Nov 26 2012

JohnLeek.com: Good and Bad News for Democracy

Original post at http://www.johnleek.com/2012/11/good-and-bad-news-for-democracy.html

Good News: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ordered removed from office for obvious conflict of interest.

"The city’s integrity commissioner ruled in 2010 that then-councillor Ford was wrong to use official letterhead and other city resources to solicit donations from people lobbying him for his namesake football foundation.

Council agreed and ordered Ford to repay $3,150 to lobbyists, their clients and one private firm. Ford ignored six reminders from the integrity commissioner before she brought the issue back to council Feb. 7."

Six Hour Long Line in Florida (from thinkprogress.org)
Bad News: Voting deliberately suppressed in Florida according to top officials.

Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he attended various meetings, beginning in 2009, at which party staffers and consultants pushed for reductions in early voting days and hours.

“The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Greer told The Post. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only. … ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,’ ” Greer said he was told by those staffers and consultants.

“They never came in to see me and tell me we had a (voter) fraud issue,” Greer said. “It’s all a marketing ploy.”

Having traveled to two emerging democracies and another less healthy than ours, I am thankful for what we have. Our systems in the United States and Canada are relatively transparent and usually elected officials follow the rule of law. For that I am thankful.

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