- - Monday, June 4, 2012

The Supreme Court will not take another look at the bribery conviction of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

The high court on Monday turned away Siegelman’s appeal of his 2006 convictions. Siegelman was convicted of selling a seat on a hospital regulatory board to former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in exchange for $500,000 in donations to Siegelman’s 1999 campaign to establish a state lottery.

Siegelman’s attorneys wanted to argue that campaign donations can’t be bribes unless there’s a clear agreement between the donor and the politician, and that there was no such agreement in Siegelman’s case. Siegelman has been free on bond while appealing his conviction.

The appeal was turned away without comment.


Obama ad targets Romney’s record in Massachusetts

President Obama’s campaign says Mitt Romney’s economic promises didn’t pan out when he was governor of Massachusetts and “won’t work now.”

In a television advertisement released Monday, the campaign blames Mr. Romney for leaving Massachusetts in debt and among the lowest-ranking states in job creation. The ad tells voters that when Mr. Romney says what he would do as president, “remember, we’ve heard it all before.”

The ad is part of the targeted effort the Obama campaign launched last week to seek to discredit Mr. Romney’s economic record in Massachusetts. The Obama campaign is grappling with its own economic message to voters after an uptick in the nation’s unemployment rate to 8.2 percent.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul, responding to the ad, said the Republican nominee would be happy to compare the 4.7 percent unemployment rate in Massachusetts during his term as governor with Mr. Obama’s record on the economy.

“It’s time for a president who has worked in the real economy and understands how to get this economy moving again,” Ms. Saul said.

The Obama campaign said the 60-second ad will air in nine battleground states, including Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.


Republicans play offense in medical device tax fight

A bill aimed at repealing a tax on the makers of medical equipment is giving its Republican authors an election-season chance to claim they are protecting jobs and cutting taxes. At the same time, they are taking a bite out of President Obama’s health care initiative.

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