Under the Dome

So much to be thankful for including this year’s turkeys

November 22, 2012 

Here at Dome, we’ve got a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day: the Freedom of Information Act, whistleblowers, gossipy lobbyists and legislators, communications directors who return our phone calls, legislative fiscal researchers, legislators with a tendency to put both their feet in their mouth, a new governor who promises to be as much fun as the old as he gets to know his way around Raleigh, and state Sen. David Rouzer for providing us some news during the holiday lull – to name just a few.

So we started imagining what – beyond family, friends and campaign donations – those we cover might be silently giving thanks for today. Here’s what we came up with:

State Rep. Nelson Dollar, the Cary Republican, is thankful for the Perdue Administration, the Obama Administration and Judge Howard Manning for giving him people to blame when things go bad.

Bojangles’ is thankful for the mock @GovBevPerdue Twitter feed for increasing the popularity of Bo-Berry Biscuits.

Gov. Bev Perdue is thankful she will no longer have to worry about what she says and how her foot got in her mouth.

Republican Rep. Paul Stam of Apex is thankful he no longer has to worry about polygamy in North Carolina.

Gov.-elect Pat McCrory is thankful for Bev Perdue’s late decision to not seek re-election, giving Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton little time to mount a campaign.

Republicans George Holding, Richard Hudson and Mark Meadows are giving thanks to the state legislature which redrew the district lines that played major roles in making them congressmen.

Former Sen. John Edwards is thankful for the U.S. Supreme Court in overturning the law that makes it a crime to deprive an individual of “honest services,” which weakened the feds’ already weak case against him.

North Carolina TV viewers are thankful that the $59 million TV presidential barrage is finally over and they can go back to enjoying commercials for beer and erectile dysfunction medicine.

House Speaker Thom Tillis will give thanks for certain Wake County Board of Education members and General Petraeus and Paula Broadwell – all of whom have helped people forget the romantic goings-on in the state House between the speaker’s staff and lobbyists.

State auditor Beth Wood is thankful that most voters consider a “ratty pink backpack” a bad place to stash large sums of cash.

Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Forest is thankful for Tom Hanks, whose movie “Forrest Gump,” provided his campaign with a catchy slogan.

N.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby and George Holding are giving thanks for super PACs.

Sen. Kay Hagan is thankful she has another year to raise money for her 2014 re-election campaign.

The state’s lawyers are thankful for a Republican-dominated legislature that passed so many bills that went straight to court.

Voters in New Hanover County and beyond are thankful to Deb Butler, the Democratic candidate for state Senate, for showing them exactly what a transvaginal wand looks like. Or maybe they’re not.

Democratic lawmakers are thankful there are enough of them left in chambers to field a baseball team – if they so desire.

Dallas and Brad Woodhouse, who grew up in Raleigh, are giving thanks for each other, and not just because their respective jobs (Dallas is North Carolina state director for the conservative Americans for Prosperity and Brad is communications director for the Democratic National Committee) make for lively family get-togethers. But also for sibling support.

Dallas Woodhouse alerted media this week to his older brother’s efforts to raise money for the St. Baldrick Foundation, which supports childhood cancer research. Brad Woodhouse and his political counterpart Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee, had a bet going into election night: Each had agreed to have their head shaved on national TV by the other – depending on whose candidate won the presidential election.

Then, as Brad Woodhouse explained in the message forwarded by his brother, they both decided to undergo the razor to raise money for cancer research. The locks come off Sunday, Nov. 25, during ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

By the way, the last time Dome checked Spicer was leading in donations. If you want to give your thanks for your healthy children by supporting Woodhouse (we’re nonpartisan but we’ve got to plug the local guy) go to www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/577375/2012/

Staff writers Lynn Bonner, Craig Jarvis, Rob Christensen, and Mary Cornatzer

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