NC Definitely in Play May 6

As I write the PA returns have passed 60% of districts and the spread in the Democratic Presidential Primary has settled down to Clinton 54% Obama 46%, an 8% margin (which was my own personal prediction) for Clinton who is now addressing supporters. So no surprises, except perhaps this strange image from the Pennsylvania Department of State Elections Information site earlier tonight:

Rock show

The details of the rock show in Carrboro and Greensboro for Obama are set. Here's the release:

RALEIGH, NC – Senator Barack Obama's campaign today announced two concerts to headline the campaign's One-Stop Early Voting drive. Featuring Arcade Fire and Superchunk, the “Change Rocks” concerts in Carrboro and Greensboro will highlight the campaign's effort to encourage One-Stop Early Voting at college campuses and other locations across the state.

Jerry Meek on Smithfield Foods

Today Jerry Meek attempted to discretely decline a donation from Smithfield Foods.

Their reaction was typical of Smithfield: threats and intimidation.

It is sadly the truth that Smithfield has gotten away with intimidating their workers for over a decade. While Smithfield may be adept at denying the defenseless a voice, they apparently had less luck with my boss:

Ms. Theresa Kostrzewa
2349 Churchill Road
Raleigh, NC 27608

RE: Smithfield Foods and Smithfield Packing

Dear Theresa:

I wanted to follow-up with you regarding our conversation this morning. In that conversation, I informed you of our decision not to accept a contribution from your clients, Smithfield Foods and Smithfield Packing. You indicated that I was making a big mistake, and that you were going to notify corporate executives across this State of our decision not to accept this contribution.

Equality North Carolina Secures Hospital Visitation Protections

If you are straight, you may never have thought about this. Most people haven't, frankly. But, for LGBT people, visiting your partner in the hospital can be a nightmare. Under NC law, you two aren't married and you're not blood relatives. So, basically, you don't have a legal right to participate in key medical decisions involving your partner's care, you have no legal right to receive information about your partner's condition, and you may not even be allowed into your partner's room.

NC legislators endorse Obama

This from the Obama folks today.

Raleigh, NC – Today 29 members of the North Carolina state legislature endorsed Senator Obama, citing his ability to inspire and bring people together to move our country forward, and put an end to the divisive politics of Washington that have stalled progress on the great challenges facing our nation. The legislators’ endorsements are the latest addition to Obama’s grassroots movement for change, which has come to encompass a broad spectrum of North Carolinians – from the grassroots level to representatives in United States Congress – who will vote for change on May 6.

Here's the list:

NC-Sen: Neal vs. Hagan on Iraq: You vs. DSCC

There has been much written about this race. Jim Neal is a successful businessman with progressive ideals who is willing to fight for what he believes. Kay Hagan is a corporate Democrat that is most famous in North Carolina for proposing a budget that cut Medicaid to the blind, elderly, and seniors while also cutting taxes for corporations and citizens making over $250,000. However, the DSCC has decided that Kay Hagan is their candidate. Take this little info that was slipped into a blog by well-respected North Carolina Journalist and Blogger Mark Binker:

Staff. Hagan and Neal have a blend of professional and volunteer staff that organize meet-and-greets, run the website, spin reporters, network, fundraise and do all the grunt work of a campaign...Hagan is rolling with DSCC-vetted staffers and Neal has hired an outside consultant with experience running "outsider" campaigns.

The DSCC has made their choice, but after the break I want to further introduce you to Kay Hagan and why YOU need to back the Ned Lamont of 2008, the Jon Tester of 2008 - Jim Neal.

Morning Post

Damn. Woke up with butterflies. Go read some Pennsylvania stuff.
Around here, things are hopping as the election stars align.
Endorsements are starting to fly fast and furious.
Look for a Legislators (and others) for Obama announcement soon.
Meanwhile Ellie Kinnaird gets an endorsement from Marc Basnight. Via Sen. Basnight this am:

To the editor:

Roy Carter, Candidate for CD-5, Live-blog Today at 7 p.m. - Question Thread

This evening at 7:00 p.m. we will be joined by Roy Carter, Candidate for Congress in North Carolina's 5th CD for a live-blog chat. This may be our final live-blog prior to the May 6 primary. Please leave your questions for Roy on this thread if you won't be able to join us this evening.

Elon Poll highlights state, national concerns

Latest from the Elon Poll says the economy is the number one issue facing North Carolina according to NC voters. Jump to the number one issue facing the nation, though, and it's a three way tie between the economy, health care and the war.
Note also the 51 percent 'wrong track' response in a state that is doing fairly well by comparison to many. Lots of interesting info in the data. It's downloadable on the site.
Here's the release:

Elon University Poll: Economy remains top concern in primary elections


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