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Why we need to keep Brad Miller in Congress

Hat tip to Mark Binker:

“It’s hard to believe that just a decade ago Congress was debating what to do about the surplus. I opposed the irresponsible tax cuts of the last decade that created the deficit. Congress cut the taxes on the richest Americans by more than a third, and now working and middle-class families will suffer as a result.”

He's right, of course, but the truth doesn't get much mileage in today's political environment. Which is why I'm putting this on the front page, and why I'm going to be asking Progressives to put their money where their mouth is in the upcoming election. Brad has fought for us, and now it's our turn to fight for him.

Myers Park Pat may have Tea trouble

Dissent from the fringe:

Pat adheres to a carefully crafted message combined with his talent to adlib. He comes off as very personable and proclaims to have all the values conservatives want in a candidate. My concern is that Pat McCrory’s record as mayor of Charlotte is far from conservative.

I don't usually rely on hard right sites as grist for my mill. But considering that Myers Park Pat has already brought in a cool million before even announcing, this may be a good time to start:

Taliban Stam exposed in WS Journal

Chris Fitzsimon shines a light on the dark side of Republican leadership:

House Minority Leader Joe Hackney told the House not to allow Stam to keep the veto override alive forever, saying that the voter-ID issue had been decided. Stam responded that "it's not settled until it's settled right."

What Stam meant, of course, is that it is not settled until he wins, until Republicans get their way, until they cram their radical agenda through the General Assembly whether the rules allow it or not.

That's what happens when a shallow politician becomes drunk with power:: They forget all the self-righteous complaints they made in the past and allow hubris to guide them in the present. Spin the clock back five years:

What comes first, American chickens or Ukranian eggs?

Mocksville suffers huge job losses:

The 476 employees of Omtron USA's chicken-processing plant in Mocksville were bracing for bad news when they went to work Friday. What employees were handed was a sheet of paper representing the worst-case scenario: The plant at 251 Eaton Road — part of Townsends' Crestwood Farms division — is closing and all jobs are being eliminated by Oct. 4.

Another story of hopes raised only to be dashed. But not everybody is surprised by this development.

NC GOP abandons rural unemployed

We'll start this one out with a Tweet:

andrewbrock 12:48pm via Seesmic RT @NCDOA: STATE #SURPLUS SELLING HEAVY EQUIPMENT FORMERLY USED FOR STUDENT TRAINING AT WILSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE http://bit.ly/nBo8xV #ncgov #ncga,

Whether Senator Brock posted this as a form of bragging (we're taking care of business), or as a heads-up to friends to take advantage of the sale, it still indicates a total disdain for the plight of our rural families. Here's more from the sellers:

Berger backpeddles on Constitutional Amendments

If you guys would quit, you know, trying to play games, you wouldn't have to babble like this:

Berger said advocacy groups on both sides of the likely amendments said they weren’t ready this week, either, having planned for September. "The decision basically was made, you know, maybe it’s not the right time to do it, even though it would be more convenient to go ahead and do it now.”

I've read the entire article three times, and none of Berger's quotes included either "Constitutional" or "Amendments". He can't bring himself to say those words, especially in conjunction with the word "convenient", because he knows the GOP's casual approach to such an important issue is counterintuitive and hypocritical.

Anti-LGBT Amendment up for a vote very soon

Like, today or tomorrow. Via Twitter:

adriantmiller 1:23pm via Twitter for Android "@Josh_Ellis: RT @priceyharrison: Rumored that gay marriage ban constitutional amendment coming up for a vote today or tomorrow #NCGA"/#jobs

Once again, Republicans prove you can't believe a damned word they say. This special session was not supposed to deal with Constitutional Amendments. That was supposed to be in what? September? When you're forced to assume your elected officials are probably lying to you, which is how the NC GOP's track record is shaping up, how can you continue to have faith in them? I know we've got about 15% Conservatives that frequent this site. What gives?

Time to hand out some gold watches

To those Democrats who have outlived their usefulness:

Crawford, who had voted against the measure last month, decided Monday night to change his position and become vote number 72. "I’ve always voted pro-life. And I tried to stick with my crowd with the other vote because I knew it was going to pass. But when it comes down to informing people and that kind of issue, I just felt like it was important to let people know the consequences of abortion."

In other words, you (like so many of your anachronistic comrades) think that women are basically stupid, and need to be treated like hand-holding pre-k children. Well guess what, Jim? You're gonna to find out just how smart they are this Spring.

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