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Six Percent Versus One Percent

The people who take 6% of the value of a home every time it is bought and sold are opposed to using 1% of the value of a home to pay for roads, sewers and, schools which help to maintain and increase the value of homes and our quality of life.

The virtual monopoly of Realtor®s (who have an actual monopoly on the word Realtor®) is spending thousands of dollars in a multi-media campaign opposed to a nominal land transfer tax. This is puzzling from a number of perspectives.

In North Carolina the provision of public services is largely dependent on property tax, sales tax and income tax. County and municipal governments are largely dependent on property tax and sales tax. Sales tax revenues are volatile and, in many cases, are regressive and only capture 1/3 of commercial transactions. Property tax is the beast of burden for counties and is overloaded by the costs of growth in booming areas and low property values in poor areas.

Running for cover: Updated with new photo!

Photoshoppiness courtesy of Ashevillien!

I'm glad to see any public conversation about the Navy's misguided plans to build an OLF in North Carolina, but this move by Senator Elizabeth Dole to request a public hearing in Charlotte is bordering on comical.

The Navy will hold a hearing in Charlotte next month on its controversial plan to build a practice landing field near an Eastern North Carolina wildlife refuge ... Atlantic Fleet spokesman Ted Brown said the Charlotte hearing will be April 17, with an informal information period 4:30-6:30 p.m., followed by a formal hearing 7-10 p.m. The location will be announced later.

Smoking guns: Updated with flip-flop

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Mark Binker reports tonight that bill banning smoking hasn't gained enough support to satisfy its proponents.

House leaders say they will postpone consideration of a bill that would ban smoking from almost all workplaces that was tentatively scheduled for a vote Tuesday. "We've got 35-to-40 people undecided," said Rep. Hugh Holliman, a Davidson County Democrat and the House majority leader. There are 120 members of the House.


The bill would ban smoking in bars and restaurants as well as workplaces ranging from factory floors to office settings. Proponents say it will protect the health of workers. Opponents say it infringes on property owners rights.

Open Thread: Blown Tubes

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BlueNC is having all sorts of problems with its hosting company, which has not been meeting basic service level agreements for more than a week now. The result has been all manner of frustrating technological dysfunction. Fortunately, Lance is on the case, in hot pursuit of an alternative that will give us better quality and reliability. We'll keep you posted.

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NC-11 Republicans Try to Find a Candidate

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketPat McHenry, the little 10th district Congressman with the big talking points, came to Hendersonville to talk to dramatically backlit Tom Apodaca about running against Heath Shuler in November, 2008. Apodaca, an NC state Senator, had this to say, "I have spoken to former Congressman Taylor and let him know they have contacted me. I wanted to know his thoughts. He has not made up his mind, so as a courtesy, we'd stay in touch."

Lots of folks are waiting to hear Taylor say that he won't seek the seat again, and even old Bill Sabo, who never met a Republican frame he didn't like, thinks, "Republicans are trying to be deferential to Taylor but I think his time's passed,".

Tom Apodaca has conservative credentials as well as the requisite 'creepy' chops to rally the red-meat Republican base. This year he's cosponsoring S46, which provides birth certificates for stillborn children. Judging from this list of bills he's cosponsoring this legislative session, Apodaca spends a lot of time on teacher salary and school funding, Defending Marriage against the dirty homos, and increasing penalties for various laws. He sits on eleven different state committees and has a lot of monied friends to help him launch a bid.

Edwards, Fragile X, and Special Interests

Greetings friends.
Some time ago, I went searching for the early Senate record of John Edwards. My reason was simple, I wanted to find out what this man, who was elected to the Senate in 1998, stood for. Here in North Carolina, we have recently been treated to Senators that, when elected, fail to do the people's work because they know they have 6 years to make up for screwing the good folks of North Carolina. Even among Democrats, often the first couple years are spent making up favors to special interests. Don't believe me? Go check out the bills SPONSORED by your local Senators in their first couple years.
So, I did that. I wanted to see, who was it that John Edwards considered his "special interest". I'll admit that I, in particular, was shocked by what I found.

Live-blogging Jane's political salon

As some of you know know, my wife hosts a monthly political discussion at our house. Tonight the salon is featuring the Executive director of the NC Audubon Society, Chris Canfield. Some of the discussion will be about the OLF. Also will discuss the Bonner Bridge at Oregon Inlet and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore National.

I'll be updating regularly.


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