Here's Kathie Obradovich's piece on the secret payouts to six former state workers who jobs were eliminated.  After my coversation with Jeff Stein on the show today, I'm convinced there's no way this ends well for the Branstad administration.  The end game will play itself out on greater or lesser degrees of "bad."  As Kathy points out:  if Gov. Branstad truly didn't know anything about the payoffs, then he looks out of touch on the workings of his own government.  If he DID know something, then he's appears willing to use YOUR money to meet his poltical ends. The one thing the administration doesn't need is more secrecy on this issue. The appointed "work group" needs to do all it's business in the open--not just relesase the results of it's findings and recomendations as part of a news conference.

             Sunlight is the best disinfectant,”

                 -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis


Here's the link to Ian Doescher's website. Check out William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back.  Even if you're not a Star Wars or Shakespeare fan, you have to have some respect for the amount of work that has to go into "translating" the Star Wars movies into iambic pentameter.