Ashe County Democrats rock!

Jane and I had a good day in Ashe County, visiting the West Jefferson "Christmas in July" festival. Our favorite part of the day was stopping by the Ashe County Democrats booth and talking with Nancy Henry. She was glad to meet us, and welcomed the chance to hear about Moral Mondays.

Being a blue dot in a red county, Nancy had some interesting insights about the state of the Democratic Party, as well as the state of the General Assembly. She thinks that Republican over-reaching in Raleigh may be just what's needed to galvanize Democrats in 2014. I agree.

It's gotta be tough being a Democrat in a place like this, but you could feel the energy around Nancy and the booth. During the time we spent there, Nancy had a steady stream of enthusiastic visitors. The nearby Republican booth looked like a ghost town.

Good people here in Ashe County.

What They Really Meant

We all know the old joke about how to tell when a politician is lying...his or her lips are moving.

It took some of the biggest lies ever, leading to flash BS flood warnings in downtown Raleigh, to ram through the abortion near-ban bill in the NC Senate.

Proving they have no shame, the Warriors on Women (a few of whom are women) produced some real whoppers. Here's one; there's more at BackwardNC.


"We have an obligation to protect the health of the people -- the women -- that go to these clinics," Berger said. "Anyone who is interested in having safe abortions in North Carolina has nothing to fear from this bill."


Progressive state blogs: Weekly roundup

Saturdays are important days in the progressive political blogosphere, thanks to the hard work of Meteor Blades at Daily Kos. Each week, MB posts a roundup of action from around the country, as reported by our counterparts in other state blogs. You can find the diary here.

A few years ago, Markos (of Daily Kos) wrote that he empathized with the challenges of running a state blog. We don't have the sexiness of national politics, and we rarely have that critical mass of readers needed to drive meaningful change. That said, say BlueNC is doing a good job holding its own in today's information marketplace. We continue to have upwards of 5000 visitors each week, and a steadily growing number of registered users.

DAG McCrory fails to dodge television interview

And butchers the English language in the process:

Governor Pat McCrory took a break from touring storm damage today in Madison County to address this week's controversial vote on abortion restrictions. "Even if i agree with some of these issues, it's still got to be done right in the right way and right process," said McCrory.

The governor also speaking out on NAACP Moral Monday protests, saying he supports their right to assemble with one exception. "The only problem I have is when them blocking business from having to be done and breaking the law," said McCrory.

As to that first quote, even the judicious use of a thesaurus wouldn't "correct" the near-painful redundancy in that statement. I had to double-check the second quote, because I was sure it had to be a typo. But no, that nonsense actually came out of his mouth. I'm pretty sure the "when" was supposed to be "with", and I'm prepared to cut him some slack for that. They're both 4-letter words beginning with a "w". But even if the protests did block "business" (that word actually does fit with this sell-out Legislature), it wouldn't change the fact it was still "having to be done". It might stop it from being done, but that's not what our semi-literate Governor said. For those who think I'm being petty by picking his words apart, don't forget: McCrory is (supposed to be) reading these bills before he signs them. Comprehension matters.

Daily dose

It's called hydraulic despotism:

State sets sights on Greenville water (Rocky Mount Telegram) -- The N.C. General Assembly’s Republican majority claims to advocate for smaller government, but it has compiled a contradictory record by passing several bills that exert state control over resources managed by county or municipal government.

US healthcare: Where is the outrage?

From the NY Times

Click here: Diagnosis - Insufficient Outrage -

RECENT revelations should lead those of us involved in America’s health care system to ask a hard question about our business: At what point does it become a crime?

I’m not talking about a violation of federal or state statutes, like Medicare or Medicaid fraud, although crime in that sense definitely exists. I’m talking instead about the violation of an ethical standard, of the very “calling” of medicine.

Medical care is intended to help people, not enrich providers. But the way prices are rising, it’s beginning to look less like help than like highway robbery. And the providers — hospitals, doctors, universities, pharmaceutical companies and device manufactures — are the ones benefiting.

4th report

The weather gods were smiling yesterday as nearly 200 people joined Jane and me for our 25th annual July 4th celebration. Special guests included Congressman David Price and his wife Lisa, NC House Representative Verla Insko, Chapel Hill Town Councilmember Ed Harrison, and NCDP Chairman Randy Voller. In addition, BlueNC bloggers Steve Harrison, Jay Thurman, Blues Dog, Katy Munger, Vicky Boyer, and others I'm sure I missed.

People were in good spirits, brightened by the break in rain, and eager to talk politics with like-minded folks. It was an inspiring day. Special thanks to Jane for orchestrating yet another fabulous celebration of freedom and fairness.

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Daily dose

Let the spinning begin:

McCrory dodges abortion bill question (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday wouldn't say whether he would allow the Senate's abortion bill to become law if the House passes it. Speaking to The Charlotte Observer just before joining a Fourth of July parade in the Rowan County town of Faith, McCrory said he stuck with the statement he issued Wednesday in which he criticized the lack of public notice about the legislation. When The Observer's Pam Kelley pressed whether he thought the bill was about safety or restricting abortions, McCrory said he hadn't read it. He plans to let the legislative process continue, he said. "I've got people on the political left and on the political right and in the media more interested in making statements than finding solutions," McCrory said. During his campaign for governor, McCrory flatly said he wouldn't support any new restrictions on abortion. Kim Genardo, the governor's spokeswoman, says McCrory's exact response to Kelley was, "I hope the process returns to the House, where they will do some thorough review."


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