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One little dog and a whole lot of North Carolina

Last week, through my sister, I learned that a friend of hers in Raleigh had lost his little shepherd mutt named Mocha. Rick and Mocha are inseparable and his friends knew he'd never be the same if they couldn't find her. As the days unfolded, person after person joined in the search to bring Mocha home. They gave up their evenings after work to search for her and they spread the word on social media to keep an eye out for a shy, fearful dog unlikely to come to anyone who called her. A sighting of Mocha at a specific crossroads would be quickly posted to Facebook, sending people to their cars to canvas the area in hopes of finding one lost and hungry little dog. Soon, complete strangers were following the story and searching for Mocha. In the end, a miracle of sorts occurred.

One little dog and a whole lot of North Carolina

Last week, through my sister, I learned that a friend of hers in Raleigh had lost his little shepherd mutt named Mocha. Rick and Mocha are inseparable and his friends knew he'd never be the same if they couldn't find her. As the days unfolded, person after person joined in the search to bring Mocha home. They gave up their evenings after work to search for her and they spread the word on social media to keep an eye out for a shy, fearful dog unlikely to come to anyone who called her. A sighting of Mocha at a specific crossroads would be quickly posted to Facebook, sending people to their cars to canvas the area in hopes of finding one lost and hungry little dog. Soon, complete strangers were following the story and searching for Mocha. In the end, a miracle of sorts occurred.

Time to put your money where your mouth is:

Can progressives take back control of North Carolina's General Assembly? Three new polls conducted by PPP for Progress NC pinpoint areas where vulnerable incumbents or open seats could open the door for progressive candidates to enter the race, including a poll showing that incumbent Jim Crawford (D-Granville) is vulnerable in the Democratic Primary. If you are thinking of running, or know someone thinking of running, stand by for more polling in other counties soon. More details on these three polls after the jump:

It happened last night: a summary of the Jan. 5th GOP debacle

Here is a summary of what happened last night, originally posted at Progress NC. It is intended for people unfamiliar with legislative goings-on. Please make sure people not paying attention to politics read it so they understand what is going on in Raleigh using taxpayer dollars:

What happened in Raleigh last night proves that the leadership of the NC House is unworthy of serving the people of North Carolina.

January 5, 2012 will go down as a sad day for North Carolina -- it will be remembered as the day that leaders of our state government met in the dark of the night to elude public scrutiny and then shut down debate by their opposition in an attempt to ram their extremist agenda through our state house with as few people participating or watching as possible.

This is not democracy and it is not conduct becoming of our leaders. This is proof that they are unworthy to serve the people of North Carolina.

Grab their feet, I'll light the fire

Those of you with the stomach for it know that if you follow right-wing rhetoric by politicians long enough, you can pick up on the latest inaccurate claims du jour. But for a long time, many of us dismissed their talk as transparent hyperbole unworthy of attention or feared that repeating their nonsense would make it seem more legitimate. As a result, last year, our state spent millions in taxpayer money for legislators to debate imaginary problems like voter fraud and we've seen state laws crippled by rumors, myths and religious beliefs.

Woody Guthrie's New Year Resolutions

Written by Woody Guthrie (granddaddy of progressive political tunes) in 1942. This is part of a collection of his songs and works opening soon in Oklahoma:

If you need a full screen version go to http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/383924_157047081065051_115700478533045_157739_1722294...

Renee Ellmers making Porky Pig look articulate:

Am hoping Steve or James can embed the following video for me in my post, but for those of you who want an informative video with your daily coffee... Progress NC has managed to crack the code of the DC double-speak. Our staff experts in "dialects of the 1%" have provided sub-titles to explain why the House GOP wants to raise payroll taxes on working families come Jan. 1st. What on Earth is Renee Ellmers talking about? Conferee? Doc Fix? We're not even sure she knows:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2N6_rAZ3xU

How Grinch Ellmers and the GOP Stole Christmas

When your taxes go up on January 1st -- thank Renee Ellmers and three other members of the GOP Congressional delegation. They stopped the payroll tax cut extension just in time for the holidays. Here are the names and contact info for the Reps who stonewalled the extension in case you'd like to let them know how you feel:

Renee Ellmers, 2nd district: Phone (202) 225-4531 or email her at http://ellmers.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=3&sectiontree=3

Virginia Foxx, 5th district: Phone (202) 225-2071 or email her at http://foxx.house.gov/contact/

Sue Wilkins Myrick, 9th district: Phone (202) 225-1976 or email her at http://myrick.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=69

Patrick T. McHenry, 10th district: Phone (202) 225-2576 or email him at http://mchenry.house.gov/Contact/zipauth.htm

Blatant hypocrisy of GOP healthcare policies

I know, I know -- what else is new? But for the love of god, I do not understand why people don't just rake these blatant hypocrites over the coals: apparently, cutting Medicaid costs is only good when it hurts poor people. If it's profiting your donors and the interests behind your favorite mega-lobbyists, well then, let the Medicaid dollars rain down. Here's an article from the NY Times explaining how the GOP hopes to give special exemptions to their doctor friends so that they can rake in the Medicaid dollars:

http://nyti.ms/w06scK

Winner of 2011 Jones Street Heisman Announced:

The people have spoken! The infamous "Gang of Five" has won Progress NC's not-so-coveted 2011 Jones Street Heisman Trophy for penalty-worthy conduct on the political playing field. Must have been their famous Flying Wedge maneuver that did the trick. View details and voting results here: http://www.progressnc.org/2011/12/and-the-winner-is.html

Thanks to all of you who weighed in!

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