Submitted by Betsy Muse on Tue, 08/08/2006 - 7:37pm
I won't put this on the front page, but I do have the urge to share. With 4% of the precincts reporting in...
Lamont 60% 6,814
Lieberman 40% 4,586
This is cracking me up. Almost every site covering this is stalling because of the high traffic - even sites used to the traffic. It doesn't bode well for information exchange in November. Methinks some folks will need to pay for extra bandwidth come fall.
The Cumberland County Democratic Party has launched a new website. This is good news for the state and the Democratic party as we try to increase participation and general excitement with the upcoming 2006 elections!
I hope that the residents of Cumberland County will take advantage of this resource and help strengthen the local party there.
It's also important to note that candidate Larry Kissell's district consists of a large portion of that county. Mobilizing those voters will be key to a good election year!
Constituents can use the office hours to hold individual meetings to discuss their concerns with federal agencies, case work or issues pending before Congress.
I thought, perhaps and obviously wrongly, that meant that this representative would be able to answer some questions. Nothing too hard and nothing baiting. However, the representative, Ms. Janet Bradbury from Senator Dole’s Greenville office (who was quite polite), was not able to answer any questions. None. Zero. Zilch. In fact, she didn’t even read my questions (being the entrepreneurial fellow I am, I printed off two copies).
Submitted by Betsy Muse on Tue, 08/08/2006 - 1:46pm
Most of us have either received our emails from OAC or have heard the news that John Edwards will help Patty Wetterling, MN-06 and Nick Lampson, TX-22 with some fundraising as the winners of the OAC online nominating competition. Congratulations to Patty and Nick.
Most of us were also angry when the list first excluded a deserving North Carolinian and congressional candidate, Larry Kissell. OAC very, quickly added him to the list once we pointed out the ommission and they deserve credit for that.
To the One America Committee: Thanks for giving two great North Carolina congressional candidates a shot. Now go ahead and write them a check anyway. Pretty please?
Submitted by Robert P. on Tue, 08/08/2006 - 10:53am
Chris Fitzsimon gets it over at the NC Policy Watch. I have recently said here that the NC legislature is a "old boys" club that happens to allow women. If you don't already have your money, you ain't getting in.
Crackdown! The NC State Highway Patrol is cruising for drunk drivers this week. It's hard to be sure whether this drive will more greatly impact Democrats (with their general love for socializing) or Republicans (with their general disregard for laws). Top counties for DUIs last year: Buncombe, Johnston, and Wake. Word.
In his column today, John Hood of the John Locke Foundation is calling for term limits, and I'm inclined to support the idea.
The first argument to dismiss, right off the bat, is the silly suggestion that term limits are a violation of popular sovereignty because they deprive voters of the representation of their choice. Popular sovereignty, democracy, republicanism – whatever your preferred term for the principle of representative government, it is difficult to argue that term limits are antithetical to it because the vast majority of voters, of every persuasion, support term limits. It is rational and consistent to vote for your incumbent within the current electoral structure and support term limits to ensure rotation in office, including your incumbent and all the rest.
There's much talk these days about messages and framing, and I'm always looking for ways of talking that cut through the clutter. In a comment here, Mack says it all.
Regardless of what you think about Jim Black, Democrats in Raleigh got things done - minimum wage, innocence commission, raising teacher pay, ethics reform. The NCDP has a list here. The Republicans want to run North Carolina like they've been running Washington.
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