Faced with their own local scandals and an increasingly frustrated public deeply upset with the depth of corruption in statehouses and Washington, D.C., lawmakers have responded by passing increasingly strict state ethics rules. These moves have been a good step, tightening gift rules and increasing transparency through public disclosure.
A new report commissioned by Cuyahoga County in Ohio has found problems to be so widespread with voting technology and election training that there are fears that the problems will not be solved 2008, much less by this November election.
The AP picked up an important story out of Texas, where it appears that the good ol' boy community thinks that corruption is a fine method of operating.
The story goes like this: Bill Ceverha, a lobbyist, consultant, and member of the board of the Employees Retirement System of Texas, lobbied for an education privatization front group in 2005. One of his big donors was a man by the name of James Leininger. Leininger is also the founder of Kinetic Concepts.
With the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures quickly approaching, we wanted to make sure NCSL attendees knew about Progressive States events in Nashville.
All events are taking place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
For questions or to RSVP for the events below, contact Courtney Law at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-680-3116.
Monday, August 14 -- 2:00 PM-5:00 PMNational Labor Caucus Annual Meeting
Lincoln D-E Room
5:30 PM-7:30 PMProgressive States Network/AFL-CIO/AFT Reception<
A conservative leader in Florida's legislature hit upon a novel idea -- ask the people for ideas for better public policy. They got ideas, but the press may now want to follow-up to find out whether the leaders will actually move on the progressive agenda the people are petitioning for.
Rep. Marco Rubio came upon the idea with two colleagues and set up a website called 100ideas.org to solicit ideas from the public and use the "best" to write a book called 100 Ideas.
Don't ask for Colorado Governor Bill Owens to fulfill the state's duties under open records laws. He'll get lawyers funded by private political committees to threaten you in response.
Owens, named earlier this year as one of America's worst Governors, is being questioned about his connections to a 527 named the Trailhead Group.
CO: Former Governor Says Latinos and Blacks lack the drive of Asians and Jews
Former Colorado Governor Dick Lamm ignited a firestorm of controversy for recently giving a speech in which he said that Latinos and black Americans lack the ambition of Asians and Jews.