NCGOP Asking for Church Directories

Via dent, I see that the Washington Post is reporting on efforts by the NCGOP to collect church directories.

"Such a request is completely beyond the pale of what is acceptable," said the Rev. Richard Land, head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

During the 2004 presidential race, the Bush-Cheney campaign sent a similar request to Republican activists across the country. It asked churchgoers not only to furnish church directories to the campaign, but also to use their churches as a base for political organizing.

The Uterus as Ford's Theater

Here's a barely-related side note to my previous post. Also in the NC Conservative today is commentary about the role abortion issues played in the Alito confirmation hearings. In making his point, the author describes the risks of abortion as including "the possibility of killing the next Einstein, Beethoven or Lincoln in the womb."

I know we're born with certain genetic predispositions, but does anyone doubt that Beethoven's life did more than his parentage to make him worthy of our rememberance? Don't we think that, had the infant Abe Lincoln been adopted by a southern family by the name of Booth, someone else would have presided over the Civil War? There are a number of good arguments that the anti-choice people can bring to the table, but this is definitely not one of them.

Tabor and Honesty: The Continuing Divide (this time over RU-486)

NC Senate candidate and 3rd-string Jesse Helms wannabe Nate Tabor still doesn't get the difference between an honest policy discussion and demagoguery. Today's opportunity to cherry-pick the facts and practice the politics of fear is provided by the North Carolina Conservative, where Tabor is found trying to make hay over the safety of the abortion drug, RU-486 (which is not the same thing as the morning after pill). At the heart of the polemic is the fact that the drug has been linked to several deaths (different sources vary, but the number is somewhere between 5 and 10).

Vernon Robison (the Black Jesse Helms) Makes it Official

Lance first noted that Vernon Robinson (R), the self described Black Jesse Helms, was planning on running against Mel Watt in the 12th district. Now it official. It should not be a tough race:

The 12th, on the other hand, is not conservative-leaning: it gave 2004 presidential nominee John Kerry 63 percent of the vote in 2004, his best showing in the state, in large part because of the district’s large concentration of black voters.

“No one is calling this a close race,” said Thad Beyle, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

CJ Is at it again - Misrepresentation my ass, that's a lie.

In today's issue, Joseph Coletti, Fiscal Policy Analyst for the John Locke Foundation, states:

Tax receipts started rising again in 2005. Collections for the current fiscal year are already $200 million ahead of forecasts. Just don’t expect to get any of it back. The government growers have already spent it two or three times over, like the lottery money.

There is a link to the lottery money phrase, which makes it seem as if there is good data behind this, but oops, none of their links actually work. They are all dead ends. Incompetent much, CJ?

The lottery has not already spent the money two or three times over, just as the legislature has not spent the taxes collected for 2006 two or three times over. Both of these statements are just outright lies.

The Tax on Summer Vacations

We all know that the cost of schooling the children is going up in Raleigh, but we have not learned what that is going to cost us until now. WakePol does a breakdown of the increases in taxes that the different plans would cost us here. His conclusion is that the difference in having yearround schools for all students versus only for a small fraction is 3.9 cents for every $100 of assessed property value:

According to county estimates reported today, keeping most students on traditional calendars is 3.9 cents more expensive than making all elementary and middle schools year-round.

Mom & Dad Are Out of Town!

TarGator is down with disease and Anglico is headed out-of-state for a few days, and I'm feeling a little bit like Tom Cruise in Risky Business (not the latter-day seriously-not-sane Katie-Holmes-brainwashing Tom Cruise). If you've signed up here at BlueNC and haven't tried your hand at blogging, this would be a great time. I'm going to be doing some work on the "2006 Races" part of the site, and your contribution could keep us from going stale. And hey, you could be the next Atrios!
Here's my favorite Google News search, in case you're short on things to write about.

Carolina Journal Misleads on Lottery

The Carolina Journal today offers another unethical article designed to hurt the Democratic Party at large. Mitch Kokai pens...types the article "Lottery Fund Switch Causes Concern:
Supplanting of current funding with lottery money worries lawmakers." And, indeed, it does. The idea that just mere months after the lottery was passed it is already being used to cut education funding confirms everyone's worst fears. The Carolina Journal does nothing to allay these fears.

RALEIGH — News that more than $200 million from the new state lottery could replace existing education spending is “not just disconcerting, it’s shocking.” That’s according to a lawmaker who voted last spring to support the lottery.

Roundup of National Forest Sale Coverage

More below, but the most colorful quote award goes to an editorial in the Roanoke Times ("Give Bush an acre and he'll take a forest"): "It's not unlike a college student thinking about selling his printer to buy paper." This picture of NC's Croatan National Forest is by (and used by permission of) Christina Dulude of Durham. Her Flickr account is full of great pictures of wild North Carolina.


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