Miller on White House Aides Who Refuse to Testify

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives General Counsel filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of the House Judiciary Committee to enforce subpoenas issued by the committee seeking information on the U.S. Attorney firings. The defendants in the case are former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten who were cited by the House for contempt of Congress last month. Contrary to federal law, the Department of Justice (DOJ) refused to present the House-passed contempt citations to a grand jury.

“The Bush Administration’s claim of executive privilege goes well beyond any privilege recognized by any court decision,” said Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) who worked closely with House leadership to help pass the contempt resolution.

Do you know where your precinct meeting is being held?

Tonight is the night when all good Democrats gather to organize their precincts, elect officers and select delegates to the (county) state convention. Do you know where your meeting is being held? I know and I've already submitted my volunteer information on the Union County Democratic Party web site and I plan to attend the meeting.

You have small children? Fine, take them with you. Pack them some snacks and toys - enough to last for half an hour. It's never too early for them to participate in the Democratic Party. No, they do not count toward the quorum. hehe

The meeting times are during dinner? I can think of no better time to get takeout. I love it when I don't have to fix dinner, don't you? How nice of the NCDP to arrange this for us.

Patrick McHenry's Staffer pleads Guilty to DUI then runs Gaston GOP Convention

Gaston County GOP must want Congressional candidate Lance Sigmon to go away in a big way. I've never heard of county conventions being run by either campaign or district staff of a Congressman, particularly the year of a contested election.

And it looks like Pat McHorny doesn't care too much about conflicts of interest, potential or otherwise. To push his DUI staffer on a local party makes it clear he simply has way too much to hide.

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Neal reaches out during N.C. precinct meetings

jimnealcapsmallCHAPEL HILL, N.C./ -- On Tuesday, March 11, tens of thousands of North Carolinians will head to their local precinct meetings to elect delegates to county conventions. The meetings are the beginning of the long trek to the state convention, the national convention and for choosing delegates to represent Democrats at both.

For Senate candidate Jim Neal, the meetings also represent a chance to reach out to more than 20,000 highly involved and attuned Democratic Party activists and likely primary voters. He has sent campaign materials for every meeting - bumper stickers and buttons - to distribute to local activists, along with a letter thanking attendees for their civic involvement.Neal’s campaign has also called and talked personally with 1,200 precinct chairs across the state.

On morality and mercenaries: Who will lead?

With Congress poised to do exactly nothing to outlaw our government's use of mercenaries in time of war, it may very well fall to the states to take the lead. Which is why I'm calling your attention to what the State of Illinois is considering: new legislation to shut down the ability of mercenaries to operate inside its state borders.


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