Human Rights

Roberts v. Florida Voters

July 21, 2005 - I agree with Max Sawicky and others that Roberts isn't a defeatable nominee for the Supreme Court. Rolling out a laundry list of somewhat conservative positions he took in various cases isn't going to amount to a killer bill of particulars that will convince the public that he's unfit for the bench.

Scrushy Agonistes

July 5, 2005 - As you probably heard, Richard Scrushy was last week found not guilty of criminal charges in the billion-dollar HealthSouth accounting fraud scandal. Scrushy, feeling vindicated, has said he would like to work again at the company he founded.

Tampa Cops Support Gay Pride March

June 27, 2005 - The Hillsborough County (Fla.) commission recently voted "not to acknowledge, promote or participate in gay pride events." Right after the July 15 vote, two gay literature displays in the Tampa public library were taken down (a similar display at another library was taken down before the vote).

Lynching Resolution Redux

June 20, 2005 - Just when the 13 Republican Senators who declined to co-sponsor the Senate's lynching apology resolution last week thought it was safe to poke their heads above the political parapet -- maybe a lazy June weekend would cause folks to forget?

Lynching Wrap-Up

June 14, 2005 - I didn't intend to follow this story so closely, but you reach a point of no return.... Anyhow, the day in lynching news ends in confusion, as senators scramble to make excuses or claim they supported the resolution even if they're not listed anywhere.

More on the Lynching Apology

June 14, 2005 - See The Carpetbagger Report on the anti-lynching resolution's chief Republican sponsor, George Allen (R-VA), who "started his career by keeping a Confederate flag and a noose in his law office." He has also called the NAACP an "extremist group" and, as governor of Virginia, issued a Confederate History

Corporate Responsibility

June 9, 2005 - The SEC lawsuit against HealthSouth for accounting fraud has been settled, the company agreeing to pay the government $100 million, less than a sixth of its annual cash flow.