TGIF Lunch Links
The latest Rasmussen Reports survey of likely North Carolina voters shows Senator Richard Burr with a comfortable lead over Elaine Marshall. Burr has 54% of the support, compared to Marshall’s 38%. The new numbers move the race from “Leans GOP” to “Solid GOP” in Rasmussen’s Balance of Power ranking.
Checking in with Gallup, their latest poll shows 59 percent of Americans favor ending the tax cuts for the rich.
A hefty tax bill
When Congress reconvenes next week tax cuts for the wealthy and the middle-class will be the talk of the town. But perhaps they should also devote some time to the subject of tax collection.
The Washington Post reports that Capitol Hill employees owed $9.3 million in overdue taxes at the end of last year. A handful of Republicans (including Rep. Virginia Foxx and Rep. Sue Myrick) are pushing legislation to fire federal workers who owe back taxes, unless they have entered into a payment plan.
Debit up, credit down
Economic uncertainty has caused more Americans to sharply reduce their use of credit cards. USA Today reports that some analysts believe the trend will continue even after the economy has fully recovered.
On faith and the fury
Terry Jones has made the headlines far too often this week for his threats to burn the Quran in Florida on the ninth anniversary of 9/11. Rather than focus on Jones, perhaps we would be better off focusing on the message of Heartsong Church in Tennessee, which caught the attention Keith Olbermann this week.
Oh, and should the Quran burning happen this weekend or in the future…..the Associated Press has decided it will not distribute images or audio of the demonstration, deeming the event “gratuitously manufactured to provoke and offend.”
Time to hop, skip, and jump into the weekend
Looking for something to do this weekend? The Independent Weekly has a comprehensive rundown on this weekend’s Hopscotch 2010 festival in Raleigh.
Before you grab that stick of chalk, Hopscotch 2010 is a music festival with more than 130 bands from around the world (from dozens of different genres) converging at 10 downtown venues.
Enjoy your weekend!