Two good reads from the AJC:
First up, Kyle Wingfield paints the legislature with a deservedly broad brush for their refusal to consider any form of gift ban.
I chose not to name names in these instances for a variety of reasons. Chief among them is that there’s no point in making this about particular personalities. This is not a matter of a few bad apples. I’m not sure most of them would consider this practice rotten, even if citizens might think their lawmakers are spoiled.
According to my review of the ethics commission’s data, since 2008 an average of 156 legislators a year — almost two-thirds of them — have accepted tickets from lobbyists to some kind of event (not counting those related to politics or policy).
Read the entire piece to put that quote in its proper context. And to get your blood pressure up a bit. Then read the following from Jay Bookman. In it, he deals with the delicate subject of Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith. I think it’s very well done, and worth a few minutes of your time.