Vernon Robison (the Black Jesse Helms) Makes it Official

Lance first noted that Vernon Robinson (R), the self described Black Jesse Helms, was planning on running against Mel Watt in the 12th district. Now it official. It should not be a tough race:

The 12th, on the other hand, is not conservative-leaning: it gave 2004 presidential nominee John Kerry 63 percent of the vote in 2004, his best showing in the state, in large part because of the district’s large concentration of black voters.

“No one is calling this a close race,” said Thad Beyle, a political scientist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

CJ Is at it again - Misrepresentation my ass, that's a lie.

In today's issue, Joseph Coletti, Fiscal Policy Analyst for the John Locke Foundation, states:

Tax receipts started rising again in 2005. Collections for the current fiscal year are already $200 million ahead of forecasts. Just don’t expect to get any of it back. The government growers have already spent it two or three times over, like the lottery money.

There is a link to the lottery money phrase, which makes it seem as if there is good data behind this, but oops, none of their links actually work. They are all dead ends. Incompetent much, CJ?

The lottery has not already spent the money two or three times over, just as the legislature has not spent the taxes collected for 2006 two or three times over. Both of these statements are just outright lies.

The Tax on Summer Vacations

We all know that the cost of schooling the children is going up in Raleigh, but we have not learned what that is going to cost us until now. WakePol does a breakdown of the increases in taxes that the different plans would cost us here. His conclusion is that the difference in having yearround schools for all students versus only for a small fraction is 3.9 cents for every $100 of assessed property value:

According to county estimates reported today, keeping most students on traditional calendars is 3.9 cents more expensive than making all elementary and middle schools year-round.

Mom & Dad Are Out of Town!

TarGator is down with disease and Anglico is headed out-of-state for a few days, and I'm feeling a little bit like Tom Cruise in Risky Business (not the latter-day seriously-not-sane Katie-Holmes-brainwashing Tom Cruise). If you've signed up here at BlueNC and haven't tried your hand at blogging, this would be a great time. I'm going to be doing some work on the "2006 Races" part of the site, and your contribution could keep us from going stale. And hey, you could be the next Atrios!
Here's my favorite Google News search, in case you're short on things to write about.

Carolina Journal Misleads on Lottery

The Carolina Journal today offers another unethical article designed to hurt the Democratic Party at large. Mitch Kokai pens...types the article "Lottery Fund Switch Causes Concern:
Supplanting of current funding with lottery money worries lawmakers." And, indeed, it does. The idea that just mere months after the lottery was passed it is already being used to cut education funding confirms everyone's worst fears. The Carolina Journal does nothing to allay these fears.

RALEIGH — News that more than $200 million from the new state lottery could replace existing education spending is “not just disconcerting, it’s shocking.” That’s according to a lawmaker who voted last spring to support the lottery.

Roundup of National Forest Sale Coverage

More below, but the most colorful quote award goes to an editorial in the Roanoke Times ("Give Bush an acre and he'll take a forest"): "It's not unlike a college student thinking about selling his printer to buy paper." This picture of NC's Croatan National Forest is by (and used by permission of) Christina Dulude of Durham. Her Flickr account is full of great pictures of wild North Carolina.


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