Submitted by Betsy Muse on Mon, 08/28/2006 - 5:12am
Saturday was the first day that Larry Kissell and Robin Hayes attended the same campaign event. I've been working much of the afternoon doing my best to write a serious piece of journalism. After all, there was some serious politicking going on at U-PAC's Stumpin' in the Park. My plans were to do a mature piece devoid of snark, sarcasm or silly photoshop pictures.
Yeah....Like that's gonna happen.
The rumor mill started last week with a story that Robin Hayes was bringing a bus full of supporters. The excitement surrounding this event has been building all week. Hayes supporters put signs up along the busy street that runs near the YMCA where the event was held. It happens to be several miles outside the district. The Kissell team put most of our signs in and around the event. Once the event started, it was obvious who ultimately had the better signage.
Submitted by gregflynn on Sun, 08/27/2006 - 5:28pm
Recently Bi-Lo stores has tried to introduce a store card managed by Compucredit which is a plastic equivalent of payday lending. After an outcry Bi-Lo has delayed, but not stopped, plans for implementation in NC. Compucredit sees this as the thin edge of a wedge for their sub-prime lending but it is essentially a subterfuge for usurious payday lending.
Payday lending money has been an insidious influence in state politics. Though payday lending has been banned it keeps coming back like a character in a bad horror movie.
Thanks to my last excursion into local and state politics, I am growing more and more aware of how important things are here down on the ground, so to speak. And how fun and energized.
I was inspired this week by a Netroots fundraising Drive on Daily Kos to start my own fundraising page for Heath Shuler. I had been to ActBlue once to donate during a Lamont net drive, but didn't realize at the time that people could create their own page, for their own candidate. What a great idea. I know, I know, I'm a little slow but I try.
UPDATE:It was an oversight on my part not to say there's a solid alternative to Senator Flintstone in NC-12. Her name is Sherry Altman, and you can see what a real progressive looks like right here.
Despite the fact that the 2006 elections are still two months away, NC Senator Fred Smith of Clayton is shifting his beady eyes toward the Governor's mansion - trying to position himself as the go-to guy for North Carolina neocons in 2008. If you go to his website, you'll see he does a damn good job holding his own on the lunatic fringe.
With an ego the size of five gigantic billboards between Clayton and Goldsboro, Fred Smith is a run-of-the-mill developer with all the delusions of grandeur you'd expect from a guy who builds extravagant houses in golf course communities. (His business could use some tech help, though, his website doesn't handle Firefox.)
Spend some time reading about Fred's positions on issues and you'll get that sinking feeling that comes from any close encounter with the Dark Side. It's recycled garbage lifted straight from the Karl Rove 'divide and conquer' playbook, and not much else. Consider, for example, this enlightened discussion of the environment, an issue Fred conflates with "roads."
Our citizens spend more time stuck in traffic than ever before – and the congestion just keeps getting worse. Wasting time sitting in traffic makes it harder to find family time, harder for businesses to operate efficiently, and pollutes the environment. North Carolina needs new thinking on environmental and transportation issues. We also need straight talk and clear vision on the problem of growth that outpaces infrastructure. The Liberal Democrats aren’t addressing this issue because they have presided over the deterioration of our current roads and the slow pace of new construction.
Submitted by Robert P. on Sat, 08/26/2006 - 12:48pm
Just a notice to those who think Edwards doesn't spend any time at UNC. My wife is in the MPH program and forwarded me this announcement. I've deleted the days and times, and won't be attending, since this is an internal event. Dang it.
NUTR MPH Students
Please join Senator John Edwards, Director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, for an informal coffee hour on xxxxxxxxxxx. Sen. Edwards and members of the Center staff will be on hand to talk about the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, to hear about your studies and community work, and to listen to your ideas for future projects and for research on poverty. Come with your ideas, questions, and appetites - refreshments will be provided. Drop in as your class schedule allows and learn about issues of poverty, work and opportunity! To learn more about the Center, please visit
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Sat, 08/26/2006 - 6:44am
This is one you absolutely cannot miss. Leslie H posted a link to it and I had seen the piece touted, but hadn't bothered to update my quicktime so I could watch it. Do.Not.Miss.This. Click on either picture to go to Crooks and Liars.
Cosmo Magazine today has a report on a promising technology - nuclear energy using thorium as the fuel instead of uranium. According to the story, thorium creates the possibility of "green nuclear" and if the facts are correct, it sounds pretty dang cool.
What if we could build a nuclear reactor that offered no possibility of a meltdown, generated its power inexpensively, created no weapons-grade by-products, and burnt up existing high-level waste as well as old nuclear weapon stockpiles? And what if the waste produced by such a reactor was radioactive for a mere few hundred years rather than tens of thousands? It may sound too good to be true, but such a reactor is indeed possible, and a number of teams around the world are now working to make it a reality. What makes this incredible reactor so different is its fuel source: thorium.
Liddy Dole, who might have trouble finding North Carolina on a map, was in Montana this week schlepping for someone almost as shady as "Chainsaw" Charlie Taylor: Senator Conrad Burns. If you read Kos, you probably know he was the #1 benefactor of Abramoff money and Time named him one of the worst Senators in the US. He looks like a loser this year and Liddy was trying to save his sinking campaign. Even worse is that she was defending and dismissing his racially insensitive remarks. She called criticism of Burns "a silly thing."I can't even paraphrase this nonsense, so read the story here.
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