Go figure

Gotta love a Republican gubernatorial candidate with a sense of humor. Here's part of an email message I received from Bob Orr this morning. It may not actually be Bob Orr, but it did come from this address rorr@orr2008.com. so I suspect it's the real thing.

Collective Bargaining for State Employees

I just received a forwarded message from District 19 of SEANC that a major step has been taken for labor in North Carolina. They didn't provide a link, but I'll post the title and author.

NC House Panel Approves Bill to Remove Collective Bargaining Ban
Associated Press Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. — A nearly 50-year-old ban on collective bargaining by hundreds of thousands of state and local government employees would be abolished from state law in a bill that cleared a House judiciary committee Tuesday.

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet,

as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” This is the end of Patrick Henry’s speech credited by some with single-handedly delivering the Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. Given in Saint John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia on March 23, 1775, while urging the Legislator to take military action against the encroaching British military forces, it was never found in print till 1817.
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Senate OKs Mental Health Parity

There are still hurdles to overcome, but it looks like the Senate OKed mental heatlh parity (hat-tip to Mark Binker). Of course, the right-wingers were able to get substance abuse thrown out because people should be able to take care of their own vices. Which is why we don't cover emphysema, cirrhosis, and lung cancer.
An earlier story by Binker noted:

The bill does not apply to substance abuse and applies coverage limits to all but nine severe mental illnesses.

Its sponsors argue that the measure will not greatly increase costs for insurers but would save the state money by diverting patients from the publicly funded mental health system.
Mental health advocates liked some parts of the bill, but said the bill doesn't provide full coverage for mental health disorders prevalent in youth but not adults.

Care to know what those conditions are that are not covered?

Dome <3s Bob Orr

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So here I am, reading the Under the Dome blog today, when I come across this out-of-the-blue puff piece on Sponge Bob Orr and his brilliant legal mind. Forget the substance of the article . . . it's really irrelevant. But what IS relevant is this question: Why the hell is the N&O featuring a discussion with Bob Orr on an issue that's totally unrelated to anything happening in the news. And more to the point, did anyone at the Dome use the serendipitous interview to ask this $64,000 question:

Without a full-time job, where the heck is Bob Orr getting the money to run for governor?

It's getting harder and harder to tell N&O reporters from paid Republican campaign staffers.

Strange Bedfellows?

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Everyone remember the news of Patty McHenry co-habitating with a bunch of boys, at least one of whom stands accused of election fraud? Well, now there's news that Bill Graham, Republican candidate for North Carolina governor, has the fraudster on his own campaign payroll.

Michael Aaron Lay, the former campaign worker for Rep. Patrick McHenry who was indicted on two counts of election fraud, appeared in court Monday. Lay's arraignment in Gaston County Superior Court was continued to Aug. 6 to give his attorney, Thom Goolsby, time to review the prosecution's files on the case, which he received Monday, Goolsby said.


Lay, who graduated from the University of Tennessee law school in May, is living in Raleigh and working on Bill Graham's gubernatorial campaign.

What is it with these guys? Is the North Carolina Republican Party so devoid of talent that every campaign has to rely on the same small circle of crooks to support their candidates?

Dear Jerry

Dear Jerry Meek.

I'm sorry. I owe you a big apology, and this is it.

Last week I criticized your comments in a report about the possibility of Rick Glazier challenging Larry Kissell in an NC-8 primary. Whether my criticism was valid or not, the post spun out of control. You were attacked unfairly by people who should be (and are) your friends. That was wrong.

I can't imagine all the challenges you have to deal with in your role as the Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party. Between the steady stream of bad news coming from the Legislature, the warring factions within the Party, and the incessant attacks from Art Pope's Puppet Brigade, you have your hands full - and the last thing you need is a bunch of crap from BlueNC.

I'm sorry it happened and I hope you will forgive me for my role in starting the frenzy. You are doing a great job and I, for one, am here to support you in any way I can.


James Protzman

PS. This is my personal message to Jerry. I have disabled comments because I don't want to have my apology turn into another debate. Anyone is welcome to write their own post, of course, and say whatever they wish.


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