Another Good Gambling Bill

The NC Senate has put another bill on the calendar, I don't know what will happen to it, but at least it is out there from the get-go. The bill is titled: AN ACT to amend the constitution to provide that if the state operates a lottery, that the net proceeds shall be dedicated to education, and to forbid the net proceeds from supplanting other expenditures for the same purposes.
What it means is pretty self-explanatory, however, specific language and cosponsor information after the break.

NC Senate Fires Warning Shot at Jim Black

Jim Black's political life is just about to get a lot more difficult. His legendary power and control of our state's legislature appears to be coming to an end. A NC Senate committee voted unanimously to ban video poker in North Carolina. Black has protected the industry in this state and according to an interview in The Charlotte Observer, he noticed this act of defiance.

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A High Risk Pool for Health Insurance

One of the health care reform proposals before the General Assembly this session is the creation of a high risk pool for the uninsurable. A lot of other states (around 30) have risk pools, but other than hearing them mentioned as part of Kerry's campaign plans for reform, I didn't know much about them. If, like me, you aren't really sure what a high risk pool is, this post is for you.

Jerry Connor Will Be DNA Tested

Local News | News for Charlotte, North Carolina | WCNC.com | North Carolina News:

The North Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the execution of a condemned inmate to allow for additional DNA testing that he contended would prove his innocence. Jerry Wayne Conner, 40, was scheduled for execution at 2 a.m. Friday for the 1990 shotgun slayings of a Gates County store clerk Minh Rogers and her 16-year-old daughter, Linda, who was raped.

UPDATE: More information is promised on the Jerry Wayne Connor blog; there's a great pre-stay post by WillR at Concerned Citizen.

Larry Kissell, NC-08: Perfect Candidate for Netroots Endorsement

The netroots have opened up the nominations for endorsements again. Now that the May primary date has passed and Larry Kissell easily won in the 8th District it's time to make the case for his inclusion in the project.

First, Thank You to those who have supported Larry enthusiastically at DailyKos, MyDD, ePluribusMedia, and BlueNC through diaries written by his supporters and those he has written. This truly is an amazing community and an invaluable resource to candidates and their supporters. The campaign trail can be long and hard and it's wonderful to come here and feel the energy, which for us has been completely positive. I have to admit, I'm not formally with the campaign. I am an independent blogger, but my heart is behind Larry Kissell and I won't pretend to be even a tiny bit objective about his candidacy.

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