Breaking News: No Shuler in 2010

Draft Coop posts the scoop from the N&O today with the announcement that BlueNC's least favorite son, Heath Shuler, will not be running against Burr in the 2010 Senate race. After all the work he had put in previously (Bill Clinton hosting a fundraiser on his behalf in Raleigh, announcing Barack Obama at the National Day of Prayer, etc.) it appeared that the conservative DINO from the mountains was trying to build a large, centerist(right) base for which to target Burr next year. However, it is all for naught.

Governor Beverly Perdue State of the State (Open Thread)

The complete prepared text of Gov Perdue’s State of the State Address follows.

Gov. Bev Perdue State of the State

March 9, 2009, Raleigh

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Speaker Hackney, President Pro-Tem Basnight, Lt. Gov. Dalton members of the General Assembly and honored guests.

Bringing Down Approval Numbers

We've all known and seen this, the Republican party has become the obstuctionist party filled with liars (to be politcally correct it's not lying, it's now "distributing mis-information") and whiners. They have lost the House, the Senate and the White House by an overwhelming edict from the American people.

On redistricting

Taylor Batten, editorial page editor of the Charlotte Observer, wrote yesterday about redistricting reform. Though I hold zero hope for the idea, I do sympathize with his call for a saner approach to drawing districts.

That said, the laughable legislation proposed by North Carolina Republicans isn't it.

A Visual Guide to the End of Civilization

aka my wedding pictures!

The anti-gay groups don't like that NC is the only southern state without a marriage discrimination amendment to their constitution because they are worried someone could get married out of state, then come back home and sue to have their marriage recognized. Well as of yesterday I am one more person for them to be afraid of because I got married in Boston yesterday.

G.A. Considers Racial Justice Act

The Racial Justice Act is back. The bill passed one chamber of the North Carolina General Assembly last year, but did not make it to a floor vote.

The Racial Justice Act simply provides that, “No person shall be subject to or given a sentence of death, or shall be executed pursuant to any judgment that was sought or obtained on the basis of race.” One would think that the law already provided such protections, but one would be wrong.

Rep. Larry Kissell the only NC Dem to Vote with the Banking Industry & Republicans

After running a campaign where he promised to represent the working person, Rep. Larry Kissell voted for the banking industry by opposing H.R. 1106. He was not joined in his opposition to the legislation by any other North Carolina Democrat. Republican Walter Jones joined Democrats in voting to help the vast majority of families who are near foreclosure as a result of unemployment, personal or family illness, divorce, death in the family or fraud on the part of banks.

The Center for Responsible Lending released numbers for every state showing the minimal number of mortgages that this legislation applies to. Certainly not enough to punish the rest of us and absolutely not enough of a caseload to bankrupt the already bankrupt banks.



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