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Con JOBS

March 23, 2012 - A bill originally sponsored by ethics-challenged Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee is being hailed as helping small businesses and workers, but watchdogs warn that it will erode transparency and pave the way for more corporate skullduggery.

The GOP's faith-based base

May 9, 2006 - With Bush's approval ratings reaching historic lows -- what one GOP spokesperson, with admirable understatement, calls "a challenging political environment" -- the question arises: who is holding on to support our beleagured president and his party?

Southern Scandal Watch

April 28, 2006 - The scandal season is still in full bloom, claiming ethically challenged lawmakers across the political aisle. Two recent items of a Southern flavor (hat tip to TPM Muckraker):

Florida's privatization nightmare

April 12, 2006 - Florida papers are reporting that the state is finally moving to prosecute Convergys, a global corporation tied in dozens of scandals since taking over the contract to manage Florida's human resources department -- one of the largest privatizations in the country:

Swiftboating Phil

By R. Neal
December 15, 2005 - Posted by R. Neal As hard as it is to work up much sympathy for the guy, Democratic Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen appears to be the victim of a coordinated swiftboat-style political attack campaign. The problem is that Bredesen keeps shooting himself in the foot whenever he tries to deflect the incoming fire.

Corruption

October 17, 2005 - With a $200 billion aid package for hurricane-ravaged Louisiana in limbo, the emerging theme spinning out of the GOP message machine is that Louisiana is too "corrupt" to be trusted with the money, and so the people of the Gulf should just be abandoned.

CAFTA Drama Shakes the South

July 28, 2005 - Since CAFTA passed the House by just one vote this morning -- 217-215 -- you can point to any one of the "ayes" as the "deciding vote." But as we predicted yesterday, the most gripping drama was in the South, where enough Southern Reps were big enough question marks that they could effectively extort dozens of