Just a quick blurb from the N&O (full story here): Former state Rep. Michael Decker admitted in federal court Tuesday that three years ago he abandoned the Republican Party and supported Jim Black for a third term as House speaker in exchange for a legislative job for Decker's son and $50,000.
I could write a full commentary on corruption in the state government, but the fact that we have so many corrupt men and women, even at the state level, is nothing new. I almost am bored by it, I am sad to say. The real story is that Decker admitted to it publicly.
Jim Black is surrounded by corrupt people who are willing to contribute to his own corruption. Yet Black is in denial, we all know it, and he is still in power. This is a sorry thing to witness. Jim Black needs to be removed from power. In the 1700's, he would have been adbucted by fellow citizens, tarred, and feathered. Instead, people like him are allowed to prosper. If Black does not resign over the Decker scandal, then he needs to basically have the crap kicked out of him by citizens who are fed up with this sort of thing. Want to read more about Jim Black's corruption? Here is a site for you.