Put Your Money on North Carolina

The Koufax Awards are an annual affair that recognizes the best in several categories of blogging. This year's new category is State and Local Blogs. Right now there are eighty-two nominees, which might mean one or two blogs from each state.

But that's not what it means. There are eleven blogs that I recognize as North Carolina blogs. Not too shabby, NC. (BlueNC is among them, by the way.)

Impeachment . . . the best litmus test?

In a stunning display of common ground, conservative wingers and liberal wackos alike are concluding that George Bush just might have broken the law with his domestic spying scheme. Cities all across America are calling for accountability. Because only way to get to the bottom of it is to investigate Bush's actions thoroughly and objectively.

Yet many of North Carolina's Congressional representatives don't seem bothered by the fact that the President may be breaking laws. And that bothers me tremendously.

So dear representatives . . . here is the question of the day: Do you want to find out if Bush broke the law . . . or not?

Myrick Grandstanding? Or an Astounding Display of Incompetence?

Either Sue Myrick's doctor told her she'd better release some of that hot air, or she has zero understanding of her role in government. (I'm open to persuasion either way.) Myrick is calling for the federalization of some Charlotte police to do federal immigration duties.

The problem for Myrick is that in 1997, the Supreme Court, in an opinion by Justice Scalia, declared that a federal power can not accomplish a federal mandate by commandeering state police officers. (521 U.S. 898) I'd love to hear why Sue believes this to be Constitutional.

Raleighing

As I was lamenting the *?!& game, I thought I would share a great nonpolitical blog that focuses on the goings on in Raleigh. It is www.raleighing.com. The site has updates on various building projects and generally anything being added to Raleigh. It is a great way to find out about the community that (many of) us live in.

Mark and John

I've had two big days. Last night I was at a meeting where John Edwards spoke. Tonight I enjoyed the company of Mark Warner. I have gotten a glimpse of the new face of the Democratic Party . . . and I like it a lot. These guys are focused on competence and integrity, results and resolve. Grounded in an honest understanding of real people's lives, they are working hard to build the common ground that unites us.

That's what BlueNC is about too.

As we countdown to November 7 - exactly nine months from today - I am more inspired and excited than I've been in years. It is a privilege to be on this journey with all of you.

Jim Black's Dealings to Be Exposed

The Democratic Speaker of the North Carolina House, Jim Black, is about to have his dirty laundry aired for all to see. For a while, BlueNC has been calling for Black to come clean on his many scandals and possibly resign. Tomorrow the Democrat controlled State Board of Elections will be holding public hearings to determine the existence or extent of possible corruption. There is a great article on the matter in the Greensboro News-Record. From the article:

For months, the details of alleged wrongdoing tied to House Speaker Jim Black have festered mostly in private.

ASU Paper Blasts Virginia Foxx

Finally some students are noticing that the Republican budget has left them out. From the Appalachian Online:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the largest cut to student financial aid in its history Wednesday.

Approximately $12 billion were slashed from funding to federal student loan programs.

In a narrow vote largely along party lines, the House voted 216-214 in favor of the cuts.

One of those “yeas” came from our very own representative, Republican Virginia Foxx.

Surplus on the Way for North Carolina

Easley came into office five years ago facing large state defeicits. Now it looks like he will acheive a budget surplus for the third straight year. (article here).

While numbers still are being finalized, the General Assembly's fiscal researchers said the state has collected $213.7 million more than the $9.8 billion needed so far for the spending year which began last July and ends in June. After the first three months of the fiscal year, the state reported $71 million more in collections than projected.

Democracy NC: Same-Day Voter Registration

BlueNC has invited progressive organizations working for change in North Carolina to share their goals and experiences. Adam Sotak is an Organizer for Democracy North Carolina, a non-partisan and non-profit voting rights organization based in Carrboro. He responded with this call for same-day voter registration. (The N.C. Democratic Party State Executive Committee passed a Resolution of Support for Same-Day Registration at their meeting on Jan. 28 in Raleigh.)

Did You Know?

>> Over 1 million voting-age citizens
in North Carolina are not registered to vote*.

>> Over 300,000 potential voters
age 18-24 in North Carolina are not registered to vote*.

>> Over 400,000 of our state’s
1,000,000 unregistered voting-age citizens are 35 and under*.

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