Interesting Polling Title and Results

If you look over at the headlines in the Premium Blogad section you will notice the headine: "New Poll: Obama Crushes Giuliani". I was interested, I clicked. The page goes on to describe the poll results this way:

May 6, 2007, 12:10AM EDT UPDATE:
GOP death march..... If new polling is accurate, it may not matter who the Republicans nominate.... For the first time this year, Rudy Giuliani trails all three Democratic frontrunners, according to a poll released today.... Newsweek reports that Barack Obama leads Giuliani 50%-43%; Hillary Clinton leads Giuliani 49-46%; and John Edwards leads Giuliani 50%-44%....

First, I like the idea that all of our candidates are kicking the collective butts of all of their candidates. I find it interesting that a seven point lead would be called crushing, and that Obama gets all the love when Edwards also leads by 6 points. There is something else that comes up in this poll, which I have seen over and over again, and which I cannot explain at all.

Big "report" due out this week!

If you're like me, you get pretty darned excited when you hear that the Art Pope Puppetshow is getting ready to release one of its new "reports." So hold on to your hats, buckaroos, because this one promises to be a doozie!

A new study comparing faculty compensation in the University of North Carolina system with peer institutions around the country will be released on Wednesday, May 9, at 11:00 a.m. at a press conference in the Legislative Press Room. The study is published by the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy and written by Jon Sanders, a policy analyst and research editor with the John Locke Foundation. Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger (R-District 26) will host the press conference.

Whooooeeee, this is gonna be a good one, 'specially since it was written by none other than Jon Sanders, one of the Puppetshow's many experts on higher education. In fact, a quick Googly search shows that Jon Boy is actually an expert on just about everything!

Swan song, sour notes


Lynne Bonner at the N&O does a decent job today chronicling the decline and fall of community mental health under the "leadership" of Carmen Hooker Odom and Mike Easley.

Easley responded to calls for her ouster with public statements of support. He and Hooker Odom emphasized Friday that she has had plans for months to leave for the health-care policy foundation, where she has served as a member of the board.

"Secretary Odom told me in January that she had this extraordinary opportunity to have a nationwide, even global, impact on critical health policies," Easley said in a statement. "I wish her all the best in her new endeavor and I appreciate her effective leadership and hard work during the past six years as head of the Department of Health and Human Services. She has handled one of the most challenging jobs in the state with great skill and compassion for all those the department touches."

So Mr. Mike knew Carmen was leaving back in January. Which means Mr. Mike knew Madame Secretary already had one foot out the door while a completely mismanaged meltdown of community mental health was going on in North Carolina.

Maybe we should all go pro

This week's Exile on Jones Street column,fresh from the actual, printed pages of The Carrboro Citizen.

Maybe we should all go pro.

When it comes to sports, this is that time of year I most dislike. This is when those thin walls that separate college and professional athletics come down and we start seeing dollar figures instead of majors and year in school in the descriptive clauses of individuals who’ve played loyally for our chosen schools.

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