Thank You

I wanted to take this moment to thank everyone in the online community for your hard work, dedication, and support. With 29 days to go, I am working as hard as I can to win this race, and I know you are, too.

It is not just the fundraising -- although I do have to say, when I heard you raised $183,592.47 online in 144 hours for our campaign, I was thrilled. More important, though, I am impressed with how you are taking your energy online and turning it into action in our offices, on the phones and at the doors.

I have been traveling to our field offices across the state thanking our staff and volunteers for all their hard work. These are some of the events I look forward to the most.

There is nothing better than the sight of a group of volunteers armed with clipboards ready to go door- to-door for a cause they believe in. And who would have thought the sound of dozens of competing voices on the phones in a cramped office would sound so good?

As I visit each of our offices, I am keeping an eye on the progress of the Yellow Brick Road. If you’ve seen it, you’ll know what I am talking about -- more on this below.

It started months ago when, in a speech, I told the audience I wanted to give Liddy Dole a pair of Ruby Red Slippers so she could click her heels three times and go home to Kansas with Bob!

They loved it.

Why won't Pat McCrory answer the question?

In case you missed it, Mayor Pat promised last week that a McCrory administration would not keep secrets from We the People. Which naturally caused me to ask: Why hasn't he fully disclosed his personal financial interests?

Over at the Dome, his campaign manager had this to say:

Barack Obama at Vance-Aycock in Asheville

{c/p @ ScruHoo}

After driving like a banshee hopped up on DayQuil and Amp, I rolled into the annual Vance-Aycock Dinner at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina hoping to catch a glimpse of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama. The event was filled to the gills with every candidate and party insider you can imagine. I’ll get lots of photos up at some point, but the star of the show was the rumor that Obama would appear at the dinner. I expected to wait two hours for Obama to come in after the keynote speaker, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, but I was happily surprised when a cluster of national press corps folks formed a rampart at the rope line leading to the stage. In just a couple of minutes, out strode Barack Obama. I shot as much video as the Canon Powershot would allow and bolted out of the Grove Park to upload it at Chez Arratik. Now I’m gone again, back to see what’s what.

The video will be posted here as soon as it processes through the UToobz. For photos check out Scrutiny Hooligans and Ashvegas.

UPDATED with video after the jump

National Repub officials: Liddy "almost certain to lose"

We already knew the Repubs were running scared--but get a load of this. Republican leaders and McCain campaign spokesmen think Liddy Dole will be out of a job.

The possibility that Democrats will build a muscular, 60-seat Senate majority is looking increasing plausible, with new polls showing a powerful surge for the party’s candidates in Minnesota, Kentucky and other states.

A poll out Friday shows Sen. Norm Coleman could now easily lose his Minnesota seat to comedian-turned-candidate Al Franken. A Colorado race that initially looked like a nail-biter has now broken decisively for the Democrats. A top official in the McCain camp told us Sen. Elizabeth Dole is virtually certain to lose in conservative North Carolina.

Wow. I have to admit I didn't expect this.

If You Haven't Canvassed Yet...With Special Bonus Obama Ad

A few weeks back I posted a diary titled How Can I Be a Better Volunteer for the Obama Campaign? , where I asked for advice on how to deal with my overall shyness and inexperience when it came to volunteering. I received many great responses, and the support of the community was inspiring and empowering.

A couple of weeks ago, I finally got up the gumption to volunteer, participating in a community canvass on a Sunday afternoon. I initially worried that I'd be sent out into some neighborhood alone, not knowing what the hell I was doing. But that was hardly the case.

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