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Old 01-30-14, 02:49 PM   #126
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Sounds like the process is underway…
Yes, they're getting right on that--commensurate with the negative press that's building.

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Henriquez was elected in 2010. Since his arrest, he has remained active, stumping for mayoral candidates and Tweeting about campaign events.

With his conviction, he becomes the latest in a string of Democratic lawmakers convicted of crimes in recent years. Since 2010, when Anthony D. Galluccio, then a senator from Cambridge was jailed after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident, the State House has been beset by a series of convictions.

J. James Marzilli Jr., then a senator from Arlington, was convicted in 2011 of accosting a woman; former senator Dianne Wilkerson of Boston was sent to federal prison in 2011 for taking bribes; and former House speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi is serving an eight-year prison sentence after being convicted of conspiracy, fraud, and extortion in 2011.

After the verdict, Republican lawmakers called for Henriquez’s resignation. Democrats were initially more muted in their response, with few eager to comment on his conviction. But by the end of the afternoon, Governor Deval Patrick released a statement stating that Henriquez should resign.

Speaking to reporters outside his office, DeLeo said he did not have a timeline for how long it might take to oust Henriquez, but he said that if the lawmaker refuses to resign, the decision to oust him would eventually come to a vote of the full House.

“I would call upon him again, based upon the seriousness of these convictions, that, instead of going through that process, that he would consider resigning from the House,” DeLeo said.
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Remember what legislature he is a member of. Three consecutive House Speakers convicted of felonies.
Oh, here we go again with the nit-picking and scorekeeping.
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Yes, but is it too much to ask that if someone is actually IN JAIL for domestic violence, maybe that should preclude them from being a member-in-good-standing of the state legislature?
Nope. But I don't make the rules about who can be elected. But it seems like common sense that you should be kicked out of office.

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What if he finds Jesus, kills ducks, and hates gay? Is he ok then?
Then the problem takes care of itself as he could never get elected in Massachusetts again.
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California State Senator and gun control advocate arrested for running guns for a Freemason mobster named Shrimp Boy.

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Democrats have been on a roll lately .. I guess it is all in cycles

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The Dirty Democratic Mayors’ Club: Charlotte, N.C., mayor Patrick Cannon, who bragged about partying with the Obamas to help grease the wheels for city projects, was arrested this week on federal corruption and influence-peddling charges. He’s accused of accepting gobs of cash payoffs and Las Vegas trips.

The bust follows former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin’s conviction in January on corruption charges; former Trenton mayor Tony Mack’s February conviction on charges of accepting cash bribes for a downtown parking garage; former San Diego mayor and serial groper Bob Filner’s disgraceful resignation after conviction on sexual-harassment-related charges; former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s conviction on extortion, bribery, and conspiracy charges; and former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford’s corruption and bribery conviction.

• California state senator Leland Yee, gun grabber by day, alleged arms-trafficking gangsta by night: Yee made a decades-long career out of sanctimoniously demonizing gun owners and railing against the Second Amendment. He was arrested this week on corruption charges after an FBI sting found probable cause to believe Yee had conducted wire fraud and engaged in a conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and illegally import firearms. The pol from San Francisco’s Chinatown went so far as to discuss “details of the specific types of weapons” with a prospective donor. Until he dropped out yesterday afternoon, Yee was a candidate for California secretary of state.

• Pennsylvania state senator LeAnna Washington, party animal: This week, a judge ruled that the Keystone State could proceed with a trial against Washington, who reportedly forced her legislative staff for eight years to use taxpayer time and money for an annual birthday party whose proceeds were diverted to her campaign account. She is charged with felony theft of services and felony conflict of interest. More than a half-dozen former employees blew the whistle. “I am the f—ing senator,” she screamed at one staffer who objected. “I do what the f— I want, and ain’t nobody going to change me.”

• Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox, multiple-raid target: The powerful Democrat, beloved by the Left for his gay-marriage activism, announced last weekend that he is stepping down from office after FBI raids on his home and work offices. Fox is the target of several criminal investigations by the U.S. attorney’s office, the FBI, the IRS, and state police. Mum’s the word so far on the nature of the alleged criminal activity involved.

• California state senator Ronald Calderon, all in the corrupted family: Calderon is on a paid leave of absence after being hit with a 24-count federal indictment for bribery and corruption. His brother also was charged with multiple counts of money laundering and influence peddling. Prosecutors allege the legislator accepted nearly $100,000 in bribes, plane trips, gourmet meals, and golf games in exchange for political favors. He also is accused of paying his daughter $39,000 for a phony office job and paying $40,000 in “consulting” fees for a campaign website that didn’t exist.

• California state senator Roderick Wright, lying liar: Also on paid leave, the entrenched Los Angeles–area politician is now fighting his January conviction on felony perjury, false declaration of candidacy, and fraudulent-voting charges. Wright claimed to live in a rented room in an Inglewood home within his district, but the jury found his true residence was outside the district, in upscale Baldwin Hills. The jury found he lied on candidacy declarations and voter-registration documents and fraudulently voted in five elections.

• New York state assemblyman Bill Scarborough, shady jet-setter: The FBI and state authorities raided his home and offices as part of a probe into his travel-voucher practices. He blamed a “tabloid hit job” by the New York Post over questionable per-diem claims totaling $60,000.

• Illinois state representative Keith Farnham, child-porn suspect: After sponsoring two bills to increase penalties for child-porn possession, Farnham was the subject of state and federal raids last week on his home — for possession of child porn. Over the weekend, he resigned his seat, citing “serious health issues.” Now there’s a euphemism.
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Old 03-30-14, 05:42 PM   #132
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I want to see that movie.
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Old 04-03-14, 01:51 PM   #133
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Here's a great example of how difficult it is for incompetent government employees to get fired. For at least two years, and for at least 30 cases, this court stenographer did not do his job properly, but was still able to remain employed. I can't imagine someone in the private sector who did this keeping their job after even one day of doing this.

Why doesn't the government make audio recordings of these trials?



http://nypost.com/2014/04/03/alcohol...ilty-verdicts/

Rogue alcoholic court reporter kept writing ‘I hate my job’

By Rebecca Rosenberg, Reuven Fenton and Bruce Golding

April 3, 2014

An alcoholic Manhattan court stenographer went rogue, channeling his inner “Shining” during a high-profile criminal trial and repeatedly typing, “I hate my job, I hate my job” instead of the trial dialogue, sources told The Post.

The bizarre antics by Daniel Kochanski, who has since been fired, wreaked havoc on some 30 Manhattan court cases, sources said, and now officials are scrambling to repair the damage.

One high-level source said his “gibberish” typing may have jeopardized hard-won convictions by giving criminals the chance to claim crucial evidence is missing.

Kochanski’s botched transcripts include the 2010 mortgage-fraud trial of Aaron Hand, who was also convicted of trying to hire a hit man to take out a witness against him.

A source familiar with the case said Kochanski’s transcripts of that trial were a total mess.

“It should have been questions and answers — instead it was gibberish,” the source said.

And in a scene right out of 1980’s “The Shining,” where Jack Nicholson’s off-the-rails writer repeatedly types “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” a source said of Kochanski: “He hit random keys or wrote, ‘I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job,’ over and over.”

Claudia Trupp, of the Center for Appellate Litigation, said her office was handling the appeals in Hand’s and nine other cases.

“I never had a situation where a single court reporter was responsible for so much damage,” she said.

Kochanski, 43, was fired in March 2012 for misconduct, said Office of Court Administration spokesman David Bookstaver.

Sources said the Manhattan DA’s Office arrested Kochanski and forced him to try to make sense of his shorthand typing.

But that effort apparently failed. Judges have been holding “reconstruction hearings” at which everyone involved in a case has to testify about what they remember.

“This situation is terrible for everybody,” Trupp said. “It’s very difficult to come up with a sufficient record based on everybody’s recollection years after the event.”

The troubled stenographer’s dad, Ed Kochanski, said his son “became an alcoholic” about five years ago, costing him his marriage and job.

He said his son was in rehab when they last spoke about three years ago.

Ex-wife Heather Kochanski said, “The pressure of that job pushed him over the edge, leading him to lose everything.”

By phone Wednesday, Kochanski denied screwing up his transcripts.

“I never typed gibberish. I always did my job 100 percent. I was let go because of substance abuse,” he said.

“I’m in recovery. July will be one year I’m clean,” he said.
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Is it any secret or surprise that government employees have a greater degree of job security than people in the private sector?
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Is it any secret or surprise that government employees have a greater degree of job security than people in the private sector?

While you and I are not surprised by this, I would think that those who have a large amount of confidence in government would be surprised by it, or might even deny that it actually happened.
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While you and I are not surprised by this, I would think that those who have a large amount of confidence in government would be surprised by it, or might even deny that it actually happened.
You seriously think that? Wow.

BTW I am a government employee and can be fired at will. I'm sure that's a tremendous shock to you.
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A ha! Another non-union crony employed by the federal government!
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State government, actually, but yeah, it's a fair cop.
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I'm sure certain people here are going to be scratching their heads over what's wrong with this:

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Former Sen. Russell Pearce, who has recently served as the Arizona Republican Party's first vice chair, resigned his post late Sunday in the wake of criticism from powerful GOP candidates about contraception.

The Republican Party announced his resignation around 11 p.m. Sunday -- hours after candidates expressed their displeasure with his remarks and a day after the Arizona Democratic Party Executive Director DJ Quinlan noted Pearce's comments in a news release and pressed powerful GOP Republicans to denounce them.

Quinlan's statement, issued Saturday, highlighted remarks Pearce made on his talk-radio program on KKNT 960 AM. According to the statement, Pearce talked about changes he would make to the state's public assistance programs and was quoted in the Democratic Party's news release as saying: "You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I'd do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations…Then we'll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job."

In his statement, Pearce wrote that during a recent radio show there "was a discussion about the abuses to our welfare system" and he "shared comments written by someone else and failed to attribute them to the author."

"This was a mistake," Pearce stated. "This mistake has been taken by the media and the left and used to hurt our Republican candidates."

He wrote he does not want Democrats and reporters "to try and take a misstatement from my show and use it to attack our candidates."

He issued his resignation to party Chairman Robert Graham, he wrote, because he recognizes "that hosting a radio show and the nature of the debates that we have had and will continue to have are incompatible with what our Party needs from its leadership team."

Pearce did not return a call from The Arizona Republic seeking comment on his remarks.

Prior to Pearce's resignation, Graham did not respond to a request for comment about the former vice chair's remarks.

Arizona's Republican nominees for governor, secretary of state, attorney general, as well as Congressional candidates, repudiated Pearce's remarks earlier Sunday.

The denunciations came after Quinlan, in his Saturday news release, wrote the "silence" of GOP leaders and candidates on Pearce's remarks "indicates that they have made a cynical calculation that Russell Pearce and his brand of politics appeals to the most extreme elements of their electoral base."

Quinlan asked, "How can we expect (Republican gubernatorial nominee) Doug Ducey to lead this state if he can't even stand up to the most extreme elements of his party?"

A comment posted to Ducey's Twitter account Sunday evening read, "I couldn't disagree more with Russell Pearce's deplorable comments. They have no place in our discourse."

Hours earlier, GOP attorney general nominee Mark Brnovich issued a stronger statement, saying Pearce's remarks "are unrepresentative of the Republican Party I know."

"The notion that government would force sterilization upon anyone is counter to everything I believe about individual liberty and contrary to the founding principles of a free nation," Brnovich's statement said. "Comments that demean the plight of the poor, including women in the dual role of mother and economic provider, are not conservative; they're cruel. And I reject them."

Several other Republican candidates also criticized Pearce's comments by late Sunday evening, including Congressional candidate Martha McSally and Michele Reagan.

"Russell Pearce's ignorant, hateful comments are insulting to women everywhere," McSally posted on her Twitter account. "He needs to resign or be removed from office immediately."

Reagan called for Pearce to resign on her Twitter post: "The obnoxious comments made by Russell Pearce were both disgusting and offensive. Let it be known, he is NOT the voice of my GOP. #Resign!"

Pearce, best known for his role in passing the state's hard-line immigration law Senate Bill 1070, served as Arizona Senate president before he was recalled in 2011.

The radio station's website says he hosts The Russell Pearce Show from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.The show offers "a mix of commentary, opinion, and the busiest caller lines anywhere in Arizona," the website says, adding "Senator Russell Pearce offers listeners and callers alike a no holds barred take on federal, state, and local politics without reservation. He's the John Wayne of the airwaves, the Chuck Norris of the talk radio circuit."
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Here's a great example of how difficult it is for incompetent government employees to get fired. For at least two years, and for at least 30 cases, this court stenographer did not do his job properly, but was still able to remain employed. I can't imagine someone in the private sector who did this keeping their job after even one day of doing this.

Why doesn't the government make audio recordings of these trials?



http://nypost.com/2014/04/03/alcohol...ilty-verdicts/

Rogue alcoholic court reporter kept writing ‘I hate my job’

By Rebecca Rosenberg, Reuven Fenton and Bruce Golding

April 3, 2014

An alcoholic Manhattan court stenographer went rogue, channeling his inner “Shining” during a high-profile criminal trial and repeatedly typing, “I hate my job, I hate my job” instead of the trial dialogue, sources told The Post.

The bizarre antics by Daniel Kochanski, who has since been fired, wreaked havoc on some 30 Manhattan court cases, sources said, and now officials are scrambling to repair the damage.

One high-level source said his “gibberish” typing may have jeopardized hard-won convictions by giving criminals the chance to claim crucial evidence is missing.

Kochanski’s botched transcripts include the 2010 mortgage-fraud trial of Aaron Hand, who was also convicted of trying to hire a hit man to take out a witness against him.

A source familiar with the case said Kochanski’s transcripts of that trial were a total mess.

“It should have been questions and answers — instead it was gibberish,” the source said.

And in a scene right out of 1980’s “The Shining,” where Jack Nicholson’s off-the-rails writer repeatedly types “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” a source said of Kochanski: “He hit random keys or wrote, ‘I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job,’ over and over.”

Claudia Trupp, of the Center for Appellate Litigation, said her office was handling the appeals in Hand’s and nine other cases.

“I never had a situation where a single court reporter was responsible for so much damage,” she said.

Kochanski, 43, was fired in March 2012 for misconduct, said Office of Court Administration spokesman David Bookstaver.

Sources said the Manhattan DA’s Office arrested Kochanski and forced him to try to make sense of his shorthand typing.

But that effort apparently failed. Judges have been holding “reconstruction hearings” at which everyone involved in a case has to testify about what they remember.

“This situation is terrible for everybody,” Trupp said. “It’s very difficult to come up with a sufficient record based on everybody’s recollection years after the event.”

The troubled stenographer’s dad, Ed Kochanski, said his son “became an alcoholic” about five years ago, costing him his marriage and job.

He said his son was in rehab when they last spoke about three years ago.

Ex-wife Heather Kochanski said, “The pressure of that job pushed him over the edge, leading him to lose everything.”

By phone Wednesday, Kochanski denied screwing up his transcripts.

“I never typed gibberish. I always did my job 100 percent. I was let go because of substance abuse,” he said.

“I’m in recovery. July will be one year I’m clean,” he said.
Can't they just record the trial and make a transcript off the recording? They have these great devices now called tape recorders. OR, if you want to use 21st century technology, digital audio recorders.
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(CNN) -- Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe plans to pardon his son for a felony drug charge from more than a decade ago.

"It will probably be in the next few weeks," said Matt DeCample, a spokesman for the governor.

"For any pardons the governor does the person has to have finished all terms of their sentence ... and then had a period of time where they've shown they have straightened their lives out."

Kyle Beebe, who is now 34, was charged in 2003 with possession of a controlled substance -- marijuana -- with intent to deliver. He was fined and sentenced to three years supervised probation, according to CNN affiliate KATV.

The Arkansas Parole Board recommended the pardon last month. It came after Kyle Beebe wrote a lengthy letter in his pardon application.

"I am asking for a second chance at life. I am asking for a second chance to be the man that I know that I can be," Kyle Beebe said.

"At the time of my arrest I was living in a fantasy world, not reality. I was young and dumb. At that time in my life I felt like I was missing something and I tried to fill that emptiness by selling drugs."

The governor said his son has grown up a lot since those days.

"I would have done it a long time ago if he'd have asked, but he took his sweet time about asking," Mike Beebe said. "He was embarrassed. He's still embarrassed, and frankly, I was embarrassed and his mother was embarrassed.

"All of the families that go through that, it's tough on the families, but hopefully the kids learn," the governor said.

Mike Beebe told KATV that he's done more than 700 pardons, mostly for nonviolent offenders.
http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/13/politi...son/index.html

No mention of party affiliation by this article or KATV? That's...

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No mention of party affiliation by this article or KATV?
I listen to NPR a lot on my commute, and a few months ago there was some story on corruption charges of some fairly major city politician. I thought, "hmm...they didn't mention the party affiliation. Isn't that a fairly relevant bit of journalism that's been left out?" I subsequently googled the story to find out that he was a D, unsurprisingly.
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Dude seems to be a bit unhinged


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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is showing no sign of stepping down, despite a criminal investigation involving him and his fiancée, and other politicians calling for him to resign.

Kitzhaber, 67, and his live-in fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, are being investigated for possible corruption. Hayes is under scrutiny for allegedly using her relationship with Kitzhaber to land contracts for her business as a clean-energy consultant.

While senior Democrats have urged the four-term governor to step down, Kitzhaber remains steadfast.

"He was upset," Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney told reporters of a meeting with Kitzhaber on Thursday. "He was defiant. He's struggling."

Kate Brown, Oregon’s secretary of state, said Kitzhaber asked her to return abruptly from Washington, fueling speculation that he would step down. But when she arrived, she claimed he acted confused and vowed not to resign, while wanting to discuss her transition.

"This is clearly a bizarre and unprecedented situation," Brown said in a statement.

The state attorney general's office on Thursday ordered Hayes to release emails from private accounts that discuss state business following a public records request. Hayes, through a lawyer, opposed the request. She has seven days to comply or appeal.

Questions about Hayes have swirled for months, but the pressure on Kitzhaber intensified in recent weeks after newspapers raised questions about whether Hayes reported all her income on her tax returns.

In October, Hayes admitted that she and a former boyfriend bought land years earlier with plans to illegally grow marijuana. She also confessed to once marrying an immigrant in exchange for cash so he could remain in the country.

Neither the governor nor Hayes has been charged with any wrongdoing. But earlier this month, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said she was launching a criminal investigation.

Kitzhaber has said he and Hayes took steps to avoid conflicts of interest.
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Old 02-13-15, 09:51 AM   #146
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And he's resigned.
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Old 02-13-15, 03:52 PM   #148
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Old 09-02-15, 04:35 PM   #149
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Re: The One and Only Great Moments in State Government thread

NC Law: Teens who take nude selfie photos face adult sex charges

In North Carolina, 16 is the age of consent. 16 is also the age at which criminals can be tried as an adult. But it's illegal for someone under the age of 18 to appear in a sexually explicit image.

So if you're between the ages of 16 and 18 and you take a dirty picture of yourself, you can get charged as an adult for exploiting a child.
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Old 09-14-15, 03:18 PM   #150
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Re: The One and Only Great Moments in State Government thread

so nothing about the two tea party Michigan state Representatives who got caught having an affair with each other? To make the revelation harder to believe, one of them started spending rumors of himself having a gay affair with a prostitute. He wanted people to hear the outlandish rumor so when the real truth came out, people wouldn't believe that either.

http://www.wxyz.com/news/todd-course...presentatives_

Or what about these two married representatives from Minnesota who were caught kissing in a park and then tried to say the park ranger was lying.

http://news.yahoo.com/republicans-ci...140953642.html

I blame it on gay marriage ... and Obama.
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