Rob Schofield on McCrory

A good read over at NC Policy Watch.

"In other words, McCrory would allow insurance companies to sell health plans that do not meet the minimum standards currently in place. The theory McCrory is pushing is that insurance companies could sell cheaper policies that do not include "luxuries" such as hospital care for pregnant women. With less expensive options available more people could then buy health insurance.

But there are several problems with this argument. There is little evidence that minimum standards add much to the price of insurance. A recent Massachusetts study concluded that the net cost of standards adds about three to four percent to the cost of premiums.

Virginia Foxx Jumps On the McCarthyite Train

It's all the rage among the Bush loyalists and Rovian political adherents to call their political adversaires anti-american. Michelle Bachman famously did so and earned herself enormous scorn manifesting in a million dollars going to her opponent, El Tinklenberg. Robin Hayes then smeared an entire political philosophy by saying that "liberals hate real Americans".

Now we hear that Virginia Foxx (NC-05) has hopped on the McCarthy Train.

North Carolina Republican Party unleashes anti-gay mailer targeting Kay Hagan

Dole is going to go down hard here, but I laughed at this because as you might recall, I was dissed by the Hagan campaign for simply asking  how she'd vote on pending legislation re: LGBT issues. There was no need to worry about hiding from the questions because I knew the GOP was going to eventually bring it up anyway -- you might as well be on the right side of the issues -- and the community you will eventually ask for $upport from. Sen. Hagan's liveblog response back in April:

Pam - I'm close to John Edwards on this - I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and that it's fundamentally a state issue the federal government has no business getting involved in. But I take a back seat to no one when it comes to equal opportunity and fairness. I oppose ANY form of discrimination and I believe that partnerships should be protected when it comes to financial issues, hospital visits, employment, and housing issues.

We don't have an amendment because our General Assembly is Dem-controlled, not because Kay Hagan supports marriage equality. But facts, even if they are disappointing for us, don't matter to the North Carolina GOP - they have a lousy candidate with a crap record who's doing poorly in the polls, so it's time to drag out the homostrawman.

Jim Hunt makes the case for Bev Perdue

I was glad to get this email from Governor Hunt, which makes the case for Bev Perdue clear as a bell. This is what leadership looks like.

My fellow North Carolinian,

With so many in our state struggling to make ends meet and hanging on to their jobs, we need a Governor with the strength to see us through these trying times. That person is Bev Perdue.

Robin Hayes Blames it all on Liberal Bloggers - Denialgate Day 4

It was inevitable that Robin Hayes' Liberal hate comments would come up in yesterday's debate between Larry Kissell and Robin Hayes. What's amazing is that it came up so often. Hayes was obviously angry that he got caught in a lie. So angry, in fact, he's now placing the blame on ....GASP!...Liberal bloggers!

The local press has loved Hayes for years and has been very friendly to him. In the past a story like this wouldn't have trickled down to our local papers. Not true this year. Denialgate has even made front page on the little Enquirer-Journal in Union County.

Pat McCrory's Dirty Energy Pfriends

Koch Industries has been called the biggest oil company you've never heard of, but Pat McCrory has heard of it. On Monday October 20th his campaign got a $4,000 check from KOCHPAC the PAC of a company with a history of oil spills, air pollution violations and funding of global warming skeptics and right-wing think-tanks to the tune of millions of dollars.

Nancy Pfotenhauer is a top policy advisor to John McCain and described by Think Progress as McCain's Dirty Energy Spokeswoman. You may recognize her from her frequent appearances on cable news. Before joining the McCain campaign she headed up Americans for Prosperity. She also headed another Koch funded group, the Independent Women's Forum prior to which she was Koch Industries top lobbyist in their Washington office. We don't need any dirty energy pfriends of Koch Industries like Pat McCrory.

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