Two quick takeaways from this Politico piece.
The first is that people are starting to catch on that Amendment 1 is not a slam dunk here.
What it means: If the amendment fails, it would represent a significant setback to same-sex marriage opponents.
The second is that David Parker has about 12 seconds to resign before the national media blows this story up.
Complicating the situation in a state that will play a key role in the presidential race, the state Democratic Party is embroiled in an unfolding scandal surrounding the coverup of sexual harassment allegations.
And time is up.
The loneliness of the long distance blue dog.
Not an awful article, but I hate these 20,000 foot views of politics in the NC. Here’s some textbook insipid:
North Carolina’s curious politics are on full display in Mr. Shuler’s district, which is wedged into the state’s mountainous western corner. It includes the heavily Democratic city of Asheville, home to yoga studios and holistic medicine centers, as well as staunchly conservative hamlets scattered throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains.
You know, because nothing says ‘Democrat’ like a yoga studio.
Meanwhile, Shuler admits he doesn’t have the votes, but said he’d rather vote for himself if given no alternative.
He’s being really modest about it, too.
“I don’t know how I can be any clearer,” Shuler replied. “I can do as good a job as anybody in the U.S. Congress, because I can actually bring people together.”
‘Cause he’s special.
SEIU is sending out petition gatherers to clear the way for a third party in North Carolina. Been hearing bits about this lately, now Greg Sargent and TPM are spilling the details:
It’s War: SEIU Starting Third Party In North Carolina
In a shot across the bow of Dems, the labor powerhouse SEIU is starting a new third party in North Carolina that hopes to field its own slate of candidates, part of an effort to make the Democratic Party more reliable on issues important to labor, I’m told.
It seems organized labor is no longer content to leave its political fortunes in the hands of its traditional ally, the Democratic Party. The SEIU announced today that the it’s launching its own political party in North Carolina, and it plans to to field candidates on the ballot this fall.
Well, I wondered what it was going to take to get me off the extended hiatus . . .
Film at 11
Char-O’s Jim Morrill has more.
Fun. Tea Party Republican George Hutchins is already going at it.
Here’s a screen cap from his rather brightly colored web site.
Nasty story out of Mayberry:
– Arrest made in killings in Mt. Airy
– Binker says the Easley case may cause some long-sought changes to ethics state laws
– Rob C. on Larry Leake
– Drums along the Blue Ridge: Is Shuler vulnerable?
– And if it’s local campaign season it’s time for questionable mailers