Nine days and counting

Hello Blue. Thought I'd make a cameo for the countdown.
Plenty out there to latch on ta.
Palin keeps the wardrobe ball in the air
• TPM reader has an excellent point about Alaska and gifting
Awful campaign or just bum luck?
• A chopped up 2001 interview dominates the universe — not (go look at Drudge if ya want, I'm not linking from here)
• Beer me some poll analysis, Nate

I took some first time voters to the polls today

One of our intiatives during early voting is called "Souls to the Polls" where we get houses of faith and other faith based orgs to get their people out to vote on the Sunday during the early voting period. I volunteered to ferry people from one of our transitional housing projects to the nearest early voting sites.

These are people who are trying to get off the streets and just need some help. Most are chemical dependent but they have to be clean to stay in the housing. We had a voter registration drive at these projects last month and now we were getting them to vote. I took several people to vote for the first time today. You could see the pride in their faces when they walked out with their early voting stickers on. It brought tears to my eyes.

Beyond Cliffside: Bev Perdue's Vision For A Greener North Carolina

I know many of my fellow environmentalists are weary of this election season, as they are finding less and less evidence of real concern for the environment in the tone and stance of candidates from both major parties. While this is discouraging, it is (still) important to keep our focus on what the candidates' positions on the environment are. In that respect, Beverly Perdue is so far ahead of her opponent they're not even in the same league.

McCrory the Snake Charmer

If you haven't heard by now, you should know that Myers Park Pat is racking up the newspaper endorsements like nobody's business. O-No! today, in the finest McClatchy tradition, weighed in with its own faint praise:

He's loaded with energy and fresh ideas. On several levels, he could be just what this state needs.

I challenge Mr. Steve Ford and the editorial board at O-No! to name ONE fresh idea offered by Mr. McCrory. Just one.

An Amazing Group of Teen Dems Dialing for Kay Hagan

I'm sitting with a group of Teen Dems from Parkwood High School here in Union County. These kids are simply amazing. They have been dialing non-stop for three hours. They had planned to call for one hour since they have never participated in a phone bank before. When we reached the end of the first hour they all called their parents to ask if they could stay for another 2-3 hours because they were having so much fun.

We're cleaning up now and heading home. I took a couple of pictures and will post those as soon as we get back to the house. Please volunteer for Kay, Larry, Barack or any candidate of your choice. If these kids can jump in with both feet, so can you.

Elizabeth Dole Begins the ElizaBush Tour of long neglected areas of NC

Keep your eyes out for Elizabeth Dole's tour bus coming to a town near you. The eye-catching bus done up in red, white and blue can be seen traveling throughout the state rushing to get Dole to all those areas she has neglected over the past 40 six years. We hear her favorite dude, Dubya might be traveling around the state with her.

Fifth Grader Interviews Biden

Hate to come across all mushy and cooing, but this interview of Joe Biden by a fifth grader is so delightful that it's worth the risk. Biden is his usual somewhat clunky self, but the charm of this little boy outshines Biden's determination to stay on message, and is bound to give a boost to anyone who sees is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW5X1eaozxQ

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