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Old 12-17-2008, 04:52 AM   #15
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We got smart polticans here in North Carolina, they not been caught yet !!
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Old 12-17-2008, 05:23 AM   #16
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Finally our corrupt state of Louisiana isn't at the top or bottom of a list. After electing a clean fresh face to the Governor's office, who just happened to immediately PO most of both houses, we now have some effective ethics legislation. Of course now the RNC says that anyone who can do that in this state has got to be some sort of Superman and are touting him for much greater things nationally.

And the biggie is that the esteemed a US Congressman who is under indictment along with 4 or 5 of his immediate family was voted out of office 2 wks ago, beaten by a relative unknown Vietnamese immigrant.
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:19 AM   #17
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Wonder when this is going to work its way down to New Orleans.
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:01 PM   #18
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The Esteemed US Congressman mentioned was from New Orleans, none other than $$Bill Jefferson. His district had only 11% Republicans but the apathy of his constituants let them fail to vote.
As far as the rest of the Big Easy, almost all of the former mayors inner circle are either in prison or under indictment and if the incoming President's admin. will let US Atty. Jim Letten stay he will bring down the former mayor and also hopefully before he's appointed to a big federal post. Figure the odds on that.
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Old 12-19-2008, 02:04 PM   #19
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I think Texas may still have a standing record back in the day in Duval and Parr counties where more dead people voted than alive ones.
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:36 AM   #20
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That list is invalid...Massachusetts & Rhode Island are not on it.
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Old 12-21-2008, 06:56 PM   #21
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When we first started our business in a small town (under 10,000 people), we were shocked to be asked for a bribe of $2,000 to not have to install a fire sprinkler system. Just right out of the blue. We declined and spent the next 10 years fighting the system. We ended up spending probably about 10 times the amount of the bribe over the years and had a lot of sleepless nights. The corruption was rampant and we were very stupid in thinking it was just one official. They were smart and are still doing it after we sold our business. I do have a clear conscious, but am about $20,000 short. I think that corruption is just as bad or worse in small towns as in large towns and states. It is rampant and even sworn police officers were right in there with their hand out.
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:25 AM   #22
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I had a contractor tell me once that the most lucrative city/county government position is being on the P&Z commission. He said if you begin in that position with a net worth of $250,000, you should have over $1,000,000 in a few years!
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:09 AM   #23
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We lived one year in Kentucky, and it was so rampant it was laughable, something right out of Tennessee Williams. When I first arrived, the local banker took me to lunch, explained he was also the county prosecutor, plus some official involvement in county government. He made me aware that as long as I kept all my "peoples' politics in order, no need to worry about minor issues like building permits, zoning restrictions, etc.,. . ." His office was in the county seat, a "town" of about three buildings, but connected to the Interstate by a mile and a half four-lane freeway.

One year was a hoot; two would have been depressing.
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The average time for an elected official who is going to clean it up to become a crook himself is about 2 weeks.
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Some are in a state of corruption.
Others are in a state of confusion.

Either way we lose.
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:44 AM   #26
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Goodness!! We are in the first week of the new administration in Washington. Look out for the first week in February!
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I had a contractor tell me once that the most lucrative city/county government position is being on the P&Z commission. He said if you begin in that position with a net worth of $250,000, you should have over $1,000,000 in a few years!
Obviously I'm in the wrong city. I was on the Board of Zoning Adjustment for 3 years and the Planning Commission for 5 more. I never asked for, nor was I ever offered, a bribe of any sort. Maybe it was just obvious that I wouldn't have tolerated anything of the sort.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">The average time for an elected official who is going to clean it up to become a crook himself is about 2 weeks.
Goodness!! We are in the first week of the new administration in Washington. Look out for the first week in February! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

No need to wait. Being from Chicago, they've had decades of example and practice.
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