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Phil BergerWRAL has video of all 36 minutes of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s surprisingly far-ranging press conference today and today’s edition of the Fitzsimon File will have a thorough analysis shortly.

For those looking for some preliminary quick takeaways, however, here were a few of the highlights/low-lights:

Berger has decided to go all in with the far right agenda and appears to see it as his pathway to seeking the GOP nomination to take on Kay Hagan in 2014. Moreover, his legislative “agenda” was/is an utterly predictable recitation of Locke Foundation/Civitas/Art Pope priorities: Read More

The good people at Think Progress have posted a useful, if sobering, list of some of the worst moments of the 112th Congress – which, thankfully, ends today.

It includes: creating the “fiscal cliff,” letting the Violence Against Women Act expire, spending $1.5 million to defend the “Defense of Marriage Act,” voting against the environment at least 31 times. kowtowing to the NRA and many more.

Read the whole list by clicking here.

 

Sometimes, you really do have to wonder how the folks over in the Pope Empire manage to look themselves in the mirror every morning. Perhaps it has something to do with some kind of split personal syndrome in which they alternate realities and public personae depending on the day of the week (and whether they’re trying to influence an election or a policy proposal). Lately, it’s been going something like this:

Monday: “The Obama administration’s economic policies have been a disaster. Unemployment rates continue to skyrocket and they’re actually higher than reported. Things are so bad that millions of people have given up looking for work.”

Tuesday: “The problem in our economy is all the lazy workers who aren’t trying hard enough to find a job.” Read More

As reported in yesterday’s Weekly Briefing, North Carolina’s new Lt. Governor-elect, Dan “the Sears catalog is porn” Forest has a bit of a wacky side. A nonprofit that he helps run in tandem with a Raleigh ad agency owner named Christopher Stone purports to connect retailers to “faith driven consumers” — which in Forest’s world, means fundamentalist conservative Christians.

In the group’s new “Faith-friendly Christmas Guide” it informs readers that the giant retailer Sears gets very low marks because, among other things, its catalog “features women in lingerie.” Conveniently, the Guide even then provides a link to the online version of the lingerie catalog so that readers can be sure of what it is they’re crusading against.

As we also noted, the nonprofit is run out of the same office as Stone’s ad agency Read More