Marshall says Simpson should go

Breaking: Democrat acts like Democrat.

Charlotte, NC — In a speech Thursday marking the 90th anniversary of women being granted the right to vote, U.S. Senate candidate Elaine Marshall called on Alan Simpson to resign as co-chair of President Obama’s fiscal commission following derisive comments the former Wyoming Senator made about Social Security recipients.
“Alan Simpson’s remarks were disrespectful to women and to social security recipients. He should resign or the President should fire him,” Marshall said, speaking at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte.
“The fact that he thinks this way shows that he can’t do his job with an open mind. We should be doing everything in our power to strengthen and protect Social Security, not attacking the recipients who depend on it.”

What’s going on at UNC-TV?

Yes! Weekly is reporting that Eszter Vajda has been fired.
No reason given, according to the report.

LL has been on this story plenty and has an interesting post at IHT called Alcoa: UNC-TV tries to unring the bell

More background and an interview with the researcher paid $3,000 by former House speaker Richard Morgan here.

It’s pretty clear that there’s a lot going on behind the scenes here. I’d say UNC-TV has about twenty-eight seconds to get out in front of this thing. If that.

Alcoa has already made public a draft review by three UNC J-School professors. From the preface:

The professors were asked to provide their collective opinion on whether the series met universally accepted standards of journalism and whether they would have accepted the segments for broadcast.
The request originated with Tom Howe, director and general manager of UNC-TV. However,
Mr. Howe later informed the professors that he wanted to postpone the review of the series. As a result, the draft memorandum was never issued. However, given the unfounded and damaging claims about Alcoa contained in the UNC-TV report, we believe it is important that the entire report be made public.
The attached draft memorandum was provided by UNC to Alcoa’s attorney in response to a public records request. Alcoa is solely responsible for the decision to distribute the draft memorandum further.

Morning Post: Number 14 edition

14th Amendment
Amendment XIV
Section 1.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Section 2.

Representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state, or the members of the legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such state, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such state.

Section 3.

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Section 4.

The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any state shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

Section 5.

The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Morning Post: Jobbers

Today’s jobless report, well, sucked. Yet for some reason the people with jobs who are supposed to do something about it are saying ‘meh.’ Maybe these people need to not have jobs as well.
Read this Calculated Risk post.
Here’s an excerpt from an editorial I penned for this week’s Carrboro Citizen:

Welcome to the recovery – not
In the latest monthly report, Orange County saw a half percent jump in unemployment in June, rising from 6 percent to 6.5 percent. For the freshly unemployed, there is little comfort in knowing that we remain one of the counties with the lowest rates of unemployment in the state. Statewide, we jumped one-tenth of a percent to 10.1 percent.

Anyone looking for work in this climate knows finding any job is tough and finding one in a field you’re interested in or located nearby is even tougher.

So it’s infuriating on so many levels to hear the bash-the-unemployed rhetoric pouring out of the recent congressional debate over benefit extensions and jobs programs. The idea that there is a vast couch-potato conspiracy is totally divorced from reality. Perhaps some among that 10.1 percent here in the Old North State are satisfied being on the dole, but most would be happy to have their jobs back. Read more

Wednesday Morning Post: Dead Heat edition

New PPP poll has the Senate race in a dead heat.

“The North Carolina Senate race continues to look very competitive, with Richard Burr’s approval numbers hitting a record low and Elaine Marshall pulling within 2 points. Burr’s at 39% to 37% for Marshall and 7% for Libertarian Michael Beitler.

The main thing that’s changed since the last poll, when Burr led by 5, is that Marshall is shoring up her support from within the party. 65% of Democrats say they’ll vote for her, up from 57% a month ago. Burr continues to lead because of a 44-25 advantage with independents and because with 73% Republican support his party is more unified around him than Marshall’s is around her.”

Marshall posts something on Kos about it.


Palin is showing signs of maturing. She is much more aware of her limitations and is adjusting her style.
“My palm isn’t large enough to have written all my notes down on,” she admitted.
Via C&L: