Military Abandoning Bush

Does this mean that the troops hate freedom? From the Military Times:

Support for President Bush and for the war in Iraq has slipped significantly in the last year among members of the military’s professional core, according to the 2005 Military Times Poll.

Approval of the president’s Iraq policy fell 9 percentage points from 2004; a bare majority, 54 percent, now say they view his performance on Iraq as favorable. Support for his overall performance fell 11 points, to 60 percent, among active-duty readers
of the Military Times newspapers. Though support both for President Bush and for the war in Iraq remains significantly higher than in the public as a whole, the drop is likely to add further fuel to the heated debate over Iraq policy. In 2003 and 2004, supporters of the war in Iraq pointed to high approval ratings in the Military Times Poll as a signal that military members were behind President Bush’s the president’s policy.

NCACC putting NC at risk of late primary, lost federal funds

[Promoted to the front page; follow the link at the end to read the whole thing --Lance]

Is Catawba County Commissioner/NCACC Pres digging the state into a hole?
Is Ms. Kitty Barnes and the NCACC digging the state in a hole?

Catawba County Commissioner Chair Kitty Barnes, who is also President of the NCACC is trying to get permission for Catawba County to keep it's voting machines and also get the Public Confidence in Elections Act repealed or delayed.

If she succeeds, her efforts will cost the state up to $55 Million in federal funding, cause the primaries to be delayed, and cause the state to be in violation of the federal Help America Vote Act mandate.

Another Environmental Loss for North Carolina

From the Myrtle Beach Online:

Emissions tests of 1995-model and older vehicles ended Saturday, exempting some of Charlotte's likeliest polluters from the dragnet intended to catch them.
Annual emissions tests for those vehicles no longer will be required in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Cabarrus, Union and the five other N.C. counties where they've been the law since the early 1990s. More than 600,000 cars and trucks - one vehicle in four in those counties - will get a pollution pass.
Older vehicles are those most likely to flunk the tests, state records show.

Lawsuit Against Lottery Asks the Courts to Stop the Games

The North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law has filed suit to challenge North Carolina's new lottery. The challenge is based on the fact that the lottery was not considered on three separate days as most revenue bills must be. The State's claim is that the lottery is not a form of revenue. This claim is despite the fact that the reason Easley gave for needing the lottery was obtaining revenue.

Now the Institute is asking the court to prevent the games from beginning until after the suit is decided. From the Winston-Salem Journal:

It Gets Worse for DeLay - Off Topic, but Worth It

I realize we are trying to concentrate on local North Carolina politics here, but today's Washington Post article about Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff is an important piece. It is stunning and should be required reading for anyone in the least bit interested in politics.

Not only does it look like Jack Abramoff is going to sing like a little birdie next week, it looks like he's going to have a lot more to sing about than we first thought.

The Washington Post is running an in-depth article on The U.S. Family Network, a group with ties to both DeLay and Abramoff. From the WaPo:

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