The Hamilton scandal tells us it’s time to overhaul the General Assembly.

Delegate Phil Hamilton (R-Newport News) is in a lot of trouble for ethics violations, and rightly so. FOIAd e-mailed records show that Hamilton had Old Dominion University hire him as a consultant, using funding he’d allocated from the state budget, contingent on the earmark going through. Basically, he put in an earmark for himself, funneling […]

DoJ drops charges against Ted Stevens.

It’s tough to find a silver lining in the DOJ’s decision to drop all charges against convicted bribe-receiver Ted Stevens. Stevens is quite clearly guilty of receiving bribes and, as a U.S. Senator, I think he’s deserving of severe punishment. Public officials who breach the public trust must be made an example of. But the […]

Blagojevich arrested on corruption charges.

Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff have been arrested on corruption charges and, after skimming through the criminal complaint, it looks to me like this guy’s as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. Given this laundry list, this isn’t a case of him being caught in the midst of using bad judgment—he […]