Friday, February 01, 2008

Politics is deadly

Good deeds get you on a bridge to nowhere:

Stateline reports:

After a series of high-profile statehouse scandals, Alaska legislators last year tightened ethics laws to limit what gifts lawmakers may accept. So tough are the rules, however, that state Rep. Richard Foster (D), in need of a kidney transplant, may not accept a donated one from a legislative aide, the Anchorage Daily News discloses. While the law allows for exceptions for medical emergencies, donated items must be worth less than $250, and a kidney likely surpasses that cost. Another state lawmaker, Rep. John Coghill (R), has introduced a bill to soften the rules.


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