Lawmakers/Politicians

Arizona May Pay One Lucky Voter $1 Million

Further confirming what a great thing the initiative process is, an Arizona proposal that would enter everyone who actually votes into the drawing for a $1 million prize has qualified for the November ballot. Tired of seeing extremely low turnouts…


Rejected Democrat Has Choice Words for Party Leaders

In May, the Democratic Party chose not to nominate anyone to run against GOP Rep. Eric Cantor for his seat in the 7th Congressional District in Virginia, rather than nominate Brad Blanton, who I guess was the only person who…


Panel Concludes Legislators Should Not Work Drunk

A citizen panel in Oregon has come to the conclusion that state legislators and legislative staff should not be drunk while performing their official duties.  The Public Commission on the Oregon Legislature adopted the policy on Monday after it was…


Burying the Hatchet

Recently quoted in The New Yorker: [Detroit] Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has named former mayoral challenger and City Councilwoman Sharon Mc Phail, who once accused him of rigging her massage chair to electrocute her, to the newly created position of general…


Florida State Senator Promises to Try New Media Strategies

State Senator Gary Siplin was charged on April 10 with grand theft for allegedly misusing taxpayer money.  Since then, he has shown, shall we say, a lack of skill in dealing with the media. He acknowledged to reporters this week…



Peruvian Candidates Desperate for Attention

Reuters reports that with over 2,500 people running for 120 seats in Peru’s Congress, candidates have felt it necessary to engage in a variety of stupid stunts to get any attention at all. Some have chained themselves to railings outside…


Zimzim Urallala Zimzim, Says Mayor

Harper’s Magazine reported this month on a proclamation in honor of Dadaism issued late last year by Dennis Highberger, the mayor of Lawrence, Kansas.  This year is (according to some) the 90th anniversary of the creation of Dadaism, an artistic…


Secretary of State in Possession of Coca Leaves

Coca leaves were given to Secretary Rice as part of a gift by the president of Bolivia, during Rice’s visit to that country in March.  The leaves were embedded in a guitar that President Evo Morales gave Rice, an Andean…


Vote-Buying, Appalachian Style

The mayor of Appalachia, Virginia, a town of 2,000 in southwest Virginia, has been charged (along with 13 others) with election fraud and corruption.  The scandal includes charges that a slate of three candidates bought votes from hundreds of residents…