In a move that surprises no one, the executive committee of Wake County's Democratic Party picked former state House Speaker Dan Blue to replace Rep. Bernard Allen of Raleigh. Allen, who represented the 33rd District, died two weeks ago. O-No! has the story.
There is talk that Blue, who served four years as House speaker in the 1990s, might try to return next year to that powerful post, posing a challenge to embattled Speaker Jim Black and to other possible contenders. "He has been speaker twice, so he knows the job and he knows the issues," said former state Rep. Bob Hensley of Raleigh, an ally who helped orchestrate Blue's victory Wednesday. "There are a lot of people in Wake County and in the Democratic Party throughout the state who would love to see him as speaker again."
Submitted by Gordon Smith on Thu, 10/26/2006 - 1:44pm
The Wall Street Journal called it Maggie Valley Leisure Estates. Taylor said there's no such thing and that he sold all his land in Maggie Valley years ago. The Hill tells us that a subdivision by any other name still smells as stinky:
"Public land records in Haywood County, N.C., show that a company registered to Rep. Charles Taylor (R-N.C.) owns 17 plots of land in the mountain community of Maggie Valley, an interest that tax records indicate is worth more than $500,000.
The records raise questions about an assertion Taylor made in an Oct. 12 statement, part of a strong public defense mounted by the House Appropriations "cardinal" after a Wall Street Journal report alleged this month that Taylor steered federal funds to projects that would benefit businesses in which he has an interest.
As if by chance, though probably not, both candidates are linked to the old mill. Charles Cannon, legendary founder of the Cannon textile empire and grandfather of Representative Robin Hayes, the Republican incumbent, built it in the 1920’s, and Mr. Hayes worked summers there as a youth.
Larry Kissell, his Democratic opponent, worked there for 27 years before becoming a high school teacher in 2001, when, he says, he saw “the handwriting on the wall” about its future. Now his campaign is organized around the threat of foreign competition and Mr. Hayes’s tiebreaking vote last year for a trade accord with Central America.
When Barbara Barrett, Washington correspondent for O-No!, showed up on the scene, I wasn't impressed. I remember when she single-handedly declared North Carolina's coastal population in favor of off-shore drilling based on a couple of sketchy interviews with North Carolina Congressmen from the Party of Torture and Greed. So imagine my surprise today when she actually digs in on the story behind the story to deliver the hard, crushing truth about the many failings of Elizabeth Dole.
For months, critics within her party have said Dole, chairwoman of the committee that manages GOP Senate races nationwide, hasn't measured up in her role as the party's chief recruiter, coach and fundraiser. Two weeks before the November mid-term election, her committee remains behind its Democratic counterpart in fundraising and, suddenly, there are red states at risk that the GOP never thought it might have to defend.
The whole article is worth reading, but I want to focus on the hammer with which we will be beating Liddy Dole silly over the next two years: she could care less about North Carolina.
Submitted by bchriste80 on Wed, 10/25/2006 - 11:41am
Last Friday, was a breaking point of sorts in my household. I've become accustomed to receiving mailers from Robin Hayes for the last couple weeks, and inspecting them before they went into the garbage.
Well, one of the TWO mailings I received that day was critical of Larry's stance on the war in Iraq. The mailer essentially was a big, block-lettered advertisement calling Larry Kissell a flip-flopper. This was the last straw. I couldn't resist staying quiet any longer. I picked up the phone book and turned to the H section.
After finding the Hayes office phone number, I starting dialing, half-expectiing for nobody to pick up. Five rings later a nice young man's voice came on the other end of the line. The man stated his name, and I stated that I had some questions, regarding the mailings the Hayes' camp is sending out. Here's what transpired:
Rumor has it the Vermin Robinson will be making an encore appearance with the Brad and Britt Bad Boys at 101.1 tomorrow morning (Thursday). Of note, one of the Talking B's is named Whitmire. Hmmm. Where have I heard that name? Naaah. They can't be related, because BRITT Whitmire, is a macho-man! (More below)
That's how the latest chapter in the Art Pope Electioneering Saga (APES) unfolded this week when Richard Morgan sent at letter out asking for help in creating the Richard Morgan Legal Expense Trust.The Pilot covered the story last night.
In the letter, Morgan accused Pope of using his money to control the General Assembly. He called the Republican Legislative Majority a "front" that Pope used to affect the last two elections.
"His clear and specific purpose has been to try to destroy my reputation," Morgan wrote, "along with the good names of other fine North Carolinians who serve with me in the North Carolina House of Representatives."
If your neighbor’s house were destroyed, what would you do? Seriously. Of course you would provide food or clothing or money or whatever was needed.
When Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf, most of us watched on TV, shocked and embarrassed that our government was doing nothing. Roger Sharpe got in his car and drove to Mississippi and rolled up his sleeves. He considered Mississippians his neighbors because they’re part of the American community.
In this second short video, see how the experience affected him.
Now Roger is running for Congress and it’s our turn for action. In Washington, he’ll represent the best of each of us -- the part that would get in the car and drive to Mississippi.
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