Blackwater's tax problem

From the New York Times, this editorial about Blackwater's tax and employment practices:

As the nonpareil war profiteer in Iraq, Blackwater Worldwide keeps outdoing its own mercenary record. Ranking Blackwater executives have used inside
influence as administration fund-raisers to multiply their no-bid war contracts a thousandfold to more than $1 billion. Armed Blackwater guards redefined Ugly American for the Iraqi people last September in fatally shooting 17 civilians with impunity in a burst of “spray and pray” panic on the streets of Baghdad.

Roll Call: How many from Orange County, NC are regular readers of BlueNC?

I was at the Orange County Executive Committee meeting last night and my mind wandered, as it tends to do at these things when the "floor is open to discussion". There was discussion about the NCDP GOTV effort, about Obama GOTV effort, and about OCDP GOTV effort. There was a discussion about OCDP playing more of a role and how we could go about doing that. I was left wondering, how many people could we reach through BlueNC? So, I hate to take up front-page space with this, but I will, roll call.

You can tell as much or as little as you would like about yourself, but I'm wondering how many of you from the OC read BlueNC?

p.s. I am postdating this until tomorrow evening (3/27), so we'll see whether that works or not. : )

Hope springs

The next six weeks in the North Carolina blogosphere should be fascinating. On Monday we'll host two Democratic candidates for governor. On Tuesday, Kay Hagan, candidate for US Senate will join us. Tonight we'll talk with Beth Wood, who's running for State Auditor. And that's just the beginning. All of which has me wondering what role online can fill in this brave new world of North Carolina politics. Here are my hopes.

From NAEYC - Action Needed!

I've just received this request via email from the NC-AEYC (North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children)

U.S. Senators Dodd (D-CT) and Snowe (R-ME) have written a "Dear Colleague" letter requesting $1.072 billion in Head Start funding and $874 million in Child Care Development Block Grant funding (attached). We need to get as many Senators as possible to sign the letter by April 4th. Please contact Senators Dole and Burr and urge them to sign on to the Dodd-Snow Dear Colleague letter. Here are their phone numbers: Senator Dole 202-224-6342 and Senator Burr 202-224-3154. Share this information with your friends and colleagues and urge them to call, as well. As always, the more people the Senators hear from, the more likely they are to act.

We're on.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

I am happy and honored to announce that our Democratic candidates for governor will join us on Monday, March 31, at 7:45 pm, for the first online gubernatorial debate in North Carolina history. My deepest thanks to both candidates and their very busy campaign staffs, for working with us to make this event happen. In keeping with our commitment to transparency, here is the proposal that has been accepted by both campaigns. Now we need your help to make it happen. As you'll see below, your first job is to load up the questions.

When Mike Munger Speaks

“The Democrats in North Carolina are what the Republicans usually are, and the Republicans are the Taliban,” Munger said, with characteristic brashness. “They look to scripture to decide what their positions should be.”

In a wide-ranging interview with the Winston-Salem Journal, Mike Munger, Libertarian candidate for governor in North Carolina, does what almost no politician ever does: he calls it exactly like he sees it. And while I don't agree with much of what the good professor has to say, I sure do love the way he says it.


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