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Scott Cooper running strong

One campaign I've been following closely is the Cooper-Holding Congressional race in NC2. Lots of people think Holding is one of the most vulnerable members of the US House, including me. That's why I've been supporting Scott Cooper since I first heard he's running. The fact that we both graduated from the US Naval Academy is just icing on the cake.

Here's some campaign material I got from Scott this morning. Give it a look, and help if you can: www.cooperfornc.com

Republicans want to buy you for 34 cents a day. Tell them "no."

Here's an action you can take ... courtesy of WRAL:

When it comes to North Carolina’s budget surplus, here are some numbers the legislature’s leadership doesn’t want you to understand:

  • $17,680 a day – That’s the per diem ($104 to every member of the General Assembly) we spend while Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore procrastinate to block a vote sustaining Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the state budget.
  • 34 cents a day – That’s what each taxpayer gets (if extended over a year) under the $640 million scheme Berger and Moore announced to send 5.1 million taxpayers checks for $125.
  • $5.6 million -- That’s the ADDED COST Berger and Moore didn’t mention to do all this. It takes $2.8 million to process the checks and another $2.8 million for first-class postage.

We all know there are far better ways to spend this money and we want our legislators to be careful stewards of the state. That means making sure our tax dollars are spent to make our state healthy, educated and prosperous. These leaders have confessed, to The New York Times, that “we simply don’t have the money” to meet many of those obligations.

Prepare for the worst

Dan Forest with his tRump Bonespurs asking, where's my golden shower?

Next Saturday, August 17, Photo Opportunist Dan Forest will officially launch his campaign for governor. We say "officially" because running for governor is pretty much all Dan Forest has done since he was elected to the least relevant job in state government. Week in and week out, Forest slimes around the state, getting his picture taken by lily white interns standing next to people who seldom realize they're being mugged.

500 days

Like many of you, I get requests for campaign contributions almost every day. This year and next, I'm doing everything I can to give something, even if it's a small contribution, to any pro-choice Democrat who asks.

Tillis troubles

https://www.politicsnc.com/north-carolinians-dont-like-their-senators/

Take a look at Thomas' breakdown of the 2020 US Senate race. On one side, a possible primary challenge from Mark Walker, representing the Christianist wing of the Republican Party. On the other side, two-faced Thom Tillis and a couple of other challengers.

I don't care

I don't care if you want to stay home and make babies.
I don't care if you want to breastfeed.
I don't care whether you marry a man or a woman, no matter who you are.
I don't care if you're a stay-at-home husband.
I don't care how many guns you have, as long as they're not machine guns.
I don't care if you have an abortion.
I don't care if you go to church.
I don't care if you home school your children.
I don't care if you decide to end your own life.
I do care if you fail to protect children.
I do care if you don't pay your taxes.
I do care if you try to control my body.
I do care if you exploit your public office for personal gain.

"I'll have an order of lies. Oh yeah. Supersize it."

The 2020 races for governor and US Senator aren't the only statewide campaigns we should be watching. We also need to keep an eye on Mark Johnson, that state stuporintendent of public instruction. Johnson has proven himself to be a liar in the same vein as every other GOP leader in the country, and he's spending taxpayer dollars to sell his dishonest propaganda. WRAL breaks it down:

Mark Johnson says he wants North Carolinians – particularly the taxpayers who are parents of public school children – to have access to more information about how their money is used and what is being done to help learning. Johnson, the state superintendent of public instruction, appears to want us to understand how much our classroom teachers are being paid and how that compares with household incomes and wages other North Carolinians earn in their jobs. He wants to convince us he and other leaders are doing a good job of providing for public education.

The website database is part of a larger $6.4 million taxpayer-financed project. There is no breakout of the costs for Johnson’s “dashboard.” No matter the exact cost, in its current form, we’ve shelled out a lot of money for something that is so significantly misleading as to be worthless. The specific “facts” presented may be in and of themselves accurate. But they are displayed in a way that lies to and misleads North Carolinians. It must be fixed. Until that is done, the misleading and distorted information should be taken off line.

You'll find the whole WRAL story below. Read it and weep. For our country and for our state. We are being run by dishonest people, elected officials who would just as soon lie as breathe.

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