The primary provision in this Act is that it requires
`(i) a government-issued, current, and valid photo identification; or
`(ii) in the case of the regularly scheduled general election for Federal office held in November 2010 and each subsequent election for Federal office, a government-issued, current, and valid photo identification for which the individual was required to provide proof of United States citizenship as a condition for the issuance of the identification.
Kirk Ross today jumps on a story that will have legs for decades: the all out push by Big Power to irradiate the Southeast in the glow of nukular energy. The angle of his story is the always-dependable follow the money approach, which in this case is creepy as hell.
Without heavy rate increases, taxpayer incentives and the feds ignoring the standoff over the unsolved waste issue, those nukes just wouldn’t be possible. Dig deep folks and, uh, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
Submitted by Robert P. on Thu, 09/21/2006 - 9:12am
I recently made a comment on this, but thought I would put it out there for others to discuss. There is, now, an underlying feeling that taxes are a negative. This is perhaps the greatest threat to American society today, not al Qaeda, not Osama bin Laden, but the right-wing philosophy that taxes are a burden on the American people.
UNC School of Journalism professor Phil Meyer wrote a book years ago called Precision Journalism. Among other things, it examined how news organizations should and shouldn't use polling data to supplement their stories. Apparently, the cracker-jack political reporting staff at the News and Observer missed a few classes.
It's bad enough that the N&O's Rob Christensen consistently relies on Art Pope's Puppets as sources to bolster his stories. But today, Pope's "multi-million-dollar opinion-manufacturing machine" grabs the golden ring in a trashy little piece of reporting that should be embarrassing. If he were in class with Professor Meyer today, Christensen's lame excuse for news would have received an automatic F.
It seems like every time I turn around I'm adding new tags to keep track of the lunatic fringes of Puppetshow. Today I had to add Americans for Prosperity to the list, one more ugly face of the hydra that is the multi-million-dollar opinion-manufacturing machine funded by Art Pope.
Why today? Because today, Americans for Prosperity has decided to weigh in against the sane Wake County policy makers who voted to withhold judgment about raising the cap on charter schools.
The issue is a simple one: Government haters want to crush public schools out of existence over the long haul, so that eventually only rich white people will be able to afford an education. In the short term, they want to choke off school funding, thereby reducing traditional public schools to dysfunctional shells. Their plans call for siphoning off money into charter schools.
I personally have a great deal of hope for charter schools, but that hope has not yet been anywhere near fulfilled. I'm aware of NO evidence that charter schools perform any better than public schools ... nor does there appear to be a workable model in place for managing a significant increase in their number.
Every month I receive a copy of Brain News from the non-profit Dana Foundation in New York. Lately, I've read the publication with increasing interest because it reports on wide-ranging research about how brains work or don't work - and what that means for our world's population.
Jack Diamond, scientific director of the Alzheimer Society of Canada, said there are whisperings in the scientific community that Alzheimer's disease may actually be "Type 3 diabetes," where a resistance to insulin causes inflammation only in the brain, just like it does in the pancreases of those with Type 2 diabetes.
At the risk of showing my age, one my earliest memories involves my dad showing me how to use the family record player. I didn't have any music of my own, so I would listen to a lot of what was in the record cabinet, which was primarily what my dad was into in the 60s. He listened to a lot of folk music - he was particularly a fan of Bob Dylan's pre-electric period - and it was through my dad's record collection that I discovered the time-honored tradition of the protest song.
I have plenty of friends who live down east and they all just loooove to make fun of Chapel Hill. They fondly remember ol' Jesse Helms, who once said the state should put a fence around the town instead of building a new zoo in Asheboro. As I long-time resident of Blue Heaven, I sometimes share Jesse's sentiments, especially when it comes to local politics.
But I've never seen anything in Chapel Hill to compare with the political shenanigans brewing in Kinston these days. It's a soap opera comparable to Daze of our Lives, with enough high drama to take your breath away.
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