NC braces for introduction of a marriage amendment bill...AGAIN

Equality NC has learned that Sen. Jim Forrester, Rep. Paul Stam and others plan to file a marriage amendment bill AGAIN. These are the same good old boy fossils who do this every year, and for the last five years we've successfully killed the bill. They have failed to get this bill out of committee, and this year, the right wing and professional "Christian" set are stepping up their efforts. Stam and Forrester have until mid-day tomorrow to get other legislators to sign on as co-sponsors.

U.S. Chamber Applauds Rep. Larry Kissell and the Economic Stimulus Bill

Last week the Union County Chamber of Commerce hosted Rep. Larry Kissell for their Freshman Forum series. This week the U.S. Chamber's Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, Bruce Josten, sings his praises.

Since the elections, we’ve worked with the President and Congressman Kissell to quickly pass a bill that would apply a defibrillator to the economy and shock it back to life.

While not everyone in Washington or North Carolina agrees on every item in this package, the whole is more important than the individual parts. Our economy is in uncharted and dangerous waters and inaction from Washington is not an option.

I know there are times when we love to hate the Chamber. I wish we could separate their financial support for Republicans out of the mix. They've worked hard so hard to elect Republicans, it is tough not to hold them accountable for some of the mess we're in.

Ted's excellent adventure

I'm a fan and friend of Ted Vaden. He's a solid citizen, cautious in his judgments, and professional in every way. His most recent job was as the public editor for the New and Observer, where he performed as well as anyone can on that hot seat. More recently, Governor Perdue announced that Ted has been hired as the communications director for the Department of Transportation.

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