In his mindless ramblings today about the Democrats and the election, John Hood at the John Locke Puppetshow wonders out-loud if the moderate Democrats like Heath Shuler are secretly conspiring to take away America's guns.
Will Shuler and his center-right Democratic colleagues stick to their guns? Literally?
First off, there's nothing "center-right" about Heath Shuler. That's just more of Hood's happy-talk. After years of having the ear of North Carolina's media, John still thinks that what he says matters. The truth is, the only person paying attention to John Hood is me . . . and even I'm getting sick of it. So for the record, John, Heath Shuler is a conservative Democrat. That makes him center-left.
Submitted by gregflynn on Mon, 11/13/2006 - 11:37am
I wouldn't ordinarily do a cut and paste job but an email I just received is worth sharing on BlueNC for a few reasons. It reinforces that what we do here scratching around in the dirt can have an impact and that we can bring to light issues that would otherwise be overlooked by mainstream media. In recent weeks BlueNC became aware of telemarketing push-polling and misleading robo-calling especially in NC-11. Some of that awareness came via Talkingpointsmemo.com and TPMmuckraker.com. I would like to tip the hat to TPM and to credit Mother Jones for originating the story especially as the original story highlighted the involvement of Texan Bob Perry who also flushed money down the toilet for Charles Taylor:
You might have seen the November 6, 2006 front page story in the New York Times by reporter Christopher Drew ("New Telemarketing Ploy Steers Voters on Republican Path"). It's worth a look, not just because it's an important story, and not just because Mother Jones helped break it about three weeks ago. (More below the fold......)
If you close your eyes and drift for a moment, you might think you'd slipped into a time warp back to old Salem, when hordes of self-righteous white men, certain of their godliness, hunted down witches to burn them to hell. And so it is with the North Carolina Baptist Convention, meeting this week in Charlotte.
"We said we consider homosexual activity a sin," state convention spokesman Norman Jameson said. "We will not view favorably churches that allow that practice."
The state convention will initially investigate about 20 churches because they are listed on the Alliance of Baptists' Web site as a supporter. "Those churches that are listed are immediately under suspicion and opened to being questioned," Jameson said.
Click on this poster to get a full-frontal view of the right wing meltdown currently underway here in the Old North State. As you know, Mr. Blount resigned abruptly from his leadership role in the NC GOP on the heels of his miserable performance at the polls on Tuesday. I don't know who's behind this wanted poster, but could it be Art Pope's doing? Having flushed hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2006 electioneering, the Puppetmaster is bound to be pissed off about the performance of his minions. All that money and only one Hairdresser to show for it.
In other reports from behind the red curtain, the wingers are despondent, having been caught off guard by the trouncing of Charles Taylor, and the still-undecided fate of Flipper Hayes. In an email flying around the Internets, one of the more agitated sisters has accused Blount of 'reprehensible' cowardice for going on camera before the polls closed to announce his resignation. Plus he didn't even stick around for the end of the victory party. Boo hoo. Maybe he has more sense than we thought.
Submitted by Robert P. on Sun, 11/12/2006 - 5:56pm
So, it seems everyone has their own version of a 100 Counties strategy. This is the first post in a multi-post series. I was planning on holding off on this since I am calculating the change in turnout based on counties that had all seats filled versus those that have only some seats filled. But, since there is such interest on the topic right now, I thought I would go ahead and get the ball rolling. I have two straights days of meetings coming up, but I will get part II out when I can. click picture to enlarge 100 Counties, Part I: Why?
With all apologies to Chris Bowers who inspired me with his 50-state project.
In 2004, in the midst of the hardest-fought Presidential Election any of us have ever experienced and perhaps that the United States of America has ever faced, the North Carolina Democratic Party (meaning you and me) ran six empty Senate seats and twenty-nine empty House seats. In 2006 we fared even worse, losing 31 House and 10 Senate seats without even running a candidate. The 50-state project has been debated online and in the “Halls of Power”, but I am a firm believer. I am going to suggest, with that in mind, that we in North Carolina should push for and accept nothing less than a candidate in every race in North Carolina in 2008. And, we need to start now. This is part one of two on 100 counties.
1. Why a 100 Counties Project?
2. Who to run and how to run on the cheap.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Sun, 11/12/2006 - 3:50pm
This originally ran on May 16 of this year. For those who have my, "The Impotence of One" post memorized, you can skip to the end for the important question. ;)
On May 16th of this year I wrote a piece titled The Impotence of One, about Robin Hayes and his apparent lack of power in Congress based on how little he had accomplished. This was my opening paragraph:
Robin Hayes is learning a tough lesson in Washington. It stinks to belong to the party in power and yet, have none of your own. It must be lonely walking the halls of Congress knowing that you've been used and abused like an inflatable party doll. But that's not stopping Robin Hayes. Not at all.
I was admittedly sarcastic as I described a stunt Hayes pulled to try to get press attention and votes.
Submitted by Jerry Meek on Sat, 11/11/2006 - 3:37pm
Hey, everyone. The 2008 elections have already begun. And, already, I need your help. It's not clear at this point that Elizabeth Dole will actually run for re-election. She's been widely criticized for her performance as Chair of the NRSC; she's shown that she has little to no interest in what happens to North Carolina or its citizens; and, let's face it, her performance on the pre-election episode of "Meet the Press" was painful to watch.
But, even if she does run, we can beat her. So, who should I recruit to take her on? Don't limit yourselves to politicians. Are there good businesspeople or community leaders out there who share our vision and can win?
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