Getting down to the wire

Well folks, the Navy has been carrying forward with its OLF plans like it's in the cat bird seat. And why not? Dole and Burr are all but silent on the issue, and all the other Republican's in North Carolina are too worried about their stock portfolios to give a shit about regular people and family farmers.

So what's in going to take? Any ideas for pushing this over the goal line?

The only thing I know that's in the works is the fact that there will be a resolution in the NC House calling on Congress to stop the Site C OLF. I don't know when that will happen, but when it does, it should pass with flying colors. Sooner would be better than later.


Economics 101 - Dubya Style

Has anyone seen this article yet? If you can't take bad financial news, you might not want to read it.

Basically, here's what we're dealing with:

  • The stock market plunged more than 500 points before recovering slightly.
  • The economy may be decelerating more than anticipated.
  • Orders for durable goods dropped in January by the largest amount in three months.
  • Housing market slump isn't temporary - it's far from over.
  • Fourth Quarter GDP growth expected to be revised down to 2.3% from 3.5% tomorrow.
  • And we thought the Republicans and their annointed king couldn't fuck up our country any more than they already have. This goes way beyond cyclical for anyone who wants to whip out that argument.

    Another link below the fold...

    Open thread: None of your bees wax

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    Want something else to be really worried about? Try this.

    Give them an inch

    Among all the hypocrisies of the libertarian wing of the North Carolina Party of Greed, their hypocrisy around protecting young people from being monetized by commercial interests or proselytized by religious interests is most damning. Carrying the banner of free-market fundamentalism, they believe businesses should be free to exploit children with no restrictions - and that it's just fine to reallocate tax dollars into "faith-based" initiatives like religious charter schools. "What's the problem?" they ask. The marketplace will eventually work things out and the best ideas will win in the end.

    For my part, the line between church and state is both broad and bright. Though I am personally a regular church-goer and student of all things religious, I strongly object to any instance in which government sanctions, embraces or endorses any aspect of religious practice. Institutional prayer in public meetings, schools, courts, and other government-funded activities should be strictly forbidden - as Jesus specifically recommended.

    Fifth District Blog

    After a long and hard campaign season, several activists within and throughout this congressional district are working towards victory for the 2008 election. This last election taught us that while big money donors are important, a strong party infrastructure is of utmost importance. Because of this, these activists are developing strategies to organize and mobilize our district for victory.

    Part of this strategy will entail a district-wide blog to help centralize communication among willing participants. The 10th district started their blog, Pat Go Bye-Bye, and Darren Staley (crowbar317) and I are committed to a similar endeavour. Basically, we hope to do in this district what you all have done for the state!

    The High Risk Pool

    I see that tomorrow the House will be considering the High Risk Pool, or doing something with the high-risk pool, I'm kind of new to deciphering the NCGA calendar. As I'm going through this bill, I am disliking it more and more. The bill works like this:

    1. Risk pool is established.

    2. Risk pool is operated under the supervision and control of the "Board".
    3. Board consists of 11 members, who shall be:

    4. One member who represents an insurer, as appointed by the Governor.
    5. One insurer who sells individual health insurance policies.
    6. One who represents the insurance industry, as recommended by the insurer who covers the largest number of persons in the State.
    7. One who is licensed to sell health insurance in this State.

    Growing the Base of Online Activism

    BlueNC has grown tremendously over the past year. Each month brings more new registered users and unique visitors than the month before. Yesterday's polls show that we are missing out on important voices from minorities and women. It's time to actively do something to change this.

    A couple of times I've mentioned that I don't think simply inviting people here is the entire solution. Obviously, it's polite to invite folks to join in the conversation, but why don't we visit their communities too? I have to admit, I've found some excellent blogs. Not all are in North Carolina, but I haven't finished looking yet.

    We're all busy and some of us barely find time to keep up with BlueNC. I make the rounds of the standards - DKos, MyDD, Firedoglake, Scrutiny Hooligans, TalkingPointsMemo and that's about all I usually find time for. That's going to end today. There are some seriously excellent bloggers out there.

    Find out more below the fold....


    Coming this Friday: Live-Blogging with Grier Martin

    Two seemingly unrelated issues – energy policy and veterans affairs – are high on my list of priorities. Both have been grotesquely mismanaged by the Bush administration, yet each is critical for having a strong and secure nation. And while the federal government continues to dawdle on both fronts, the states are, fortunately, taking up the slack. Here in North Carolina, some of that work is being done by Representative Grier Martin of Raleigh.

    Now in his second term representing District 34, Grier has a strong and progressive record on environmental issues, children and family legislation, and veterans affairs. With those issues in mind, I invited him to join us for a live-blogging session this Friday morning.

    Of special interest is a new bill for Renewable Portfolio Standards of which Grier is a primary sponsor. The complicated legislation is now making its way through the House and we all need to understand what it’s about. Mark Binker has a good overview of the ins and outs in case you want to get some background in advance.

    I’ve also asked Grier to share what North Carolina can and should be doing to help make up for the federal government’s incredibly poor performance in helping and supporting our veterans.

    Enough is enough.

    Some of you were at the bloggers conference and heard me booed when I suggested we would support primary opponents to BAD Democrats. I won't mention which NCDP staff member booed me, but I think the stats out today on poverty provide a good example of why enough is enough.

    If you are a liberal Democrat in North Carolina, and you can't stand up and bash the conservative Republicans and Democrats that have dug us into this hole, then when will you? What will it take before Democrats stand up and take control the way they did under FDR? We were a nation of Republicans, who believed in government keeping their hands out of the till, and it drove us into a Great Depression.

    Well, Republicans learned their lessons, they made sure the stock market didn't tank and that those with a lot of money ended up with more. Their New Depression was targeted to those who can't or won't stand up for themselves because they are too busy working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The gulf between rich and poor in the United States is yawning wider than ever, and the number of extremely impoverished is at a three-decade high, a report out Saturday found.

    Your premiums will now be two dollars more.

    I received this in an email that described Health Care related bills submitted in the House.

    Improving Health Care in NC

    Several bills were introduced this week, which focused on improving the health of North Carolinians. Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange, introduce legislation (House Bill 265) that would establish a high-risk insurance pool, which has already gained the support of 53 co-sponsors in the House. The bill seeks to help people who cannot afford health insurance because of pre-existing health conditions. It would guarantee coverage to patients with premiums of no more than 175 percent of a standard health care plan. To cover the additional cost of the plan, insurers would be assessed up to $2 per each traditional customer it serves. The assessment would be phased in over four years. Supporters of the high-risk pool say this is a first step toward providing affordable health care to more than 1.3 million North Carolinians who do not have health insurance. The House passed a similar bill in 2006, but the Senate did not consider it before adjournment.

    This raises a couple questions in my mind.

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