What's the best way to handle overcrowded prisons?

Here's your answer: Adopt "Republican logic" and deny bail to people based on ugly prejudices and the illusion of thinking.

The No Bail for Certain Illegal Aliens bill, proposed Monday by N.C. Reps. Justin Burr (R-Stanly) and Pearl Burris-Floyd (R-Gaston), would deny bail for illegal immigrants who are charged with sex offenses, drug trafficking, gang related offenses, violent felony charges, or driving offenses.

Aside from the fact that it's almost certainly unconstitutional, it's also stupid. Just what we need in the middle of a budget crisis ... ignorant legislators proposing misguided legislation that costs a fortune and accomplishes nothing. Driving offenses? Now there's a cause for "no bail" if ever there was one.


Project Compassion

I'm writing today to shine the spotlight on a Chapel Hill-based organization called Project Compassion. I got a little taste of what they're up to recently when one of their trainers, Marilyn, helped a group of us start up a Support Team for a friend who has cancer.

I won't recount all the details of their activities, which you can easily see on their website. Stories of people they've helped. Background about their organization. Leadership. And more.

Movin' on up

Remember the brilliant campaign Liddy Dole ran last year, masterminded by Brian Nick? The Dome is reporting today that Nick has moved on up to a big-time Hollywood consulting company, presumably to spread his wisdom to even more Republican candidates like Senator Dole.

Let's keep our fingers crossed that his new company gets a bunch of new campaigns to manage.

House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman looking to shaft state workers.

I just read this over at Isaac Hunter's Tavern, the blog of local NPR reporter Laura Leslie, and was simply astounded. The state health care plan is in a major shortfall, as discussed elsewhere. So, what should we do to fix the problem? Adam Searing and Adam Linker think we should look at the administrator of the health care plan, of course we aren't allowed to look at them because the details are CONFIDENTIAL.

HKonJ3 Valentines Day Feb 14th

Journalist Cash Michaels has produced a powerful new video -- just 2 minutes and 33 seconds in length -- about the importance of HKONJ 3 -- Historic Thousands on Jones Street in Raleigh -- and what we hope to accomplish on February 14, 2008.

Watch and pass it on to your friends and colleagues:

Invite them to join you at the event!

Executive Compensation Limits for CEOs on the Public Dole now at risk

Senator Kay Hagan cosponsored the amendment that would limit CEO pay for those executives receiving money under the TARP program. This probably came as a surprise to those who claimed she was too "business friendly" during the campaign. It may have come to a surprise to a few CEOs as well. Hagan's first amendment is at risk of being stripped from the stimulus bill and it may be up to the average taxpayer to help keep it in the legislation.

Executive compensation limits have been wildly popular among the people I talk to on the ground. I spend time with as many Republicans as I do Democrats and the average "Joe the Republican" I speak with doesn't have a problem with capping pay for those companies on the public dole. There isn't any mention of that slippery slope of socialism. It seems the only people worried about that are the D.C.G.O.P.

Heath Shuler Stabs Democratic Leadership

...In the back.

I thought that Blue Dog Democrats were still Democrats, uh at least that they had enough sense to either support their leadership (who helped their sorry asses get elected) or keep their fracking mouths SHUT.

BUT NOOOOOOO! Not Heath, that crazy guy:

Shuler hits Democratic leaders on bipartisanship
By MIKE BAKER - Associated Press Writer
Published: Mon, Feb. 09, 2009

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler said Monday that his party's leadership on Capitol Hill has failed to pursue a bipartisan compromise to a costly economic stimulus package, arguing that a lack of Republican support is eroding the program's credibility.


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