Submitted by Jerry Meek on Tue, 11/07/2006 - 11:21am
Hey y’all. With reports coming out of Virginia that the Republicans are using voter intimidation and suppression tactics, we’re not taking any chances here at the State Democratic Party. We have a team of volunteer lawyers on hand both here and across the State (particularly in highly competitive districts) to assist voters who encounter problems with voting.
But we need your help. Please make sure voters know of our voter protection hotline, 888-DEM-VOTE. Callers to the hotline will be transferred directly to the State Party for assistance.
In addition, if you witness or know of voter intimidation or suppression tactics being used, or of other voting irregularities, feel free to email me directly at email@example.com.
Thanks. In a little over 9 hours, let’s celebrate.
Submitted by Blue South on Tue, 11/07/2006 - 6:34am
In one hour the polls open in North Carolina. Are you ready? Have all the lit you need for polling places? Got your list of people that need that one final push? We have been up all night (ok so I took an hour nap shoot me) preparing and we are ready to go. Take a minute, post what you are doing today to get Democrats elected and then go out and do it.
Note: Let's use this as our open thread for today. A
"Heath Shuler fueled up for the home stretch of the campaign trail with a country feast.
In his boyhood home of Swain County to visit campaign workers, Shuler said he stopped by his aunt’s house for a home-cooked meal of beef stew, pork tenderloin, corn bread, green beans, pinto beans, fried okra, mashed potatoes and strawberry cobbler.
At the Bryson City headquarters, his supporters were making a slew of calls to remind his fellow Democrats to vote in his race against Republican Congressman Charles Taylor."
"Taylor was expected to tour the Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center today at 3 p.m. with Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne."
Submitted by gregflynn on Mon, 11/06/2006 - 3:46pm
North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections is a new coalition of advocacy organizations including: AARP, Center for Voter Education, Common Cause North Carolina, Democracy North Carolina, League of Women Voters, NC Conference of Branches of the NAACP, NC Association of Educators, NC PIRG, NC Council of Churches, and the NC Justice Center. NCVCE aims to advocate for "Voter Owned" elections and public financing of campaigns. Some, but not all of these groups, are also members of the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying Reform.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Mon, 11/06/2006 - 3:20pm
This piece was originally posted on the day that Robin Hayes voted for CAFTA after promising he would vote against it. This week, another textile mill has announced that it will be closing its doors and send its operations to a foreign country to take advantage of the cheap labor.
In 60 days almost 400 people will lose their jobs when a Westpoint Stevens plant closes in Wagram. With so few job prospects and with Scotland County already experiencing the worst unemployment in the entire state of North Carolina, you can imagine the bleakness of this situation for most of these workers.
I am posting this again in honor of the men and women who are suffering in our country, our state, in the 8th Congressional District and in Scotland County. They need Larry Kissell standing up for them in Congress. Please follow to the end of the piece and help make this a reality.
Tomorrow night BlueNC will host the first ever statewide election party. By late afternoon, we'll have an open thread up for general discussion, plus dedicated threads for key races as well. We'll also have a forum for people to report voting problems or other stories that election officials need to know about. Many of you have other places to be and people to meet, but I hope you'll stop by to keep us all posted on what's happening in your district and in the races you care most about.
I'm still recovering from surgery and won't be able to get out and about. So thank goodness for early voting. And thank goodness for all you're doing to further the common good.
Submitted by Paul -V- on Mon, 11/06/2006 - 12:37pm
Jeremy Tarr, a MoveOn organiser working in Flat Iron building in downtown Asheville has requested all local bloggers to post this message to their blogs: Now is the time to make a difference in this election.
1) Vote EARLY on Tuesday. Asheville area polls are open from 6:30 am to 7:30pm. Heath Shuler (U.S. House), Susan Fisher ( N.C. House), and other candidates need your overwhelming support.
2) Volunteer at the Democratic Headquarters. We need you to join other concerned citizens. If you have never volunteered for a campaign, just come to the Asheville Democratic Headquarters in Oakley (.951 Fairview Rd). We will match your interest with our immediate needs.
3) Get your friends to vote. Call and your friends to make sure they vote.
1-2 hours of your time today or tomorrow will make a difference in the many important races this year. Volunteering is easy and fun, so come join the movement to change the U.S. and N.C. Congresses.
You know things are bad when the Prince of Puppets folds his cards before the first round of betting, but that's just what John Hood does in today's column on legislative races:
It’s a Democratic year in North Carolina.
Not surprisingly, though, he goes on from there to weave a tapestry of excuses and explanations for Republican failures that only a true-believer could find convincing. The fault, he argues, lies in structural problems like how districts are drawn and lack of sufficient funding.
Thus, Republicans will do better in races for North Carolina legislature when three things happen: 1) a reduction of gerrymandering and other advantages of incumbency, 2) an improvement in candidate recruitment, and 3) the identification and recruitment of new donors, including entrepreneurs and others whose commitment to free enterprise and liberty outweigh any greed for government largesse.
Submitted by stormbear on Mon, 11/06/2006 - 10:10am
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While canvassing for Roger Sharpe I met a lot of either simple-minded people or people in abject denial. All of them - every last single one that is voting for Virginia Foxx is doing so because she visited their church. That is it. When I start talking about her voting record they start jabber-jawing about “the liberal media” and other Limbaugh talking points.
This is not meant to be a slam against Christianity, but the big question - does being a fundamentalist Christian make you more gullible?
It is just not Virginia Foxx that has pulled this off, I offer Exhibit A - George W. Bush.
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