Oops! The web server’s power supply konked out on me. I moved the hard drive over to a different computer, and things seem to be okay now. Sorry about that!
Well, we did the MS-Walk today. All total, participants from all over Lincoln County raised over $5,000 to help research treatments for Multiple Sclerosis! That’s certainly greater than the amount of tax money from the participants that would go to fighting this disease, and this money comes with no strings attached, unlike government funds.
As amazing as it might seem, sometimes politicians can be persuaded to do the right thing. The NC House has introduced H867, the Electoral Fairness Act. John Blust is the sponsor, and ten other house members have joined as co-sponsors. This bill will reduce NC’s prohibitive ballot access requirements to the national average, meaning that if the bill passes the Libertarian Party will no longer have to bankrupt itself every four years to stay on the ballot, and other minor parties may actually be given a voice.
It’s not everything I’d like to see happen; I’d like to see the state be forced to count write-in votes without the write-in candidate having had to qualify, and I’d like to see all parties be given a choice whether to have a primary or to nominate in convention (thereby avoiding the filing fees), and it would be nice if a party has to re-petition to get on the ballot that their members won’t all revert to "Unaffiliated" status. But it’s a start! If you’re a North Carolina voter, I urge you to write your representative in Raleigh and tell them to support this bill.
On April 21st, I will be presenting a resolution to oppose the USA PATRIOT Act to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. I’ve also set up a page supporting the claims we make in the resolution. The Senate is going to introduce a bill this week to extend these measures. I really don’t understand how we could get to the point where our politicians care so little about the freedom they pay lip service to when they’re hyping a war.