Bob Orr's Blog

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This summer, I got to know a little about Bob Orr, one of three Republican candidates for governor. After I gave him holy hell here and here for being so cuddly with Art Pope, we exchanged a few messages about this and that. It didn't take long to discover he wasn't the lunatic I would have expected from someone anointed by the Puppetmaster.

In case you haven't been keeping up with his campaign, Orr is riding one big horse in his bid to fill Easley's chair. He's almost myopic in his passion for stomping out government incentives for corporations (a passion I share), and his timing couldn't be better. The General Assembly's passage of the great Goodyear/Bridgestone giveaway offers Orr a soapbox he couldn't have built for himself in a million years. Don't be surprised to see him filing a lawsuit to stop the giveaway any day now. The state will have one heck of a time defending the money being offered to Bridgestone for investments the company has already made, and Orr will almost certainly argue that spending serves no public good whatsoever. Unless of course you consider it a public good to bribe a company so they won't get mad at you for giving money to one of their competitors.

With a well-timed court challenge, Orr will have his name in the headlines throughout the primary cycle, chipping away at the bazillions being spent by Fred Smith and Bill Graham, neither of whom is half as smart as Orr. I wish him well, but I don't hold out much hope for the ex-judge. Orr's too nice and too reasonable to be the top choice of the North Carolina Party of Greed.

Morally Depraved Coy Privette to Resign with Strings Attached

According to the CharO, Coy Privette plans to resign his seat as a Cabarrus County Commissioner. In the past Privette served as president of the State Baptist Convention and recently resigned as president of The Christian Action League.

You'll get a laugh at what the CharO says about Privette:

Meet Pat's friend, Scott, who harasses women, bilks seniors

[This is the first in a series of posts about the people closest to NC Congressman Pat McHenry, (R-11). Logo by Zombie Birdhouse.]

The month before Pat McHenry and Scott G Stewart bought Capitol Hill digs together, three women filed charges of sexual harassment (and misappropriation of funds) against Scott, then-College Republican National Committee chair. But that isn't the big stuff.

As CRNC head, Stewart presided over the most despicable direct mail tactics against seniors (in their 80s and 90s) to raise money (at least $6.3 million). And the worst of it: the bulk (90 percent) of the bilked funds went to the vendor or CRNC expenses.

But don't believe me. Check out the links.

Word of the week: Competence

I confess. I don't much care anymore what candidates say they believe about god and freedom and responsibility and whatever. I want to know what they can actually do. Because for all the talking and pledging and swearing and such, wouldn't it be nice to have the focus be on competence for a change?

Talk about running government like a business? Ha. If government were being run like a business, George Bush and his entire leadership team would have been fired four years ago. And all their stock options would be underwater.

Unfortunately, it's not only Republicans who are fumble-footed here in North Carolina. Indeed, the Great Goodyear Giveaway will go down in history as a strategic blunder by Democratic leadership.

(In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Goodyear legislation challenged in court by Bob Orr. And he'll win this time. The current giveaway provides money to Bridgestone for improvements and investments they'd already decided to make without public money. The State will have a hard time making the compelling case that this money is serving a public good. Unless you want to call bribing companies not to get mad at you a public good.)

So yeah. I'd gladly settle for simple competence.


What happens when they poison our kids?

Do you care? Do we care that the Chinese government, our private corporations, and our government are knowingly poisoning our children? Obviously not. After all, George Bush allowed corporations to increase the amount of known toxins they can dump into our waters, the same waters that our kids drink. So, why should it surprise us that lead-based toys and jewelry are flooding our market?

See Brian Spin

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In response to a war-weary population and an imminent election cycle, Liddy Dole's mouthpiece is spinning like all get-out.

Brian C. Nick, chief of staff to Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., said she is looking at the proposal (to limit tours of duty) "very carefully" and has been influenced by a Marine helicopter pilot who told Bush that short stateside breaks are limiting training and wearing down families. "Nobody's in the same place they were a few years ago," Nick said.

NCGOP: Give us your extremists, your loud-of-mouth

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Rob Christensen gets around to writing something worth reading today, in a rambling review of the Wild and Wacky World of Walter Jones.

Jones says the GOP has drifted from the small government philosophy that characterized it in 1995 when Republicans took control of Congress. He said the views of the 3rd District on the Iraq war have been evolving, just as they have elsewhere in the country. He thinks he has built up a reservoir of good will through his constituent work and social conservatism that will see him through the 2008 election.

Jones says he views himself as more of a populist than a party-line guy. "On some issues my party's right, and on some issues it's wrong," he said. "I don't have blind allegiance. My only allegiance is to my Lord."

If that isn't reason enough to dump a Congressman from office, I don't know what is. Because unless I'm mistaken, Walter has just renounced his oath of office, while lying about all his other allegiances, including this one.

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