Friday, April 19, 2013 - 1:19pm

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight is out with new figures on how conservative the nation's 30 Republican governors are. They reveal something staggering--Pat McCrory is the ninth most conservative governor in the nation. In fact, he's to the right of the likes of Sam Brownback, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Jan Brewer, Rick Scott and Nikki Haley. When you're to the right of that crew, that takes a lot of effort.

The state Democratic Party immediately pounced on this with a release declaring that McCrory's self-designation as an "Eisenhower Republican" is an elaborate sham. As the release points out, McCrory has signed into law measures that gut unemployment insurance and let the earned income tax credit expire.

Pat McCrory
Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 4:22pm

You may remember that back during the Amendment One fight, Sean Harris, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, suggested in a sermon that if a child displayed gay tendencies, one way to deal with them was to "give him a good punch." The video went viral, and Harris was ultimately forced to issue a retraction. But three months later, the video is still available on Berean's official YouTube channel. See for yourself.

Fortunately something can be done. The church also operates a Christian school, Berean Baptist Academy. Tell the Division of Non-Public Education to investigate that school.

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 9:17am

Late Wednesday, the state house passed a bill that essentially guts the Racial Justice Act. This monstrosity passed with a 72-47 margin after five conservative Democrats defected--enough to override a veto. Apparently the Democrats were assured by provisions that supposedly protect against racial bias, even though the proposed bill would make it all but impossible to use the kind of statistical evidence that allowed Marcus Robinson to get his sentence commuted to life earlier this year.

The bill now goes to the state senate, which passed a similar repeal attempt last fall by a veto-proof margin. But there's still time to head this off at the pass. Tell the state senate to let the Racial Justice Act stand.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 9:56am

Sean Harris, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, used his Sunday sermon to urge his flock to vote for Amendment One. But as he closed, he went off the deep end, giving the parents in his flock "special dispensation" to give their kids "a good punch" if they appear to be acting gay. Watch the whole thing here.

Apparently Harris knows he stepped in it, because now he's saying it was only a joke. No, Pastor. Child abuse is NEVER a joking matter. Tell Harris he needs to apologize.

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 3:30pm

Earlier this morning, Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks issued a potentially landmark ruling in the first-ever appeal of a death sentence under the Racial Justice Act. Weeks ruled that prosecutors in Cumberland County deliberately kept blacks off the jury in Robinson's 1994 trial.

Robinson relied heavily on a study by Michigan State that found a 20-year pattern of blacks being excluded from juries more than potential jurors of other races. Specific to his case, blacks were excluded 3.5 times more than whites.

Read Weeks' ruling here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 5:13pm

Earlier this month, Carolina claimed that the seven stations that air both Tar Heel sports and Rush Limbaugh are not its problem. Well, earlier today, at least in part in response to 1,100 people telling him that Rush was indeed their problem, school officials told Raleigh's WRDU and Greensboro's WPTI not to reference the school or the Tar Heel Sports Network during Limbaugh's show. The two stations, which still (crassly) promote themselves as "Rush Radio," also will not be allowed to promote Limbaugh during Carolina football and basketball broadcasts. It's a start, but it doesn't go far enough.

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 10:37am

cross-posted at dKos

As many of you know, I'm trying to get my alma mater, the University of North Carolina, to tell the seven stations in its sports radio network that also carry Rush Limbaugh that they need to take their pick--keep their affiliation with Rush or keep their affiliation with Tar Heel football and basketball. They can't have both. And Rush's sorry attempt at an apology only proves it.

I'm as big a Tar Heel fan as I am a Democrat--and not just because I'm also a graduate (class of '00). So you'll have to pardon me if I'm a little confused about something. In what world can the owner of one of the strongest brands in college athletics allow a station to trade on said brand when said station airs a guy who not only thinks it's okay to call a woman a "slut" and a "prostitute," but then fobs it off as an attempt at humor gone awry?

Friday, March 2, 2012 - 11:17pm

As of tonight, Rush Limbaugh has already lost six national advertisers. But where it will really hurt is if any stations have the guts to drop his show.

Here's a list of his North Carolina affiliates. The big three are WBT in Charlotte, WRDU in Raleigh and WPTI in the Triad.

Pester them. Now.

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Friday, September 30, 2011 - 10:35pm

The lies just keep piling up for State Senate Deputy President Pro Tem James Forrester. We already knew his claims to be a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and an associate fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association were false. If those weren't enough reason to demand Forrester's resignation, WRAL's Laura Leslie dug up something today that practically screams for him to go.

Forrester's campaign website also says he is a member of the American Medical Association. An AMA spokesperson says Forrester is not currently a member of the group.

Forrester claims the errors were inadvertent. I'd find that a little easier to believe if the claims weren't STILL on his campaign Website as of now (10:32 pm Eastern).

Friday, August 19, 2011 - 2:49pm

Late yesterday, Elizabeth Warren formed an exploratory committee for a Senate run in 2012. Suffice to say that one of the fastest ways to get voters to the polls would be to show video of Patrick McHenry's disgraceful treatment of her back in May.

Hope you're proud of yourself, Congressman. You just might be responsible for keeping the Senate in Democratic hands.