Public financing pilot for N.C. legislative races endorsed

Public financing pilot for N.C. legislative races endorsed

Here's a small bit of good news. It looks like NC may be taking another step toward election policies that level the playing field just a bit. Republicans are agains public financing of elections because they like things just the way they are . . . where rich guys can buy whichever races they want. We'll have to wait see how this fares in the NC House - but let's keep an eye on it. I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing these good people have helped usher this along.

The Truth Ad Watch Watch

Crossposted at Keeping Reality In Sight

I saw a clip the other day from Bill O'. discussing an ad from a republican campaign. This campaign ad completely distorts the record of the democratic incumbent. So what does Bill O' do? Why he claims it's all true.

Oh! You thought I was talking about Bill O'Reilly from Faux News? No, this one was from Bill O'Neil from WXII news, who was doing a piece called "The Truth Ad Watch". The ad in question is from Vernon Robinson who is running for the 13th district in NC. Jay Ovittore has a great write up about the distortions in the ad. But I thought I'd give Mr. Robinson and Mr. O'Neil a little taste of their own medicine and then see what Mr. O'Neil had to say about that.

Wal-Mart Creating Its Own Tax?

According to some logic out there, if you buy a good voluntarily and some portion of that money goes to the state, then it is a tax. Well, sure that makes sense. Of course, you can avoid the item, but let's forget about that for a moment. I think this raises many good questions, after the break.

Lies, damn lies and statistics

Last night I was invited to examine the methodology of surveys conducted by the John Locke Foundation. Having been in the market research business for more than 20 years, I consider myself at least partially qualified for the task.

To those not familiar with the industry, there is as much art as science involved. For example, knowing how to ask questions to get unbiased responses is one aspect of the art – assuming of course that you actually want unbiased responses. This is especially challenging for researchers who come to their projects with ideological biases and agendas. The tobacco industry, for example, is widely known for its abuse and misuse of all kinds of research.

Shuler One of DCCC's "Red to Blue" 22

Noted without comment:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on Thursday announced the 22 candidates who will be early beneficiaries of its “Red to Blue” program — which will provide fundraising and strategic assistance to non-incumbent candidates the party has deemed as top contenders for November’s elections. - House: ‘Red to Blue’ Candidates Will Get DCCC Greenbacks

What is your purpose?

Dear Bloggers.

We have been graced, again, by the presence of one John Hood.

John Hood is President and Chairman of the John Locke Foundation, Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also a syndicated columnist, television commentator, and a radio host. He has authored three books and written articles for national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, Nation's Business, and Reader's Digest, while also appearing on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and other channels. Photo from the John Locke Foundation website.

Following a previous response by this man, I sent an email to several of the people that post here to discuss BlueNC's purpose. So, now I think it is time for all of us to answer the question, what is your purpose?


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