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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:28 PM
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In Maryland they fired people for being Democrats in State gov.
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 07:32 PM by MissWaverly
Steffen's testimony raises perjury issue
Former Ehrlich aide tells committee that politics played role in firings

Democratic General Assembly leaders formed a select committee to investigate the personnel practices of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in June 2005 - several months after Steffen's activities in state government came to light - and have since awaited his testimony.

Some Democrats contend Steffen was one of several state workers assigned to various agencies to purge them of Democratic loyalists and make room for the governor's supporters. The lawmakers allege that the administration reached deeper than necessary into state agencies to put its own stamp on state operations and disposed of untold decades of employee experience by forcing out workers solely because they were Democrats.

Joseph F. Steffen Jr. - known in political circles as the "Prince of Darkness" - shed light yesterday on his role in the firing of state employees, asserting that he teamed with the governor's appointments office in targeting workers to be terminated and that their political affiliations informed his recommendations.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/politics/bal-te....



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ReadTomPaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:38 PM
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1. I thought Robert Novak's nickname was "Prince of Darkness"
Perhaps since he rolled for Fitzgerald's investigation he's been stripped of his title by Dear Leader.
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:42 PM
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2. Joseph Stefan is an interesting person
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 07:43 PM by MissWaverly
apparently the "Prince of Darkness" is from his sci-fi career, but he is one of Rove's proteges
that I do know. He also would not reveal where he is working now, a fact that I find
very intriguing.
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ReadTomPaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 07:47 PM
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3. And you can bet whatever it is, he's pulling his paycheck from the GOP...
Thanks for the OP!
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 08:59 PM
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6. Go look at his picture on the Baltimore Sun website
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 09:00 PM by MissWaverly
see if you see him in the background of Lieberman, I am not saying that he is, but in the
GOP, cream always rises to the top.
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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 09:02 PM
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7. Richard Perle too
there's lots of POD's in the GOP.
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 09:09 PM
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8. that turns my stomach
also I think Mr. Stefan had a thing about always working with the blinds drawn if I remember
correctly.
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Phoebe Loosinhouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 08:46 PM
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4. And this is the beginning of a totalitarian state and I'm NOT kidding
Just like the Sunni excising the Shia and vice versa.

Disgusting. And this same thing happened on a Federal level. You can find story after story about career civil service being forced out or demoted or undermined by political hack appointees with little or no experience.
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 08:58 PM
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5. yes, I think the thing that scares me most
is the total melt down in the White House over Lamont, they want toadies and fawning courtiers,
it's like the court of Louis xiv
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