Orr in a pickle

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The N&O today reports yet another entrant into the lieutenant governor's race, this time it's Walter Dalton. Dalton joins Dan Besse, Hampton Dellinger, and Pat Smathers in a literal run for the money. From what I can tell, they're all good guys - which means the winner's going to be the one with the deepest pockets, best connections, and most powerful fundraising machine.

Which brings us to the end of the N&O article and the point of this entry. Judge Bob Orr.

Also Monday, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bob Orr announced he will step down as executive director of a conservative legal group he helped create to devote more time to his campaign.

Thomas Wright Steps Down

It's hard to say who leaned on whom, but thanks to all of YOU - and especially Greg Flynn - for leaning on Thomas Wright over the past few weeks.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A onetime ally of former House Speaker Jim Black resigned his House committee posts Monday because of an ongoing investigation into his campaign finances. Rep. Thomas Wright, D-New Hanover, sent an e-mail to current House Speaker Joe Hackney and the chamber's Democratic members announcing his decision.

Wright said he stepped aside as chairman of the Health Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Capital so he wouldn't cast a cloud on the Democratic Party.

Sue Myrick Prancing With The Stars

The fossilized blog page of North Carolina’s 9th District Congresswoman Sue Myrick is becoming a little treasure trove of information and a monument to Republican hypocrisy the longer it stays up. As I wrote in Sue Myrick’s Shrine to Ann Coulter, Sue Myrick’s blog started in March 2004 with a total of six entries with the 5th entry about an Ann Coulter fundraiser in April 2005.

The last entry on Myrick’s blog was an April 17, 2005 post about another fundraiser with country music singer Sara Evans:

Sue Myrick is offering an exclusive, one-time event to meet country music star Sara Evans backstage at the Alan Jackson - Sara Evans concert May 5th
Tickets to this very special event include a VIP backstage pass to meet and have your photo taken with Sara Evans, and a great seat to watch country music legend Alan Jackson live in concert.

          The plot thickens below the fold....

It's a Big Blogging World

It's been a several days since I left the comfy confines of our little community here in search of fresh opinions from bloggers outside our little circle. Before I introduce the new (to me) bloggers I've found out on the web, let me give you African American Political Pundit's new web address. He deleted his old site after transferring his archives. His new home is here.

Through AAPPundit I found Anderson@Large. Faye Anderson is a citizen journalist and freelance writer with considerable credits. Her background bio can be found here. She has mastered the art of saying a lot in a small amount of space. I need to study her technique. :) I didn't get to spend more than ten minutes on her site, but I will visit often. She is an active writer. My favortie post on her front page is titled, "Race Matters". She starts:

The recently released American Community Survey Report shows that black folks are moving on up. African Americans are closing the racial gap in educational attainment, household income and homeownership.

blocking Medicaid access, death at the doorstep

Oh that tricky Bush administration. They say clean air when they mean more pollution. They say No Child Left Behind when they mean No Upperclass Child Left Behind. They call it a Patriot Act, when it is in fact the KGB Surveillance for Dummies Act.

Now, they've gone and done it again. They've said they wanted to reform Medicaid so that those sneaky /brown/ people would quit "stealing" YOUR health care. They're the enemy you know, those /brown/ people, with their jobs and their families and their kids and their churches. But, what they really meant to say was that those sneaky /poor/ people were stealing THEIR tax breaks by using Medicaid.

That just won't do in the modern Republican Aristocracy. So, off with their benefits!!!

crossposted at Kos.

The Rocky Rhodes Show

In a self-congratulatory display worthy of kids on an elementary school playground, the do-nothing Republican Party spent the weekend giving atta-boys to John Rhodes and Fern Shubert, two early and persistent critics of Jim Black.

I'll grant that these two members of the NCPOG were instrumental in starting the Black ball rolling, but don't the Greeders have anything better to do than celebrate a guy like Rhodes, who apparently can't walk and chew gum at the same time?

Rhodes lost his seat in last year's GOP primary to a challenger who said his dustups at the Legislature had prevented him from getting work done for his northern Mecklenburg County district. A nonpartisan research firm ranked Rhodes as the least effective House member in 2005.

On Why We Blog, Or, America's 244 Greatest Words

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal"

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow, this ground -- The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

--the nicolay draft of the gettysburg address; courtesy library of congress

Government by the People, for the People, and of the People.

The kind of government where you grab it with your own two hands and run the darn thing.


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