Submitted by Gordon Smith on Sun, 11/05/2006 - 7:51pm
We're counting the hours until the polls close on Tuesday. This Hooligan is headed out to a Call For Change party (Sorry Dem Party HQ) with J-Rod and jedibill. Before I go, here's a fun tidbit and some links to things you can do to Get Out The Vote.
First the tidbit:
TIME: "Another challenge facing the GOP is a stark dropoff in support among what is usually a core constituency: white evangelical Christians. According to TIME's poll, only 54% of people in this group favor Republican candidates, with 5% undecided. Thirty-eight percent of white evangelicals polled say they'll support Democrats."
For those of you who may have missed the sorry spectacle, North Carolina's senior Senator made a fool of herself again today, this time on Meet the Press. The story was diaried by someone named Maaark at Daily Kos, where plenty of people jumped on the Dole-bashing bandwagon.
The rumor mill has it that Dull is living on borrowed time politically. Even if the Party of Greed maintains a majority in the Senate, her performance as a party leader has been so universally panned that no one expects her to be anything beyond a reliable rubber stamp for King George over the next two years. And as I've said on several occasions, there are plenty of people who believe she won't be able to handle the onslaught of a tough re-election campaign.
If you've been following the moldy trail of crumbs being dropped by the writers at the John Locke Foundation, you've noticed a recent upsurge in the rhetoric around free-market fundamentalism. One after another, the Puppets march forth, spewing their simplistic delusions about the nature of our civilization and how the world should work. Their hatred of public service knows no bounds.
Of particular interest to me is their oft-repeated mantra that it's wrong for government to force people do things they don't want to do. And of course, the biggest thing the free-market fundamentalists don't want to do is pay taxes.
This is true not only for taxation, but also for nearly all the methods used by government to get what it deems to be desirable. The Endangered Species Act is enforced by denying land owners the right to cut down trees, build homes, or sometimes even walk on their property, again denying their rights to the “enjoyment of the fruits of their labor” and “the pursuit of happiness.” The minimum wage law denies the right to be employed to people who cannot find someone willing to hire them for at least the mandated minimum wage, denying them the right to gain fruits from their labor. Clearly this list is a long one and gets longer with every legislative session and every meeting of every city council and every government regulatory body.
Here in North Carolina, I'd like more people to understand exactly where the budget surplus went in the last session. Too many Republicans would have you believe that it was spent up. The truth of the matter is that it was not.....
Submitted by Robert P. on Sun, 11/05/2006 - 10:19am
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It was a cold and early Saturday in early November. The streets were empty, but the parking lot of the Planetarium was filling up at 8:55am. Why? Because Saturday early voting was about to begin. Yep, there was a line out around the statue of James Polk waiting to vote early. Which raises the question, why?
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Sun, 11/05/2006 - 5:38am
I know I will wind up going way beyond fair use here. Robin Hayes has refused to run on his record, so the Charlotte Observer editorial board took up some space reminding folks that he has voted against the workers, for torture, for the President's agenda and against fiscal responsibility.
My mother has been interviewed by this board and sometimes has earned the endorsement, sometimes has not. She says they are thoughtful and thorough in their interviews. What do they have to say about Larry?
Mr. Kissell, a Baptist deacon and Wake Forest graduate (B.A. in economics), is a serious, intelligent, hard-working man with a quiet sense of humor who probably would serve well. He says he'd be a tougher advocate for protections for U.S. workers in international trade agreements, more skeptical about the Bush administration's Iraq policy and more responsible on balancing the federal budget than Rep. Hayes has been.
They don't quite gush about Larry the way I do and later today I'm going to do some gushing....but they see the same qualities we all see.
I just looked up at my clock and realized there's less than 72 hours until the polls close. It is finally here.
It's been a pretty wacky campaign season; all you need are a few key words to conjure up what we've been through: Foley, Vernon Robinson, Black and Decker, Iraq, John Kerry (regrettably)...the list goes on.
The fat lady hasn't sung yet, however. 72 hours is all Karl Rove needs, or so he says. Baghdad is being locked down for possible strife that comes after they decided to hang Saddam tomorrow. I keep my fingers crossed I don't see Speaker Black's name on the front page of the N&O. And who knows what else remains. If you had told me that an evangelical leader would be busted this week for having a three year gay relationship, or maybe even just for buying meth, I would have told you you were dreaming.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Sat, 11/04/2006 - 7:23am
I am bumping this to the front page. Some things simply don't need to be rewritten. There aren't enough superlatives in the English language for me to describe Larry and his campaign and the wonderful people I met in Biscoe while covering this event.
Most of you have heard about Larry Kissell's ingenius idea to sell gas at $1.22/gallon in RANT's great diary from yesterday. The results are in and it was an overwhelming success for many reasons. Yes, over 500 people were served. Yes, the news coverage has been terrific. Yes, the many different points represented by this gesture seem to all have been made quite successfully.
"Frustrated by Rep. Charles Taylor's failure to show up in person, Democratic challenger Heath Shuler walked out of a debate Friday afternoon that was the only face-to-face meeting scheduled between the two candidates during their fiercely contested campaign.
Taylor called into the debate on WWNC-AM from a radio station in Hendersonville, about 30 miles south of Asheville, which radio host Matt Mittan said violated rules agreed to beforehand by both campaigns.
After both candidates offered an opening statement, Shuler said, "It's unfortunate Mr. Taylor can't play by the rules." He then got up and left Mittan's studio."
Taylor agreed to the conditions of the debate, then changed his plans. Matt Mittan said that he discovered at 12:30 today that Taylor decided to be in Hendersonville and participate via phone. This broke a condition of the debate and raised questions as to whether Taylor was breaking other conditions such as the stipulation that each candidate be allowed only one staffer in the room.
Although Taylor's not even going to be in the same studio as Shuler (he's "stuck in Hendersonville"), the long-awaited debate between them is scheduled to start on WWNC-AM (570) in just a few minutes.
Click here to listen. (Just minimize the window if you get sick of looking at pictures of Hannity and Limbaugh...)
by Robert P. - I'm updating this because the debate is OVER. Taylor hid at another station and broke the rules of the debate. So, Shuler said his piece, said something along the lines of this isn't what I agreed upon and I'm leaving. The response from this right-wing home of Rush Limbaugh?
Pro-Shuler. Every. Single. Caller.
syntax, feel free to delete this if you want to make your own update. People need to know.
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