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Jim Greer's Blackmail Play 9/6/11
The STONEzone was the first publication to report on former Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer's lavish spending of party money to enhance his lifestyle. Greer spent regularly on five star resorts, luxury charter aircraft, enormous bills at gourmet restaurants, tickets to sporting events ,imported wines and cigars, spa services and stretch limos. Consequently we were not surprised when Greer was arrested after it was revealed that he had hooked up a phony fund-raising in order to embezzle even more Republican Party of Florida ( RPOF) funds.

StoneZone Back From Vacation 8/25/11
The Stonezone is back from a brief vacation. Now tanned , rested and ready, the observations and punditry resume.

Vance Record Will Draw A Primary 8/25/11
The disastrous record of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance will likely result in a serious Democratic primary challenge to his re-election.

Spitzer Sued For $90 Million 8/25/11
As Attorney General, Eliot Spizter blackmailed insurance giant Marsh & McLennan into acquiring Kroll and Associates, a private investigative firm, at a greatly inflated price. He also required M&M to hire his protégé, Michael Cherkasky, as CEO despite his complete lack of any insurance industry experience.

Newsmax Publisher Considering Senate Race 8/1/11
Nick Loeb, the local banking scion and boyfriend of of Modern Family TV star Sofia Vergara, is once again considering jumping into the Florida Republican US Senate Primary. But now a second multi-millionaire who could potentially self-fund a Senate bid is also seriously considering the race. Conservative Publisher Christopher J. Ruddy, the owner of Newsmax is considering a run and could reportedly put as much as $25 million into a Senate bid.

Why We Lost The War On Drugs 8/1/11
Last month, 40 years after Richard Nixon declared America's war on drugs, the UN's Global Commission on Drug Policy declared it a failure and said that "policies need to change now." Two bizarre cases from neuroscience help explain why it hasn't worked.

Is Cy Vance, Jr, Incompetent? 7/12/11
In a 2008 letter to the editor, when he was merely an ambitious lawyer and not yet Manhattan's District Attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr unknowingly wrote a prescient warning to his future self: "Success must be measured not simply by the number of convictions achieved by a prosecutor's office, but also by a prosecutor's ability to effect long-term crime reduction."

A Tale Of Two Cys: Colin v Haggerty 7/6/11
The collapse of the case against French banker and politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn has focused attention on the competence of the Manhattan District Attorney. Cyrus Vance Jr. may have planted the seeds of his next legal defeat long before the DSK case, egged on by Assistant District Attorney Dan Alonzo - the same assistant who pushed for a rush to judgment in the DSK case. After just 37 days in office, he indicted John Haggerty Jr., a well-liked and much respected Republican political operative.

NY Post's Fred Dicker Exposed Again 7/6/11
The New York Post's Fred Dicker isn't a journalist. He's a publicist for politicians who leak to him. He has little regard for facts or accuracy. In fact, when Fred doesn't have a source he just makes one up. Few reporters are less well liked and none are less respected among their Albany and New York City peers.

Electoral College Reform Now 6/22/11
In 2000, when Al Gore out polled George W. Bush in the popular vote but was bested by Bush in the Electoral College to become President, it became clear we need Electoral College reform. In Adams vs. Jackson in 1824, Hayes over Tilden in 1876 and Harrison over Cleveland in 1888, the loser of the Electoral College won more popular votes than the candidate who became President.

Huntsman Candidacy Fatally Flawed by Obama Service 6/22/11
One thing Donald Trump's flirtation with a Presidential bid showed us is that you have to take Obama on frontally to compete with him. The John McCain tactic of praising Obama as a great American and great Senator "with whom I disagree" is a loser. You've got to call him out as what he is- a fraud and disaster. He doesn't understand economics, has no business or free-enterprise experience, and is spending trillions in Libya and Afghanistan without having a goal other than re-election.

Weiner Shouldn't Resign 6/15/11
If tax cheat Rep. Charlie Rangel can remain a member of Congress after evading Federal income taxes and lying in official documents to hoard three cheap rent controlled apartments in violation of State and City law, how can the Democrats demand the resignation of Rep. Anthony Weiner? There is no proof Weiner used public funds or resources in his indiscretions or, unlike Rangel, that he broke any laws. He is guilty of narcissism, horniness and lying. Now that he has fessed up to the lies, he is guilty of bad judgment and excess testosterone. The is no evidence Weiner's proclivities interfered with his ability to be an effective Congressman.

George Pataki And Public Debt 6/15/11
My talented colleague Mike Murphy wrote an op-ed for the Boston Globe in which he fantasized that former New York Governor George Pataki wins the New Hampshire Primary in an upset by highlighting the federal debt issue. Evidently, Murph is unaware of Pataki's record on spending and debt during his three terms as Governor. Under George Pataki, State debt grew from $14.4 billion in 1990 to $48.5 billion in 2006. New York ranks second highest in combined state and local debt per capita after Alaska, a state that benefits from huge oil reserves.

Bachmann Should Can Rollins Now Or Her Bid Is Doomed 6/10/11
If Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann wants to have any chance whatsoever of winning the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination she should fire her new campaign manager Ed Rollins before it's too late. In just the 24 hours since Rollins signed on he has already hurt her campaign with an intemperate attack on Sarah Palin.

Where's Johnson? 6/10/11
How is it that the upcoming CNN debate includes Herman Cain but excludes two term former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson who is running as a libertarian Republican who favors the legalization of marijuana? What kind of censorship is this from the network that actually has serial law-breaker Eliot Spitzer commenting on the Anthony Weiner Scandal?

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