Jan Brewer caught the Arizona political scene by surprise this week when she fired the man who has been cleaning up the corruption in her administration for the last two years.Brian McNeil was appointed by the governor to serve as Director of the Arizona Department of Administration ADOA on November 1, 2012. He had a long history of service in the state government, including previous stints in both Brewer’s and Fife Symington’s administrations. His agency, ADOA, is responsible for providing support services to the state government and includes the Department of Human Resources.The corruption investigator had integrity and high standards.Director McNeil is a military man who is known to hold employees to high standards. He spent over twenty years in the military, including two tours of duty in Iraq, and is still a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Seems like a great fit for a conservative state government, right? Well, that depends on whether you’re talking about what conservatives say or what they do.
BEIJING AP — Twenty-one Asian nations signed on to a China-driven initiative Friday to create a new international bank for Asia that Washington opposes as an unnecessary and potentially damaging rival to established institutions such as the World Bank.The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank reflects both Chinas desire to push investment in the region and its frustration with U.S., Japanese and European dominance of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Asian Development Bank.Countries signing Fridays memorandum of understanding at Beijings Great Hall of the People ranged from regional giant India to small, impoverished countries such as Laos and wealthier states including Singapore and Qatar. Absent were close U.S. allies Japan, South Korea and Australia, who China had invited to join.Joining the bank will give countries input at the outset into what could become a major international lender and a more transparent alternative to development projects financed directly by China. Critics fear the bank would have lax lending standards that could undermine efforts by established lenders to promote good governance, fair labor practices and a clean environment.
he Republican party headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, shares space in a strip mall with Best Friends Pet Clinic, a cowboy-boot repair shop and a Chinese restaurant called the Magic Wok. Inside, on a recent Wednesday afternoon, a modest gathering of party faithful mill about, IM A BROWNBACKER stickers affixed to their blouses and lapels.Its a terrible slogan. Four years ago, when Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback first took office, you mightve wondered if these people, on some subliminal level, actually wanted to be humiliated by a filthy-minded liberal activist looking to add a new “santorum” to Urban Dictionary. As a senator and a failed presidential candidate, Brownback was already one of the nations most prominent social conservatives, “Gods Senator,” in the words of a 2006 Rolling Stone profile. But Brownback turned out to be even more radical when it came to economic policy. In 2012, he enacted the largest package of tax cuts in Kansas history, essentially transforming his state into a lab experiment for extreme free-market ideology. The results disastrous have reduced the governor to making appearances at grim strip malls like this one in a desperate attempt to salvage his re-election bid.
Florida Governor Rick Scott embarrassed himself and fumbled for words when he was pressed by the CNN debate moderator on his minimum wage nonsense, looking like a dear in the headlights.Even better, his Democratic opponent Charlie Crist bashed him for having said that the thought of hard working Floridians earning enough to live on makes him “cringe”.Watch the video below:
About 20 years ago, there was a great episode of “Cheers,” featuring a city councilman who goes to the bar to ask voters for support. “Kevin Fogarty, City Council. I hope I have your vote on election day,” he says. Frasier Crane asks, “And why exactly should I vote for you, Mr. Fogarty?” The councilman replies, “Well, because I’m a hard worker, and I take a stand.” Crane adds, “On what, exactly?” “The issues of the day,” Fogarty replies. “Which are?” Crane asks. “The things that concern you and your family – the most,” the councilman concludes. The folks in the bar thought this was a great answer, failing to notice that the candidate clearly had nothing of substance to say, and was simply faking his way past the questions, hoping no one would notice. The “Cheers” episode came to mind last night watching Sen. Jeanne Shaheen D debate former Sen. Scott Brown R in New Hampshire. At one point, for example. moderator Chuck Todd asked about climate change – Brown believes some of the crisis is “natural” – and pressed the candidates on how best to reduce carbon emissions. “I’m not going to talk about whether we’re going to do something in the future,” Brown replied, apparently confused about the purpose of a political campaign.
George Soros has warned that Russia’s expansionism poses an existential threat to the EU and called for greater material support for Ukraine.The investor and philanthropist argues that Vladimir Putin’s mix of authoritarianism and aggressive nationalism represents an alternative model to western liberal democracies, referring to the admiration for the Russian president expressed by the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, the president of France’s Front National, Marine Le Pen, and Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán.“Europe is facing a challenge from Russia to its very existence. Neither the European leaders nor their citizens are fully aware of this challenge or know how best to deal with it,” Soros writes in an article published in the New York Review of Books.