Married Anti-Gay GOP Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch Resigns in Sex Scandal

I thought it was ‘the gays that wanted to get married’ who were undermining traditional marriage.

Seems in Minnesota all it takes to undermine the institution of marriage is a middle-aged woman with a thing for young men.

This story is just a reminder of the sham that is conservative politics when it comes to the morality play they want to star in when it comes to gay marriage and civil rights.  Listen to what we say, and ignore what we do.

Before we get to the guts of this story let me make clear that Amy Koch, who is is married with one child, was one of the proponents of Minnesota’s shameful and utterly disgusting 2012 anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment.

Oh, and she likes to mess around on her husband.

Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch resigned her post Thursday after she was confronted by GOP Senate leaders about allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a Senate staffer, according to high level State Capitol sources.

Those sources confirmed that four Republican Senators held an emergency meeting with Koch Wednesday night, after multiple Senate staffers reported the possible improper conduct.

“Not fun, but we did what I think all of us feel is necessary and appropriate give the circumstances,” said Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Dave Senjem

GOP leaders won’t name the male staffer alleged to be involved with Senator Koch, but said he continues to work at the Senate. Because it is now a legal matter, they’ve turned over the complaints to the Secretary of the Senate for review.

“We don’t want the Minnesota senate to have that kind of work environment for our employees,” said Deputy Majority Leader Sen. Geoff Michel. “And so that’s why we felt we had to act.”

In a letter to Senate Republicans Thursday, Koch resigned as Senate Majority Leader and said she will not run for re-election next year.

Rick Perry Double-Dipping For Income

What do we call this?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry boosted his gross annual salary by nearly $100,000 by formally retiring in January, which allowed him to collect pension benefits and his governor’s salary at the same time, according to a story Friday in the Texas Tribune.

The 61-year-old Perry’s state salary of $150,000 is now being supplemented by a monthly retirement annuity of $7,698 before taxes, or $6,588 in net income. That brings his annual earnings to over $240,000, the news organization estimated.

“The disclosure is sure to spark criticism of Perry, who has called for sweeping changes to Social Security for average workers and has railed against special ‘perks’ that members of Congress get,” Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root wrote. Perry’s communications director, Ray Sullivan, told the Tribune that the move was “consistent with Texas state law and Employee Retirement System Rules.”

Beach Boys To Tour In 2012, Record Album

I think America needs this type of news story.  With all the rancor and discord that abounds around the nation some fond memory-makers are just what we need.  

After months of haggling, the surviving members of the Beach Boys have agreed to tour and record a new album.

In a press release issued today, the band’s label Capitol/EMI said original members Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine, as well as David Marks, who replaced Jardine briefly in the early years, and Bruce Johnston, who joined the band to fill Wilson’s spot once he stopped touring, will play 50 shows including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, held over two weekends in late April and early May.

Investigation Of Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman Needed Over Ethics Violation

Here we go again.

There seems to be no end to the controversy that continually surrounds Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman.  From his unseemly campaign for election, to his conduct once on the bench one has to seriously ask why merit selection is not already in place for the court.  There is a better way to place qualified justices on the bench so not to have to deal with the likes of Justice Gableman.

The latest news of ethical problems for Gableman is due to free legal services he received when fighting back against–you got it–ethics charges.

Now he is needing to answer a whole new series of questions and concerns about his conduct while serving on the court and receiving thousands of dollars of free legal services from a major law firm that does business before the court.

It is these types of issues that undermine the faith citizens need to have in the judicial system, and especially at the highest level in the state.  There is no room for skimming by half, and thinking that is good enough.

Enough of the antics from Michael Gableman.  Lets get to the bottom of this latest mess concerning his ethical problems, and then move on with serious reflections about the wisdom of merit selection for the high court.

State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman received free legal service worth thousands of dollars from one of Wisconsin’s largest law firms as it defended him against an ethics charge, according to a letter released Thursday by the firm.

The state’s ethics code says state officials cannot receive anything of value for free because of their position. And a separate ethics code specifically for judges says they cannot accept gifts from anyone who is likely to appear before them.

A former state ethics official on Thursday said authorities should thoroughly investigate how the deal between Gableman and attorney Eric McLeod of Michael Best & Friedrich worked because Gableman did not end up paying any attorneys fees.

“It seems to me that they have to investigate all the facts, and if the investigation discloses (McLeod) gave as a gift to Gableman counsel services, that is a problem,” said Gordon Myse, a former member of the Government Accountability Board.

The accountability board oversees the state’s general ethics code. Myse said the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, which enforces the judicial ethics code, should also look into the matter.