In praise of bored Chinese Jews?

If you're not stopping by The Progressive Pulse at NC Policy Watch from time to time, you're missing some good stuff - like this amazing story about Representative Curtis Blackwood, a truly vile creature by any standard I can imagine.

The Union County Republican told a committee that Japanese people are better at science than Americans, while "Jewish people do better than our general population in verbal," and the Chinese really know how to produce things more cheaply than we do. No love for the wily Filipino, huh Curt? (Credit to Marlon Brando for that one.) It's bad enough when Hollywood stars talk like that, but, honestly, a state lawmaker? That's pathetic. And racist. And a smidge xenophobic. Also, it's nonsensical. Last time I checked, the general population of the US included a fair number of Jews, not to mention plenty of people of Asian extraction.

Tony Rand- Repub in Sheep's Clothing?

The Raleigh News & Observer reports today that Senate Majority leader Tony Rand (D- Allegedly) has authored a bill that is anti-consumer and a gift to the insurance lobby:

A bill introduced in the state Senate calls for stripping the North Carolina insurance commissioner's authority to set rates on auto, homeowners and workers' compensation insurance.

Under the measure, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand at the urging of the insurance industry, a Superior Court judge would rule on rate disputes after conducting a hearing. Currently, the insurance commissioner presides over such hearings and determines the maximum rates that insurers can charge.

NC has a relatively strong Insurance Commissioner. To the industry, that's a bad thing. The solution, of course, is to strip him of his ability to regulate rates. And on top of that, the burden of proof would be reversed, so that insurance companies would almost automatically be granted whatever rate hikes they sought. This is a play right out of the GOP playbook. Why would an alleged Democrat even consider this, let alone author it?

An Introduction to NC-03 (Or, how to create a Perfect Storm)

In my diary ranking the potential pick up opportunities in North Carolina I ranked NC-03 as #3, a second tier pickup opportunity. There were more than a few people who asked for more information so I thought I should oblige.


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Russia and the Oil Revolution

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson & My Left Wing


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Even the NRA Takes Aim at the Navy

You know you're in a world of hurt when you're the US Navy and the freakin' National Rifle Association is on your case. But that's just what the NO OLF Brigade announced today in Washington DC. Babs Barrett, of the steadily improving McClatchy news organization, wrote the story.

WASHINGTON - The outlying landing field that the U.S. Navy wants to build in eastern North Carolina could have national and even international implications for wildlife and sports enthusiasts, according to a coalition of activists who spoke this morning at a news conference in the nation’s capital.

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Open thread: Where's Liddy?

Kudo's to the North Carolina Democratic Party for asking the $64,000,000,000 question: Where's Liddy? This is most excellent.



Can we reach 2 million?

Recently there have been a ton of diaries about John Edwards at dailykos. I thought that I should point out something to those at BlueNC who might not be reading all 10 of these a day.

In the next few days we will reach the end of March. 2 weeks after that, campaigns will be filing their first quarter reports. I am looking forward to this report, mostly to see how bad Liddy is doing.

However, for the entire month of April there will be one story. How much did the presidential contenders raise? Followed by, "What do the numbers mean?"

Well, a while ago John Edwards passed over 1 million dollars through ActBlue. I was impressed by this, to say the least. However, in the past week or two he has raised well over 600,000. In fact, in the past 4 hours or so he has raised about 50,000 through ActBlue (unless my math is off).

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Karl Rove Suspects Sue Myrick Will Not Run

Holy Cow! I had seen the Karl Rove list that named Robin Hayes' seat as one the Republicans might lose, but in an updated list at MyDD posted by Chris Bowers and compiled by Howie Klein, there is a bombshell.

Sue Myrick has a single asterisk by her name[page 28] and according to Rove's super duper secret code, that single asterisk is meant to indicate a candidate that Rove either knows will not or suspects will not run. Karl Rove either knows Sue Myrick is not going to run or he suspects she's not going to run.

Wow! Feel the shock on the flip...

Larry Kissell, Rep. Artur Davis, Rep. Brad Miller, Stuart Rothenberg, Chris Bowers: Big Big News

You might have wondered what happened to Larry Kissell after November's election. We haven't been bringing much news out from North Carolina about him, so wanted to update you on all that has happened.

Larry Kissell immediately declared his intent to run again in 2008. He might have slowed down over winter holidays, but he hasn't missed a beat. He is already running like an old pro and is doing what he can to help other prospective congressional candidates in North Carolina.

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Iraq Invasion Excuse #423

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson & My Left Wing


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