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Myers Park Baptist is and has been one of the more progressive congregations here in Charlotte and when I use progressive I don't mean it in a purely political context. If I wasn't an Episcopalian, this is where I would probably go to church. They have installed solar panels, open their facilities to many community groups and just generally are a great asset to our city.

This summer they have been holding a series of talks on how people of differing viewpoints can live together and respect each other. Yesterday, Parks Helms a former Democratic county commissioner and Wayne Powers a Republican who is now running for county commission talked about Christianity and politics.

Pat McRmoney

Very glad to see pundits in the mainstream media finally writing about the similarities between Pat McCrory and Mitt Romney. From Tim White at the Fayetteville Observer:

They're worlds apart in so many ways, but Pat McCrory and Mitt Romney do have some things in common.

President Obama, Jobs, and Organized Labor...What it could mean for 2012.

There is nothing working families want and need more than re-electing President Obama. Members of organized labor are re-doubling our efforts to see that candidates who will work hard and look out for working families prevail this November.

The President has worked to help strengthen our economy, but times are still tough here in North Carolina. We need help now more than ever. But, the Obama Administration is considering an action that could have a very negative impact on our state’s economy, on organized labor, and on our chances for victory in November here in NC.

The AFL-CIO is working against an ill-timed effort by the Food and Drug Administration that would remove menthol cigarettes from the market. If adopted by the agency, thousands of well-paid and organized workers across NC would be out of a job. And all because of a bad decision, made at the wrong time, and not supported by science.

Show your support of DISCLOSE Act in US Senate

Letter to constituents from Sen. Kay Hagan.

On Monday [today], the Senate will vote to decide whether billionaires and massive corporations can keep dumping unlimited money into races across the country without ever disclosing their identities.

Click here to sign the petition in favor of the DISCLOSE Act before Monday's vote.

Berger drops the ball on health exchange

Leaving the federal government to create one for us:

The Senate didn’t act on the House bill, with leader Phil Berger deciding to wait to see how the U.S. Supreme Court would rule. Once the court upheld most of the act last month, Berger didn’t take it up in the final days of the legislative session. Now North Carolina is facing a deadline it cannot meet.

There's more to legislating than just stripping away funding for needed services and gutting regulations that protect citizens. You also have to build some things, instead of betting on a longshot horse and then burying your head in the sand when said horse goes lame.

Worth a few chuckles: on corporations as persons

Letter to the Editor of the N&O by Elaine Whisnant of Cary: Corporate M or F?

Since the Supreme Court has made the ruling that corporations are persons, and being that persons are either male or female, how can we know which of the sexes Duke Power and Progress Energy are?

Is the joining of these two corporations against the law as stipulated by the recent amendment to the N.C. constitution that marriage is between a male and female “person” only?

Just saying!

Speaker Tillis goes 'On the Record' with WRAL

Laura Leslie posted that there will be a half-hour conversation with House Speaker Thom Tillis on On the Record airing tonight, 7:00pm www.wral.com.

Topics include eugenics, budget, fracking, 2014. You can view the video now online.

NC GOP rewrites definition of "conservationist"

Stacking the deck in favor of fracking:

Ray Covington, founder of N.C. Oil and Gas, an organization of Lee County landowners whose list of stated goals includes “we want this land drilled,” was appointed by GOP House Speaker Thom Tillis as one of the two conservation members on the board.

And the other "conservation" member owns a company that profits from the cleanup of damage caused by land developers. It's no accident that these two positions were slotted under Tillis' and Berger's contributions to the board. Here are a few snapshots of what this "conservationist" is working for:

A generous interpretation

The most generous interpretation of Larry Kissell's vote on the Affordable Care Act is his "I am a representative" defense. Having had his district gerrymandered to become even more white and Republican, he seems to be saying that his vote reflects the wishes of the majority of uninformed bigots he will have to represent if he's re-elected. The same applies to his unwillingness to say that Barack Obama is a better president than Mitt Romney would be.

The more ominous interpretation, that Kissell's moral compass points in the direction of more uninsured poor people and more corporate greed, is hard to stomach, but may nonetheless be true.

In either case, it's a sad state of affairs. Going along with selfishness and bigotry in service of racist constituents is unconscionable. Actually embracing that philosophy is nothing less than evil.

More on the subject at Progressive Pulse.

'No Bain, No Gain'

From the Conscience of a Liberal blog on NY Times site by Paul Krugman:

[Some] are apparently uncomfortable with the notion of going after Romney the man and wish that the White House would focus solely on Romney’s policy proposals.

This is remarkably naive. I agree that the awfulness of Romney’s policy proposals is the main argument against his candidacy. But the Bain focus isn’t a diversion from that issue, it’s complementary. Given the realities of politics — and of the news media, as I’ll explain in a minute — any critique of Romney’s policies has to make use of his biography

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