Thursday, July 14, 2005

The Wednesday Wire's Out

I heart John McQueen. He's filled with integrity and the willingness, even after experiencing so much of politics, to believe that progressive thinking can still win in the Democratic Party. He writes political analysis that even a non-wonky person like me can understand. And, although he may be considered an 'old guard' kinda guy, his work with tech guy/Deaniac Chris Shannon on the Wednesday Wire is a model of a good idea and people of good will leading to great results. So, if you're interested in political analysis for everyday people, check it out...

This week, in the Wednesday Wire:

"...7. State By State.

GEORGIA: Zig Zag the Klepto! Zell Miller left the governorship of Georgia in 1999 and took $60,000 in office entertainment funds with him. He also demanded $20,000 for "unused leave." He was forced by public pressure to pay back the $60K and says that he did not know that he, as a "constitutional officer" of the state, was ineligible to collect for unused leave. No living former Gov, other than Zig Zag, even thought to take the money.

CALIFORNIA. Seems that Duke Cunningham not only had two boats and two California houses that folks were trying to help him financially with, he also had a house in Northern Virginia that also has "funny money" tied to it. I think we are getting over the shock of one man's overwhelming greed, but there is another question that bothers me: When you leave the office, Duke, how do you decide which house to go to? Do you have five sets of house slippers?

CONNECTICUT. Joe Lieberman has an opponent in his own party, at least until the state Dem convention next May. Fairfield Univ. Prof. John Ormer has raised $1000! If he gets 2% of Dem voters on a petition, or 15% at the state convention, he will force a primary. Republicans don't have a clue who to put up against Joe L, who is more popular among Republicans than Democrats. Joe has $1.5 million so far in his campaign war chest against Ormer and Nobody..."