Showdown

Looks like there's a high-noon showdown coming between Big Bidness and We the People, with an excellent pre-game guide prepared by the hard-working wonks at NC Policy Watch. I was especially happy to see NCPW training their guns on the Puppetshow's hand-wringing about the hired-help not knowing their place.

Taylor Caught Making Million-Dollar "Mistakes"

From the North Carolina Conservative:

Every Member of Congress, and every candidate for Congress, is required to file Reports with the House Ethics Committee on their financial holdings and transactions. Apparently, few people take a serious look at these after they are filed. The Reports filed by incumbent 11th District Representative, Charles Taylor, for the last seven years (the ones available on-line) show five errors in excess of $1 million each, plus one unexplained item for about $20 million.

Who's shocked? I know I am!

You Heard It Here First, Folks!

The story about Taylor's double-dealings on the National Forests began with our own Southern Dem (here and on her own blogs The Southern Dem and Americans Deserve the Truth, and in conjunction with reporting by Screwy Hoolie of Scrutiny Hooligans). Now it has made the rounds through the blogosphere and ended up in a press release from the North Carolina Democratic Party. Way to go, SD! (Jerry, where's the love for the local blogs?) Text below the fold.

"Down With Judicial Activism, and Down With Judges Who Don't Give Me What I Want"

Sorry, but you can't have it both ways. Here's Reverend Mark H. Creech railing against Judge Hight for throwing out the NC lottery lawsuit brought by (former) Justice Orr and the NC Institute for Constitutional Law:

It's a considerable disappointment Judge Hight failed to stop the injustice perpetrated by the way in which the lottery garnered passage. The judge states a number of findings in his ruling, but fails to give any rationale for his decision that the lottery was passed constitutionally.

Here's what Creech won't tell you: the decision he desired would go against the authoritative weight of judicial precedent on the matter. After the lawsuit was filed, I hit Westlaw and read the cases that had interpreted the section of the NC constitution that Orr's complaint was based on. The opinions are not unanimous, but the NC courts have been generally unwilling over the years to find that various kinds of state actions constitute taxes. The balance was tilted so strongly against finding a tax in this case that I chalked the NCICL case up as a PR or stalling tactic and assumed it wouldn't go anywhere.

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