Dear Congressman Price

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I've heard you make the case that impeachment proceedings in the US House of Representatives would be a waste of time and a distraction. And you've heard me ask the question: distraction from what? It's clear that Congress is mired in a stalemate that will not end until Democrats have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. And in the meantime, only a few matters of significance are moving through the legislative pipeline.

Neal on Edwards

I was reading Jim Neal's blog today and found something I missed earlier: his personal take on the lasting impact of John Edwards. I asked Jim if I could cross-post the whole thing, so here you go.

Senator Edwards

John Edwards has made a lasting imprint on the political landscape of North Carolina and our country. His place in political history has been profound - and I expect that dropping his bid for the presidency is not the end of his legacy.

Not too much to ask: respect taxpaying LGBT citizens in NC

Cross-posted on Pam's House Blend.

We still have quite a way to go on the LGBT rights front here in NC, which is not exactly a hotbed of homophobia; in many ways the heart of the state has a live and let live attitude on social issues. That doesn't mean however, that our state government is where it needs to be in terms of respecting its tax-paying LGBT citizens.

I'm not just talking about life and death issues, such as violence against people because of sexual orientation or gender identity or being fired from your job. This post is about institutionalized, legal discrimination that is often overlooked, because it isn't a fire raging or putting one's life in jeopardy -- but what lies behind it are the same root causes.

This week I was faced with an amazing professional opportunity related to the sphere of my day job (I'm in academic publishing) that I could not consider for two reasons - both painful, with one completely out of my control.

Cliffside setback??

From NC WARN: This ruling should delay the Cliffside project at least two months, drive the price even higher, and seriously impair chances that the plant will ever be built. It’s also a mighty blow against polluting utilities and their control over our government.

Building A Progressive Movement

Cross-posted from The Progressive Pulse

What did we learn from the week of Super Tuesday? Mostly this…if turnout matters, the Democrats kicked some Republican ass.

Just how bad was the Dems smackdown? The numbers are truly staggering. In the 19 states where both Republican and Democratic primaries were held, Democratic turnout was 73% greater.

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Liveblogging the Tornadoes - Call For Help

Monkeyfister blogs from Memphis, TN, and he's been writing about the massive storms that hit the southeast Tuesday night:

LINK: "Bigassed tornado just 4-5 miles north of me. I HATE this shit. Sirens blaring constantly.

Very little scares me. THIS terrifies me.

UPDATE: 6:24PM. A tornado has touched down on top of the Hickory Ridge Mall in Northeast Memphis. Reports are saying the damage was VERY heavy. Plenty of people inside. Multiple injuries being reported."
"UPDATE 7:11PM-- Sears building hit with people inside. Debris from that hit spread miles away. A Sharp manufacturing plant was flattened. Reports of injuries. Every time a reporter gets to a scene, the newscaster asks, "Has Memphis Police or Firefighters set up any sort of Command Post anywhere?" The reports are always "NO,"
"UPDATE 7:30pm: A Taco Bell was flattened with people inside. Search is on for survivors. US Marshal's have been activated and are on the way to the area to assist.

The next wave of storms is producing baseball-sized hail, and tornadoes, and is about a 1/2 hour away.

The trouble with being poor

"The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time." - Willem de Kooning

Clearly, words spoken by someone who has been there unable to get ahead and in need of a hand up. Sadly, too many people who live here in NC's 8th district know this all too well. In fact, it is a bellwether District – a harbinger the rest of the nation should heed.

In so many ways, my District is like a microcosm of America. We have suburbs, farmland, small towns, a military base, as well as the big banking hub, Charlotte. We also have the highest unemployment in North Carolina with one in ten looking for work in some of our more rural areas, and an Associated Press ranking as one of the most economically devastated Districts in the nation. Our schools face challenges just like anywhere else, with the dropout rate in big cities now at a 6-year high, and the number of homeless children in our school system doubling this year even in our suburbs.


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