If your teenage daughter gets pregnant, thank Robin Hayes

There are plenty of reasons to consider Robin Hayes a disgusting and vile creature, but one reason very close to my heart has been largely unaddressed. Robin Hayes is personally responsible for thousands of teen pregnancies in North Carolina every year. Here's the story.

In the dark of night when the legislature was in session back in 1995, then Representative Robin Hayes introduced a bill requiring that public schools in North Carolina teach an abstinence-only sex education curriculum. Despite heated and stunningly uninformed debate, the House and the Senate passed the bill. Since the 1996-97 academic year, over 100 out of the 117 school systems in North Carolina have taught abstinence-only until marriage in their healthy living/sex education courses.

Roll Call blasts McHenry's financial secrecy

In a subscription-only article Roll Call not only questions McHenry's new-found wealth, but also has the reportorial balls to highlight his appalling hypocrisy about openness.

It's particularly amazing to me how much he won't even respond to their questions.

What do you have to hide, Pat? Or, perhaps I should be asking, is there anything you aren't hiding?

Which Gubernatorial Candidate Truly Offers Universal Kid Care?

As I mentioned earlier when talking about the races this year, I am totally open to conversations/corrections, or what have you with the campaigns themselves. Shortly after posting my comparison of the kid's health care plans from the two Gubernatorial candidates I had a sit down meeting with an acquaintance who worked on the Perdue health care plan. While I consider this person a friend and he was very helpful in learning and discussing the state of health care in North Carolina - I'm still undecided, impartial, and not 100% satisfied with either candidate's ideas.

That said, there are several things I would like to talk about related to children's health care, which are positives for the Perdue campaign. And, there is one thing I would like to talk about which is a negative (for me, not for everyone) for the Perdue campaign.

A View From Afar

A week ago I was in London, wrapping up a week long trip to Ireland and the UK. One highlight was taking a drive in the Wicklow Mountains just south of Dublin. I was struck by the relative absence of news about Iraq (or Iran). Apart from the proposed drawdown of British troops from 5,500 to 2,500 by Spring and a reluctant agreement to provide more compensation to wounded British military there was little if any news in the UK about events in Iraq or the debates raging in the US. In Ireland there was some news about attempts by the US government to pressure the Irish government into denying visas for two men scheduled to attend an anti-war conference


Help me figure this out?

Two days ago, North Carolina's Democratic candidate for US Senate graciously participated in a virtual town-hall meeting online. During that discussion, he shared some news that has immediately spread throughout the blogosphere, and which will make this race among the most closely watched in the nation. On Sunday, there was not one mention of the discussion in any North Carolina newspaper.

Roy Carter on SCHIP

I apologize for the tardiness of this post; Roy Carter wrote this last week. I have moved up to Virginia and am helping a man run for Congress up here, and I didn't have time to post this until now.

Here is Roy Carter's response to Virginia Foxx' Op-ed in the Winston-Salem Journal on her vote against SCHIP.

This week my opponent, Virginia Foxx, caste yet another callous vote against the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Almost as distasteful as her vote was her justification for it in this very newspaper.

Front-paged by A. Virginia Foxx turns my stomach. Anything I can do to help get her out of Congress, I will do with pleasure.

How Republicans Lie

Prior to Less Merit becoming the State Auditor, the office was held in high-esteem by partisans on both side of the aisle. But like most modern-day Republicans, Merritt couldn't be satisfied with simply doing his job. Not only did he engage in illegal moonlighting and shady partisan politics, he is also using the privileges of his office to further his own personal ambitions.


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