Rural Poverty & Ecomomic Disparity w/Video of Mudcat Saunders

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the South Carolina Presidential Candidate “Debate” as a credentialed blogger and had the opportunity to talk for a minute with Mudcat Saunders, after the debate.

Mudcat Saunders got involved in political campaigns when he helped Mark Warner win over 51% of the rural vote, in his 2001 race for governor in Virginia:


Strategist Mudcat Draws National Attention

"I went out for an egg sandwich one morning and ended up in the middle of a presidential campaign," Saunders told members of the Democratic National Committee's Southern Caucus last summer. "I still don't know how I got here."

Department of Aging

Terri Protts, the Director of the Department, gave us the presentation. She made it entertaining and made sure we paid attention by giving us a sheet of words in a Bingo format. Throughout her talk if we heard these words, we were to cross them off the sheet calling out “Bingo” when they were crossed off in a row.

This department has been serving adults over 60 in Moore County since 1984. To date, they have 19 Full Time, 4 Part Time employees and 160 volunteers. Their motto is “To Provide services that promote the well-being of older adults.” They have an annual budget of $1.3 million plus grants and funding through a number of sources including contributions from the community.

Their In-Home Aide Program provides three levels of care, Home Management, Bathing Assistance and Respite for Caregivers. These services include simple laundering, light housekeeping, running errands and meal preparation in the Home Management level. In the next two levels, they help with bathing, dressing, feeding, ambulation and toileting along with relieving the caregivers whenever the nursing assessment believes it is needed.

Buncombe County Republican Party Chair Called Names, Takes Ball, Goes Home

Buncombe RepublicansWell that was fast.

AC-T: "The chairman of the Buncombe County Republican Party on Monday said he resigned from the post after personal attacks on his character and his wife’s character.

Mike Harrison said in a written statement that he left the job May 1. He had hoped his election to chairman in March would bring the party together, he said, but that did not happen."

You may remember the public donnybrook between anti-immigrant, pro-drug legalization Tim Peck and unbalanced, John Armor buddy Don Yelton back in March. The two men sparred over Harrison's ascension to Chair of the Republican Party with tasty quotes like these:

Being A Democrat Today

I have always been a Democrat. If my definition of the word Democrat were in the dictionary, it would simply say “The People”.

I remember being in my 5th grade class at Sunset Elementary school in La Puente California when, one day in 1963, our School Principal, Mr. Hackleman, came into the room. He was sort of crying. He told us that our President, John F. Kennedy (JFK), had been mortally wounded in Dallas Texas. He sent us home.

As the next few years went by, we were all taught about the greatness of John F. Kennedy and how he had a dream for America where we would all be free and happy, where all Americans would enjoy the fullness of liberty promised to us by our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. He talked about a strong America, second to none; whose primary goal in the world was peace, freedom and prosperity. He welcomed all countries to join in the vision for a free and sharing world and warned those who would seek to hurt America, or her friends, that although our strength was meant for good, we would defend our free way of life and our friends in the world.

Whining Wingnut Hypocrisy

How many times are we going to have to call those whining wingnuts ( for those who aren't into some innocent name calling) on their hypocrisy? They make it so easy for us when they send out press releases or blog about it themselves.

Someone at BlueNC linked to this blog where we could find pictures of the recent Civitas meeting. You know, the one Heath Shuler attended.

There's more on the flip......

Charter martyrs

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It must be frustrating to be a Puppet these days. Because aside from the nearly Pyrrhic victory of sentencing poor workers to death, I can't think of anything of significance the the Puppetshow has actually accomplished over the past year. Unless, of course, you consider getting Hairdresser Boylan installed in the General Assembly, or perhaps the anointing of Sponge Bob Orr as Art Pope's candidate for governor.

Sure they're spending a boatload of the Puppetmaster's family fortune to buy influence with the media, but in terms of actual impact on public policy, I don't see it. For example, despite all their free-market property-rights baloney, they sat on the sidelines for years and watched the biggest federal land-grab in decades go unchallenged. It took progressive activism to help get that deal stopped, not right-wing "reports" and hand-wringing about the mean old government. And all their whining about the need to end the so-called "temporary" tax was, well, completely ineffective.


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