HB 91 (Registration and Voting at One-Stop Sites)

HB 91 (Registration and Voting at One-Stop Sites) will be going through the Senate Select Committee on Government and Election Reform soon (the scheduled meeting for today was canceled). I ask that each of you contact the Senators on the Select Committee to express your support and urge them to support the bill.

HB 91 is important because it will allow registration and voting on the same day during the "One Stop" voting period prior to elections. This is a great opportunity to attract voters and will certainly make voting more convenient for hard working North Carolinians.

North Carolina Jails More Than China

A disturbing perspective from Ronald Fraser at the Asheville Citizen-Times:

"Rulers in Libya, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, China and Pakistan made Parade Magazine’s 2005 world’s worst dictators list. And the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, located in Oakland, Calif., has issued a report titled, US Rates of Incarceration: A Global Perspective, showing the incarceration rates for these five dictatorships – the number of persons in prison for every 100,000 population – ranging from a low of 57 in Pakistan to a high of 207 in Libya.

By comparison, prison policies made in Raleigh locked up 360 state citizens for every 100,000 population in 2005. In other words, North Carolina imprisons its people at a rate one and a half times faster than Muammar al-Qaddafi’s Libya and six times faster than Pakistan under Gen. Pervez Musharraf."

Three way

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When you're looking to understand the inner workings and hidden mechanisms of what's happening in Raleigh these days, there's no more reliable guide than Mark Binker. Mark has a day-job as a Mainstream Media Mogul, but more important, he's a blogger who uses his posts to cut to the chase about the antics of the honorables in the General Assembly.

Go read two of Mark's recent posts. One is a quick recap of the state of things on the budget, and one is an amusing review of more Republican whining. Make sure you bookmark his blog for daily review.

That said, here's my take on what's ahead: With the Senate on the verge of passing its "done in the dark" budget, the next round in Raleigh will be a three-way slugfest between the Senate, the House and the Governator. Our job would appear to be simple: Stand with Joe Hackney and the NC House.

News of the Weird

Publisher Arrested for Refusing to Exit Closed-Door Meeting

Published: May 30, 2007 1:20 PM ET

BURLINGTON, N.C. A newspaper publisher has been charged with misdemeanor
trespassing after refusing to leave an airport authority meeting that
officials went on to conduct behind closed doors.

Does anyone know what the Burlington City Council and Alamance County have against open meetings?

Editorial on short changing the future

As someone said recently, our children are only 21 percent of the state's population, but they're 100 percent of our future.
Stand up for 'em now.

Editorial from this week's Carrboro Citizen:


Denial of service

You would think that here in the tenth largest state in the wealthiest country ever that cutting back on children’s’ health care to save money would be off the table.

Think again. Then count to ten, because it isn’t.

Speaker, Speaker

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I've been in meetings all day and haven't had the chance to catch up on all the happenings. The only thing I really know is that the North Carolina State Senate has pretty much sold out to Art Pope and the anti-tax zealots who are hell bent on running our government into the ground. Too bad Joe Hackney isn't in charge of both houses these days.

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