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Republicans refuse to run the country...again

Well, the Republicans have decided to continue to fail at running this country. Faced with a health care crisis that threatens our economy, a Supreme court and presidential mandate of finding a way to lock up terrorists, and growing problems in Iraq; Congress has decided to cut and run from responsibility.
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Fundraiser Coming Soon

On September 12th a fundraiser will be held for Lyndon Helton. The special guest of the evening is Lt. Gov Bev Perdue.

We are hoping that this event will raise a lot of money for our campaign, hopefully enough to push us over the edge for November. The reason that I am blogging about it though, is in the misguided hope that you will all throw some extra cash our way.

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In addition to that, if there are any bloggers out there who will be in Catawba County September 12th, and would like to do an independent write up for us let me know and I will make sure you know details and information. If you dont want to do a write up, but would like info feel free to ask. I have not had a ton of contact with the Lt. Gov, but I am hoping that she will be our next Governor.

A loss for Democracy

Well. Tonight Democracy in North Carolina took a big hit. In a 4-1 decision the State Board of Elections decided that Art Pope was "within" the law.

I am not sure what went through the minds of the board members when they decided that "call out Richard Morgan" with "he voted with the Democrats and not Republicans" was not electioneering, but they have decided.

The one good man who voted against the dismissing of charges, Mr. Bob Cordle, said that Pope should have had to pay $18,000 in penalties. Lets stop and think. 300,000 mailers were sent out, but they should only have to pay 18,000 for the "cost of the ads".

"Why does Art Pope matter?"

I am sure that this has been talked about and explained before, but I want to give my take on why Art Pope's electioneering is bad. This is mostly in response to the question that most outside of bluenc would ask, which is, "Why does Art Pope matter?"

Extreme partisanship is a threat to any democracy. This was well known in the 18th century, prompting George Washington to famously argue against political parties and permanent treaties. However, since then we have had varying levels of party politics, from the benign early-mid 19th century to 1860s and 1870s, from 2001 to 2006. However, this new brand of partisanship takes things a step further. It is not that Richard Morgan lost his idealogical way, nor is he a bad Republican. In fact, I would not be surprised to learn that Morgan was responsible (directly or indirectly) for the lowering of income and state taxes in our most recent budget. However, what he did do was to place his own personal goals above that of his party.

Thanks Jerry

Im a little late in posting this, mostly because I wanted to get pictures up first.

Over the weekend, Jerry Meek was kind enough to drive to Hickory to help Lyndon Helton canvass. District 42 is a tough district, but we can win if we have enough money, and if we work hard enough on the ground.

I had originally hoped to impress Jerry with an army of volunteers. Well...heavy rain stood in our way, with 3 hard "yes i will be there" cancelling that morning, and none of my maybes showing up. We did have help, though, from one volunteer, Nancy, who has been an amazing asset to the party in Catawba County.

North Carolina...ignored

I am constantly amazed - but never surprised - by the power of our online community. More than 25,000 people participated in One America Votes to help decide which Congressional races should be my top priorities for fundraising help this fall. I thank you.

With so many strong Democratic candidates, the competition was fierce. I am pleased to announce the two top vote-getters: Patty Wetterling (MN-06) and former U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson (TX-22).

Already in this election cycle, I've raised $6.65 million for Democrats and I'm committed to helping as many candidates as possible before November. I'm looking forward to heading to Minnesota and Texas to headline fundraisers for these two outstanding candidates this fall.

Senate District 42: Lyndon Helton

I decided to add to the growing list of Candidates who have had bios put up on this site by adding my candidate, Lyndon Helton. Lyndon is running for North Carolina State Senate in District 42. This District covers all of Catawba and part of Iredell counties.

His Bio from the website:

Lyndon was born in Catawba County in 1965. He is the oldest of five children. Lyndon’s parents are hard working people who believed in giving their kids as good a life as possible. Lyndon’s father worked mostly in construction, while Lyndon’s mother was mostly a stay-at-home mom who cared for Lyndon and two sets of twins. Lyndon became the first member of his family to graduate from High School when he graduated from St. Stephens in 1984.

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