Open Thread: Morning Ex

Via the ex files:

Interesting look at the revenue implications—seriously fudged as they are—of the decline of the minibottle in South Carolina. The switch to free pour 1.5 ounce shots rather than the 1.7 ounce bottle may—may—be leading to a drop in revenue. It's also making bar owners happy and causing patrons to speculate about the strength of their drinks. Dude, if you can taste the difference between 1.5 ounces of Jack in your Jack and Coke and 1.7 ounces, then you are some pro barfly.
I once wrote an essay about the implications of the 10-ounce beer, which was test marketed in New Orleans when I was living there in the mid-80s. The can was slightly smaller—kinda like playing a 3/4 scale guitar. It really did feel unnatural when you went to pick it up. The main point of my irritation, though, was that the reduction in beer turned a six-pack into a five-pack, which I declared un-American. We won that battle, by golly.
(clears throat)

In other news:

Capital Beat takes a look ahead
• Black watch: Greg Flynn has a take on the speaker race and the capital rumor mill on the fate of Jim Black
• New lobby laws kick in. Can't wait to start publishing those reports.
• NC's Minimum Wage rises to $6.15 an hour.
• Don't know 'bout y'all, but I heard the phrase McCain Doctrine on Saturday in Chapel Hill
• Speaking of the rally, I have to say the Edwards folks didn't do the fastest job of cleaning up after themselves. The new neighbors sure bring a lot of excitement, but they need to sweep up the confetti.

Also, the N&O has done its first podcast—Dave Menconi on his top records of 2006. It's a interesting first attempt, mostly Dave explaining his choices and short clips. I would have like to have seen the album covers and links to full versions of the songs or longer clips so I could click around while he's narrating.

(Note: I'm probably not going to cross post every Morning Post I do at Exile on Jones Street, but if there's a good bit of state news I will. If you have any thoughts on this as I settle in here let me know.)

Comments

McCain Doctrine

Of all the political turns of phrase I've heard lately, this is the best of the bunch. I think it's flat-out brilliant. Whether Edwards becomes the Democratic standard bearer or not, the McCain Doctrine of escalation is already tattooed on the old guy's forehead.

Deployment

Now the neo-cons are saying what they really mean by "surge". The AEI, one of the originators of the "surge" in a new Op-Ed redefined it as an 18 month minimum deployment.

The only "surge" option that makes sense is both long and large.

Clue Number 1: Northern Ireland.

And where is the rationale for for going for an Iraq strategy to a Baghdad strategy? Lowered expectations? Smart military commanders had been talking about longer deployments as part of an effective political solution throughout Iraq, not as a military solution for Baghdad alone. Maybe they want to leave with a big crescendo like the end of a fireworks display and have it all on cameras panning and zooming from hotel rooms in the Green Zone.

Under the new lobby laws,

Lobbyists, for example, can still pick up meals, travel and entertainment expenses that are part of educational conferences.

Are "Educational conferences" specifically defined somewhere, or is it one of those 'wink,wink' type of classifications?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Definitions

With the right attorney I'm sure you could define a "lap dance" as an "educational conference" as long as it's in the context of a "legislative body".

oh my Lord



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Morning Ex

I love the idea of this kind of round-up . . . for a couple of reasons.

First, it lets us know what you're paying attention to and what you're not. Over time, that will help us all divide and conquer more efficiently.

Second, this seems like a convenient way to manage "open threads." It often useful to have an open thread in place so people can drop in tidbits or rumors without having to crank up a whole entry.

For example, I learned this morning that Roy Cooper will be able to coast to victory in the 2008 AG race because his Party of Greed opponent will be this guy.

Mr. Back-Cover-of-Every-Phone-Book

has actually been running for AG for more than a year. In fact, he may have started soon after he lost the Republican primary for state senator here in Randolph County in 2002. He and the 3 other R candidates spent about $300K in that primary. As the lone D, I blew my $12K bankroll in the general election, to no avail... But at least that little loss didn't deter Bobby from bigger and better things.
Why do Rs try to paint Edwards as an ambulance chaser when the poster boy is one of their own?

Thanks, Mac.

Yeah, the irony of "ambulance chasing" is almost too much to take. Between Mr. Phone Book and Bill Graham, it looks like the Party of Greed is betting the farm on trial lawyers in 2008.

That won't stop them from slamming Edwards, because, you know, he's a librul trial lawyer, not a cheatin', lyin' reactionary trial lawyer.

<snicker>

How funny! He looks better than Elizabeth, though.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

YUCK! That's "Smooth and Sexy"?

Everytime I see him all I can think of is that he has E.D.(and I don't mean Elizabeth Dole!)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Causal relationship?



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hahahahah

that is incredibly mean spirited.

whats it tell you about me that i laughed....

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"Keep the Faith"

Mean-spirited

or honest....just depends on how you look at it. :)

You laughed, so that tells me you are either incredibly bright or easily entertained....not sure which.

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hmm

can i be both? pretty please with a cherry on top.

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"Keep the Faith"

Suture self

n/t

I knew you would go there.

That's really between him and Elizabeth. But now that you've brought the subject up (so to speak), perhaps with all that surgery they've both had, there has been a resolution to that particular issue as well. :-D.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Happy

If you were Elizabeth, wouldn't you be glad he had ED?

Lovex7

Lesser of the two evils

Bob or Elizabeth

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aaahhhh!

please stop ... I can't breathe ... and my sense of humor is regressing at an incredibly disturbing rate.

LOL :)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

nice

that wins the thread i think.

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"Keep the Faith"

excellent point

n/t

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

Sharing Committee Chairmanships?

Today the N&O ran an editorial about the changes and reforms they'd like to see in the North Carolina legislature. Included in all of that was the following curious paragraph...

A pledge of bipartisanship could help -- perhaps the sharing of committee chairs. And what about public financing of campaigns? That's the real key to true change, to restoring a larger voice for the citizens in the legislative process. If the new speaker led the way, Basnight and his colleagues would themselves have to consider joining the "movement."

I'll admit that public financing of elections does have its charms, though in North Carolina it would work to the obvious detriment of the Democratic Party. However, sharing committee chairs? Where is the N&O coming from on that one?

I'm 56 years old. I moved to North Carolina five years ago. The previous twenty-five years I spent as a resident of Chicago's north shore and before that Wisconsin, Utah and California. I live in Moore County. My Congressman is Howard Coble, my State Sen

Where the N&O is coming from

perhaps?

I don't get it either George. Sounds like they're throwing ___ against the wall to see what might stick.

Fortunately, the N&O editorial page has made itself all but irrelevant in today's political environment. Few people really care very much about what Steve Ford and his crew have to say about anything. After years of namby-pamby wishy-washiness, they've lost the ability to influence debate and policy in any meaningful way.

Mel Watt Chairs Subcommittee

This in the Charlotte Observer..

U.S. Rep. Mel Watt will have a new role when the new Congress reconvenes Thursday.

The Charlotte Democrat will chair the oversight subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee. In that role, he'll oversee any investigations involving the banking or financial services industries.

That's got to make Mel Watt important to the bankers over in Charlotte. Last year he collected a rather paltry $498,000 in total contributions (by comparison, Robin Hayes collected $2,421,183.)

The American Bankers Association gave Watt $8,000 and The Bank of America contributed $4,500 towards Watt's re-election. Those were the only two financial services contributors among his 19 largest donors.

Do you suppose they might be more generous next time around?

I'm 56 years old. I moved to North Carolina five years ago. The previous twenty-five years I spent as a resident of Chicago's north shore and before that Wisconsin, Utah and California. I live in Moore County. My Congressman is Howard Coble, my State Sen

is this?

the subcom in charge of pay day lending? if so, can we get mel on board with putting a crimp in those criminals quickly?

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"Keep the Faith"

Congressman Watt

isn't a very active fund-raiser. I like that about him. He isn't someone who trifles. I don't have time this morning to go into detail, but after conversations with him, I have a deep respect for him. He takes very seriously the people's business. I would have a hard time believing this man is easily corrupted. That being said.....I love the fact the banks/financial institutions will be courting him. He works hard and I'm sure will like having a war chest. He's the type of man who would use any new-found political wealth to help other minority candidates get a start. That's a very good thing in my book.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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