Walter Dalton

Misunderestimating North Carolina

Karen Cox, a professor at UNC Charlotte, writes a meandering column in the New York Times today about politics in the south, and more specifically, about liberals in the south. Touching on race, education, and the urban-rural divide, she addresses a number of important points, but doesn't quite manage to see the elephant in the room.

Many people have labeled my home state of North Carolina a red state, but it’s much more complicated than that. In the very rural mountain county of Avery, for example, Mr. Romney won with a whopping 74.5 percent of the vote, yet in Mecklenburg County, which includes Charlotte, he lost to Mr. Obama by nearly 23 percentage points. True, North Carolinians elected a Republican governor, but to be fair, the Democratic candidate ran a weak campaign.

N&O endorses Dalton .... must be a cold day in the hot place.

No kidding ... here it is.

The money line ...

Of these two candidates for the governorship, we think Dalton has more of what it takes to lead North Carolina in the right direction, toward more opportunity and prosperity for all of its people

Rally for Council of State candidates, Chapel Hill

Piedmont Rally
featuring Democratic Council of State Candidates

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Chapel Hill High School
1709 High School Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
1pm to 3pm

Featured Candidates Include

Lieutenant Governor and Candidate for Governor, Walter Dalton
Secretary of State Elaine Marshall
Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson
John Brooks, Candidate for Labor Commissioner
Treasurer Janet Cowell
Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin
State Auditor Beth Wood
Walter Smith, Candidate for Agriculture Commissioner

"The Orange County Democratic Party is hosting Democrats from Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Person, Durham, Granville, Lee Counties as we welcome our Council of State candidates."

Is there a Dalton campaign?

I have heard rumors that our Lt. Governor is running to replace Bev Perdue but have yet to see any concrete evidence of such. I do not watch tv, so have missed any ads or debates. I have seen his website, but three (3, three, tres, san) email contacts have yet to be answered. I even volunteered for the Dalton campaign at his website without a response of any kind. I think now, perhaps, that it's just a front; nobody is really there. I haven't even seen any ads online or heard ads on the radio for Mr. Dalton. Not a campaign sign exists in the whole of Person County so now I think this whole Dalton campaign could just be gossip or some warped rumor.

Pat McCrory's other gigs

One reason we might never see Pat McCrory's tax returns could be because he doesn't want us to know how much he makes from speaking fees. In October 2010 a check in the amount of $2,500 from the Atlanta Regional Commission was deposited into his campaign account, apparently by accident. In October 2010 McCrory was a keynote speaker for the commission's Regional Leadership Institute annual dinner.

An American Experiment in Democracy: an essay on the Democratic National Convention

This article is from Creative Loafing of Charlotte. It is my essay on a week spent covering the Democratic National Convention.

Warren's speech catered to, and maybe reassured, progressives. "No, Romney, corporations are not people ... people are people," Warren said. "They dance, they live, they love, and they die, and that matters." It was simple, empathic rhetoric, and I liked her.

Then came the Big Dog, who delivered the greatest speech from a former president since Teddy Roosevelt took on his successor and declared, "We stand at Armageddon, and we battle for the Lord."

Half of Clinton's speech was ad-libbed. I hung on every word. My tongue was in my throat. There was new momentum in the air.


Dalton, McCrory audited by SBOE

The campaign committees of Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory were audited by the North Carolina State Board of Elections (SBOE). Both campaigns had some minor discrepancies that were addressed by their committees. The Dalton campaign forfeited $200 in cash contributions made in 2011. Two $100 cash contributions were over the one time $50 limit. Had the contributions been made as $50 in cash on consecutive days they would have been legal. The McCrory campaign forfeited $5,000 in excess contributions made in 2012 because they occurred between the 2008 general election and the 2012 primary. $1,000 excess came from Ira Jackson III of Raleigh. $4,000 came from Wendell Murphy of Rose Hill. Had the contributions been made by a spouse who had not already exceeded the $4,000 limit per election cycle they would have been legal.

Not slick or fancy


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