Patrick McHenry Smears Responsible Lending With Right Wing Front Group

I've realized that Patrick McHenry has been a water carrier for banking interests. What I hadn't realized was how low McHenry, along with Dick Armey's army, would go in serving his corporate paymasters.

According to Credit Union Times:

Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) has written Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass), Chairman of the House Financial Services, seeking a hearing on the issue of individuals and organizations allegedly using non-profits to manipulate real estate and other markets.

As an example of this possible manipulation, McHenry used the Center for Responsible Lending, an affiliate of the Durham, North Carolina based Self Help Credit Union.

The basis of McHenry's complaint is a bogus report February 21st by the Consumer Rights League a front group for the predatory lending industry operating out of FreedomWorks national HQ whose sole purpose appears to be attacking the Self Help Credit Union and, in particular, the affiliated Center for Responsible Lending (with, no mere coincidence, the same acronym, CRL) calling it a "predatory charity".

Stealth Nukes: or, You Won't Find Any Extra Water in the Backroom

There's been a moratorium on the construction of new nuclear power stations for many years, and for many damned good reasons. Those reasons range from safety to economics with many environmental concerns in between, and are (mostly) based on numerous in-depth and qualified studies that had/have our best interests at heart.

Puppet power

Leave it to Art Pope's minions to argue against one of the very few energy sources that could immediately contribute to building a sustainable energy portfolio. And, as usual, their arguments are full of hot air.

RALEIGH – North Carolina needs a “Coast Law” to protect residents from wind turbines that ruin local landscapes, harm wildlife, and pose potential health risks, all while providing an unreliable source of electricity. That’s the key conclusion of a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.

Oh. My. God. Now we have Puppets all a'twitter about local landscapes, wildlife and health. Will wonders never stop ceasing?

Kay Hagan Endorsed by AFL-CIO and NCAE

Congratulations to Kay Hagan and her campaign for receiving the endorsement of the AFL-CIO and the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE). They jump on the bandwagon with Gov. Mike Easley and former Governor Jim Hunt. Easley called Hagan one of the bet Senate candidates in the country and Hunt said,

Kay Hagan is one of the strongest and most effective leaders in North Carolina.

Hagan is obviously pleased with the endorsements. They can mean money in the campaign coffers, boots on the ground and voters pulling the lever.

“I’m proud that this group – which represents so many working families across our state – has decided to support my campaign,” said Kay.

Miller on White House Aides Who Refuse to Testify

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives General Counsel filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of the House Judiciary Committee to enforce subpoenas issued by the committee seeking information on the U.S. Attorney firings. The defendants in the case are former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten who were cited by the House for contempt of Congress last month. Contrary to federal law, the Department of Justice (DOJ) refused to present the House-passed contempt citations to a grand jury.

“The Bush Administration’s claim of executive privilege goes well beyond any privilege recognized by any court decision,” said Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) who worked closely with House leadership to help pass the contempt resolution.

Do you know where your precinct meeting is being held?

Tonight is the night when all good Democrats gather to organize their precincts, elect officers and select delegates to the (county) state convention. Do you know where your meeting is being held? I know and I've already submitted my volunteer information on the Union County Democratic Party web site and I plan to attend the meeting.

You have small children? Fine, take them with you. Pack them some snacks and toys - enough to last for half an hour. It's never too early for them to participate in the Democratic Party. No, they do not count toward the quorum. hehe

The meeting times are during dinner? I can think of no better time to get takeout. I love it when I don't have to fix dinner, don't you? How nice of the NCDP to arrange this for us.

Patrick McHenry's Staffer pleads Guilty to DUI then runs Gaston GOP Convention

Gaston County GOP must want Congressional candidate Lance Sigmon to go away in a big way. I've never heard of county conventions being run by either campaign or district staff of a Congressman, particularly the year of a contested election.

And it looks like Pat McHorny doesn't care too much about conflicts of interest, potential or otherwise. To push his DUI staffer on a local party makes it clear he simply has way too much to hide.

(fp'd by Betsy with title edited)


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