Breaking: Republicans try procedural end run to bring marriage amendment to vote

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Our wingnuts here will not quit. House Bill 493 is back and the Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly are trying to bring it to a floor vote next week by using a procedural end-run to recall the anti-gay amendment  from the Rules Committee.  (N&O):

House Republicans say they will attempt a procedural maneuver to bring up a proposed constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage. The bill, which has more than 60 co-sponsors, has been sitting in the House Rules Committee for months. House rules say 72 of the 120 members would have to agree to take up the measure to pull the bill out of the committee and onto the floor. A similar three-fifths majority of the members in the House and the Senate would be required to put the amendment on the ballot for the November election.

Mr. Speaker

Dear Speaker Hackney.

It's been a while since I last wrote to you - back before you were elected Speaker. From all I can see, you are doing an admirable job for the most part, navigating the swirling waters of North Carolina state politics with grace and honor. As well you should. You set the bar high in your opening speech as Speaker, when you said:

I come here today with the greatest respect for this North Carolina House of Representatives, and the people who come here to serve in it:

There is no place in this State where public servants are more in tune with the citizens of North Carolina, than in this chamber.

There is no place in this State where the issues of government and politics are better or more fully debated, than in this chamber.

There is no place in this State where the interests of the less fortunate of our citizens are better represented, than in this chamber.

Republican Death Wish

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The evil doings of Pat McHenry and his band of merry men are symptomatic of a larger self-destructive frenzy going on in the Republican party these days. Apparently unable to control their darker selves, they have pushed the limits of decency and integrity on every front. Today's vote in the Senate to continue to fund Bush's war in Iraq is but the latest piece of evidence that the Grand Old Party has lost its soul. Rather than acknowledge their catastrophic leadership failure, they have voted to "stay the course" in a train that is running hell-bent over a cliff.

Sue Myrick's New Bank - or "Pay Day Don't Always Come on Friday"

Rep Sue Myrick (R-NC) decided to pull her account from Bank of America since BOA's new credit card was illegal immigrant friendly. In hopes of scoring political points, Myrick said she would move her funds to Wachovia Bank, based out of Charlotte NC. Patriotic, right? Not so fast Sue - your new bank is sending thousands of NC jobs to India. This is not likely to win the hearts and minds of your constituents who wind up jobless. The jobless still get to vote, and so do their friends.

Edwards, 2001, Terrorism

Yes, yes, no front-paging of Presidential politics. But, I think you will find that this is different.

In the summer of 2001, when much of the Republican and Democratic policy community was obsessed with missile defense, Edwards urged more attention to terrorism. The North Carolina senator had such limited luck pitching an OpEd article on terrorism to major newspapers that the piece, warning of poor cooperation among federal and local law enforcement, ended up in the weekly Littleton Observer, circulation 2,230 -- four weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks.

Republicans, failed us on 9/11, failed us in Afghanistan, failed us in Iraq, vowing to torture in the future

Let's not mince words here. Democrats left office saying that we needed to worry about terrorism, that we needed to worry about Osama bin Laden. The Republicans dropped the ball, 9/11 happened on their watch, and they have done nothing to make our country more safe. Port security, nada. Food security, nada. Airline security, what a joke. We are no more safe today than we were on 9/10/2001. Remember that Osama waited over six years between attacks on U.S. soil - that means we haven't averted ANYTHING. The next attack should be coming anytime now, six years after 9/11/2001. And, we are no more safe. But, don't worry, even though they can't protect us, they are more than willing to stoop to the level of our enemies and torture those who MIGHT be responsible. In fact, they embrace torture.

Jerry Falwell Dead (4 cartoons!!!)



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When I heard the news, my head exploded with strip ideas. I couldn't decide which to do so I put them in a short series.

One of the most hateful men in America is now dead. What are politicians saying?

Dr. Falwell was a man of distinguished accomplishment who devoted his life to serving his faith and country." Sen. John McCain

How did he serve? Teaching hate and intolerance to Americans under the guise of "religion."

"An American who built and led a movement based on strong principles and strong faith has left us." Mitt Romney

We all have great respect for him." Rudy Giuliani.

Uh, Rudy, some of us don't. Do you also respect Pol Pot? David Duke? Fred Phelps maybe?

Falwell will only be missed by the worst of us and you must be one of them.

To see the all four strips in the series hit the flip.

Poor Pat

Little Pat McHenry has his knickers in a knot. The mean old libruls are out to get him, and darn it, he didn't do nothin' wrong. Just ask him. Think Progress has the next act in the unfolding drama.

CBS News recently reported that a campaign aide to Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) had been indicted on charges of voter fraud. The aide, Aaron Lay, is alleged to have “illegally cast his ballot in two 2004 congressional primary runoffs in which McHenry was a candidate.” McHenry barely won the primary campaign, in which Lay served as a political director, by a margin of just 86 votes.

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