Hagan Blowing by Dole while Dole Blows Off North Carolina

Public Policy Polling's latest poll shows Kay Hagan leading Elizabeth Dole by 5 points. The cross tabs offer up even more encouraging news. Please head on over and check out the poll.

A striking majority of respondents said that the economy and jobs were most important to them. Almost every other category seemed insignificant. So what else is important to North Carolinians? From PPP:

  • Economy and jobs - 58%
  • War in Iraq - 11%
  • Moral and family values - 10%
  • Taxes - 6%
  • Education - 5%
  • Health care - 4%
  • Immigration - 4%
  • Other - 2%
  • Welcome Ronnie Ansley, Candidate for Agriculture Commissioner

    Ronnie Ansley will be joining us tonight at 7:00 p.m. to take your questions. Please join us this evening if possible, but if you can't be here please feel free to leave questions on this thread. Here's a little information from his site:

    We need to focus on creating jobs, reducing fuel costs and making North Carolina the leader in food, fiber and fuel production through agriculture. We must invest in renewable-sustainable green energy sources for fuel production. These bio-fuels can be made from renewable sources – agriculture products. We must become energy independent to help lower fuel costs and cut our dependence on foreign oil. And we can do this without using corn or soybeans. We should use corn and soybeans to feed people and animals.

    Ashlei: Why this vote is important

    Today I had the pleasure of attending the rally for Barack Obama in Charlotte, NC. My daughters and I arrived early and I took the opportunity to walk around and talk to some people who were also waiting to see Senator Obama.

    The loudest cheers and most enthusiasm clearly came from students from UNCC. They stood on the street corners and cheered as cars and city buses passed by honking their horns and waving. I was lucky enough to meet Ashlei who will be casting her first ballot in November. Not a bad way to start a lifetime of voting.

    Will North Carolina Senators vote to protect North Carolinians?

    The economic meltdown is happening right before our eyes. The free market, a market in which price is determined by the free, unregulated interchange of supply and demand, where the best business/product will rise to the top as the people’s choice has crashed and burned. Under this theory the most efficient market is unregulated with NO government oversight. Look where that has gotten us. Mr. And Mrs. America, our children, their children and their children are being asked to bail these failing markets out and if the Bush administration gets their way, it will be done the free market way.

    Sec. 8. Review.

    Bushville

    Sure, cried the tenant men, but it's our land. We measured it and broke it up. We were born on it, and we got killed on it, died on it. Even if it's no good, its still ours. That's what makes it ours-being born on it, working it, dying on it. That makes ownership, not a paper with numbers on it.

    We're sorry. Its not us. It's the monster. The bank isn't like a man. Yes, but the bank is only made of men.

    No, you're wrong there-quite wrong there. The bank is something else than men. It happens that every bank in a bank hates what the bank does, and yet the bank does it. The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it.

    John Steinbeck-The Grapes of Wrath-Chapter 5

    So--This is Winston Salem

    Yesterday afternoon I walked through our neighborhood to do an errand.

    Apparently copious quantities of spores had blown through the area. Countless manicured lawns had sprouted McCain-Palin yard signs. They were all over the place.

    In this neighborhood of more than a hundred homes, only one has displayed Obama signage, beginning prior to the Primary.

    I finally found the opportunity to stop by and introduce myself.

    I rang the bell.

    A woman came to the door, simultaneously talking into a phone and attempting to restrain a friendly barking dog. She put the call on hold.

    "May I help you?" "Uh, I just wanted to stop by and meet you," I stammered. "We're Obama supporters. We moved in six months ago."

    She got off the phone and invited me in.

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