US House Notices North Carolina's Progressive Leadership

Reuters is reporting that a bipartisan group of US House members are looking at crafting a national law using NC's payday-lending legislation as a model.

"A bipartisan group of congressional members are working with consumer and industry groups in an attempt to fashion legislation patterned after North Carolina's law," [Alabama Republican Rep. Spencer] Bachus said. "If a consensus can be reached, a mark-up will be held."

Monday Morning Action Plan

With everything else that is going on in the world many people haven't noticed the attack by the Bush administration on some of our most precious treasures. The President has planned to make up for a shortfall in funds for rural schools by selling off the logging lands in our National Forests to make up the difference. Yes, that's right. He's selling off the land base making it even more difficult to meet the demands satisfied by logging sales. Only an idiot, right?

Steps for action on the flip side..

Thank the Gov. for Efforts to Protect Forests

Governor Easley filed a petition with the US Secretary of Agriculture to protect the roadless areas in the National Forests within our borders and to protest the Forest Service's plan to sell off National Forest lands to benefit rural schools out west (story). Consider clicking this link to email the Gov. with a word of thanks.

Proposed Mercury Rules Don't Even Qualify as a Bandaid

This from a letter published by the News & Observer:

Debate has boiled down to a simple but vitally important equation: Does North Carolina protect higher profits for electric utilities or does it protect the health of our children?

On March 10, the state Environmental Management Commission proposed its answer, and while industry stockholders should feel safe, those concerned about children's health should be worried.

Read it and wonder how a commmittee—appointed by Democrat Mike Easley, Democrat Marc Basnight, and Democrat Jim Black—can blow it so badly.

National News Roundup 3/20

From The Washington Post: Bush remains blind, deaf and dumb when it comes to the war. Press is finally getting the right picture of a completely disorganized, inept Republican party. The Pentagon paid this man millions for useless technology thanks to the Republicans he bribed. Speaking of the they are outsourcing sensitive intelligence jobs.

From The New York Times: Bush and Cheney are the only two people in the world who think things are going well in Iraq. Iran, like America is a country where its people and its leaders sing a different tune. There is hope. Not all Bush cronies are incompetent jerks, but we're still going to give him time.

More great stories found on the flip side...

Kent Kanoy: On the record

“The purpose of my campaign is to give a voice to those who believe that the Bush administration has committed high crimes and misdemeanors which threaten our privacy, our liberties, and the very Constitution itself.”

—Kent Kanoy, 4th District Congressional Candidate

Kent Kanoy is challenging Congressman David Price in North Carolina's 4th Congressional District. He was kind enough to allow BlueNC to interview him about the journey he's undertaking.


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