A New Way Forward: This Saturday in Raleigh

One of the reasons why America has evolved into the most powerful and influential nation in the world is our ability to adapt. When someone knocks our feet out from under us, we don't just lay there and pout. We get back up, dust ourselves off, and then take steps to make sure that that someone will never be able to knock us down again. Well, the bankers have knocked our feet out from under not only us, but the rest of the world as well, and if we don't stand up now and fix their wagon, they'll keep knocking us down through their recklessness until we'll no longer have the strength to stand anymore.

News Roundup for April 9, 2009

Here are a few things I saw in the news this morning. What's on your front page?

Wells Fargo projects record profit for first quarter. Is it real? On paper? The result of snazzy accounting tricks? Would it have happened as quickly without any government assistance? If not, will they admit it?

Bill targeting elderly drivers dies in its infancy. Never underestimate the power of AARP.

The VEEP welcomed home troops at Ft. Bragg. Senator Hagan greeted them as well.

The Fix is in

I was goofing around on Facebook tonight when I found a post by Ryan (the Dome) Beckwith referencing today's piece by Chris Cillizza at The Fix.

After sifting through hundreds upon hundreds of recommendations that came in via the Fix comments section, Twitter and email, we are finally ready to unveil our list of the best political blogs in each of the 50 states.

Guess who made it in from North Carolina!
Congratulations to all of you for keeping BlueNC on the radar screen of North Carolina politics. And congratulations to Ryan and the Dome team, too. A good day!

Missing the point in the debate over sex ed.

*cross posted on Amplify**
A time magazine article titled How to Bring An End to the War Over Sex Ed. argues that the debate over abstinince-only sex education and comprehensive sex ed is missing the point:

Later this spring, Congress will dive once more into the war over sex education when it decides whether to eliminate $176 million in federal funding for so-called abstinence-only programs, which instruct kids to delay sex until marriage. Advocates will debate at top volume the merits of abstinence-only efforts vs. more comprehensive programs that also teach about birth control and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Senate Democrat Warned of Current Catastrophe from Deregulation in 1999 - Was Promptly Ignored

In 1999 on the eve of passage of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Senator Byron Dorgan, D-ND, addressed the Senate and warned of the dangers we might face in the future as a result of the legislation. As Skymutt points out in his piece at DailyKos, we were in the throes of an economic boom at the time. Republicans pushed to approve legislation to deregulate the financial services industry - specifically to repeal part of the Glass-Stegall Act of 1933 which prohibited banks from offering insurance, investment and commercial banking services. It wasn't wisdom that led these Senators to pass this legislation, it was greed.

LTE - Raiding of Clean Water Management Trust Fund

In response to “Loss of grants squelches conservation efforts” (April 5):

Ill effects of Perdue's raid extend to local conservation

The writer is chairman, Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Gov. Perdue's raiding of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund will harm not only land trusts but also many smaller organizations.

The Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District had a $70,000 grant from the trust fund to support our nationally acclaimed Urban Cost Share Program, which paid 75 percent of 10 different actions homeowners, schools and churches could take to reduce and clean storm water runoff before it reached to our streams.

Gray Newman

Mint Hill


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