Obama Kicks off General Election Campaign in North Carolina

Barack Obama kicked off his general election campaign in Raleigh, NC on Monday, an indication that North Carolina will be a targeted state in the fall. Obama delivered a major speech on the economy at the NC Fairgrounds, marking the beginning of a two-week tour through the state, focusing on Economic Policy.

During his speech, Obama went into full general election mode, launching a direct hit on McCain’s Economic policy, calling it a “full throated endorsement of Bush’s Policies.”

Obama Slams McCain's Economic Policy

Another awesome woman

UPDATED: Harrison's bill would focus on banning coal obtained from mountaintop removal from being burned in North Carolina, not on banning mountaintop removal itself in North Carolina. There are not significant coal deposits in North Carolina's mountains. My mistake.

I've heard good stuff about Pricey Harrison for years. Everyone has always said she's one of the most reliable progressive voices in the General Assembly, and I've pretty much taken that praise at face value. Until today when I met Pricey in person. Now I can sing my own praises of Representative Harrison from first hand experience.

We talked only briefly, about two topics. First, mountaintop removal and second, out-of-state athletes getting subsidized by North Carolina taxpayer dollars.

As you may have heard, Pricey is leading the charge in the General Assembly to ban use of coal obtained using the obscene practice of mountaintop removal in North Carolina.

Hagan Supporters Greet NCGOP Convention Attendees upon their Arrival

Mike Huckabee's life-saving maneuver isn't the only excitement to come out of the NCGOP convention this past weekend. A group of supporters for State Senator Kay Hagan greeted attendees with signs and great big smiles. What a warm North Carolina welcome for visitors and tourists like Elizabeth Dole. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Yes, that's Dorothy you see there waving to Liddy.

Election 2008: The Crucible

The elections this year haven't even come close to REALLY starting yet, but I think this campaign year of 2008 has made a difference, and its effects will ripple into the immediate future.

Maybe I'm just being melodramatic, but I think this year serves as a crucible for the future of the Democratic Party. I think there are candidates who lost in the primary who are just beginning to make their influence felt, and who will use their experience to run for other posts and seek out other leadership positions in our party and state. Their names are only just beginning to be known, and their ideas are just beginning to be heard.

Two awesome women

I am happy to report the completion of a most amazing event here in Chapel Hill, where two strong female governors knocked the socks off a very hot crowd! Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, and Governor Janet Napolitano were both on hand for a fundraiser that blew the doors off our expectations for attendance.

Most exciting for me is that my daughter got to see what's possible for women in this great country, and to feel the energy building to bring an end to the Republican Reign of Error.

By when (part II)

My earlier post on the power of choosing a committed course of action got derailed. I should have handled subject more carefully. Because what I really wanted to discuss is the whole business of being upset, especially in the context of folks who are still mad because their candidate didn't get whatever they thought they should have gotten. Let me try again.

After dark

Big day tomorrow. Governor Kathleen Sebelius will be coming to town to speak at a fundraiser for Senator Obama! Of course, Mr. Obama himself will also be in the Triangle, which has plenty of people torn about whom to go see: the next president of the United States or a most impressive woman who could have a shot at vice president. What a dilemma!

Why we must Unite - the real danger

Now that we have a nominee in Barack Obama, it would seem that nothing can stop him from sweeping into the Oval office this fall. Curiously, however, some people seemed to be concerned that Obama can't win because he can't get white voters or can't keep the dissapointed Clinton supporters in his camp.
While some stories like this NPR story are fairly benign,
there are other stories documenting the growing number of Clinton for McCain supporters
and even a website boasting of 15,000 supporters and threatening the following

Our Plans

It is our mission to raise money, promote John McCain. We will set up a "527" to raise money, run TV and radio ads against Obama. The Democrat party has left us out in the cold, so we are going to build a fire that they cannot put out

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Really? how did the "democrat" party leave anyone out in the cold? More on these McCan'ts...

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