Truth or Dare

According to a tip from the Outer Banks, the NC Association of Realtors has been desperately searching for the Lost Colony of Dare County realtors who may have been negatively affected by the Transfer Tax that has been successfully implemented in Dare County.

NCAR and, Wake County realtors in particular, have been bombarding their Dare County colleagues with requests to write letters saying the Transfer Tax has hurt their business. All of the realtors contacted by the source say the Transfer Tax has had no impact on their business.

Meanwhile, the NC Realtors PAC, has failed to account for $127,600 in in-kind contributions that it did not report for two years. In March 2007 the NC Realtors PAC submitted revised summaries for 2005 and 2006 to the State Board of Elections but failed to submit revised data files itemizing the newly reported in-kind contributions made over the two year period. SBOE informed the PAC of this deficiency June 29th. As of writing the revised data files have not been posted at the SBOE website.

Open thread: Loud-mouth jerk edition

“Give her a pass,” said Democratic consultant Brad Crone, who works largely on legislative races and races for state office. “My recommendation would be not to put a lot of time, effort and energy on the United States Senate race.”

My recommendation would be for Brad Crone to find a new career. I guess he doesn't put too much stock in his own damn business slogan: You can't govern if you don't win.


Sunday Morning Open Thread

Friday was the first day of filing for municipal offices. There was a line to file in Mecklenburg County. Who filed in your area? Are there any hot races on the radar yet?

The man who started the petition to put the transit tax on the ballot is running for school board. Hmmmmmm. It could hurt him as much as help him since a majority of the people support the transit tax. I guess it just depends on whether folks in that majority head to the polls on election day.

NC Universal Health Care

A Raleigh emergency room physician wrote a column in the News and Observer today that covers a topic I’ve been planning to write about as well: Health care reform. Here’s my version, outlined in a series of principles and action steps.

Principle: Basic health care is a basic right for every human being.
Action: The General Assembly should pass an amendment to the NC Constitution that puts health care on par with public education as a right for all North Carolina citizens.

Principle: Our national government is broken and incapable of taking the bold, imaginative steps required:
Action: North Carolina should lead the nation in a new approach to providing health care services to all.

Who's Going to Yearly Kos?

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Yearly Kos is an annual event bringing bloggers together from across the nation for a weekend of organizing, activism, networking, and progressive infrastructure building. The deadline to buy tickets is July 14 for the August 2-5 convention.

I've been asked to moderate the NC "caucus" and co-lead a regional gathering as well, so I'm asking the BlueNC community. Who's coming to Yearly Kos? You can respond here or use the BlueNC mail.

Lots more about Yearly Kos after the jump.

The Pundit Pearce

Every now and then Gary Pearce makes an observation that causes me to think, "Hmmmm, I wish I'd said that." And yesterday he did it again.

Campaign finance reform is happening. Not because of new laws, but because of the Internet. That’s the real story behind Barack Obama’s phenomenal fundraising totals in the second quarter. A lot of the money came in online. He built a base of hundreds of thousands of small contributors – nearly all of whom can give more, and more, and more in the months ahead.

The other campaigns are playing the old game: big-dollar events for big-dollar givers. That’s how the Clintons did it in the White House, that’s how they’re doing it now and that’s why they’re falling behind.

Of course, online fundraising works for Obama because he has energized grassroots givers. Not every candidate can do that.

This should be a healthy lesson for potential candidates – like a Grier Martin – for U.S. Senate in North Carolina. (Emphasis added.)

Some say Grier Martin doesn't have enough experience to run for Senate. Some say he'd have trouble raising the $10 to $15 million it would take to compete. I say both of those are non-issues. If Grier spends any more time in Raleigh, all he'll run the risk of picking up bad habits from the power-brokers in the Senate. And as to raising money? No worries. Everyone knows Liddy Dole is extremely vulnerable, and it really doesn't matter how much money she has. All we need is a good, thoughtful and moderate candidate like Grier Martin.


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