Dole and Burr Deny an Up or Down Vote

It's time to slam the LTE lines with this, Burr and Dole would not allow an up or down vote...on minimum wage. This is my letter to the Durham Herald.

It wasn't so long ago that all we heard from Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr was that Supreme Court Justices deserve an up or down vote. They decried Democrats who MIGHT block an up or down vote by voting against cloture, thus blocking the will of the majority. Yet, today, those same Senators voted against cloture, against an up or down vote. Was it for a judicial nominee? No. It was for a vote on raising the minimum wage, which is at its lowest point since the end of World War II. Richard Burr and Elizabeth Dole should be ashamed of allowing a small minimum wage increase to see an up or down vote. Once again, they play the part of do-nothing representatives that would rather interfere with the lives of working families than help them.

Asheville Drinking Liberally: Steady Your Nerves

George W. Bush is a busy bee. After inviting his Iraq War Team to Camp David to tell the decider about how steadfastly he must stay the course, Bush whisked the Press away to the Green Zone in Baghdad. Bush stalked and strutted, "the full jaunty" according to Joe Klein. Then he was back to tie 9/11 to Iraq to the War on Terror to Iran while Karl Rove and his hive of busy bees got the word out. Stay the course or surrender, the Republicans say. Which side are you on?

Brad Miller Campaign Kickoff, this Sunday! Join Us!

Things are heating up pretty early, aren't they?

All the more reason to Join Us in support of Brad Miller!

Campaign Kickoff Party
Sunday, June 25th
Irregardless Cafe
901 W. Morgan St, Raleigh

Sponsorships $250, $100 Tickets $25 per person

Please RSVP to or (919) 834-2343 by June 22.

Brad Miller was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1953. As a member of the North Carolina State Legislature, Brad wrote North Carolina’s safe gun storage law, which dramatically curbed juvenile gun deaths, and introduced legislation to expand North Carolina’s domestic violence law; to reduce air pollution from cars and trucks; and to limit the influence of political patronage in state government hiring. The Raleigh News & Observer called Brad “a work horse for public education and a conscientious voice for integrity in government” as a legislator.

Defeating Charles Taylor and returning Integrity to Congress

It is time for a change in Congress. Heath is running for Congress because the residents of Western North Carolina are tired of controversies swirling around their Congressman. They are tired of the constant displays of corruption and selling of our government to the highest bidder. And they are tired of seeing our jobs sent overseas through unfair trade deals. It is time for Congress to get back to doing the people’s business.

Heath and his family moved back home to North Carolina in 2003 so he could raise his children in the same environment that he and his wife were raised in. Heath decided to run because the people of NC-11 are not getting a fair shake from their Congressman. Jobs in NC-11 have been sent overseas; far too many in this district are living paycheck to paycheck; and health insurance is unaffordable for a large number of residents; and we’re watching smog overtake our Great Smoky Mountain National Park. After much deliberation, and finally with the encouragement of his wife, Heath decided to run.

The Health of a Nation

I’ve been laying off John Hood, stage manager at the John Lock Foundation Puppetshow, for the past few weeks because he hasn’t had anything interesting or relevant to say. But today he’s back to his usual form, this time flacking a CATO Institute Report on the wisdom of Health Savings Accounts. As you would expect from a free-market Libertarian think thank, this particular report has all the earmarks of a Puppetshow “report:” foregone conclusions based on ideological bias, sketchy data, weasel words and false choices.


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