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.

Spitzer sues the Shrub--Easley needs to join in

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer announced today that he and seven other governors are suing the Shrub for not letting the states expand their State Children’s Health Insurance Programs. Something tells me that there's another governor who used to be an attorney general that needs to join this suit--namely, our governor, Mike Easley.

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