In an interview just reported, Puppet Joe Boylan accidentally said what everyone except the State Board of Elections already knew: Art Pope was involved in Boylan's campaign to defeat Richard Morgan.
Boylan said he is tired of hearing criticism linking him to Pope. "Art Pope has nothing to do with the general election right now," Boylan said. "Art Pope and Richard Morgan aren't a part of this race. Their involvement died May 2. I am not associated with Art Pope." Boylan said any contentions that Pope's corporations gave money directly to his campaign in the primary are untrue. (Emphasis added.)
There are countless reasons for thoughtful people to reject the philosophies of the Party of Greed, but Mr. Russell Capps today nails the heart of the matter: Republicans hate democracy. Why else in an interview with the News and Observer would the bizarre representative from Wake County say such a perverse thing as:
If turnout is low, we (Republicans) win.
Republicans do not represent the interests of people, they represent the interests of the monied and power elite. They have no stake in more participation in democracy, they win only when their extremist minority gets engaged. Republicans don't care about voters, they care about profits for corporations. Which accounts for their methodical suppression of voters all across America.
Submitted by stormbear on Sat, 10/21/2006 - 8:38pm
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Man, when it rains it pours. And just like salt in a wound, the GOP continues to be beat down by scandal after scandal and the smallest of their scandals are 50 times larger than anything that could have possible gone on at the Rose Law Firm or in Monica Lewinsky’s pants.
If anything, you gotta give props to the Republicans - they can do corruption like no one else in the history of the United States.
Kirk Ross at Exile has the excellent practice of bundling together a handful of stories he finds interesting. So in the sincerest form of flattery, here's what caught my eye in the past day or so.
Duke Energy is running into the Roy Cooper buzzsaw, and I predict the good Attorney General will come out ahead in this game. At issue is the question of who pays for what when it comes to the gigantic development costs associated with nuclear power.
A joint filing by seven public advocacy groups accuses Duke of trying to pass "unnecessary rate hikes to North Carolina consumers without first determining if the generating units are ... necessary and in the public interest."
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Sat, 10/21/2006 - 6:56am
Sorry folks, but Saturday Morning Funnies will be on hiatus until after the November 7th elections unless someone else has time to pull it together. Maybe if we're all extra nice to Stormbear he will entertain us with his wonderful original political cartoons. They are so much better than what I pull together from around the web anyway.
Submitted by crowbar317 on Sat, 10/21/2006 - 1:43am
Less than three weeks left, and lots of people are spent out on donations yet still want to help. Well, my cousin and I took 50 Roger Sharpe signs and hit every corner of our county in five hours, and Wilkes is a BIG county.
My point is not to brag about this effort, although I want to give kudos to my driver, but to show that so much can be done on a Friday evening or a Sunday drive.
Get some signs and place them where you see other signs. Call a friend and offer to take them for early voting. Join a phone banking group. Go out and canvass.
Monetary donations are great, but if you find yourself short of cash, there is still so much you can do.
As I type this, I am physically exhausted, but the great feeling I get from my efforts is well worth it. It's a real high, and I hope everyone out there can feel it, too.
Submitted by gregflynn on Fri, 10/20/2006 - 2:57pm
The prize for the furthest traveled to this reunion goes to an octogenarian couple in Beijing, China who retired there from Illinois in 1988 and haven’t looked back since. As the husband writes in his website:
China living is easy, a slower-paced living. It's a lot like turning the clock back a number of years.
No kidding! Turning the clock back is what Vernon wants to do with a number of issues here in NC on the other side of the globe from Beijing, literally and figuratively. They have given money to Vernon before, giving them reunion status. Why would they want to give money to a Congressional race in NC? Well, clue number 1. is this quote, below the fold:
Submitted by jwrandolph on Fri, 10/20/2006 - 12:11pm
Recently, StormBear and LumkpinCharm have been EVERYWHERE with diaries showing in great detail what a fantastic Democratic candidate ROGER SHARPE is for NC-05. There are signs that his race against Virginia Foxx,formerly thought of as "long shot," is now entirely competitive. We from the ground agree.
Likewise, these bloggers (and countless others) have worked hard to awaken the people of our great state and nation to the hideousness of NC-05 Republicans who long ago gave up on things like...democracy. And voting.
Republican State Senate candidate David Blust(handpicked by Madame Foxx):
Do you think its any coincidence that...the next day...students turned in 1000+ new voter registrations!?
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Fri, 10/20/2006 - 12:01pm
Medicare Part D. The Prescription Drug Plan for our senior citizens. It sounds wonderful and should have been, but in the hands of Republicans it has turned into a nightmare for many who can ill afford complications in their lives.
In today's Washington Post there's a piece reporting that over half a million low income seniors who were automatically enrolled last year will have to apply this year for the new plan.
Some advocates say the affected seniors may not have understood a letter about the change that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent last month. And even beneficiaries aware of the change might have trouble completing the six-page application, they said.
A six-page application is a bit much for anyone. I've seen shorter college applications and job applications. So, of the people covered by Medicare Part D, the most vulnerable group has yet another hurdle before actually receiving the benefits they're entitled to during the second year of the plan.
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