Budget action: No . . . or veto

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Okay. It's crunch time. Last chance to do your duty.

I'm not usually an alarmist, so forgive me for raising holy hell this weekend about the complete and utter collapse of sanity in Raleigh with regard to the state budget. If you're not worried about the budget, you should be. And if you're not in action yet, it's time to get crackin'.

On Monday night, June 4th, the legislature will convene to consider the vast differences between the Senate's Republican budget and the slightly more progressive House budget. There will be a vote to determine whether the House concurs with the Senate.

Assuming the Republican government-haters hang together, which they will, only nine Democrats have to vote for the budget for it to be a done deal. I say again: Only nine Democrats have to sell out for this pathetic budget to move on to Governor Easley's desk.

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The Mainstream Media absolutely loves the idea of ups and downs. Whether it is the N & O’s pretty arrows, the dunce hats and cowboy hats of the Indy, or the classic Cheers and Jeers; everyone loves to give accolades and hate.

Well, today I am going to try and do the same for North Carolina Politics.

Moore Money

Mark Binker has a good post that reports on some encouraging comments from Richard Moore regarding the upcoming budget clash.

Moore is not enamored with the $1.2 billion the Senate would spend on Certificates of Participation (known as COPs), which is a way for the state to borrow money without going to the voters for bond approval. (snip) The state constitution, he said, is fairly clear on how government should go about borrowing. "If they're such great ideas, why can't we vote?" Moore said.

Blue Moon

I spent a lot of time last year explaining to folks that it was a Blue Moon election year. Last night was the first Blue Moon since then…

In politics, of course, a “Blue Moon” is the rare occurrence of Congress being at the top of the ballot with no Senate or Governor's race. Now we think of it as what we call the second full moon occurring in the same month, but any farmer will tell you it really means having an extra moon in the growing cycle. Last night I saw it coming home after a long day of teaching followed by my 'second job' of making fundraising calls, and started reflecting on the sacrifices I make being away from my family to do this and the sacrifices I'm asking others to make of their time, money, and other resources.

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