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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sierra Club backs Meeker, Stephenson, Crowder, Koopman in Raleigh; also, Robison, Smith in Cary

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 5:34 PM

The Sierra Club's endorsements are out in the Raleigh and Cary elections. In Raleigh, no surprise that the environmental group is backing Charles Meeker for mayor, Thomas Crowder in District D and Rodger Koopman in District B -- all incumbents. (It also endorsed Nancy McFarlane, an incumbent, who is running unopposed in District A.) In the at-large Council race in Raleigh, where the top two finishers will win seats, the SC's Capital Group  -- 3,000 members strong -- endorsed only incumbent Russ Stephenson. In other words, the enviros kept their second vote in their pockets rather than endorse the other...

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Triangle Transit breaks the million mark

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Triangle Transit buses carried 1.1 million riders in the fiscal year that ended June 30, up 19%. It's the first year TT's been over the million mark. Is it worth it? The reported farebox recovery rate (money in versus operating costs out) was up slightly, from 11% to 13%, despite the fact -- the agency  (they're trying to bury their old TTA=Authority identity) said -- that over half their passengers ride free or on reduced fares. It's socialized transportation, but so is driving a car on a public thoroughfare. More from the agency below:...

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Universal health care was Ted Kennedy's greatest wish.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Ted Kennedy thought that every American deserved health care coverage as good as what our members of Congress provide for themselves. He didn't live long enough to see it happen. MoveOn.org is sending this clip around to its supporters....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Dubai, Raleigh -- peas in a pod

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 3:34 PM

You're looking for glamorous places to sell your high-end goods -- furniture, for example. When Ethan Allen went looking, according to Furniture Today, its corporate eye fell on Dubai, perfect for a new "flagship store in the Middle East," and on Raleigh, N.C., also perfect for, well, pretty such the same store. (It opened last week at North Hills.) Just struck me as funny. But was the N.C. really necessary? -- surely they know us in Dubai. Or they would've known us if that Soleil Center thing had gone up at Crabtree Valley....

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Pro-health care reform rally at the Capitol this Saturday, Aug. 29

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 12:20 PM

HCAN is holding rallies around the country, including in Raleigh. Can HCAN's North Carolina organizers turn out the troops? How many equals "big"? (Or, "huge"?) ...

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Friday, August 21, 2009

LBGT Center of Raleigh plans for its "coming out party" in October

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 1:29 PM

It's a party/fundraiser to get an LGBT Center for Raleigh off the ground. More on this as we get closer to the date, hopefully; for now, we have this "Save the Date" note from the organizers: Saturday, October 17, 2009 is the day RALEIGH COMES OUT! That's right. The LGBT Center of Raleigh is having a coming out party and you are invited. It will take place at Moore Square in downtown Raleigh from 5 PM to 9 PM. Entry is free. There will be food, wine and beer to purchase, and free live entertainment to enjoy, along with the...

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"Survival of the richest!": Billionaires Against Health Care join the debate

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Wait a minute! I recognize a few of these billionaires, and I'll bet the lot of them aren't worth $100 million. They're making a mockery of our democratic process on a critical policy issue. "Let them eat Advil" indeed:...

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Obama: Public option is "important" and btw, no one would be forced to take it

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Probably the biggest problem with keeping the "public option" as part of health care reform is that people don't know what "public option" means. Is it an "option" that would be available to folks who can't get insurance any other way? I can imagine that many people think that's exactly what it would be -- but it isn't. Under all of the proposals under serious consideration in Congress, most folks who have insurance won't have access to the public option at all, let alone be left with it as their only option. But even for those with no insurance, the...

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Former state Rep. Bob Hensley, 62

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 5:04 PM

I just read about Bob Hensley's death this morning. Bob, who represented Raleigh and Wake County in the legislature for 12 years, was a battler who was never afraid to stand up for progressive causes, but who also never forgot to smile while he was at it. He was smart, funny and always fun to be around. Bob was part of the "Gang of Eight" in the House the last time (in 2001) that the state faced anything like this year's enormous budget deficit. The "Gang" (a press term that he didn't much appreciate) was a progressive group of...

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Here's a modest proposal: The USICO (a national insurance cooperative)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 4:22 PM

When does an insurance coop equal a public insurance option? Let's see, what if we -- uh -- create a public insurance option and -- oh, goodness -- let the federal government run it but -- by golly, this is hard -- make it so that the policyholders are entitled to any surplus it generates -- after, of course, its bills are paid and a prudent reserve is set aside to pay future claims. When a surplus is declared, policyholders could receive it in the form of a -- a what? Man, this is tough. Wait, I've got it! Let's...

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Reich is right: The public option depends on Obama fighting for it.

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 3:04 PM

The public option is already a compromise. Giving it away is a cave-in. So says former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. What he doesn't mention, btw, is that the public options (they differ in form a bit) contained in the four different bills coming from the three House committees and from the Senate HELP Committee, respectively, are extremely limited -- only a very limited number of people could choose them anyway. Wouldn't want to "destabilize" the private insurance industry. So they're not just a compromise, they're a compromise of a compromise. And this from Ezra Klein, a Washington Post blogger: Per...

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Out-organize the rabid Republicans? Sure, but the Reformer-in-chief has a decision to make first.

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Our friend Chris Kromm has an excellent analyis up on Facing South, entitled "Why the reformers are losing the health care debate -- and how to win it back." It's especially strong on the "why losing" side -- reform is getting Swift Boated, plain and simple, as Kromm says. On the "how to win" side, though, it's less persuasive. Out-organize the opponents is Kromm's prescription, with which I'd agree except for one thing: So far, reformers have nothing to out-organize them with. The problem boils down to this: Two versions of reform are on the table in Congress, and they're not...

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

In Raleigh: Hitler used ovens, Obama will use hospice to kill people like me.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Here's a question: Should we keep our focus on the actual details of the health care reform debate (public plan vs. coops, etcetera) and ignore the protesters, who insist that Obama is Hitler and out to kill grannie? Or, alternatively, should we give air time to folks like this? H/t to Facing South, the online magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies, which put up the video and told us about it. It's from the anti-reform rally at Congressman Brad Miller's office last Friday....

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Friday, August 7, 2009

The real health care issue is, do we care?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 5:11 PM

If you don't think we need health care reform, or can't afford it, or should put it off yet again, I ask that you read the stories of the two women who spoke at Congressman Brad Miller's office in Raleigh this morning. They're not long. But they're important. I've transcribed them below -- they're after the jump. Lydia Tolar is a single mom from Cary with two minor children, a self-employed grants writer and a breast cancer survivor. Because of her cancer, and the economy, her income's down, and when her current insurance coverage under COBRA runs out, she's looking...

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