What We Democrats Have Always Fought For!

This is Who we Democrats are Fighting For!
G.K. Butterfield & John Snow are proud Veterans in N.C. as are other Democrats! Heath Shuler is staying abreast of all Veterans & DOD Issues and researching them in order to improve them! I am a Proud N.C. Veteran who supports them.
If you are a Veteran or Supporter of Veterans and still beleive in a democratic society, then Click the link Below' ,Watch this closely and Let the immages burn into your mind of why we are Democrats and who we fight for!

Discover the County You're In

Our Department of Commerce website has some pretty nifty stuff on it, like the County Profiles page, where clicking a map takes you to a report on your county. I just learned that in the 4th quarter of 2005, my county:

  • was the 18th most populous in the state;
  • was 34th in population growth;
  • was home to 184 physicians, or one Dr. for every 754 people;
  • had a 4.7% unemployment rate;
  • had an average SAT score of just over 1,000;
  • had a per capita personal income of just over $28,000; and
  • had as its three biggest employees LabCorp, the local school system, and a hospital.

The three page reports are just chock full of interesting information. (Of course, you can't tell if I'm serious or if that's sarcasm. If you think this level of geekiness is unsexy, then I'm just kidding.)

Why We Should Not Listen to the Consultants

Gary Pearce, a main consultant for former governor Jim Hunt, has had a strange turn of events since Hunt left office. He has teamed with ultra-conservative Helms advisor Carter Wrenn in a blog. The problem with the consulting agreement is that it proves that he has no values but will work for whoever pays him more. The problem with the website are numerous, but importantly, neither Gary or Carter has learned how to either create links or answer comments. In addition, to those flaws, having to make public statements means that everyone knows when you do not know what you are talking about.

New Hampshire Shows the Way on Mercury Reduction

If New Hampshire is out to make North Carolina look bad, they're doing a fine job. A few days ago I noted that NC is on its way to a near total abdication of its responsibility to protect citizens, in this case from power plant mercury emissions.

Today I see that there's a mercury fight in New Hampshire as well, but with two important differences: (1) they are arguing over whether to cut mercury emissions by 80% or by 90%; and (2) the 80% bill has already passed one house of the state legislature. Gosh, it's almost as if the government in New Hampshire cares more about citizens' health than about maximizing power company profits.

Why Shuler and Kissell MUST Go to DC

It's not censure or impeachment that Republicans are really worried about if they lose control of Congress. It's subpoenas. If they lose the ability to block Democrats from conducting genuine investigations backed by the subpoena power of Congress, the jig is up. And they know it.

That, from Kevin Drum, is prompted by the following paragraph from a Newsweek article by Michael Hirsh about mismanagement of the Iraq reconstruction effort:

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