The Spectacle Blog

Corruption Everywhere Past & Present

By on 10.3.06 | 9:21PM

Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, who last year spent 10 months in federal prison for accepting lavish gifts from contractors who did business with his state, spoke today at a luncheon here in Raleigh sponsored by the John Locke Foundation (my employer). His speech, titled "The Arrogance of Power," was a timely one, as our state legislature is under fire for ethical lapses, chiefly related to the passage of a state lottery last year. In fact, a former lottery commissioner is currently on trial for his failure to disclose his financial ties to Scientific Games, a vendor that planned to compete for the contract to run North Carolina's lottery. Our governor, Mike Easley, testified today in that trial.

Twisted Twist

By on 10.3.06 | 6:25PM

David Roth, Mark Foley's attorney, is on TV now claiming that Foley was molested by a clergyman as a teen.

Re: The Woodward Magic

By on 10.3.06 | 5:39PM

Looks like it's not working since your post yesterday, Reid.

Incidentally, has anybody else noticed how strange Bob Woodward's speech tones and rhythsm are these days? He sounds like the victim of some nervous disorder.

Sounds of Solidarity

By on 10.3.06 | 3:52PM

"Most Republicans are sticking together."-- Speaker Hastert's spokesman on the Foley affair

Good grief! Isn't there another way to phrase this?

Who Can You Trust?

By on 10.3.06 | 2:38PM

There's an Associated Press story out on the wire with the mis-titled headline, "Bush: Democrats shouldn't be trusted to run Congress." Of course since it's the AP, it's running on many news Web sites and will run in hundreds of print newspapers in the next day or so, with near-identical variations of the headline. ABC's affiliate here in Raleigh even puts the "Democrats shouldn't be trusted" in quotation marks, as though the president had literally uttered that statement.

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