Corruption in State Government

Gary Pearce makes a strong point on the blog he hosts with Carter Wrenn ( about the problems with the State Highway Patrol when he cites the patronage system that, he says, has corrupted law enforcement practices. This is a problem Democrats as well as Republicans have to acknowledge.

Lately, it is the Democrats who have to do some 'splainin. As a yeller dawg Democrat, I'm anxious about our party. A response to Pearce's post notes that Easely appointed commissioners on the Wildlife Resources Commission have been pushing that agency's law enforcement division (and yes, they are sworn officers) to bend over for their interests. Within that agency, this would represent a new but disheartening trend. Unless someone decides to address it, WRC could go the way of the State Highway Patrol.