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Lucy
 Lucy
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When they want a "free" day .... just designate it for "constituent meetings and office work".

http://www.legvi.org/calendar/LegislativeCalendar.pdf

This is a real shame. How much office work can each Senator have?

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Topic starter Posted : April 2, 2012 12:35 pm
janeinstx
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I see it as a good thing...If they aren't in session at least they aren't doing anymore damage.

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Posted : April 2, 2012 4:26 pm
JahRustyFerrari
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I see it as a good thing...If they aren't in session at least they aren't doing anymore damage.

😀 too true...

This is what should happen:

1. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Senator collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.
2. The Senate (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Senate retirement fund move to theSocial Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and the Senate participates with the V.I. people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
3. Senators can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Virgin Islanders do.
4. Senators will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
5. Senators loses their current health care system and participate in the same health care system as Virgin Islanders.
6. Senators must equally abide by all laws they impose on Virgin Islanders.
7. All contracts with past and present Senators are void effective 1/1/12.
Senators made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in the Senate is an honor, not a career. Senators should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

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Posted : April 2, 2012 6:27 pm
islandjoan
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JahRusty: that makes MORE SENSE than anything I've heard in a long long time here!!!!!! The big question is: HOW can we make this happen? Voter referendum? (even though the Senate has ignored them in the past)

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Posted : April 2, 2012 6:53 pm
aerobum
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How can a territory with the population of a modest town afford so many full-time 'senators' (think councilmen) and governor/lt. governor (think mayor) and their staffs? They should all be part-time and have real day-jobs like legislature of the State of New Hampshire.

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Posted : April 3, 2012 4:41 am
Jamison
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Senator is the only job easier than weather man in paradise.

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Posted : April 3, 2012 11:55 am
JahRustyFerrari
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JahRusty: that makes MORE SENSE than anything I've heard in a long long time here!!!!!! The big question is: HOW can we make this happen? Voter referendum? (even though the Senate has ignored them in the past)

Unfortunately, it will not happen...there has to be a much more generalized atmosphere of discomfort. At present, the majority of the population is comfortable with the status quo.

You will witness a re-election of most of the current "senators" come November.

You would need, in my estimation, a protest march consisting of 30,000 people on St. Croix and 28,000 people on St. Thomas in order to force any significant change in the way we are "governed".

Unfortunately, you will witness more enthusiasm for the upcoming carnival than for organizing for better government.

The powers that be have perfected "bread and circuses" in a way that would have made the ancient Romans proud, and maybe a bit envious.

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Posted : April 3, 2012 12:13 pm
JahRustyFerrari
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Senator is the only job easier than weather man in paradise.

(tu) 😀

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Posted : April 3, 2012 12:24 pm
JahRustyFerrari
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How can a territory with the population of a modest town afford so many full-time 'senators' (think councilmen) and governor/lt. governor (think mayor) and their staffs? They should all be part-time and have real day-jobs like legislature of the State of New Hampshire.

If you keep enough people satiated with bread and circuses, you can get away with anything. It's a tried and true formula that has worked for ages. The level of comfort here is just enough to make people want to keep the status quo.

Usually, a "bread and circuses" scenario will continue until abruptly terminated by a "Bastille Day" scenario.

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Posted : April 3, 2012 12:29 pm
OldTart
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If you keep enough people satiated with bread and circuses, you can get away with anything. It's a tried and true formula that has worked for ages. The level of comfort here is just enough to make people want to keep the status quo.

The current ridiculousness of the US Republican nomination soap opera is a prime current example. Don't even need Monty Python scriptwriters on board to create an effect. I'd only amend, "for ages" to read, "since time immemorial". 😀

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Posted : April 3, 2012 2:56 pm
ICEMAN
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All talk just like every year.
They will be right back in office come November.
People in the USVI do not like change. Better to keep things the same and just exist.
Never gonna change too many free chicken legs and new t-shirts for votes. Oh and fish fry's forgot that.
Even the people who would march in Anger will vote for the same people. Over and Over.

The VI Gov't does not care one bit about any of the people its all about Money and they got control of yours.
When is enough gonna be enough?
Sad but probably never.
Too many people with their hands in your pockets.

A Total Re-Organization of the Gov't and its Departments is just a start.
Too much representation without any input from the People.

Its crazy that the nonesense just goes on and on.

Carnival is all year for this Gov't. And you all support it.

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Posted : April 3, 2012 4:18 pm
OldTart
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Well done, Iceman! Another worthy contribution to the forum. I'm sure you feel better now that, once again, you've found an opportunity to knock the system and cast the negative cloud over all of us who call this our home. Now tell us where YOU live so we can check into YOUR local news and system of government to see what we can find to pick on - and I've no doubt there will be plenty of fodder should anyone care to even bother..

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Posted : April 3, 2012 6:46 pm
ICEMAN
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The cloud has been there a long time it needs no casting by me.
Go and do something about it Instead of debating it here.
Run for Senator then you can contribute for sure.
Where I live the People have a better grip on right and wrong and would not continuously vote criminals into office. Yes one might get in now and then and then, what do you know they go to jail for stealing people's money(yes i know a novel idea) well or at least not elected over and over.

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Posted : April 3, 2012 6:57 pm
JahRustyFerrari
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The cloud has been there a long time it needs no casting by me.
Go and do something about it Instead of debating it here.
Run for Senator then you can contribute for sure.
Where I live the People have a better grip on right and wrong and would not continuously vote criminals into office. Yes one might get in now and then and then, what do you know they go to jail for stealing people's money(yes i know a novel idea) well or at least not elected over and over.

Just where do you live? I want to move there 😀

Meanwhile, in the real world (this is lengthy, but abbreviated):

2010–

Alabama State Representative Terry Spicer (D) pled guilty to accepting more than $3000 per month in bribes. (2011) [1]

California State Senator Roy Ashburn (R) of Bakersfield was arrested on two counts of DUI. He was sentenced to two days in jail and three years probation. (2010) [2][3]

Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White (R) was convicted of 6 of 7 felony charges including perjury, theft and voter fraud. [4] [17]

Massachusetts State Senator Anthony Gallucio (D) was given one year in prison after failing a sobriety test and violating his probation from a previous hit and run accident. (2010) [5]
Massachusetts Speaker of the House Salvatore DiMasi (D) was found guilty of using his position to secure multimillion-dollar state contracts for a software company in exchange for kickbacks.[6] (2011)
Massachusetts, Boston Councillor Chuck Turner (D) was expelled from the Boston City Council on December 1, 2010 following his conviction on federal bribery charges.[7]

Mississippi Judge Bobby DeLaughter was made famous for finally convicting Byron De La Beckwith in 1994 for the murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963. DeLaughter pled guilty of one count of lying to the FBI and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.[8]

New Hampshire State Representative Gary Wheaton (R) resigned from the legislature after being arrested for speeding and driving on a suspended license, his second traffic arrest. [9] [18]

New York State Senator Carl Kruger (D) resigned his seat and pled guilty to charges of corruption and bribery. (2011) [10]
New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate (D-NY) of the 13th District, was expelled by the New York State Senate on February 9, 2010 in connection with a misdemeanor assault conviction against his girlfriend.[11][12][13]
New York State Senator Efrain Gonzalez (D-NY) On May 25, 2010, Gonzalez was sentenced to 84 months (7 years) in prison, followed by two years supervised release, after pleading guilty to two conspiracy counts and two wire fraud counts in May 2009.[14][15]
New York President of the New York City council Andrew Stein (D) was convicted of tax evasion regarding a Ponzi scheme in November 2010.[16]

North Carolina Governor Mike Easley (D) was convicted of a federal campaign law felony in November 2010.[17]

Pennsylvania State Representative John M. Perzel (R) and speaker of the House of Representatives pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges, including two counts of conflict of interest, two counts of theft, and four counts of conspiracy, concerning a scheme to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on computer technology from Aristotle, Inc. for the benefit of GOP political campaigns. (2011) [18]

Rhode Island State Representative Daniel P. Gordon (R) of Porstmouth when arrested for drunk driving told police it was due to PTSD from being wound in the gulf war. A check reveiled he was never in combat, but did reveal an extensive arrest record in Massachusetts for assault and attempted murder. (2011) [19]

South Carolina Lt. Governor Ken Ard (R) resigned his postion and pled guilty to 7 counts of mis-use of campaign funds. He was sentenced to 5 years probation, fined $5K and given 300 hours community service. (2011) [20] [19]

West Virginia State Representative Lisa D. Smith (R) pled guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of failure to pay employee taxes. She was sentenced to two years in prison, three years of probation and fined $1,000,000.[21]

[edit] 2000–2009

Alabama Governor Don Siegelman (D) was found guilty of bribery, mail fraud and obstruction of justice 6/29/2006, and sentenced to 88 months.[22]
Alabama State Senator Edward McClain (D) Convicted on January 21, 2009 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama [23] on 48 counts of money laundering, mail fraud, bribery and conspiracy.[24] Lost his seat because of the conviction.[25]

Alaska political corruption probe in which VECO Corporation an oilfield service corporation, was investigated by the IRS, FBI and Department of Justice. Veco executives Bill Allen and VP Rick Smith pled guilty to federal charges of extortion, bribery, and conspiracy to impede the Internal Revenue Service.[26] The charges involved bribing Alaska lawmakers who came to be known as the "Corrupt Bastards Club" [27] to vote in favor of an oil tax law favored by VECO that was the subject of vigorous debate in 2006,[28] and were part of a larger probe of political corruption in Alaska by federal authorities.

Thomas Anderson (R) State Representative for District 19. Found guilty of seven felony counts of extortion, bribery, conspiracy, and money laundering. Sentenced on October 15, 2007 to a term of 60 months in prison.[29]
Pete Kott (R) State Representative for District 17. Found guilty on three charges of bribery and sentenced to six years in prison and fined $10,000. (2007) [30]
Vic Kohring (R) State Representative convicted on November 1, 2007, of 3 counts of bribery by the Veco Corporation. In May 2008 he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.[31]
Jim Clark (R) Chief of Staff to Governor Frank Murkowski (R). On March 4, 2008, Clark pleaded guilty to one felony conspiracy charge involving the Alaska political corruption probe.# [32]
Bruce Weyhrauch (R) State Representative of Juneau was sentenced to five years.[33]
John Cowdery (R) State Senator of O district. Pled guilty to lesser charges on 3/10/09. [20] Sentenced to six months house arrest and a $25,000 fine.
Beverly Masek (R) State Representative of Willow, was sentenced to 6 months on September 23, 2009. [21]

Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland (R) Rowland resigned from office during a corruption investigation, and later pleaded guilty to one-count of deprevation of honest services. (2004) [34] He served ten months in a federal prison followed by four months house arrest, ending in June, 2006.[35]
Connecticut Chief of Staff Peter N. Ellef (R) to John G. Rowland (R) pled guilty to tax fraud and bribery and was sentenced to 30 months in prison. (2006) [36]

Florida State Representative Ray Sansom (R) resigned as Speaker of the House and was then indicted on charges of grand theft and conspiracy in conjunction with a GOP fundraiser and developer and the president of a local college. His trial is set for January 2010.[37]
Florida, State Senator Gary Siplin (D) was convicted of grand theft of $5,000 or more for using state employees for his election campaign. The felony conviction was dropped on appeal. (2006) [38]

Georgia Schools Superintendent Linda Schrenko (R) sentenced to 8 years in prison for embezzlement of federal education funds.[39]
Georgia State Representative Robin Williams (R) was convicted of campaign fraud. (2004) [40]

Hawaii State Representative Galen Fox (R) was convicted of sexual misconduct when he unzipped the jeans of the woman flying next to him, saying that the woman was giving him a 'nonverbal clue that she was sexually interested.' He was given the maximum sentence for a first offense. (2006)[41]
Hawaii State Representative Nathan Suzuki (D) was found guilty of tax fraud. (2004)[42]

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) was arrested at his home by Federal Agents and charged with conspiracy to commit mail, wire fraud and solicitation of bribery. For these alleged crimes he was impeached and removed from office by 59-0 votes of the Illinois Senate.(January 28, 2009) [43] On August 17, 2010, he was convicted on one of the 24 federal charges, lying to the FBI, and the jury was hung on the 23 other counts.[44]In a retrial in 2011, he was acquitted on one count, the jury reached no decision on two counts, and he was found guilty on 17 other counts.[45][46][47]

Alonso Monk (D) former chief of staff to Rod Blagojevich pled quilty to one count of mail fraud (2009)[48]
Christopher Kelly (D) advisor to Rod Blagojevich pled guilty to tax fraud. (2009) [49]
John F. Harris (D) chief of staff to Rod Blagojevich, pled quilty to one count of mail fraud (2009) [50]

Illinois Governor George H. Ryan (R) illegal sale of government licenses and contracts as Secretary of State and as Governor. He was convicted of 18 counts of corruption. (2006) [51]

Scott Fawell (R) Chief of Staff to George Ryan was convicted of racketeering and fraud and sentenced to 6 years and 6 months. [52]

Illinois Michael Tristano (R) Chief of Staff to State Representative Lee Daniels (R) pled guilty to one count of fraud. (2006) [53]

Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards (D) convicted of extortion, mail fraud and money laundering. (2000) [54]
Louisiana Insurance Commissioner James H. "Jim" Brown (D) convicted of lying to FBI investigators.[55]

Massachusetts Speaker of the House Thomas Finneran (D) pled guilty to one count of obstruction of justice and received 18 months probation.[56] (2004)
Massachusetts State Senator Dianne Wilkerson (D-MA) was video taped by the FBI stuffing bribe money into her bra. Charged with tax evasion (1997), ethics violations (2001) and perjury (2005). Wilkerson pled guilty to eight counts of attempted extortion. [57]

Maryland State Senator Thomas L. Bromwell (D) was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to 7 years in prison for racketeering, corruption and fraud to benefit construction company Poole and Kent.[58]

Michigan State Representative David Jaye (R) was expelled from the house in 2001 after allegations of wife beating and three drunk driving convictions.[59][60]

Minnesota the Republican Party of Minnesota was fined $170,000 for violating federal campaign finance regulations from 2003-2008. (2011) [61]
Minnesota state representative Mark D. Olson (R) for District 16B was convicted of one of two fifth degree domestic assault charges. (2006) [62]

Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith (D) Resigned from the Senate effective August 25, 2009 after confessing to two counts of obstruction of justice. He was sentenced to 1 year and a day of prison and was fined $50,000.[63]
Missouri State Representative Nathan Cooper (R) resigned shortly before he was convicted on two felony counts of immigration fraude in 2007.[64][65]

Nebraska State Treasurer Lorelee Byrd (R) Pled guilty to one misdemeanor charge of misconduct and resigned in 2003.[66]

Nevada State Controller Kathy Augustine (R) impeached and convicted, but not removed from office. (2004) [67]

New Jersey Operation Bid Rig: An FBI sting operation indicted 44 New Jersey officials and several Rabbis, mainly for bribery, counterfeiting of intellectual property, money laundering, organ harvesting, and political corruption. Arrested were:

Daniel M. Van Pelt(R) NJ State Assemblyman (representative). Resigned after indictment for bribery.[68]

New Jersey State Senator Wayne Bryant (D) was covicted of bribery. (2007) [69]
New Jersey Former State Senator Joseph Coniglio (D) indicted for abusing state grants, mail fraud and extortion. (2008) [70]

New Mexico State Senate Leader Manny Aragon (D) was found guilty of three counts of conspiracy to defraud 4.4 million from the State of New Mexico. (2009) [71]

New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker lost his position as majority whip after he was arrested for criminal mischief and assault after chasing a photographer. [72] [22]
New York State Senator and Republican Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (R). On January 23, 2009, Bruno was convicted on two counts of wire fraud.[73]
New York State Representative Brian McLaughlin (D) was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to ten years in prison for racketeering.(2009) [74]
New York State Senator Guy Velella (R) was indicted for bribery and conspiracy for accepting at least $137,000 in exchange for steering public-works contracts to the paying parties.[75] He ultimately pleaded guilty to one count and received a year in jail.[76] He served 182 days. (2002) See also List of state and local political sex scandals in the United States
New York State Senator Ernest E. Newton II (D) was sentenced to five years in prison for bribery in 2005.[77]

North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Meg Scott Phipps (D) pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges and served three years in prison. (2003) [78]
North Carolina Representative James B. Black (D) pleaded guilty to a federal charge of public corruption on February 15, 2007, and sentenced to five years in prison. See Michael Decker (R) [79]
North Carolina Representative Michael Decker (R) was bribed by James Black (D) to switch parties and vote for Black. He pled guilty to conspiracy and was sentenced to four years in prison.[80]
Frank W. Ballance (D-NC) was sentenced to four years in prison for corruption while a State Senator in North Carolina. (2004) [81][82]

Oklahoma State Auditor Jeff McMahan (D) convicted of accepting bribes.[83] (2008)

Ohio Governor Bob Taft (R) pleads no contest and is convicted on four misdemeanor ethics violations. He was fined $4000 and ordered to apologize to the people of Ohio. (2005) [84]

Oregon State Representative Dan Doyle (R) resigned from office and was sentenced to 15 months in jail for fiance violations. (2005) [85][86][87][88]
Pennsylvania in 2007 state representative Bill DeWeese (D) and Mike Veon (D) were investigated in what came to be called Bonusgate in which over 80 state staffers were paid bonuses to work on re-election campaigns.[89] In 2010, Veon was found guilty and sentenced to 6-14 years. [90][91][92][93] In 2012, DeWeese was found guilty of five felony counts. [94]
Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Fumo (D) was found guilty of 139-counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and filing a false tax return. Two staffers were also arrested and indicted on charges of destroying electronic evidence, including e-mail related to the investigation. (2009) [95]
Pennsylvania State Representative Thomas W. Druce (R) was convicted in 2000 of a 1999 hit and run that killed a man. He served two years in prison before his release in 2006.[96][97]
Pennsylvania State Representative Linda Bebko-Jones (D) and her chief-of-staff were charged with forging some of the signatures on their nominating petitions. They were both sentenced to 12 months probation and fined $1,500 with community service. (2007)
Pennsylvania State Senator Bill Slocum (R) pled guilty to six criminal misdemeanor charges for filing false reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and discharging 3.5 million gallons of raw sewage into Brokenstraw Creek while he was a sewage plant manager in Youngsville, Pennsylvania.[98] (2000)
Pennsylvania State Representative Frank Gigliotti (D) was convicted and sentenced in 2000 to 46 months incarceration for extortion, mail fraud, and filing a false income tax return.[99]
Pennsylvania State Senator F. Joseph Loeper (R) In 2000 Loeper pled guilty in federal court of falsifying tax-related documents to conceal more than $330,000 in income he received from a private consulting firm while serving in the Senate.[100][101] He resigned his senate seat on December 31, 2000,[102] and was later released from federal prison at Fort Dix, New Jersey, after serving 6 months.[103]
Pennsylvania State Representative Jeffrey Habay (R) was convicted of 21 counts of harassment, solicitation for perjury and intimidation. (2007) .[104][105][106][107]
Pennsylvania State Representative John Perzel (R) pled guilty on August 31, 2011 to eight criminal charges of spending tax dollars for campaigning in what came to be known as Bonusgate. [108] [109] Perzel’s Chief of Staff Brian Preski was sentenced to 2 ½ years. [110] [23]
Pennsylvania Republican House Counsel Brett O. Feese (R) was sentenced in February 10, 2012 to 4-12 years in prison for using public funds for campaigning. [111]
Pennsylvania State Representative Jeffrey Habay (R) was found guilty on December 12, 2005 of conflict of interest. [112][113] he resigned and was sentenced to 6 to 12 months of prison followed by four years of probation. [114]
Pennsylvania State Representative Frank LaGrotta (D) pled guilty to two counts of corruption for giving away $26,000 of state funds in the 2006 Pennsylvania General Assembly bonus controversy. Sentenced to 6 months house arrest, probation, and fines. (2007) [115] [116][117][118][119]

Rhode Island State Representative and House Majority Leader Gerard M. Martineau (D) was given 37 months in prison for influence peddling. (2008) [120]
Rhode Island State Senator John Celona (D) was given 4 years in prison for influence peddling. (2007) [121]
Rhode Island Mayor of Providence Vincent Albert "Buddy" Cianci, Jr. (R) His first administration ended in 1984 when he pled guilty to assault. His second stint as mayor ended when he was forced to resign following his conviction for racketeering conspiracy named Operation Plunder Dome served four years in federal prison.[122]

South Carolina State Treasurer Thomas Ravenel (R) convicted on cocaine charges. (2007) [123]

South Dakota former state legislator and senate candidate Ted Klaudt (R) was convicted of witness tampering and sentenced to 10 years in prison concerning his conviction on all four counts of second-degree rape with his underage foster children. He was sentenced on January 17, 2008. [124][125]

Tennessee Operation Tennessee Waltz An FBI sting operation between 2003 and 2007 in which a number of state and local representatives were arrested including;[126]

John Ford State Senator (D) Sentenced to 66 months for bribery.
Kathryn Bowers State Senator (D) Pled guilty to one count of bribery.
Ward Crutchfield State Senator (D) Pled guilty to one count of bribery.[127]
Chris Newton State Representative (R) Sentenced to one year for bribery.

Virginia State Representative Phillip A. Hamilton (R) represented the 93rd district and resigned in 2009. on the Virginia Peninsula, made up of parts of James City County[128] He was convicted of bribery and extortion, and sentenced by a U.S. district court jury to 9 1/2 years in prison in August 2011. [129]

West Virginia State Representative Lisa D. Smith (R) pled guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of failure to pay employee taxes. She was sentenced to two years in prison, three years of probation and fined $1,000,000.[21]

[edit] 1990–1999

Arizona In a scandal now known as AzScam, members of the Arizona House or Senate were caught on videotape taking payoffs for favors to an undercover sting agent. Ten members resigned or were removed. (1991)
Arizona Governor John Fife Symington III (R-AZ) was convicted on charges of extortion, making false financial statements, and of bank fraud in 1997.[130] The conviction was overturned in 1999 by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Before retrial, he was pardoned by President Bill Clinton.[131]

Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker. (D-AR), As part of the Whitewater investigation run by Kenneth Starr, Tucker was convicted of fraud and conspiracy and sentenced to four years probation. (1996) [132]

California an FBI investigation called Shrimpscam or BRISPEC targeted corruption in the California legislature. Five convictions were obtained.

California Senator Alan Robbins (D) resigned on November 21, 1991, in advance of pleading guilty to federal racketeering charges in connection with insurance-industry bribes.[133]
California Senator Joseph B. Montoya (D) was convicted in April 1990 of rackeetering, extortion and money laundering and was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison.[134]
California Senator Frank Hill (R) and his aid were found guilty of corruption and money laundering and sentenced to 46 months in prison. {1994} [135]
California Board of Equalization member Paul B. Carpenter (D) was found guilty of 11 counts of obstruction of justice and money laundering. (1993) [136]
California State Assemblyman Pat Nolan (R) served 29 months for bribery in an FBI sting operation called Shrimpscam.[137]

Illinois state representative James DeLeo (D-IL) caught in the "Operation Greylord" investigation of corruption in Cook County. He was indicted by a federal grand jury for taking bribes and negotiated guilty plea on a misdemeanor tax offense, and was placed on probation (1992)
Illinois state representative Joe Kotlarz (D-IL) convicted and sentenced to jail for theft and conspiracy for pocketing in about $200,000 for a sale of state land to a company he once served as legal counsel (1997)
Illinois state senator Bruce A. Farley (D-IL) sentenced to 18 months in prison for mail fraud (1999)
Illinois state senator John A. D’Arco Jr. (D-IL) served about 3 years in prison for bribery and extortion (1995)
Walter R. Tucker III (D-CA) resigned from the US House of Representatives before conviction on charges of extortion and income tax fraud while he was Mayor of Compton, California. Sentenced to 27 months in prison.(1996)[138]

Hawaii State Senator Milton Holt was sentenced to one year for one count of mail fraud. (1999) [139]

Kentucky FBI Operation Boptrot was an investigation into bribery and the horse racing industry in which House Majority Leader Don Blandford (D), was sent to prison for 64 months and the Senate Minority Leader John Rogers (R) was sent to prison for 48 months. Approximately 10% of Kentucky's legislature, both the house and senate, was implicated in this scandal, some taking bribes for as little as $100). (1992) [140][141]

Massachusetts Speaker of the House Charles Flaherty (D-MA) pled guilty to felony tax evasion for submitting false receipts regarding his business expenses and to violations of the state conflict of interests law.[142] (1996)
Massachusetts state representative Nicholas Mavroules (D-MA) pleaded guilty to bribery charges.[143]

Maryland politician Ruthann Aron (R) (Montgomery County Planning Board member and former 1994 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate) who ran on a "tough on crime" platform was convicted of hiring "contract" hit man William H. Mossburg Jr., in 1997, to kill her husband and a lawyer. (1998)[144][145]

Minnesota State Senator Sam Solon (D-MN) Pleaded guilty in 1995 to telecommunications fraud for letting his ex-wife make $2,430 in calls on his State Senate telephone line.[146]

Missouri Secretary of State Judith Moriarty (D-MO) was impeached for misconduct involving back-dating of her son's election paperwork to hide a missed filing deadline.[147]
Missouri Attorney General William L. Webster (R) sentenced to two years in prison for conspiracy in a scheme that rewarded lawyers who donated to his campaign with bigger settlements. (1993) [148]

Nebraska State Treasurer Frank March (R) convicted of misdemeanor charges for making personal, long-distance telephone calls. (1991)

New York State Senator Randy Kuhl, Jr. (R) of the 29th District, was arrested and convicted of drunk driving in 1997. His driver's license was revoked for six months. [149]
New York Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals Sol Wachtler, was investigated for extortion and harassment. He pled guilty to one charge of threatening to kidnap a teenage girl and served 15 months. (1993) [150][151][152]

Oklahoma Governor David Lee Walters (D) pled guilty to a misdemeanor election law violation. (1993) [153]

Pennsylvania Attorney General Ernie Preate (R) pled guilty to mail fraud. (1995) [154]

Rhode Island Governor Edward Daniel DiPrete (R) pled guilty to bribery and racketeering charges and served one year in prison. (1998) [155]

South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow (R) From 1990 to 1994, Janklow had 12 speeding tickets, with fines totaling $1000.[156][157] In 2003 while elected to the US Congress, he ran a stop sign and killed a motorcyclist. He resigned from the House, was convicted of second degree manslaugher and given 100 days in the county jail and three years probation. (2003)[158]

Tennessee State Senate Candidate Byron Looper (R) legally changed his middle name from Anthony to Low Tax. Then murdered his Democratic opponent, Tommy Burks, to increase his chances of winning. (1998) [159][160]

West Virginia Governor Arch A. Moore Jr (R) guilty of mail fraud, tax fraud, extortion and obstruction of justice, (1990).[161]
District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry (D-DC) caught on videotape using drugs in an FBI sting (1990) [162]

[edit] 1980–1989

Illinois Governor Daniel Walker (D) was convicted of improprieties stemming from loans from a Savings and Loan. He served 18 months in prison. (1987) [163][163] The First American Savings & Loan Association of Oak Brook was declared insolvent with a deficit of $23 million[164]
Illinois Attorney General William J. Scott served from 1968 until 1982 when he was convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to a year in prison. [165]

Maine State Representative Donald F. Sproul (R) was sentenced to 10 days in prison for ballot tampering. [166]

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Barry Locke (R) was convicted of conspiring to take payoffs. (1982)[167]

South Carolina Senator Albert Eugene Carmichael (D) was sentenced to ten years in prison for conspiracy to buy votes, obstruction of justice, and vote buying. (1982) [168]

Tennessee FBI investigation Operation Rocky Top concerned the illegal sale of charity bingo licenses which resulted in over 50 convictions [169] and the incarceration of several politicians, most notably state House Majority Leader Tommy Burnett (D). Two targets of the investigation committed suicide: Tennessee Secretary of State Gentry Crowell (D) (in December 1989, just before he was scheduled to testify for a third time before a federal grand jury) and long-time State Representative Ted Ray Miller of Knoxville (after being charged with bribery). (1986)

[edit] 1970-1979

Arkansas State Senator Guy H. Jones (D) convicted of tax evasion in 1973, he was expelled from the senate in 1974. [170]

Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, Jr. (D) After serving two terms, Kerner was appointed to the Seventh District Court when he was convicted on 17 counts of bribery, conspiracy, perjury and related charges. (1973) [171] He was sentenced to three years in federal prison. Faced with impeachment, he resigned his position on the federal bench on July 22, 1974. [171]

Texas State Representative John Dowdy (D) was convicted on eight counts for accepting a $25,000 bribe.(1972) [172]

[edit] 1950-1959

Illinois State Auditor (comptroller) Orville Hodge (R) embezzled more than $6 million and was indicted for on 54 counts including conspiracy, forgery and embezzling. He was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison. [173][174]

[edit] 1777-1979

Louisiana Attorney General Jack P. F. Gremillion (D) was sentenced to three years in prison for perjury for covering up his dealings with a failed savings and loan. (1972)[175] [176]

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Posted : April 3, 2012 7:46 pm
ICEMAN
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Exactly my Point thanks
Where is the list of VI politicians in trouble?
Oh wait, there is no one doing nothing about it that is why there is no list of Anything.
At least they are charged but not in Paradise its the way it is.

Maybe i am wrong. How many in jail for corruption in the VI from the gov't

Type that list rusty.

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Posted : April 3, 2012 8:12 pm
ICEMAN
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How many resigned and not just re-elected? Tell me please?
How many charged? How many Convicted? Not just re-elected?
At least in the real world there are real consequences,
Not just more rewards year after year.

Waiting for the list of Charged/Convicted/imprisoned USVI Officials.
Anytime you get one please share.
Thanks Again.

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Posted : April 3, 2012 8:16 pm
OldTart
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Why don't you just do your own research as JRFerrari did. What are we, your worker bees? Go clean your own house and stop harping on how dirty ours is. You don't live here so why this obsession?

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Posted : April 3, 2012 10:20 pm
ICEMAN
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Your right if you all do not care why should I.

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Posted : April 3, 2012 10:36 pm
Lucy
 Lucy
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Everyone that pays taxes in the USVI or to the US Federal Govt should care about this gross waste. About 40% of the USVI budget each year is funded with federal tax dollars. The USVI is a great place that could be much better with a properly structured, efficient government.

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Topic starter Posted : April 4, 2012 12:18 am
OldTart
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Everyone that pays taxes in the USVI or to the US Federal Govt should care about this gross waste. About 40% of the USVI budget each year is funded with federal tax dollars. The USVI is a great place that could be much better with a properly structured, efficient government.

There's really no need to state the obvious. I simply resent Iceman's continual and repetitive barrage of negativity and his accusations that the people of the VI don't give a damn and are a bunch of ignorant twits. His "us against them" mentality is pathetic and he doesn't even live here, just comes onto this forum periodically to thump his chest, yell and create disruption.

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Posted : April 4, 2012 12:06 pm
JahRustyFerrari
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How many resigned and not just re-elected? Tell me please?
How many charged? How many Convicted? Not just re-elected?
At least in the real world there are real consequences,
Not just more rewards year after year.

Waiting for the list of Charged/Convicted/imprisoned USVI Officials.
Anytime you get one please share.
Thanks Again.

I totally reject your assumption that wherever you live has people with more sense of right and wrong than the VI. I could go on and on, but it would be fruitless.

The people who YOU keep electing are currently doing things that could potentially end life on this planet. It is not advisable to even talk about these things, because the people YOU elect have taken away "free" speech that does not support their agenda.

The people who YOU keep electing are currently supporting two immoral, disastrous wars that have killed hundreds of thousands of people...and they are on the verge of starting a third world war. Where is your morality and sense of right and wrong when the people YOU elect keep killing people all over the planet just so you can have cheap gas?

What's the use....I don't expect you to understand any of this, it is way too much to ask. Have a great day.

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Posted : April 4, 2012 12:41 pm
MissJustice
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How we afford a governor who got a raise of $70,000 the same time the senators got their raises. He has hundreds of employees with higher salaries than the senators and more perks. Some of them, including the mother of the love child never show up for work at all. And this same governor just failed to draw down two fiscal years appropriations of federal Medicaid monies. He doesn't draw down money he can't steal? The US Inspector General already reported that he improperly removed $490,000.00 of public monies to improve his private residence. (confirmed on his Wikipedia page) and now we hear that a federal court has determined that deJongh has placed political pressure on a Federal Highway contract road repair bid so that the high bidder would intercept the award. This senate's biggest mistake would be voting for everything this guy sends to them. And they should have voted to recall him instead. This governor is a lying thieving wife beating cheating bribe taking high school failing pig. The senate? Hah! The governor is our problem.

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Posted : April 28, 2012 2:25 pm
OldTart
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So, MissJustice, other than taking every opportunity to scream and shout on this forum, pray tell exactly what YOU do to contribute to the well being of the US Virgin Islands both present and future? Just curious.

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Posted : April 28, 2012 2:33 pm
MissJustice
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Old tart, when the other bloggers criticized the senate, you didn't ask them about their contributions. Neither have you criticized my message, but are questioning me, the messenger, because I dare to point out that the senate isn't as corrupt or wasteful as the governor. I wonder if you will support him if he gets arrested based on the report of the US Inspector General about the improper removal of money. And I wonder if you think it's okay that he withdrew none of the federal Medicaid for the territories for two fiscal years while our hospitals struggle and nurses get terminated.

I am a business woman who is retired with several employees. I pay gross receipts tax. Does that qualify me in your eyes to discuss the commander in thief? And what sir, are your contributions?

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Posted : April 28, 2012 5:43 pm
East Ender
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Hoo, boy. I'm going to pop some popcorn. Anyone??;)

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Posted : April 28, 2012 5:51 pm
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