Immigration and my Straight Party Compromise

On Facebook the other day, my friend Calvin posted a question:

Should you vote your party even if you despise your party's candidates offensive ads about immigration and undocumented students?

Ugh, I’ve been wondering the same thing myself. Beverly Perdue and Kay Hagan have been broadcasting ads that show how tough they are on illegal immigrants. Perdue slammed the door on children on undocumented immigrants that want to attend our state’s community colleges.

That’s why I was so heartened when Barack Obama gave an interview to a local radio reporter and addressed immigration head on.

Elizabeth Dole's Alchemy: Turning Decades of Failure Into Gold

It should come as no surprise that Liddy Dole has supported the failed policies of President Bush ever since we made the huge mistake of sending her to the Senate six years ago. She'd been doing the same for three decades since Nixon appointed her to the Federal Trade Commission back in 1973, and she's made an art of ignoring learned opinion and common sense in favor of blind allegiance to whoever her current master is at the time.

The Crypt at Politico proves Robin Hayes Lied about Liberal Hate remarks

Yesterday, many of us pounced on the report by New York Observer that Robin Hayes, NC-08 claimed Liberals hate real Americans during a warmup act before a McCain rally in front of a home town crowd in Concord, NC. Once Ryan Grim from Politico picked it up and the story looked like it had legs, Hayes' spokeswoman from his congressional office, Amanda Little, made the claim that Hayes absolutely denied saying that about Liberals.

OLF may have been a tipping point for Dole

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One journalist who focused early and often on the Outlying Landing Field issue was Jack Betts. Today he points to Liddy Dole's miserable posturing on the issue as a critical moment that sent her political fortunes into a tail spin.

Dole missed a prime opportunity early on, when strong local oppositions developed in rural northeastern North Carolina to the Navy's proposed jet landing field near the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. It was a classic confrontation between ordinary citizens and a powerful government.

Many mistook it as a local dispute, nothing more than a NIMBY reaction. But national environmental groups, as well as farmland preservation advocates, saw it as an important test of whether the nation's environmental laws and property rights mean anything. It was the perfect chance for a politician to stand up for powerless people.

Presidential Ballot

A couple of posts have made the national blogs today about this. On the North Carolina ballot, voters have the option of voting a "straight party ticket." Note that if you choose to vote a straight party ticket, that does NOT count as a vote for President, which is above the straight party vote, or for judges, who are on the back of the ballot.
---edited to add the Obama Straight Flip video, RP----

North Carolina: A Snapshot of Modern Day Race Relations?

Does anyone know what is going on in North Carolina? It seems that each day I'm shocked more than I was the previous day. First there was Barack Obama's stop at Fayetteville's Cape Fear BBQ & Chicken on Sunday. Let's just say it didn't exactly provide an image of racial equality and fellow Americans living as one in hopes of furthering the common good. Here's how the Politico describes the scene when Obama arrived:

It's Christian Against Christian in my inbox

Do the people who write these "prayer warrior" emails ever stop to consider that for THEIR prayers to be "answered," other people, other good Christians, have to have their prayers "denied"? What kind of a religious view is that, anyway?

Are we really lining up red and blue "prayer warriors" like a gigantic game of Rock-em Sock-em Robots?

They want war

We have all witnessed the disgusting charade that is the John McCain-Sarah Palin campaign - a frenzy of racist hate and brown-shirt activism that would shame any decent human being. Today that campaign reached a new low right here in North Carolina.

A dead bear was found dumped this morning on the Western Carolina University campus, draped with a pair of Obama campaign signs, university police said.


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