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State of the Senate - Uncontested Runs

I started this as a comment to Lance, but it ended up being larger than a comment deserves. This is a list of NC Senate seats that are uncontested (so far) in North Carolina. For now, we stand ahead 18-16 in the uncontested seats. The seats are posted below by party. Are there any we can immediately remove from the list? Seats where the "last second" strategy is in play? I see from a search of unopposed Republican seats that one is Basnight's seat - assuming he will run that makes it 18-15. Having that kind of lead is good, but it would be nice to END with something like 15-5.

CJ Is at it again - Misrepresentation my ass, that's a lie.

In today's issue, Joseph Coletti, Fiscal Policy Analyst for the John Locke Foundation, states:

Tax receipts started rising again in 2005. Collections for the current fiscal year are already $200 million ahead of forecasts. Just don’t expect to get any of it back. The government growers have already spent it two or three times over, like the lottery money.

There is a link to the lottery money phrase, which makes it seem as if there is good data behind this, but oops, none of their links actually work. They are all dead ends. Incompetent much, CJ?

The lottery has not already spent the money two or three times over, just as the legislature has not spent the taxes collected for 2006 two or three times over. Both of these statements are just outright lies.

Carolina Journal Misleads on Lottery

The Carolina Journal today offers another unethical article designed to hurt the Democratic Party at large. Mitch Kokai pens...types the article "Lottery Fund Switch Causes Concern:
Supplanting of current funding with lottery money worries lawmakers." And, indeed, it does. The idea that just mere months after the lottery was passed it is already being used to cut education funding confirms everyone's worst fears. The Carolina Journal does nothing to allay these fears.

RALEIGH — News that more than $200 million from the new state lottery could replace existing education spending is “not just disconcerting, it’s shocking.” That’s according to a lawmaker who voted last spring to support the lottery.

Where does the money go?

I've been looking through the state's Education budget.

Does anyone know anything about:
God's Vision Ministries, Inc., P.O. Box 428, Louisburg, NC, 27549

No? Well your taxes are paying them $18,000 for something to do with education. I couldn't even find a link online.

Likewise, $25,000 to the Durham Nativity School, which sounds like a great idea, but is also a religious institute.
The Judy Memorial Family Center is also without a website, but they get $10,000. WNC Communities gets $50,000, nearly all of which could be accounted for by "awards" they give to other organizations like BIG COVE with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee, BIG IVY in Buncombe County, CENTER in Madison County, and REVERE - RICE COVE in Madison County. What these groups have to do with education is not immediately apparent.

My Pizza Guy Ricky

When I first moved back to North Carolina last January, my wife and I started frequenting the same pizza place pretty regularly. It's attached to an Italian Restaurant, no delivery or anything but a good place to get a slice. Anyway, as time went by I got to know the fella behind the counter, Enrique or Ricky. Now, I'm not saying that my neighborhood is snotty, but it's not the kind of place where everyone is going to chit-chat with the illegal working behind the counter. Me, I'm blue-collar, reformed white trash through and through - so Ricky and I get along just fine.

I was talking to him tonight and it got me thinking. See, Ricky has a wife and three kids in Mexico that he sends money to every month. He hasn't seen his kids in almost three years, because he's illegal, and they live outside the US. Here's the interesting part, Ricky is one of the many illegal aliens that uses an Individual Tax Identification Numbers to pay taxes.

Testing

I can't see the blog anymore and it says if I post content, then I can see the site??? Let's see if this works.

How did NC vote for cutting funding to Disabled Children?

I guess it was the fatigue over the Alito nomination and the SOTU. That is the only reason that I can come up with that the Progressive Blogosphere did not fight the Budget Reconciliation package that passed the House yesterday by a vote of 216-214. This is the bill the Republicans have Bushspeaked into the Deficit Reduction Bill or some such nonsense. What will it really do?

Student Loans - Student loans will take a $12.7 Billion dollar hit. The effect will be to make it harder to get a student loan and will make the interest higher for those who already have pile of students loans - thanks for the help GWB. Gee, do you think his base, that is millionaires, have many outstanding student loans? On Air America, Al Franken has stated his theory that this program is designed to force more lower-income students to chose the military as a way to pay for college. That would be evil, so yes, I believe that is the purpose of this cut.

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