You have to love the zealots over that the religious right — sometimes the obliviousness they display is truly stunning.

A case in point: The most recent edition of the North Carolina Family Policy Council’s “Family North Carolina” magazine which includes the following consecutive stories: Read More


Public Policy Polling has an interesting poll out on Vermont that brings home once again how absurd the anti-gay marriage crusaders are (and will be viewed in a few decades when all of the states finally get around to making gay marriage a right). 

This is from the post:

“Gay marriage has been legal in Vermont for almost 2 years now and most voters in the state say it’s had no impact on their lives. 60% say it’s been a non factor for them personally to 22% who say it’d had a positive effect on them and 18% who say it’s had a negative one. Read More


Cumberland County is taking steps to join Durham County and a growing list of governmental bodies around the country that have “banned the box.” 

The “ban the box” campaign is, of course, a movement to convince employers of all kinds to alter their hiring practices so that questions about an applicant’s criminal record are not asked right up front on the initial job application. The concept is simple and sound: Read More


The good folks at Disability Rights NC issued a press release today that highlights a new 16 page report from the U.S. Department of Justice. The findings come just under a year after DRNC issued its own damning report on North Carolina’s shameful treatment of the mentially ill.

This is from the release: Read More


Democrats were confident they would have the votes needed to sustain Governor Perdue’s veto of the controversial voter ID bill.

They did indeed have the votes (67-52)  to turn back Republican efforts to pass House Bill 351, requiring all North Carolina voters show a photo-id before being allowed to vote at the polls.

But knowing that defeat was at hand, House Majority Leader Rep. Paul Stam voted with the Democrats on Tuesday. This enabled Stam to use a procedural maneuver to have the override vote reconsidered on another day.

The House Minority Leader implored Stam not to stoop to such a tactic. Rep Joe Hackney said it was time to put the partisan Voter ID legislation to rest, so lawmakers could move on to other issues and not be forced to make the same arguments “over and over” in the next session.

Rep Stam’s answer:

“It’s not settled till it’s settled right.”

And so, even though the GOP’s veto override failed, House Bill 351 remains alive for the remainder of the 2011-12 session.

To hear the exchange between Reps. Hackney and Stam, click below:

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