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How Charles Taylor Stands

Charles Taylor (Republican)
Legislator Information
Party: Republican
Birthday: 01/23/1941
Marrage Status:
Spouse: Elizabeth Owen
Children: 3 children
Religion: Baptist
Employer/Occupation: Business, tree farmer
Prior Occupations:
Elected office: North Carolina Senate 1972
Other Office: 1966
Education: Wake Forest Univ. J.D.
Wake Forest Univ. B.A.
Contact Information
Web Site:
Phone: (202) 225-6401
Fax: (202) 226-6422
Email: View Site
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515-0001

The Struggle for Integrity in the NCGOP Continues

The NCGOP has been beset in recent years by a cadre of wealthy idealogues (incl. Pope, Cobey) who believe the state party should be characterized by rigid adherence to their ideas. The most controversial element of the crusade has been an effort to purge the party of those who don't fit the mold, including Speaker Pro Tempore Richard Morgan. In 2004, the state party spent many thousands of dollars to unseat sitting Republicans and replace them with loyalists. And they plan to do it again this year.

Now some local Republicans are fighting back, demanding that the state party respect their right to choose their own candidates. The latest group to fight back are the Moore county Republicans:

Odds, Ends

  • New Elon poll: Black inspires little confidence; gas tax ought to simmah down now, and:
    Nearly 79 percent of those polled agreed or strongly agreed that the minimum wage in North Carolina should be raised. Of this group, 45 percent wanted raised from $5.15 per hour to more than $6.50, while another 25 percent picked $6.50. Legislation pending in the General Assembly would raise the minimum to $6.

    AP Wire | 03/07/2006 | Poll: N.C. residents divided on whether Black should resign

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Republican Hall of Shame!

Well, We all know Charles Taylor hasnt served or at least he hasnt produced a DD-214 to prove he did. Lets Just see what else turns up!
Prominent Republicans
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert - avoided the draft, did not serve.
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey - avoided the draft, did not serve.
House Majority Leader Tom Delay - avoided the draft, did not serve (1). "So many minority youths had volunteered ... that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself."
House Majority Whip Roy Blunt - did not serve
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist - did not serve. (An impressive medical resume, but not such a friend to cats in Boston.)

Just Who Served?? Dem's In the Military!

Representative Jack Murtha (D-PA) - distinguished 37-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts, retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel in 1990. (1)
Representative Richard Gephardt, former House Minority Leader - Missouri Air National Guard, 1965-71. (1, 2)
Representative David Bonior - Staff Sgt., United States Air Force 1968-72 (1, 2)
Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle - 1st Lt., U.S. Air Force SAC 1969-72 (1, 2)
Former Vice President Al Gore - enlisted August 1969; sent to Vietnam January 1971 as an army journalist, assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade headquartered at Bien Hoa, an airbase twenty miles northeast of Saigon. More facts about Gore's Service

North Carolina Forward and Backward

First, the good news: NC is on the verge of shaking its most corrupt national politician (yes, that excludes Speaker Black). RealValues has the scoop, but the numbers for Dem challenger Heath Shuler look good. This is no doubt also seen as good news by Republican primary challenger John Armor (who has been hanging out with the progressives). Maybe he'll get a shot at the title after all.

Then the bad news: the rest of the world probably thinks we're all a bunch of dumb racist rednecks after UPI's story on Raleigh's Confederate Flag Day:

What the Hell Good is it Having Republican Senators and a Mostly Republican Congressional Delegation?

With two GOP-faithful Senators and seven of thirteen Representatives pledging allegiance to the Leader, it's safe to call North Carolina a red state, at least as far as national politics goes. Me, I'd like to see them all replaced with good progressive fighters, but the one silver lining to this otherwise putrid cloud should be better treatment under a Republican administration. I mean, part of the reason we send these folks to Washington is to bring home the bacon, right? Well, they suck at it.

The [National Forest sale] proposal is skewed against the South,
which has relatively little national forest land, a fast-growing
population and increasing demand for backcountry recreation, yet
would receive disproportionately fewer funds from the sell-off.
For example, both North Carolina, with a total of 1.25 million acres
of national forest, and Oregon, with a total of 15.55 million acres,
have about 10,000 proposed for sale. Yet under the funding formula
currently used, North Carolina would get just $1 million in 2006,
while Oregon would get almost $163 million.

Southern Environmental Law Center

Paradigms and Slippery Slopes

This isn't all that important, but following up on my George Will post, I just wanna say: when you hear the words "paradigm shift" or "slippery slope," it's time to pay real close attention to the speaker. He or she is likely trying to pull a fast one.

"Paradigm shift" is often used to emphasize the importance of a change—"it's not just a shift; it's a paradigm shift!" The speaker could say "big shift," but then they would lose the self-satisfaction that comes with using a rare word with roots in science and philosophy. The problem is that it isn't what the word means. The definition to keep in mind is "A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline." That means "big" the way that "stupid" means "Republican." There may be significant overlap, but that isn't identity.


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