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Great Resource on Wake County Races

I have gotten an e-mail about a great resource on local Wake County races and wanted to pass it along to any one of our great readers that wants to do research into our local races. The compilation, put together by WakePol of the N&O blogs, contains stories on most of the candidates, a log of advertisements by them, and mp3's of interviews with a good number of the candidates. Check it out here.

This is a good year for the Democrats to win on all levels, including in Wake County, where the Republicans have dominated recently.

Politics of Personal Destruction on a Massive Scale

Apparently the Republicans are admitting that they have nothing positive to say about themselves. From the Washington Post:

The National Republican Congressional Committee, which this year dispatched a half-dozen operatives to comb through tax, court and other records looking for damaging information on Democratic candidates, plans to spend more than 90 percent of its $50 million-plus advertising budget on what officials described as negative ads.

So you sell the country down the river and are left with nothing but one desperate attempt to distract the American people for one more election cycle.

One Sentence Shows Hood's Character

Anglico linked to this strange article by everyone's favorite arch-conservative John Hood that decries public transportation because it is not proven to lower obesity levels. (WTF: I guess he just needed some strawman today) But I only had to read his openning sentence to see his true uncaring character:

Because we have taxpayer-financed programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, obesity is a major public-policy issue.

You see John Hood, and others on the extreme far right with him, only thinks that the health of citizens is important when it somehow affects their personal pocketbook. To me working for the common good, including good health, is a fundamental public policy position that should be pursued regardless of whether I personally see a benefit from it or not.

We cannot wait to get serious about planning

This artincle on new census data requires no comment, but I will state the obvious fact that those who still see North Carolina as a sleepy country state with no need for serious mass transit and other planninf solutions are living in a past decade:

Led by Raleigh and Myrtle Beach, 10 metropolitan areas in North Carolina and South Carolina were among the country's 100 fastest-growing cities and towns between 2000 and 2005.
The Raleigh-Cary region, counted as a single Metropolitan Statistical Area by the federal government and including most of the Triangle, grew by 19.1 percent to a population of almost 950,000, the 18th-largest rate of growth.

Liberal Media?

From ThinkProgress:

35. Number of words the current issue of TIME magazine devotes to Judge Anna Diggs Taylor’s ruling that President Bush’s warrantless domestic wiretapping program is unconstitutional.

1,109. The number of words in the same issue on the extradition of John Mark Karr.

We need to save Chimney Rock

This piece of North Carolina's natural heritage in Henderson County is up for sale, and the State is considering purchasing it in order to preserve it as a park.

Much of the acreage has been maintained in pristine condition, and some scientists have described Hickory Nut Gorge as one of the most biologically diverse areas in the state. Todd Morse said he and his father shared a desire for the next owner to “carry on the legacy of stewardship that we’ve started here.”

I must have missed the memo: Open racism okay in the South again

Watch Republican House candidate Tramm Hudson in Florida discuss his personal knowledge of how "Blacks are not good swimmers". He knows because he is from Alabama.
Then watch Republican Senate Candidate George Allen call an American of Indian descent a macaca (or monkey).
Did I miss something, or is 2006 going to be the year of open racism? I guess hating gays lost its appeal, now it is time for harder stuff. Admittedly both apologized after the tape got out, but they were both living it up before.


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