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Holy Mother of Pearl, NC Gets Respect

It has finally happened! I've been complaining for a while that The Washington Post gives no respect to North Carolina races. This new-found respect comes from Chris Cillizza, who writes "The Fix" and lists the top House races in a piece called "The Friday Line."

I don't check every Friday, but with polls out for both Shuler and Kissell, I decided to give it a peek. Much to my surprise listed at number 17 is NC-11. It had no ranking before and Cillizza now has it in the top 20 races to watch in the country.

How 'bout them apples?

Slow News / No News Friday

Don't let the title fool you. There's plenty of serious news going on. I'm just not in the mood to write about it today. I thought you might enjoy a few links to interesting articles from around the state. If you've found an interesting article that's worth linking to add it in the comments.

In Charlotte there was a huge fire Wednesday night at a uniform company. Two firefighters were hurt. In today's Charlotte Observer there's a very nice piece about the firefighter who was injured the worst. He's going to be fine and is ready to get back to work in spirit. The piece isn't really about him as much as it is about the fire.

Meet me on the flip side for articles from around the state....

Hastert on the Hot Seat (Updated)

Those of you who have been following the escapades of the feds lately know that they raided the House offices of Democrat William Jefferson as part of their investigation into his extraHouse activities.

If you were following that, then you are aware that Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert vehemently opposed these actions by the feds. It made you wonder why he was so up in arms over a raid on the office of a corrupt Democrat. You would think he'd be delighted to have the focus off of corrupt Republicans.

More below the fold...

Well, I'll Be! Jim Black's Video Poker Days are Over

Jim Black has seen the light. Now that North Carolina has the lottery to satisfy gamblers and to provide income to the convenience stores that house the video poker industry, Speaker Black has decided he will support a one year phase-out of video poker in this state.

I'm sure Slim and Lucky, down at the local Jiffy Joint are spitting mad. There goes their afternoon amusement. Now what will they do? I mean, you can only scratch off so many cards before you lose interest.

More on the flip side...

Sue Myrick Rules Out Run for Governor in '08

Sue Myrick has made an announcement to go ahead and quell the rumors that have been swirling about her possible run for Governor in 2008. Wow! That sure was out of the blue.

I'm thinking someone got some really stinky poll numbers back and thinks it might be because voters are writing her off for the other job.

The Charlotte Observer has the story.

Larry Kissell Leading in NC-08: The Proof is in the Polls

Respected polling firm Anzalone Liszt Research has released a new poll for North Carolina's 8th Congressional District and Larry Kissell has tremendous momentum and is pulling away from Robin Hayes.

The number that jumps out is the informed vote where Kissell leads Hayes by 7 points. (49% Kissell/42% Hayes) The informed vote poll is taken after a paragraph about each candidate is read to the voter. These paragraphs include platform statements and are not considered a negative push.

Read the good news on the flip side...

BWAHAHAHA Charles Taylor's Place a Dump

OK, this is just too much. I wish Screwy could get by to take pictures and maybe take them of all the Taylor properties. When an article shows up linked on a respected national news blog, you know you're in trouble.

TPM Muckraker has linked to the Asheville Citizen-Times article about Charles Taylor's recent citation for maintaining a trash heap on his property. Typical excuses were issued from Deborah Potter. If you didn't have anything to call and ask Chuckie T about today, now you do.

Wingnuts Against Torture Before they Were For it

Earlier this week I was researching Robin Hayes and ran across the transcript of a meeting of the House of Representatives, Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights, Committee on International Relations. The transcript was actually for a hearing on U.S. policy toward victims of torture and it is from 1999.

A little more wingnut madness on the flip side...

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