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I've mostly stopped reading the real Under the Dome in favor of their new blog, so I missed an important story on Wednesday. It's a quick overview of how the next shoe might drop on the Navy's ham-handed OLF scheme.

Price, a Chapel Hill Democrat, met with Winter and Rep. Chet Edwards of Texas, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that would fund a new airstrip, according to Paul Cox, a spokesman for Price. Price had told Edwards he was interested in blocking the funding for the landing field, and Edwards offered to broker a meeting.

"The secretary of the Navy seems to be willing to compromise with the state of North Carolina," Cox said.

Rahm Emanuel Headlines Fundraiser for Larry Kissell

We begged Rep. Rahm Emanuel to help Larry Kissell in his bid for the 8th Congressional District seat in 2006. Now that the dust has settled, Rahm is making his move.

Join Congressman Rahm Emanuel in supporting Larry Kissell in his renewed bid to oust Robin Hayes from congress. The fundraiser will be held this Saturday at NCDP Headquarters in Raleigh from 3:30 - 4:30pm. Tickets are $200 per person or $330 per couple.

Sorry Bob.

I've been talking with a lot of people about the Republican gubernatorial race lately, and all of the discussions have been about money. Fred Smith and Bill Graham have tons of cash and seem more than willing to spend it to win the honor of losing in the general election to Perdue or Moore. Bob Orr, on the other hand, is not independently wealthy. He does appear, however, to have a direct pipeline to Art Pope, where the money flows free and easy.

Burr, Dole…Yes, to Corporate Welfare…No, to You and the Free-Market

This blog is cross posted from The Progressive Pulse.

Every politician dreads the moment when the special interest group which paid for their campaign is in direct opposition to the well-being of the citizens they were elected to represent. Such is the case with Senator Burr, Senator Dole, and the pharmaceutical industry. Last week the Senate blocked a bill which would have allowed the government to negotiate lower drug prices on the 2003 Medicare Drug Bill. The vote was 55 “yes” (49 Democrats, 6 Republicans) and 42 “no” (42 Repubs, 1 Dem). 60 “yes” votes were required to pass the bill. Senators Burr and Dole voted no.

This is a long post but please bear with me.

2 Million Acres Gone by 2027?

Map of projected NC Open Space lossEnvironment North Carolina just released a report showing that the Triangle will lose 37% of its natural areas, the Charlotte area will lose 30% of its natural areas by 2027 unless legislative action is taken. Developed area is increasing faster that the increase in population. If current development rates continue, North Carolina will lose at least two million acres more of forests and farmlands over the next twenty years. To compound the loss, the State's One Million Acre initiative is falling well short of its goals.


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