Thumbs Up Thumbs Down

The Mainstream Media absolutely loves the idea of ups and downs. Whether it is the N & O’s pretty arrows, the dunce hats and cowboy hats of the Indy, or the classic Cheers and Jeers; everyone loves to give accolades and hate.

Well, today I am going to try and do the same for North Carolina Politics.

I am going to borrow from Stephen Colbert, because no one does this better than him. So, without further ado, I present…Tip of the Hat/ Wag of the Finger

Tip of the Hat to Joe Hackney for protecting our constitution from bigots. It is early in his term as speaker, and already Speaker Hackney is using his power to open the process, while still keeping the crazies from taking over.

Wag of the Finger to the Senate Leadership, specifically the three co chairs from Appropriations (Walter Dalton, Linda Garrou and Kay Hagan). While the House opened up the budget process, the Senate kept the lid on tight, and came up with something that looked like it had been drafted by a bunch of Republicans. Two of the three are either expressly running for or rumored to be looking at promotions in 2008. Not a good start on that process at all.

Tip of the Hat to Richard Moore for his recent comments on the debt in the Senate Budget. Normally people running for Governor tread lightly, and he came out early on the issue.

Wag of the Finger to Skip Stam and Phil Berger, on their efforts to turn the Constitution into little more than a passing fad. They were elected to change the laws not the foundation of our state government. I hope they realize that at some point soon.

Tip of the Hat to resolutions passed by the legislature addressing OLF and the Wilmington Race Riots of 1898. This is a good first step in the long, long, long road towards racial equality.

My biggest Wag of the Finger to Governor Easley and Cameron Hooker Odom. I doubt I need to expand on that one.

And finally, my biggest Tip of the Hat to the members of BlueNC who have called and emailed their legislators about issues, and a double Tip to those legislators who have written back and told us what is going on, why they are voting the way they are, etc. Its greatly appreciated.


Thanks Blue South for the report card.

I think it should be a monthly report. It makes a nice summary for those who can't keep up on every story too.

The Senate.

They voted unanimously to accept the budget. No wonder the Republicans are crowing that they won.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

No wonder the Republicans are crowing that they won.

They did win.

They got exactly what they wanted, even though they had to hold their noses and vote for more debt (whores). And the progressive agenda got squat. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch.


the House Republicans are flapping their gums about accepting the Senate version (vote to concur). That vote will be Monday night, so if you know any conservative dems, feel free to bother them and make sure they dont vote to concur.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

"Keep the Faith"


Brock and Goodall voted against it during 2nd Reading. Goodall didn't vote during the 3rd reading because he paired with Linda Garrou who was out of town.

Two Thumbs Up, Blue

I'd like to see a regular feature with hot links. Well, you know what I mean. The ones that go someplace, not the ones that steal bandwidth.

Kudos - where they are deserved.

I'm keeping my thumbs where they belong for the rest of them.
You can figure out where they belong by the way I 'talk'.


I didnt feel like spending the time to go hunt everything down. Sorry.

One thing I forgot to mention was the bullying bill. So...
Wag of the Finger to the Republicans for thinking its ok to beat up 10 year olds.
And Tip of the Hat to the bill's writers for protecting kids and protecting the bill from bigots through some nifty parliamentary procedures.

Draft Brad Miller-- NC Sen ActBlue

The problem with posting quickly is you forget things. Mark Hilton is the Republican who said it was ok to beat up little kids. And the Bill writer is pretty much entirely Rick Glazier, who almost got lynched on the house floor but managed to (with help from a tie breaking vote from Hackney and some parliamentary knowledge) beat back Republican bigots and convinced enough of his fellow Democrats to get it passed.

So kudos to Democrats like Rick Glazier who are standing up for those who dont have a voice.

"Keep the Faith"