Daylight "Wastings" Time

For all the talk about energy savings in today's political environment, effective actions are few and far between. So when a simple opportunity to save millions of dollars in energy costs comes along, we should take advantage of it. North Carolina should abandon the outdated and misguided practice of Daylight Savings Time.

Wayne Goodwin on Voter Financed Elections

I caught up with Wayne Goodwin this week and asked him about his campaign. I was specifically interested in how public financing worked for him. Both he and his opponent participated in public financing, so were on equal footing in that regard. The most obvious result of their participation is that insurance industry money was kept at a minimum in both campaigns reducing the appearance that those who are regulated by the office also hold influence over it.

This year the voters booted the insurance industry and its employees out of this campaign, not that the current or future office holders were or would have been influenced by their contributions in the first place.

The following is a bit of my Q & A with Commissioner-elect Goodwin:

Death on trial today

Dan Kane writes a good, clear story today about what's at stake as the NC Supreme Court hears arguments about the role of doctors in killing criminals.

The state's highest court will hear legal arguments today that could break the two-year stalemate on executions in North Carolina -- or extend the de facto moratorium. The N.C. Medical Board has effectively shut down the executions, which are done by lethal injection, by prohibiting doctors from taking part. The board contends such participation violates the profession's mission to preserve life.

More on the media media

One of our main missions is to watch the watchdogs, and judging from this story about GOP influence at CBS, we have plenty of work to do. CBS's corporate cowardice is enough to turn one's stomach.

In other news about news:

The Winston-Salem Journal says "thumbs up" to a legislative plan to let us watchdog watchers watch committee meetings without media intermediaries.

Blackwater releases a new release that denies everything, naturally.

Lest We Forget

As reported by Jeremy Scahill in the Nation:

... the US Justice Department appears to be on the verge of handing down the first indictments against armed private forces for crimes committed in Iraq. The reported targets of the "draft" indictments: six Blackwater operatives involved in the September 16, 2007, killing of seventeen Iraqi civilians in Baghdad's Nisour Square.

How to stay involved after the election

"Are you suffering from rested feet, restless dial finger syndrome, or general lack of wonkitis? You may be suffering from post-election blues. Yes, after an election where you have spent every waking moment on a campaign, there can be side effects that occur after the election. Well, finally there is some relief for post-election blues, and it is also a great way to stay involved."

(read instructions below carefully, and if symptoms persist, ask your Doctor about Universal Healthcare)


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