General Assembly Plays Chicken With People's Lives

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As usual, Chris Fitzsimon does some excellent work at NC Policy Watch. This is important.

Read the story . . . and then contact every Democratic representative you can find. Don't bother with Republicans like this jerk-off. They're not worth your trouble. And don't bother with the Senate either. From all I can tell, they're a sold-out bunch of Republicans in Democratic clothing.

NC Bar Finds Nifong Guilty of Violating Ethics Rules UPDATE

As found in the Charlotte Observer:

The North Carolina State Bar has charged Nifong with making misleading statements misleading and inflammatory comments about the three athletes, lying to both the court and bar investigators, and withholding critical DNA test results from the players' defense attorneys.

The DOJ's Zealous Attempt to Purge North Carolina's Voter Registration Rolls

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The Department of Justice and Les Merritt, State Auditor - want to purge North Carolina's voter rolls - by 10 Percent. The State Board of Elections disagrees. The Charlotte Observer broke the story first, then the News and Observer , then Facing South (very comprehensive) and then all over the internet:

The Charlotte Observer provides the unvarnished version, while the rest of the media has slanted the title of the story.

The story begins in earnest on April 18, 2007 with this memo from the Department of Justice to the North Carolina State elections officials. This DOJ memo serves in effect as "license to purge voters" if an election official were so inclined. This memo reads just like a form letter, citing no specific registration numbers and fails to provide the "official" report that it alludes to.

But the DOJ is wrong.

BlueNC Community Rules - Open Thread

In an effort to promote an open forum here at BlueNC, we haven't imposed a long list of rules or established a large number of offenses that would result in the deletion of content or IP banning of a registered user. However, certain rules are necessary to protect an open forum. For example, exposing someone's offline identity when they've taken precautions to protect it, threats and excessive "trollish behavior could all be considered reasons for banning a user.

We are currently working on the wording of these rules so that they can be added to the FAQ this weekend, however, I'd like to open this up for discussion. Are there other rules we need to discuss? Is there something you think we're missing? (OK...keep it within reason.)

I'll update this as the FAQ is updated.

UPDATE: John Edwards takes on Big Pharma AND Big Insurance

First, John Edwards came out talking about Universal Health Care when no one else would. Then, he came out with the first and ONLY truly Universal Health Care plan by a front-runner on either side. Now, he is detailing his plan for how to TRULY cut costs, not just to talk about it, but how to really do it. And, one of the issues behind his proposals is to take on Big Drug.

Edwards' plan would remove long-term patents for companies that develop breakthrough drugs and then reap large profits because of the monopolies those patents provide, according to a statement by Edwards obtained Wednesday evening.

Edwards said offering cash incentives instead would allow multiple companies to produce those drugs and drive down prices.

Ezra Klein says:

This is a huge deal, undoubtedly the biggest and most transformative health policy idea we've heard during this cycle

Matthew Yglesias says:

I wasn't really as blown away by John Edwards health care as some others I know (it was good, though) but this here is a real game-changer...That's an idea that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

UPDATE after the break.

Google moves to Southern Village in Chapel Hill

Okay, maybe not. But, I couldn't help but notice that the office space adjacent to the Edwards campaign, also located in Chapel Hill, now has a Google sign on it. AND, that Google has had an office on Franklin Street for many years. The article in the N&O says they have 5 employees, but that office space they moved into is HUGEish.

Wonder what the deal is?


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