Workers Bring Smithfield to the Table

-- I'm front-paging this because it concerns Unions in North Carolina, a subject we should discuss more. (RP)

This email popped up in my box, thought it might be of general interest:

The Justice@Smithfield Campaign in support of the workers at Smithfield Foods' Tar Heel plant has already seen remarkable results. The company's pork products have been pulled from shelves of many supermarkets, presidential candidates have made the workers' plight an issue on the campaign trail, national churches and cities have passed support resolutions, and a major network of faith, civil rights, and labor organizations has been formed to speak out on behalf of justice at Smithfield. Those of you who were able to join us last month at the company's annual shareholders meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia witnessed the power of this network when it joins with workers from the plant.

NC-6 Heats Up + Patty Gets Flanked On the Right

Hat tip to the Dome:

CQ Politics is reporting some action in NC-6.

Twelve-term Republican Rep. Howard Coble has drawn what appears to be a long-shot challenge from Democrat Johnny J. Carter. Carter’s FEC filing indicates he is general manager at Williams Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning in Greensboro, N.C., and has seeded his campaign with $5,000. Coble, who had $626,000 in his campaign account as of July 1, has won his past two elections with more than 70 percent of the vote.

Printelect Update

Following last week's post, Voting Vendor Lacks Paper Trail, and the subsequent dust-up I have continued with the search for information about Printelect.

Yesterday I received the following communication from the Craven County Register of Deeds where Printelect is headquartered.

That assumed name was filed on 9/19/2007 in Book 2648 page 440.

Thank you Printelect for crossing the "t", and dotting the "i", providing an additional level of assurance for North Carolina voters that their votes are in good hands.
 

Is that any way to treat a lady?

The Wilmington Star-News has a great editorial this morning that reads in part:

Beverly Perdue, a simple maid from the mountains whose modesty and virtue propelled her to the dizzy heights of the lieutenant governor's office, has been shocked to learn that a top aide to Treasurer Richard Moore used a state computer and a false name to ask for information, apparently in hopes of embarrassing her somehow.

Puppetmaster to NCSU: It's my money and I'll buy what I want to

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Two pieces of juicy news about the Puppetmaster and NC State:

The Pope Foundation has apparently turned down a piece-of-crap proposal submitted by four College of Humanities and Social Sciences departments at NC State. The proposal asked for $1.88 million - a small sum for which the four departments would sell their souls and become whatever Puppetmaster Pope wanted. All the details aren't in yet, but it seems that even the Pope Foundation has some standards. According to insiders, the proposal was hastily thrown together, generally sloppy, and mostly incoherent.

Secondly, the Puppetmaster has recently given a boatload of money to a new "center" at NC State which will be designed to help right-wing donors demand and get more for their money. Long frustrated by the fact that, left to their own devices, faculty lean in the direction of critical thinking, Art Pope has decided that the best way to tilt things to the right is to buy the influence he wants the old fashioned way.

And what better place to prove the concept than at NC State, where apparently even department heads will dance to whatever tune the Puppetmaster plays.

Earlier coverage of the Puppetmaster & NC State available here.

Open thread

I found this little tidbit on the Charlotte Observer website, where one of the minor Puppet bloggers weighs in on the transit debate in the Queen City.

Jeff Taylor, chief blogger at The Meck Deck, criticized the Charlotte Area Transit System's plan as too expensive and doing little to solve congestion. He said it was a "land-use plan masquerading as a transportation plan."

Only an anti-planning zealot from the Puppetshow would even begin to think that a transportation plan could be effective without concomitant land-use planning. But then again, we're talking about the kind of people who say building more roads is a way to improve the environment.

Liddy <3s the OLF

I don't give Liddy Dole much credit for being the sharpest knife in the drawer, but her recent statement on new OLF discussions shows just how out of touch she really is:

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The new slate of proposed sites for a jet practice landing field in eastern North Carolina is good news. That's according to Senator Elizabeth Dole, who says it's a positive step. But she says the new list won't help unless the Navy and state officials can cooperate.

The Republican says the site needs to be comfortable and backed by the people of North Carolina.

The site needs to be comfortable? Yeah, right. That' exactly the feeling folks in northeast North Carolina will get when they sit back in their La-Z-Boy recliners and listen to bone-shattering jets screaming through the sky behind their homes.

Richard Moore and Health Care

I'm glad to see that Richard Moore has put out a Health Care Plan - but I find it lacking. His "bold step" is to insure all children. That's great and all, but it is very 2004. If you want to make a change that would have a positive effect - insure everyone. Everyone. As I read more about his stance on the issues, I can't help thinking that it there is one word I WOULD NEVER use to describe it - bold. More after the vid, after the break.

p.s What plan? I can't find any "plan".

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