When you live in a world where everything can be bought and sold - elections, prestige, influence and access - it's easy to think you can also buy control over your very own curriculum at a major university. That's what Art Pope seemed to be trying to do with UNC earlier this year . . . and the same sad saga is apparently unfolding at NC State right now. Bob Geary, writing at the Independent has the latest.
N.C. State considers Pope money
Faculty objects, calling foundation funding tainted by conservative agenda
When Toby Parcel, the dean of NCSU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, read that the conservative John William Pope Foundation and UNC-Chapel Hill were splitsville on that Pope-funded "western cultures curriculum" idea, and that Pope might give its money to "other universities" instead, she did what any fund-raising dean would do, right? She got a meeting with Art Pope, who heads the foundation and myriad political causes besides.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. It's a win -- but a short-lived one -- for North Carolina Senator Richard Burr. After almost two years of debate, the Senate passed his bill to create an agency to fight bioterrorism and other biological threats. But Congress hopes to adjourn Friday, and that leaves little chance that the House will have time to act on the measure.
The bill calls for creating an agency within the Health and Human Services Department to oversee the development of medicine and equipment to respond to a bird flu pandemic or a bioterrorism attack. Burr has pushed the legislation almost since he arrived in Congress.
Two years of hard work (a couple of days a week) with his own party controlling both houses of Congress . . . and nuttin' to show for it? Seems kind of weird that a government-hating Republican is pushing so hard to create a whole new agency inside the monstrous Health and Human Services Department, but what do I know. Maybe Senator Burr will have better luck working with a Democratic Senate. He could hardly do worse.
PS The junior Senator has a few things to say about today's Iraq Study Group report. Why he bothered to say them, though, is a-whole-nother question.
When Larry Kissell conceded to Flipper Hayes last week, he also announced that he is running for Congress again in 2008.
In the Democratic race for Lieutenant Governor, we've already seen two candidates. One of them, is Pat Smathers who announced here at BlueNC. Another is Hampton Dellinger, who we haven't yet heard from. Both have officially announced.
In the governor's race, it's clearly coming down to Beverly Perdue and Richard Moore, though I don't think either has officially 'announced.'
The Democratic race for US Senate against Liddy Dole (I hope) is an open field with no one having announced anything yet.
It seems like the end of the year is causing a rash of stupidity inside the Party of Greed, as evidenced by this story in the Washington Post. There's no strong North Carolina tie-in, but it's just too good to let pass.
As you many know, the new Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives is committed to changing business as usual. One specific action they're taking is to actually put in the time it takes to do the people's business.
Forget the minimum wage. Or outsourcing jobs overseas. The labor issue most on the minds of members of Congress yesterday was their own: They will have to work five days a week starting in January.
Submitted by momoaizo on Wed, 12/06/2006 - 10:44am
This morning's edition of the Pilot has a very interesting article about an on-going fight in the Moore County Republican party.
Boylan Backer Seeks Ouster of GOP Officialsis the title of the piece...One of state Rep.-elect Joe Boylan's supporters is seeking the ouster of several local GOP officials he says are loyal to state Rep. Richard Morgan and Manila "Bud" Shaver, referring to them as "traitors," "evil" and "a cancer."
Ed Kennedy is circulating a petition that calls for the state party to strip them of their leadership positions. He is working with Evelyn Hill, Sandhills Community College Trustee Ralph Redmond and several others.
The petition names all the supporters of Manilla Shaver who hold a position in the Moore County Republican party and seeks to remove them from their seats within the party.
Submitted by Robert P. on Wed, 12/06/2006 - 10:30am
I know this is national and not state or local, but it is a symbol of something that really bothers me.
"Laura and I are sustained by the prayers of millions of people. Now that's hard for some to -- I guess chew on." -- George W. Bush
Really? Bullshit. What George W. Bush is trying to imply is that Democrats don't like religion, Christianity, or God. Really? I wasn't aware of that.
I wasn't aware that you couldn't believe in Christ and still be a good Democrat. Thank you George Bush for pointing that out. Now, with all due respect, go take a flying leap. If we had more folks with guts in this party he would have been shouted down like a Duke fan at the Dean Dome.
I won't comment on the merits of this case, but simply point out the obvious: this is what life looks like when you have a big fat target on your back like Jim Black does.
This story on WRAL-TV this morning, reports on alleged campaign finance irregularities by Rep. Thomas Wright (D) of New Hanover County. The whole thing seems stinky to me, but that's not the point. The point is that the story leads with Jim Black who is only tangentially (if at all) involved in the case.
A frequent critic of state House Speaker Jim Black accused one of Black's allies Tuesday of breaking elections law by delaying the disclosure of more than $41,000 in campaign donations. Joe Sinsheimer filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections asking officials to investigate campaign finance reports of Rep. Thomas Wright, D-New Hanover, for the first three quarters of this year.
Submitted by Jim Sheaves on Tue, 12/05/2006 - 4:21pm
Oh boy, How big is this? From Raw Story:
Elizabeth Dole, the Republican Senator from North Carolina, who was a one-time candidate for President of the United States, will not seek re-election in 2008, according to the blogger who was the first to publish former Congressman Mark Foley's e-mails with teenaged, male Congressional pages.
Seems to me, she was just running her mouth about looking forward to the '08 campaign...
And to continue from the linked story:
Lane Hudson, who blogged at Stop Sex Predators anonymously before being "outed" at Radar Online, reported the news at his new blog called News for the Left, citing a "confidential source on Capitol Hill." He claims that in the aftermath of the Republican Party's failure to secure their majority in the US Senate, Dole has become so "completely demoralized" that she is no longer interested in standing for re-election.
Submitted by Robert P. on Tue, 12/05/2006 - 1:47pm
Woe is the JLF, for the poor timing of their pitiful attack on Universal Health Care (a.k.a. Health Care for All), or "Welfare" as JLF likes to call it, they planned it for the same week that a brilliant analysis on what we already spend for Health Care in the US comes out. The New York Times has an article describing how much health care is already paid with tax dollars, tax subsidies, and the like. Guess what?
"So government accounts for about two-thirds of health care spending,"
What! Well, that is just outrageous. The government pays for 2/3 of health care in this country, but only covers about 1/3 of the population. Why? Because the insurance industry is supposed to work like this. You insure the entire population. The healthy people pay for the care for the sick. That's why it is "insurance". The private insurance companies, however, have cherry-picked the healthiest individuals for coverage. Thus, they only pay 1/3 of the total cost to cover the "healthy" 2/3 of our society. The rest?
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