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*** Apparently – the corruption is pervasive after all – from each of these stories indicating it –

Oct. 3, 2008 – 12:11 a.m.

New Orleans Voters are Political Jury in Rep. Jefferson’s Primary Saturday

Louisiana Democratic Rep. William J. Jefferson is seeking a 10th term in the U.S. House even though he was indicted last year on multiple federal corruption and bribery charges and is preparing to stand trial in December. But Jefferson, who has denied wrongdoing, will face a different kind of verdict on Saturday: whether his constituents in the overwhelmingly Democratic, New Orleans-based 2nd Congressional District want him to continue representing them.

Jefferson is one of seven Democratic candidates vying in Saturday’s primary election in the black-majority district, where Jefferson, one of the senior African-American members of Congress, was first elected in 1990.

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Jefferson has raised just $204,000 since the beginning of 2007. He was stripped in 2006 of his seat on the influential Ways and Means Committee, and his determination to stay in Congress while fighting corruption charges continues to unsettle some Democrats who vowed that their party would uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct.

But Jefferson continues to receive support from members of the Congressional Black Caucus. He’s received contributions in recent weeks from campaign committees linked to House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn of South Carolina and Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi, the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee.

Despite his precarious political position, Jefferson has overcome unfavorable circumstances before. In December 2006, when the federal government was building its case ahead of the indictment of Jefferson they issued the following June, he easily defeated Democratic state Rep. Karen Carter in a runoff election.

This occurred months after federal investigations leaked an accusation that they had confiscated bribe money that Jefferson had allegedly wrapped in foil and hidden in a freezer. His general election victory also came one month after he took just 30 percent of the vote in an all-party primary election that included Carter and 11 other candidates.



Oct. 2, 2008 – 7:36 p.m.

Advocates of Mental Health Parity Measure Launch Bid for Bailout Votes

The legislation would require private health insurers to offer mental health and addiction benefits equal in cost and scope to traditional medical benefits.

The Mental Health Liaison Group, an umbrella organization for groups advocating mental health parity, sent an alert to more than 200 affiliated organizations across the country Thursday, asking them to place phone calls to the 51 House members who co-sponsored parity legislation (HR 1424) but voted against the bailout Sept. 29.

Neil Trautwein, top health care lobbyist at the National Retail Federation, said his group is asking its members, including large department stores such as Macy’s and Nordstrom, to encourage their employees to call their representatives and ask them to vote for the bill.

The federation is part of a coalition of mental health advocates and business groups who support mental health parity.

“As a recovering alcoholic, I’ve got to take it one day at a time, and now I’m taking it one hour at a time,” said Jim Ramstad of Minnesota, the leading House GOP proponent of the measure.

The legislation would require private health insurers to offer mental health and addiction benefits equal in cost and scope to traditional medical benefits.

“I don’t know that we change anybody’s mind on this one provision on the big package,” Trautwein said. “But hopefully it becomes one more factor in their decision-making.”

Ramstad and Patrick J. Kennedy , D-R.I., chief sponsor of the original House bill, have worked together for years to advance the mental health parity bill, touring the country together to promote it. Kennedy’s father, Massachusetts Democrat Edward M. Kennedy , has been a champion of the measure in the Senate, which passed its original mental health parity measure (S 558) on Sept. 18, 2007.

– Now they can extend this abusive system to be more inclusive of the US population – and they will because the amount of money these people’s backers will make is staggering.

With this bill passed, every last possible chemical lobotomy by psychiatrists will be used on more people and they will be locked up for even longer stays because they are paid for and unnecessary procedures will torture them into submission like they’ve done already in the name of “mental health.”

Written and compiled by Cricket Diane C Sparky Phillips, 10-02-08 ( I wrote the last two paragraphs here.)