If you never buy the News and Observer again in your lifetime, buy it today or at least read it online. There's a special section about the history of racism in our state, focused Wilmington in 1898. And make sure you read the lead editorial as well, which includes this remarkable paragraph:
Again we confront the role played by the press in firing the hatreds that led white vigilantes to overthrow Wilmington's elected municipal government and wantonly to kill black residents. This newspaper was a leader in that propaganda effort under editor and publisher Josephus Daniels. Although the paper no longer is owned by Daniels' heirs, an apology for the acts of someone whom we continue to salute in a different context on this page and for the misdeeds of the paper as an institution is perfectly in order, and so we offer that apology today.
Earlier this week, Jerry Meek asked for ideas about who to recruit to run against our senior senator in 2008. The list is below the fold. It's a long list, with a bunch of names that have already been ruled out ... but I put them all here for the record.
The big question, of course, is who one of these people might be running against. I'd just about bet my status as a BlueNC front-pager that Elizabeth Dole is done for. She's looking tired, as well she should. She got the tar stomped out of her last week and has nothing to show for it. Sadly, North Carolina and America don't have much to show for it either.
The United States Marine Corpss has decided to accept Talking Jesus dolls into their Toys for Tots program. Sure hope none of those dolls are gay, though the one in the middle looks pretty buff to me. Lord knows, the NC Baptist Convention would find itself in a swivet if that happened.
Guess what the old guy with the gray beard says when you push his button?
"You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above . . . " (Exodus 20:4-6 RSV)
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Thu, 11/16/2006 - 6:41pm
They're Republicans. We shouldn't expect them to actually want the democratic process to work. They'd much rather be able to buy the votes they need to stay in power with all that K-Street money and the PAC contributions from the big oil companies and Phrma.
Robin Hayes' attempt to subvert the democratic process by denying valid votes should come as no surprise. As a congressman he has consistently denied the will of his constituency. Why would we expect him to honor their right to cast a vote?
The Charlotte Observer reported yesterday that Robin Hayes was challenging the majority of provisional ballots that traditionally have been accepted as valid. As the provisional ballots have been counted and Larry Kissell edges closer to victory more of the story of Robin Hayes' hypocrisy has come to light.
In a press release from the NCDP we find out this morsel:
Robin Hayes’ opposition to counting valid votes goes back at least as far as the 2000 Florida recount for Bush/Gore. A Charlotte Observer story when the Florida Supreme Court ordered a statewide recount confirms Hayes’ disregard for the will of voters.
I'm not sure why reporters at the N&O feel obliged to report on the monthly coven meetings of Art Pope's Civitas organization, but I'm glad they did this week.
Conservatives poked through the rubble of last Tuesday's mid-term elections and decided that North Carolina Republicans didn't do a good enough job in providing a coherent message or raising enough money. At a luncheon sponsored by the Civitas Institute, Jack Hawke, the president of the conservative think tank, said the Democrats had a substantial money advantage.
The assault on our rural counties aimed at making them garbage receptacles for states all along the eastern seaboard, from Maine to Florida, that I started posting on months ago entered a new stage recently. Waste Management vying to be the ones granted the right to dump other states' trash in our impoverished rural south has opened up a local disinformation shop , Scotland County dedicated to convincing local citizens that they really do want to turn their part of the state into one big megadump. The worst part about this current assault is the blatant distorting of the truth to make it seem like landfills are good for the environment and other such nonsense; these claims are the current version of "clean skies" for let's pollute more and "healthy forests" for let's chop down as many trees as we can.
Submitted by Robert P. on Wed, 11/15/2006 - 6:52pm
We’re sitting 24 months away from a massive election. A Presidential election that has no incumbent President or Vice-President in the race. A Gubernatorial election with no incumbent in the race. A Lt. Governorship with no incumbent in the race. A Senate race with one of the most miserable failures in America trying to hold a blue-trending seat. State houses with big Democratic margins that probability suggests should begin to shift back towards neutrality. It’s not big, it’s hugangous.
What do we do to take advantage of this? We run somebody in every race…duh. But, what does that really do for the election? In this posting I will give some suggestions for filling those seats that we never have candidates running. I’m going to try and lay out how the 100 Counties strategy works from the top-down and from the bottom-up. Lastly, I will give some suggestions for what kind of timeline would be needed to put a 15-day GOTV effort in place by October. This might seem like micromanaging, but my point is to lay out how a person could potentially run for office and help set up the 100 County strategy without bankrupting themselves.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Wed, 11/15/2006 - 5:17pm
Larry Kissell continues to act to protect every vote cast by an 8th District voter. Robin Hayes acts to suppress them. I am heading out the door, so will take the liberty of copying and pasting the press release that just hit my in box. I'm sorry. I usually like to write my own posts.
Biscoe , NC – Robin Hayes' lawyers have now filed protests with most of the county election boards in the 8th District challenging officials to not count hundreds of provisional votes cast in last week's election.
The public documents filed on behalf of Hayes request the suppression of votes cast in Cabarrus, Cumberland, Stanly, Union, Scotland, Richmond and Hoke Counties for a variety of reasons, including registered North Carolina voters that didn't check a tiny box claiming US citizenship and completed forms not signed by precinct officials – both examples of historically valid provisional ballots.
In the coming days, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley will decide the fate of Guy LeGrande, a mentally ill convict who sits on death row at Raleigh's Central Prison. LeGrande's lawyers are asking for clemency because they argue that his mental illness deprived him of his right to a fair trial.
The facts surrounding the case are strange. LeGrande represented himself at the trial and performed bizzar acts of calling the jurrors "anti-christs", dressing as Superman, and making threats against the Judge, District Attorney, and witnesses. It is clear LeGrande was mentally incapable of representing himself and needed the expertise of a lawyer at his capital murder trial.
The LeGrande situtation is not an isolated incident in our court system both in North Carolina and the United States. Several inmates are mentally ill and need therapy to deal with their individual issues. However, I believe the legislatures in each state must begin to address such issues as self-representation to prevent a similar situtation from arising again.
Jerry Meek's request for ideas about candidates to take on our very senior senator in 2008 got covered today by the News and Observer. Also included was a sidebar excerpting some of the comments he got in response. Such stories often bring new people to our site - and if you're one of them, welcome!
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