Daily dose: Mid-Term woes and Nuns on the Bus

Parties Target Voters Who Skip Midterms (Wall Street Journal) -- With polls showing a low regard for Washington and weak interest in the midterm election, both parties say victory, more than ever, may go to whoever does the better job nudging tentative voters to the polls.
http://online.wsj.com/articles/both-parties-target-voters-who-skip-midterm-elections-1412367022

Nuns on the Bus to support voting rights in NC (AP) — A group of nuns who tour the country talking about various social justice issues is coming to Raleigh in support of voting rights.
http://www.news-record.com/news/north_carolina_ap/nuns-on-the-bus-to-support-voting-rights-in-nc/art...

Republicans buy diversity from iStock Photos

fake black Republican

It's no secret that the Republican Party has a problem with diversity, and a recent ad campaign brought that into focus in a hilarious way. The major fail of the "Republicans are people too," campaign was first noticed when the hashtag #IAmARepublican was hijacked on Twitter by meanie libruls.

Are 'Women's Issues' Necessary?

What is it that sets women and their 'issues' aside?

Civitas writer, Becki Gray thinks that “Women’s ‘Advocates’ are holding women back.” She has written about this in NC SPIN, October 4, 2014. Ms. Gray seems to think misogyny is over just as the Supreme Court thinks racism is over. Both are mistaken.

Making women’s rights an article of law is not ‘nanny care,’ it is a fitting and proper act of government, whose duty it is to protect all citizens. Women’s rights are just like everyone else’s rights, but not every person wants to admit that, let alone support it and live by it. If even she admits she had to ‘work hard to be seen and treated as an equal,’ than something is wrong with our society’s outlook on women. It wasn’t ‘women’s advocates’ she needed to persuade of her equality.

While coal ash ponds leak, Duke Energy patches holes in its image

One more example of the utility's misplaced priorities:

One of the worst accidents in Duke Energy's history turned out to be a big opportunity for a fledgling creative agency and video production shop in the shadows of the utility company's headquarters.

In two weeks during the spring, Wheelhouse worked with Duke to develop a concept, write scripts, shoot and edit video, complete post-production and launch the "It's Important" ad campaign. The series of 30-second spots played on TV, radio and online. "They needed a quick response and there wasn't time to go through a traditional agency," Williams says.

No, they needed a quick response to locate large deposits of the coal ash they spilled, so those concentrations could be removed from the riverbed ecosystem. Instead, they picked a spot where everybody could see them working, and ended up leaving 95% of the coal ash in the river. And now they've spent God knows how much money on radio and television ads since the spill, which we'll probably end up paying for via rate increases, and those other ash ponds are still in the same (bad) condition they've always been.

Daily dose: OMG! ISIS! edition

Senate candidates wage foreign policy battles (WRAL-TV) -- U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis have attacked one another on foreign policy in the two weeks leading up to their second debate. But dealing with ISIS and other threats abroad aren't issues that lead themselves to quick sound-bites and easy answers.
http://www.wral.com/senate-candidates-wage-foreign-policy-battles/14041003/

Tillis runs 2nd Islamic State ad in NC Senate race (AP) -- Thom Tillis' Senate campaign released another ad Friday criticizing Sen. Kay Hagan's national security record, this time featuring a North Carolina veteran whose son is a Marine. In the ad, Air Force Lt. Col. Nancy Anderson of Union County reinforces the Republican House speaker's recent condemnation of the Democrat's efforts to monitor the threat of Islamic State militants from her Senate seat. It's Tillis' second TV ad on the topic.
http://www.reflector.com/ap/staten/tillis-runs-2nd-islamic-state-ad-nc-senate-race-2671083

DRNC calls on McCrory to add staff to protect prisoners

I am sure most of you are now aware that a prisoner at the prison in Taylorsville died. The cause of death could not be exact according to the medical examiner. The prisoner had a mental illness and his actions in the prison had resulted in several punitive measures including cutting off the water to his cell. He died of dehydration, and the US Dept. of Justice is now investigating his death.

Here is story from Michael Biesecker of the AP yesterday:

Wesley Meredith's Medicaid ghost haunting him mercilessly

This house (Senate, whatever) is not clea-uh:

This week Meredith’s Democratic opponent, Billy Richardson, accused the senator of collecting Medicaid benefits for his then-newborn son back in 1996 and 1997, despite the fact that Meredith had a (barely) six-figure income at the time. Richardson even has the documents, including copies of tax returns and Medicaid cards, to back up his story.

The Cumberland County Republican Party on Wednesday went with the latter theory, issuing a statement blasting Meredith for “financially abandon[ing] his wife and child,” before later deleting the post. Maybe because later that same day, Meredith’s ex-wife put out a statement that said, naw mang, he didn’t financially abandon me, we signed up for Medicaid together!

You gotta love Wonkette. When they come across stupid people, they're not afraid to have a little fun with them. As for Senator Meredith, take him out of the oven, 'cause he's done. If you're a Republican, it's okay to rip off investors or pocket big cash donations from out-of-state indicted gamblers, but when you get caught hitching a ride on the Welfare gravy train, you've crossed the Rubicon and will be tarred, feathered, rode out of town on a rail, and forced to wear a scarlet M. The "M" stands for Moocher, by the way.

Daily dose: The Ebola Virus steps up to provide Republicans with a replacement for BenghaziCare and IRS probes on their tortured memes list

Ellmers, Tillis want travel restrictions to keep Ebola out of US (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers and House Speaker Thom Tillis, who is running for U.S. Senate, are calling for travel restrictions on countries with Ebola outbreaks. Their announcements come after Ebola was diagnosed for the first time in United States. A Liberian man visiting Texas is being treated for Ebola in a hospital there. The White House said Wednesday it would not impose new travel restrictions on West African countries. “I think that’s not the way to go about it,” Ellmers, who represents the 2nd Congressional District, told a Republican Women’s Club on Thursday. “Travel arrangements need to be addressed and they need to be restricted.”
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/10/02/4201668/ellmers-and-tillis-want-travel.html

High Point University College Republican Chairwoman refuses to allow voter registration on campus

High school and college campuses are some of the best places to register new voters and you would think members of campus political groups would promote voter registration among students. Amazingly, that's not the case with the chairwoman of High Point University's College Republicans as seen in the following video.

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