Twofer: Young Dems Convention & Reception for Larry Kissell on Saturday 3/24

Don't miss two important events this coming Saturday. The Young Democrats of North Carolina will be holding their 2007 Spring Convention in Greensboro with Artur Davis (remember him?) giving the keynote address.

Congressman Brad Miller and Congressman David Price with Larry Kissell

At noon on Saturday there will be a reception fundraiser for Larry Kissell. Tickets are $100 per couple or $50 per person. It will be held in the Kouri Center, so will be convenient for conference attendees. I haven't confirmed if you must pay for the convention if you are just going to attend the Kissell reception, but I will check on this. If you can't attend, but would like to offer Larry early support, please visit his web site or go to Act Blue. This is my current page with Larry's new ActBlue account for '07/'08.

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Edwards speaks in NC, at Bennett College

For all the insanity that is the early run for 2008, one thing that surprises me is the disappearance of the candidates. From what I've read online, I would guess that is because this is a frantic fundraising period, where $$$ and donors are the major focus. As such, there aren't as many public forums happening. That will change soon enough, as the first debate is less than a month away. But, for your viewing pleasure, one of the rare videos that the John Edwards campaign has released lately.

Shotgun blast to the head

Stagemanager Hood is in rare form this morning. He's still beating the free-market drum claiming that North Carolina has a crappy business environment, of course. But he has also discovered a new and charming way with words. This from today's column.

Last year, I used the term “metaphorical zombie” to describe the idea that North Carolina has an attractive business-tax climate. So, once again, let’s try a shotgun blast to its head.

A shotgun blast to the head?

My father killed himself with a gun fifteen years ago. Representing countless others who have lost loved ones to suicide, I have two words for John Hood. And they aren't "drop dead."

The myth of putting corn in your tank.

crossposted from left on 49

This past February the world community of scientists published a report on global warming under the umbrella of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). That report concluded that global warming is “unequivocal” and human activity is the main driver, “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950.

While the rest of the world moves on and is rapidly trying to find solutions for this global environmental crisis, a few republicans pretend nothing is going on. One of them, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), even thinks global warming is caused by farting.

So with most people being worried about global warming, except for a few republicans who also still believe that Earth is flat, folks are looking for solutions to be a little more earth and climate friendly. A lot of them seem to think that one solution for environmentally friendly fuel is corn. They couldn't be more wrong.

ROD and BOE: Night Two

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Two equally important offices, headed by two dedicated women. The ROD, or Register of Deeds (an elected position) in Moore County is Judy Martin. The Director of the Moore County Board of Elections is Glenda Clendenin. This position “is appointed by the executive secretary-director of the state board of election upon the recommendation of the local board. The staff of the county board of elections serves at the pleasure of that board and is hired by that board.”

Thursday night we met in the Register of Deeds office in the old BB&T building on Court House Square. Mrs. Martin was our first speaker. As Director of the Register of Deeds, she is the “Legal custodian of all real estate and vital records for Moore County.” Their mission statement affirms that they “protect, preserve, provide access and maintain accuracy and the integrity of all public records for which we are legally entrusted.”

Sunni Leprechauns? (political cartoon)

Crossposted from Town Called Dobson & My Left Wing

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Jones calls out Bush: Dole & McHenry do disappearing act

When all hell breaks loose in national politics, Liddy Dole is usually the first one rushing to the cameras to deliver mindless Republican talking points, with little Patty McHenry not far behind. So where are the two Bushbots this week as the story of White House unethical firing of eight US attorneys?

They are completely invisible. The only NC Republican who has managed to find his voice is Walter Jones.

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones is joining a growing list of Republicans who have expressed concern over the current leadership of the U.S. Department of Justice.


"While I recognize that all U.S. Attorneys serve at your pleasure, recent news reports alleging the improper political influence of partisan politics in the decision to terminate several U.S. Attorneys are most disturbing," Jones wrote.

Playing with poison

I hope this will be in the news this weekend, but in the meantime, here's the full text of a letter from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to every member of the NC Congressional Delegation. It was also sent out as a press release from Governor Easley's office:

The purpose of this letter is to notify you that the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has grave concerns about the wildlife control technique the U. S. Navy is considering as part of its plan to establish an Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in this state.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Bird-wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) plan provided in support of the Navy’s OLF effort, briefly summarizes “standard techniques” for hazing and harassing wildlife to minimize contacts at airport sites. Included in these “standard techniques” is a recommendation to employ the chemical Avitrol.


NC Good For Business

There's just too much good news about North Carolina's business climate coming out in the Triangle Business Journal. Apparently we're very competitive when it comes to attracting business. Don't tell the John Locke Foundation until Monday - let them enjoy the weekend.

Study: N.C. biz tax burden tied for lowest in U.S.

Businesses in North Carolina enjoy the lowest tax burden in the United States, according to a study prepared for the Council on State Taxation.

The report, prepared by tax experts at Ernst & Young, found that combined local and state taxes paid by North Carolina businesses amount to 3.9 percent of the gross state product. That rate tied North Carolina with four other states - Connecticut, Delaware, Oregon and Virginia - as having the lowest U.S. business tax burden.

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