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Colbert "tips his hat" to GOP legislature

NC got a little more publicity Monday night — this time on the "Colbert Report."

We should also note that host Stephen Colbert took a swipe at Charlotte, home to our sister paper saying: "As a proud son of South Carolina, I rarely have kind words for those barbarians to the North. I mean who makes barbecue sauce with vinegar? That's what you use to clean a toilet, and when I say toilet I mean Charlotte. But on the plus side their Republican-controlled state legislature is turning North Carolina into a conservative Shangri-La."

He then notes a few bills that did not pass (official state-religion and the nipple bill) before giving a Tip of the Hat to one that did: the gun rights bill that lets those with concealed carry permits take guns to bars, restaurants and playgrounds. He notes that guns on playgrounds can make the experience more fun, saying "Instead of Duck, Duck, Goose, you can just play Duck, Duck, DUCK!"

Gov. Pat McCrory signed the legislation on Monday.

Morning Memo: Is the Senate's tax plan a tax hike for many?

TAX PLAN COULD MEAN TAX HIKE IN LONG TERM: The majority of taxpayers likely would see a tax increase after the plan is fully implemented, according to early long-term projections from legislative fiscal researchers who analyzed the potential legislation – not a tax break as Senate Republican leaders suggested when announcing the plan this week.

A taxpayer with a federal adjusted gross income below $51,000 could pay an average $100 to $200 more in the 2017 tax year. Based on current tax brackets, 2.3 million taxpayers would fit that category, according to the analysis, while 1.8 million taxpayers could expect an average $300 to $3,000 tax cut that year. In announcing the plan Tuesday, Senate leader Phil Berger, an Eden Republican, emphasized that the legislation was not yet finalized, but said the “vast majority,” or roughly two-thirds of taxpayers, would initially get a tax cut as a result of the legislation. (More below.)

***This is the Dome Morning Memo -- the source for North Carolina political news and analysis. Send tips to dome@newsobserver.com. And read more new details about the tax plan below.***

Colbert ribs proposal to outlaw sea-level rise

North Carolina and the idea that the state can ignore scientific projections of sea-level rise wound up as the subject of mockery on The Colbert Report on Monday.

A coastal economic development group is fighting scientists' predictions of a 1-meter rise by 2100. Republican legislators are circulating a bill that says sea-level calculations should be based only on historic trends, not the faster rise scientists predict as a result of climate change.

Stephen Colbert describes it this way: "I think this is a brilliant solution. If your science gives you a result that you don't like, pass a law saying that the result is illegal. Problem solved."

Elizabeth Edwards appears on Colbert

Elizabeth Edwards was a guest on The Colbert Report last night.

She appeared on the show to plug her book, Saving Graces, and to discuss her push for universal health care.

"You are an advocate of universal health care," Colbert said. "Why do you want to turn the United States into Canada? Why not just move there?"

Edwards explained that she's an advocate for health care for everyone, not socialized medicine.

"We already have a form of universal health care. It's called prayer, okay?" Colbert said. "Everybody can do it and the Lord of the universe hears all prayers, but sometimes the answer is, 'I'm sorry, you're not covered for that.'"

Edwards shot back: "A little too often, it's you're not covered for that."

Edwards on Colbert Report

Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards jokingly discussed how he might give an endorsement in the presidential race on "The Colbert Report" Thursday.

Colbert vs. Edwards

Say What?
"Saying his parents moved him — that's the easy answer."
— Comedian Stephen Colbert, who was raised in Charleston, attacking John Edwards in a battle for claiming to be a native son of South Carolina, though he moved away when he was a year old. Quoted in The State on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007.

Most favored son status?

John Edwards is taking Stephen Colbert's candidacy seriously — or not so seriously.

On Sunday, The State newspaper in South Carolina compared the two candidates on the issues, their connections to South Carolina and even hair. (Edwards was "naturally fluffy;" Colbert's "very stiff.")

It quoted Colbert, who was raised in Charleston, saying he'd like to get a corporate endorsement from "some sort of salty snack" and claiming he is the true native son.

"John Edwards left South Carolina when he was 1 year old. He had his chance," Colbert said. "Saying his parents moved him — that’s the easy answer." 

Edwards' campaign spokesman, Eric Schultz, responded, tongue in cheek, that Edwards was born in South Carolina, learned to walk there and "will kick Stephen Colbert's New York City butt."

"Stephen Colbert claims to represent a new kind of politics, but today we see he's participating in the slash and burn politics that has no place in American discourse. The truthiness is, as the candidate of Doritos, Colbert's hands are stained by corporate corruption and nacho cheese. John Edwards has never taken a dime from salty food lobbyists and America deserves a President who isn't in the pocket of the snack food special interests."

Edwards vs. Colbert

Say What?
"As the candidate of Doritos, Colbert's hands are stained by corporate corruption and nacho cheese."
John Edwards' campaign spokesman Eric Schultz, responding to an attack by comedian Stephen Colbert on Edwards for moving away from South Carolina, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007.
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