Lt. Gov. Resigns After Spending Campaign Cash on Tech Toys

Mar 9, 2012, 5:22 pm EDT
Lt. Gov. Resigns After Spending Campaign Cash on Tech Toys

When it comes to scandals, misusing funds is nothing new unfortunately. One South Carolina politician, however, found a new use for his ill-gotten gains: buying the latest technology.

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Ken Ard announced his resignation today, in the wake of a criminal investigation into how he spent campaign funds and after an ethics committee fined him $72,000 for how he spent those funds.

According to reports, Ard improperly used campaign money to buy a Sony (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 3, two of Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPads, a flat-screen TV, and to pay for wife’s cell phone bill, among other things. He allegedly spent $3,000 at Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) on the Playstation, iPads, and TV, and over $12,000 overall in improper purchases. Read 

Don’t Blame “Speculators” for Expensive Gas – Blame Washington

Mar 9, 2012, 11:00 am EDT
Don’t Blame “Speculators” for Expensive Gas – Blame Washington

Oil. It’s the world’s most important, actively traded commodity. It is absolutely indispensable to modern civilization. Everything economic is conditioned by oil.

But the governing classes display a degree of imbecility about oil that is simply stupefying.

They have done practically everything in their power to drive the price of oil sky high, successfully sending prices at the pump near $4 per gallon and emptying your wallet. Read 

GOP Attempt to Authorize Keystone XL Pipeline Fails

Mar 8, 2012, 6:21 pm EDT

A Republican attempt to push forward an amendment that would authorize construction of the entire Keystone XL Pipeline fell short in the Senate today.

The amendment, added on to a transportation bill, needed 60 votes to pass. It received 56 in support, 42 in opposition, with two Republicans abstaining from voting. The rest of the Republican Senators and 11 Democratic Senators supported the bill.

The vote comes a little over a week after TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) announced it would build a portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline anyway. The Keystone XL Pipeline became a controversial issue when President Barack Obama, citing environmental concerns and a deadline imposed on him by Congress, rejected plans for the pipeline in Jan. 2012. Obama contacted Democratic Senators urging them to oppose the amendment, and it looks like his efforts bore fruit. Read 

Cato Institute, Koch Brothers Fighting Over Think Tank

Mar 7, 2012, 6:26 pm EDT
Cato Institute, Koch Brothers Fighting Over Think Tank

The conservative billionaires who helped found and fund one of the most influential research centers in the United States are now at odds with their creation.

Charles Koch, who helped found the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute in 1974 along with current president Edward Crane, and his brother David Koch are suing the organization to gain control of it. Both Kochs serve as members of the “shareholder” board, and have given nearly $30 million to the group since its founding.

The Kochs say that the suit is necessary to protect their legal interests in the organization. If successful, they would receive a third seat on the “shareholder” board, which would give them the power to control the majority of appointees to the board of directors, which sets the institute’s policy. Read 

Not-So-Super Tuesday for Mitt Romney

Mar 7, 2012, 8:37 am EDT
Not-So-Super Tuesday for Mitt Romney

Technically, Republican presidential hopeful Romney won Super Tuesday by accumulating the most delegates and maintained his place in the front of the pack. However, Rick Santorum’s campaign exceeded expectations and confirmed that the GOP nominating contest is far from over.

Exit polls confirm the same story we have been telling since the first primary in New Hampshire: Romney garners no enthusiasm and fails to win among evangelicals, southerners and middle-income Americans.

All eyes were on the contest between Romney and Santorum in Ohio, a state often considered a bellwether for the rest of the country. Although Romney won by the tiniest of margins, Santorum proved that he has the strong support of middle-class voters in the heartland. In Ohio, Santorum won among those that make less than $100,000 per year, evangelicals and non-college graduates. Read 

UPDATE — 26 Sponsors Have Pulled Limbaugh Advertising

Mar 6, 2012, 6:20 pm EDT
UPDATE — 26 Sponsors Have Pulled Limbaugh Advertising

The hits keep coming for conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, in the wake of his comments on Sandra Fluke, a law student who testified to Congress about contraceptives and health care coverage. After Limbaugh called her a “slut” and a “prostitute”, then apologized for his comments, advertisers still seem to be wary of being associated with Limbaugh.

Yesterday, nine advertisers announced they had withdrawn ads, bumping up to 12 by this morning. Well, there seems to have been a dramatic increase between yesterday, this morning, and this afternoon. The latest tally, according to Politico, is 26.

The companies that have pulled their advertising from The Rush Limbaugh Show are as follows: Read 

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