elizabeth dole

Ringleader of Party of Five, James Crawford raised money for Burr & Dole

In recent days, longserving Democrat, James W. Crawford of Oxford in Granville County has attained a new and shocking level of notoriety as the ringleader of the infamous Party of Five collaborators who voted with the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. The poisonous fruit of this nefarious conspiracy will impose a disastrous budget featuring draconian cuts of $900 million to the University of North Carolina as well as slashing funds for Planned Parenthood and Medicaid in what many now see as a political pact with the devil.

While the Party rank and file is stunned to see senior Democrat Crawford openly conspiring with Republicans to topple the bright, shining edifice of public instruction built by progressive Democratic leaders in the mold of Terry Sanford and Jim Hunt, little is generally known about his political ideology and his personal background. Crawford's background is a fascinating case of political devilry.

Liddy's campaign manager: "Godless" ads were a Hail Mary

cross-posted at dKos

This month's issue of Politics magazine has a front-page story by Liddy Dole's former campaign manager, Marty Ryall. He admits what most of us in North Carolina have known for some time--the "Godless" ad was an act of desperation.

Many in the media, especially on the liberal side, were quick to point to the ad and claim it backfired, costing Dole the election. Nothing could be further from the truth. When a football team is trailing by 7 points and throws a “Hail Mary” on the last play of the game, they don’t lose because they failed to complete the play, they lose because they were down 7 points and time was running out.

Huh? That doesn't make much sense. It didn't backfire? Doesn't seem that way judging by the well-deserved reaming Liddy took in the local press.

Why did the Dole campaign run the "godless" ad?

In an article in "Politics magazine" Marty Ryall, campaign manager for Elizabeth Dole's ill-faithed US Senate campaign, explains why they ran the now infamous "godless" ad.

Sen. Kay Hagan Already Topping Dole's Days in North Carolina

By the end of next week, Senator Kay Hagan will have topped the number of days Elizabeth Dole spent in North Carolina in 2006 and will be closing in on the number of days Dole spent in North Carolina in 2005. But, enough of looking back! Let's look ahead at Senator Hagan's upcoming week in our fair state.On Tuesday, she will be in Raleigh to speak at the 2009 Biotech Conference, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Development.

Senator Hagan will discuss the importance of the biotech industry to North Carolina’s long term economic growth.

On Wednesday afternoon, Senator Hagan will be in Greensboro to tour the Industries of the Blind. Industries of the Blind employs people who are blind or severely disabled with the goal of helping them achieve economic and personal independence. Among the products manufactured at the site are new hydration systems, apparel for the military and some protective equipment.


A bit late-- the corks have long been popped...

I just wanted to take a moment and thank all of your BlueNCers for your efforts over the past year in making 2008 the most successful election in North Carolina in my lifetime.

Your advocacy propelled the stunning victories of Kay and Larry-- two outsiders who worked incredibly hard to beat entrenched incumbents. Bev-- our first female Governor- was lifted over-the-top in a very competitive Gubernatorial race in which every vote was critical. Then there were the slew of first-time statewide candidates including Walter Dalton, Janet, Beth Wood, Wayne Goodwin and God-knows whom else I forgot. It was a good year for new faces; the vintage 2008 political vine has an impressive body and texture

The Fix Choses "The Best Senate Campaign of 2008"

Chris Cillizza from The Washington Post has chosen his Best Senate Campaign of 2008...I think you see where this is going.

Drumroll please.... And the best Senate campaign of 2008 is:

Kay Hagan of North Carolina -- Hagan, a state senator, got into the race against Sen. Elizabeth Dole after a number of better known candidates including Gov. Mike Easley and Rep. Brad Miller took a pass on the contest.

More after the break.

North Carolina Voters Really don't like Elizabeth Dole

Public Policy Polling posted poll results last week showing that Elizabeth Dole's popularity continues to dwindle. I'm usually not one to rub salt in wounds, but I have such strong negative feelings for Elizabeth Dole I simply can't resist doing it just this once. Even Republicans are souring on the old carpetbagger.

57 Days: Dole Opposed Reforming the Federal Housing Administration

DAY 57

As usual, Elizabeth Dole has been saying one thing in North Carolina and doing another in DC on mortgage reform. Several months after pledging her support for modernizing the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) in North Carolina, Dole was back in Washington working for her special interest friends to make sure that housing reform measures didn’t go anywhere. And during the height of the subprime mortgage crisis, as hardworking North Carolinians faced the cold reality of record foreclosures, Dole was the only member of the Banking Committee to vote against FHA reform that would have helped countless Americans. Then again, she doesn’t have anything to worry about – she and Bob have owned their condo in the Watergate since the 1970s.

Read the entire post to read more on today's reason on why Elizabeth Dole is wrong for North Carolina and check back for updates over the next 57 days.

58 Days: Dole votes to cut vital infrastructure

DAY 58

Just six weeks after tragedy struck in Minnesota when a major bridge over an interstate highway collapsed, Elizabeth Dole had the audacity to vote against a measure that would have allocated sufficient funds for bridge repair. Now, after all of Dole’s votes to cut vital infrastructure funding, the Department of Transportation is reporting that the Highway Trust Fund is almost bankrupt.


Maybe the lack of satisfactory highways is to blame for Dole’s absenteeism from North Carolina?

Read the entire post to read more on today's reason on why Elizabeth Dole is wrong for North Carolina and check back for updates over the next 58 days.

59 Days: Dole hasn't helped hard working Americans

DAY 59

Since entering the Senate six years ago, Elizabeth Dole has been in lock step with President Bush on almost every issue, including his economic policies. Yesterday, the Department of Labor announced a loss of 84,000 jobs just in the month of August, which translates into the highest unemployment rate in five years. As it turns out, Bush and Dole’s economic policies were not doing anything to help hardworking Americans. Instead of making sure good-paying jobs stay in North Carolina, Dole preferred to let her special interest friends ship those jobs overseas and stash their extra cash in her campaign war chest. Maybe Dole will feel the pinch her constituents have felt come November when she is in the unemployment line?

Read the entire post to read more on today's reason on why Elizabeth Dole is wrong for North Carolina and check back for updates over the next 59 days.

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