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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 a soldier sits beneath a fan doing business with a tiny man who sells him a ring.
We begin in Mississippi, where this goon (allegedly) belongs in a zoo. From the Biloxi Sun-Herald:
State Rep. Douglas McLeod was arrested after he allegedly punched his wife when she failed to get undressed quickly enough when he wanted to have sex, according to an investigative report filed with the George County Sheriff’s Department. The 58-year-old Republican lawmaker was intoxicated and holding a glass of alcohol in his hand when deputies responded to the McLeod home shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, the report said.
Good country people.
Then, the state representative walked inside his home, and another deputy came to the scene. The deputies could hear McLeod inside the home, yelling that “the cops are here,” the report said. McLeod stumbled back to the front door and walked outside. “Mr. McLeod had slurred speech and walked slow in a zigzag pattern,” according to a description by deputies, who said he was so inebriated he had to grab a hand rail to maintain his balance.
McLeod tried to explain to deputies that everything was OK, then said something else the deputies said they couldn’t understand because of his slurred speech. When deputies went inside, they saw two women standing at the top of a stairwell, both of whom the deputies described as frightened. McLeod’s wife eventually came outside after deputies assured her they would keep her away from her husband.
The deputy said McLeod’s wife was shaking and upset. McLeod’s wife said her husband was drunk and “just snapped,” as he often does when under the influence of alcohol, the report said.
You couldn't pay me enough to deal with some people.
Another woman who was there said McLeod’s wife came running up to her room, her face bloodied. The woman shut the door and locked it with McLeod’s wife inside. The other woman said McLeod started banging on the door and telling the women to open it. He told the other woman if she didn’t open the door, he’d “kill her (expletive) dog.”
McLeod’s wife did not want go to the hospital by ambulance, but assured authorities she’d have her daughter take her to get checked so authorities would have a report of the injuries. McLeod was taken into custody on a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence and booked in the George County jail by early Sunday morning. He is out of jail on a $1,000 signature bond.
Boy howdy, they really threw the pamphlet at this guy.
We now skip on up to Michigan, where the Republican majority in the state legislature is playing the kind of shenanigans familiar to the people in Florida who worked so hard to pass that referendum giving the franchise back to released inmates. In this case, the citizens of Michigan passed a referendum establishing an independent citizens redistricting commission. This was a reaction to the preposterous gerrymandered maps produced by said Republican majority. Let the mischief begin. From the Detroit News:
The dips in funding for the commission and the department of state threaten voters’ wishes for an “impartial and transparent redistricting process,” said Nancy Wang, executive director of Voters Not Politicians. “The House proposal shifts the budget for the commission to the Legislature, which defies the will of the 2.5 million Michiganders who amended the state constitution specifically to take redistricting out of the hands of politicians and placed it with an independent citizens redistricting commission,” Wang said in a statement.
Where the money for the commission is housed is less concerning than the "gimmicks" the House used to underfund the group's operations, said Shawn Starkey, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's Office. "The Legislature must stop playing games with democracy and must fully fund both the Department of State and the redistricting commission," Starkey said in a statement. The budget referred from subcommittee Tuesday includes a 3% administrative cut and 25% information technology funding reduction across all departments in the general government budget.
The reduction to administrative operational funding was increased to 15% for Nessel’s office, a cut of about $5.3 million that Democratic Rep. Jon Hoadley called “overly partisan and political.”
And we conclude, as is our custom, in the great state of Oklahoma, where Blog Official Twister And Shouter Friedman of the Plains brings us the saga of the most forgiving town government in Christendom. From KFOR News:
Authorities in Bryan County say charges will not be filed against the new Achille mayor following his arrest in December. In December, then- Achille councilman Lynn Chambers was arrested after police said they discovered 200 grams of meth, two pounds of marijuana, and several guns on his property. Chambers was arrested on complaints of meth trafficking and possession of weapons. Chambers denies the allegations that anything was found on his property.
“They found nothing on my property. There’s no pictures, no proof or anything. They didn’t find anything,” said Chambers...Officials told KXII that charges will not be filed in the case because the Achille Police Department performed an improper search of his home.
Welcome to Achille, a welcoming town where nobody is a heel.
This is your democracy, America. Cherish it.
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