As we all know, two of the highest profile North Carolina races still undecided involve incumbents who are, quite frankly, liars. On the Democratic side, there's Jim Black, scrambling like hell to retain his seat in the NC House. And in the Party of Torture, we have Robin Hayes, a coward who refuses to admit that he sold out his district on the CAFTA vote and then lied about it. (He also stole a photograph from Southern Dem and used it in a campaign mailer.)
If there were any justice, both of these crooks would drop to their knees, apologize to the people of North Carolina, and do the only honorable thing left to do:
A few months ago, I found myself wishing for better collaboration among progressive candidates and causes. I reached out to a couple of high profile activists and asked if they'd be willing to meet after November 7th to talk about how progressives might work together more effectively. Not just to get people elected, but to help educate policy makers and citizens alike about important issues. If you were going to convene such a "summit" meeting, who would you invite?
Submitted by Gordon Smith on Mon, 11/13/2006 - 9:32pm
I don't know about y'all, but the freshmen orientations I attended were alternately nerve-wracking and mind-numbingly dull. There are elements of both for 34-year old Heath Shuler and also the context of being an elected member of one of the most reputable and powerful bodies in the world. I'll stop trying to compare anything I've done to what Heath is doing forthwith.
WaPo: "A former NFL quarterback, a seven-fingered farmer and a '70's rocker who posed half-naked on an old album cover began learning Monday how to be members of Congress."
Submitted by gregflynn on Mon, 11/13/2006 - 5:03pm
Richard Morgan released a copy of his Federal Grand Jury subpoena today. There is an AP story out right now such as this one at the Durham Herald Sun. I'm not sure where they are going with this but the subpoena states that documents may be furnished to the IRS prior to the Grand Jury 11/15/06-11/16/06. It names 37 "Relevant Parties" and requests documents related to transactions with these "Relevant Parties" and copies of State and Federal tax returns 2002 through 2005. The subpoena also requests financial account information and photographs, videotapes and/or tape-recordings of any of the "Relevant Parties".
It looks like they are taking a money laundering angle. For anyone who wants a peek at the actual documents take a look below: ( read more below the fold.....)
In his mindless ramblings today about the Democrats and the election, John Hood at the John Locke Puppetshow wonders out-loud if the moderate Democrats like Heath Shuler are secretly conspiring to take away America's guns.
Will Shuler and his center-right Democratic colleagues stick to their guns? Literally?
First off, there's nothing "center-right" about Heath Shuler. That's just more of Hood's happy-talk. After years of having the ear of North Carolina's media, John still thinks that what he says matters. The truth is, the only person paying attention to John Hood is me . . . and even I'm getting sick of it. So for the record, John, Heath Shuler is a conservative Democrat. That makes him center-left.
Submitted by gregflynn on Mon, 11/13/2006 - 10:37am
I wouldn't ordinarily do a cut and paste job but an email I just received is worth sharing on BlueNC for a few reasons. It reinforces that what we do here scratching around in the dirt can have an impact and that we can bring to light issues that would otherwise be overlooked by mainstream media. In recent weeks BlueNC became aware of telemarketing push-polling and misleading robo-calling especially in NC-11. Some of that awareness came via Talkingpointsmemo.com and TPMmuckraker.com. I would like to tip the hat to TPM and to credit Mother Jones for originating the story especially as the original story highlighted the involvement of Texan Bob Perry who also flushed money down the toilet for Charles Taylor:
You might have seen the November 6, 2006 front page story in the New York Times by reporter Christopher Drew ("New Telemarketing Ploy Steers Voters on Republican Path"). It's worth a look, not just because it's an important story, and not just because Mother Jones helped break it about three weeks ago. (More below the fold......)
If you close your eyes and drift for a moment, you might think you'd slipped into a time warp back to old Salem, when hordes of self-righteous white men, certain of their godliness, hunted down witches to burn them to hell. And so it is with the North Carolina Baptist Convention, meeting this week in Charlotte.
"We said we consider homosexual activity a sin," state convention spokesman Norman Jameson said. "We will not view favorably churches that allow that practice."
The state convention will initially investigate about 20 churches because they are listed on the Alliance of Baptists' Web site as a supporter. "Those churches that are listed are immediately under suspicion and opened to being questioned," Jameson said.
Click on this poster to get a full-frontal view of the right wing meltdown currently underway here in the Old North State. As you know, Mr. Blount resigned abruptly from his leadership role in the NC GOP on the heels of his miserable performance at the polls on Tuesday. I don't know who's behind this wanted poster, but could it be Art Pope's doing? Having flushed hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2006 electioneering, the Puppetmaster is bound to be pissed off about the performance of his minions. All that money and only one Hairdresser to show for it.
In other reports from behind the red curtain, the wingers are despondent, having been caught off guard by the trouncing of Charles Taylor, and the still-undecided fate of Flipper Hayes. In an email flying around the Internets, one of the more agitated sisters has accused Blount of 'reprehensible' cowardice for going on camera before the polls closed to announce his resignation. Plus he didn't even stick around for the end of the victory party. Boo hoo. Maybe he has more sense than we thought.
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