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Ruffin Poole in Cuffs

Former Mike Easley aide Ruffin Poole appeared at the federal courthouse in Raleigh today — in handcuffs.

Anthony Greco of CJTV has video of the arrival here, and here is David Bass’ story.

What must former governor Mike Easley be thinking right now?

I take no pleasure in seeing the suffering of people whose lives are torn apart. The sad fact is, if the allegations in the indictment are proven true, Mr. Poole has no one to blame but himself.

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If Lobbyists are Bad Guys, Why is the Administration Doing This?

From The Hill comes a story that points out State of the Union talk is nothing more than just talk. Evidently we’re not supposed to notice things like this. Kudos to The Hill for writing about it. Read the whole story; it’s definitely worth your time.

A day after bashing lobbyists, President Barack Obama’s administration has invited K Street insiders to join private briefings on a range of topics addressed in Wednesday’s State of the Union.

The Treasury Department on Thursday morning invited selected individuals to “a series of conference calls with senior Obama administration officials to discuss key aspects of the State of the Union address.”

The invitation, which went to a variety of stakeholders, was sent by Fred Baldassaro, a senior adviser at the Treasury Department’s Office of Business Affairs and Public Liaison.

The invitation stated, “The White House is encouraging you to participate in these calls and will have a question and answer session at the end of each call. As a reminder, these calls are not intended for press purposes.”

You won’t be surprised to learn that some lobbyists are pretty miffed about being called bad guys in public and then being welcomed in private.

Lobbyists, by the way, are not bad guys. In a lot of cases, lobbyists are hired to try and fend off an intrusive, destructive government policy or regulation that threatens an industry and the ability to create jobs and expand products and services. Thus, lobbyists become a cost of doing business — an expense that adds to the price of a product or service. Cut back on regulations and you’ll see fewer lobbyists.

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Best Takeaway I’ve Read on the SOTU

The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes makes a reasoned case that we’ve heard it all before, and that President Obama is determined to ignore the backlash against his liberal policies.

He’s sticking with his liberal policies — on health care, global warming, gays in the military, the high speed rail boondoggle, taxing the overseas profits of American companies, the whole batch. Obama said those in Congress who might have grown skeptical of force feeding an unwilling nation a massive dose of liberalism should “not run for the hills.’’ I suspect they will anyway.

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