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Erik Ose is a writer and political activist who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and micro-blogs at latestoutrage on Twitter. He is the author of When Harvey Met Jesse: Attack Ads of the 1990 Gantt-Helms U.S. Senate Race in North Carolina, available on Amazon. His columns have appeared in NC newspapers such as The News & Observer and elsewhere including Salon, The Huffington Post, and The Hill. He is a veteran of community organizing and Democratic campaigns, and authors The Latest Outrage, a Chapel Hill-based political blog.
Why The Chapel Hill Shooting Was An Islamophobic Hate Crime
The execution-style murders of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, N.C. came at a time of rising anti-Muslim tensions nationwide. This crime has struck a powerful chord in the hearts of Muslim-Americans and everyone else who cares about Islamophobia. There is much to suggest these three young, promising community members weren't murdered solely over a parking space. This heinous act looks more like a hate crime.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014(3 comments)
Congress Secretly Voted Themselves A CRomnibus Luxury Car Perk
The one CRomnibus secret that wasn't reported anywhere in the media until after the bill cleared both the House and Senate was that the budget deal grants members of Congress a lucrative new luxury car perk. The CRomnibus is good for the wealthy, the powerful, and Washington, D.C.'s luxury car-rental companies. But it's bad for America, and President Obama needs to step up with his veto pen and do the right thing.
Thursday, December 11, 2014(1 comments)
Tell Congress To Reject GOP Deal Allowing Rich To Buy More Elections
Not content with the loosened campaign finance rules made possible by Citizens United, the GOP is attempting to pass a stealth provision that would open the big money floodgates even further. Take five minutes today to e-mail and call your members of Congress. Tell them to reject this blatant attempt to allow the super wealthy to buy more elections!
Monday, November 24, 2014(15 comments)
How The GOP Blocked The Vote In North Carolina
Why did Democratic voter turnout come up short in North Carolina and send right-wing Republican Thom Tillis to the Senate? After the GOP seized control of the state in the 2010 and 2012 elections, they pushed through the nation's most restrictive new voting laws. These efforts to block the vote made it harder for core Democratic constituencies to cast ballots, including African-Americans, low income voters, and students.
Saturday, November 22, 2014(2 comments)
Rick Santorum Wishes Obama Was More Like Jesse Helms
Last week, probable 2016 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum gave the country a glimpse of what a Santorum presidency might look like. Santorum lamented the "breakup of any kind of cooperation" in government, and said "this president is very much to blame for this," because Obama hasn't been enough of a gentleman. Unlike the late Republican Senator from North Carolina and hate-mongering demagogue Jesse Helms.
Monday, November 3, 2014(12 comments)
How The Koch Brothers Are Bait And Switching Voters
How have the Koch brothers decided they can most effectively buy elections and advance their ultra-conservative agenda? By using non-ideological appeals to convince independent voters to support Republican candidates, even if these voters don't agree with the GOP's right-wing policies.
Thursday, September 12, 2013(3 comments)
War Weary Public Rejects Attacking Syria
Twelve years after 9/11, Americans are sick of war. In poll after poll, majorities say the war in Iraq was a mistake and our troops should come home as soon as possible from Afghanistan. According to a CNN poll released Sept. 10, seven out of 10 said "they didn't see how a strike on Syria would serve the national interest," and three-quarters said the U.S. shouldn't be the world's police force.
Saturday, August 30, 2008(6 comments)
Why Debbie Cook (CA-46) Will Change Congress
Dana Rohrabacher is one of the worst Republican clowns in Congress, and this year he faces a stiff challenge. Debbie Cook is the progressive mayor of Huntington Beach, CA, and a leader on environmental and sustainable energy issues. This race is winnable and Debbie Cook deserves to be on every progressive's list of candidates worthy of donations and support.
Saturday, July 12, 2008(1 comments)
Jesse Helms' Shameful Legacy Can't Be Whitewashed
As former Senator Jesse Helms was laid to rest, the media glossed over almost all of Helms' ugly history as the last unapologetically racist politician of the segregation era. Largely ignored was how Helms stirred the pot of bigotry and hatred to win elections and further his political career.
Thursday, March 20, 2008(5 comments)
Voters to Superdelegates: Support Obama
Since President's Day, a coalition of voters has been calling for Democratic elected officials and other superdelegates to support Barack Obama. Our website, www.votersforobama.com, has sparked petition drives to superdelegates in four states including North Carolina, where we first organized. The site contains everything voters need to contact superdelegates in their states.
The Shilling of Sept. 11
From the Carrboro (N.C.) Citizen, Sept. 13, 2007
With every year that passes, September 11, 2001 recedes further into history. But this year marks the fifth anniversary of another dark time for our country. The first time we memorialized the victims of 9/11, our (fraudulently) elected leaders were hard at work exploiting this national tragedy by conning us into an unnecessary war of choice in Iraq.