NC, TX, and, of course, VA: All Politics is Local

All-Politics-is-LocalLet’s see:

I keep hoping that, at some point, will people wake up and realize how important state and local politics are to our well-being. It’s not enough to be well-versed on the latest BS coming out of DC; we have to be aware of what’s going on right under our noses.

If folks paid as much attention to state and local as they do to DC – and by paying attention, I mean informing themselves of the issues AND voting – I suspect we’d be having a different conversation at every level of government.

All Politics is Local. It’s not phrase, it’s a truth. Some folks get that – and they have been very successful in implementing their agenda. It’s beyond time for the rest to figure it out.

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14 thoughts on “NC, TX, and, of course, VA: All Politics is Local

  1. Also , what happened in Ohio! How is this legal? You can just add things to a bill with no debate.
    The Koch brothers have put in place these recycled Governors to put their agenda in the states.
    NC is a progressive state that have “place holders” elected to also put the Koch Brothers agenda in.
    This has got to stop.

  2. Vivian, please know that there are some of your readers who are incredibly heart-broken over this loss of life.

    We ask ourselves regularly, “Why do we have a culture that thinks throwing life away is acceptable? Why don’t we have a society that helps prospective mothers during pregnancy? Why don’t we assist them during child raising? Why are we looking first to abort?”

    It just makes me sad when we talk about this as “women’s health”. It’s not. It’s about 50+ million lives eliminated because our society – all of us – haven’t cared enough to truly embrace a “culture of life.”

    1. You know, it takes two to tango, Jim. Perhaps if we spent more time educating, we’d end up with less legislating. And maybe, if we are going to legislate, some of that legislation should be aimed at the other half of the folks responsible.

          1. One or the other — either hold them responsible and allow them to veto the “choice” to kill their children, or don’t allow them a veto over the killing of their children and absolve them of financial responsibility.

    2. We also have a society where prenatal, delivery and postpartum obstetrics are uniquely expensive compared to the rest of the developed world without any difference in the amount or nature of the care received by mothers. It’s the single most expensive category of medical expenses at almost any hospital; the average amount paid purely for obstetrics (in other words, not including services provided by other specialists like radiologists for ultrasounds or fees for blood tests) runs about $9.800 for a vaginal birth and $15,000 for a C-section. That’s more than twice what the same services cost in western European countries. More than 60% of women with health insurance that wasn’t offered through an employer are not extended maternal coverage, so if your wife works for, let’s say, a small non-profit affiliated with a religious organization (like my wife does), you get the privilege of paying all of those expenses out of pocket.

      And here’s the kicker — we don’t actually get better medical care! We have one of the highest infant mortality rates in the Western world — not the absolute highest because we managed to beat a few of the former Soviet states, barely. Our rates of both infant and maternal mortality during childbirth are higher than just about every state in the E.U.; one million American babies take their last breath within 24 hours of drawing their first every year..

      And you know, I can’t help but notice that I never see anyone calling a special session of a state legislature to deal with those issues. Far from talking about how to control prices to make carrying a child to term more affordable, Rick Perry’s opting Texas out of an expansion in the sort of Medicaid funding of the sort that would specifically help those mothers who can least afford to bear a child in the United States healthcare market. But that’s a poor person problem, I guess, and poor people don’t drive evangelicals to the polls. So let’s talk about abortion. Abortion, abortion, abortion.

      Jim, you asked why we as a society “look first to abort.” I reject the premise of your argument — I certainly don’t know that women generally are looking first at abortion as their first and last solution to an unplanned pregnancy. But I have to turn the question around and pose it to you: when it comes to protecting life, why does your party consistently look at abortion first? First, last, and always?

      1. It is also the field with the most lawsuits and the highest malpractice insurance costs. Those costs are borne by the patients.

    1. Quite so. But when the State can be your baby’s daddy, and the State will cut your bennies if you identify the father, there isn’t much incentive to identify the father.

      1. If you are talking from experience, pleas elaborate If not, you sound like you have very little regard for a women to take care of her own health care issues.

        1. If by “her health care issues” (funny you should use that term — another word for CHILD) you mean the murder of her innocent child who poses her no harm, you are correct.

  3. I think you’re being a bit unfair to North Carolina. The state pays substantially more amounts of unemployment per week than the vast majority of states. It has been $535 in NC and that is WITH the heavy unemployment mentioned in the article. What the article fails to mention is the economic mess NC is in BECAUSE of unemployment. They merely hint at the problem when they talk about the massive amount that NC owes the Feds. Link below references the amount NC pays compared to other states. Virginina is a paltry $378 max compared to the $535 NC max.
    http://jobsearch.about.com/od/unemployment/a/weekly-unemployment-benefits.htm

    I am a bit concerned about the transition off of state restrictions and future redistricting. We do need to move from the past into the future, but I too have concerns. I am against same day registration and I DO WANT voter ID, but I don’t see the valid reasons for removing other days you can vote. It should be as convenient as possible to vote.

    In Virginia,I’m concerned about Cuccinelli wanting to bring back the full force of sodomy laws and slinging the usual “do it for the children” bull that is normally a hallmark of the Democratic Party. This isn’t really about pedophiles. This is neo-taliban. The 17yr old he points to would be better protected by laws that CAN’T be challenged constitutionally. There is no reason to make the rest of us into unconvicted felons and leave constitutional obstacles that could free real criminals on technicalities.

    What? Cuccinelli doesn’t think he could pass or run on passing a law that imposes penalties ONLY on child molesters and forcible sex/rape? Really? This is starting to get big play in libertarian circles and even threatens the coalitions of libertarians and social conservatives in the Tea Party. Frankly, I’m willing to walk away from Cuccinelli over this. No more money and no more support. No bumper sticker or yard signs.

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