"Card Check" "Save Our Ballot" Burr Hypocrisy and the Return of Rovian Politics in NC


Yesterday, an Art Pope funded corporate shill group called Americans for Prosperity, that once claimed raising the minimum wage would actually hurt American workers, gave Richard Burr, a man who has made a career out of shortchanging American workers, an award “In Defense of the American Worker.”

Just typing that sentence almost made my head explode. But it gets worse.

GOP gearing up to take on Kissell

I've seen some funny things in politics over the past couple of years, but this one is jaw-dropping hilarious.

John Snyder, the state's youngest district attorney, is considering challenging Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell next year. Snyder said he has been talking to Republicans around the district about running for the 8th congressional district seat, Rob Christensen reports. He said he plans to make up his mind over the next 30 to 45 days.

Snyder says he won't run if Robin Hayes signs up for rematch, but that isn't going to happen. Hayes may be incompetent and out of touch, but he's not stupid. No way he'll go into battle again with Larry Kissell.

Smithfield Closing Elon Plant, Five Others

If the building looks like it's been around for a while, that's because it has. Before it was purchased by Smithfield in 2001, this was the original Stadler's Country Ham facility built back in 1955. I'm sure many reading this have eaten said ham, but you probably have no idea how connected our community is (was) to this business. But by the end of the Summer, that connection will be forever severed.

Citing issues such as a drop in sales and high grain prices associated with food-based ethanol, Smithfield Foods is "restructuring":

Here's a rundown of the affected plants:

The Smithfield Packing Co. South facility in Smithfield, Va., is slated to close in December. Of 1,375 employees, 1,035 will be offered transfers.

Rep. Larry Kissell At Union County Chamber: Buy American was Bi-partisan Effort

Rep. Larry Kissell was the headliner today at the Union County Chamber of Commerce Freshman Forum. Business leaders and Chamber members gathered to hear the congressman speak about his first month in Washington and to ask questions about the stimulus bill that President Obama signed into law today.

Before taking questions Larry discussed the Kissell Amendment. He stressed that the legislation can be expanded to other agencies in the future and that it is trade compliant. He also said that he had heard from others that the "Buy American" amendments were upsetting people in other countries. Larry's reponse:

I represent the people of the 8th Dstrict of North Carolina in the United States of America. So that's my job.

In other words, his responsibility is to us.

SEANC Leaders Undermine Diversity, Schools

Last week the NAACP celebrated its 100 year anniversary. Saturday the NAACP of NC and partners led thousands in the 3rd annual “Historic Thousands on Jones Street”, the HKonJ rally in Raleigh to support a 14 point People’s Agenda for better schools and health care, equal justice, affordable housing, worker fairness, voting rights, environmental justice, and more. Point #1 advocates that “All Children Need High Quality, Well Funded, Diverse Schools”. Point #11 calls for “Collective Bargaining for Public Employees and Support Smithfield Workers Right to Unionize.”

The NAACP of NC and 12 local branches have signed on to support the NC Hope Coalition in calling for the repeal of the ban in GS 95-98 on collective bargaining by public employees. The Coalition has a core of 11 labor groups including the SEANC, SEIU and NCAE and was an important element of the HKonJ rally. Some marchers wore yellow gags with the words “Repeal 95-98”. Just Monday the NAACP again showed its support for NC unions by awarding Richard Burr, Howard Coble and Americans for Prosperity a “Hypocrisy Award” for the misleading "Defense of the American Worker" campaign which opposes the "card check" bill. Just yesterday the NAACP of NC again expressed support for the “Employee Free Choice Act” even as conservative patron Art Pope stood with Richard Burr to oppose it.

So it comes as some surprise that the Executive Director of SEANC, Dana Cope, and the Legislative Director of SEANC, Ardis Watkins, have together taken steps to undermine the school diversity policy in effect in Wake County and to give succor to opponents of public education and in some cases, collective bargaining.


The Dome is reporting that an NC State economist doesn't think the stimulus plan will deliver the goods for North Carolina. The economist happens to be one of the NC State faculty who regularly support the agenda of the market extremists at the John Locke Foundation. The article says it all depends on what multiplier you use on spending. Ya think?

Womble Carlyle Gains Direct Access to Governor's Mansion

Governor Beverly Perdue's son, Garrett, has landed a plumb job lobbying for Womble Carlyle. Yes, that Womble Carlyle. They, of course, act like there's nothing to see here and we should just move along.

"While he'll have an office in Raleigh and will be working with Gov. Hunt, he won't be doing any lobbying in Raleigh," said Russell Thomas, a spokesman for the law firm.

Yeah, well, I have a question for you, Russell. How many (almost) fresh out of law school lobbyists do you hire? Since graduating law school at UNC in 2004 Garrett has worked briefly as an associate at Womble Carlyle, for two years with a commercial real estate firm and then full time campaigning for dear old mum. He also did a stint as a defendant in a law suit. I'll give it to the guy. He sure does know how to pack a lot of "experience" into a few short years.

Rowan County Democrats vs. Wyoming Republicans

Quick, which is more cowardly and bigoted? Democratic Rowan County Commissioners or Republicans in the Wyoming House of Representatives?

If you thought blue state North Carolina Democrats had one up on Dick Cheney's home state Wyoming red-red-red Republicans, you'd be wrong.

Last night, the Rowan County Commission voted for a meaningless resolution concerning writing discrimination into the state constitution via a so-called marriage amendment.

Reading the link, you'll note that the cowardly Democrats on the county commission voted for this toothless nonsense. You might ask where was the resolution about divorce, or funding for marriage counseling, or myriad other questions.

I'm asking why North Carolina Democratic County Commissioners don't have the same level of sense as Wyoming Republicans.

Congressional Delegation Activity 2/09 - 2/13/09

U.S. House

Our members of congress were busy with a rush of committee meetings and the push to begin repairing the damage to our economy wrought by the years of Republican mismanagement. They are working in-district this week, so there will not be a roundup this weekend.

Rep. G.K. Butterfield, NC-01

Cosponsored - H.R.985 : To maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media.
Cosponsored - H.R.1002 : To adjust the boundaries of Pisgah National Forest in McDowell County, North Carolina.


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