Obama In Asheville

Barack Obama is coming to Asheville for his debate preparation. The next Presidential debate is in Nashville on Tuesday night. While no details about his schedule have been released to the public, there have been plenty of watchful eyes. Here are the rumors:

- Secret Service was all over the Grove Park Inn yesterday. Obama will likely be staying at the Grove Park Inn.

- The Vance-Aycock Dinner will be held Saturday night at the Grove Park Inn. Obama will likely make an appearance there.

- He may be staying at Governor Easley's "Western Residence", which goes almost entirely unused.

All you Ashevillains keep an eye out for Obama, and let us know what you learn!


Neocon War Machine Attacks Kay Hagan

I'm sure I'm not the only one reading this who just received a robo-call from "Freedom's Watch" attacking Kay Hagan for her stance on illegal immigration. But that call has absolutely nothing to do with illegal immigrants and everything to do with their fear that Kay won't be a puppet like Liddy Dole, helping them wage perpetual war in an effort to establish an American Empire.

Although Freedom's Watch was established in 2007 to promote the surge in Iraq, it's basically a construct to continue promoting the views and goals of PNAC (in exile) and the hawkish, ultra-right pro-Israel lobby:

Larry Kissell Leading by 11 in New Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Poll

Here's the release. I'm on the GQR press list and didn't get this since it was done for DCCC. I hope Dtrip will release the cross tabs. I'll get whatever else I can to you as soon as I get it.

Robin Hayes has gone extremely nasty. I knew something was up.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a new Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner poll today conducted September 28-29 that shows Larry Kissell leading Representative Robin Hayes by 11 points in the race for North Carolina's 8th congressional District. The initial head to head between Democrat Larry Kissell and Republican Robin Hayes is 54% to 43%. The poll surveyed 400 likely voters and has a 4.9% margin of error.

NC Family Policy Council Voter Guide Charade

A hat tip to long-standing community member usernamehere for reporting that the North Carolina Family Policy Council has just published its so-called "voter guide" for the 2008 election. I use the phrase in quotes, because guide implies that there is actually something of value included in the piece. In this case, however, only a third of those running for office in North Carolina even bothered to complete the ridiculous questionnaire.

Open thread: More on mayors

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I'm struck by the fact that mayors of every major city in North Carolina have come out to endorse Bev Perdue for Governor. This is a big deal. You see, mayors of many cities in North Carolina know each other pretty well. They work together on issues and lobbying, trying to make sure their cities get a fair shake in Raleigh. So what does it say about Pat McCrory that these mayors have endorsed Perdue? It says they know enough about Pat McCrory to know that they don't want him anywhere near the governor's office.

Mayors from around the state endorse Beverly Perdue

Beverly Perdue is in the fight of her life, isn't she? Mayor's from all around North Carolina are stepping up to fight for Beverly Perdue, from Asheville to New Bern, local officials are saying that Bev is best for the job.

"Bev Perdue has proven herself to be responsive to our needs and to have a deep understanding of the many different issues facing the many different parts of North Carolina," said Terry Bellamy, Mayor of Asheville.

Added Mayor Yvonne Johnson of Greensboro, "North Carolina needs a governor who will unite all parts of our state, urban and rural, east and west, coast and mountain - and that's exactly what Bev Perdue will do."

Knocking on Doors in Orange County

Just thought I would share the email that I just sent out to my precinct. I hope that everyone in Orange County reading this will get out for at least one canvass this weekend. Every door, every voter. President Obama, Senator Hagan, Congressmen Hayes and Carter.

Greetings all!

Dogwood Acres ended up with at least 20 TEAMS of door knockers last Sunday. Incredible! From the campaign email below:

Last weekend “100,000 Knocks for Barack” was a complete success! We knocked on over 6000 doors in Orange County alone and over 107,000 statewide!

Your work and the strength of North Carolina Democrats is making the nation stand up and take notice:

Bob Dole Put Personal Wealth over Veterans, Liddy Dole Stood by and Watched

Earlier this week I wrote a brief post about lobbying activity from Former Senator Bob Dole that served to hurt our veterans and their families. That activity deserves more attention and a more detailed post. Bob Dole isn't running for reelection in North Carolina, but his wife is. He may have earned the 6-figure income from the lobbying contract, but it is Elizabeth Dole's inability/refusal/lack of desire to push legislation to protect military families that is truly disturbing.


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