McHenry deputy field director arrested for driving while impaired.

From The Observer:

McHenry suspends deputy field director after DWI charge

The deputy field director for U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., was charged early Sunday with driving while impaired by Gaston County police, his office said Tuesday.

Brett Keeter was suspended for two weeks without pay, McHenry's chief of staff Jon Causey said Wednesday, and he will be required to successfully complete alcohol education classes. He also has been ordered to perform community service with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Causey said.

"I am disappointed in Brett's actions, which do not adhere to the principles and high standards of our office," Causey said. "I am confident he will learn from this mistake and turn it into a constructive, positive influence in his life going forward."

Keeter's attorney, Craig Collins of Gastonia, declined to provide more details. He said Keeter was released at the scene and that a court appearance is scheduled in October. -- Lisa Zagaroli

More trouble for McHenry and his staff... One question I have (that isn't snarky, anyway ;) )... Aren't you innocent until proven guilty? Shouldn't they wait until he's convicted to punish him? I don't know, I guess its just me.

Ouch!

I really admire the way Joe Sinsheimer does what he does. It'll be interesting to watch Mr. Merritt squirm and backpedal in the face of this new challenge.

But, what about Munger?

I was just reading in the N&O that THREE candidates agreed with Governor Easley about not giving Goodyear money to stay in the state. I don't know where I stand on this proposal, certainly I don't want to see government largess going ONLY to high-tech business and leaving behind blue-collar workers. But, I'm not sure business should be getting this kind of money at any time. How about, instead, they spend the money making us the best-ranked school system in the country? That might attract some businesses. Or, the best community college system in the country?

Mike McIntyre gets a Challenger in NC-7

Mike McIntyre is going to face at least one challenger in the upcoming 2008 elections, Republican Will Breazeale. Breazeale is not new to campaigning, so in the conservative 7th, this executive officer of the 2nd Battalion, 323rd Regiment in the Army Reserves might give McIntyre a strong fight for the seat.....but I doubt it.

Yes, the district votes Republican, but so does Mike! It's going to take more than a military background to beat the entrenched Blue Dog.

When bankers whine

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As should be expected from Republican corporatists, those who profit most from screwing poor people through predatory lending are whining like banshees now that Congress is finally taking on their abusive practices. Their big new worry comes in the form of legislation being proposed by Barney Frank (D-Mass.), the chairman of the House Financial Services panel.

According to The Hill, Frank's bill builds on some excellent work done last session by two of North Carolina's most effective Congressmen, Brad Miller and Mel Watt.

New Year's Resolutions

This week marks the beginning of a New (school) Year, so I think it is time for me to make some resolutions and to stick with them. As you are all aware (most of you), we've had a new addition to the P. crew.
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At the same time, my wife is continuing to take her graduate courses in Public Health, and the two older kids are in preschool/kindergarten. Add to that the fact that this is my "busy" season and what you get is an overwhelmed blogger. So, my resolutions.

YDNC USO Day and Canvass

YDNC is proud to announce our first state-wide USO Day, which will take place on September 8, 2007 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at four different locations across NC. This event is open to everyone who supports our troops and the Democratic Party. The purpose of this day is two-fold. First, we wish to honor our military men and women and their families through contributions to the USO. Second, we want to use this day to go door to door across NC to help turn it blue. We want to kickoff our 2007 Campaign Season with a day of service to the community and a day of service to the Democratic Party.

YDNC and the NC Federation of College Democrats have established five locations across the state that will have simultaneous presentations to USO representatives beginning at 10:00 am. After the presentation, we will switch into rally mode, where we will hear from various members of YDNC and from elected Democrats and those running in the upcoming municipal elections. After the short rally and lunch (which will be provided for all participants), we will have a Get Out the Vote training followed by a door to door canvass of between 2,000 and 3,000 homes.

Medical bills: Ever tried to understand one?

It seems the dialogue has begun and the ground swell is well underway to insert some sanity -- forcefully if necessary -- into the American Health care system. Whether or not they have the spine to speaking out in favor of Universal Health Care, there aren't many people around anymore who will claim the system is fine and we don't need to touch it.


A glaring case in point came across my googly reader today.

McHenry's office confirms tie to shooter Drake

Down With Tyranny's Howie Klein reports that Pat McHenry's office confirmed North Carolina Conservative's off-the-record story that connects the Congressman to the shooter in last month's Florida murder/suicide involving three Republican dirty-tricks operatives.

But, in another bizarre twist, someone using the name of the blogger who has repeatedly reported that shooter's motivation was tied to a gay porn murder case in Pennsylvania commented on my post that he made it up "draw more viewers" to his blog.

What can I say but read on, follow the links, and decide for yourself.

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