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Dole and the NRSC Stoop Even Lower

Pam Spaulding from Pam's House Blend has a great find. The NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Campaign) which boasts my Senator, Elizabeth Dole, as its leader has a new web site to smear Rep. Harold Ford from Tennessee. Pam has pictures from the 'Big Pimpin' web site, and you have to see it to believe it. This news follows my post about a campaign to intimidate money out of unsuspecting voters. Just how low will she go?

Bush: Toxic Waste in Washington

It's pretty bad when a sitting president can't even get his party loyalists to back him. However, when he's attempting to sell the country down the hole, we won't call them names or belittle them for finally doing something that might just be in the country's best interest.

An article in The Washington Post has this to say:

The bipartisan uprising in Congress in the face of a veto threat represented a singular defeat for Bush, who when it came to national security grew accustomed during his first five years in office to leading as he chose and having loyal lawmakers fall in line. Now, with his poll numbers in a political ditch, the port debacle has contributed to a perception of weakness that has liberated Republicans who once would never have dared cross Bush.

More on the lame duck below the fold...

Prosecutors May File Charges Against Holloman

The State Board of Elections has asked prosecutors in Raleigh to consider charges against North Carolina state Senator Robert Holloman (D-Hertford) for campaign finance violations.

The Board alleges that Sen. Holloman failed to report over $23,000 in campaign contributions since 2002. Senator Holloman told News 14,

"My reports may have some errors and mistakes," Holloman said. "But I'm going to tell you all today -- I'm looking at you with a straight face -- Robert Holloman has nothing to hide. I'm not trying to hide anything."

More slime below the fold

Bush Buries Another One

In 2004, at the suggestion of the 9/11 Commission the Civil Liberties Oversight Board was created. It has never been funded, nor has it hired any staff. It has taken a year for its members to receive nominations and confirmation. President Bush has guaranteed the board will not be able to accomplish its stated goals. He failed to include funding for it in the most recent budget.

According to Newsweek the Office of Management and Budget doesn't seem to know what's going on, but assured the board would be completely funded.

Trust me, it gets better...read on

NRSC Fundraising Scheme Has Potential to Intimidate Elderly

Earlier today I went out to my mailbox to get our mail. I saw a very official looking envelope that had printed "Return Enclosed" at the bottom as if it were a tax return. While it was addressed to my husband, we commonly open each other's mail if it has to do with taxes. It wasn't until I pulled out the contents of the envelope that I realized it was a fundraiser. My blood started to boil.

Elizabeth Dole sent out an NRSC fundraiser intentionally disguised as a "Return" and sent to "U.S. Individual Resident". Upon a quick second look I did see that the return address had the American Eagle and Elizabeth Dole's name at the top of the envelope. Someone else might honestly think that this was an official notification from the government. Especially, an elderly person or a new registrant who hasn't been politically active in the past.

Links to documents below the fold....

It's Decision Time in Texas

My first thought after reading this article in The Washington Post , was that an earthly judgment day, of sorts, is arriving for Tom DeLay. My second thought was that some people in Texas must have awfully thick skulls. Maybe they are just not very bright in DeLay's district, or maybe they just happen to like people who are accused of multiple felonies and under indictment for some of them.
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Teachers Aren't in it for the Money

The Charlotte Observer had a short piece in Sunday's paper giving a few details from a survey of 500 CMS teachers. The survey confirms what most of us who have been involved in the schools could have told CMS free of charge. I will quote the entire article, because this is sad.

My Letter to the Editor

In response to Bruce Henderson's article, Preserve land sales opposed:

This unprecedented sale of our National Forests has been proposed to close a gap in funding for rural schools. This gap was created by the reduced revenues earned from logging these same forests. At what point does selling off our land base this year assure us of higher logging revenues next year?

Will our government simply continue to sell off our National Forests until there is nothing left? This is a band-aid solution that does not address the long-term needs of our rural schools, but will cause irreparable damage to our National Forests.

The Gutting of Medicaid

Robert started our week with his piece on Medicaid. I thought I would include my take on it to start our weekend.

A program essential to the health, even the survival of many of our most vulnerable citizens has been targeted for massive cuts by the Bush administration and the Republicans in congress. The poor, the elderly and disabled children will be particularly affected by these cuts and in many states are in a more tenuous situation than ever before. These groups may fare a bit better in North Carolina than in other states, but the possibility of a negative impact looms in the future.

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Richard Burr's Rosy Specs See GOP Victories this Fall

The Charlotte Observer is running a piece this morning about the GOP Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner where Senator Richard Burr spoke about the GOP's chances in November. He doesn't think there's a chance for Democrats to take control of the House.

With most congressional districts favoring one party or the other, he said, only 32 House seats are actually competitive. Democrats need a net gain of 15 seats to take control.

"I find it hard to believe Democrats are going to take over the House," said Burr, of Winston-Salem.

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