From the files of better late than never, North Carolina lawmakers will begin discussing the life and work of the late U.S. Senator Jesse Helms Tuesday afternoon. The stalwart conservative senator died last July 4th.
Read the entire (biased) story from the Associated Press, here.
Hat tip: State Government Radio
UPDATED: Your blogger eagerly listened to the reading of the Joint Resolution honoring Helms via the live stream on the Internet. Republicans and Democrats alike, remanisced over the years working with, for, and sometimes against him. Many spoke of visiting him at his offices in Washington as youngsters and how kindly the Senator always greeted them.
Even NC Senate leader Marc Basnight (D-Dare) spoke about a time when the two worked together on a rock jetty in Oregon Inlet. Your blogger remembers this issue, as she was living in the District as a child.
Oddly, on the second reading, one Senator voted "no" and on the third reading, the resolution passed unaniously. In the audience were his family, including Mrs. Dot Helms, the Knott family, and one of your blogger's favorite people, Eddie Woodhouse. We hope to have a statement from Mr. Woodhouse on KCC about today's activities soon.
UPDATE 8:20 EDT: The Associated Press has reported that many legislators decided to boycott the debate and vote on honoring Helms. Read the full story, here.