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Asheville Citizen-Times Covers the National Forest Auction

The Senator hits the nail on the head:

"In my view, selling public lands to pay down the deficit would be a short-sighted, ill-advised and irresponsible shift in federal land management policy," said Sen. Jeff Bingaman, the top Democrat on the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "Our public lands are a legacy for future generations. We shouldn't liquidate that legacy." National forest land

Think Locally

I know a few baseball fans who would rather catch a game in Durham than in Atlanta or Boston any day. Me, I like college football better than pro; you don't get to see the same level of play, but you do see players taking crazy chances that sometimes pay off. And as much fun as national politics can be, you'll never hear of a handwritten note like this one from a Beltway insider:

“I will not be a candidate for the District 6 Senate seat or any other elected office in 2006.

A Retirement, A Promotion

I removed the link to NC Politics 101 from the "Quick Links" sidebar—it wasn't going anywhere, but you can access what's there using the link above—and replaced it with a new book, "2006 Races." The State Board of Elections will begin posting candidate filings on their website Monday evening, and at first 2006 Races will be a place for me to sort through that information.

But I've got bigger plans. Over the coming nine months, my hope is that the project will develop into a unique resource that will draw people into serious consideration and debate about their November decisions. Here's the book's front page:

Time to Write a Letter: Stop Bush From Selling NC National Forest Land!

Bush has decided that the best way to fund rural schools is not to spend one or two fewer days in Iraq, but to sell off bits and pieces of our National Forests. It's nuts, but he's the Prez and the only people to stop him are our elected representatives. Contact yours and let him or her know:

  • that North Carolina's Natural Forests are not for sale;
  • that this isn't a liberal vs. conservative thing -- once these protected places are gone, we won't get them back and everybody loses;
  • this isn't about school funding -- those funds can come from elsewhere; this is about Bush giving pieces of America to the rich at the expense of everyone else.

Attached to this post is a list of tracts that are potentially eligible for sale in North Carolina. Chunks of Nantahala, Pisgah, Croatan, and Uwharrie could be on the chopping block. I don't know what else to say except that it would be a terrible, terrible loss for North Carolina and the rest of the country if these parks were diminished or eliminated. Take a minute to draft an email.

Black Diamond

This has nothing to do with North Carolina. It's a test of the image module's ability to create thumbnails for blog posts:

The Game and the Very Expensive Candle

Suppose you wanted to piss off the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the AFL-CIO, the Department of Labor, and North Carolina officials all at the same time. First, become Michael Chertoff. (Note: if you're having trouble with the transformation, any DHS official that oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement will do.)

Ok, ready to go on? Second, set up a fake "mandatory" OSHA training session at a North Carolina military base and nab all the illegal immigrants who show up. That should do the trick!

You Know What Charles Taylor Doesn't Need?

A primary challenge. I mean, he's 'bout to get booted from his chairmanship of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, even conservatives are starting to notice his shady business practices, his ties to Tom DeLay aren't looking like such a good idea anymore, and Democratic challenger Heath Shuler is kicking his tail in fundraising. If there's a guy in North Carolina who really has enough on his plate already, it's Charles Taylor.

Bush's Snow Job vs. Clinton's..., Well, You Know

We've got an uphill battle on our hands here, folks. Public Policy Polling came out with the results of a poll conducted Tuesday about Bush's wiretap program. By a significant margin, North Carolinians feel that Clinton's offense—lying under oath about fun with Monica—was more impeachable than circumventing FISA to wiretap Americans. (50% felt this way; 33% said the wiretapping was worse; 17% wasn't sure.)

So yeah, that's upsetting. Jimmy Carter, who signed FISA into law, says Bush's actions are illegal. Shoot, checking government's search and siezure power made the first Congress's top-ten list of things to add to the Constitution. I imagine that most readers of this blog agree with me that Bush is so in flagrante delicto that a zombie Johnny Cochran couldn't save him.

Put Your Money on North Carolina

The Koufax Awards are an annual affair that recognizes the best in several categories of blogging. This year's new category is State and Local Blogs. Right now there are eighty-two nominees, which might mean one or two blogs from each state.

But that's not what it means. There are eleven blogs that I recognize as North Carolina blogs. Not too shabby, NC. (BlueNC is among them, by the way.)


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