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Independent Ethics Commission: So Much for Political Ethics in South Dakota

The voters of South Dakota voted for an independent ethics commission and it passed. As part of the package that went along with the commission were also provisions to put limits on campaign finance and lobbying access. An independent ethics

Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

commission? It was music to my ears.

The governor of the state, Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) repealed the bill the voters of the state wanted! The politicians said that the voters were tricked into approving the ethics package which created the independent ethics commission. Here is the funny part: they were able to reject it under something called the “state of emergency,” provision. My ears are now ringing!

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Starbucks “Red Cups” in the Age of Outrage – Who Cares?

For the sake of transparency, I do not own one penny’s worth of Starbucks stock. I am also the type of guy who visits most any kind of coffee shop if I have the urge, or I’ll drink most any cup of hotel or convention center coffee and be just fine with it.  But this is a bit ridiculous – Starbucks “Red Cups” in the Age of Outrage – my question is really who cares?

I know that every day, millions of people file into Starbucks shops for coffee concoctions. In fact, stock analysts estimate the international chain gets about 8 million visits a day. That’s a lot of coffee, and it’s a lot of cups.

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Does Donald Trump have what it takes to be President?

Is decency a quality needed in order to be President?

Classic Donald Trump –  “I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either.” It seems that a number of people agree with Trump as his numbers are rising to the great surprise of many.  Donald TrumpAnd while politics can be dirty, it seemed pre-Trump that there was a certain level of civility and manners that most candidates (and there are many) adhered to.  Trump – well he’s certainly changed the game when it comes to both.

My Mother loves this guy…

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Political Ethics and tagged , , , ,

Government in Action? Senator Robert Ford indicted on ethics charges

At the heart of the ethical argument are the choices we make in life; positive or negative – and the consequences of where those actions lead.

Robert FordIn an article by Tim Smith (November 14, 2014) for the Greenville (SC) News, we hear the sad news of former State Senator Robert Ford. Ford was the senator from Charleston, but this could pertain to most anyone in any city in America. He was charged with eight criminal accounts in May of 2013. According to the article:

“The grand jury indicted Ford on Friday, accusing him of misusing his campaign account by depositing campaign funds in his personal account, using campaign funds for personal expenses, and filing false campaign reports to the Senate Ethics Committee…

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Political Ethics Failure – Ray Nagin ex-mayor of New Orleans in Jail

Ray Nagin, the ex-mayor of New Orleans has gone to jail. They gave him 10 years and ordered him to pay restitution of $82,000. There are many in the prosecutor’s offices who feel the jail time and the fines are way too low.

Ray NaginIn an article entitled: “Ex-New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin sentenced to 10 years,” by Paul Murphy and Mike Perlstein of WWL-TV, New Orleans (July 9, 2014), Nagin, who is known as the face of Hurricane Katrina, did his best to sell out the city.

“’What Ray Nagin did was sell his office over and over and over again,’” Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Coman said outside the courthouse. “’The damage that Ray Nagin inflicted upon this community … is incalculable. We as a community need not and should not accept public corruption.’”

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The Machine Needs Some Oil: None of the above wins in Nevada

There have been lots of political high-points in the past 20 years or so, but I have to give the nod to the Democratic voters of Nevada. They may be starting a trend that might upset America’s political apple cart.

None of the AboveThe Nevada Democratic primary for governor was June 10, 2014. According to the Associated Press, eight potential candidates (all men) were on the ballot. In order for one of the candidates to win, he would have had to exceed 30 percent voter support. That didn’t happen. In fact, the “candidate” who received most of the votes from the 21,000 registered Democrats who voted was “None of these candidates.”

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Ethically Speaking: The Politics of Justification

The easy thing to do with this post is to blame the actions in regard to this case simply on “politics in America.” As the case involves the supposedly ultra-conservative Central Mississippi Tea Party versus the Republican Party, my comments could be construed as an endorsement for Democrats everywhere. It is not. For next week, I can guarantee you; I could easily come up with a bone-headed example from the other side of the aisle. In fact, for the rest of this post I political-sciences-PhDswill not mention specific names or parties other than to say, look up a recent scandal involving the photographing of the ailing wife a U.S. senator from Mississippi.

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