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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Talk is cheap

Posted By on Sat, Dec 22, 2007 at 3:12 PM

In that this talk goes back almost two years, to spring 2006, I think the headline is justified re Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and ethics reform. He's right.  I don't think there's a huge public outcry for stricter ethics laws. Nor is there a huge public outcry in favor of helping Arkansas poultry growers dump crap into Oklahoma rivers. But that hasn't stopped McDaniel from weighing in on the side of chicken manure.

In all seriousness, though, there IS a generally low opinion of public officeholders. Some of that is based on the the public's understanding of the influence the lobby wields through entertainment and free-and-easy campaign finance rules and the swinging door into that fraternity. The person who achieved better ethics rules would be appreciated by voters, at least, if not by the lobby and legislators.

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