Easley uses gay slur to praise Clinton

Yesterday Mike Easley endorsed Hillary Clinton. No surprise there, since like her, he is a "right of center" Democrat. What did stand out was in the course of his endorsement he decides to praise her while using a gay slur.

...nothing I love more than a strong powerful woman." Easley concluded his remarks saying Clinton -- "makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy".

Comments closed temporarily by James at 12:19 AM on April 30. Open again at 1:00

Live-Blog with Colonel Dennis Nielsen - Question Thread

Please join us this evening for a live-blog chat with retired Colonel Dennis Nielsen at 7:00 p.m. Colonel Nielsen joined us in Chapel Hill for our blogger bash on Sunday. He is running a grassroots campaign without taking any special interest money or soliciting contributions from individuals. He simply wants his voice to be heard. Here is our chance to listen.

Leave your questions on this thread and join us again this evening.

Snake Oil

Of all the missteps the News and Observer has made in recent years, the inclusion of Rick Martinez on their op-ed page is among the saddest. Week after week, N&O executives allow the right-wing zealot to spew Puppetshow talking points across their pages without regard for the damage he inflicts. This week, Martinez heralds the discovery of a supply of oil in North Dakota, which he believes should be cause for "dancing in the streets."

Morning Post

Spent a little time in the Dean Dome last night. I can hardly wait to hear what CNN says I think of it all.
• Picking up on a pattern: Newspaper runs big take out thumbsucker fretting over the dying newspaper industry then a few weeks later offers 'voluntary' early retirement packages to most of the people making decent money. Word from the newsroom is that many of the senior people got an offer.

Union County Democratic Women's Donkey Dinner

On Monday April 21, I had an opportunity to attend the first of what I hope will be many Donkey Dinners. It was sponsored by the Union County Democratic Women and was held at the Union County Agriculture Center. The emcee was former Union County Sheriff Frank McGuirt. The man is a hoot.

Nancy Rorie and Wickey Elmo, co-chairs of the event and the committee organizers did an excellent job. The centerpieces were red and blue wooden donkeys tied up with balloons of red, white and blue. The food provided by Catering by Spiro was quite good and the entertainment - Bluegrass music by Charles Harris & Friends Bluegrass Band - was fun and festive.

The program offered candidates for local and statewide office an opportunity to speak to the group. Close to 20 candidate or their surrogates spoke. Actor Sean Astin spoke for Hillary Clinton. A surrogate also spoke for Barack Obama, but his name isn't listed in the program. They both did a great job. There's nothing like watching Frank McGuirt give Sean (Frank pronounced it Shane) Astin the hook. The Obama surrogate hung around afterward to sell bumper stickers and signs.

Tell MIA Liddy Dole to stop the NC GOP's color-arousal attack ad

[Cross-posted at DKos (pls. rec!) and Pam's House Blend. ]

Linda Daves of the North Carolina Republican party apparently wields a lot of power. When Senator Elizabeth Dole was asked to condemn an anti-Obama color arousal ad, this was her response:

Dole said in an interview she didn't want to get involved.

"I am concentrating on getting my work done here in the Senate, and I'm just not going to get into refereeing a third party political ad that has nothing to do with my race," she said.

You can do something about this - we're planning to give Liddy a special delivery. Read on.

Tags for Kissell

What is a tag, and why are they boosting Larry Kissell?
Tags are key words that are used to organize blog posts into collections based on subject. The tag "NAFTA" should link to stories about the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the tag "Larry Kissell" should link to stories about the Eighth District's next Congressman.

Why are we talking about this?
Better tags will help us win elections and influence legislation.

Many people, particularly undecideds, rely on Google and other search engines to research the candidates (or issues). What they learn from the search may well influence their vote.


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