An End to Business Incentives

The tax breaks that state and local governments give to businesses have been highly controversial but also highly successful in creating new jobs in North Carolina. After this week, the tax breaks may also be a thing of the past. The Supreme Court is hearing a case that argues the tax incentives are unconstitutional. If the Court agrees, it would be a big blow to North Carolina, who has used the incentives to lure growth to the area. In fact, the new growth is one reason that the state has been able to recover from the downfall of the textile, manufacturing, and tobacco industries. There is a good article about the issue on CNN, but everything that know up to this point can become moot once the Court hears the case this week.

Foxx foes

The Winston Salem Journal does a snarky round-up on the four Democrats challenging Foxx in the 5th district. The article gives the four lots of credit for running against Ol' Red, but not much else. They're going to get "slaughtered" is the bottom line of the story.

I'm thrilled to see Dems taking on the Queen Wingnut on her own turf. She's not going to live forever, and god knows she doesn't actually represent the people of her district.

Military Madness 2/28/06

We live in a state that is widely known as the most military friendly in the US. Our veteran population in the 2000 census was nearly a million -- a number that has surely been surpassed by now. The number of active duty men and women in North Carolina will only grow.

It was our job to convince these good people that the Democratic party is their best choice for sane and effective policy that represents their interests and the interests of our country. And it looks like George Bush is laying the groundwork for us. A new poll to be released today (no links yet) suggests that support for BushCo among military men and women has declined precipitously. I'll post more when I get it . . . but here's an excerpt from a Kos diary.

OMG, WTF? (A Pop Culture Interlude)

A group of women, fans of North Carolina's American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken, are suing his record label for false advertising. Why? Because they fell in love, dammit, and now it looks like Clay is gay. If their suit works out, I will totally be suing Madonna for not actually being sexy-as-advertised. Or Axl Rose for... well, I just never liked Axl Rose.

I don't mean to be snobby, but you won't see this kind of bad behavior among Arcade Fire fans.

Talk about homophobic!

Pope Puppet Paul Chesser over at the Carolina Journal sure has the hots for all things homosexual. Everytime I turn around he's digging into details about the Governor's School dastardly program about the New Gay Teenager.

According to Chesser,

The New Gay Teenager” seminar was based on a book with the same name, written by homosexual Cornell University Professor Ritch Savin-Williams. The book and the Governor’s School seminar discussed whether homosexual teenagers benefit, or are harmed, by embracing labels based on their sexual orientation. The co-leaders of the seminar — 19-year-old Wesley Nemenz, a University of North Carolina at Greensboro student, and Susan Wiseman, a teacher at East Forsyth High School — identified themselves as gay. (my emphasis)

David Price's Challenge From the Left

With the end of filing only a day away, I felt the need to start the unexpected primary talk with this candidate.

Kent Kanoy is running against David Price in the 4th District as a Democrat. He posted a comment about his run here and his campaign website is up. From these places it looks like his campaign will focus on impeaching Bush and ending the Iraq war. From the website:

The purpose of my campaign is to give a voice to those citizens in the 4th district who believe that the Bush/Cheney Administration has committed high crimes and misdemeanors which threaten our privacy, our liberties, and the very Constitution itself.

Anti-Growth Candidate Running For Wake County Commission

WakePol describes Micheal Luther's first e-mail to kick off his campaign for Wake County Commissioner here:

This Luther only has three [theses]:

1. Stop busing. He opposes the school board's policy of shifting a small percentage of students in order to maintain economic diversity. "This busing has to stop......." he writes.

2. Stop the TTA. He believes the Triangle Transit Authority's $810 million commuter rail project should be ended. "The train commission needs to be shut down."

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