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CATO swings and misses

In its defense of Art Pope:

I think Art Pope has a right to use his money to support candidates he favors, and the New Yorker has a right to use its money to accuse the voters of North Carolina to be dumb enough to vote for whoever a businessman tells them to vote for. ‘Cause, you know, it couldn’t have been a general national swing against the Democratic agenda that caused voters to turn out Democratic majorities in the North Carolina legislature.

If Art Pope thought that "general national swing" would be enough to get the job done, he wouldn't have pumped hundreds of thousands into individual District elections. Or $800,000 to the CATO Institute...

Myers Park Pat takes coyness to a new level

Big announcement about a future big announcement:

The Republican former mayor of Charlotte posted a video on his website Tuesday saying he hopes to make an announcement sometime after the first of the year. He said campaign seasons run too long and he's already traveling the state talking about his vision for North Carolina.

Too busy campaigning to tell people he's...campaigning. It's actually a pretty sweet gig, collecting over a million dollars with no declared purpose. But in the aftermath of Bernie Madoff & Co., I just find it hard to believe that sweet gig's legal.

Republican Greensboro Councilman tries to deceive BOE

And Danny Thompson's intent to deceive is glaringly obvious:

On Aug. 11, Thompson notified Guilford County that he didn’t intend to raise or spend more than $1,000 on his campaign. That same day, Thompson went to WFMY (Channel 2) to get information about running television advertisements, according to the station’s records.

In case you're thinking he was wildly naive in his estimate of what those ads might cost, think again. Just two years ago, he spent $3,200 at WFMY for tv ads, and it appears that he ordered the same amount this go-round. I say "appears" because his 2011 Reports have yet to be posted at the BOE site.

More astroturf at the Tea Party

And they don't even know they're walking on it:

American Majority will be joining Heritage Action for America of North Carolina to conduct a grassroots activist training session in Concord, North Carolina on Saturday, October 22nd.

In case you're wondering, that "grassroots activism" included recruiting and inciting hundreds of nut-jobs to threaten counter-demonstrate against public employees in Wisconsin who were trying to defend their collective bargaining rights. Here's more about American Majority:

EPA report connects Lejeune water with cancer cluster

The long road to treatment and reconciliation may be winding down:

The report, released Thursday, found that exposure to TCE, short for trichloroethylene, is convincingly linked to kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and liver cancer, with more limited evidence that it causes bladder, esophageal, prostate, cervical, and breast cancers, as well as childhood leukemia. According to the findings, all routes of exposure can be carcinogenic to humans.

Delays and "inconclusive" studies are (unfortunately) not uncommon in cases like this; there's always some entity willing to spend time and money fighting against responsible action. But when it's our own government doing such, and the victims are veterans and their families, it's especially revolting:

Michele Bachmann opposes freedom, blames Obama

Apparently supporting dictators in the Middle East is what a President Bachmann would do:

Rep. Michele Bachmann blamed President Barack Obama's stand on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks for the uprisings against autocratic governments across the Arab world. "You want to know why we have an Arab Spring? Barack Obama has laid the table for an Arab Spring by demonstrating weakness from the United States of America," she said.

(Note: This is on the front page because this idiot made these comments in Concord, NC, in her efforts to squeeze money and support out of the people of our state.)

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