The high cost of cheap food

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The honorables in Raleigh are hard at work this week, sweating like field workers to do the people's business. In what some might call a legislative breakthrough, they are pulling out the stops to give migrant laborers all the comforts of home as they work to pick the food you and I eat every day.

A bill making its way through the legislature would begin to change some of the state's farmworker housing standards. The bill, which has the support of farm groups and advocates for workers, would add new housing inspectors and force more checks at problem farms, while requiring fewer checks at farms that consistently exceed standards.

The only change in what farmers must provide: every worker would be the guarantee of a mattress.

John Locke would be crying




John Hood, Stage Manager at the Art Pope Puppetshow, today reports on a poll conducted by Harris (a reputable organization) for the Tax Foundation (a close-cousin to the Puppetshow) which underscores how ignorant Americans are when it comes to understanding the nature of taxes and the cost of government. Naturally, Hood is all over the conclusions, arguing that the conventional wisdom of the "common man" should prevail in establishing fiscal policy.

I wonder if Hood also agrees that the wisdom of the "common man" should prevail in the teaching of science and related public policy? A Gallup Poll released today shows that 7 out of 10 Republicans do not "believe" in evolution, with fully 66% of all Americans saying that god created humans in their current form in one fell swoop less than 10,000 years ago.

Dole fully confident in Gonzales

Revealing her partisan allegiances, Elizabeth Dole today voted against a no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales even though Gonzales is directly responsible for the mismanagement and politicization of the Justice Department.

Over the past few months, an increasing number of bipartisan calls have been made for Gonzales to resign because of his incompetent leadership as the nation’s Attorney General.

A good day

It's a good thing I'm not a shutter-bug, otherwise I'd be posting a host of cheesy photos from our Larry Kissell fundraiser yesterday. With the help of Jack Sanders and the Orange County Democratic Party, we had a fabulous turn-out of folks who wanted to meet Larry and his wonderful wife, Tina. By my count there were roughly 75 people in attendance, and many more sent checks but were unable to make the event.

With strong across-town competition from the John Edwards party, we had plenty of interesting guests to celebrate and gossip with. Details below the fold.

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