Come on, Bob. Spill the beans.

My new friend Bob Orr is out on the campaign trail, laying out his two priorities:

Orr attended the Davidson County Republican Party's monthly meeting at Skipper's Seafood on Tuesday night. He's the second candidate to visit the county, after Salisbury attorney Bill Graham. N.C. Sen. Fred Smith, who serves Johnston and Wayne counties, is scheduled to come to Davidson County on Friday.

"I just felt like if the citizens of this state were going to have a vigorous debate about the direction of state government, I needed to get into it," Orr said.

A couple of the issues important to Orr are public education and economic development policy.

Roy Carter (NC-5) - Fighting Fifth Fires Foxx

Plain and simple, Virginia Foxx is a disaster for our district. Her voting record is embarrassing, seen most recently in her vote against the child health insurance program. Because, however, her work ethic and name recognition are formidable, especially in a gerrymandered Republican district, it will take a lot to unseat her. Yet, a campaign gaining traction and momentum before the Democratic primary has a chance to capitalize on the widespread discontent within this district. Currently, only one man has stepped up to the plate: Roy Carter.

Meet Max

I was reading a new post at Progressive Pulse this morning, where I learned that one of the regular commenters there is being paid to blog by the Puppetmaster. His name is Max Borders (no, it's not a joke) and he is a self-avowed soldier in the so called freedom movement.

I've seen Max's name many times, but always assumed he was an honest broker, another run-of-the-mill free-market fundamentalist without a real job. When I discovered he's actually a shill for the Civitas Circus, I wrote this:

I appreciate the background on Max. Even though I’ve seen scores of comments from him here, I never realized he’s a paid shill for the Puppetmaster. Thanks for saving me the trouble of reading his future commentary.

Note to Civitas: If you’re going to spend a boatload of Art’s money upgrading to a fancy new website, why on earth would you plaster the incoherent ramblings of Jack Hawke on your welcoming video? Just sayin’.

Thank you for your service . . .

... oh, by the way, we're deporting your wife while you're away.

That's what the government is telling Navy helicopter repairman Eduardo Gonzalez might happen while he is in Iraq. Worse? Eduardo, Jr., Gonzalez's son, is a citizen. Nobody knows what will happen to him if his non-citizen mother is deported while Daddy is getting shot at in Iraq.

More reasons to get pissed off, and a modest proposal, below the fold.

Pat's worried

I've seen a lot of bone-headed stunts in politics over the years, but this stupid move takes the cake.

HICKORY - Nearly 80 percent of Republicans approve of Patrick McHenry’s job performance - at least according to the congressman’s poll. And if the party’s primary matched him against two well-known GOP candidates, he would easily win.

These are the findings of a poll conducted by Tel Opinion Research and commissioned by McHenry’s campaign last month. McHenry’s re-election campaign announced the results Tuesday.

Hmmmm. Last month's poll conveniently released right on the heels of Patty's love-fest with the Prince of Darkness? Sounds a bit like paranoia to me.

McHenry would defeat Catawba County Sheriff David Huffman in a hypothetical rematch of their 2004 primary by a resounding 67 percent to 12 percent, according to the poll. McHenry defeated the sheriff by less than 2 percent in 2004.

The poll left Huffman confused and drew some rancor from the longtime politician, reminiscent of the bitter 2004 campaign. Huffman said the research was a “push” poll, where respondents are influenced into siding with one candidate. Huffman, who says he has no intention of running for Congress again, added the poll was “gutter politics.”

“I don’t understand why he would mention my name,” Huffman said. “It sounds to me like he’s paranoid. It’s very unprofessional. I hate to see politics stoop to this level.”

Forums on Reforming Health Care in North Carolina: Finding Common Ground

There will be a series of forums this Fall that will deal with the health care crisis in North Carolina. As HCfA is a non-partisan outfit, the discussion will be open to anyone with an opinion on how to fix our broken system. The information.

The format will be table discussions to agree on a set of principles. Principles developed at the regional meetings will be sent to our state leadership team and will be a factor in bill writing. The bill H1897 “Health Care Planning Commission” will create a planning commission charged with taking us from our current fragmented system to health care for all. Guiding principles will be included in the bill.

This is an important time for those of you who care about Health Care to become active in Health Care for All NC - Join NOW!

Health care for all is coming. Currently only the health insurance industry is focused, funded and organized to influence change. The purpose of the forums is to allow providers and consumers to agree on principles and build an effective collaborative effort that will balance the strength of the health insurance industry.

Wait, I agree with Phil Berger?

This story in the N&O is all I know about the following, so take it with a grain of salt. At odds is a $3.6 million study of DOT to see how they could do their jobs better. What's odd is that there are people on both sides of the aisle who want this report released. But, there is another section of the legislature that wants the DOT to "digest" the report and then present their impressions.
No, who finds that to be a good idea? Yeah, me neither.

State transportation officials said last week that they didn't request and don't want a written report from McKinsey & Co., a management consultant that will be paid $3.6 million to evaluate DOT and help it make changes.

Patrick's Blackwater Grafting Adventure

On July 27th, 2007, Erik Prince gave $20,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), listing his employer/occupation as “Self/Business Owner”. Today Erik Prince, chairman of Blackwater USA, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Four Republican members of the House Committee are also members of the NRCC Executive Committee. Patrick McHenry holds two leadership positions: IE Task Force and Finance Vice-Chairman.


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