Mississippi’s Lt. Governor Tried to Get a Road Built Straight from His Gated Community to a Mall


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Being our semi-regular weekly survey of what’s goin’ down in the several states where, as we know, the real work of governmentin’ gets done, and where black crows are in a meadow, sleeping across a broad highway.

We begin in Louisiana, where the real problem isn’t what’s criminal but what’s legal. From The Lens:

What the candy-coated hell? We’re so busy that we want to scare the daylights out of people we know we need as witnesses? How does that work? I don’t care who you are. I don’t care if you’re the damn President* of the United States. You see a letter from a prosecutor that says “Subpoena,” and you start looking longingly at flights to Rio. Or maybe Moscow.

We move onto in Mississippi, where we find blessed relief in some traditional and understandable alleged political corruption of the classic sort, a brand of chicanery not involving Volga Bagmen of any kind, and where it’s always…Infrastructure Week! From the Clarion-Ledger:

Good old-fashioned po-litical pulled pork! It’s like a delicious plate from the E&L in Jackson in this poisonous time in our history.

Since the CL blew the whistle on this scam—Support Local Reporting!—the Mississippi Department of Transportation has bagged the project temporarily pending “re-evaluation.” I suspect that Lieutenant Governor Tate’s going to have to take the old route to the Piggly Wiggly for the foreseeable future.

Continuing our SEC Media Week of a semi-regular weekly survey, we move along over to Alabama, where, before checking in on our favorite ongoing criminal trial, we discover that local sheriffs are going to have to look elsewhere for pocket money. From The New York Times:

She’s not kidding, either. The grift was strong in these people.


Damn, squared.

Meanwhile, the flames are starting to lick around the ankles of Big Luther Strange, who is having a very bad year, in the trial of Oliver Robinson and executives of the Drummond Company, who are accused of conspiring to mess around with an EPA SuperFund investigation in Robinson’s district. From AL.com:

This, I would point out, is not dissimilar to Scott Pruitt’s cut-and-paste practice back when he was attorney general of Oklahoma. Is there a manual out there that these guys use?

We leave the old Confederacy and take ourselves to Nevada, where they’re having the devil’s own time trying to kill people. From The Nevada Independent:

The problem with the death penalty in this country is that, given what we like to believe about ourselves as a people, and given what we like to believe about the justice inherent in our laws, sooner or later, the process of execution becomes absurd.

The only people Nevada executes are the people who want to die.


And we conclude, as is our custom, in the great state of Oklahoma, where Blog Official Highway Mirage Friedman of the Plains brings us the latest 411 on how that state’s government is messing with the weed, dude. From the Tulsa World:

I think it’s incumbent on all licensed pharmacists in Oklahoma to learn immediately how to bake brownies.

This is your democracy, America. Cherish it.