Larry Kissell showed that he still has the legs by riding with the Uwharrie Wheelmen's Saturday morning ride in Stanly County from Albemarle going through Richfield, New London, Palestine and Badin. Larry, despite not having very many cycling miles due his campaign schedule, hung on the climbs that included Tower Hill outside of Palestine, but rumor has it he took advantage of the over forty exemption and passed on the climb to the top of Morrow Mountain.
Larry demonstrated his man of the people touch by fitting right in with the riders and engaging all of them with the usual small talk that goes on during a ride.
Yesterday's Friday Follies at NC Policy Watch put the smackdown on one of the oft-repeated lies of tax reformers here in North Carolina. Take a look, and put these talking points in y our pocket for the next time a free-marketeer starts blabbering about the economic costs of taxes.
The rabid right wing folks over at Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist’s group, will have some explaining to do the next they complain about tax rates in North Carolina.
ATR recently released a report on state tax policy across the nation and among the conclusions drawn from the report by a national conservative group was that “states with high tax burdens continually lose residents and their income to lower tax states.”
Norquist and his misguided disciples in North Carolina constantly claim that North Carolina is a high tax state and that tax rates are hurting economic development. Neither is true and now we have proof of that from their own report. The U. S. Census says that from 1990-2000, North Carolina grew faster than every other Southeastern state, except Georgia. From 1995-2000, it was the fifth fastest growing state in the nation and forecasters predict that growth will continue at even higher levels.
If Hayes, as I've alleged in the past, is so impotent that he can't move legislation through a committee he chairs and he's so arrogant he allows a first-time EVER candidate to upstage his slick professional campaign with a simple act of generosity, then what good do his years of experience do us in Washington? What exactly has he been doing with his time?
For starters, Hayes kicked off the past campaign cycle by attending the President's inauguration with his good Abramoff buddy, J.D. Hayworth ($101,000 from Abramoff and his clients). Check out that fancy scarf, big guy. What is that? Cashmere from Tibet? Silk from China? Or, it might be fabric even more rare than either of those. It might be a rare find - 8th District textiles. Rare, because Hayes has spent his time sending 8th District textile jobs to Central America.
Is it just me, or does the rest of the world turn up its nose in disgust whenever AWOL George has something, anything really, to say? Today at a press conference, the Decider decided three things, which are dutifully reported by the so-called librul media in this report.
First, the Decider has decided that he is right and the courts are wrong (surprise, surprise) on the NSAs illegal surveillance.
Second, the Decider has decided that the Israelis won the war they recently lost in Lebanon.
And third, he has decided that the economy is in great shape, despite the resurgent unemployment rate and the precipitous drop in consumer confidence.
By his own admission, ace political observer Bob Geary doesn't traffic in rumors, just well-founded speculation. So when he writes about the possibility of Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker taking on Liddy Dull for US Senate in 08, we ought to at least sit up and take notice. The story first shows up on Wake Pol, one of the N&O blogs.
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Fri, 08/18/2006 - 12:28pm
I know the site is a bit fuzzy and I want to do a better post on this, but thought you would all like to know that the fake Braxton site is now under investigation by the authorities. My understanding is that is a direct action taken after the site was exposed here on BlueNC. Thanks to the original post and the subsequent site properties posted here, there was enough information to warrant formal complaints and the authorities are now investigating the site.
Anzalone-Liszt Research (Democratic polling firm) has just conducted a new poll of 400 likely voters in the 8th district. Hayes was favored by 46 percent of likely voters, compared to 40 percent for Kissell.
Fifty-six percent gave President Bush a negative job-approval rating, with just 42 percent positive on W. The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 4.9 percent.
Our boy can win if he can just get his name out there! (I don't have the name ID numbers, but evidently Kissell's name recognition is still pretty low, which is undoubtedly hurting him).
after a brief discussion about it @ drinking liberally last night, i started to develop a sweet tooth. i realize that summer isn't the best time of year for baking, but i've got a mean hankering for something with apples. so, in the first (and probably last) installment of "cooking with syntax", i have a recipe i'd like to share with the blogosphere and the public at large:
Watch Republican House candidate Tramm Hudson in Florida discuss his personal knowledge of how "Blacks are not good swimmers". He knows because he is from Alabama.
Then watch Republican Senate Candidate George Allen call an American of Indian descent a macaca (or monkey).
Did I miss something, or is 2006 going to be the year of open racism? I guess hating gays lost its appeal, now it is time for harder stuff. Admittedly both apologized after the tape got out, but they were both living it up before.
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