John Locke Institute has taken strong interest in Jackson proposals

Call me partisan but I feel like if the John Locke Institute is involved it probably involves hurting people to make a buck. FYI this is from 7/18/2007 and the meeting was 7/19 so there is more information out there that my cut and paste job isn't providing.

from http://www.smokymountainnews.com/

Jackson County is on the verge of passing the toughest development regulations in the state this week, potentially making it a target for lawsuits.

Yearly Kos 2007

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I'm here. It wasn't easy navigating the Dan Ryan Freeway during morning rush hour after staying up too late drinking the just-released Chimay Tripel at The Small Bar while watching the Cubs squeak out a victory against the Phillies, but I made it. YK07 is at McCormick Place in sunny Chicago. The convention center is enormous.

Today's schedule is packed. If you have anything you want to know or want me to see/get/do for you, please email me at scrutinyhooligans@yahoo.com. Here's what I'm planning to attend today:

Creating a Culture of Grassroots Giving
The Agony and Ecstacy of Successful State-Local Blogging
Volunteer Recruitment and Development
NC Bloggers Caucus
Atlantic South Netroots Caucus
MyDD Caucus
Drinking Liberally Happy Hour
Opening Keynote with Senator Dick Durbin and DNC Chairman Howard Dean
Pub Quiz

You can watch for updates here or over at Scrutiny Hooligans. w00t!

Treasurer trove

The race to replace Richard Moore as NC Treasurer in 2008 will be a wild one. At least three Dems who will be running (Janet Cowell, Michael Weisel and Chris Mintz), plus Bill Daughtridge and Dale Fowell from the party of greed.

I don't have a preferred Democratic candidate for this position yet, but I do have a preferred philosophy: the power of State Treasurer should not be in the hands of someone looking for higher office. It should not, in other words, be a stepping stone to somewhere else.

Open thread


Governor Easley has been absolutely buoyant and bubbly the past couple of days, with more public visibility than we've seen in a good long while. Maybe he's rethinking a run for the US Senate? Lord (and everyone else) knows he could take out Liddy with both hands tied behind his back. Anyone heard any rumors?

Dear me:

After getting a letter like this, I have to conclude two things. One, the good Congressman knows where he stands. And two, George W. Bush is almost certainly going to get away Scot free after having sacrificed hundreds of thousands of innocent lives for nothing.

Dear James:

Thank you for contacting me regarding possible grounds for impeachment.

There is no one more frustrated with Bush Administration abuses of power than I, and I continue to adamantly advocate for shining a bright light on them. There are several reasons, however, why I do not view impeachment as the right course to pursue at this time.

NC's Budget contains a big win for Children

When Governor Easley signed the budget into law on July 31st a lot of legislators and budget watchers were focused on the inclusion of the land transfer tax option, and the sales tax increase that was made permanent. But also included in the bill were two landmark progressive measures that will be a boon North Carolina's children and families. The final budget includes a refundable 3.5% Earned Income Tax Credit for working families, and NC KIDS CARE, health care coverage that will fill the gap for families between 200% and 300% of the federal poverty level.

UPDATE: State of the Candidate's Websites, Take 2.

Once again, we are going to take a look at the state of Candidate's Websites for our leading Democratic candidates. The grading system:

F - no website except government site.
D - website with no online contact info (phone/address only) that looks like it was made in Dreamweaver in the 90s.
C - website has online contact info, but is out-of-date with news/bills/action that is listed.
B - website has all of the above and appears to be updated on a regular basis, has a photo page, and a way to donate online.
A - website has all of the above, plus a blog or chatroom, and links to Flickr/YouTube/MySpace/Facebook sites.

So, who rises and who falls?

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