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Justice Department Violations

When the man (Karl Warner) that President George W. Bush had named United States Attorney for southern West Virginia abruptly left office a few months ago, the Justice Department had no comment. Now the results of a legislative audit help explain the sudden resignation. It turns out that Warner offered…

The $90,000 Portable Classroom

The latest no-bid contract awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort, involves 450 portable classrooms in Mississippi at a whopping $90,000 each (New York Times). The politically-connected Alaskan company that got the very profitable contract is called Akima and the cost to…

Army Colonel Indicted

A recently retired Army colonel, who played a key role in the war on terror, has been indicted in an ongoing bribery scandal involving contracts at the United States Special Operations Command (SOCom), which is based at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa Florida. The indictment accuses the retired colonel,…

George Ryan Trial, Part 3

I should apologize that I have not written anything after attending several Ryan trial sessions. Unfortunately, after the testimony of Scott Fawell, Ryan’s campaign manager, there was nothing of interest to report. After one such session I talked to another faithful observer of the proceedings. “Was it me,” I asked,…

Extortion in New Mexico

Last month we reported how New Mexico’s state treasurer, Robert Vigil, was still collecting his annual salary of $85,000 even though he stepped down after being charged with federal extortion. Not surprisingly, Vigil denies the charges. But the government’s case against him has gained momentum now that former New Mexico…

Detroit Absentee Ballots

Last week, a judge removed Detroit City Clerk Jackie Currie from her duty of overseeing the city’s mayoral election (Detroit Free Press article). Currie was not controlling election workers who were violating election laws by taking advantage of elderly citizens voting by absentee ballots. An investigation by Detroit News raises…

Who’s Enforcing the Gambling Laws?

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has a well-documented cozy relationship with various casinos and an LA Times article illustrates just how tight he is with the world’s largest poker club. The problem is that the department Baca was elected to run is responsible for enforcing gambling laws, which of…

Ohio Election

It will be interesting to see what happens with the four proposed constitutional amendments, sponsored by liberal groups, on today’s ballot in Ohio. Even the mainstream media has reported that angry John Kerry supporters (Associated Press article) across the country donated money in an effort to overhaul elections in the…

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