An appalling lesson in ethics and the Ga. Legislature

In the last two hours of the very last day of the 2012 Georgia General Assembly, with scores of proposed bills flying back and forth between the House and Senate, a handful of powerful state legislators tried to take advantage of the confusion. The conspiracy they launched demonstrates just how contemptuous they have become of the people whom they were elected to serve.

The goal of their little plot was to further weaken Georgia’s already lax ethics laws. Had it succeeded, it would have prevented voters from learning the identities of elected officials who had failed to meet deadlines established in state law for filing ethics disclosure and campaign finance statements. It also would have allowed fines levied against legislators for violating those laws to simply disappear, without payment and without anyone even learning they had existed.

And believe or not, the means by which legislative leaders attempted to accomplish that deed was more sordid than the deed itself.

We begin with House Bill 875, a harmless little piece of legislation meant to ensure that the Department of Natural Resources did not have to release personal data of applicants for hunting and fishing licenses, such as Social Security numbers and drivers’ license photos.

However, in what now looks to have been a well-orchestrated scheme, this innocuous little bill was passed in slightly different versions in the House and Senate. That forced the appointment of a six-member conference committee — three from each chamber — to work out the differences.

In hindsight, the membership of that conference committee should have signaled trouble, because it was oddly high-powered for such a little bill.

In the Senate, it comprised Don Balfour of Snellville, the powerful chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and a prominent foe of ethics reform. John Bulloch of Ochlocknee and Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga, also members of the Rules Committee and influential legislators in their own right, were also appointed.

In the House, Ethics Committee Chairman Joe Wilkinson of Sandy Springs was named to the conference committee on HB 875, along with David Knight of Griffin and Tom McCall of Elberton.

Meeting in private in the last hours of the session, those six legislators agreed to dramatically revise HB 875 by adding the ethics-related language outlined above. They knew that such provisions would be highly controversial, but they were counting on the fact that in the last hectic hours of a session, members were much too busy to read the piles of legislation flying across their desks.

Under such circumstances, legislators casting votes are forced to rely on assurances from their colleagues that the bills coming before them are worthy of support. It is an act of faith and trust, and in this case, that faith and trust was betrayed.

After the conference committee concluded its work, Bulloch went to the Senate chamber, told his fellow senators that a deal had been worked out on little ol’ HB 875 and urged their support. It passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 46-4, but a look at the four “no” votes suggest that word of the bill’s true intent had already begun to leak out.

One of the four “no” votes was Josh McKoon, a freshman Republican from Columbus who had angered his party leadership by daring to sponsor ethics-reform legislation. Another was Democrat Jason Carter of Decatur, who earlier in the evening had tried and failed to force a floor vote on legislation imposing a $100 limit on gifts from lobbyists. The third was Democrat Gloria Butler, secretary of the Senate Ethics Committee; the fourth was Mike Crane, a freshman Republican from Newnan.

With time ticking down in the session, the bill now moved to the House, where it was introduced to legislators with no mention of its revised content. By then, however, AJC reporters and others had caught wind of the changes made to the bill. As House members began to vote, word was spreading. Alarmed legislators who had initially voted “yes” on the bill quickly began changing those votes to “no”, and in the end the bill was defeated by a vote of 25 to 143.

Wilkinson, the House Ethics Committee chairman, later tried to defend the rejected language, calling opposition to it “disgraceful.” As he saw it, the public has no right to know when legislators miss legal deadlines for filing ethics forms.

“Why should [a politician’s] name be up there if he didn’t do anything wrong?” he said.

That is wrong on so many levels. First, it is wrong as a matter of process. If the only way to enact your “good idea” is by smuggling it into unrelated legislation at the last minute, then maybe, just maybe, it wasn’t really such a good idea.

Second, let’s think about what really happened here. In the past, Wilkinson has defended Georgia’s ethics laws by stressing the importance of disclosure. If legislators and lobbyists disclose everything as required by law, he has argued, we don’t really need laws against gifts and conflicts of interest, etc. The voters will have all the information they need to discipline their elected officials.

In reality, however, some legislators are going years without filing required disclosure forms; they also aren’t paying the required fines, because the state ethics commission lacks the resources and gumption to take action. As a result, the only remaining incentive to encourage legislators to file disclosure by the legal deadline is public exposure if they do not.

Last week, Wilkinson and other tried to reduce public disclosure about legislators’ failure to publicly disclose, and they tried to do it without full disclosure. That is not open government.

That is, to borrow Wilkinson’s word, “disgraceful.”

– Jay Bookman

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Don't Forget

April 1st, 2012
10:48 pm

Josef, well you may have me stumped. Lets try this. Was it a infectious disease? Otherwise I’d have to guess it was crop destruction and perhaps some groups were less affected if they relied on hunting more than others. There are no animal vectors for smallpox so it isn’t that.

DebbieDoRight - Doing The Right Thing

April 1st, 2012
10:48 pm

And before one of you conservatrons say something like, “but, but but he was suspended from school 3 TIMES…..”

Please remember he had never been suspended for being violent AND the best part, drum roll please, at the time of his death he hadn’t stolen anything (he actually bought the Skittles and iced tea); he hadn’t bothered anyone AND he hadn’t done ANYTHING to merit being followed, being harassed, and being detained.

This is after all AMERICA – where there is a high preponderance of the belief that someone is innocent until you can prove them guilty. Walking in a neighborhood, trying to get home, does not make you guilty.

And if Doom once again brings up about the burglaries in the neighborhood, let me remind him, AGAIN that Martin didn’t commit them. And if walking in a neighborhood gives someone the right to kill you, ya’ll better watch where you walk from this day forth.

Anywhoooooo, Doom you never said if you’re going to take the bet. I’m willing to stand behind my convictions. Are you?

They BOTH suck

April 1st, 2012
10:50 pm

josef

I’m the worst typist on here, however I figured I would have a little fun…………

Everyone have a great night

Josef

April 1st, 2012
10:53 pm

Forget
Swine flu….but, why did some groups have such higher survival rates?

Thulsa Doom

April 1st, 2012
10:54 pm

“That’s because I actually READ the law that Zimmerman is basing his defense on.”

Well than you might want to pass on your expertise to the DA. Because the DA who actually examined the case, and who actually knows FL. law better than you, did not beleive he or she could get a conviction in the case based upon the law. Apparently you know something that the DA does not know. Come clean with it since you are smarter than the Fl. DA and you are more of an expertise on Fl. law than the Fl. DA. Enlighten us as to what you know that the DA’s office does not know. We are waiting…

moonbat betty

April 1st, 2012
10:55 pm

Debbie, you don’t know what the fk really happened.

All you know is a 50% white guy killed a 17 year old black man/boy.

And that’s all anyone needs to know right?

acer706

April 1st, 2012
10:55 pm

Without evidence there is not a case. I’m sorry.

Jm

April 1st, 2012
10:56 pm

“Jim Cramer is like the jar jar binks of CNBC”

:)

Thulsa Doom

April 1st, 2012
10:57 pm

“This is after all AMERICA – where there is a high preponderance of the belief that someone is innocent until you can prove them guilty.”

And you are proving that with every post in assuming Zimmerman’s guilt which you are on record as openly and blatantly assuming not once but several times.

DebbieDoRight - Doing The Right Thing

April 1st, 2012
10:59 pm

Betty – no one has rioted. I’m amazed at you Betty. When the tea partyers were out and about disturbing traffic and causing thousands in cops pay to guard them, you called that “right to assemble” and “their right to speak out for an injustice”. But when a bunch of people speak out about the Martin case all of a sudden it’s a RIOT?

Your words are speaking really, really loud about your bias betty — as a matter of fact is deafening.

Doom — so NOW you don’t believe the MOTHER of the kid whom the cops put down as a witness AND came to interview 8 days after the incident? A-Feakin-MAZING!! And you have the NERVE to say that I’m biased?

Are you for real? Seriously? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

DebbieDoRight - Doing The Right Thing

April 1st, 2012
11:04 pm

Debbie, you don’t know what the fk really happened.

All you know is a 50% white guy killed a 17 year old black man/boy.

And that’s all anyone needs to know right?

Show me a post where i mentioned race Betty? you were the only one, besides recon on this blog to mention race.

Race seems to be an issue for YOU not me — don’t project your attitudes on race relations on me. that’s YOUR problem not mine.

Thulsa Doom

April 1st, 2012
11:04 pm

“And if Doom once again brings up about the burglaries in the neighborhood, let me remind him, AGAIN that Martin didn’t commit them. And if walking in a neighborhood gives someone the right to kill you, ya’ll better watch where you walk from this day forth.”

No one is arguing that walking in the neighborhood gives someone the right to kill you. Of course it doesn’t. What we are asking about is did Z try to walk away from T after confronting him and did T then become the aggressor in attacking Z- giving Z the right to self defense if he was attacked after walking away from the situation. That is the central question- one which your hyperbole and emotional rhetoric completely disregards. This is what it comes down to Debbie.

“Anywhoooooo, Doom you never said if you’re going to take the bet. I’m willing to stand behind my convictions. Are you?”

Which bet? And can you prove your side of the bet? I suspect that you are talking about do you know out of 100 black men how many tutor disadvantaged black kids on the weekends? Keep in mind that I’m talking about black men in general. Not you cherry picking 100 black men straight from bbbs which obviously is a bs way of skewing results.

getalife

April 1st, 2012
11:05 pm

Funny how all our cons know zimm is not guilty.

Then they quote Pat Buchanan.

Your words give your racism away.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

April 1st, 2012
11:06 pm

Don’t Forget @ 10:38

I agree with you as to which would be worse.

However, I have my doubt about a conviction (beyond a reasonable doubt).

DebbieDoRight - Doing The Right Thing

April 1st, 2012
11:06 pm

Doom Florida’s SPECIAL PROSECUTOR seems to think she has a pretty good case building against Zimmerman. Do you believe her?

Jm

April 1st, 2012
11:07 pm

Getalife

I know zimm is an idiot

That’s about all I know so far

Don't Forget

April 1st, 2012
11:09 pm

Josef,
Swine flu crossed my mind but I wondered how they would know that or even that that allele was even around back then. Generally a higher survival from a virus would be from exposure to a similar agent. For example, you’ve heard the old expression “she has the complexion of a mild maid”, well that was because milk maids were exposed to cow pox and were much less vulnerable to small pox and the resulting disfigurement. Difference’s in the receptor for the virus could do it, as in Magic Johnson but I doubt that here.

Billybob

April 1st, 2012
11:10 pm

until the citizens once again hold their elected officials to the highest standards and elect individuals based on character, these things will continue to happen……..conservatives started that movement in nov 2010 and will continue that with independents and reagan democrats in nov 2012……….now jay, maybe you can write an ethics piece on the passage of obamacare or the dodd/frank bill and then you can have a seat at the ethics table

Thulsa Doom

April 1st, 2012
11:10 pm

“When the tea partyers were out and about disturbing traffic and causing thousands in cops pay to guard them, you called that “right to assemble” and “their right to speak out for an injustice”.”

The tea party paid their permit fees which compensates the city for the cost of their peaceful protests. Can you please point out to me where and how often the OWS protesters paid their’s? And specifically how much in fees did the ows protestors pay to restore Woodruff park after they trashed it to the tune of a couple hundred thousand dollars of repairs?

getalife

April 1st, 2012
11:11 pm

I believe her Debbie.

There will be justice and our cons are wrong as usual.

Don't Forget

April 1st, 2012
11:13 pm

Scout,
Cases with racial tones aren’t the only ones that people get upset about too. Remember there were thousands of folks who were completely absorbed by the Kaylee Anthony case (if I remember that right), hundreds of people outside the courtroom and many were extremely upset without any racial tones whatsoever. This will all come down to how it’s handled, IMO.

getalife

April 1st, 2012
11:14 pm

bilbob,

You are late to the party pal.

Progressives have been purging corrupt dems for a decade.

Better late than never.

DebbieDoRight - Doing The Right Thing

April 1st, 2012
11:14 pm

Doom you can read – go back in the blog and find the post. Also find the post where I mentioned about already knowing 70/100 black men who give back, foster, yada yada yada.

Josef

April 1st, 2012
11:15 pm

Forget…
Think antibodies…who would have them and why? The milkmaid one needs to be discarded here…

Thulsa Doom

April 1st, 2012
11:16 pm

Debbie,

We’ll see. Who appointed her? I’m kinda curious as to why the original DA thought the case was unwinnable but all of a sudden a special prosecutor thinks it is. Politics debbie. Pure and simple.

Black people want blood and if they don’t get what they have already is decided is the correct outcome then riots will ensue. It is a racially based threat that politicians now take seriously after the LA riots. Don’t give mob lynching black people what they want in a politically charged trial and they will burn their own neighborhoods. But at least it revives the dying race pimping industry of Al sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

Billybob

April 1st, 2012
11:17 pm

getalife meet charlie brown’s teacher…….

Josef

April 1st, 2012
11:17 pm

Gotta run…

moonbat betty

April 1st, 2012
11:17 pm

“When the tea partyers were out and about disturbing traffic and causing thousands in cops pay to guard them, you called that “right to assemble” and “their right to speak out for an injustice”. But when a bunch of people speak out about the Martin case all of a sudden it’s a RIOT?”

Apples and oranges, Debbie.

And show me where I said that…

Thank you.

Whitey is not making it a racial issue.

Open up your eyes.

Jm

April 1st, 2012
11:17 pm

Booooo UK basketball fans

Unacceptable

Jm

April 1st, 2012
11:18 pm

They BOTH suck

April 1st, 2012
11:20 pm

Who is “Whitey” and how does he play a role in this case?

Is he one of the cops, the DA, a witness, maybe the paramedic who tended to Zimmerman?

Who is this person?

moonbat betty

April 1st, 2012
11:21 pm

“Who is “Whitey” and how does he play a role in this case? ”

He doesn’t and that is the point…

DebbieDoRight - Doing The Right Thing

April 1st, 2012
11:21 pm

Doom!! Concentrate!!! We’re not talking about OWS!! Stop moving the bar!!

getalife – Word.

Don't Forget

April 1st, 2012
11:22 pm

Josef,
Ah, so the groups that had been exposed to influenza from the Europeans would have partial immunity. That’s gotta be it.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

April 1st, 2012
11:23 pm

Headline: “Tom Goldstein, publisher of SCOTUSblog, said at a POLITICO Pro briefing just before last week’s oral arguments.

‘And so, a lot of things that Congress does that maybe framers of the Constitution would have thought are beyond what the true regulation of interstate commerce is — but which the modern Supreme Court has blessed — would be back on the table,’ Goldstein added.”

Good grief ! A good definition of UNCONSTITUTIONAL if I ever heard one.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74701.html#ixzz1qqk2sans

Thulsa Doom

April 1st, 2012
11:23 pm

Debbiedoright,

If you choose to skew the results and cherry pick and can grab 100 black men from bbbs then you win. If you can grab 100 black men at random and ask if they volunteer on weekends to teach poor black children then I win. Its great if you can cherry pick to validate your claim. I’ll give you an intersting tidbit that T said to me when I asked him why he and other white men usually get paired with black children in bbbs. He, being a liberal white Democrat, looked at me like I was effing stupid and said “Black men don’t take care of their own kids. What the eff makes you think they are going to take care of another black man’s child?”

Doomy is rarely at a loss for words. After that statement Doomy was speechless.

They BOTH suck

April 1st, 2012
11:23 pm

moonbat

Thanks……… I thought it was someone whom I had not heard of since this case has been in the news

moonbat betty

April 1st, 2012
11:24 pm

Thulsa Doom

April 1st, 2012
11:33 pm

Don’t forget,

If you are still up I got your 9:53. Medically above my head to where I will have to read it a couple times to fully get it but fascinating nonetheless.

Jm

April 1st, 2012
11:33 pm

getalife

April 1st, 2012
11:34 pm

Just the facts bilbob.

Thulsa Doom

April 1st, 2012
11:34 pm

UK fans? Collective jackasses of the week.

DebbieDoRight - Doing The Right Thing

April 1st, 2012
11:36 pm

Doom: We’ll see. Who appointed her? I’m kinda curious as to why the original DA thought the case was unwinnable but all of a sudden a special prosecutor thinks it is. Politics debbie. Pure and simple.

The governor appointed her and look to td’s comment on why the original prosecutor didn’t think the case was winnable.

Black people want blood and if they don’t get what they have already is decided is the correct outcome then riots will ensue. It is a racially based threat that politicians now take seriously after the LA riots. Don’t give mob lynching black people what they want in a politically charged trial and they will burn their own neighborhoods. But at least it revives the dying race pimping industry of Al sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

A) There were black, white, purple, gold, burnt orange, crimson, yellow, blue and green people marching. Perhaps your television is like that kid who saw dead people and you can only see black ones.

B) You guys sure love to bring up Al and Jesse; no matter the subject, if black people are involved; you drag out your tired old Al and Jesse arguments. To save time, I’ll just ignore it. Makes no sense for me to follow your lead and keep saying the same things again and again and again and again and……….well…….you get the picture……….

Betty: Apples and oranges, Debbie. And show me where I said that…

Ok. Try this. Look here and here

Thank you.

You’re welcome.

Whitey is not making it a racial issue.

Well YOU sure are. You can’t seem to take RACE out of your comments or out of the equation. I’m still trying to figure out WHY.

Open up your eyes.

Back at ya.

Jm

April 1st, 2012
11:38 pm

Challenger attorneys whipped the SG butt :)

Jm

April 1st, 2012
11:38 pm

Doom. Agree. Jail time.

DebbieDoRight - Doing The Right Thing

April 1st, 2012
11:41 pm

He, being a liberal white Democrat, looked at me like I was effing stupid and said “Black men don’t take care of their own kids. What the eff makes you think they are going to take care of another black man’s child?”

from all the black men like my father, grand, uncles, brothers and cousins on their behalf (oh and SoCoBro too); my answer to your little story is BUSHSh##t.

Hope you enjoyed it.

DebbieDoRight - Doing The Right Thing

April 1st, 2012
11:43 pm

dang! the links didn’t take — 2nd try.

Ok. Try this. Look here and here

DebbieDoRight - Doing The Right Thing

April 1st, 2012
11:47 pm

Well Doom since you won’t take me up on my offer,and since I have work in the morning. Goodnight.

Give ‘em hell getalife – see you later.

Whitey

April 1st, 2012
11:49 pm

DebbieDoRight - Doing The Right Thing

April 1st, 2012
11:51 pm

oh and betty – since the links didn’t work – here ya go!! Don’t thank me, I do this to enlighten the masses……….

moonbat betty

April 1st, 2012
10:42 pm
“And perhaps i have lost all reason — you get that way when you realize that a child died for no other reason than that he was walking in a neighborhood.”

Obviously, it’s emotional and not fact driven for you, like most others in this case.

Riot on, Debbie.

Thulsa Doom

April 1st, 2012
11:57 pm

“There were black, white, purple, gold, burnt orange, crimson, yellow, blue and green people marching. Perhaps your television is like that kid who saw dead people and you can only see black ones.’

Yep. I did see many a white liberal protesting as to what they thought was an injustice. Now as far as rioting, looting, etc. well now that’s a whole different matter isn’t it? Or were those mostly white faces pulling Reginald Denny from his truck cab and nearly beating him to death?

2)”You guys sure love to bring up Al and Jesse; no matter the subject, if black people are involved; you drag out your tired old Al and Jesse arguments.’

I’m sorry Debbie but I just deal in reality in my little world. And from what I see on TV these 2 buffoons are without question leading the charge going after mr. Z. Not every black person finds these 2 buffoons credible thank God. But how in the hell the majority of 40 million people can show these 2 clowns as being their de facto leaders is mind boggling. Forget white people. What in the eff do you think people from India or people of East Asian descent think of black people when they see these 2 complete clowns as having such a prolific voice in the community?

“from all the black men like my father, grand, uncles, brothers and cousins on their behalf (oh and SoCoBro too); my answer to your little story is BUSHSh##t.”

“Hope you enjoyed it.”

Hyper inflated rhetorica and reality are 2 different things. And while you extol the virtues of the few black men trying to make a difference you say nothing of the millions of black men making babies without giving a damn about actually parenting their kids. A nearly 70% out of wedlock birthrate tells me your community needs to get their shyte together. You can’t blame careless disregard for fathering numerous babies out of wedlock on whitey. Or maybe you can. And will.

Tea Party

April 1st, 2012
11:58 pm

“Obviously, it’s emotional and not fact driven for you, like most others in this case.”

Tribal litmus test.

White Latino

April 2nd, 2012
12:01 am

We just get no respect. No love.

The worst is for my cousin who is half black, a quarter white and a quarter Latino.

Then there’s my aunt. Where does she fit?

She’s 1/8 German, 1/8 Irish, 1/4 black, 1/4 Latino, and 1/4 Asian. Oy.

Oscar

April 2nd, 2012
12:03 am

She’s 1/8 German, 1/8 Irish, 1/4 black, 1/4 Latino, and 1/4 Asian. Oy
______

Oy? And you are also Jewish?

Goldman

April 2nd, 2012
12:03 am

Race and color is so passé.

The only color that counts in the game of life is green. You either got it or you don’t.

Get with the program people.

Oscar

April 2nd, 2012
12:04 am

Amazing how people can argue so hard about something they know nothing about.

White Latino

April 2nd, 2012
12:04 am

Jewish peeps have not copyrighted “Oy”

Oscar

April 2nd, 2012
12:07 am

White Latino

________

Well, they should have while they had the chance.

White Latino

April 2nd, 2012
12:08 am

Oscar

Disney probably owns it

But I’m part Chinese so I don’t care about copyrights

Thulsa Doom

April 2nd, 2012
12:10 am

Oscar,

What I dont know about the guilt or inncence of Z I am freely willing to admit. What disturbs me is the surety of those who claim with absolute positivity of his guilt under current law.

As for everything else in my various comments to which you might disagree please post what it would specifically be and why and Ill try and answer before i zonk out for the night.

White Latino

April 2nd, 2012
12:13 am

I’m an idiot, but I’m American mother f’ers

Stop looking at skin color

Oscar

April 2nd, 2012
12:16 am

hulsa Doom

__________

I was not talking about you and I don’t believe you have said anything I disagree with.

Oscar

April 2nd, 2012
12:19 am

White Latino

__________

Who you calling an mF

White Latino

April 2nd, 2012
12:21 am

White Latino

April 2nd, 2012
12:22 am

Anyone who cares about the color of my skin.

Oscar

April 2nd, 2012
12:25 am

White Latino

_______

Good answer.

MLK

April 2nd, 2012
12:25 am

For both sides:

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Oscar

April 2nd, 2012
12:26 am

Both of them

MLK

April 2nd, 2012
12:27 am

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Oscar

April 2nd, 2012
12:29 am

MLK

________

You should have been here sooner.

Oscar

April 2nd, 2012
12:29 am

MLK

________

You should have been here sooner.

Oscar

April 2nd, 2012
12:30 am

Where is the trust?

MLK

April 2nd, 2012
12:33 am

In need of amending

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.”

MLK

April 2nd, 2012
12:35 am

Oscar. Agreed. But a crazy white guy killed me. And now we have second rate guys at the helm.

MLK

April 2nd, 2012
12:36 am

Goodnight and god bless

Oscar

April 2nd, 2012
12:37 am

MLK
________

I met you one time a long time ago. You probably don’t remember. And you are right about second rate guys.

Oscar

April 2nd, 2012
12:37 am

Not many people left alive who can say that.

[...] This piece by Jay Bookman is getting a lot of play, and for good reason. An appalling lesson in ethics and the Ga. Legislature [...]

stands for decibels

April 2nd, 2012
6:08 am

mornin’.

Saw Jay’s post awhile ago–too depressing for me to comment on earlier. But it seems to me that the root of all this jackassery is our expectations of our lawmakers.

We don’t pay them to be full timers; what do we expect in return?

Let’s not be half-assed about this, I say. Let’s think big.

Georgia could save a lot of money by electing not to pay their law enforcement officials, either. Police could simply choose to enforce the laws that were in their own personal interest to enforce, and they could fund-raise the same way our lawmakers do.

And it’d be ok with me because I can’ remember the last time I actually needed a cop; if I ever do, I’ll just keep a few c-notes around if it’s something that needs doing on the spot–if it’s a big deal, that’d just be considered a down payment. I’ve got a trustworthy face.

Whaddayallthink?

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

April 2nd, 2012
7:52 am

There’s a certain humorous irony in our elected Georgia officials
obvious committment to keeping us Number 1 on the list of ethically challenged states.

Isn’t that special.

independent thinker

April 2nd, 2012
10:29 pm

I knew it – the illiterate redneck rascists did what I expected in this blog- blame it on Obama! We have totally corrupt circus clowns in the state legislature because the average legislator in this state has an IQ of 50 and is only interested in keeping women pregant, barefoot and under men’s control and making sure any bill the NRA writes gets passed while porking out on lobbyist’s gifts. Sound like the same old circus under the gold dome.

[...] hours of the most recent legislative session, Georgia lawmakers apparently tried to remove even the last bit of ethical oversight in one of the shakiest, most appalling bits of politics I’ve seen in a [...]