The governor himself is being feted by lobbyists in Denver, if sharp-eyed readers are correct. I’ve been out of pocket. Checking mail this evening, I find a note from the governor’s office re my post last night about his utter lack of public accountability on the unfolding disaster that is state Children and Family Services — four kids in state custody this year dead, another in grave condition after being sent back to an abusive home by a caseworker despite visible signs of injury (to a home where another DHS employee lives). DHS thinks this is none of the public’s business — must protect the investigation (and the guilty) don’t you know.

The governor thinks it’s none of the public’s business.

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Oh, but not to worry. The usual bureaucratic review and the usual processes are underway. You just don’t need to know about it.Has a caseworker or supervisor who dropped the ball been relieved of duty? Has the public been informed about any of this except what has leaked out — no thanks to Beebe’s agency — from police?

Sleep easy. Here it is, the governor’s behind-the-scenes supervision of the state machinery that grinds up children. But if you think they aren’t working at DHS, think again.While the state has been failing kids in peril, you’ll be happy to know that it is forging ahead with a rule-making to be sure that no child is placed in a loving home that might happen to include an unmarried couple. Priorities are priorities.

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See the child on life support at Children’s Hospital for an idea about how well this oh-so-thorough review and evaluation is working.

The governor owes the people some public remarks on this, if he can get away from Tom Kennedy’s Entergy cocktail party for a moment.

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