Lyme Disease Epidemic in North Carolina

If you're not familiar with Lyme Disease, you need to be. Because an epidemic broke out last night right here in the Old North State. In an orgy of greed sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Realtors, the Home Ticks spent upwards of $7 per vote to interfere in local elections, burrowing into the heart of North Carolina municipalities in an unprecedented display of crass self interest. They successfully undermined every local government Transfer Tax initiative, putting infrastructure at risk and increasing the pressure to raise property taxes throughout the state.

Make no mistake, the Ticks will stop at nothing to preserve their profits. You see, transfer taxes are a Trojan Horse that would wake up homeowners to the absurdity of their sacred 6% commissions.

(Updated with tags. Again.)

Vote Tomorrow! Races to Watch in Mecklenburg County [UPDATE]

I had this post almost written and Firefox crashed. Unfortunately, I lost the post. I was reviewing some of the contested races in Mecklenburg County and I started with the most important race.....my mother's.

City Council District 1 - Patsy Kinsey (D) v. Tariq Bokhari (R)

Patsy Kinsey (aka Mom) served two terms as a Mecklenburg County Commissioner and is running for a third term on Charlotte's City Council in District 1. Her opponent, Tariq Bokhari registered to vote after election day on November 2006 and cast his first vote in the Republican primary this year. His campaign can be summed up in two words - indecent exposure - as in his lack of exposure to the electoral process is indecent for someone seeking election. He is a moderate Republican and agrees with Patsy Kinsey on many of the issues facing the district. His only difference is he doesn't think we should have to pay for improvements in infrastructure. Apparently, Tariq, along with most Republicans is counting on the magic fairy to wave her magic wand and Charlotte will find a way to magically pay for schools, roads, police, fire, medic, libraries....etc.

Thanks, Kay

The way things are going around here lately, I'd be surprised if any politician wanted to sort through our messy house, especially those running for the United States Senate. Some of us are downright despondent, others are yelling at the tops of their virtual lungs, and still others are tempted to chuck it all and go fishing. (I'd be in that third category if I liked fishing.)

In light of all that, I was very pleased to get this note from Kay Hagan in response to my invitation for her to come blog with us.

First of all, let me apologize for the lateness in getting back to you. As you can imagine,the last ten days have been incredibly busy!

I would like to have the opportunity to speak directly to your readers, but it's going to be tough to find the time to sit down for a web chat in the short term. That is absolutely something we can revisit down the road, so lets stay in touch. The voice of your blog and its readers is an enthusiastic part of ALL of our efforts to take back this seat from Senator Dole.

Again, please accept by apology for the lateness of this response.

Kay

I can't imagine what life looks like for Kay Hagan or Jim Neal right now, but I don't envy either of them. They've both taken on an enormous amount of very hard work in a zero-sum game, and the clock is tick-tick-ticking away. (Jack Betts at the Charlotte Observer had a his own take on the race this morning.)

So thanks, Senator Hagan. We'll look forward to your visit whenever you're ready.


Top Climate Expert Joins Fight to Stop New Coal-Power in NC

Come hear Dr. James Hansen speak on solving the global climate emergency; his leading recommendation: a moratorium on coal-fired power plants such as the one planned by Duke Energy at Cliffside, North Carolina (RSVP strongly recommended).

Friday, November 16 - 7pm
Queens University of Charlotte
RSVP at www.clean-air-coalition.org

Saturday, November 17 - 3pm
The Friday Center - Chapel Hill
RSVP at www.ncwarn.org

Admission for both forums are FREE but seats are going fast. Be sure to reserve your seat today!

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