Quick Takes: Fla. Legislator Quits College Job, Harvard Law Dean Picked as Solicitor General, Word Warriors

January 6, 2009
  • State Rep. Ray Sansom of Florida announced on the first day of a special legislative session Monday that he would reluctantly give up his $110,000 a year, part-time job with Northwest Florida State College, the Associated Press reported. Sansom, the majority leader in Florida's House of Representatives, became the latest lawmaker there to generate conflict of interest accusations with jobs at colleges to which they've also helped direct funds. Sansom was hired by the college in November as vice president for development and planning, a newly created position that was not publicly advertised, after he helped steer $25.5 million toward Northwest Florida State College during a year when budgets were being cut across the state.
  • President-elect Obama's selection of Elena Kagan as solicitor general has many of Harvard University's law professors a little worried about the loss of their law dean to serve in Washington. The Boston Globe reported that Kagan has been widely praised for uniting a divided faculty, recruiting many legal superstars, raising money and improving the quality of student life.
  • Lake Superior State University is known for its annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness. Now a new site at Wayne State University, Word Warriors, aims to draw attention to "words of style and substance that see far too little use." Among the first words identified for this list: cahoots, defenestrate, insouciance, mendacious and quixotic.
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