How Does Any American Elected Official Get Arrested for Corruption?

By: Friday January 24, 2014 10:25 am

How does any elected official get arrested for corruption when there are so many ways to pay off a politician legally?

 

Update: Bob McDonnell Indicted in Gift Scandal

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 2:36 pm

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been indicted by the US Department of Justice, charged with accepting extravagant from Richmond businessman Jonnie Williams, CEO of Star Scientific, whose company sold non-FDA approved diet supplements.

Late Night: Lemonade (With Gin)

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 8:00 pm

Each week when I sit down to write a post, I wrack my brain to think of something positive, or at least relatively so, to write about, and each week events prevent this from happening. It’s hard not to feel typecast when even the most complimentary commenters nonetheless refer to one’s work as a “rant” or admit that I’ve made them more depressed, angry, hopeless, or whatever.

For that reason, I am happy to announce that for the first time in recent memory the week’s news, taken together, makes me feel uncharacteristically optimistic.

VA Gov: Terry McAuliffe Holds Four Point Lead

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 1:55 pm

One of the few important races taking place this November is the Virginia gubernatorial election. According to a new PPP poll Democrat Terry McAuliffe holds a four point lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

Elite Public University Gives Up on Climate Science in Response to Not-So-Elite Public University’s Campaign to Smear Its Former Climate Scientist

By: Friday August 24, 2012 7:12 pm

When I first heard news in the beginning of the summer of a coup underway at the University of Virginia, I wondered idly if it had anything to do with climate change—specifically, ousted (and since reinstated) President’s Teresa Sullivan’s defense of the former UVA professor behind the “hockey stick” graph documenting its existence against state attorney general Ken Cuccinelli’s demands for every email/paper/grant application/log/cocktail napkin/etc. he touched during his seven years at the school.

McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed With…Paul Ryan

By: Monday August 13, 2012 1:20 pm

Paul Ryan no doubt got the nod because Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell and Marco Rubio were all afraid to risk their political futures as failed VP candidates on a Romney ticket. Paul Ryan doesn’t have a lot to lose….he’s got a fairly close R+2 PVI district where he’s been in trouble ever since he took on senior citizens with his his wacky Medicare coupon plan, and if everyone is betting on a big Democratic turnout in the fall, this makes sense for him. But McKayla Maroney is Not Impressed.

More on Republican Governors and the Medicaid Expansion

By: Friday June 29, 2012 5:12 pm

Just to update the Republican governors and the Medicaid expansion issue, which I think will be the big fight in the states through 2014 and potentially beyond.

Medicaid Expansion Rejection Would Particularly Impact People of Color

By: Friday June 29, 2012 8:58 am

I was just on a conference call where Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) was asked whether he thought Republican governors might opt out of the Medicaid expansion in light of the Supreme Court’s ACA ruling yesterday. He replied, “I don’t know. Some of our colleagues would like to get out of being members of the Union.” I think that’s the right way to look at it. These are an ideologically extreme set of characters, and they’re not going to go quietly, meekly accepting funds that expands health care for poor people. That goes against their worldview.

Virginia Ultrasound Bill Doomed After Senator Strikes It

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 11:25 am

The bill in Virginia requiring all abortion seekers get a mandatory ultrasound is now in peril, after the right-wing Senator who introduced the trans-vaginal ultrasound requirement rebelled against changes asked for by Governor Bob McDonnell.

Virginia’s McDonnell Backtracks on Trans-Vaginal Ultrasound Bill

By: Wednesday February 22, 2012 2:45 pm

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is now in full retreat mode on that bill mandating that women seeking an abortion in the state must get a trans-vaginal ultrasound (colloquially known as “state rape”) beforehand. We saw hints of this earlier today from a spokesman. But McDonnell has now put out his own statement, asking for amendments to the bill that would modify the ultrasound from trans-vaginal to trans-abdominal

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