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Throw the Rascals Out! Throw the Rascals In!

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – “Throw the rascals out!” This cry has been heard for years in U.S. politics, meaning that if elected officials or parties have proven themselves corrupt rascals, the solution is to vote them out of office. That may have been the case in the 2012 Brazilian municipal elections, but the Curmudgeon asks “have the voters thrown the rascals in?”

The mayoralty elections held in the largest 85 Brazilian cities (where more than 70 million people live) did produce two examples of throwing the rascals out, in comparison to 2008. In 2008, 48 . . .

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