Allied Vets’ success appears due in part to Carroll’s patronage. While a state representative in 2009 and 2010, she ran a consulting firm that represented Allied Vets, and she sponsored a bill legalizing internet casinos. (Carroll later withdrew the bill from consideration.) She continued to support Allied Vets after Scott chose her as a running mate in 2010, appearing in an ad for the nonprofit.
In an email statement announcing her resignation, Carroll insisted she had done nothing illegal, but was leaving office to avoid sinking Scott’s agenda. “Although I do not believe I or my company are targets of the investigation, I could not allow my company’s former affiliation with Allied Veterans to distract from the administration’s important work for the families of Florida,” she wrote. Scott echoed this in the only public statement he’s made: “I have no knowledge that she broke the law.” See the full video below:
If Carroll’s behavior—profiting while in the Legislature by freelance consulting for a firm that stood to gain from legislation she’d introduced—is legal, it still raises serious questions about the partiality of her public policy work. How closely might she coordinate with groups that have a financial interest in her work, and what impact did that have on her decisions? Last year, I saw firsthand how Carroll worked hand-in-glove with military contractors as a key member of the state’s Defense Support Task Force, shooting down Osama bin Laden in an F-35 cockpit simulator and cheerleading for defense dollars to pour into Florida; more recently, after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Carroll headed the state committee that reviewed Florida’s radically permissive “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law…and concluded, along with gun lobbyists, that the law worked fine.
Why is it legal for legislators in Florida to make big bucks by consulting while they’re legislating?
Carroll’s involvement with Allied Vets raises a larger question: Why is it legal for legislators in Florida (and elsewhere) to make big bucks by consulting while they’re legislating? Elected state officials are part-timers, working only a single 60-day legislative session each year, meaning they’re given great leeway to do outside work. That “creates a situation that forces elected officials to serve two masters: the people who elected them, and the employers who employ them,” recently elected Democratic state Sen. Jeff Clemons, who sits on the ethics committee, told the Palm Beach Post. “If you are employed as an insurance agent, or with a trial attorney, a bank, or as a teacher, you may often be put in the position of having to choose between your employment (feeding your family) and what is best for your constituents.” The result, he argues, is “bad government.”
Scotland’s Roman Catholic archbishop is contesting accusations of “inappropriate behavior” with priests, claims leveled as Cardinal Keith O’Brien prepares to join the conclave that will choose a new pope.
British newspaper The Observer reported Sunday that three priests and one former priest have leveled allegations against O’Brien that date back 30 years. The Observer did not recount details of the claims or identify any of O’Brien’s accusers, but said one of the priests alleged “that the cardinal developed an inappropriate relationship with him.”
O’Brien did not attend Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh on Sunday, but the Scottish Catholic Media Office told CNN that the cardinal “contests these claims and is taking legal advice.”
Pope delivers final Angelus prayer Vatican denies ‘false news reports’ Key moments in pope’s resignation Rumors swirl around pope’s resignation
His accusers took their complaints to the Vatican representative in Britain and demanded O’Brien’s resignation, The Observer reported. At the Vatican, Father Federico Lombardi, a spokesman for the church, told reporters that Pope Benedict XVI has been informed of the allegations.
As a person of undefined faith, it’s not my place to advise the Catholic Church on the direction and type of man they should elect, but this could be a great opportunity to advance the modern world. I hope the new Pope can see women as equals and LBGT as people worthy of recognition as human beings like the rest of us. The Church could take the lead and advance a new age of religious enlightenment, or follow the current trend of fundamentalism which is separating us from science, common sense and each other.
… in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.
George Entwistle, director general of the British Broadcasting Corporation, said Saturday that he would step down amid controversy over the broadcasting of false claims by a sex abuse victim.
“When appointed to the role, with 23 years experience as a producer and leader of the BBC, I was confident the trustees had chosen the best candidate for the post,” he said. “However, the wholly exceptional events of the past few weeks have led me to conclude that the BBC should appoint a new leader.”
The BBC has issued a formal apology for broadcasting false claims by a sex abuse victim that a senior political figure of the 1980s had abused him, in the latest in a series of painful missteps by the UK public broadcaster.
As I pointed out in my previous post that called for Karen Handel’s resignation, it’s very clear that Karen Handel carried a partisan theocratic mission from her failed bid for Governor directly to her job at Komen. It’s also very clear in many state legislatures that defunding Planned Parenthood whenever and wherever they can is a national objective for the GOP. As such it’s clearly partisan and political, and it doesn’t belong at a charity.
Here you see Karen sniveling in front of a friendly audience at CBN that it was somehow Planned Parenthood who politicized it. She’s playing the victim card, when it’s really Planned Parenthood and the poor women whom they serve who were the victims. This is simply steaming bullshit and needs to be called out.
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Former Komen VP Karen Handel blames Planned Parenthood for Komen’s decision to defund them
Things are very fluid right now. However, the protests seem to have started after the arrest of a judge that the now-former President (Mohamed Nasheed) saw as in the pocket of the President before him (Maumoon Abdul Gayoom), who was widely seen as a dictator. This eventually led to some (or all, reports are still unclear) of the police going to the Protesters side, and attacking the Headquarters of Nasheed’s Party, the Democratic Party. Eventually they also attacked the State Television Station after defying order to break up the Protests. It was after these two events that Nasheed Resigned.
Gayoom and Nasheed have been rivals for decades, though Nasheed was definitely the one in jurior position. Before being elected in 2008, Nasheed had been in jail for 6 years of Gayoom’s 30 year reign, which ran from 1978 to 2008.
The Al-Jazeera article here provides some insight into the situation.
Noticing from this, it seems the opposition may have a Hardline Islamist Bent. However, it is unclear if any protesters have died, though certainly some have been injured.
There are three more interesting notes. One involves Gayoom. He seems to have a history of admiring Qutb and his ilk, along with a history of corruption.
During Gayoom’s time in Egypt, he had become particularly interested in Egyptian politics. He closely followed the revolutionary movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood and Free Officers Movement of Gamal Abdel Nasser. He attended several public meetings of the Muslim Brotherhood where celebrated orators like Sayyid Qutb railed against Britain, imperialism and King Farouk’s government. In July 1952, Gayoom was at the Muslim Brotherhood camp, on holiday, when Gamal Abdel Nasser seized power in a bloodless military coup. In his book A Man for All Islands, biographer Royston Ellis wrote, “Maumoon regarded it as a privilege to be able to hear Sayyed Qutb”
Gayoom has been criticised by Maldivian media and opposition parties as a dictator with his rule described as autocratic. He also has been accused of nepotism, due to the fact that several family members, in-laws and close relatives have been granted high posts in his government and cabinet. According to Amnesty International, in the year 2003 “there were severe restrictions on freedom of the press, and political parties were unable to function.”
Gayoom’s opponents and international human rights groups have accused him of employing terror tactics against dissident, such as arbitrary arrests, detention without trial, employing torture, forcing confessions and politically motivated killings. There have also been several allegations of corruption. Even after Gayoom was succeeded by Nasheed parliament’s majority is still controlled by Gayoom.
Also, at 1:31 AM CST, a section on Mohamed Nasheed’s Article regarding his resignation was deleted. Research through WHOIS reveals this IP address comes from the Maldives, and belongs to a Safiyyuddeen Rasheed, who seems to have run for a seat in Parliament in the past, in the Southern Part of the Archipelago. I am unsure what this means.
It should also be noted that the Maldives do not have a good history in regards to Civil and Political Rights.
Update at 2:19:The Judge who was previously ordered arrested by Nasheed has been released. Also, the Judge in question was the Chief Judge of the Criminal Court.
She will be missed until she does comes back.
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced her plans to step down from Congress Jan. 22, 2011.
Transcript of video:
“Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that. But I know on the issues we fought for we can change things for the better. Jobs, border security, veterans. We can do so much more by working together. I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week. I’m getting better. Every day, my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country. Thank you very much.”
After Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal (R - Hutchinson) forwarded around an email using the Bible to pray for President Obama’s death, Faithful America members quickly responded with a petition calling for his resignation. In just over a week, the petition has amassed over 30,000 signatures nationwide.
Today, two Kansas pastors, Rev. Tobias Schlingensiepen and Rev. Jim McCullough, gathered at the State Capitol to deliver the petitions and reiterate the signers’ demand. Rev. Schlingensiepen explained his motivation for signing:
Speaker O’Neal’s behavior is an affront to the Christian faith and unworthy of his office. It’s unpatriotic and offensive for an elected representative to wish harm upon the President of the United States. His refusal to show remorse shows that it’s time for him to resign, and to reflect upon the true foundations of his faith.
It’s good to see that some churches don’t want to further prejudice through religion.
The author of a column in the official publication of the Boston archdiocese, who also served as an advisor to the U. S. Catholic bishops, resigned on Friday.
Daniel Avila wrote an opinion piece published in The Pilot, a weekly newspaper. Published on Oct. 28, just in time for Halloween, the article suggested that homosexuality is the work of the devil.
Gay rights groups and many among the Catholic laity were upset by the author’s views, which they considered to be bad science, theology, and spirituality.
Indeed Avila’s piece, “Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction,” caused a disturbance in Greater Boston and beyond, especially in the LGBT and allies’ blogosphere.
Accordingly, Avila resigned on Nov. 4 from his position as an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. His resignation was accepted, to be effective immediately, according to the Associated Press.
Locally, for more than a decade, Avila advised the Massachusetts Catholic Conference (MCC).
The USCCB and the MCC are official lobbying arms of the nation’s bishops and the state’s bishops, respectively.
Reactions of gratitude and relief were swift from advocacy organizations.