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From Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, on the country’s worst governors:
Number of miles Gov. Perdue flew in a private jet provided by a lobbyist to attend to a NASCAR race: 30
Cost of the plane ride: $2,400
Maximum acceptable value of a lobbyist gift to state officials in Georgia according to Gov. Perdue’s own
executive order: $25
Cost of one custom-stitched antique rug for Gov. Paterson’s official residence: $21,000
New York State’s projected budget deficit at the time of the rug’s purchase: $15 billion
Pay raise Gov. Paterson requested state employees forgo that same year: 3%
Minimum number of campaign contributors Gov. Jindal appointed to state positions: 200
Number of members on the Louisiana Board of Ethics: 11
Number who resigned after a special legislative session passed Gov. Jindal-backed legislation reforming
Louisiana’s ethics code: 10
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Number of African countries with vaccination rates higher than that of the United States:
Iowa urologists reported that only a minor portion of locker-room teasing arises from “the presence of excess foreskin”; most teasing targets small penises.
A farmer in Surrey, England, was ordered by the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to tear down his cannon-equipped castle, which he had built secretly and then concealed behind hay bales.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”