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(Dallas News)   Leftist viral totem-figure Wendy Davis was opposed to a new tollway until the trimester where her law firm was hired by the tollway   (dallasnews.com ) divider line
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2014-04-15 12:55:43 PM  

Shostie: I do like the phrase "leftist viral totem-figure."

It has a nice ring to it.


That's the name of my band.
 
2014-04-15 01:06:57 PM  
Has she done anything truly "leftist" aside from fight for abortion rights? Is that all it takes down there?
 
2014-04-15 01:12:06 PM  

Hickory-smoked: Has she done anything truly "leftist" aside from fight for abortion rights? Is that all it takes down there?



The single-issue derpers have been farking that chicken since 1973, and the GOP has been suckering votes out of them with all along.
 
2014-04-15 01:24:26 PM  

ladodger34: Nemo's Brother: Wendy Davis is a lying whore.  Only the most derpie of Total Fark lefties don't realize that.

Please elaborate your statement for us.  Help us realize her lying whoredom..



Well there was that time she said she was 18, but she was really 19.
 
2014-04-15 01:34:51 PM  
I don't know why the Dallas Morning News is so afraid of Wendy Davis. She, unfortunately, isn't going to win.
 
2014-04-15 01:47:00 PM  

Gulper Eel: But Davis? Just another creature of weasel-state politics - if you're keeping score at home, the weasel states are the ones where voters have no real choice for ethical government. In no particular order they are: Texas, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Do yourselves a favor and don't send anybody from those states to higher office. They do enough damage at home.


They are?
 
2014-04-15 01:58:03 PM  

Gulper Eel: But Davis? Just another creature of weasel-state politics - if you're keeping score at home, the weasel states are the ones where voters have no real choice for ethical government. In no particular order they are: Texas, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Do yourselves a favor and don't send anybody from those states to higher office. They do enough damage at home.


According to you, they are more corrupt than other states because...um...they have large populations?  Because you say so?
 
2014-04-15 01:59:01 PM  
Huh, wendy davis thread? Wonder whats going on in there.....
Baitapaloooza!
 
2014-04-15 02:04:33 PM  

grumpfuff: Gulper Eel: But Davis? Just another creature of weasel-state politics - if you're keeping score at home, the weasel states are the ones where voters have no real choice for ethical government. In no particular order they are: Texas, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Do yourselves a favor and don't send anybody from those states to higher office. They do enough damage at home.

They are?


I dunno, any scorecard that shows New Jersey as the least corrupt state in the union seems questionable.
 
2014-04-15 02:06:11 PM  

Gulper Eel: Sure as the sunrise, here comes the reflexive spittle-flecked fact-free defense of legalized corruption.


I'll admit I'm a bit taken aback by this level of snarling and gnashing of teeth in defense of such blatant quid-pro-quo corruption.   And they aren't the least bit ashamed of it either.
 
2014-04-15 02:07:57 PM  

Geotpf: Gulper Eel: But Davis? Just another creature of weasel-state politics - if you're keeping score at home, the weasel states are the ones where voters have no real choice for ethical government. In no particular order they are: Texas, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Do yourselves a favor and don't send anybody from those states to higher office. They do enough damage at home.

According to you, they are more corrupt than other states because...um...they have large populations?  Because you say so?


I've showed him that link I posted a dozen times. He never seems to want to talk about it for some strange reason.
 
2014-04-15 02:09:17 PM  

Geotpf: grumpfuff: Gulper Eel: But Davis? Just another creature of weasel-state politics - if you're keeping score at home, the weasel states are the ones where voters have no real choice for ethical government. In no particular order they are: Texas, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Do yourselves a favor and don't send anybody from those states to higher office. They do enough damage at home.

They are?

I dunno, any scorecard that shows New Jersey as the least corrupt state in the union seems questionable.


This is the part where I post a study that finds Polish people aren't actually stupid.
 
2014-04-15 02:24:01 PM  

GoldSpider: Gulper Eel: Sure as the sunrise, here comes the reflexive spittle-flecked fact-free defense of legalized corruption.

I'll admit I'm a bit taken aback by this level of snarling and gnashing of teeth in defense of such blatant quid-pro-quo corruption.   And they aren't the least bit ashamed of it either.


She voted to cap exorbitant NTTA fees and eliminate their first right of refusal for new projects, and her law firm was later one of six hired to pursue the 7,500 people that held the highest unpaid balances. Where's the quid-pro-quo in that?

/being a Texas legislator, she's almost assuredly involved in fishy deals
//this doesn't appear to be one
///Wow. Such bribe. So corruption.
 
2014-04-15 02:25:49 PM  
There is some really badly written and transparent "it's ok when we do it" in this thread.
 
2014-04-15 02:27:10 PM  

Geotpf: I dunno, any scorecard that shows New Jersey as the least corrupt state in the union seems questionable.


So long as you start with the conclusion and work back toward the premise, I don't think we can find any fault in your claim.

// there are a LOT of people in NJ (densest state in the country) - lots of eyes, lots of reporters (and reportage), and general attention (being so close to NY)
// comparatively, how much shenaniganry do you think state-level folks in the backwaters of states like Louisiana get into?
 
2014-04-15 02:28:16 PM  

bdub77: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Excuse me, but would you care to elaborate on this point?

/We have no real choice?

Feinstein and Pelosi come to mind, they balance any good stuff they do out with corrupt crap I can't stand. Then consider where the big Democratic lobbyist money comes from, stuff like the MPAA and RIAA.


RIAA and MPAA give to both parties in pretty close to equal measure actually. They used to give mostly to Democrats, but that changed in 2000. Heck, in 2006, the RIAA's biggest year for giving money, they gave way way more to Republicans. The MPAA gives to both as well, but certainly leans more towards Democrats.
 
2014-04-15 02:31:01 PM  

UrukHaiGuyz: She voted to cap exorbitant NTTA fees and eliminate their first right of refusal for new projects, and her law firm was later one of six hired to pursue the 7,500 people that held the highest unpaid balances. Where's the quid-pro-quo conflict of interest in that?


FTFM.

"And under the state's relatively loose ethics laws, few lawmakers recuse themselves from legislation affecting their livelihoods."

Yup, Texas.

"I have never done anything in a way that represents a conflict in my voting and something that would benefit me personally," Davis said in an interview.

Indeed, the idea that her steering government contracts to her law firm might benefit her personally is patently absurd.
 
2014-04-15 02:32:27 PM  

s2s2s2: There is some really badly written and transparent "it's ok when we do it" in this thread.


Corruption's not okay, but there's as much evidence for it in the headline as the article, unless you'd care to explain exactly why and how Davis' votes regarding the NTTA were unethical. That said, where's the Perry thread? He's currently actually under investigation for ethics violations.
 
2014-04-15 02:36:44 PM  

UrukHaiGuyz: Where's the quid-pro-quo in that?


On further review (per the timeline at the bottom of the article) there certainly appears to be a quid-pro-quo with the North Texas Tollway Authority:  "Support our version of the bill and we'll give you one of the federal contracts."
 
2014-04-15 02:40:52 PM  

give me doughnuts: Hickory-smoked: Has she done anything truly "leftist" aside from fight for abortion rights? Is that all it takes down there?

The single-issue derpers have been farking that chicken since 1973, and the GOP has been suckering votes out of them with all along.


Davis pulled in plenty of her own single issue voters with that one.  It's every politician's old standby.
 
2014-04-15 02:44:07 PM  

GoldSpider: UrukHaiGuyz: Where's the quid-pro-quo in that?

On further review (per the timeline at the bottom of the article) there certainly appears to be a quid-pro-quo with the North Texas Tollway Authority:  "Support our version of the bill and we'll give you one of the federal contracts."


It's a pretty weak connection, much more so than the article tries to implicate. I am perturbed by how closely business and government are intertwined, especially here in DFW, but that's not likely to change anytime soon- it's still very much a "good ol' boy's (and girl's) system, with almost no regulation on the ethical implications. Ideally she would have abstained from the vote, but this doesn't rate as a scandal, IMO.
 
2014-04-15 02:44:47 PM  

UrukHaiGuyz: s2s2s2: There is some really badly written and transparent "it's ok when we do it" in this thread.

Corruption's not okay, but there's as much evidence for it in the headline as the article, unless you'd care to explain exactly why and how Davis' votes regarding the NTTA were unethical. That said, where's the Perry thread? He's currently actually under investigation for ethics violations.


I'm not too worried about it. I certainly would rather have Davis than her competitor. Where's the Perry thread? Start one. It would probably be the very first thread related to how bad Perry sucks. I totally mean that.
 
2014-04-15 02:48:44 PM  

UrukHaiGuyz: It's a pretty weak connection, much more so than the article tries to implicate.


People here get worked up into a lather over far less when it's the other side doing this sort of thing.

UrukHaiGuyz: I am perturbed by how closely business and government are intertwined, especially here in DFW, but that's not likely to change anytime soon- it's still very much a "good ol' boy's (and girl's) system, with almost no regulation on the ethical implications. Ideally she would have abstained from the vote, but this doesn't rate as a scandal, IMO.


It continues to happen because we tolerate it, "because the other side is worse".
 
2014-04-15 03:10:22 PM  
In all fairness, I read that article because it was from the Dallas Morning News and I want to give both sides a fair shake at information.

I didn't see any "scandal" in that article at all. It seems there is an accusation just implied by writing the article in general, and that's all the right-wing salivaters need.
 
2014-04-15 03:14:32 PM  

GoldSpider: UrukHaiGuyz: I am perturbed by how closely business and government are intertwined, especially here in DFW, but that's not likely to change anytime soon- it's still very much a "good ol' boy's (and girl's) system, with almost no regulation on the ethical implications. Ideally she would have abstained from the vote, but this doesn't rate as a scandal, IMO.


It continues to happen because we tolerate it, "because the other side is worse".


It's kind of a chicken-and-egg problem as far as I can tell. Texas is thriving right now from its policy of bending over backwards to attract corporations at the expense of its citizens. It's a great place if you've got a well-paying job, but it's a really f*cking awful place to be less than middle class. All of this only works because our lax regulation and tax breaks help us poach jobs from other states. If the nation as a whole ever adopted Texas' policies, we'd lose our vaunted job growth in a snap.

The stranglehold the NTTA has on highway construction while public highways languish is a perfect example of how this "free market" state embodies all the worst downsides of libertarian ideals. Likewise, the firefighters that died in the West fertilizer plant explosion didn't have to- our regulation is so nonexistent that the place wasn't even required to have a goddamn sprinkler system and was storing explosive chemicals in wooden f*cking bins.

It's all a bit depressing, but the many Texas Democrats aren't any less guilty of corporate fellatio than their Republican colleagues. On the other hand, the party platform of "all regulation kills jobs" is very much a Republican tenet, so I fault them a bit more for the gross abuses of power and ethics and the complete disregard for the poor and desperate.
 
2014-04-15 03:20:53 PM  

Maud Dib: rosebud_the_sled: It doesn't matter which side of the aisle they come from, all people from Texas are liars and scumbags.

Right backatcha, buddy.

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Would that be because he's a bankrupt, tax dodger, or some other reason.  Or perhaps he was just showing me the results of his proctological self-exam.
 
2014-04-15 03:52:58 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: She's still better than Abbott.

 
2014-04-15 06:25:44 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: Dancin_In_Anson: While this surprises me in no way shape or form (Texas politicians are all but required to be ethically challenged) the headline and the reaction are priceless.

She's still better than Abbott.


I prefer Costello.
 
2014-04-15 10:01:34 PM  
No wonder the republicans have a stranglehold on Texas.  The dems there cant get out of their own way.
 
2014-04-15 10:59:01 PM  

Shostie: I do like the phrase "leftist viral totem-figure."

It has a nice ring to it.


Yes. It needs a Super Hero comic book style illustration.
 
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