Roy gets petulant

A while back I thought Roy Cooper was a pretty solid citizen. I contributed to his campaign and even helped drum up support in a couple of fundraising events. But that was then.

Cooper's decision last week to intervene in the debate over undocumented immigrants and higher education was just plain dumb, as has been widely discussed. But it's hard to understand why he has to get all petulant just because the mean old media won't play stenographer for him. That's flat-out embarrassing.

NC Community Colleges Close their Doors

North Carolina's Community Colleges have just announced that they are closing their doors to undocumented students.

The Adelante Education Coalition and 83 community organizations are calling for the state of North Carolina to continue allowing the undocumented immigrants to attend our state's public universities and community colleges. A press release from the Adelante Education Coalition about this issue is below.

We're looking for allies to help us with our advocacy efforts. You can learn more about the roles you can play at the Adelante website. My organization, Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate, is part of the Adelante Education Coalition. I will be going to the state capitol on May 27 to talk with legislators. Let me know if you'd like to join in.

ACTION: Do you want Universal Health Care in North Carolina?

Greetings all! Health Care for All NC has begun its short-session "Two Over Ten" push, but this time it is not focused on Verla Insko's "Health Care for All" bill. Instead, this session the push is for House Bill 1897, which creates a Healthcare Policy Council that would make recommendations to the General Assembly on how to integrate public and private healthcare services to form an effective, coordinated system of healthcare for North Carolina.

The favor of a reply is requested

There has been much anguish and gnashing of teeth about whether the owners of BlueNC (that would include me) fear a full-throttled discussion of LGBT issues. Anyone who knows me at all understands such fears are unfounded. This is a critical civil rights and equity issue that any serious candidate for state or federal office should want to address.

Dick and Dole: Quit your damn whining

You have to hand it to Dick and Dole, they are shameless hypocrites of the highest order. And whiners to boot. After joining their Republican colleagues in obstructing almost every decent piece of legislation to cross their paths in the Senate, now they're complaining because the mean old Democrats won't give a reactionary corporate judge a cushy job for life.

Plus they're threatening to shut down the Senate if they don't get their way. That would be fine by me - because there are few things more important than keeping extremists like Robert Conrad off the bench.

In this last year, President Bush has nominated several persons who are extremely controversial when it comes to civil and consumer rights. For the Fourth Circuit—already the most conservative court in the country—Bush has nominated Robert Conrad, who has never ruled for a plaintiff in an employment discrimination case ...

And by email from NARAL:

Robert Conrad has called Planned Parenthood a "radical, pro-abortion fringe group" that "promotes a radical abortion agenda." What's more, from 1983 to 1986, Conrad served on the board of directors for a so-called "crisis pregnancy center" that provided medically inaccurate information about pregnancy, contraception and abortion.

Just in case you had any confusion about supporting Kay Hagan in November, this should put that to rest. We need Kay to take Dole out.


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