Weekend Wound Up: NC Policy Watch Edition

Chris Fitzsimon throws a lasso around a crazy week with a great summary of the shenanigans going on in Raleigh. Give it a read.

Quite a week for Follies. The state parses words about killing people, , a prominent Democrat thinks philosophical purity about property rights is more important than staying alive, the Governor’s office thinks getting more poor people to play the lottery is best way to help education, and the Chair of the State Republican Party seems to think that schools are pork barrel projects.

It's good to have our own site up and running smoothly again.


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Kos Diary Link

I felt like posting one legit diary inbetween all of the weekend fundraising appeals.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Compared to five DC legislators from NC, Shuler impresses

Nice LTE in the AC-T about Shuler from a 11th District resident, Dale Boyer, who traveled to DC to discuss a staffing crisis for traffic controllers.

Here's the gist:

During my trip to the nation’s capital, I met with four of our state’s congressmen and with the staff of both senators.
. . .
He made us feel comfortable, was attentive, asked questions and was eager to help. He showed none of the haughtiness or evasiveness that politicians so often display. I left his office convinced of his genuine concern and support.
. . .
Of those six meetings, only his left me with that feeling. Some have expressed concern over what kind of public servant Heath Shuler will be. I’m proud to report that Congressman Shuler cares about Western North Carolina and the people who live here. He has definitely earned my vote.

Pretty cool, eh? to think we helped this kind of thing happen. I wonder about the party affiliation of the other three congressmen . . .
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the drama.

Veeeery nice

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

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I saw that.

Not exactly the kind of guy I'd want negotiating with a hostile Congress.

Down 6 Points in One Fell Swoop -

Way to go, Senator Obama.

I don't care what you said 4 years ago - I care about what you say now.

"In the interview, Obama pointed to a speech he gave five months before the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003."
"If the president vetoes this, the American people have to continue to put pressure on their representatives so that at some point we may be able to get a veto-proof majority ..."

Let him veto it! Then the failure is completely and obviously his and his alone. Keep putting pressure on representatives? What the sam hill do you think we've been doing and aren't you one of them?

tippy toe tap dancing...lalala...I'm disgusted.

the "best" part

is all the obama people trying to claim that kos got duped, that the media misquoted him, comparing this to Kerry's quotes on Iraq...

The fact is that Obama said in no uncertain terms that he expects the house and senate to cave and give the president whatever he wants. Trying to defend this is just as absurd as me defending Edwards for his mistake on the Iraq war and for his vote on the "Patriot Act". There are some things you just cant defend.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition

"Keep the Faith"