Senate Bill 295 - Protecting Fetuses, Killing Adults

The death penalty news coming out of the General Assembly this session is not all good. Senator Brock (R-Davie and Rowan) has proposed a bill which would make it a capital offense to kill a pregnant woman - whether or not she or anyone else is aware of the pregnancy.

At a time when so many are calling for the narrowing of the capital statute, Senator Brock (and his co-sponsors Allran (R-Catawba and Iredell), Apodaca (R-Buncombe, Henderson, and Polk), Berger (R-Guilford and Rockingham), Blake (R-Harnett and Moore), Brown (R-Jones and Onslow), East (R-Alleghany, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin), Goodall (R-Mecklenburg and Union), Hunt (R-Wake), Jacumin (R-Burke and Caldwell), Pittenger (R-Mecklenburg, Preston (R-Carteret, Craven, and Pamlico), and Smith (R-Johnston and Wayne)) are trying to expand the statute in a way that is both unnecessary and unfair.

When is a tax increase not a tax increase?

When it's a royal decree by The Asphalt King? Some things are just too funny - like this exchange between Bill Graham and Fred Smith noted in the Charlotte Observer.

Salisbury lawyer Bill Graham's campaign has fired the first shot in the race for the Republican nomination for governor in 2008, but it was a bit off target. Graham staffer Andy Lancaster sent out a copy of a no-new-taxes pledge drafted by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity last year and signed by, among others, Sen. Fred Smith, of Johnston County near Raleigh.

Two over Ten, Will you Do It?

Folks, how much time can you spare to make a real difference? Can you spare two hours over ten weeks? Can you? As you may know, Health Care for All NC is a non-partisan, non-profit group that wants to give the citizens of North Carolina an Up or Down Vote on whether Health Care is a right or a privilege.


Constitutional amendment providing that health care is a fundamental right.

Health Care for All NC supports no particular plan for implementing universal health care, that will be a decision made by the best and brightest that our state government pulls together for that purpose. Public-private hybrid, Massachusetts forced care, single-payer. All of these are options.

Health Care for All NC has members throughout the state. Physicians who are members of Physicians for a National Health Program, small business owners who have faced the decision to stay open or to give health care to their employees, retirees who want everyone to have the quality of care they do through Medicare, and church groups who believe that thousands dying from a lack of insurance is a moral outrage. In Two over Ten, all of these people come together, asking you to participate over the next ten weeks in educating your legislators.

If you can spare two hours over ten weeks, then please follow me to the rest of the article.

Mr Smith Goes To Raleigh

This is about the only left turn Fred Smith will take for the next year and a half. In front of a crowd of about 60 people on the steps of Raleigh's Borden Building, Fred Smith declared his candidacy for Governor of North Carolina for 2008. The crowd was predominantly white males but included about 15 white females, about a dozen newsmen, three African-American males and a few right-wing bloggers including Lorie Byrd and Dean Stephens.

The setting was part of the former Methodist Orphanage that Smith claims as his background by virtue of his mother being a house matron for 24 boys. Speaking from the white columned porch of the two story brick building with slate roof and dormer windows Smith gave a predictable speech that garnered some polite applause from the generally demure crowd.


Don't Forget Young Dems Convention & Kissell Reception Tomorrow

Don't forget the Young Dems convention tomorrow in Greensboro at the Koury Convention Center. It's located just off I-40 at the Sheraton Four Seasons. This is working out to be an excellent event. I'm sorry I will miss the morning session.

Matt Gross is no longer able to attend for what are probably obvious reasons, but Chris Bowers from MyDD will be filling his shoes. Bowers is an excellent addition to the convention in my opinion. I don't always agree with him, but over time have become very impressed with his work.

More on the flip....

Weekend Wound Up: Three-Way Edition

Should be an excitable day in the inner sanctum at the North Carolina Party of Greed. Fredly Smith, the asphalt king, will announce his plans to run for governor. Which is very good news. He'll further fracture the Republican base and force Art Pope to spend even more of his family fortune to prop up Bob Orr's regrettable candidacy.

I would normally encourage folks to start doing opposition research, but don't bother. This is going to be an intra-party blood bath. Bill Graham is already taking shots at Smith, and his trial-lawyer background will come in handy in digging up the considerable dirt that's apparently available on Smith.

It's crunch John and Elizabeth Edwards today!

Although I haven't actually met all the regulars here I've come to think of us as an extended family. We squabble occassionally but usually in a good natured way. And, we all have the common dream of living in a state and a nation governed by folks whose first priority is what's best for "we the people." There hasn't been much of that type of governance going on in America or North Carolina for a long time and we're each in our way, and collectively, fighting to take back our country. I want to talk with you about two members of our family who need your help. I'm going to ask you to put your money where your heart is, and and ask you to do all you can to help them help us take our country back. More below the fold.

Nice Elizabeth article today

in the San Francisco Chronicle. I mean 'nice' here in the sense that the writer took the time to listen to some critics,

"You have to look out for other people in this life,'' Guy Smith, a Chronicle reader from Alameda, told me. "If I were in his shoes, I would abandon the campaign and spend time with the woman I love.''

and then he took the time to go further, to look into the deeper dynamics of a life with chronic illness.

That was a lovely thought with all the right intentions. But according to the cancer survivors, counselors and therapists I spoke to, it has just one problem -- it is dead wrong.

Karl Rove WILL answer the subpoena!

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson & My Left Wing

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