McHenry Uses Taxpayer Money to Attack Immigrants

McHenry uses tax payer money to misrepresent his stand on Illegal Immigration and other issues.

Mr. McHenry’s close friends and neo-conservative allies like Tom DeLay, Carl Rove and Dennis Hassert are now gone from Washington, leaving a bad smell behind them. Suddenly Mr. McHenry wants us to believe he has helped Veterans and that he has always been against Illegal Immigration.

Welcome and thanks to Steve for posting this. Frontpaged. A.

North Carolina Democratic Party Investigates FCC Chairman Kevin Martin

The North Carolina Democratic Party today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Office of the Inspector General to obtain a detailed list of Chairman Kevin Martin’s recent travel.

The request comes in the wake of numerous news reports that Chairman Martin may be using public funds and his position as Chairman of a large government agency to seek elected office in North Carolina.

Perdue, Moore, Obama, Hillary and Laura

Laura Leslie has an interesting take on the relationship between the presidential and gubernatorial races.

Char-O’s Mark Johnson and the N&O’s Rob Christensen weighed in on how a meaningful national primary might influence NC’s state-level races. I think they both make good points, but I have to say - I think the two who stand to gain the most from activity in their respective party primaries are Bev Perdue and Fred Smith.

Egg on my face - Open Thread

Boy, oh boy! I sure do feel terrible. I thought it was a good time to highlight our LG live-blog sessions. I had in the back of my mind that all three of the more "progressive" candidates had already been offered individual live-blog opportunities. I was wrong. Both Hampton Dellinger and Pat Smathers have been invited to live-blog with us and an invitation will also be sent to Walter Dalton as well. I apologize for the oversight.

A forceful liberal

Courtesy of The Dome.

Former UNC-Chapel Hill law dean Gene Nichol, a forceful liberal voice and an occasional lightning rod, resigned abruptly today as president of the College of William & Mary in Virginia. In a letter to William & Mary supporters, Nichol said he was informed Sunday by college leaders that his contract would not be renewed in July. He then decided to step down immediately, and, in a parting shot, said he refused an offer of "substantial economic incentives" to remain quiet about the reasons for his departure, Jane Stancill reports.

Change is in the air

(Photo from the News and Observer)

With all the high-flying campaign rhetoric these days, you'll be forgiven for thinking this post is about John Edwards for Barack Obama. Because no matter how important the political change they represent, a more fundamental change is upon us: climate change.

The implications of climate change are mind-boggling in the truest sense of the word. No one can fully understand exactly how our world and our culture will be affected, but it's a safe bet the consequences will be far-reaching. For example, the N&O today leads with this headline: Yearlong fire season possible.

Democratic Candidates: File Now! [Update] - Open Thread

Last Summer, I wrote a short series of posts on

Why we need to have Democrats run in every race,

What it takes to be a candidate,

and Obstacles to succeeding as a candidate.

I will be filing myself tomorrow for NC House 37, but I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to seriously consider running and to think about it now before filing ends on Feb 29th.

You may be the candidate you've been waiting for!

Bumped, fp'd by Betsy. This is a perfect open thread to keep track of folks filing in your area.

In Defense of "Electability"

I've been lurking for awhile and have noticed a recurring idea, implicit or explicit, in many posts - "electability." I've seen it most prominently in connection with the Lieutenant Governor's primary, but it's also a big issue (of course) on the national scene. Hence Obama's constant references to his better chances to win the general election. Some people seem to deride the idea at all times, or at least pay it mere lip-service while advocating candidates who have no real chance in the general election, and I think that's foolish.

Duplicitous Dole

If you've ever wondered how our very senior senator has managed to fool most of the people most of the time (no, I'm not talking about her many face lifts), you'll want to check out Rob Schofield's excellent analysis of Dole's voting strategies.

For the most part, she votes in lockstep with the Bush Administration and Republican leadership – whether it’s on the war, tax cuts for the wealthy, or even limiting expansion of the SCHIP children’s health insurance program. However, Dole has also been careful to cast occasional votes that seem to shave at least a little bit of the far right edge off of her image and forestall opposition attack ads when she seeks reelection.


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