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Benghazi Revealed

For months, we’ve heard about the potential “cover-up” of Benghazi. Now, the House is holding yet another set of hearings in which the head was supposedly going to be blown off of this Benghazi cover. Here’s what we learned:

1. F-16s could have been sent to Benghazi

Part of the prevailing theory surrounding the events the night of the Benghazi attacks is that the Obama administration did not do enough militarily to respond to the crisis. Gregory Hicks — a Foreign Service Officer and the former Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya — claimed during his pre-hearing testimony that fighter jets could have been flown over Benghazi, preventing the second wave of the attack from occurring.

Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) questioned that statement, asking Hicks whether he disagreed with Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Gen Martin Dempsey’s assessment that no air assets were in range the night of the attack. Hicks didn’t disagree, saying he was “speaking from [his] perspective” and what “veteran Libyan revolutionaries” told him, rather than Pentagon assessments. (more…)

By |2013-05-12T21:17:57-04:00May 10th, 2013|Foreign Affairs, Obama administration|Comments Off on Benghazi Revealed

I’m still shocked – Bev Perdue

Last Thursday, Governor Bev Perdue announced that she would not run for reelection. She is one of the few Democratic governors in the nation. I think she has done an excellent job with a very contentious Republican legislature and am deeply saddened that she has decided not to run for reelection.

From the News and Observer:

Gov. Bev Perdue’s surprise announcement last week that she would not seek re-election left the party scrambling to find a nominee, creating a 100-day sprint to the May 8th primary. Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton jumped in Thursday. He was joined Saturday by state Rep. Bill Faison, who announced his candidacy in Greensboro.

But what about Erskine Bowles, the former White House chief of staff and UNC system president? He wasn’t in Greensboro, but he was said to be considering the race.

“I think Erskine would be a very formidable candidate,” said state Revenue Secretary David Hoyle. “I think the business community would fall in love with that. He would be the Republicans worst fear.” (more…)

By |2012-01-30T12:25:15-04:00January 30th, 2012|State and Local Politics|Comments Off on I’m still shocked – Bev Perdue

Union rally in Asheville

I spoke at our Wisconsin solidarity rally today in Asheville. We had a great crowd. I was/am honored that I had an opportunity to address the crowd. (I’ll have a rough transcript of my speech here later on.)

There was a rally in Raleigh, NC.

From News Observer:

Wisconsin’s battle over collective bargaining rights spilled over into Raleigh’s streets today.

Hundreds of supporters of Wisconsin public employees in their dispute with Gov. Scott Walker waved signs and heard speeches on the south lawn of the Capitol, while a smaller, but loudly outspoken group of opponents shouted their own slogans from the other side of Fayetteville Street.

The pro-union rally was organized by the State Employees Association of North Carolina. SEANC doesn’t have formal negotiating rights, because North Carolina is one of two states that ban collective bargaining for public workers.

From FDL:

In what has been billed the largest rally in the history of Madison, over 100,000 people packed the Capitol Square for a “Rally for Workers’ Rights” to protest the budget repair bill and the proposed stripping of collective bargaining rights from public employees. Madison Police told AFL-CIO spokesman Eddie Vale that they estimated the crowd at 100,000 30 minutes before the 3pm rally. As Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, who graced the stage, said, it’s 40% of the March on Washington, which he attended.

Yarrow told me before going on stage that he was proud to see the spirit of the past resuscitated. “If they persist, they will prevail,” he said.

The peaceful crowd spanned age ranges, comprised of public and private workers, union and non-union, high school and retired. And it included Madison East High School’s Bradley Whitford, also known as White House Chief of Staff Josh Lyman of The West Wing. He told the assembled, among other things, that “Wisconsin is a stubborn constituency, we fish through ice!”

By |2011-02-27T01:16:11-04:00February 27th, 2011|Budget, Civil Rights|Comments Off on Union rally in Asheville
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