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(The tubes are s-l-o-w today. I'll add some more links in the comments.)
The key thing to remember about Michael Decker selling his vote is that it wasn't just a vote for a bill, but a vote that determined control of the House and the upper hand in redistricting. It makes the actions yesterday of Judge Dever a little more clear.

Meanwhile, let's think happy thoughts:
• The National Weather Service has a new experimental site on the Carolina Coast.
• Davidson County may only have to pay $1.6 million for 181 jobs. Hooray!

• Lots of stuff to read in the new Elon poll:

Forty-four percent of respondents said they believe public education in North Carolina has gotten off on the wrong track, compared with 42 percent who believe public schools are going in the right direction. Fourteen percent said they didn’t know.

The poll also surveyed residents about their preparation for the upcoming hurricane season, which officially begins June 1. Sixty-five percent of residents said they have not done anything to prepare for hurricane season, while 29 percent said they have made preparations. . . .

Twenty-eight percent approve or strongly approve of the way Bush is handling the war in Iraq, down from 38 percent in the September 2006 Elon Poll. In this latest poll, 70 percent disapprove or strongly disapprove of Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq.

Special for you CitJo folks:
• Distributive journalism: Care to plow through the recent Docudump with TPM?
• Ed on the recent dustup over email interviews.


From that N&O story on

From that N&O story on Decker:

"Decker changed the face of politics in North Carolina for 10 years, until the next redistricting," said one of those lawmakers, former Rep. Frank Mitchell, an Iredell County Republican. "That's how long it's going to take, because he gave the majority away to a group that had not earned it."

That's how I feel about the election fraud and the Supreme Court decision to install King George. Only instead of a problem with small time corruption in Raleigh, the whole damn world is going to hell because of it.

Republicans in North Carolina seem to think they have no responsibility for the disastrous presidency of George Bush. They want to divorce their state activities from the global meltdown their party has created at the federal level. They stand silent . . . which means they are complicit.

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the whole damn world is going to hell because of it.* A

Relax and do what kmr said today! Think postive about suprises in the GOP leadership once more

The director and chairman of Eli Lilly and Co., the Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company just got "blown" out of the Senior Citizen Bush Republican Club today.

Bush official resigns over escort links


Randall Tobias, Ambassador and Acting Administrator of U.S. AID, speaks with reporters at the Stockholm Conference for Lebanon's Early Recovery in Stockholm in this Aug. 31, 2006 Tobias, resigned Friday, citing personal reasons.

WASHINGTON (AP) Randall Tobias, head of the Bush administration's foreign aid programs, abruptly resigned Friday after his name surfaced in an investigation into a high-priced call-girl ring, said two people in a position to know the circumstances of his departure.

It was Tobias' own decision to resign, according to one of the people, who said the issue came up only in the past day or so. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way.

Tobias submitted his resignation a day after he was interviewed by ABC News for an upcoming program about an alleged prostitution service run by the so-called D.C. Madam.

ABC reported on its Web site late Friday that Tobias confirmed that he had called the Pamela Martin and Associates escort service to have women come to his condo and give him massages. More recently, Tobias told the network, he has been using a service with Central American women.

Tobias, 65, who is married, told ABC News there had been "no sex" during the women's visits to his condo. His name was on a list of clients given to ABC by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who owns the escort service and has been charged with running a prostitution ring in the nation's capital.

U.S. officials would not confirm the information. A message left on Tobias' voice mail seeking comment was not returned.

Friday evening, the State Department put out a statement announcing Tobias' resignation, saying he "informed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today that he must step down as Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator effective immediately."

"He is returning to private life for personal reasons," the statement said.

Tobias held two titles: director of U.S. foreign assistance and administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development. His rank was equivalent to deputy secretary of state.

Rice named Tobias to head the two programs in January 2006, and on Wednesday was at the White House, where President Bush praised his efforts coordinating global AIDS relief. Tobias had been the White House's coordinator for global AIDS relief before taking the USAID post.

On Wednesday, Tobias attended a luncheon at the State Department with Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes and actress Angelina Jolie, who was in Washington pushing for more U.S. education aid for developing countries.

Before joining the administration, Tobias was a director and chairman of Eli Lilly and Co., the Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company.

"The lives saved and made better around the globe by Randy's work at the State Department constitute a rich legacy on which he can look back with justifiable pride," department spokesman Sean McCormack said Friday.

Tobias was the second public figure identified as a customer of Palfrey's service. Palfrey recently made good on her threat to identify high-profile clients, listing in court documents a military strategist known for his "shock and awe" combat theories.

Palfrey, 50, was indicted in March by a federal grand jury on charges of running the alleged call-girl ring from her home in Vallejo, Calif. She has denied the escort service engaged in prostitution.

Palfrey claimed she has 46 pounds of phone records involving clients. Efforts to reach her late Friday were unsuccessful. Montgomery Blair Sibley, an attorney who represents Palfrey in non-criminal cases, declined to comment.

In court records, prosecutors estimate that her business, Pamela Martin and Associates, generated more than $2 million in revenue over 13 years, with more than 130 women employed at various times to serve thousands of clients at $200 to $300 a session.

Palfrey had threatened to sell phone records that would identify 10,000 clients to pay for her criminal defense, but a federal judge ordered her not to release them. Palfrey, however, gave them to ABC News before the order took effect.

Prosecutors have accused Palfrey of trying to intimidate potential witnesses by exposing them publicly.
High Times Story

A Republican high prevert official in the Bush State Department quit his job today after it was revealed he was paying for superior AIDs service at his home. A source close to the story said simply it was a vast misunderstanding about the cost of the service and the charge on his Credit Card for 100,000 thousand dollars for professional services to the United States Government and the Senior Citizen Republican Men's Club of Washington D.C.

A Spokenperson for the Bush WhiteHouse said that the President's AMEX Government Credit Card show no unusual transactions for professional services, except for some sexual pleasure toys order from the DC Cheney Halliburton Blackwater Waterboard Corporation.