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Women in Power

North Carolina leads the South in the percentage of female legislators, according to an analysis recently released from the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

With 25 percent of the General Assembly membership comprised of women, North Carolina has the 18th highest percentage of women serving in the Legislature in the country.

The national average is 24.5 percent. Vermont has the highest percentage at 37.8 percent, while South Carolina has the lowest, with 8.8 percent.

Lillian Exum Clement of Buncombe County was the first woman elected to the legislature in 1920, but even as late as 1971, only two legislators were women.

Now, 43 women serve in the General Assembly, up from 39 during the last session.

SIRIUS Satellite Radio doesn't think you're patriotic.

stolen from http://commonsense.ourfuture.org/sirius_satellite_radio_doesnt_think_youre_patriotic
By Rick Perlstein on July 14, 2007 - 7:19pm.

I just was a guest on Mike Feder's show SIRIUS Satellite Radio show and learned something deeply, deeply offensive.

The liberal channel is called "SIRIUS Left."

The conservative channel is called "SIRIUS Patriot."

SIRIUS Satellite Radio doesn't think you're patriotic. This is an obscenity.

SIRIUS's media relations representative for talk radio is Hillary Schupf. Her email is hschupf@siriusradio.com. Her phone number is 212-901-6739. Let's start with her. Share what she says in the comments. This cannot be allowed to stand.

NCDP ANNOUNCES PLATFORM AND RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE SCHEDULE

NCDP ANNOUNCES PLATFORM AND RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE SCHEDULE

The North Carolina Democratic Party announces a series of Platform and Resolutions Committee meetings to be held in July and August across the state.

The purpose of the Platform and Resolutions Committee meetings is to gather input, consider and recommend resolutions.

Eligible for consideration are resolutions that were passed by one or more district conventions and those submitted by a state Party group, the Platform and Resolutions Committee, the state Party chairman, or the public at large.

Democratic Reunion: We Will Make Environment, Energy Independence a Priority

This summer, Democrats in every state will take action in their community to clean up America. If you would like to help plan or attend an event, please contact your local state party or use our online events tool. Stay tuned to this site and your inbox for more information on the Democratic Reunion.

Building on last year’s successful elections and the tremendous enthusiasm in the Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee will hold its 2nd annual “Democratic Reunion” Saturday, July 28, to engage and energize Democrats as we mobilize for the 2008 election.

Sign up: http://www.democrats.org/a/party/a_50_state_strategy/the_democratic_reunion_2007/

As Democrats and Americans, we are dedicated to improving our country both through the choices we make at the ballot box and the ones we make at home. That's why we're dedicating this year's Democratic Reunion to a challenge we can all tackle together: the fight for a cleaner environment and energy independence.

Surgeon-General Silenced

Dr. Richard Carmona, a former surgeon-general who served until 2006, is revealing that Bush administration often silenced him on national health concerns that didn’t flatter the Bush administration. Carmona announced that he wasn’t allowed to speak on stem cells, emergency contraception, sex ed, and that officials tried to water down a report on second-hand smoke.

"Much of the discussion was being driven by theology, ideology, [and] preconceived beliefs that were scientifically incorrect," said Carmona. "I thought, 'This is a perfect example of the surgeon general being able to step forward, educate the American public.' . . . I was blocked at every turn. I was told the decision had already been made -- 'Stand down. Don't talk about it.' That information was removed from my speeches."

Carmona also says he was “discouraged” from attending the Special Olympics because of that organizations ties to a the Kennedys, and that he wasn’t allowed to tout the effectiveness of teaching about condoms as well as sexual abstinence.

Check this Out: League of Pissed Off Voters

Okay so they softened their name, the League of Pissed Off Voters is now the League of Young Voters. Easier to get in the paper if you play nicer.

The League of Young Voters is 20 and 30 somethings who are actively organizing to make politics relevant, fun and meaningful to young people. The League meets young people where they are, works on issues that affect their lives, and provide tools and training to make them viable players and winners in the political game.

Romney Criticized For Hotel Pornography

stolen from street prophets: http://www.streetprophets.com/story/2007/7/7/102955/8993
by pastordan

Okay, so it's not what you think. ABC News reprints an article from AP's Glen Johnson:

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, who rails against the "cesspool" of pornography, is being criticized by social conservatives who argue that he should have tried to halt hardcore hotel movie offerings during his near-decade on the Marriott board.

Two anti-pornography crusaders, as well as two conservative activists of the type Romney is courting, say the distribution of such graphic adult movies runs counter to the family image cultivated by Romney, the Marriotts and their shared Mormon faith.

"Marriott is a major pornographer. And even though he may have fought it, everyone on that board is a hypocrite for presenting themselves as family values when their hotels offer 70 different types of hardcore pornography," said Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values, an anti-pornography group based on Ohio.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a leading conservative group in Washington, said: "They have to assume some responsibility. It's their hotels, it's their television sets."

More below the fold.

Court nixes suit against spying program

I'm editing this to add blockquotes and to say the following. Elections matter, those who vote for Republicans vote to have their phones tapped, their bedrooms invaded, and "privacy" become a joke. - RP

CINCINNATI - A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging President Bush's domestic spying program, saying the plaintiffs had no standing to sue.

Apu for President

Like your Democracy cheap and convenient? Want a candidate that has a world class education, real world experience (20 years in customer service), and isn't yellow?

There's only one answer to the cartoon like rhetoric and laughable accomplishments of the current administration: It's time to outsource our president.

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