Asheville's Drinking Liberally: Wedgie Politics


What do you call a sharply divisive political issue, especially one that is raised by a candidate or party in hopes of attracting or disaffecting a portion of an opponent's customary supporters? The pundit class, drunk as they are on cocktail weenies and spritzers, call it a Wedge Issue. Drinking Liberally - that weekly amalgamation of gay liberals, immigrant progressives, abortionist greens, and hot button hotties - call them wedgies because they're a pain in our collective asses.

"Fuzzy Numbers" in John Locke Foundation Hit Piece on Public Transit

A column in the CharlObs contains pieces of the Charlotte Area Transit System's response to a JLF attack on the system. The columnist: "That brings me to the core fact about transit: No matter whose numbers you believe, every single trip is subsidized by taxpayers. It doesn't pay for itself. But then again, neither do roads." Don't worry, fair columnist, I'm sure the JLF will be trying to convince us that roads should be privately owned next week.

Primary Runoff Results

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Durham attorney Larry Hall (D) won the runoff race Tuesday for the 29th House District, while Pat Hurley (R) won in the 70th District.

With all 21 precincts reporting in unofficial results, Hall had 56 percent of the vote compared to 44 percent for former Durham city council member Sandy Ogburn. Hall likely will replace outgoing Democratic Rep. Paul Miller, who declined to run for another term. He won't have a Republican opponent in the general election, but could face a write-in challenge. Hurley will take on Democrat Happy Spivey of Ramseur in November in the heavily GOP district. Nine-term incumbent Rep. Arlie Culp, R-Randolph, is retiring.

Pot, Meet Kettle

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If you've ever wondered how politics in North Carolina got to be such a stinky business, you need look no farther than the powerbrokers and pundits who profit from running campaigns. One such creature is Mr. Carter Wrenn, who occasionally has something interesting to say about his friends on the conservative fringe. But interesting or not, his blog posts at Talking About Politics are always revealing because they show how the mind of a wacko works. Today's commentary involves the ongoing feud between Art Pope and Jim Black, a sorry pot and a crooked kettle if ever there were.

Bill Glass anyone?

I was wondering if anyone thinks that Bill Glass has a chance in the NC 9th District aganist Sue Myrick.

I've heard that people are tired of Mrs. Myrick (got to respect the Office if not the person) and if his name recognition would increase, he could beat her hands down.

Any truth to that?

How the Conservatives Feel About Virginia Foxx

I know that people around here do not particularly like Virginia Foxx, but now it looks like the conservatives are turning on the Republican Congresswoman from NC-5 also. The ultra-conservative Conservative Voice had this to say:

Representative Virginia Fox (R-NC) received bad marks on her performance by Congress.Org, a congressional watchdog group.

Out of 232 Republicans sitting in the House of Representatives, Rep. Foxx received a ranking of only 217 in their Power Ranking.

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