Thursday, July 21, 2005

Feds Bust Logan County Clerk for Vote-Buying

Logan County Clerk Glen D. "Hound Dog" Adkins was arrested Thursday (July 21) on a federal charge of conspiring to buy votes. Adkins was released on a personal recognizance bond and ordered to not leave the US Southern District of West Virginia and to remove all guns from his house. Adkins is just the latest official in Logan and Lincoln counties to face charges in a wide-ranging federal probe of political corruption in this infamous hotbed that rivals Chicago for corrupt political machines.

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Politics in Logan and Lincoln counties are rotten to the core. Both counties are firmly controlled by corrupt Democratic courthouse political machines and, thanks to the two counties being in the same state legislative and congressional districts, the two machines collaborate on district elections. Political corruption there is only the tip of the iceberg, as the politicians in office use their ill-gotten power to get away with vast amounts of improper and illegal activity ranging from controlling public employment to ticket-fixing and lowballing friends' property tax assessments and highballing their enemies to letting off criminals who "vote the right way" for crimes ranging from theft to drugs to DUI and insurance fraud. I'll rant more in another post.