College Hardball Tour with Chris Matthews

Keep your eyes and ears peeled, as I'll be in the audience for the taping of Hardball with Chris Matthews - with Special Guest John Edwards. Seems that Chris Matthews will be back from whatever vacation/illness kept him from doing the last tour stop.

Is John Edwards running for president? That's just one tough question Hardball host Chris Matthews will ask the former vice presidential nominee at the College Tour on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The event will be held at Memorial Hall and this will be my first chance to visit since the renovations. Can't wait to see what it looks like and get a sense of the environment. The $64,000 question is, of course, will he announce. The later emails I received suggested the addition of Mrs. Elizabeth Edwards to the show, so hang around to catch her as well.

The show will air live at 5pm on MSNBC and the taped version will be on at 7pm.


Morgan Challenges NC SBOE Decision

Momo is at work, but took the time to point out an article in this morning's Pilot. It deserves our full attention.

Remember watching the coverage of the SBOE meeting where Morgan challenged the contributions made by Art Pope's Variety Stores to the 527 he used to send mailers intended to oust Morgan?

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Tough Decisions

Our new Democratic congress isn't yet seated and a slight aroma of corruption is wafting through the halls of the congressional office buildings. This time, though it isn't coming from the Republicans.

Yes, it's the same two men who were under investigation before November's elections, Alan Mollohan and William Jefferson.

According to The Hill:

If incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and fellow leaders decide to keep Jefferson off Ways and Means, they could open themselves to charges of following a double standard by allowing Mollohan to become chairman of an Appropriations subcommittee, as he is now poised to do.

Top Democrats are dealing with questions regarding what to do about Jefferson and Mollohan at the same time that they must decide how to reward lawmakers who have raised tens of thousands of dollars for the party but find themselves with less seniority than stingier colleagues on subcommittees.

No final decisions have been made, but it seems to me that either both get their committees/subcommittees, or both do not.

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Surprise, surprise

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As one of the top reporters for the News and Observer, SURELY David Ranii could find a more credible source than Pope Puppet John Hood for his otherwise informative story about the very smart idea to create earned income tax credits for the working poor here in North Carolina.

I wonder if he actually talked to Hood, or if he just went back into the N&O's archive of Free Market Fantasy Hits to come up with this gem:

"I don't see a justification for an earned-income tax credit," said John Hood, president of the conservative John Locke Foundation. The federal earned-income tax credit, he said, has led to significant fraudulent claims. "I'd hate to see that replicated in North Carolina," Hood said.

NY Times Gets Gay In Raleigh

It's not often there's a story from Raleigh on the front page of the New York Times, but it looks like Tuesday's edition taps into an anxious vein of North Carolina's evangelical heart.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Justin Lee believes that the Virgin birth was real, that there is a heaven and a hell, that salvation comes through Christ alone and that he, the 29-year-old son of Southern Baptists, is an evangelical Christian. Just as he is certain about the tenets of his faith, Mr. Lee also knows he is gay, that he did not choose it and cannot change it.

BlackOut-NC Is Making a List

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingFrom the News and Observer, December 4th: "Although vote-counting is difficult, the conventional wisdom among lawmakers and lobbyists is that Black has 23 or 24 votes of the 68 Democrats -- and no other Democrat has even close to that total."

BlackOut-NC is trying to figure out who the 23 or 24 pro-Jim Black Democrats are and which 44 or 45 are willing to shift the paradigm in Raleigh. Contact your representative to ask if she/he will commit to voting for anybody but Jim Black for Speaker of the House, then go leave the name, district, and disposition in a comment section at BlackOut-NC or email them at ethicalgov A T yahoo D o T com.

Four sample emails are on display here.

Find a Representative's contact info here.

When Are Criminals Adults?

North Carolina is one of three states that automatically treat 16-year-olds as adults. A proposal by the North Carolina Sentencing Commission, the group designated to advise the General Assembly on matters involving sentencing, would give district attorneys the discretion to treat 13 to 16-year-olds as either jeuveniles or adults. The N&O has a good summary of the proposal, but the gist of the controversy is that due to youth, young teenagers may make poor decisions based on youth that might not justify being sent to adult prisons while young teenagers tend to commit the most violent crimes, again due in part to youth.

Whether these recommendations are good policy is a much different question than whether they will be adopted, which is not very high given the "law and order" demands of the populace.

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Open thread: Monday, Monday

Two weeks to Christmas day and my end-of-year work work is kicking into high gear. If you're the Puppetmaster or Jim Black, this should come as good news because I won't have time to deliver the scorn and ridicule you both deserve.

A few news bits today caught my interest.

The N&O weighs in, sensibly, on religious freedom. Expect the wackos to be out in full force insisting that their Christian god should have a permanent place in our courtrooms.

The "reporters" Under the Dome quite nearly cut-and-paste a press release from the Perdue campaign as their lead story. I received the campaign email last week.

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