Isaac Hunter Kicks Butt

If you're not reading Laura Leslie's blog at WUNC-FM, you should be. It's the sharpest coverage of statewide politics coming out of the Capital Press Corpse by a wide margin. Her report on Friday of the Four Horsemen in the Replicant race for governor is a work of art. I've chosen the "cons" for highlights here, but the whole thing is worth the read.

Democratic Candidates For Lt. Governor Debate in Asheville

PhotobucketArratik and I, after loading up with kegs of Caffiend's finest roast, ventured into the blowing snow and made our way to UNC-Asheville's Lipinsky Auditorium for the first of six scheduled debates between the Democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor. Moderated by NC 11th District Democratic Party Chairman, Luke Hyde, and organized by the NC Federation of College Democrats, the debate allowed too much time for each response and too little chance to compare candidates stances. Each of the four men meandered away from the prescribed questions. They're politicians, after all, and they're going to keep talking if you let them. Very few questions were answered at the Jan. 19th debate, but the ones that were reveal four distinct personalities running on four different records.

The debate was dominated by environment and energy issues, and this being Asheville, that's no surprise. I imagine that each debate will have its own set of pet issues, so I'm hopeful that we'll have a comprehensive picture of each candidate by the end of the series.

Dan Besse certainly came across as the environmental candidate by repeatedly listing his experience on various environmental boards and commissions as well as the progress he's made in Winston-Salem as City Councilman there. Walter Dalton's presentation was rooted in maintaining the status quo. One got the sense that if you like the Easley/Perdue system, you're going to love Walter Dalton. He's the status quo and isn't pretending to be anything else. Dalton was openly contemptuous of Hampton Dellinger, who has decided to attack Dalton on a number of issues while pretending he's in a two-man race. Hampton Dellinger, ambitious and proud, is another stay-the-course candidate. His determination to score some political points against Dalton was off-putting. Canton Mayor Pat Smathers, who got the least time to speak, probably had the most to say. Smathers concentrated his message on advocating that local leaders be empowered through targeted funding and increased decision-making latitude. He also concentrated on integrity, repeating Esse Quam Videri.

What follows is from my notes. Anything not in quotation marks is my blogger's prerogative paraphrase:

Dalton's Claim of "Untrue" Attack Itself Untrue; Blackwater

As part of a recent press release detailing my Education Plan, I discussed the difference between my record and Walter Dalton’s on education funding. Today, Mr. Dalton told the Raleigh News & Observer that my discussion of his education funding record was “untrue”. To the contrary, my discussion of Mr. Dalton’s record was fair and accurate, as the News & Observer article I relied on makes clear.

Frontpaged by Anglico. Hampton Dellinger's name has been thrown around a lot here in the context of WCSR and Blackwater. This post clears that issue up. Thanks for writing this, Hamp.

Marshall Adame Under Attack By Blackwater VP?

Things are heating up, folks. So put on your body armor and get to work. We need to get Marshall's back. This was posted today at the N&O's Blackwater Blog. It is an email from one of the @$$holes who works for Erik Prince in the war-profiteering business:


There is a man named Marshall Adame who is running for congress (sic) in our district. He just put a quote online which says he wants this company and all of us to cease to exist.

Updated with question mark. Some are arguing this doesn't constitute a threat. So let's frame it as a question. Threat? Pure stupidity? SOP 4 BWUSA?

Wipe Out! Merritt Surfs on Your Dime

Move Over Moondoggie!

State Auditor Les Merritt is on his way to becoming the next surfing legend.

The State Auditor’s Office has used state resources for political purposes. Merritt’s office has surfed to the North Carolina Democratic Party website 217 times in the past six months. In the past two weeks alone, Merritt’s office visited our website five times.

As an avid surfer, Mr. Merritt can’t get enough of the Democratic wave.

Frontpaged by Anglico. Great post!

Democrats Need to Fight Back

Last night, the Republican gubernatorial candidates participated in a major debate that was broadcast on some of North Carolina’s top-rated television stations during early primetime (7 PM). Not surprisingly, they used the opportunity to bash Democratic candidates Richard Moore and Beverly Perdue. Watch the video:

Frontpaged by Anglico. Be sure to watch the Orr video. He's the least offensive of the Republican candidates, and I am surely damning with faint praise.

50 State Blog Roundup - Pre-Nevada Caucus Edition

Here is your roundup for the eve of the Nevada Caucuses. Scroll to the bottom and head on over to My Silver State for some excellent and balanced (they actually admit John Edwards exists) coverage of the top three Democratic candidates.

The writers at the state blogs are working hard to bring us the latest on the Dem congressional candidates. Check them out, especially if you live in a very red district and need a Democrat to adopt.

Here's your roundup:


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