NC poll asks whether sexual orientation of a candidate matters

A John William Pope Civitas Institute poll from this month asked NC voters whether they would support an openly gay candidate. The results are interesting. The spin on the instutute's release is a conservative take, though if you look at the results more closely, it's actually more favorable than it appears.

First, the response to a generic out gay candidate:

Is it Illegal to Pursue Your Education?

A recent policy change by the North Carolina Community College System is stirring up all kinds of consternation, and our friends at the Pope Civitas Institute are in the middle of it.

Earlier this month, the NCCCS lawyer (David Sullivan) issued a policy memo to the state's 57 community colleges directing them to admit undocumented individuals. Previously, about a third of the state's community colleges had policies that denied admission to undocumented individuals. About a third more had no formal policy on the issue, but had practices that effectively barred undocumented individuals from attending.

As an educator, I work with the children of undocumented immigrants every day. They are top performers in high schools across the state, and they have a lot to offer to their new home if only we would let them.

See, when kids are in school they learn more than the curriculum. They learn the American Dream. Every day they hear "If you work hard and get your education, you can be whatever you want to be." Except that for these kids, the rug gets pulled out from under them as soon as they graduate from high school.

Morally, I think it's anti-American to pitch the American Dream to children of immigrants and then withhold education and opportunity from them. Economically, we need these students fully participating in our workforce to sustain our economic strength in the 21st century.

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Running on My Record: Progressive Democrat with the record to prove it.

Yesterday, two of my respected opponents in the Lieutenant Governor race engaged in a rhetorical battle over their positions on several issues of genuine concern to Democrats in our state.

This presents a good moment to emphasize my own record on those important issues. In my discussion, I emphasize experience not just because of how valuable it is to an elected official in translating stated positions into effective action. I also believe that candidates' records tell you what they genuinely believe in, far more than just what they say during the heat of a campaign.

I am running on my record, as a progressive North Carolina Democrat with the record and experience to prove it.

After the jump, you'll find the issues on which my opponents engaged yesterday—and my record on them.

Frontpaged by A, with pleasure. It's very wonderful to see this kind of substantive discussion so clearly presented.

Laura Leslie Wants Your Feedback

It's been an interesting few days around here. We saw some high drama about party loyalty, an excellent discussion among lieutenant governor candidates about actual issues, and the beginnings of a dust-up between two of those candidates regarding what constitutes "good" campaigning.

All of which brings me to today's momentous question from Laura Leslie, intrepid reporter and blogger at WUNC-FM. Laura, it seems, is trying to make sense of the ongoing resume wars between Richard Moore and Beverly Perdue. After chronicling Moore's accusations about Perdue's academic record and lampooning Moore's claim that he attended Harvard, she takes on the big question that's burning in the hearts of North Carolinians everywhere:

So you tell me - who fudged worse? And let me know if I can use your comment, with or without your name attached.

So you tell me? Why is it that professional journalists responsible for covering state politics spend so much time reporting on stuff like this? I thought that's what amateurs like us were for.

Lt. Governor Candidates Forum on December 8

What does a Lt. Governor do? Ask the candidates themselves what they envision their contribution to NC to be. Come to the

Progressive Democrats of NC Annual Meeting
Community Church, 106 Purefoy Rd., Chapel Hill

www.progressivedemocratsnc.org

Open to all who are interested in a new direction for NC.

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Channeling Edward O. Wilson

One of my favorite thinkers and writers in the world is Edward O. Wilson. Today I came across this very well-crafted column about the inherent conflicts between religion and science. I thought you might enjoy it.

IT IS surpassingly strange that half of Americans recently polled (2004) not only do not believe in evolution by natural selection but do not believe in evolution at all. Americans are certainly capable of belief, and with rock-like conviction if it originates in religious dogma. In evidence is the 60 per cent that accept the prophecies of the Bible's Book of Revelation as truth, and in yet more evidence is the weight that faith-based positions hold in political life. Most of the religious right opposes the teaching of evolution in public schools, either by an outright ban on the subject or, at the least, by insisting that it be treated as "only a theory" rather than a "fact".

Dellinger to Dalton: Policy Differences Are Not the "Worst" Part of Campaigns; They're the Best

As I said in my statewide letter, “Major Differences on Major Issues” (available at www.HD08.com/differences), I have great personal respect for all of my opponents in the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor, despite our differences on policy matters. But I believe that voters need to know where the candidates stand on those issues, which is why I explained some of the major differences between me and an opponent on such fundamental matters as abortion rights, death penalty reform, affirmative action, and environmental protection.

My hope was that Mr. Dalton would respond by explaining and defending the merits of his positions on those key issues.

Frontpaged by A, with an open invitation to Mr. Dalton to join the discussion.

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