniel Inouye plans to run for re-election next year. He will be 86 on election day.

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Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski hurt in skiing accident

She'll be all right unlike what happened to Congressman Sonny Bono. From the Anchorage Daily News-

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is back in Washington, D.C., and using a wheelchair while recovering from a knee injury suffered in a skiing accident Sunday at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.

A spokesman for the Alaska Republican says Murkowski believes she tore two ligaments in her knee when she tumbled as much as 400 feet.

Spokesman Mike Brumas says Murkowski also is bruised and a little battered.

Was she baked and breaded too? Ok bad joke but not tasteless. Get well Senator.

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March 6, 2009

Palm Beach County Commissioner Addie Greene to step down for health reasons

Out of seven commission members three years ago, four have resigned. From the Sun-Sentinel-

Palm Beach County Commissioner Addie Greene will resign today, citing health reasons.

Greene, a breast cancer survivor, has set an 11 a.m. press conference to announce her resignation, which would be effective April 30.

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Greene said she remains cancer free, but that she was encouraged by doctors to reduce stress to avoid a recurrence of the disease.

On Thursday, Green returned from a trip to Tallahassee where she was part of a county delegation lobbying the Legislature. While there, Greene had a brief meeting with Gov. Charlie Crist, who would appoint her replacement.

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Greene would be the fourth county commissioner to step down since 2006. Three others -- Tony Masilotti, Warren Newell and Mary McCarty -- resigned amid a federal corruption probe.

Greene, 66, had said her health, not the ongoing federal investigation, would determine whether she resigned from the post she has held since 2000. In addition to cancer, the former state legislator has also been plagued by knee problems.

Call me a cynic if you wish, but I have a hard time believing Greene's resignation is due to health reasons. For one thing, she just ran for re-election four months ago. Secondly, there are the political scandals that have raging locally for the last three years. In addition to the three county commissioner, two West Palm Beach Council members resigned in disgrace before pleading guilty to federal charges. Greene is hardly clean of these 'per to play' allegations. Click here to read how her vote on the local Scripps project was purchased swayed by 5 million dollars in pledges to a foundation. The State Attorneys here been feckless at best rooting out local corruption. I'm betting more than a few Palm Beach County residents like myself expect federal charges against Greene one day.

Before leaving office, Greene tried to have her choice aka State Senator Priscilla Taylor, already in place to replace her on the County Commission. I agree with the Palm Beach Post who editorialized against Governor Crist making any pre-resignation deal. The Governor gets to appoint the replacement, and Crist made the right move by telling Greene no.

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March 5, 2009

West Virginia state delegate wants to ban Barbie dolls

My slogan at my home blog says- "The world is full of nuts, and like a chipmunk I know where to find them.' Well here's another one-

Barbie could get an unwelcome present for her 50th birthday: outlawed in West Virginia.

A state lawmaker proposed a bill Tuesday to ban sales of the iconic Mattel doll and others like her.

The Barbie Ban Bill, proposed by Democratic Delegate Jeff Eldridge (D) Lincoln County, says such toys influence girls to place too much importance on physical beauty, at the expense of their intellectual and emotional development.

Jeff Eldridge doesn't sound too well intellectually developed himself. Did he play too much with GI Joe, Tonka trucks, Matchbox cars? We got to get those outlawed too in West Virginia and elsewhere before the world is overrun by more Jeff Eldridges.

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Former FL House Speaker registers to run for Senate Seat

Marco Rubio is the most high profile Republican to date to directly or indirectly announce his intention to run for the Senate Seat being vacated by Mel Martinez next year. I don't expect Governor Charlie Crist to run for the seat. It is likely Connie Mack IV will join the race. His father served as a US Senator representing Florida for 12 years.

At this time, I have no preferred choice in either party. Mack is a former Knucklehead award winner of mine. Take that for what you may. The Miami Herald article on Rubio is below the fold.

Continue reading "Former FL House Speaker registers to run for Senate Seat" »

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March 3, 2009

Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns has surgery

He is having part of one lung removed. From AP-

The office of Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns says the senator is having surgery on his left lung following the discovery of a spot.

Spokeswoman Sarah Pompei (POM-pay) said the senator was having the surgery Tuesday at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., and called it a "cautionary step."

She says doctors found the spot during a test on Nov. 25 that followed up a routine physical.

Pompei says the surgeon might have to remove the lower lobe of Johanns' left lung. She says tests will be conducted to check for cancer.

The Republican, who is in his first term replacing Sen. Chuck Hagel, is expected back in his office by March 16.

My mother had similar surgery in 1982. She died of lung cancer less than three years later. Get well Senator.

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March 1, 2009

Anti-Asian Australian politician to run for parliament again

She worries Muslims will bring an end to Australian culture. From AFP-

Far-right Australian politician Pauline Hanson, who sparked outrage with a campaign against Asian immigration, has announced she would run for a state parliament seat in elections next month.

The former member of the federal parliament and leader of the One Nation party said she would contest the Gold Coast hinterland seat of Beaudesert in the March 21 Queensland state election.

But Hanson would give no further details, saying she would make a formal announcement of her candidacy next week, the national AAP news agency reported.

"I'm not saying anything until Monday," she said.

The former fish and chip shop owner was elected to the lower house of the federal parliament in 1996 and in her maiden speech warned that Australia was in danger of being swamped by Asians.

Hanson's racial views drew international criticism but her One Nation party briefly enjoyed strong support in Australia on issues such as immigration and trade protectionism before she lost her seat in 1998.

She was briefly jailed in 2003 for fraudently spending electoral funds before the judgement was overturned.

In 2007 she ran for a seat in the federal senate and switched her target from Asians to Muslims, calling for an end to Islamic immigration to protect "Australian culture".

She has also worried about Asians spreading disease. Maybe she likes to watch Lou Dobbs. Is that the same Australian culture that saw a school ban all gymnastics during lunch time?

Based on her fraudulent spending of campaign funds, voters would be wise to take a pass on this woman.

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February 26, 2009

Jordanian businessman indicted for illegal contributions

He is alleged to have arranged $60,000 in campaign donations. From AP-

A Jordanian businessman was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly making illegal campaign contributions to three presidential candidates and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

Ala'a al-Ali, a resident of the Dominican Republic who also goes by the name Ala'a Mohy Eddin Elali, was named in a six-count indictment alleging conspiracy and making illegal campaign contributions.

Wednesday's indictment said Ali, 37, arranged for at least $60,000 in illegal donations to be funneled into the campaigns of three presidential candidates and $5,000 to and one person running for governor. The New York Times identified these as John McCain, Rudolph Giuliani, Hillary Clinton and Crist, who ran for governor in 2006.

With the exception of Crist, he sure knows how to pick winners.

The indictment alleged Ali conspired with others to recruit Southern California residents to contribute to the campaigns with promises they would be reimbursed. Ali was said to have reimbursed them with cash or checks.

Ali allegedly violated the Federal Election Campaign Act, which makes it illegal for an individual to make more than $2,300 in federal campaign contributions.

I wonder when the $2,300 limit was set. That's chump change for any kind of statewide race.

Congress has a way of setting limits but never adjusting them for inflation. Take for instance the maximum amount for a capitol loss in a year. It's been $3,000 for as long as I can remember.

He also allegedly violated federal law by making a contribution in the name of another person as well as a law making it illegal for a foreign national to make any contributions to a federal, state or local campaign. The indictment identified Ali as a "citizen of Jordan and the Dominican Republic and not a citizen of the United States."
If convicted, will he get deported or does he have a friend or relative in the Obama administration?
The indictment said Ali instructed an unidentified co-conspirator to solicit individuals to contribute to the campaigns.

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Ali faces up to 26 years in prison if convicted. An FBI investigation continues in the case.

I sure am glad dangerous criminals like Ali can have the book thrown at them. Imagine if he did something more serious, like possess child pornography!

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February 11, 2009

Two yearlings named for NJ state legislators

Too bad trotters and pacers don't race at Churchill Downs*. From Harnessracing.com-

Two Perretti Farms yearlings have been named in honor of New Jersey state legislators Jennifer Beck and Joseph Malone.

Beckretariat, named for Senator Beck [R-12], who is from Red Bank, NJ, is a pacing filly by Rocknroll Hanover out of the broodmare Sweet Smilin' Lady.

Muscles Malone, named for Assemblyman Malone [R-30] of Bordentown, NJ, is a son of trotting stallion Muscles Yankee and out of the broodmare Malexandria.

Both yearlings were bred at Perretti Farms in Cream Ridge, NJ and, according to Perretti spokesman Bob Marks, they will both be for sale in the fall. (NJ SBOA)

How long before a yearling is named Super Obama? There was a famous trotter named Super Bowl 30 years ago.

*- I was making a joke. Churchill Downs is not named after Winston Churchill.

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Georgia Mayor has police escort him to the restroom

Do the police unzip his....Never mind. From AP-

Snellville politics have reached a low point. Jerry Oberholtzer, the mayor of the Atlanta suburb, has been asking for police escorts to the restroom in City Hall after a verbal altercation with city council member Robert Jenkins a few months ago. Oberholtzer says he no longer feels comfortable around Jenkins.

Jenkins says the mayor has no reason to worry for his physical safety and should only "fear me as a political opponent." The mayor has even had police Chief Roy Whitehead escort him to the restroom.

Jenkins and Oberholtzer have butted heads for years. Last week, the mayor sent pictures of what he said are code violations at one of Jenkins' properties to police. Authorities issued a warning to the councilman to clean up by March 1 or face jail time.

The people of Snellville have very insecure person for a mayor. They would be smart to vote this idiot out of office when he comes up for re-election.

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January 27, 2009

Breaking the ice

Iceland will get a new Prime Minister soon.

The current Minister for Social Affairs, Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir of the Social Democrats, said she is prepared to assume the position of prime minister as long as she senses that her position is backed by sufficient trust.

Foreign Minister and chairwoman of the Social Democrats Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir proposed that Sigurdardóttir replace Geir H. Haarde, chairman of the Independence Party, as prime minister yesterday, Fréttabladid reports.

Sigurdardóttir said the idea had only been discussed with her yesterday morning.


And why is the change in leadership of a nation with less than 320,000 people of interest?

If Sigurdardóttir does become prime minister, she will be the first woman to serve as prime minister in the country's history and also the first openly gay prime minister in the world.
Anything to keep warm and not be lonely up there I guess.

All joking aside, good luck to Ms. Sigurdardóttir.

Hat tip- James Joyner at OTB

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January 16, 2009

Alex Sink won't run for US Senate in 2010

Florida's Chief Financial Officer, and only Democrat in the state cabinet, was considered by many Democrats the party's best chance to win the Senate Seat being vacated by Mel Martinez.

Sink also appears to have ruled out a challenge to Governor Charlie Crist in 2010.

I expect several Florida members of Congress to begin lining up for a run in 2010. An open Senate seat gives these politicians a rare chance to step up in Washington. Kendrick Meek has already announced his candidacy.

Here's a name I'll float for the Democratic nomination- Former State Senator Rod Smith. He's a moderate Democrat from Northern Florida who narrowly lost a bid for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2006.

The Tallahassee Democrat article on Alex Sink can be found here.

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January 13, 2009

Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek to run for the US Senate in 2010

He is the most well known to announce his candidacy for the seat being vacated by Mel Martinez. From the -

Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami is planning to declare his bid for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, becoming the first candidate to enter the race triggered by Republican Mel Martinez's retirement in 2010.

Meek, 42, who succeeded his mother in Congress in 2002, would be Florida's first black senator if he wins. If he loses, he will have given up a politically secure seat in Congress while his party is in control. Meek is also a close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the only Florida Democrat on the influential Ways and Means Committee.

Some state voters may recognize Meek because of the legacy of his mother, Carrie Meek, and his leadership in 2002 on Florida's constitutional amendment to limit class sizes. But he has never run statewide or faced a competitive race for Congress.

In fact Meek got a house seat without facing election. His mother conveniently announced her retirement less than two weeks before the 2002 filing date and Kendrick was just ready to run in time.(Turn off the sarcasm)

Meek is a former Knucklehead winner. Here is why-

A South Florida congressman's mother was among the consultants and lobbyists a Boston developer paid to support a biotech project that has so far only cleared a lot in an impoverished neighborhood.

As part of their ongoing series of investigative reports, our news partners at the Miami Herald report four years ago, Dennis Stackhouse proposed building a $250 million biopharmaceutical park in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood.

As the project stalled, Stackhouse diverted more than half a million dollars from a Miami-Dade County poverty agency through double billing and dubious expenses. The Miami Herald also reports Stackhouse spent hundreds of thousands more on political insiders. Among them was former U.S. Representative Carrie Meek, who received at least $40,000, a leased luxury sport utility vehicle and a 2,600-square-foot rent-free office for her foundation.

Congressional records show that she was paid while her son, who now holds her seat in Congress, sought millions of federal dollars for the project.

U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek has said there was no connection between his efforts to fund the project and his mother's involvement with Stackhouse.

When I wrote about this news in 2007, I said 'Even if you believe the Congressman's denials, he has a conflict of interests.' I didn't believe his denial then and still don't today.

Meek has little chance of winning the Senate seat. He is way too liberal to get swing votes and moderate democrats that are essential to winning statewide office. I expect Meek to give up his campaign before the filing day in 2010. Otherwise he will be looking for new work in 2011.

Hat tip- South Florida Daily Blog

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January 9, 2009

Missouri Senator Kit Bond not to run for re-election in 2010

The GOP retirements are already underway. From AP-

Republican Sen. Kit Bond announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2010, saying he wants to go out "at the top of my game" and setting the stage for what one expert said could be a "land rush" for the seat.

Bond, 69, made the announcement at the state Capitol, shortly after Missouri lawmakers convened.

"Public service has been a blessing and a labor of love for me ... but I have decided that my Senate career will end after this, my fourth term," he said.

Bond was first elected to the Senate in 1986 -- the only Republican that year to capture a seat previously held by a Democrat. Voters re-elected him three times. Before joining the Senate, Bond was governor and state auditor.

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Possible GOP candidates include Rep. Roy Blunt, who recently stepped down from his post as House Minority Whip; his son, outgoing Gov. Matt Blunt; and former Sen. Jim Talent, who narrowly lost his bid for re-election in 2006 to Democrat Claire McCaskill. Other possibilities are Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and two other House members, Jo Ann Emerson and Sam Graves.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, the daughter of the late-Gov. Mel Carnahan and former Sen. Jean Carnahan, had been considered the strongest Democrat in a race against Bond.

Bond's decision comes as a surprise and can't be considered good news. While there is a large pool of potential republican candidates for 2010, this state only went for John McCain by 3,000 votes in 2008.

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January 8, 2009

3rd Palm Beach County Commissioner resigns in three years

Lets get all the crooks out. Three down, four to go. From the Sun-Sentinel-

County Commissioner Mary McCarty resigned today and said she plans to plead guilty to honest services fraud.

McCarty becomes the third county commissioner in recent years to resign as a result of corruption charges.

In her resignation letter, McCarty said she accepted free and discounted hotel rooms and services. She also said she failed to recuse herself from bond issues that benefited her husband's employers and "through them both my husband and me."

"I am disgusted with myself for, once again, placing the commission that I respect so much in an untenable situation," she wrote.

Here is a link to McCarty's resignation letter.

Commissioners Tony Masilotti and Warren Newell resigned in disgrace and are now serving time in federal prison. Two more commissioners are under investigation.

McCarty is certainly neither the first or last politician to use her elected office to enrich herself. I hope the judge throws the book at her. Maybe then local officials will stop this bull crap, but I won't get my hopes up.

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January 6, 2009

Jeb Bush won't run for the Senate in 2010

The reason Bush gave for not running? He said the decision was based on his 'personal journey'. From AP-

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Former Gov. Jeb Bush announced Tuesday that he won't run for the U.S. Senate in 2010 to replace the retiring Mel Martinez, saying that it was not the right time to return to elected office.

"I can play a role in helping to reshape the Republican Party's message and focus on 21st century solutions to 21st century problems," Bush told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "Not running does not preclude me from being involved in these things and I will be."

Bush gave a run serious consideration after Martinez said last month he wouldn't seek a second term. Bush spoke with senators, supporters and family, including his brother, President George W. Bush, and his father, former President George Bush.

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Bush served as governor of Florida from 1999-2007 and remains a popular figure in the state. His announcement clears the field for several other potential Republican candidates who had said they wouldn't challenge him.

Personal journey- His wife Columba doesn't like the spotlight that comes with high political office. Someone will say this doesn't matter, but it does. All of you guys out there raise your hand to say you went against what your wife said you can't do after emphatically saying no.

Florida has plenty of quality Republicans. No I'm not talking about Atty. General Bill McCollum or frequently defeated candidate Tom Gallagher. None are well known except to political junkies like myself, but Florida has a long history of electing little known legislators or regional politicians to the Senate or Governorship. Reuben Askew, Lawton Chiles, Bob Graham, Bob Martinez to name a few.

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December 14, 2008

Las Vegas Wranglers hosting Blagojevich night

Leave it to a minor league hockey team to turn a political scandal into a new form of promotion.

The corruption scandal surrounding Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is being turned into a theme night for the Las Vegas Wranglers.

The hockey club is holding Blagojevich night on Friday, January 30th.

The team will wear vintage prison uniforms, the kind with the stripes.

Their jerseys will feature prison numbers, and a seat between the two benches will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

After the game, those prison uniforms will be signed and auctioned for charity.

Rod Blagojevich prison uniform night against the Victoria Salmon Kings begins at 7:30pm on January 30th.

Its going for charity, nothing wrong with that. Now if only the Illinois Governor would come to the event.

Hat tip- Soccer Dad who notes how bi-partisan the Wranglers are. In 2006 they had a 'Dick Cheney Hunting Vest Night'. LOL

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December 12, 2008

Taiwan's ex-president Shui-bian Chen indicted for corruption

Bribes, money laundering, kickbacks.

Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian was indicted on Friday for corruption, just months after finishing eight years in office marked by a pro-independence agenda that badly damaged ties with China.

Legal experts say Chen, the island's first former leader to be indicted, could face life in prison if convicted on the charges of corruption and money laundering. His wife and son were also indicted in the sweeping case.

Chen, who pledged to clean up Taiwanese politics when he was elected in 2000, left office in May after serving the maximum two terms as president.

"We are seeking the severest punishment for Chen since the former president had breached his oath and showed no remorse during the investigation. He even attacked the judicial system," said prosecutors' office spokesman Chen Yun-nan.

Prosecutors say the 58-year-old Chen, a lawyer by training, and his wife Wu Shu-chen embezzled about three million US dollars in public funds and accepted a bribe of about 12 million US dollars along with two others on a land deal.

Their son Chen Chih-chung, daughter-in-law Huang Jui-ching and 10 others were indicted for corruption, money laundering and document forgery in connection with the massive case, which has captivated Taiwan for months.

Prosecutors also allege that Wu took a kickback of 2.7 million US dollars in connection with a construction project in a 154-page indictment.

He cleaned up all right. Just like an IL Governor who made similar promises when first running for office.

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IL Gov Rod Blagojevich approval rating is 8%

Shouldn't it be Zero?

The approval rating for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich) is just 8%.

That's the finding from a survey of people in Illinois in the days since his arrest this week on corruption charges.

The poll by the Chicago-based Glengariff Group finds 73% of those who were surveyed would support his impeachment. Seventy percent say he should resign.

Both Dr. Taylor at Poliblog and Doug at Below the Beltway crack 'who knew the Governor's family was so big."

In a rare moment of seriousness, I will point out that only 600 people were polled. 50 crackpots out of a group that large sounds about right to me.

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