It's unanimous!

The Supreme Court unanimously smacks down Duke Energy for trying to end-run the Clean Air Act. This case was argued by lawyers from the Southern Environmental Law Center, who recently spoke at the political salon hosted by my wonderful wife here in Chapel Hill!

This is very good news.

The U.S. Supreme Court gave a boost Monday to a federal clean air initiative aimed at forcing utilities to install pollution control equipment on aging coal-fired power plants. In a unanimous decision, the justices ruled against Duke Energy Corp. in a lawsuit brought by the Clinton administration, part of a massive enforcement effort targeting more than a dozen utilities.

Rhymes with destitute

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I've never heard of Jim Culbertson, but if he represents the best judgment of the North Carolina Party of Greed, we're in for a fun ride over the next 18 months. According the the News and Observer, Culbertson is all ga-ga over the candidacy (rhymes with idiocy) of occasional drag-queen Rudy Giuliani.

Of course, Jim Culbertson's claim to fame goes far beyond supporting the Rudy clown who just happened to be mayor of New York of 9/11, the very same corrupt greeder who went into business with this crook. Indeed, Mr. Culbertson is partly responsible for the installing the lunatic Child King in the White House throne room, having been Bush's go-to Ranger in North Carolina in both 2000 and 2004. Not the brightest bulb in the box, that's for sure.

Yes Virginia, No Carolina

"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Senator Elizabeth Dole.
"Papa says, 'If you see it on FOX NEWS it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Senator Dole?

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see in the liberal media. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little, in the mind of Karl Rove. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge, though not by intelligent design capable of grasping but a fraction of truth and knowledge.

Witch hunt?

The N&O has a story this morning that explores donations to Richard Moore from lawyers the Treasurer's office does business with. In my view, it's all smoke and no fire. Every important lawyer in North Carolina gives money to politicians at all levels.

"There are no conflicts," Moore said in a recent interview. "The state of North Carolina has got good value and services from these folks. If they have chosen to be politically active, that is their decision. I think you'll find those firms are politically active with every single statewide officeholder, or many of them."

As many of you know, I lean toward Beverly Perdue for governor. I even supported her with contributions last year. But that doesn't mean I like seeing Richard Moore slammed with a hit piece like this by the N&O.

Rand is wrong

Dcobranchi asked the right questions earlier this week in response to Tony Rand's puzzling proposals to gut consumer protections against the insurance industry. Wayne Goodwin, Assistant Commissioner of Insurance, weighed in on the issue this morning here at BlueNC.

Now the News and Observer has jumped in with both feet, with a great editorial.

Perhaps Jim Long, North Carolina's insurance commissioner, kicked state Sen. Tony Rand's dog, or scratched the majority leader's shiny new car. Why else would Rand introduce legislation to strip Long of his power to rule on auto, home and workers' comp insurance rates? Or could it be that the insurance industry sought out Rand to scuttle a system that works fine for North Carolina customers -- and, by the way, for the bottom lines of insurance companies operating in the state. The bill is clearly a case of fixing what isn't broke. It should die quietly.

Too late for Liddy



The hand-writing is on the wall. The United States Navy will not get its wishes at Site C. The list of powerful elected officials opposing the site has reached a critical mass. Even poor old Walter Jones has finally seen the light and jumped off the OLF train.

WASHINGTON, N.C. Another congressman who represents voters near a proposed Navy landing field in eastern North Carolina says the site isn't the best one for the project. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., represents Beaufort County and said in a letter to Navy Secretary Donald Winter that the Navy should pick another site in North Carolina for the outlying landing field, or OLF. Jones is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Starting to set the Record Straight regarding Congressman Walter Jones in NC-03

In the short time I have been a member here at BlueNC, I have noted from time to time writers who, when discussing Walter Jones, talk about him as though he were a Democrat in Republican clothing. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I just took a sampling of his record for your edification.

IS CONGRESSMAN WALTER JONES A GOOD “BUSH” REPUBLICAN?
YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!

Rep. Jones voted against cracking down on the oil and gas industries price gouging.

Big oil and gas industries have given Rep. Jones $65,408.
Rep. Jones voted to strip overtime protection from millions of workers.

Big drug interests have given $30,635 to Jones over the Representative's career. They know who their friends are.
Jones has taken $1,000 from House Majority Leader John Boehner (.John Boehner actually handed out checks from the tobacco industry on the floor of the US Congress).

Before Someone Thinks this is an April Fools' Joke...

Please help on dKos. -Sam

I'm a big Biden supporter. Sure, that's not a particularly popular position with the netroots - it's much easier for me when I talk about how I gave Ned Lamont $50, how I ran for County Commissioner on liberal values, or how I gave Larry Kissell a few months of my life.

But I like Joe Biden, in spite of his flaws. I interned for him a few years ago, and he was always honest when he talked to me - which was quite often. In addition to having personal courage - I'm sure all of you know the tragic story about his first wife and his daughter - he's a man who fights smart fights, like when he came close to making the Iraq War and eventual occupation much less of a disaster. He's never been in the DLC (double-check your source if you're thinking about debating that), and that means a lot to me. And there was one moment while I was working for him that completely sealed the deal. But then there was the Obama thing ...

Miller Googles Google

Most of us have used Google Maps, either to find out how to get from point "A" to point "B", or just to take a look at a place we've never been. It seems that some how, the post-Katrina satellite pictures of New Orleans have been replaced with pre-Katrina pictures.

Brad Miller,NC-13, chair of the sub-committee on investigations for the House Committee for Science and Techology wants to know why.

"Google's use of old imagery appears to be doing the victims of Hurricane Katrina a great injustice by airbrushing history," subcommittee chairman Brad Miller, D-North Carolina, wrote in a letter to Schmidt.(chair and CEO of Google, Inc.)

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