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I know the shutdown is primarily about the House, but I found this development interesting. Cross-posted from BlueNC.

Received a call from my Dad this evening. He mentioned that he tried to email Richard Burr's office this evening but the website had all but shuttered. I checked it out, and sure enough, it's still basically nonfunctional. There is a message about the shutdown, a phone number, and his D.C. mailing address, but that's it.

At first I thought this seemed extreme but reasonable. The staff is probably pretty thin and maybe they are all doing this. Then I checked out Kay Hagan's website and guess what? Fully functional, email and everything.

Normally I would think pointing something like this out would be nitpicking. But in this case, Republicans have been insisting that they are shutting down the government (at least when they aren't insisting that Democrats have shut down the government) because the people hate Obamacare and they are doing the will of the people.

If that is the case, why would you shut down the easiest (and I would guess most widely used) avenue that people utilize to contact you? Could it be because you don't want to actually hear what people say rather than what you think they would say?

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Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 11:45 PM PDT

Power of the Purse

by crowbar317

Lately we have been discussing the war on women. It is real and it happens every day all across the country. But today I want to talk about one woman. She is a friend of mine. She is a progressive, and she is a single mother raising two children in Portland, Oregon.

Tara lives paycheck to paycheck, yet the paychecks are dwindling these days. She applies for jobs to no avail. Her boyfriend of several years just walked out on her and her two kids, and now she fears she may lose her home.

Tara would never ask herself, so I am asking for her. I would only ask that anyone reading this diary Paypal a few bucks to taradublin@gmail.com. I have no dog in this hunt aside from making life a little easier for a single mother.

If I can donate $10, surely you guys can at least match that. Who's coming with me?

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Sat Oct 31, 2009 at 08:31 PM PDT

In Support of HR 1695

by crowbar317

This is cross-posted from BlueNC (with a few tweaks), so it may seem a bit NC-centric, but every bit of support matters.

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My college major was criminal justice. Everyone laughed at me because they acknowledged a true fact: reforming the criminal justice system is politically impossible.

Today, as I look toward graduate school, I find out that my studies may not have been useless.

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I have bitten my tongue long enough. It's time for me to go Stewart v. Cramer (or Jackson v. Snakes). I have a list of demands and they ain't pretty and may not be very popular. But here goes.

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Somewhere in the stimulus bill (which I support) and the new bank bailout (which I also support) there is supposed to be some sort of relief for those near or in foreclosure. I remember hearing that somewhere before for a second then nothing came of it. I now see why.

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Wed Feb 04, 2009 at 08:23 PM PST

Advice and Consent 2009 Tax Code

by crowbar317

As I have mentioned before, I do taxes for myself and a few friends and relatives. Several of these folks have taken advantage of the first-time homebuyers refundable credit/loan. Basically, a first time homebuyer who meet the financial criteria can get a refundable credit up to $7,500 that will be paid back at $500 per year over 15 years.

Tonight, the Senate has apparently upped this amount to $15,000 and (possibly) removed the first-time buyer requirement. This raises some questions for me that I would like to comment on.

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Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 08:34 PM PST

Tickle Me Gitmo

by crowbar317

Yeah, I kinda stole the headline from Jon Stewart. What can I say?

There are two points I would like to make about the pending closing of Gitmo and its aftermath. The first is on the argument that transferring prisoners to US prisons is unsafe and the second on the potential of released detainess rejoining the GWOT.

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Tue Jan 20, 2009 at 09:34 PM PST

Obama's Speech

by crowbar317

Lots of people have lots of opinions about Obama's speech. They wonder why he didn't say an "all we have to fear is fear itself" or an "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

I have to be honest in asking what freaking speech were they listening to? In my mind, he covered both of those in the following passage.

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Fri Jan 02, 2009 at 08:55 PM PST

Tax Time

by crowbar317

If you dread April 15th, this blog means very little to you. If you look forward to January 31st, the date that companies are required to send out W-2s, it takes on a whole different meaning. Either way, I think it looks good for Obama and the economy.

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Thu Dec 25, 2008 at 10:29 PM PST

F*** the Constitution

by crowbar317

Well, the Bush administration has attempted to muddle the Constitutional waters once again by granting a pardon and then revoking it at the last minute. Josh Marshall is talking about it. .DailyKos is talking about it. Hell, a whole new blog is talking about it.

Now, I am talking about it.

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Tue Dec 09, 2008 at 09:57 PM PST

Headlines from the Frontlines

by crowbar317

Local Factory to Layoff 300, Shutter One Division

Two Factories To Shutter in January

Car Lot Trims Sales Staff from Nine to Three

Textile Mill No Longer Accepting Applications, Considering Layoffs

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