Mental Health Parity

mental_health_matters1.gifAs you may know, legislation is pending before the House of Representatives which would require health plans to cover mental health and substance abuse services fairly, using the same coverage practices that they use for general medical care. Tomorrow, on Wednesday, May 2nd, we're asking everyone to help support the “Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act". This legislation is long overdue, as it would help end insurance discrimination against people suffering from mental illness and addictive disorders. Over 100 national advocacy organizations have endorsed H.R. 1424.

Rep. Butterfield (NC-1), Rep. McIntyre (NC-7), Rep. Watt (NC-12), Rep. Price (NC-4), and Rep. Etheridge (NC-2) are the only NC Congressfolk among the 264 cosponsors of this legislation. We're asking all of our readers to take a moment to contact their representative to say one of two things:

Burr in the saddle?

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The right-wing rumor mill is in overdrive this morning, with insiders everywhere speculating that our own junior Bushbot, Richard Burr, is on the short list of possible running mates for John McCain. Burr's political ambitions, delusional though they may be, are probably what caused him to finally come out in opposition to the OLF at Site C. I guess he figured being a pariah in his own state wouldn't go over all that well on the Straight Talk Express. It's hard to imagine a grown man jumping from the George Bush fire into the John McCain frying pan, but if anyone would do it, Dick Burr would.

Best No OLF Article I've Seen

If you had told me I would find the best description of the battle between the Navy and Washington Co. farmers at the Southeast Farm Press, I'm sure I would have told you that you're crazy. But, there it is:

More than three years ago the U.S. Navy proposed building a touch and go landing strip, or offsite landing field, for its F18 Super Hornet squadrons operating out of Navy Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., and Marine Corps Air Station, in Cherry Point, N.C.,

What the Navy got was a snarling wolf, which they find themselves holding firmly by the ears — weary of holding on, but unwilling to let go.

Rahm Came Through

Your tireless efforts are finally paying off friends. When Congressman Rahm Emanuel came through North Carolina this past Saturday, he came through for the 8th District and our campaign as well.

You'll be pleased to know we now have the full financial commitment of the former DCCC Chair and all his committees, as well as his challenge to others to help raise the funding and support your hard work earned many times over last year.

Gun Control Conversations

In his diary last Wednesday, Robert P. did his best to describe the middle ground he takes on gun control. There are probably many of us who fall in line with him on this issue.

I don't necessarily consider myself a gun rights or a gun control advocate. Like Robert, I fall somewhere in the middle. I realize that making something illegal isn't necessarily going to keep it out of the wrong person's hands. Then again, when it comes to something deadly, you err on the side of caution, right? Unless, you're a Republican Congress sitting idly by while the assault weapons ban is lifted.(This one I supported)

On Shuler, Ford, and why I don't support Moderate Centrists

originally posted at Daily Kos (rec's welcome)

I'd like to make something perfectly clear, I used to consider myself a moderate. I was registered without party affiliation, I believed you could look at the candidates and make your decision based on their stances on the issues. I am now what our local Republicans call "a bunch of left-wing Democrats who have nothing better to do than to sit around and write these little messages to one another". I despise those who want to "move" to the middle, and it is interesting how many of them feel the same way about us here at Daily Kos, as the local Republicans: "I am a serious on-the-ground grassroots organizer and I just visit this place to see what is going on. With the number of people I meet in person, the ones who spend a lot of time blogging would rather sit at a table at the bar and rant the whole time than actually get something done."
Now, we in North Carolina have a perfect example of what "moving" to the middle will get you. Heath Shuler chose to validate a far-right-wing think tank with his presence. Their response?

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