California senate suspends three lawmakers in criminal probes

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moonhill wrote:

Wow! Sounds like 10% of the Senate in CA has been suspended!

Mar 28, 2014 3:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
cfbcfb wrote:

The key project we need the legislature to push through is to stop blowing money on BS projects and instead spend a little time rooting out the corruption.

28-1? Did someone not understand the question or were they looking to gain attention as #5 to be investigated?

Mar 28, 2014 3:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Daleville wrote:

Why are they being suspended “with pay”?

How about being expelled? One of them has been convicted and should be expelled without question.

I would guess that the Democrats are doing this to keep their majority but would they dare allow these men to vote on an issue under the circumstances?

This whole thing sounds so corrupt to me.

Mar 28, 2014 3:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Whipsplash wrote:

Had it been republicans they, 1. wouldn’t have policed themselves and 2. would be helping them run for president.

Mar 28, 2014 3:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Daleville wrote:

Why are they being suspended “with pay”?

How about being expelled? One of them has been convicted and should be expelled without question.

I would guess that the Democrats are doing this to keep their majority but would they dare allow these men to vote on an issue under the circumstances?

This whole thing sounds so corrupt to me.

Mar 28, 2014 3:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LifeIsAStage wrote:

they should be sent to jail but their party is keeping them on the payroll – I guess you have to commit multiple felonies before you get fired…

Mar 28, 2014 4:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DocLV wrote:

“Yee, a former San Francisco supervisor and one-time mayoral candidate, was criminally charged in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday with two felony counts of conspiring to import and traffic in firearms, and six corruption counts.”

And he gets suspended with pay?

Mar 28, 2014 4:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LifeIsAStage wrote:

they need to go to jail and mingle with their peers…

Mar 28, 2014 4:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Scola wrote:

Daleville: “I would guess that the Democrats are doing this to keep their majority” If that was your guess, you’d be wrong. The Democrats have a 28-11 majority with 1 vacancy. If 3 were expelled Democrats would have a 25-11 majority with 4 vacancies.

If the seats were vacant, a special election would be called. All 3 come from safe Democratic seats.

Since the Senators are suspended they cannot vote. In fact that hurts Democrats because under the California constitution certain tax issues require a 2/3 majority. They no longer have the votes to pull it off–it’s 2/3 of the full Senate, not 2/3 of Senators present.

Ulterior motives don’t seem to be the reason. Simply put it seems Senators want to preserve the “innocent until proven guilty” mantra of our justice system even though the evidence looks amazingly damning.

Mar 28, 2014 4:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Mylena wrote:

Sounds like benn on vacation to me. Not been punished. With salaries paid? wowwww, sounds like law is hard just for the poor, for the non government employees

Mar 28, 2014 4:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
fedupwithbs wrote:

Sounds to me like California

Mar 28, 2014 4:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
fedupwithbs wrote:

Sounds to me like California is trying to beat out Illinois for corruption. But we are ahead of California in that we have had more of our Governors in jailthan they do.

Mar 28, 2014 4:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dualcitizen wrote:

He had previously been granted a paid leave of absence on the grounds that while he had been found
GUILTY by a jury, the judge in the case had not yet formally endorsed the verdict. Still getting paid! Stinking no good politicians. I’m just about to the point where I think anyone that votes for an incumbent should be shot. These are PUBLIC SERVANTS not our rulers. The only way this country will ever get fixed is by imposing a 6 year limit on all elected offices. No running for re-election. That way they would spend all their time working while in office instead of spending so much of their time campaigning and fund raising to get re-elected. They’re there to work, not get rich and powerful.

Mar 28, 2014 7:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
runfast3 wrote:

It is not only California where politicians are crooked, This is true in every state and provience in the USA. If it could be proved 95% of all politicians in this country would be in jail. A sure way to catch the crooks is to demand their net worth when elected and their net worth today and explain the difference. This is true not only in state politics but even more so in Washington, DC.
THROW THE CRUDS OUT AND DEMAND TERM LIMITS IS OUR ONLY HOPE.

Mar 28, 2014 8:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Scola wrote:

runfast3: I like your idea of publishing before and after net worth.

However, term limits are clearly not the answer. California has had term limits for years and very strict ones at that. In fact, Leland Yee was termed out. As a result he was running for Secretary of State when he was caught.

Who is the best politician right now in California? The governor, Jerry Brown, who has turned things around in recent years. As best I know he’s quite clean too.

He was grandfathered–he already served 2 terms as governor in the 70s but that was before term limits so he was able to come back.

Mar 28, 2014 8:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Daleville wrote:

Since one of these men has been convicted, I would say that he is not longer “innocent until proven guilty”.

Mar 29, 2014 4:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
fedupmd wrote:

You mean they couldn’t find one Republican to pin this “stuff” on? Not one? You people are still blaming Bush for the economy.

Mar 29, 2014 8:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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