December 14, 2007
Illinois gov a fan of Hannah Montana
By Proxy Author, Proxy Author for Import
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) doesn't exactly blend in with the squealing pre-teen girls who make up faux rock star Hannah Montana's fan base. But don't let appearances fool you. Just before attending a concert by Miley Cyrus, who plays Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel, Blagojevich, flanked by his two daughters, told reporters he had seen every episode of the series. Not only that, but ABC's Chicago station reported that the perennially late governor came five minutes early to the concert.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) shot to fame as the sword-wielding warrior in the Conan the Barbarian movies, but now the former actor - who as Conan once beheaded a villain and tossed the head away - considers a new video game based on the character too violent. The governor has "no association with this game," his spokesman told the San Jose Mercury News , and in fact is fighting for a law to ban the sale of games like Conan to those 17 and under. The law, enacted in 2005, is undergoing a legal challenge.
If you're a criminal and you're vegetarian, try to get incarcerated in Idaho. The state has the most vegetarian-friendly state prison system, according to a report by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Highlights of Idaho prison kitchens include lentil shepherd's pie, soy sausage and veggie meatballs. "We commend Idaho for helping to protect its inmates' health and deeply held beliefs," PETA vice president Bruce Friedrich told The Idaho Statesman .
Texas Gov Rick Perry (R) let loose a verbal slip when he said the best Republican presidential candidate to appoint judges to restrict abortion was Mike Huckabee, the conservative former governor of Arkansas . But Perry has been campaigning for former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is more socially liberal. Told that he just endorsed Huckabee instead of Giuliani on the abortion issue, Perry said, "I'm sorry, I made an error. Thanks for bringing it to my attention," t he Houston Chronicle reported.
No ethics violation is too small for the Nevada Ethics Commission. This week it ruled that Storey County School Board President Pamela Smith did not abuse her power when at a high school football game she requested four free bottles of water that cost $1 each. Her request denied, Story signed an IOU and later paid $5 for the water, the Las Vegas Journal-Review reported. Nonetheless, the complaint against her was investigated by commission staff, reviewed by a two-person panel and given a public hearing. Smith even hired a lawyer to defend herself.