The Center for Responsive Politics (aka Opensecrets.org) has this report on the National Rifle Association’s political intimidation machine. It has loads of links to other reports and the major players in the gun-fetish debate.
Meanwhile, Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch has this review of Art Pope’s selection today as North Carolina’s next State Budget Director. Pope has invested over $40 million to maneuver himself into this dream position for a geek ideologue. Now he can put his fantasy ideas into state policy and like the NRA, he’s not afraid to use his political money to intimidate or rub out his opponents. Guess that what they mean by “he calls the shots.”