NEW! Video of Senator Johnson pushing land deal. (Transcription of story here.)
In Oregon, the fix is in.
Pretty much. If you're a Democrat and you want to break the law, normally impunity is the right pose. When you've got the governor, the secretary of state and the attorney general all riding the same train there are few checks and balances.
For example? Why not take the "Special Session" they decided to have last year. Law abiding citizens have tried to point out that simply deferring a decision to the following year doesn't create an emergency. Pretty much by definition, anything you plan to do later can't be considered an act out of a necessary emergency. For democrats, the law is what they believe it should be.
Of course, if a legislator finds his, or her, finger in somebody else's purse and doesn't report it no one can tell you if a crime occured. At least not in Oregon. Well, it seems that the FBI may be considered a competent legal authority. Those darn Feds! Didn't they get the memo?
We wake to find out that State Senator Betsy Johnson is being investigated by the FBI. Surprised? Me not so much. I've written about the senator here and here. Is there a tie-in to the 800-lb gorilla of state politics? Or, are we being unfair?
After all, Democrats enjoy majority status in the state legislature. Who are we to question their ethics?
"Sen. Johnson is another of Gov. Neil's corrupt cronies. I predict she will fall as well."
"I predict that Senator Johnson will outlast this controversy. She has too many powerful friends. You can read peoples comments about Betsy on the St. Helens update's barbs and letters. www.sthelensupdate.com"
"Ethical legislators do not pay fines for Ethics Law violations. They just don't commit the violations. Betsy needs to go- now !!"