2012 elections

Open thread: one more week

Two-Faced Tillis is at it again

Talking one way and acting another:

"When I think about regulatory reform I think about the way the state regulates K-12 education, the way it regulates the counties, the way it regulates the towns, the way it regulates the community colleges, the way it regulates the university system-all are things we need to rethink and decide whether or not we're doing them as efficiently and effectively as possible.

As far as placing a regulatory burden on towns and counties, here's a doozie from the party of "less regulation":

Grassroots Farm Team endorses D. Cole Phelps

The Grassroots Farm Team is thrilled to announce our final endorsement before the May 8th primary, D. Cole Phelps for Washington County Commissioners. Many of you know Cole, who is a vice-chair in the 1st Congressional District Democratic Party and is finishing up law school at NC Central University. He's jumped into this campaign headfirst and his small army of volunteers have already knocked on every door in the district - and are going to do it again before the primary!

We're excited to see Cole bring his experiences and perspective back to Washington County to address some of the serious challenges the county faces.

Why Sen. Snowe of Maine bowed out

QUOTE OF THE DAY from the Washington Post:

Olympia Snowe, a Republican senator from Maine, explaining why she decided to not seek another term:

"Simply put, the Senate is not living up to what the Founding Fathers envisioned."

What follows is a thoughtful and provocative explanation of the failure of bi-partsian politcis in the US Senate.

Bailout Binging Bainster TV Ad

We at AmericanLP have created a new ad to spotlight Mitt Romney's hypocrisy on the issue of bailouts. By now, most observers have learned that Mitt Romney was against a bailout for Detroit. But what even many political insiders don't realize is that Mitt Romney has been the beneficiary of a Federal bailout of sorts. As head of Bain and Co in the early 90s (he had been brought back from Bain Capital to sort out the mess at the mother company), Romney was in charge of keeping Bain from imploding under a huge mountain of debt. In addition to firing lots of people (naturally), Romney also squeezed suppliers and other creditors. What's more, Bain had a $38 million loan from the Bank of New England, and that the Bank of New England had its own problems and had been taken over by the FDIC.

Rick Glazier to make it official tomorrow in Fayetteville: He's running

Rep. Rick Glazier says he's making a formal annoucement Thursday at an event in Fayetteville, and he told the Raleigh N&O that he wasn't sure how the rumors got started that he would not run.

"I have never changed my plans or mind," he said in an e-mail to reporters. He will challenge incumbent Democrat June Atkinson in a primary.

Draft Brad Miller for NC Governor Facebook Page

Here's the Draft Brad Miller for NC Governor Facebook Page and related diary post over at Daily Kos

Let's show Brad Miller some love by joining the Facebook Group - today!

INSTITUTE INDEX: The truth behind Gingrich's false food-stamp claims

Cross-Posted From the Institute for Southern Studies Facing South Blog

With Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich erroneously claiming that "more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history," we take a by-the-numbers look at the food assistance program.

Democratic Super PAC Leader Gives Assessment on Role of Super PACS in 2012

Posted by AmericanLP in Press Release, Press Room
TJ Walker, founder of AmericanLP, a Democratic Super PAC, gave his assessment on the role his organization and other Democratic Super PACs have played in the 2012 campaign:

Calling on women

I’m sorry to be a nag, but time is running short. We need you to join in the fight for the heart and soul of our state. We need you to step up and join the campaign of 100 Great Women Running for North Carolina. We need you to declare yourself to be a candidate who will work for women and families.

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