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Coy Privette gets 500 cards and letters from groupies saying "don't quit" - while the Cabarrus County Republican leadership finally calls for him to resign after he his guilty plea to aiding and abetting prostitution.

What is it with Republicans these days? Did someone change the meaning of GOP to "Good Old Perverts"?

Grier Martin for US Senate

This is a reprise of a post I wrote on June 26th. The only thing that's changed since then is that my enthusiasm for Grier Martin continues to grow. According to the Dome, Grier is taking a good hard look at jumping into this race. I encourage you to help him "look" by sending him words of encouragement and support. The time is right for Grier Martin to move boldly to challenge a woman many consider to be the worst North Carolina Senator in modern times.

Make Them Pay

Anyone who is paying attention to the transit fight in Shah-lot (ahem....Charlotte for our brethren from up nawth) has had an earful from all those selfish people who want riders on Charlotte buses to pay their "full fare". According to these folks, we wouldn't need a transit tax to subsidize bus riders if they were forced to pay a rate commensurate with the cost of their bus trip.


Let's see if I can't break this down for them in terms that their small little minds can wrap around, K? I know I don't need to explain this to anyone who reads here, so bear with me. Humor me. I just gotta get this out of my system.

Today at noon: BlueNC features WUNC featuring the Dynamic Duo

I'm going to try something new today during my lunch hour: I'm going to live-blog WUNC's State of Things, featuring political pundits Carter Wrenn and Gary Pearce. According to the blurb:

Carter Wrenn and Gary Pearce met when they were representing their bosses - Jesse Helms and Jim Hunt - over negotiations for a debate when both candidates were running for Senate in 1984. The two political operatives from different parties - Wrenn's a Reublican (sic), Pearce is a Democrat - reunited two years ago to form a blog, Listner (sic) Call-In

Thought for the week ahead

Many of the left-right conflicts facing our country today rest on some basic assumptions about the rights of corporations. This is of increasing interest to me because it fuels the passion of free-market fundamentalists and their all out assault on democracy.

Over the weeks and months ahead, I hope to be educating myself (and you) about the insidious takeover of all aspects of our culture and government by global corporations. In the meantime, I hope you'll read this excellent piece by Thom Hartmann.


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