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At least that’s how it feels to me. Everywhere I turn, I’m hearing my colleagues talk about the momentum of Mitt Romney, up until today, that is, when Haley Barbour said that Hurricane Sandy put a stop to it.

My colleagues can’t get enough of it. The polls are getting closer.… Read full post »

Well, my fellow Politicos, it has been a long time in blog years-July of this year- since I have posted here at, and I extend my heartfelt apologies. The new job has been all-consuming, but it is work for the common good, the work of making young people into… Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2012 3:31PM

The politics of disaster

This man is not looking for canned peas, Mitt.

Mitt Romney isn’t backing off. He said last spring that the federal government shouldn’t be helping people in cases of disaster. He said it’s immoral, and that he would privatize FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Ins… Read full post »

Why do we pay any attention to this man?

Donald Trump offers President Obama $5 million for his favorite charity if he will release his college transcripts — which no president as ever been asked to release — and the media are all over it as though it were news.

Ann… Read full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2012 8:37PM

Stop thief!

Want more proof the National Rifle Association is an extremist group? In Pennsylvania, they lobbied and successfully blocked a law that would have required gun owners to report to law enforcement if their weapons are lost or stolen.

Can’t have that now can we? And that’s not all.… Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2012 12:30PM

Tired of the hate toward poor people

I just saw a meme on Facebook asking people to “like” it of they get pissed off at seeing food stamp recipients smoking cigarettes, watching cable TV or talking on a cell phone. One of the people who shared it was the daughter of a friend, a woman I’ve known since… Read full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2012 1:21PM

Wrong again, Mittens

I couldn’t stay away from the Civic Center yesterday. Mitt Romney was coming to speak and I had to be there to counter his “the emergency room works fine” lie.

See, Mitt believes people can get the care they need at the emergency room and that they won’t get a bill.… Read full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2012 11:34AM

Too crazy

Rep. Paul Broun from Georgia, says he believes people existed with dinosaurs. He is on the Science Committee in Congress.

A generation ago, someone who doesn’t believe in evolution wouldn’t have been on the Science Committee in Congress, and someone who espouses the death penalty f… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2012 12:42PM

“Wonky?” What about the lies?

Today’s paper had a headline on the front page: “Debate reveals Romney’s wonky side.”

I don’t know if I would call it wonky to stand up there and lie for 90 minutes.

If you look for the headline online, you won’t find it, but it’s there in the print ed… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2012 11:46AM

More lies in the mail

My husband is registered to vote, but not in either party (I’m a registered Democrat; you could look it up). As a result, we get stuff in the mail from both parties.

The ones that get me the most are the lies about health care reform, or “Obamacare.” The latest one… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 4:15PM

Let’s talk about poverty

I just took a pledge to talk about poverty.

I took the pledge at because too many people think people in poverty did something bad to get there.

The truth is that people in poverty are NOT lazy. In fact, many work two or th… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 5:14PM

Shark jumping

After this week, anyone who thinks this current batch of Republicans has an ounce of legitimacy left is either a rich asshole or a damn fool. That’s it. No other choices.

I just read a tweet that says … well, here it is:

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 2:35PM

Still seething

This is my son, Mike, who paid taxes right up to the time he got sick. After his Stage 3 colon cancer was diagnosed, he became one of the people Mitt Romney doesn’t care about.

The more I think about it, the madder I get.

I know I said a piece… Read full post »


Mitt Romney isn’t going for the votes of people who need help paying their bills, buying food, getting health care or keeping a roof over their heads in the face of falling wages and high unemployment.

Mitt cares only about the wealthy who are hoarding America’s financial r… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 2:26PM

Running in circles

I was on Matt Mittan’s radio show yesterday for the first time since he left Clear Channel.

Matt and I disagree on a lot of political things, as do his producer, Agnes Cheek, and I.

But it’s OK. Matt understands my mission to get access to health care for all Americans,… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 10:48AM

For 9/11, do something life-affirming

What are you doing today? Are you sitting at your desk trying not to think about the horror of this day 11 years ago?

I think about it a lot. I lived in suburban New York and my husband worked at a trade magazine just 12 blocks from the World Trade… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 11:27AM

‘My children are my heart.’

‘My children are my heart,’ she said. This is a woman who understands that no mother should lose her child to a broken system.

I watched a little of the GOP convention before my head came dangerously close to exploding. Chris Christie was loud and obnoxious. Paul Ryan hardly spoke… Read full post »

This could have been my grandmother and her sister near the turn of the 20th century in a Rhose Island textile mill.

My great-grandparents came to this country in the mid-1800s, escaping the great Hunger in Ireland. They were luckier than many; they lived to get on a ship and get… Read full post »

AUGUST 30, 2012 11:28AM

Boobs and boors

Do you really think these guys are here to celebrate women’s rights?

Let me start by saying I’m not a prude.

But c’mon, women, why all the fuss about being able to go topless when it’s already legal in North Carolina?

The idea for the rally came from a man who… Read full post »

AUGUST 20, 2012 12:44PM

Legitimate rape?

Todd Akin, GOP Senate candidate from Missouri. The costume here fits the same timeline as his views on women and rape.

Over the weekend, Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri, was asked his views on abortion. He’s agin’ it, of course.

Well, what if the pregnancy is the… Read full post »

AUGUST 14, 2012 12:33PM

Ryan? Really?

It’s a gift from the Right — Paul Ryan, the author of Kill Medicaid/Medicare/Social Security, as VP pick for Mitt Romney.

OK, first off, the Protestants aren’t going to be happy, especially those furthest to the right think neither Mormons nor Catholics are “real”… Read full post »

The whole flap surrounding Chick-fil-A isn’t about whether Dan Cathy has a right to be against gay marriage. Of course he has a right to his feelings. He also has a right to express his beliefs in public so long as he doesn’t advocate violence, which he has not.

The reason… Read full post »

Seems some people would rather make stuff up than tell the truth, or better yet, shut up.

Someone tweeted today that I was fired from the Asheville Citizen-Times for plagiarism.

I think he knows that’s a lie, which makes the tweet slander, according to my attorney. I do hope he corrects… Read full post »

AUGUST 1, 2012 12:59PM

He really said it

From Scrutiny Hooligans

In a meeting this morning, I got a chance to read yet another lengthy newspaper profile on Rep. Tim Moffitt, my representative in Raleigh.

This one, in the Biltmore Beacon, was a little less flattering than the one that ran in the daily paper here 10 days ago,… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JULY 31, 2012 2:40PM

Working harder for less money

From the NC Budget & Tax Center

In North Carolina at least (and I suspect in many other states), this so-called economic recovery has come slowly — slower than the previous three recessions in 1981, 1990 and 2001,  especially when it comes to jobs.

Our “job creators” are… Read full post »