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Mon May 05, 2014 at 12:08 PM PDT

Early ballots in the NC primary

by kismet

In North Carolina, more people cast early votes for tomorrow's primary than they did for the 2010 midterm elections.

In North Carolina, more people cast early votes for tomorrow's primary than they did for the 2010 midterm elections.

In North Carolina, more people cast early votes for tomorrow's primary than they did for the 2010 midterm elections.

In North Carolina, more people cast early votes for tomorrow's primary than they did for the 2010 midterm elections.

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A couple of months ago I received the notice -- I needed to renew my driver's license. In NC, this requires going to a DMV location, taking a vision test, and all before the current license expires. I don't have to deal with an immediately upcoming election by which I want to have valid ID, but I have a similar challenge -- on Nov. 26, 2 days after my current license expires, I need to get on a plane to Wisconsin, for which I will need government issued picture ID. So I probably need a backup plan in case I somehow fail my driver's license renewal.

I figured I would need about a month to complete this task.

I'm a pretty high-functioning educated person -- you'd think I'd never ever get in a situation where I might not have proper ID. But as you'll see below, without the money to secure a quite expensive backup plan, I would have been screwed, even with over a month to plan.

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Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM PDT

Sneaky sneaky NC GOP

by kismet

Just a little more on the shenanigans from the NC legislature. While Pat McCrory's out front claiming he might veto the massively unpopular SB 695, the House Judiciary Committee is sneaking the same anti-abortion language into a motorcycle safety bill behind closed doors.

From the Carolina Mercury and Twitter, developing:

Rep. Samuelson says notice was not given because language was being finalized until the last minute. “We’re late in the session, and this is the way you get things done late in the session sometimes.”

In case it was not crystal clear what the GOP and their anti-woman agenda is all about, witness.  Witness this sign from the counter-protest in Raleigh this morning, where a whole lot of loud angry women are gathering to protest 695.

This is what it's about.

At least they're honest.

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Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 07:11 AM PDT

North Carolina. Action.

by kismet

I am sitting here in Wisconsin, where I'm doing some caretaking for my elderly parents, and watching North Carolina happily follow Perry down the Road of Crazy.

They are trying to sneak abortion clinic restrictions into a bill banning sharia law. Sharia law! Something that is probably less of a danger to the average North Carolinian than lightning strikes or the Ebola virus.

I've been trying to spread the word to as many North Carolinians as possible. You can get your butt to Raleigh, of course, and protest outside the legislature. Call it Moral Wednesday but whatever you call it, if you can, get your butt down there.

If you can't, Progress NC Action and Planned Parenthood have a few suggestions for you...see below the squiggle for links:

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There's yet another diary on the front page of this site that takes a swipe at Chris Christie. Not because he's a Republican nightmare waiting in the wings for 2016, whose horrible policies need to be exposed.

No, y'all are mocking him because he's fat. FAT! Ooga booga booga. And because this week he had the temerity to get righteously angry at a doctor who had never seen him, never read his chart, never run a test, and yet went on TV and presumed to diagnose him from a distance. Remember how riled we all are when Bill "Cat Killer" Frist presumed to diagnose Terri Schiavo from the Senate floor? Yeah, like that. When I heard he called her up and read her the riot act I cheered a little cheer.

See, anyone who has ever been fat knows why Chris Christie was mad as hell at that doctor. They know because they risk having the experience that Chris Christie just had, every time they go to see a doctor. They get blood pressure medicine prescribed to them without having had their blood pressure checked. They get told that their sinus infection would go away if they just lost weight. Or there was that guy who was in the news a couple of weeks ago who nearly died because he had a brain tumor causing his weight gain and his doctors sent him home to diet and work out.

Something over 60% of Americans now fall into the CDC's "overweight" or "obese" categories. And I'm not sure if focusing on Chris Christie's fat is going to fly, because at this point too many of us have been where he is. I'm not sure it's not going to backfire.

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Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 09:00 AM PDT

Early voting in Charlotte, NC

by kismet

I voted early in Charlotte, NC this morning.

I take Zumba classes from an outfit called Queen City DanceOut.  They have their classes all over the city, often in community rec centers.  This morning, I went to the class at the Bette Rae Thomas rec center on the West side of Charlotte and was surprised to find the parking lot packed.  Because it was an early voting location!

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There's not a whole lot to say about this that isn't in four letter words.  One of the few vetos that Governor Bev Perdue manage to make stick last year was when she vetoed one of those horrible ALEC-sponsored Voter ID bills in North Carolina.

North Carolina has one of the friendliest voting policies around.  We require a paper trail.  We have copious, easy early absentee voting days.  Republicans must be gnashing their teeth over how easy North Carolina makes it for everyone to vote (even if we don't make it easy for everyone to get married, sigh).

Now they're trying to revive the ALEC bill and override the veto.  There must have been some movement on this front recently, because our Secretary of State Elaine Marshall just sent me the petition below.  If you're in NC, please pass this around and make sure that the Republicans know we're on to their shenanigans.

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The White House has a neat-ola website where you can tell the President what it means to you to get the 40 dollars per month back that you'll get if the Republicans let the payroll tax cut extension pass.

I told President Obama what $40/month means to me, and you should too, if this situation sounds at all familiar.

Here's what I said:

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This is an interesting tidbit from our local Charlotte news.  It's going to be a short diary because I don't really know what to say about it except "uh-oh, don't look now, but".

Faced with budget cuts and more budget cuts, strained resources, and endless teacher layoffs, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools superintendent Peter Gorman has resigned.

To join "News Corporation's new Education Division".

Uh-oh, don't look now, but...

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Fri Jun 03, 2011 at 11:19 AM PDT

Bev Perdue frees NC-GOP hostages

by kismet

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue just thumbed her nose at the Republican legislature's punitive budget proposal.  See, they've been holding unemployment benefits for a bunch of North Carolinians hostage in the budget negotations.  Today, Gov. Bev freed those hostages by executive order.

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Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 06:31 PM PST

WHEE: Barefootin'

by kismet

Here's a little impromptu, off-schedule WHEE, just because.

For those of us that run, there's been a whole lot of news to look at recently about the concept of barefoot running.  Time Magazine just published a big feature article about running barefoot, inspired by a recent high profile Nature paper, which comes with an informative companion website showing videos of people running -- habitual barefoot runners, people who wear standard modern supercushioned running shoes, and everything in between.  

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