Fear the Turtle!
The Land of Lincoln's current lieutenant governor, Pat Quinn, has"vowed to use the office to be an advocate for taxpayers and consumers": no one should mistake his office as a mere dispenser of patronage or trivial initiatives.
Among his recent initiatives: presiding over a statewide internet ballot . . . to select the official state reptile and official state amphibian. Winners were the painted turtle and the eastern tiger salamander. (The latter, which captured an impressive 19,217 votes in the amphibian contest, is the"largest of all Illinois terrestrial salamanders," and it"has a voracious appetite for any invertebrate it can overpower and swallow.")
It's nice to see Quinn has devoted himself to the important tasks of the people. How could anyone possibly say lieutenant governors are irrelevant?
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Richard Henry Morgan - 1/2/2005
Well, I guess you know your Texas politics rather well after all. I did spend three years in Austin, some of it on institutional money, most of it in the Benson Center, but some of it at the LBJ Center next door (one semester I took a grad economic history seminar from a big LBJ advisor there -- I'm sure you can figure out who). You hang out there long enough, with your ears open, and you hear things ...
Robert KC Johnson - 1/2/2005
Quite so! For many years, the office was in practical terms more powerful than the governorship.
Richard Henry Morgan - 1/2/2005
Interestingly, the office of Lt. Governor in Texas is an extremely powerful one:
Charles V. Mutschler - 1/2/2005
Washington State, with a fine sense of the absurd, once elected a Seattle nightclub band leader to be Lt. Governor.
Jonathan Dresner - 1/2/2005
...soil? New Jersey just named some.
... cookie? Massachusetts almost broke out into a shooting war over that one.
They got over 75K votes. Who's fooling who?
Robert KC Johnson - 1/1/2005
Having displayed such remarkable political and intellectual skills during the recall campaign, somehow I'm not surprised by Bustamante's latest effort!
Chris Bray - 1/1/2005
Meanwhile, in California, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante is staying busy with his "One California" commission, charged with the urgent tasks of dialoging against hate and promoting "political debate that is free of scapegoating and stereotyping."
Already, the effort had rendered California almost entirely free of hate and stereotyping.
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