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Noted and passed for Sept. 27, 2010

Posted: September 24, 2010 9:08 a.m.
Updated: September 27, 2010 5:00 a.m.

* Sometimes politicians become so accustomed to hearing what they want to hear, they can’t comprehend reality. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska lost in the recent Republican primary to Joe Miller, a Tea Party-backed candidate. Murkowski conceded, then announced she’ll run as a write-in Republican in the general election. This is a different circumstance than when Joe Lieberman ran as an independent after losing a primary, and we aren’t even sure what a “write-in Republican” is. We hope, however, she’ll hear the voters loud and clear when they reject her for a second time.

* Need even more proof that Washington incumbents are all about protecting their jobs? Senate Democrats postponed a floor fight over extending the Bush tax cuts until after the November elections, thus not subjecting members to the controversy of supporting or not supporting some aspects of the cuts. That’s called the chicken’s way out, but it’s business as usual for politicians in Washington.

* It was satisfying to see officials of Bell, Cal., who are accused of enriching themselves at the expense of taxpayers, cuffed and hauled off to jail. The town manager, who was being paid more than $800,000 a year, faces 53 counts of misappropriation, and members of the small town’s council were also arrested. Unfortunately, there are probably other incidents in which the truth is never uncovered, but in this case, it appears that justice will win.


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