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NRCC attacks me for telling the TRUTH

I'm told our campaign is doing well and that the proof is in the attacks coming from the National Republican Congressional Committee. I realize it is their job to try and build up their candidate, Republican Robin Hayes, by tearing me down, but this is ridiculous.

NRCC Press Office
March 17, 2008

Candidate for NC-08 Will Say Anything to Get Elected

Washington- Larry Kissell, the re-run candidate for North Carolina's 8th Congressional District, can't make up his mind on whether he supports or opposes earmarks. His inconsistency on the issue shows he will do or say anything to get elected.

Earlier this year, Larry Kissell was complaining about earmarks, according to a local press report...

No matter how you feel about the war, you have to join me in one thing today

The good people of Fort Bragg live in my District, and I just want to say THANK YOU to our military no matter where you serve, with a special prayer for the 29,395 wounded in Iraq and the families of those 3,983 lost lives.

All rhetoric and politics aside on this solemn anniversary, we as Democrats must never forget the troops and their families sacrificing so much for us all.

Whether you, or even they, agree or disagree with our elected leaders' decisions is irrelevant on a day we should all recognize each and every man, woman and child in our military families, heroes one and all.

Breaking: DCCC Red to Blue

Last week as the dollar fell against the currencies of Europe, Canada, Japan and Mexico, I reminded folks just how much work this Congress has to do on behalf of the working families in this nation, and that they're going to need more, and better Democrats joining them in 2009 to undo the damage of the Bush Administration.

Now, as oil tops $109 a barrel for the first time, and the U.S. trade deficit continues to rise especially with China, I have some good news that more, and better Democrats may be well on their way.

I'm honored to announce to you first that the Kissell for Congress campaign just earned "Red to Blue" status with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

We can argue about NAFTA, but we have to agree...

We can argue about NAFTA (though you know where I stand on these trade deals), but we have to agree the legacy of the first two terms of President Bush and even greater damage done by nearly a dozen years of a Republican-controlled Congress grows clearer every day.

Dollar falls in Europe, Canada, Japan...

19 years later... Still no "public purpose"

This is a disgrace.

WASHINGTON — The Exxon Valdez oil spill, which caused a 3,000-square-mile oil slick and still affects Alaska’s fisheries after nearly 19 years, was a “tragedy,” Exxon’s lawyer told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

But the company has been punished enough by $3.4 billion in criminal fines, cleanup costs and compensation payments, the lawyer added, arguing that the $2.5 billion in punitive damages approved by a federal appeals court served no additional "public purpose."

It's actually ironic that as Exxon lawyers argued their 19 year old case to the Supreme Court yesterday that no "public purpose" is served by punitive damages for the Exxon Valdez oil spill, that Congress happened to pass the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008.

I'm glad Congress is trying to do something for a change about the energy crisis, but it's not enough to send non veto-proof legislation taxing big oil to a White House that is headquarters for big oil. Unfortunately it is in all likelihood headed straight for President Bush's veto.

Treacherous Behavior

Hand Engraved, Uniquely Numbered, Limited Editions Going Fast!
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The Outstanding Public Debt as of today is: $ 9 , 2 9 7 , 1 0 0 , 4 2 1 , 9 1 6 . 1 4

"To contract new debts is not the way to pay old ones."
~GEORGE WASHINGTON
, letter to James Welch, Apr. 7, 1799

If only our first President we're alive on his birthday to see what this "President George" has done to our nation, I suspect he might call it treacherous behavior.

A message to the Secessionists of One America this Day

Today, the 199th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln is a fitting time to remind folks, as my good friend John Edwards has reminded us all, both why we fight, and more importantly why we must heal.

Lincoln's First Inaugural Address concluded with this message to the Secessionists.

I am loth to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

The trouble with being poor

"The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time." - Willem de Kooning

Clearly, words spoken by someone who has been there unable to get ahead and in need of a hand up. Sadly, too many people who live here in NC's 8th district know this all too well. In fact, it is a bellwether District – a harbinger the rest of the nation should heed.

In so many ways, my District is like a microcosm of America. We have suburbs, farmland, small towns, a military base, as well as the big banking hub, Charlotte. We also have the highest unemployment in North Carolina with one in ten looking for work in some of our more rural areas, and an Associated Press ranking as one of the most economically devastated Districts in the nation. Our schools face challenges just like anywhere else, with the dropout rate in big cities now at a 6-year high, and the number of homeless children in our school system doubling this year even in our suburbs.

Baptist Covenant - Our Government's Covenant

Some here might be shocked to find that the 15,000 Baptists who convened in Atlanta this past week were each admitted to the meeting and invited to join the discussion without being asked once to show their voter registration cards or take a litmus test on any issues. As I entered the hall last Thursday for the luncheon, which coincidentally featured prominent Baptists President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Al Gore, no one challenged me as to how I could be a Baptist Deacon and a Democratic Candidate for US Congress. Nor did the Democrats and progressives who happened to take the stage try to convert the Republicans in the audience to their persuasion. Politics were actually forbade and the teachings of Jesus were front and center. What happened next was truly miraculous in our current political environment.

Dick Cheney is having a meeting in my District right now!

Dick Cheney is in my district having a private meeting with the Board of Directors of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. I hope he's here to do something good like bring back some of our jobs he has sent overseas, but I doubt it is that happy of an occasion. You know today is actually an important day that I doubt he is taking the trouble to celebrate. History tells us that President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act of 1935 on August 14, but I'm of the opinion that is not the birth of our commitment to our seniors.

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It was actually today's date, January 31, 1940, that our commitment was fully realized in the form of Check #00-000-001 to Ms. Ida May Fuller of Vermont in the amount of $22.54 - bringing life to law, and politics to people, which is what it should all be about.

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