Fantastic Forum - Feb. 25 at RBC Center

I just received this in email, and though I'd pass it on here. The focus of this forum will be candidates for governor (Democratic and Republican) and Lt. Governor (Democratic) focusing on issues of relevance to people with developmental disabilities, mental health issues, and "sas" issues, which I am assuming are substance abuse issues, but it's not my field, so I'm sure Gordon can correct me if I'm wrong. Anyhow - the really cool thing about this is that we've been asking for these issues to be addressed, and now a whole day will be spent addressing them. Another cool thing - I have that day off. So I'm going, and will either live blog, or write and post later. Anyone care to join me for all or part of the day?

NO OLF on North Carolina Now

It must be a re-run? I'm wondering if any of our own NO OLF bloggers are on this show. John Morrison speaking. Several residents I missed. Did you know that the field ends right before Blackwater?

Jeff Jennings, talking about his pay acres being taken away by the OLF. Rear Admiral David Johnson (?) "We have to find a field to support National Security." No, this is not a re-run, they are talking about the future fight, not the first Washington County. "There is no other site the government owns where we can build this." Gates and Camden county up for the OLF this time.

Rep. Brad Miller Takes Leadership Role in Contempt Citation

Washington, D.C. – Amid a GOP walkout in the U.S. House of Representatives today, lawmakers approved contempt citations against White House officials which will implement a two-part strategy that allows Congress to pursue the matter in both criminal and civil court.

Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) worked closely with House leadership to help pass the contempt resolution. The action comes after Harriet Myers, former White House counsel, and presidential chief of staff Josh Bolton ignored subpoenas from Congress to cooperate with an inquiry into whether the firings of U.S. Attorneys were politically motivated at the direction of President Bush.

Republicans boycotted the vote and staged a walkout.

With all due respect, Mr. Vice-President, we can figure this out on our own.

Yes, that's right. I said it. Should Al Gore be involved in the United States race for President, absolutely. He's a former VP of the United States and he is a citizen of the United States. But, should he be sticking his nose into the North Carolina Lieutenant Governor's Race? No, because he doesn't have to live with the results. One of the things that bothers me most about this non-endorsement is the Dellinger campaign's reliance on family contacts yet again. When Dellinger raises money out of state based on his Dad's contacts - his supporters say that is okay. When NARAL gives its endorsement to a candidate because of his family connections - his supporters say it is okay. When Hampton visits Al-frickin-Gore, we're supposed to believe its because he supported shutting down a quarry next to the Appalachian trail or because since he began running for office he has posted several press release on the OLF and coal-powered plants. We are not supposed to think that it is because his Dad worked for Clinton/Gore as Acting Solicitor General and was Gore's lawyer during the Florida 2000 fiasco - and, his supporters say that is okay.

Well, I've got news for you, it is not okay. If Al Gore wants to non-endorse someone in North Carolina then perhaps he should be honest. Perhaps he should say that he's known Hampton through his Dad for years and that he is non-endorsing him based on that interaction and the respect he has for the Dellinger family. But, to pretend that Hampton's anemic public record on climate change was the cause for this trip and photo op, well that is just beyond the pale of believability.


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