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Another Quayle Takes Flight

It's not just the John Cusack movie "Hot Tub Time Machine" that is causing flashbacks to the 1980s. It is also a Congressional race in Arizona.

Just when you thought Election 2010 couldn't get any weirder, guess whose son wants to be in Congress?

Yep, former Vice President Dan Quayle's.

It's not weird that a son wants to follow in his Dad's footsteps. Nothing wrong with that at all. Happens all the time and is noble, even endearing.

However, what's weird - scary, even - is how this guy is trying to do it and what he brings to the debate. Is this truly the best and brightest of Arizona? Is the GOP in this fellow's district so bereft of talent in its farm team that they are seriously considering this guy?

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin: Fraud Fighter and Capeless Crusader

Fighting insurance crime doesn't require a cape and secret identity in North Carolina.

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and his stellar team of sworn law enforcement officers in the Department of Insurance have cracked down on insurance fraud with a vengeance.

Note the reports linked here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. This is merely a representative sample from the last two months.

These results are not surprising in light of both the rise in insurance fraud during economic downturns such as now and the lengthy history of fraud fighting that North Carolina's insurance regulator has had over the years: Goodwin's Criminal Investigations Division is the oldest of its kind in the nation, and celebrates 65 years of service this year.

To date in 2010, Goodwin and his expert criminal investigators have seen more than 165 cases successfully closed with more than $5.8 million in restitution and recoveries, 40 criminal convictions and more than 65 arrests. Last year Goodwin's administration recovered approximately $10.2 million in restitution for North Carolina families and businesses.

Goodwin Promotes Long-Term Care Insurance Initiative, Savings for Families and the State

One of Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin's legislative goals in 2010 was North Carolina's recognition of and passage of the special Long-Term Care Partnership initiative, which provides an incentive for individuals to plan ahead for future long-term care and nursing home care needs while preserving and protecting one's savings and estate for the family from Medicaid spend-down requirements. To learn more, go to this link.

Summer Fundraiser in Pinehurst for NC Insurance Commissioner Set for August 5

You are cordially invited to NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin's
2010 Summer Fundraiser in historic Pinehurst, golf capitol of the world!

August 5, 2010
120 St. Mellion's Drive
(Near The National Golf Course)
Pinehurst
6-8 pm
$100/person

Sponsorship level: $250

Contributions are accepted securely online at this link or via www.waynegoodwin.org ... or you may mail your personal check to: The Goodwin Committee, P.O. Box 27841, Raleigh NC 27611.

Even if you're only able to donate $10 or $25, every donation will be greatly appreciated.

Meanwhile, thank you for supporting Wayne's campaign!

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Conservative judicial activists muddy water on public financing provision: Please read link and comment Here

I invite your comments to this Charlotte Observer editorial. (In the interest of full disclosure, I presently serve as President of the NC Center for Voter Education.) I am bothered by the hypocrisy of those who decry judicial activism when one ideology has a majority on the U.S. Supreme Court versus when the ratio is flipped.

What are they smoking in the Eighth Congressional District?!

Well, now you know.

With all the national, statewide, and regional headscratching going on about North Carolina politics, namely in the Eighth Congressional District's 2010 Republican primary runoff election, it should come as no surprise that in Richmond County, the heart of the district, Sheriff deputies have discovered 60,000 marijuana plants.

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season? Insurance Commissioner Goodwin Offers Tips and Warnings


This week is national Hurricane Preparedness Week, and next week marks the beginning of hurricane season, June 1-Nov. 30. That's why Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is reminding North Carolinians to get a head start on disaster preparedness before a storm strikes.

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