Jerry Connor Will Be DNA Tested

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The North Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the execution of a condemned inmate to allow for additional DNA testing that he contended would prove his innocence. Jerry Wayne Conner, 40, was scheduled for execution at 2 a.m. Friday for the 1990 shotgun slayings of a Gates County store clerk Minh Rogers and her 16-year-old daughter, Linda, who was raped.

UPDATE: More information is promised on the Jerry Wayne Connor blog; there's a great pre-stay post by WillR at Concerned Citizen.

Larry Kissell, NC-08: Perfect Candidate for Netroots Endorsement

The netroots have opened up the nominations for endorsements again. Now that the May primary date has passed and Larry Kissell easily won in the 8th District it's time to make the case for his inclusion in the project.

First, Thank You to those who have supported Larry enthusiastically at DailyKos, MyDD, ePluribusMedia, and BlueNC through diaries written by his supporters and those he has written. This truly is an amazing community and an invaluable resource to candidates and their supporters. The campaign trail can be long and hard and it's wonderful to come here and feel the energy, which for us has been completely positive. I have to admit, I'm not formally with the campaign. I am an independent blogger, but my heart is behind Larry Kissell and I won't pretend to be even a tiny bit objective about his candidacy.

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The Minimum Wage and Small Businesses

When it comes to a minimum wage increase, pro-business (anti-family) conservatives like to trot out phrases like "simple supply and demand." "The price of labor goes up," they say, "and a business has to buy less of it, and the wage increase ends up actually hurting the poor." It sounds reasonable, but it isn't true.

Below I'll lay out four facts that will come in handy as you talk about the minimum wage increase proposals that are now before the NC General Assembly. Not all conservatives are allergic to facts, and it's possible that you can inject a tone of common sense into the discussion.

Why they're wrong

Among my daily rituals is a whirlwind tour of the John Locke Fondation Puppetshow. My mission is always the same: (1) scout for incoming artillery and (2) try to understand the dysfunctional conservative mind. This morning's visit was successful on both fronts.

First off, John Hood today declares his early take on Republican gubernatorial candidates in 2008.

Bill Graham is a potential Republican candidate for governor in 2008. One rival, U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick of Mecklenburg County, is spending a lot of her time talking about immigration, security, and similar issues that play to her strengths and position. Another rival, Sen. Fred Smith of Johnston County, is emphasizing his legislative and business credentials, while articulating an aggressive agenda on cultural and economic issues. Graham is talking taxes. These are all key voting issues for the Republican primary electorate. The candidates know it.

Mike Easley, Good Democrat, Rolls Out a Budget

Asheville Citizen-Times: "Gov. Mike Easley today proposed an $18.9 billion budget for the next fiscal year that would use a historic surplus for 8 percent teacher raises, a quarter-penny decrease in the sales tax and nearly $90 million to accelerate mental health reform."

Ah, fiscal sanity. Can you dig it?

Show me one Republican who's going to stand against raising teacher's pay and cutting taxes? I love this proposal.

Also, as a mental health professional, it's a relief to see that the governor gets it on mental health reform. The current reform is underfunding area programs and cutting services that no one else performs.

Government haters want to cut $1 billion

Budgets will be on everyone's mind over the next couple of months, with anti-tax wingnuts crying foul and demanding $1 billion of "their" money back out of the once-in-a-blue-moon surplus. So just exactly what do they not want to do? Here's Easley's wish list for a $18.9 billion plan for the 2006-07 fiscal year.

$324 million in state's rainy-day reserve fund.

$50 million for disaster-related expenses.

$200 million to repair state and university buildings.

$329 million for new construction, including N.C. Museum of Art expansion, new state emergency operations center and university buildings.

$245 million in special indebtedness to build new combined public health lab and state medical examiner's building, as well as new prison hospitals.


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