What matters most?

In the swirling miasma of the lottery, the Puppetmaster, lying Congressmen, and politicians who place expediency above ethics, it can be hard to know which particular form of political sleaze matters most. And while I find myself getting caught up in all of them at various times, crushing the Bush Family Crime Ring is the driving force behind my political life right now.

Drinking Liberally Chapel Hill

I figure this announcement should be good for attendance: my appearance tonight at DL will be brief—I've got an exam in the morning and I'm still working out the differences between § 11 and § 12 claims under the Securities Act of 1933. So if you've been staying home to avoid me, tonight's your big night!

The meeting is, as always, at Tyler's in Carrboro (102 E. Main St.), back in the speakeasy.

Rhodes v Tillis: GOP Family Feud

We've had a few comments on this race from Republicans visiting the site, so when I saw this posted on Charlotte.com, I thought I would see what interesting tidbits I could learn about the race.

I don't usually like to enter the Republican mind. It's a dark scary place, full of cobwebs, traps and noxious gasses. (Remember, I have personal experience with trying to figure out the Republican mind since I'm married to one.)

Find out what's so odd about this one below the fold..

The Stage is Set

Exam studying; no complete sentences from me. Link:

Members of the House Democratic Caucus heard news Tuesday night that many of them have been waiting to hear for a long time and it had nothing to do with Speaker Jim Black.

House Appropriations Chair Jim Crawford told the closed meeting that state revenues were running well ahead of schedule and that there would be money available this session.

DNC Chair Howard Dean to Visit Charlotte

The text of a MCDP press release:

On April 28, the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party (MCDP) will hold a BBQ fund-raiser at which the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair, Gov. Howard Dean, will be the featured speaker. The visit will be Gov. Dean's first to Charlotte as DNC chair.

Taylor fights for his political life

This is crossposted at MyDD

Great fun! In the Asheville Citizen-Times website, you can see video of our dear Congressman Charles Taylor (R-11) fighting for his political life. After being accused of strong ties to convicted felon Jack Abramoff, he came out of his dark hole of non-communication with his constituents to admit to $10,000 in contributions from Saginaw Chippewa, denials he's ever met Abramoff, and generally bumbling about his "fundraising" history.

In several repetitive audio and video clips you can see and hear him call his April 11 fundraiser that netted $30,000 "unrelated" to Abramoff or his lobbying efforts. Good try. He can't stop mentioning he's never meeting Abramoff. I guess, in Chuckie-world, personal e-mails don't count as "meeting."

He replied when asked about former (i.e., GE lobbyist Roger France) and current staff meeting Jacko:

I don't know. I mean, I don't know if they have or haven't. I haven't gone around and asked 'em. I would doubt it but you would have to ask them.

I love how, once one of your buddies becomes a convicted felon, you just don't ask your staff about meeting him. I mean, I wouldn't ask, either dear congressman Taylor, if I wanted to be able to say I didn't know.

And memo to whomever was asking the questions? Failure to follow-up. That's what it's called in journalism circles. Failure to follow up. let me give you some suggestions:

Why haven't you asked your staff? After all, you've been tied to convicted felon through press reports and e-mails and you sit here a tell me to my face, you never asked your staff if they had had any contact with him? Why? You must know it makes you look pretty bad.

He describes the April 11th fundraiser that has been publicly linked to Jack Abramoff:

It would be a handful of people. It would have been less than 50 . . . it would be $500 and up . . . It was a reception. They get finger food.

Donated but wasn't there? he was asked. "And that's not uncommon," Taylor was quick to reply.

Was Abramoff in attendance?

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