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The gift is, apparently, being redefined.

At least in Missouri [ht: ja], where a lawmaker introduced a bill that would require lobbyists to report “sexual relations” with state legislators as a “gift” in their disclosures to the state ethics commission.

“We’ve already got a lobbyist gift reporting requirement and so that’s how I worked it in there, by treating it as a definition of gift,” Rep. Bart Korman, a Republican from High Hill, told CNN on Thursday. “I hope it deters any of that activity, but that if activity does occur, it’s at least transparent.” . . .

Asked why he didn’t create a separate reporting requirement for sex between consenting adults — married couples and those in relationships before one was elected or began lobbying are exempted — Korman said he “didn’t want to create a larger bureaucracy or a lot of additional extra laws.”

“I just put it as the gift section because it’s the closest thing I could come up with,” he explained. Other options already on the books include “printing and publication expenses,” “media and other advertising expenses” “travel, “the time, venue, and nature of any entertainment,” “honoraria, “meals,” and “food and beverages.”

There is however, one important distinction between Korman’s tweak and other noteworthy expenditures, like tickets to a ballgame.

In the new bill, “the reporting of sexual relations for purposes of this subdivision shall not require a dollar valuation.”

In North Carolina, however, the state’s ethics commission decided that “consensual sexual relationships do not have monetary value and therefore are not reportable as gifts.”

So, the question is, what constitutes a gift to a politician? It would be a gift without monetary value in Missouri, while in North Carolina it’s not a gift because it has no monetary value.

In both cases, however, government officials having sex with lobbyists is perfectly ethical.


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Kids are going to have to start teaching their parents because, if they don’t, there won’t be an educational system left for them.

Not if Republicans get their way. . .

In Florida, where Gov. Rick Scott wants the state’s public universities to start charging undergraduates different tuition rates depending on their major.

Students would get discounts for studying topics thought to be in high demand among Florida employers. Those would likely include science, technology, engineering, and math (aka, the STEM fields), among others.

But Art History? Gender Studies? Classics? Sorry, but the fates are cruel. Unless a university could show that local companies were clamoring to hire humanities students, those undergrads would have to pay more for their diploma.

In North Carolina, where Gov. Pat McCrory proposes to eliminate courses that offer “no chances of getting people jobs.”

McCrory said there’s a major disconnect between what skills are taught at the state’s public universities and what businesses want out of college graduates.

“So I’m going to adjust my education curriculum to what business and commerce needs to get our kids jobs as opposed to moving back in with their parents after they graduate with debt,” McCrory said, adding, “What are we teaching these courses for if they’re not going to help get a job?”

McCrory said he doesn’t believe state tax dollars should be used to help students at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill study for a bachelor’s degree in gender studies or to take classes on the Swahili language.

“If you want to take gender studies that’s fine. Go to a private school, and take it,” McCrory said. “But I don’t want to subsidize that if that’s not going to get someone a job.”

And in Texas, where the Republican Party rejects “critical thinking.”

Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

If we can’t teach our children well, then they’re going to have to help them with their youth and start teaching their parents.