Pat McCrory humiliated by two Republican Council members on economic justice issue

On Monday, August 26 Pat McCrory saw two of his Republican colleagues join with Democrats to override his veto of the Charlotte City Council's plan to purchase a nuisance property in the Belmont neighborhood in Charlotte. This action by the council will serve to protect the Belmont neighbors from the crime that surrounds this property and should help improve the property values for the homeowners.

If Pat McCrory can't rally support from his fellow Republicans on something like this, how is it exactly he's going to work with a Democratic House and Senate in North Carolina if elected Governor?

While you mull that one over, let me tell you a little about the neighborhood Pat McCrory doesn't feel is deserving of help from the city.

Four percent

Poor Liddy. Can't get no respect. Via the Dome.

The League of Conservation Voters named U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole to its "Dirty Dozen." The advocacy group tracks members of Congress on its scorecard of votes on environmental issues, but it periodically issues a list of what it considers the 12 worst.

"Senator Dole's record proves that she's working in the best interests of Exxon-Mobil, not the people of Raleigh-Durham," said political director Tony Massaro in a statement.

The group has given Dole a lifetime rating of four percent on its environmental scorecard for votes against incentives for renewable energy and for tax breaks for oil companies.

If the media didn't cover it, did it happen?

Hell yes, it happened.

A one year anniversary protest and rally against Blackwater was held on Saturday, September 13th in front of Blackwater lobbying firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice's headquarters in downtown Winston-Salem. The protest coincided with protest rallies held the same day at Blackwater facilities located in San Diego, Idaho, and Illinois. The event was sponsored by Blackwater Watch. Co-sponsors included North Carolina Stop Torture Now, UNC Chapel Hill Students for a Democratic Society and Fight Imperialism-Stand Together. There was no coverage of the event by the mass media. The protest was covered by alternative media however and video will be available for later viewing.

Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice is the third lobbying firm hired by Blackwater since October 2007. Womble Carlyle lobbyists representing Blackwater are: John Mashburn, former general counsel and policy director for Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., who is the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee; and Mark Harkins, who was chief of staff to Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., chairman of the Investigations and Oversight subcommittee of the House Science and Technology Committee.

It's a crying shame that North Carolina's most powerful institutions - the General Assembly, our federal officials, the media, have all closed ranks in silence about the mercenaries. America is a free country, they say, and war is good business. So what's the big deal if the revolving door spins one more time? I wonder what Congressman Brad Miller thinks of Mark Harkins' move to the Dark Side? He's too much of a gentleman to say anything, I'm sure. So I'll say it for him: Prostitution is good business too.

52 Days: Dole’s irresponsible votes have left American soldiers vulnerable and unprepared

DAY 52

Today in Winston-Salem, Kay continues her discussion of her recently released veterans and military policy with the help of Viet Nam veteran Sen. Max Cleland at her seventh Veterans’ Town Hall. What has Elizabeth Dole done for our troops in combat? She voted against funding for armored humvees and opposed billions of dollars for new protective gear. Dole’s irresponsible votes have left American soldiers vulnerable and unprepared at a time when they are counting on their country to protect them while they protect us.

Read the entire post to read more on today's reason on why Elizabeth Dole is wrong for North Carolina and check back for updates over the next 52 days.


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