BREAKING NEWS: 8th Congressional District to Host January 2008 NCDP State Executive Committee meeting!

Having 800+ Democratic activists, candidates, campaign supporters, and media land in the heart of the 8th Congressional District will not only send strong signals to Robin Hayes that he should pack his bags to leave Washington. ...

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The Nation has a short article reporting the names of US House members who have signed a letter saying "NO" to George Bush's request for more funding for the US occupation of Iraq.

The essential document in the current Iraq debate is a letter of commitment, now endorsed by 89 members of the House, that says the signers "will only support appropriating additional funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during FY08 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of U.S. troops out of Iraq before the end of President Bush's term in office."

I don't expect guys like Shuler, McIntyre or Etheridge to give a damn that We the People want our armed forces redeployed out of Iraq, so I won't even bother questioning their pathetic positions. But I do want to know why David Price and Brad Miller are willing to go along with Bush's murderous game. Only Congressmen Butterfield and Watt have signed the letter.

PS So much for Walter Jones and his bullshit happy-talk about ending the war.

One hour

I spent one hour yesterday talking with Jim Neal in his home. We mostly talked about life. And here's what I learned.

On family. Jim Neal raised his two sons as a single parent for 15 or so years. I met one of his sons, who is a bright and warm young man. It was clear that both father and son adore each other. As a person who myself was a single parent for many years, I know what it takes to do what he's done. That should tell you all you need to know about Jim Neal's family values.

Fresh Clean Open Thread

What's going on in your back yard?

It's campaign season locally. I'm having a hard time getting into it. The realtor's association has anti home and land tax signs up. Local Republican government wants the transfer tax, but no telling how the voters will go. I have a lot to learn about Union County politics.

Does anyone else have the transfer tax on the ballot? Anyone? Everyone?

Larry Kissell holds his own in 3rd Q fundraising, Robin Hayes loses ground

First let me say right from the start that I would love to have seen Larry Kissell bring in $500,000 this quarter. He brought in a little over $80,000 to put toward 2008 and he brought in almost $30,000 to pay off debt from last cycle's efforts. Kissell raised over $110,000 and he did not lose ground, he did not go into debt, he's well ahead of where he was this quarter last cycle and his poll numbers are kicking ass.

BREAKING AGAIN: John Edwards gets MORE Good News from SEIU

From NBC/NJ’s Tricia Miller

In addition to the local Iowa SEIU, nine other [state] local chapters will endorse Edwards, including California, which has more than 600,000-members, at an event in Iowa City later today, according to Democratic sources with knowledge of the endorsements. The others will be Washington (103,000 members), Michigan (70,000 members), Idaho (400 members), Montana (500 members), Minnesota (28,000 members), Ohio (22,000 members), West Virginia (4,000 members) and Oregon (46,000 members)

Consider this, Edwards has the Michigan SEIU, Steelworkers, and UMW working for him in Michigan, where the candidates will not campaign. He also was due to walk the picket line with the UAW strike recently.

S-CHIP VETO OVERIDE on THURSDAY. Get on the Phone today.

On Thursday, Congress will attempt to override President Bush's veto of the S-CHIP veto. It looks like the Senate will have the votes to make this happen, but House is in doubt. It is crucial that you call your legislator to let them know just how important children's health care is to North Carolina. Let them know that it's more important to you than a tobacco tax. Let them know that they need to send a message to President Bush that Americans have had enough of his Business before People policies.

Do you need some background on what the S-CHIP program has meant to NC? I thought you might. More after the break.

Supporting local candidates, statewide

Dear friend,

As many of you know, I enjoy campaigning. There’s no better way to see our great state or get to know its citizens than attending the party functions, civic events and statewide conventions in which I’ve had the opportunity to participate over the last year. But some of the best times I’ve had on the trail came over the past month, when I joined local Democrats in Durham, Forsyth and Wake Counties to register voters.


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