From Steve Terrell's blog – Roundhouse Roundup:
The Shannon Revenge Act… it's the Senate dinosaurs cynical response to the public's revulsion against corruption and the pent-up demand for ethics reform. Let's just call it the Senate's monument to mendacity.
The sublimity of this evil takes the breath away. Nothing would be more perfect than Terrell's naming this scheme after former Senator Shannon Robinson. Shannon was Manny Aragon's chief lieutenant in the days when kickback was king. It was non-profits, you recall, that turned a spotlight on Robinson's voting record after the last legislative session. And the dinos are determined that no good deed shall go unpunished.
What a devilishly simple plan. After years of good ethics bills getting killed one after another by the Senate, this is the year that ethics reform really has a chance. So what Sanchez proposes to do is just wrap 'em all into one big dog bill, then insert a poison pill amendment to punish pesky non-profits. Sticking it to those community organizations who've been blowing the whistle on the Senate's own pay-to-play system of campaign contributions in exchange for special interest legislation.
And just coincidentally, Heath Haussamen reports that the Senate Rules (Michael's Tools) Committee just got around to holding its first meeting on Monday after taking the first TWO WEEKS of the session off. Busy, busy, busy.
And you wondered why they pulled the plug on webcasting?