Doctor Mary Cleans John Hood Devil's Clock?

Stagemanager Smackdown

Sayeth John Hood: The Devil Is In The Details

In the wake of the N&O's blistering investigative hammer on mental health care reform in North Carolina, John Hood has an apologist piece out. The stories depict a system that was poorly designed, inadequately tested in local settings before expanded statewide, and mismanaged in a number of foreseen and unforeseen ways.

Well, yeah. No duh.

Privatization is a means for accomplishing an end. It is a complex process, one in which public-sector managers must be careful in their bid requests, vigilant in their oversight, and flexible in responding to problems rapidly and effectively.

The devil, Hood argues, is in the details. And nobody's really to blame . . . that's just musical chairs.

Right on point one. Wrong on point two.

Obama, Go There

And I don't mean negative. The key to an Obama victory in the primary and the GE now lies nowhere else but in the misty mountains of Appalachia. So strap on your geeek glasses and lets have some fun. We've got work to do.

I am writing this diary out of a desire to see Barack Obama win the primary and general election. There is no doubt that Appalachia is the absolute KEY area to electoral victory for Obama. With the Appalachian vote goes the potential swing of WV, OH, VA, NC, PA and potentially KY and TN depending on the numbers come November.

So far, Obama is under-preforming 44% in Appalachian areas. Tennessee hinted at it (-41), Virginia seconded (-61), and SE Ohio (-31) has made it exceedingly clear. But it can, and will be his. Dive in with me to see how Obama locks up the primary, and crushes John McCain in the General Election.
And I don't mean negative.

Lawsuit Says Cliffside Will Violate Clean Air Act

Looks like the pro-Cliffside crowd want Duke energy to break our Clean Air Law. Fortunately the SELC would rather them not.

Mountain Xpress: This morning, the Southern Environmental Law Center and 18 other environmental organizations from across the state issued a petition to the state Division of Air Quality, urging the agency to revoke or modify an air permit issued to Duke Energy for its new Cliffside facility.

In a letter to Keith Overcash, director of the division, the SELC charges that the permit, which was issued to Duke on Jan. 29, violates the Clean Air Act because it does not require Duke to use the best available controls for mercury emissions.

Open Space

I grew up in a small lake front home in the suburbs of Minneapolis, where I could enjoy swimming, boating, and fishing. I would visit my grandparents who lived in a rural farming community, and was introduced to farm life. I spent many summers in my youth camping in the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota. As a young Cub Scout, I went on hikes in nearby parks and natural areas. I developed a deep appreciation of nature, agriculture, and the real value a variety of local open spaces can give a community.

This appreciation of natural areas, parks, farmland, and rural living attracted me to Southern Wake County and my home in Fuquay-Varina. We have many working farms, large stretches of still natural land, and several parks that add greatly to our quality of life. But as all of North Carolina grows, these sources of critical open space we all enjoy are under great pressure.

Polling apart

Public Policy Polling got some new data out yesterday.

Raleigh, N.C. – Barack Obama has a four point lead in North Carolina’s Democratic primary for President as it becomes increasingly likely that the state will play a role in determining the Democratic nominee for President, according to the newest survey from Public Policy Polling. Obama leads 47-43 in the state after leading 42-40 in PPP’s monthly tracking poll for February.

We can argue about NAFTA, but we have to agree...

We can argue about NAFTA (though you know where I stand on these trade deals), but we have to agree the legacy of the first two terms of President Bush and even greater damage done by nearly a dozen years of a Republican-controlled Congress grows clearer every day.

Dollar falls in Europe, Canada, Japan...


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