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Baltimore, mayor, corruption,

Good Golly, Healthy Holly

One reason to talk about corruption a lot is that there is a lot of corruption to talk about. The scheme was to get Kaiser Permanente to buy 20,000 copies of her children’s book, Healthy Holly, at a decidedly non-discounted price of $5 a pop, while the health provider was

Vindman, impeachment, Schiff,

Deep State Consensus

Donald Trump was not elected with a mandate to “drain the ‘interagency consensus.’” You can’t “drain” a “consensus.” More importantly, “the Swamp” that Trump promised to “drain,” is not the same thing as that “interagency consensus.” That latter, new phrase better serves as something coextensive with — or  subset of

Joe Biden, Obama, medal, money, campaign finance,

Worse Than Hypocrisy

“You shouldn’t accept any money from a Super PAC,” former Vice-President Joe Biden claims he advised his presidential rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, “because [if you do] people can’t possibly trust you.” Now it must be impossible to trust Mr. Biden. “Joe Biden is apparently dropping his long-held opposition to the

Revolt of the Desk Jockeys

Our Constitution guarantees that each state of the union provide a republican form of government. Does that mean that all that is prohibited is . . . monarchy? No.  One very common form of modern governance is deeply anti-republican, requiring — at the very least — strict regulation to prevent

Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard, Russia, conspiracy,

Mrs. Clinton’s Fevered Nightmare

Hillary Clinton’s recent statements linking Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) to the Russians — Mrs. Clinton’s current favorite enemy — provided Rep. Gabbard with an opportunity for a return volley, dubbing Mrs. Clinton “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party

Donald Trump, telephone, phone call, impeachment,

The Democrats’ Wrong Number

“Where’s Hunter?” Donald Trump asks in front of his pro-Trump rallies (and of course on Twitter), referring to Joe Biden’s son and his cushy Ukrainian sinecure.  From the beginning of the Phone Call quasi-scandal, the upshot sure seemed to portend disaster for the Democrats, in general, and Biden’s presidential bid

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Twitter,

Don’t Tempt Her

Scrolling down @realDonaldTrump’s prolific Twitter feed, I cannot help but wonder: when does the president find time to do his job? I am not the only one to wonder. Still, as President, Trump sure is a great . . . troll. “I think that Crooked Hillary Clinton should enter the

Sara Gideon, candidate, Portland,

Straw Candidacy

“No Corporate PACs,” says a Facebook ad by the Sara Gideon for U.S. Senate campaign, “Just You.” “Gideon is running to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins in 2020,” the Portland Press Herald reports, noting that “fighting corporate money in politics” has been a prime “focus of her campaign.” Yet, as

Washington DC, corruption, sports gambling,

A Safe Bet

“We certainly cannot comment,” said a spokesman for the Chief Financial Officer of the nation’s capital city, “on documents that are not supposed to be public.” Welcome to Washington, D.C., where governing is done opaquely. In a typically shady political maneuver, a $215 million contract was awarded to Intralot, a

Catherine Pugh, corruption, Baltimore,

House-Cleaning & Law-Following

Larry Hogan, Maryland’s popular Republican governor, has vowed to “clean house” in the wake of the scandals rocking the “private” non-profit University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), set up by the State of Maryland.  It isn’t just former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who resigned from the UMMS board after it

lorida Rep. Jamie Grant (R-Tampa Bay)

The Man Who Had No Idea

“I have no idea.”  So responded Florida Rep. Jamie Grant (R-Tampa Bay) to a question about how petition circulators on 2018 ballot initiative campaigns were paid.  “Is there evidence that signatures collected by a person . . . paid per hour or paid per signature are more fraudulent?” asked Rep.

North Dakota, State Auditor,

Representative or Reprehensible?

Seventy-seven million.  That is the dollar amount of “financial errors” that North Dakota State Auditor Joshua Gallion discovered in the last year, after launching performance audits at twice the rate of his predecessor.*  So, uncork the champagne! Huzzahs all around! Back slaps. But the back-slappers in the state legislature took

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