Submitted by Betsy Muse on Mon, 10/23/2006 - 7:59am
In the recent debate between Robin Hayes and Larry Kissell held by the League of Women Voters in Charlotte and aired on WTVI, both men stated that improving the job market for the 8th District workers was a top priority. Larry Kissell said it was the number one priority.
Robin Hayes claimed that he had worked hard to bring jobs to the district. From WWAY we have this:
Hayes said he's worked hard to promote economic development and efforts to bring good jobs to the parts of the district that are struggling.
The great thing about a claim like this is there is proof readily available about just how effective Robin Hayes has been at bringing jobs to the 8th District. Unemployment numbers are easily found through the North Carolina Employment Security Commission. Not only can we find out what the unemployment rate is today, we can look back at 1999 when Robin Hayes took office.
Submitted by crowbar317 on Sun, 10/22/2006 - 10:43pm
Virginia Foxx, from what I have heard is wildly unpopular across party lines in her district. Why? Most people say because she is just another Rubber Stamp Republican for this President and this Congress.
So how does she respond? By sending money to other Rubber Stampers of course!
Although Foxx suggests in her Internet appeal that she needs money for a difficult campaign against her Democratic opponent, Roger Sharpe, she has been sending large amounts of money to Republican congressional candidates nationwide, according to her campaign filings.
Foxx has given nearly $35,000 to 30 Republican congressional candidates in 20 states, according to the Sept. 30 FEC filing. In addition, the Foxx for Congress committee has contributed $81,000 to two key GOP organizations - $76,000 to the Republican National Congressional Committee and $5,000 to the N.C. Republican Executive Committee, according to the FEC documents.
In an interview just reported, Puppet Joe Boylan accidentally said what everyone except the State Board of Elections already knew: Art Pope was involved in Boylan's campaign to defeat Richard Morgan.
Boylan said he is tired of hearing criticism linking him to Pope. "Art Pope has nothing to do with the general election right now," Boylan said. "Art Pope and Richard Morgan aren't a part of this race. Their involvement died May 2. I am not associated with Art Pope." Boylan said any contentions that Pope's corporations gave money directly to his campaign in the primary are untrue. (Emphasis added.)
There are countless reasons for thoughtful people to reject the philosophies of the Party of Greed, but Mr. Russell Capps today nails the heart of the matter: Republicans hate democracy. Why else in an interview with the News and Observer would the bizarre representative from Wake County say such a perverse thing as:
If turnout is low, we (Republicans) win.
Republicans do not represent the interests of people, they represent the interests of the monied and power elite. They have no stake in more participation in democracy, they win only when their extremist minority gets engaged. Republicans don't care about voters, they care about profits for corporations. Which accounts for their methodical suppression of voters all across America.
Submitted by stormbear on Sat, 10/21/2006 - 7:38pm
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Man, when it rains it pours. And just like salt in a wound, the GOP continues to be beat down by scandal after scandal and the smallest of their scandals are 50 times larger than anything that could have possible gone on at the Rose Law Firm or in Monica Lewinsky’s pants.
If anything, you gotta give props to the Republicans - they can do corruption like no one else in the history of the United States.
Kirk Ross at Exile has the excellent practice of bundling together a handful of stories he finds interesting. So in the sincerest form of flattery, here's what caught my eye in the past day or so.
Duke Energy is running into the Roy Cooper buzzsaw, and I predict the good Attorney General will come out ahead in this game. At issue is the question of who pays for what when it comes to the gigantic development costs associated with nuclear power.
A joint filing by seven public advocacy groups accuses Duke of trying to pass "unnecessary rate hikes to North Carolina consumers without first determining if the generating units are ... necessary and in the public interest."
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Sat, 10/21/2006 - 5:56am
Sorry folks, but Saturday Morning Funnies will be on hiatus until after the November 7th elections unless someone else has time to pull it together. Maybe if we're all extra nice to Stormbear he will entertain us with his wonderful original political cartoons. They are so much better than what I pull together from around the web anyway.
Submitted by crowbar317 on Sat, 10/21/2006 - 12:43am
Less than three weeks left, and lots of people are spent out on donations yet still want to help. Well, my cousin and I took 50 Roger Sharpe signs and hit every corner of our county in five hours, and Wilkes is a BIG county.
My point is not to brag about this effort, although I want to give kudos to my driver, but to show that so much can be done on a Friday evening or a Sunday drive.
Get some signs and place them where you see other signs. Call a friend and offer to take them for early voting. Join a phone banking group. Go out and canvass.
Monetary donations are great, but if you find yourself short of cash, there is still so much you can do.
As I type this, I am physically exhausted, but the great feeling I get from my efforts is well worth it. It's a real high, and I hope everyone out there can feel it, too.
Submitted by gregflynn on Fri, 10/20/2006 - 1:57pm
The prize for the furthest traveled to this reunion goes to an octogenarian couple in Beijing, China who retired there from Illinois in 1988 and haven’t looked back since. As the husband writes in his website:
China living is easy, a slower-paced living. It's a lot like turning the clock back a number of years.
No kidding! Turning the clock back is what Vernon wants to do with a number of issues here in NC on the other side of the globe from Beijing, literally and figuratively. They have given money to Vernon before, giving them reunion status. Why would they want to give money to a Congressional race in NC? Well, clue number 1. is this quote, below the fold:
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