Governor Easley vs US Navy

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Plymouth Mayor Brian Roth

Hooray for the Governor! It would appear a straight shot may have been fired across the Navy’s bow last week when Plymouth Mayor Brian Roth was presented Governor Easley’s prestigious Municipal Conservationist of the Year Award, at the N.C. Wildlife Federation banquet. It was part of the 2006 Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards program. This is a huge award and hopefully an endorsement for his unbelievably powerful opposition to the Navy's proposed OLF. An outstanding choice for this award!

The Mayor, North Carolinians Opposed to the Outlying Landing Field (NO-OLF) and over 100 other national, state and local organizations have done an exceptional job of standing up for our state. They are protecting all of our rights and the wildlife habitat of eastern North Carolina. NO-OLF

We hope the Governor has acknowledged, through this award, what is really being done to the people in our own state, by the people of Virginia, and by our own federal government. We applaud the Governor for this award. This OLF is not good for the environment and wildlife. By recognizing Mayor Roth with this award, it is telling others across our country and within our state, that while we can support our military, we do not have to sacrifice anyone’s rights or the environment.


Open thread

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You know what to do.

My Ideas: Economic Development

There are so many important issues facing North Carolina today. You’ll likely hear candidates for state office debating health care, education and environmental policies. But none of the proposed solutions will work if we don’t have the money to fund them. That is why I believe we must make economic development a top priority for all communities.

Textiles and tobacco no longer form the backbone of North Carolina’s economy. According to the Employment Security Commission, more than 5,000 businesses have shuttered over the last two decades. Many of those closings affected hundreds of workers and their families, making ghost towns of once vibrant communities.

If nothing else, those devastating closings taught us the danger of putting all our eggs in one basket. Instead of working to attract one big business to North Carolina, I believe it makes more sense to support smaller, community-based companies that are less likely to pick up and leave in search of friendlier tax codes. Backing 10 local companies to increase their employment by 30 people is a more economically sustainable solution to job creation than finding one company to employ 300.

Al Qaeda vs MS-13 (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson

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Worst presidents list anyone?

Via Ex, feel free to jump into this round of Worst.President.Ever.

Feels a little odd to be taking my cues from USA Today (via Atrios at least), but for his Presidents Day editorial/blog post Big Al says he was wrong to criticize Hillary Clinton for calling Bush among the worst and he now puts the prez atop the worst-ever list:

I was wrong. This is my mea culpa. Not only has Bush cracked that list, but he is planted firmly at the top.

The responses to the edit/post are interesting, too--especially the one about this just being Bush's third quarter and needing to play out the rest of the two years before the place-in-history thing can be assessed. OK, I'll run with that. How about early in the fourth quarter, he's down 60-6 and he keeps giving the ball to Crazy Legs Cheney?
Al also mentions Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan, Ulysses Grant, Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon as his top worst prior to the new Bush worsening of the office.
Any thoughts on your top five rotten execs?

Statewide Health Promotion Bill from Verla Insko

Verla Insko is at it again, trying to make North Carolina healthier, one small step at a time. You are going to hear a lot about Rep. Insko this session, as Progressives fight for mental health parity, a better state healthcare plan, a high-risk pool, AND the one thing that would make the rest obsolete - Universal Health Care.

But, today, I'd like to introduce you to one of the smaller bills that Rep. Insko has proposed. It's called "AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE STATEWIDE HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM", and it quite simply provides funds for ONE Public Health Professional per county to "work on the public health issues of physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use". It has lots of support with sponsorship by: Weiss, England, Williams, Adams, Alexander, Bordsen, Carney, Coates, Dickson, Faison, Farmer-Butterfield, Fisher, Glazier, Goforth, Hall, Harrison, Holliman, Luebke, McLawhorn, Tarleton, Underhill, E. Warren and Wray.

Think of the impact 100 Public Health Professionals can have on the health of North Carolina. Think about 100 events per week in our schools, in our churches, in our community centers, our senior centers, our firehalls, our police stations, our postoffices, pretty much everywhere. That is 5200 events in one year. What if they do one event per day, 250 days a year, that is 25,000 events per year, making a difference in the lives of North Carolinians. It's a good bill that deserves to make it out of Committee and be debated.
email Rep. Insko and let her know you support her efforts.

About those illegal immigrants.

You don't like Illegal Immigrants/Undocumented Workers? Fine. But, don't hand me that whooey about them being the cause of our healthcare woes. From a comment I made over at

Voter Support for Progressive Agenda

OnPoint Polling and Research has released the results of a poll showing strong support for a progressive agenda.

Thanks to The Progressive Pulse for the heads-up.

North Carolina Voters Strongly Support Agenda for Education, the Environment and, Working

Raleigh, N.C. – Likely voters in North Carolina are overwhelmingly in favor of several public policy proposals regarding education, the environment, and working families, according to an OnPoint Polling and Research survey conducted February 8. The survey was commissioned by AARP North Carolina, the NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Conservation Council of NC, Equality NC, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Central NC, and the North Carolina AFL-CIO.

Dole Still below 50%

A new poll has been released by Public Policy Polling. Following closely on the heels of this earlier poll, Elizabeth Dole is in big trouble.

For this poll, respondents were asked to choose between Dole and Etheridge. Etheridge has little name ID outside of his district. He is known mostly as a strong voice for his district, and for being a good run of the mill Democrat. However, very few people know him west of Raleigh.

And yet, he only loses to Elizabeth Dole 45-30.

Rethink Your Precincts - Resolutions

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Rethink Your Precinct - The Stakes

Find Your Precinct Meeting here.

If you are outside of Buncombe County, click here to find your precinct meeting info.

Tomorrow's precinct meetings across Buncombe County come as the Democratic Party stands at a crossroads. To the right lies the status quo, with it's collective centuries of wisdom and inertia. To the left lies an activist reactor of Progressive energy with its stable and unstable elements. Behind us is a history of Party complacency, of power concentrated in the hands of a few who made decisions behind closed doors. Ahead lies the possibility for a union of the old and the new as progressives team with the Old Guard to create an unstoppable Democratic Party juggernaut.

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