War without end

I can't wait until the Congressional races for 2008 start heating up, but I'm ready to light some matches right now. For example, please join me in contacting all North Carolina Congressmen and our two so-called Senators with this specific question:

Farm bill fight

Vastly different House and Senate versions of the reauthorization of the federal farm bill. The big issue is funding for conservation programs. Senate, yes. House, no. Via Medill:

WASHINGTON – The chairmen of the Senate and the House Agriculture Committees unveiled drastically different plans for funding farm conservation programs last week, setting the stage for a debate that may last well into September with billions of subsidy dollars for farmers at stake.

Adam Searing on Perdue

When it comes to covering health care issues in North Carolina, nobody does it with more passion than Adam Searing at the North Carolina Health Access Coalition, which is part of the NC Justice Center. I don't always agree with Adam, but he mostly gets it right. In one of his regular email updates this week, he had this to say about Beverly Perdue.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR FOCUSES ON FUTURE: Eleven states have already taken action to move towards covering all children with sliding-scale affordable coverage. Last week, while the Senate dithered about covering kids, Lieutenant Governor Perdue acted.

Budget action: No . . . or veto

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Okay. It's crunch time. Last chance to do your duty.

I'm not usually an alarmist, so forgive me for raising holy hell this weekend about the complete and utter collapse of sanity in Raleigh with regard to the state budget. If you're not worried about the budget, you should be. And if you're not in action yet, it's time to get crackin'.

On Monday night, June 4th, the legislature will convene to consider the vast differences between the Senate's Republican budget and the slightly more progressive House budget. There will be a vote to determine whether the House concurs with the Senate.

Assuming the Republican government-haters hang together, which they will, only nine Democrats have to vote for the budget for it to be a done deal. I say again: Only nine Democrats have to sell out for this pathetic budget to move on to Governor Easley's desk.

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The Mainstream Media absolutely loves the idea of ups and downs. Whether it is the N & O’s pretty arrows, the dunce hats and cowboy hats of the Indy, or the classic Cheers and Jeers; everyone loves to give accolades and hate.

Well, today I am going to try and do the same for North Carolina Politics.

Moore Money

Mark Binker has a good post that reports on some encouraging comments from Richard Moore regarding the upcoming budget clash.

Moore is not enamored with the $1.2 billion the Senate would spend on Certificates of Participation (known as COPs), which is a way for the state to borrow money without going to the voters for bond approval. (snip) The state constitution, he said, is fairly clear on how government should go about borrowing. "If they're such great ideas, why can't we vote?" Moore said.


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