DSCC: Where's Jim Neal?

Let's start off with a positive quote of the day from Jim Neal, who's challenging the pathetic Elizabeth Dole for the U.S. Senate:

"I believe that fear keeps many talented people from running for public office. That was something that I quickly got beyond. I wouldn't do this otherwise. I'm in it to win, period."
-- from an interview with Neal by Gary Robertson of the Winston-Salem Journal. Neal, an out gay man, also said that he pledges to keep the campaign where it belongs -- about The Empty Wig's record, calling it "very, very thin on achievement."


The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's mission is to elect Democrats to the United States Senate.

We are the largest organization solely dedicated to electing a Democratic Senate in the country. From grass-roots organizing to candidate recruitment to providing campaign funds for tight races, the DSCC is working hard all year, every year to increase the number of Democratic Senators.

We are gearing up for the 2008 elections. With George W. Bush in the White House and his continuing hard right agenda, it is essential that we gain even more seats if we are to promote fundamental Democratic ideals of fairness, equality, and freedom.

It's interesting that Jim Neal isn't listed on the Elizabeth Dole page as a challenger. I took a screenshot of Dole's entry on the DSCC page this AM (7:30)...

Is This How We "Support The Troops"?

Our young men and women join the military to protect America. Almost to the person they say that anywhere they are stationed in either Iraq or Afghanistan is the battle front.

We hear it on the news, we read about it in our newspapers, our soldiers are being maimed and killed by the number one weapon of choice, the IED (Improvised explosive device). When they come home for treatment, whether it is for battle wounds or PTSD, they are not given the best care that money can buy. Instead, they are being treated as second class citizens and "thrown away".

From The Nation....Veterans' Health-Care System Does NOT "Support The Troops"

A House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday reviewed the 544-page commission report which details how unresponsive the executive branch and military are to veteran's medical needs. James Terry Scott, chairman of the independent commission, said at the hearing that there is a lack of expertise among clinicians in army hospitals and that veterans frequently receive inadequate medical advice, especially concerning posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

A new tactic by the military is to claim that PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a "pre-exisisting condition". From The Nation.... "How Specialist Town Lost His Benefits"

Eventually the rocket shrapnel was removed from Town's neck and his ears stopped leaking blood. But his hearing never really recovered, and in many ways, neither has his life. A soldier honored twelve times during his seven years in uniform, Town has spent the last three struggling with deafness, memory failure and depression. By September 2006 he and the Army agreed he was no longer combat-ready.

If your teenage daughter gets pregnant, thank Robin Hayes

There are plenty of reasons to consider Robin Hayes a disgusting and vile creature, but one reason very close to my heart has been largely unaddressed. Robin Hayes is personally responsible for thousands of teen pregnancies in North Carolina every year. Here's the story.

In the dark of night when the legislature was in session back in 1995, then Representative Robin Hayes introduced a bill requiring that public schools in North Carolina teach an abstinence-only sex education curriculum. Despite heated and stunningly uninformed debate, the House and the Senate passed the bill. Since the 1996-97 academic year, over 100 out of the 117 school systems in North Carolina have taught abstinence-only until marriage in their healthy living/sex education courses.

Roll Call blasts McHenry's financial secrecy

In a subscription-only article Roll Call not only questions McHenry's new-found wealth, but also has the reportorial balls to highlight his appalling hypocrisy about openness.

It's particularly amazing to me how much he won't even respond to their questions.

What do you have to hide, Pat? Or, perhaps I should be asking, is there anything you aren't hiding?

Which Gubernatorial Candidate Truly Offers Universal Kid Care?

As I mentioned earlier when talking about the races this year, I am totally open to conversations/corrections, or what have you with the campaigns themselves. Shortly after posting my comparison of the kid's health care plans from the two Gubernatorial candidates I had a sit down meeting with an acquaintance who worked on the Perdue health care plan. While I consider this person a friend and he was very helpful in learning and discussing the state of health care in North Carolina - I'm still undecided, impartial, and not 100% satisfied with either candidate's ideas.

That said, there are several things I would like to talk about related to children's health care, which are positives for the Perdue campaign. And, there is one thing I would like to talk about which is a negative (for me, not for everyone) for the Perdue campaign.

A View From Afar

A week ago I was in London, wrapping up a week long trip to Ireland and the UK. One highlight was taking a drive in the Wicklow Mountains just south of Dublin. I was struck by the relative absence of news about Iraq (or Iran). Apart from the proposed drawdown of British troops from 5,500 to 2,500 by Spring and a reluctant agreement to provide more compensation to wounded British military there was little if any news in the UK about events in Iraq or the debates raging in the US. In Ireland there was some news about attempts by the US government to pressure the Irish government into denying visas for two men scheduled to attend an anti-war conference


Help me figure this out?

Two days ago, North Carolina's Democratic candidate for US Senate graciously participated in a virtual town-hall meeting online. During that discussion, he shared some news that has immediately spread throughout the blogosphere, and which will make this race among the most closely watched in the nation. On Sunday, there was not one mention of the discussion in any North Carolina newspaper.


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