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The reports that Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has now been caught twice steering city-owned land to the same campaign donor have begun eliciting a political response. But predictably, all the policy changes elected officials have embraced so far fail to address the core issue: that City Council ordinances shouldn’t be required to sell city land. In … Continue reading The Fix: The Real Problem with Corrupt Land Sales? City Council
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First, a caveat: As a journalist (and an American!), the First Amendment is my favorite of all the amendments. I mean, it contains all the right rights: Press, speech, religion, assembly, petition. (I am also partial to the 19th, giving women the right to vote.) But no lie (get it?), the last couple of years … Continue reading All the Right Rights