A bill to allow the creation of a “Choose Life” specialty license plate resurfaced Monday in the North Carolina Senate. The bill has been filed in previous legislative sessions as far back as 2008, though it’s never advanced. Democratic leaders in the House and Senate wouldn’t touch the bill with a 10-foot pole, but now, under Republican leadership, pro-choice advocates should be concerned with the bill’s possible success.

“But it’s just a specialty plate,” you say. “They aren’t requiring people to buy them. What’s the big deal?”

Never before has the state sanctioned a specialty plate with a decidedly political message or aim. The bill would also shuffle the money generated by each sale to the Carolina Pregnancy Care Fellowship, a network of religiously-affiliated pregnancy crisis centers that, as the bill requires, denies women information about all of their legal and medical options. Continue reading this post…

Openly gay Democratic candidate Matthew Vanderpool said Monday he would neither accept nor pursue an endorsement from the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund in his campaign for Kentucky’s House of Representatives.

Matthew Vanderpool says he will not accept or pursue endorsement from the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

“The price attached to accepted money from the Victory Fund were incompatible with my beliefs,” the candidate said in a release. “I am gay, but that does not define my entire life or the things I stand for, which are explained in detail on my website. I have no ‘gay agenda,’ my goal is the serve the people in House District 45 without prejudice, arbitrarily dismissing no one because of their race, sex, nation origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, political party affiliation, personal or professional beliefs.”

Vanderpool, 25, seeks to oust conservative and anti-gay Republican opponent Stan Lee. Vanderpool said in an interview Monday evening that the district, representing parts of Lexington, is moderate to conservative, thereby necessitating his middle-of-the-road approach. He described his campaign and his eventual service in the House, if elected, as being one truly of his constituents.

InterstateQ.com: It sounds like to me that you are trying to, in your campaigning and if you are successfully elected, that you’re really going to try to be an elected official who actually represents the voice of your constituents and not necessarily yourself. Am I getting the right impression?
Matthew Vanderpool: Exactly. That’s the whole reason of what a representative should be. You should be representing the voice of the people who you represent and not yourself. They are electing me to lead them, but there are 35,000 people in the district. You have to listen to what they have to say and what their concerns are. Continue reading this post…

The National Right to Life Committee, the nation’s largest anti-choice organization, will hold its annual convention in Charlotte June 18-20 (Charlotte Observer story here).

The group’s annual convention, being held at the Blake Hotel in Uptown Charlotte, will feature dozens of speakers, including anti-choice and anti-gay activists and leaders.

Continue reading this post…

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Is Planned Parenthood crazy?

A N.C. House committee has given their tentative approval to a new specialty license plate. A portion of the new “Choose Life” (as in “pro-life,” anti-abortion) tag’s proceeds would be donated to crisis pregnancy (i.e. anti-abortion) care centers.

Planned Parenthood speaks (h/t CapBlog):

Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina spokeswoman Paige Johnson said her group opposes the bill and believes legislative leaders won’t support allocating money for centers that fail to provide information to women about all of their options if they are pregnant.

If Planned Parenthood really believes that, then they are out of their minds.

One sizable constituency and voting bloc
+ One bill that voting bloc loves
Instant Political Capital

Yeah. Planned Parenthood has barely a chance. Maybe they should work on a “Defend Choice” tag. Let’s see how much the Right goes stark-raving mad then. Actually… that would be kind of funny to watch.