Brett of Majority in Mississippi picks what he thinks are the top ten political stories from his state. Trent Lott's resignation took first place, but his second pick is story that is worth watching:
Internationally known trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs was indicted the day after Trent Lott announced his retirement plans. Scruggs was indicted for, among other things, allegedly bribing a judge to get a favorable ruling on a Katrina settlement. The fall out of this is unknown and it will continue to be a huge story in 2008.
Scruggs is one of the largest backers of trial-lawyer friendly Mississippi Democrats, including the only statewide elected Democrat Jim Hood (who has since decided to remain silent). While Scruggs reputation is already ruined (IMHO), a conviction would be a disaster for Mississippi Democrats who have gladly accepted Scruggs money. Besides Hood, this includes Billy McCoy and Gary Anderson most recently. While we don't know for sure, we can also speculate that Mike Moore- who hired Scruggs in the 1990s to represent the state against tobacco companies- declined a Senate run because of his Scruggs ties.
This story is just beginning in my opinion...
And this story is soooo John Grisham.
I still think Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, but if former trial lawyer John Edwards comes out of the Democratic National Convention in Denver at the top of the ticket, stories like this will hurt him.
Cambridge, Massachusetts peaked very early. It's where General George Washington took command of the Continental Army in 1775. As Solomonia (via The Radio Equalizer) points out, it's now known as the place that "that banned the Boy Scouts from collecting goods for the troops at polling places." Sol reports on the trip to Bethlehem led by the Cambridge Peace Commission. Special Assistant to the Mayor of Cambridge Omar Bandar was along for the ride. And the vile International Solidarity Movement figures into the mix.
Read Sol's post here.
Wake Up America reports on the continued ascension of Sarkozian France as it suspends diplomatic contacts with terror-state Syria.
Senator Arlen Specter, a sometime Republican from Pennsylvania, just got back from Syria. Israpundit reports the obvious: Specter knows nothing. Fleshing it out a bit, Specter alludes that all Israel needs to do is return the Golan Heights, and Syria will keep an eye on Hamas, Hezbollah....
Specter should talk to Sarkozy.
From Flopping Aces we learn that The London Telegraph did what Time Magazine should have done. It named General David Petraeus it's Person of the Year.
The link is safe for work, but Mark Draughn of WindyPundit finds out the down side of posting a picture of a hottie on his site--having someone hotlink it to another site, eating his bandwith.
Douglas V. Gibbs at Political Pistachio reports on a recent George Mason University Center for Media and Public Affairs study that found that the Fox News Channel is the most fair and balanced news network around.
So when are the Democratic candidates, other than Hillary Clinton, going to end their boycott of the Fox News Channel?
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