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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Obama: "I'm for the public option." (Even though I never mentioned it.)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Just got back from President Obama's talk at Broughton HS about health care reform. Actually, it was a two-parter, with Obama focused at the outset on defending his economic record in the first six months, including a long -- very clear -- outline of the stimulus package. On health care, I think the headline should be that the President managed to go for more than an hour, right up to the end of his final answer to the final question, without ever mentioning, let alone explaining, the "public option." Finally, someone shouted from the balcony, "public option!" Obama heard...

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

When in doubt, jack up the sales tax ('cause our rich friends won't care)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Over at the General Assembly, there's a deal on tap -- or so we read -- to raise about $1 billion in new taxes and finish up the state budget. The key ingredient? One guess ... and if you say making the income tax more progressive, or broadening the sales tax base to include services that the wealthy buy, you clearly don't know your pro-bidness Democrats well enough. No, the answer is a flat-out, 1 percent increase in the existing sales tax, which tax -- as every good progressive knows -- hits low-income folks way harder than it does the...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

GOP backs slate in non-partisan school board elections

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Isn't the Wake County Board of Education supposed to be non-partisan -- meaning, above (outside of?) politics? Well, if you believe that.... Anyway, and as promised, the Wake Republicans met last night and endorsed a slate of four candidates, one each in the District 1.2,7 and 9 elections. (The other five school board members' terms expire two years hence.) In three cases, the GOP picks are the same as the Wake Schools Community Alliance -- no surprise, since both groups are gunning to kill the school board's diversity policy. Only in District 7 (North Raleigh-Northwest Wake) do the GOP and...

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Council elections: Isley not running for mayor (I think); Sartain targets Baldwin

Posted By on Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 10:43 AM

One week down, one week to go in candidate filings for City Council. The race for the two at-large Council seats is shaping up. Mayor? Not so much. In the at-large race, Lee Sartain's been making it clear that if he wins a seat, he'd like it to be the one held by incumbent Mary-Ann Baldwin. In other words, Sartain's cool with incumbent Russ Stephenson and is running against Baldwin. Champ Claris (Robert Champion Claris to his friends), on the other hand, is gunning for Stephenson, not Baldwin. No surprise in any of this: Stephenson, a Democrat, is the progressive...

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Transit tax legislation in limbo until there's a state budget

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 2:21 PM

As we surmised a couple of weeks ago, House Bill 148 -- allowing Triangle counties to levy a 1/2-cent sales tax for transit -- isn't sailing through the Senate quite the way its proponents hoped it would. The bill is in the Senate Finance Committee, which was scheduled to talk about it today. But the bill was dropped from the agenda following the Senate Democrats' caucus at mid-day. Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake, said the the party consensus was to finish the state budget first, and see how much of a sales-tax increase that might entail, before taking up the transit-tax...

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