Shuler Ahead of Taylor in New Poll

I'll have more analysis on this later

Charles Taylor’s vulnerability has only increased in the last three months. Negative press stories continue to hurt his personal popularity, while the national political environment becomes more and more treacherous for Republicans. While challenger Heath Shuler has nearly doubled his favorable rating, Taylor’s personal popularity, job rating and re-elect measure all continue to worsen. Taylor’s troubles have turned the race into a statistical dead heat, with Shuler holding a slight lead.

• Shuler now leads Taylor by a 45% to 43% margin. Taylor held a small, seven-point lead in February (47% Taylor/40% Shuler). A torrent of negative press stories connecting Taylor even closer to the Abramoff scandal and on his miscues on the 9-11 monument funding have has hurt Taylor’s standing with voters.

Town of Chapel Hill Forum on Municipal Networking

On Thursday May 18 the Chapel Hill Town Council will host a public forum on Municipal Wireless Networking. The event will be from 7 to 9PM and be held at Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. All citizens are invited to attend.

The event will be moderated by Shannon Schelin, Ph.D. of the Institute of Government at UNC. She will also make a presentation. Other speakers include Casey Lide of Baller Herbst in Washington, DC, Lynda Goff, Executive Director of WinstonNet in Winston-Salem, NC, Ray Reitz, Chief Technology Officer of Chapel Hill Carrboro School System, and Chad Johnston, Executive Director of The People’s Channel. For more information about the speakers please see the Town event webpage. There will be time at the end of the event for questions and answers. If you can't make it in person you can watch the event on Public Access channel 18.

Walter Jones (NC-03): Onward Christian Soldiers

Walter Jones, the Republican Representative in North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District has just sent a big F*%# You to non-Christians serving in our military forces.

"We felt there needed to be a clarification" of the rules "because there is political correctness creeping into the chaplains corps," said Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.). "I don't understand anyone being opposed to a chaplain having the freedom to pray to God in the way his conscience calls him to pray."

Today's Washington Post carries a story that will surely slip under the radar with everything else going on in the country. I was going to save it for our Sunday series until I saw that our very own Walter Jones was quoted in the article.

More below the fold....

Bush Approval Rating 29% Harris Interactive WSJ

This didn't take very long did it? Here's a link to a free feature at the WSJ. If this link takes you to a login, do a search for Harris Interactive in your browser window. A link to the Wall Street Journal should show in your results. This is a free feature. I am not getting you around a firewall. Cheating is for Republicans.

Nixon was facing impeachment proceedings before his approval rating dropped this low, wasn't he?

Taylor's Indian deceptions lots lots lots uglier than has been reported

In 2003, Taylor wrote legislation favorable to a bunch of oil, gas, timber, and mining companies that had conveniently just given him far, far, far more money than Indian tribes ever have or will. In fact, that quarter alone, the same one in which Taylor's already been accused of sucking up to Indian bribery, in the donations battle, Oil and Gas beat Indians, 4-1.

And, surprise, surprise! The people being screwed by Taylor's efforts: 500,000 native Americans who are plaintiffs in a lawsuit called Cobell v. Norton that they won in 1996.

Taylor's legislative attempt to overcome a judicial decision was tossed out the next month on a point of order. (You can't legislate in an appropriations bill). So Chuckie patiently waited a half year to try a slightly different legislative tactic.

NC Senate is Setting up the House

Wow! That was fast. The entire NC Senate voted unanimously to end video poker in the state of North Carolina. They passed a bill yesterday that would make it illegal everywhere except on the Cherokee reservation in the western part of the state. (aka - Them thar hills.)

To clarify what I mentioned earlier, Black was said to have kept this from coming to a vote on four previous occaisions. He claims it never made it out of committee. Heh. Wonder how that happened? Now it's time to find out who was sitting on the four previous committees. Let's start asking the tough questions.

Follow to the flip side...

Stand up for Equality

Most Americans believe gays and lesbians deserve equal rights. An angry few disagree, and they want to write hate into our Constitutions. Not only that, they want to use hate to drum up Republican turnout in the fall. Loathesome? Yes. But it worked in 2004.

What can you do? Three things . . . all quick, easy and guaranteed to make a difference:

1. Oppose the proposed "anti-marriage" amendment to the NC State Constitution at: http://eqfed.org/campaign/amendment06

2. Oppose the proposed "anti-marriage" federal amendment at: http://www.thetaskforce.org/ourprojects/fma/?msource=A2Headline

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